Sunday, June 15, 2008

In which I try to cover a lot, but mostly talk about cake

As our friend Lena said regarding her own move, moving is eating our life.  We've been super busy, and there is so much we've wanted to post about, but then, the whole being super busy thing kinda precludes having time to post and time gets away and there's more to post about and less time to do it...and now I'm wasting time talking about it.
In any case, Cadie is asleep on my chest at the moment and she needs her rest, so i'm going to use the opportunity to post a hodge podge of stuff here, even though I really want to devote full entries to these events and so much more...but, better little bits than none at all.  So:

Thursday was our second wedding anniversary.  
There is a western wedding tradition where the newly married couple freezes the the top tier of their wedding cake to share on their first anniversary.  When the catering hall gave it to us, I kind of figured they had prepared it for freezing, since they'd been so thorough with everything else, but in any case James's mom generously volunteered to take care of it for us, so off we went on our honeymoon with nary a glance at the cake.  Fast forward to our first anniversary.  James if working full time, I'm 8 months pregnant and working 2 full time jobs, our 'celebration' is an exchange of unwrapped gifts and a nice dinner before getting back to work and then to bed.  a few months later, when freezing some breastmilk for our infant daughter, we notice a big box is taking up the freezer.  Oops, we forgot to eat our cake.  Oh well, we say what's another year in the freezer, right?  
Fast forward to this year.  I remember the Cake!  In time to defrost it! I do my research into how to defrost deeply frozen cake, and find that after two hours in the fridge i should unwrap it and put it back to continue thawing.  I take it out, open the box and...oops.  So that is what a happens to a cake after being in the freezer for two years, with nothing between it and the frosty air but a flimsy layer of cardboard...
Once he got the news, James realized that his mom really isn't familiar with western wedding traditions, and we really shouldn't have left her to figure it out on her own, unaided.  And really, we should have just opened the box and checked, anyhow.

Well, I was determined to try some anyway.  Because it was my wedding cake, dern it, and we'd been saving it for two years.  So I tried some.  (so did James.)  Well, the strawberry part actually tasted decent...just like frozen strawberries.  the rest...well...
At least James had the foresight to visit Veniero's and got us a luscious chocolate truffle cake, complete with raspberry, buttercream, and smooth chocolatey goodness.

Cadence has awoken and my time is up, but before I go, here's a quick overview of some of the other things I meant to talk about:

Last night, after (the aforementioned) Lena and Zack came over and made us some awesome homemade mac & cheese, we went with a whole bunch of folks to Grimaldi's for one last hurrah. Cadence had her first bit of pizza (no tomatoes, and she pulled the mozarella off the crust. but awesome crust.) there:

That's Danial and Poonam, in the background.

And then we went over to the waterfont, where we saw London, and then got caught in a thunderstorm.  What was most amazing:  in the midst of the thunderstorm, from barges just off the shore, a huge, unannounced, utterly intense professional fireworks display filled the night!  I hope to post more photos from this later on, we got some AMAZING shots, but for now here's just a couple:

It was really stunning.  (that's our good friends Meg and Chad in the first pic with James, up from Philly to see us off!)  After that we headed over to the Chinatown Ice Ceam Factory, and then hit up east village teahouse Cha-an to close the evening.
time to go get Lunch!