Currently | March

CELEBRATING | my birthday and many other March babies this month. So many wonderful people have birthdays in March.

EATING | marble cake. I always bake a marble cake for my birthday (from my Mom’s recipe). What’s your favorite birthday cake?

(so) THANKFUL | that I got to see my dear friend Tanja and for everyone else who reached out for my birthday.

SLACKING | a bit in my running routine this month, but making up for it by doing more strength and yoga sessions. It’s all good!

(kindly) ASKING | for some really positive vibes for a friend. She could really use them.

REMINISCING ABOUT | the epic skiing vacation that my whole family (my parents and sister + family) spent in the Italian Alps/Dolomites exactly 5 years ago (I’ve been getting these pop-up reminders on social media). I hope we get the chance to do that again sometime! 

MAKING | Kaiserschmarrn — a fancy name for a shredded German pancake. Well, the original recipe for a Kaiserschmarrn calls for whipped egg whites and raisins and is usually served with a side of fruit compote, but I think you can call any shredded pancake with a dusting of powdered sugar Kaiserschmarrn. The one pictured above has just mixed berries (mixed into the batter).

DRINKING | coffee from my new favorite coffee mug.

LOVING | the camera on my new phone. Holy smokes, it’s impressive.

FEELING | a little stressed out by work right now. I don’t want to go into details, but let’s just say delegating, distributing work, and communication is an issue in our office sometimes.

EXCITED | about the new laptop that I picked up from IT at my office this week. I always seem to get the hand-me-dows, but at least the (new-to-me) laptop I got is a serious upgrade from the clunky Dell latitude that was already 8 years old.

ELATED | that Jon’s first vaccine appointment is scheduled for next week. Finally! 

HOPING | that I will also be getting an appointment soon. Governor Newsom just released a statement that everybody over the age of 16 will be eligible after April, 15 here in California.

What is currently going on with you?

  1. My favorite cake is cheesecake, though carrot cake is a close second. I’d love your recipe for marble cake, if you’re willing to share!

  2. I’m very excited that vaccines are going to be available for all adults next month! I really hope everyone wants to get one. My husband has purchased a new fire pit and outdoor speaker in hopes to have a backyard gathering by end of May/June since all of our friends plan on getting the vaccine.

    1. Yes, hope for things to feel a bit more normal soon!

  3. It was so good seeing and spending some time with you.
    Hope you’ll get your COVID-19 vaccination soon after Jon (I’m currently dealing a bit with some side effects after the second shot yesterday).
    Love your coffee mug <3
    Hope work will calm down for you a bit next week!!!

  4. So cool that vaccines are available for you so soon. Here in Germany it is rather chaotic and not all sporting that German efficiency. I usually bake a strawberry sheet cake for my birthday. My grandma made that for me with the first garden strawberries.

  5. GF cake is kind of meh so I prefer a macaron or a cinnamon roll from my fave GF bakery! I got macarons from so many different people for my birthday!

    So glad Jon got his first dose. I get my 2nd dose tomorrow. Everyone over 16 is eligible here starting today. Phil is on lots of wait lists. I think it will be a while before he can get his vaccine but at least he should get one in the next couple of months!!

  6. Glad that Jon can his first vaccine next week and hope you can get yours soon.
    That mug is lovely – I always love seeing pics of mugs and tea cups :)
    Hope that work gets less stressful – enjoy your new laptop.

  7. I have my vaccine appointment scheduled for next week now that Florida has opened eligibility to everyone over 18 on April 5th. But I’m still worried something will happen and I won’t be able to get my shot! Ah, well.

    Give me chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting for my birthday, please! :)

  8. Happy belated birthday! It looks like you really celebrated well. So glad you got to see your friend, too!
    I hope that by the time you read this, you have a vaccine appointment and are able to start thinking about life “after”.
    And, I am NOT a cake person – my request for my birthday every year is a peach kuchen (the kind with a shortbread crust and custard; not the cakey version).

    1. Thank you, Anne. I appreciate it. I haven’t gotten a vaccine appointment yet, but hope to be able to make one when they open it up to 16+ in a couple of weeks here.

      Peach-Kuchen sounds delicious (is it a German recipe?)

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