Showing posts with label Happy Birthday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Happy Birthday. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Birthday Dinner 2019

Today before work, I decided to go with my mom and stepdad for my birthday dinner. They took me out for Chinese food. As it has been a while since I devoured anything Chinese cuisine, I had a blast at the buffet restaurant which is several miles away from my house. 

The buffet is good, but not great nor amazing. Satisfying is probably the best way to describe it. Perhaps I appreciate Chinese food when I don't eat it so much. Tonight, I felt like the food tasted amazing even though it was mediocre. 

With that said, I enjoyed pre-made sushi with cream cheese, cucumber, and avocado garnished with gari ginger and sriracha. Followed by a plate of various fried food favorites including cream cheese wontons, sesame balls, onion rings, fried zucchini, custard, a fried banana, and a Chinese donut. 

Additionally, I enjoyed vegetable lo-mein followed by mochi, green beans, and mushrooms. I am almost certain I ate about three plates of food. And the best part is, I wasn't overly stuffed after leaving the place. 

Afterwards, I decided to go to Burger King and enjoy some ice cream. I recently bought the Impossible Whopper from there and they offered me a book for $1 which offers like 6 items in it for free. I decided to take advantage of the free coupon and get some ice cream. 

Now it is time to go to work. Have a wonderful day! 

Birthday 2019: My boyfriend is amazing

Today is officially my birthday. And what better way to celebrate my birthday than with my incredible boyfriend Sumit. He surprised me today with this cake and rose, dedicating his love for me. 

He pre-ordered this cake for me several days ago which consists of chocolate frosting garnished with gold and topped with a recent photo of me. As an eggless, double-layer cake, the flavor is vanilla and filled with an assortment of fruit and homemade cream. 

It was only one year ago today Sumit surprised me with a similar cake. You can see that cake and read about that here. This year, he decided to do it again. 

Amazing right?
As many of you are already aware, I have been dating Sumit for almost two years now. What attracts me to Sumit is the fact he is intellectually endowed, strikingly handsome, has more drive than NASCAR, and has direction towards life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness rather than the local dive bar and melodrama.

Sumit is a polymath with a real, tried and true niche for success. He is quite possibly the smartest person I have ever met in my life, as he is a realist and visionary. Every time I talk to him, I feel like I am speaking with someone who has lived many centuries. 

When I have a conversation with Sumit, I learn something new. Whether it is about Hinduism, the stock market, the Indian culture, and even life in general - he has taught me so much. In fact, I feel like I can utilize the knowledge he has shared to and for a higher purpose. 


Although he is academically endowed, what I love most about Sumit is the fact that he has such a strong and independent mind and he doesn't care what others think. And in spite of what others say about him, he makes himself a better person and always respects everyone. He doesn't have a hateful bone in his entire body. 

Sumit has taught me many vital lessons about life and has made me really love and appreciate life much more so. And it is this fact alone, that has made me truly grateful to have found him and thankful to have him. 

Thank you Sumit for making my birthday amazing. I love you. I am very happy in my life and I owe it all to you. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Happy Birthday Sumit

Happy Birthday Sumit!
I am a firm believer that the best things in life are not free, but rather happen naturally. You see, several months ago I met a wonderful man from North India. We would talk sporadically about life and liberty, but just on a platonic, friendship level. Needless to say, I was very intrigued by him in many ways. He was not only intellectually endowed, but strikingly handsome with more drive than NASCAR. And the fact he had direction towards goals and pursuits and not the local dive bar was impressive. One thing that was very obvious to me was the fact that every time he would say anything to me, I felt as if I were speaking to someone who possessed supreme wisdom (which is a rarity in this world, especially in 2018), as everything he said was projected both skillfully and perspicaciously.

After about a month of talking everyday, we both realized that we loved each other. It was not planned. It just happened. And as our love continues to grow more and more, each and everyday, I find myself falling more and more, head-over-heels in love with him. Does that make sense? There are so many things I love about him. Where do I start? The way he expresses his thoughts as if he's lived for centuries, the way he can describe something and possess so much knowledge about it, his spirituality and how he sees good in almost everything, his loyalty and devotion, as well as; his dedication to me and the love we have and of course, his sparkling brown eyes and incredible smile.
My boyfriend Sumit.


Falling in love can be hard, yes and may also be even more complicated than solving the hodge conjecture; however, when love happens naturally and finds you, that is what makes the love greater and in the end, the love I have for 'Sumit' makes the world go round. You see, Sumit (that is his name) gives me a reason to not only love and appreciate him, but myself, my life and those around me too. He made me realize that life is valuable and every minute, second and moment is a memory-breeding journey that can take you virtually anywhere in life, as long as you let it.

Sumit, taught me so many vital lessons about life and has allowed me to experience what happiness truly is, as he brightens my day everyday. He told me never to regret anything in life and live life like it is your last day, every day. He also taught me that amazing things can happen when you don't try to look for them and that a light at the end of the tunnel exists. He encourages me to be a stronger, well rounded person daily and for that I am truly grateful. With a heart of platinum, there is no one on the planet like Sumit. He is someone I can see myself growing old with and if I am being honest with myself, I would say that I can see myself with him forever.

Happy Birthday!
Sumit (and I know you are reading this) I want you to know everyday with you in my life is a true blessing. I am so lucky to be the one to grow with you. You are truly the love in my heart and the love of my life. In the end, we are made for each other. 

Life has a purpose and a meaning with you in it. Sumit, I am so thankful that came into my life, as there is no one on earth who can take your place. You make me the happiest I have ever been. I wish you only the best life can bring you, as I wish you the best success, joy, and prosperity. You are my sun, my moon, my star and my heart. And whether near or far, I love you so much.

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Wikipedia, Celebrating 14 Years

With millions upon millions of articles and other content submitted daily, Wikipedia remains to be one of the most popular websites in the world today. Today is Wikipedia's 14th birthday. Since they became a strong reference site in 2001, they have worked really hard to be where they are today. I am looking forward to Wikipedia remaining strong for many years to come because what they have done thus far proves that you can accomplish anything if you work hard at it. Happy Birthday Wikipedia!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy 11th Birthday Murphy

Today is my amazing cat's 11th birthday. I remember when I first got her 11 years ago. She was about a month old. She was already meowing the moment she walked through the front door, unleashed and ready to take over. My dogs wouldn't allow anyone near her, due to their protective yet maternal instincts. It was the cutest thing.

It's hard to believe she is 11 years old. Where has time gone? I hope she lives until I have my first child. One thing is certain, I am honored and blessed to have a wonderful cat like her. She was amazing then and she's amazing now.
 
Happy Birthday Cleopatra Dutchess Thomasina Murphy Marilyn Laura LaShonda Afshar Valo!

Check out the video of her singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".



 
If you can't see the video, simply click here.
 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today Is Freddie Mercury's Birthday

 
Happy Birthday Farrokh Bulsara! In my opinion, there is no other artist in the world like Freddie. He had the voice, the artistry, the personality, and the charisma. His style and image was one thing, however, every time he opened his mouth, you knew it was him singing and as a result, he had unbelievable projection because he made you believe what he was singing about. Freddie delivered vocally through every single performance.
 
If I had to choose my top 10 favorite songs by Freddie Mercury/Queen, I really couldn't, however; my favorites right now include: 
 
In My Defence
Bohemian Rhapsody
Who Wants To Live Forever
The Show Must Go On
I Want To Break Free
Barcelona
There Must Be More To Life Than This
It's Late
Mr. Bad Guy
Thank God It's Christmas
Deliliah
The March Of The Black Queen
Princes Of the Universe
Living On My Own
Foolin' Around
Radio Ga Ga
Liar
Funny How Love Is
A Kind Of Magic
Save Me
Let's Turn It On
Somebody To Love
We Are The Champions
You And I
Don't Try Suicide
It's A Hard Life
Jesus
Under Pressure
 
You may be gone, but you are never going to be forgotten in this life time. Happy Birthday Freddie!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Violet Velvet Cake

 
As many of you know, I just had a birthday this past week and might I also add, it was great. Not only did I get to have dinner with family and friends, but I made my own cake too. I know, it's not really traditional when someone makes their own cake, however; I wanted to try something new. I decided to make a vegan violet velvet cake. It was not only colorful, but delicious too. As soon as I posted this picture on my Facebook, I received so many inquiries about how I made this cake.
 
First and foremost, you want to make sure you have the following ingredients...
 
4 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Whole-Wheat Pastry Flour (if you are on a diet, you can use Almond Flour)
 2 cups Granulated Sugar (if you are on a diet, you can use Truvia or Stevia)
 3 teaspoons Baking Soda
 2 teaspoons Salt
2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
2 cups Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk (if you are allergic, just use Silk's Chocolate Soy Milk)
 1 cup Coconut Oil
 2 tablespoons Red Food Coloring
2 tablespoons Blue Food Coloring
1 tablespoon Yellow Food Coloring
 3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
 
For the frosting, you want to make sure you have the following ingredients...

 2 cup non-dairy, nonhydrogenated butter (I used Earth Balance)
1 cup non-dairy, cream cheese (I used Follow Your Heart)
 3 cups Confectioners' Sugar
 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 tablespoons Silk Very Vanilla Soy Milk (if you are allergic, just use Silk's Vanilla Almond Milk)
 Wilton Color Mist (optional)
Edible Cake Pearls (optional)
 
Let's Bake!
 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your batter by combining flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. As you continue you want to  fold in the remaining ingredients. So you want to add oil, milk, food coloring, vinegar, vanilla, and mix until thoroughly combined.
 
Once you continue, it is important to lightly oil (1) 12- inch round cake pan. Bake for about 40 minutes.
 
Let the cake cook for about 20 minutes before running a knife around the edges, to loosen the sides. Once you have accomplished this, let the cake cook for an additional 20 (this will make up the entire 40 minutes in the oven). 
 
As you can continue, let the cake set for 5 to 10 minutes before transporting it onto a plate and then, onto a cooling rack, rounded-sides up. Set it aside.

Let's Frost!
 
I used my KitchenAid mixer to make the frosting.  It is important to combine all of the ingredients, except the confectioners' sugar (or powdered sugar), vanilla, and milk into the mixer and mix until it is smooth and begins to fluff. With the mixer on low speed, add confectioners' sugar and fluff for another few minutes. Add vanilla followed by the milk.
 
Once all ingredients are well-combined, beat on high until frosting is light and fluffy for about 5 minutes. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons more milk to achieve the consistency are you hoping to achieve.
 
Take your cake and start to apply the vegan frosting. You an pipe this because of the consistency of it. Decorate the cake however you choose. Add the edible beads on first before using the food color mist. As you continue, take your food coloring mist (I used Wilton's) and spray whatever colors on top.
 
Guess what?! You're done! Congratulations! You have just made the violet velvet cake.

 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy 20th birthday World Wide Web

It is hard to believe the internet has existed for 20 years. I first discovered a computer when I was a child. It wasn't until 1996 where I discovered the internet as an unique platform. I remember the first time I typed, it took me forever as I would look at the keys. I think I typed 20 words per minute. Now, fast forward to 2009. I do a lot of work online (writing especially) where I type in the dark and flush out at least 100 words per minute with no errors.

At the time, the internet was an hourly rate. Provided by Yahoo!, MSN and AOL, you could have access to the internet. Those were the three main providers back then. Google was just a twinkle in the eye of technology and only dial up internet existed. There was no such thing as a modem let alone a router and cable and DSL connections were just ideas that had yet to exist.

Internet was also monitored heavily and many websites didn't exist. In fact, there was no such thing as social networking and because it (the world wide web) was an hourly rate, many didn't use it. I used it sporadically from 1996 until 1999. I used it also in the first year of college, but not so much as I didn't have a computer.

In early 2000 I bought my first computer. It was a Gateway. The monitor was super big yet thick. It was brand new and I also bought several accessories to go with it. In addition, I purchased a printer to go with it along with a laser scanner. Everything was incredibly expensive back then so I ended up spending thousands of dollars. As a broke college student, I charged everything.

That computer actually lasted until 2008 before I purchased my latest Toshiba which I bought several months ago.

Going back to the internet. HTTP and HTML were both heavily utilized for years before new programs began to take over. And speaking of new, the first time I heard about Google, I was in college. It was the main search engine back in the Fall of 2000. I remember asking the librarian at the time about Google where she informed it was a new browser the school was using. Needless to say, I was pleasantly intrigued and happy to see technology evolve.

And with that said, I am very happy to see technology evolve. To exist in an era where internet is growing rapidly. In the years of social networking. A whole new world that once ceased to exist, now exists. To be able to shop without actually leaving your house. To be able to talk to family and friends without leaving your bedroom. Convenient, efficient and effective. The internet truly is something.

Thank you for existing.

Happy 20th birthday world wide web!