Since I was little I wished that I could have a pool party for my birthday. Since its in the middle of winter, itâ€™s a bit unpractical, and over the years Iâ€™ve learned to accept that Iâ€™d never have a summer party unless I moved to the Northern hemisphere (Which I did for a year and LOVED). This year the weather in the Southern hemisphere was no exception when my birthday dawned, and Mother Nature dished up the coldest day of this winter so far. The max temperature was about 15 degrees Celsius, accompanied by wind and rain. Good for me I didnâ€™t even go outside on my birthday, and just stuck around the warmth of my heated home. There are still a lot of fun things that you can do in winter, I keep telling myself. Like staying indoors, snuggling up with a blanket, some hot chocolate and a good book. However, on my birthday, I decided to cook & bake since I had some guests over in the evening.
I bought a cake mix because I didnâ€™t want to spend my whole day in the kitchen. My big mistake however, was when I decided on baking cupcakes instead of the usual cake. Cupcakes are really fantastic! Most reason people tend to like them more? Iâ€™ve witnessed this weird phenomenon a couple of times. With my husbandâ€™s birthday I used the same cake mix, and baked cupcakes until I ran out of time, and then used the left over batter to bake a cake. At the birthday party the cupcakes were finished before anyone had even touched the cake, and people were rather reluctant to try the cake.
The problem with cupcakes is that they take you about ten times longer to bake. I only have ONE muffin tray, and ONE oven rackâ€¦ And since the batter made SEVENTY cupcakes I had to go through the baking process six times, where a cake wouldâ€™ve been done in one round. Now Iâ€™m not sure Iâ€™ll be baking cupcakes anytime soon â€“ regardless of whether my guests prefer them. I suddenly have much more respect for people who buy cupcakes instead.
Anyway, what I was actually getting at. The reason why I stayed indoors on my birthday wasnâ€™t merely the weather. I picked up a bad case of flu somewhere between Pick â€˜n Pay and home, and Iâ€™ve been battling to get rid of it. At first I thought I could manage to scare it away with some Vitamin C and pain killers, but when my voice started sounding like that of a goose, I decided to give up and visit the doctor.
I got a whole paper bag full of medicine, which â€“ wonder above wonder â€“ seems to be working. I got antibiotics, which I usually HATE, because even though they relieve the problem at hand, they seem to break another hundred things. My voice is still not 100%… I try to sing along to songs on the radio, and I sound like a bad mix between Bonnie Tyler and Jimmy Hendrix. Good news is that my throat is not as sore anymore, and I donâ€™t cough too much anymore. Also, Iâ€™ve been shunned to a life indoors, and Iâ€™m not even allowed to stick my head out the door after four in the afternoon (which is probably not a bad thing, since thatâ€™s when the icy cold settles over Pretoria).
For now, I am resting since the doc booked me off till tomorrow, plus my meds make me extremely drowsy. Iâ€™m sipping my hot chocolate while sitting in bed, and enjoying the warmth of my bean bag by my feetâ€¦ Reading when Iâ€™m not sleeping, and sometimes finding myself drooling on my magazines from pure exhaustion