2011 has been a year of new experiences for Jay and I. We moved in together for the first time in a new state. In a studio “apartment.” We learned a lot about each other (probably a few things we didn’t want to know) and ourselves. Working at a grocery store definitely helped me learn to communicate better with all people (you’re welcome Jay). We moved back to Ohio in a slightly larger apartment and have managed to work and go to school full time and still like eachother. We made friends and missed friends and lost touch with some too. What is that saying? ‘Friendships can stand the test of time.’ I’ve learned that saying to be true, except it wasn’t always the friends I expected. Probably some of my fellow English Majors are barfing right now since I just dropped a popular saying that in writing we normally call cliché. I have a real problem with that, and English writers being so judge-y. Isn’t the point of writing at all to find a common denominator between writers and readers that can make them understand one another?
Anyways, I’m making these Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting for New Years Eve and I honestly dislike making them. It’s not because they are hard to make, it’s because I make them a lot. It’s my only requested item for potlucks at work, and my friends like them too. I’d say the most important thing I’ve learned about friendship this year is that it takes work and time and effort (not unlike baking). And being a good friend has nothing to do with making myself happy.
May I suggest champagne frosting to go with these cupcakes to ring in the new year? Happy 2012! I’m looking forward to being stupid with my best friends tonight 🙂
“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson