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The Season of Cake

blowing out candles on birthday cake

Ms. HalfEmpty blows out the candles on her double-batch carrot cake. Sorry if you’re blinded by all the candles; her age is accelerating rapidly.

September is a busy month of birthdays in my family. I start out the season with my birthday, followed by my older brother’s, and then Mr. HalfFull’s at the end of the month. After that, we have three more fall birthdays. Thus, September starts the season of cake!

Traditionally, my dad is the baker of all birthday cakes. You can choose your cake flavor, but he only makes one size — double batch. According to him, if a single cake is good, a double cake must be even better.

So no matter how many people come over to celebrate a birthday, there is always leftover cake. That would be amazing if we didn’t have a new birthday every week. But everyone gets their own double batch cake. It’s just so much cake!

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Ms. HalfEmpty is a 30-something introverted realist, perhaps a pessimist. But she’s trying to see the world half full on halfempty4now.com, which she started in February 2011. Her worldview may not be all bad, as it probably helps keep her husband, Mr. HalfFull, grounded and out of trouble!

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Airing NZ’s Dirty Laundry

Let me start by saying that I fell in love with New Zealand.  Since returning, people often ask me which country was my favorite on the 30/40 World Tour.  It’s such a difficult question because I had different goals and experiences in each place.  Sometimes I was staying in a hostel, and other times in a 4.5 star resort.  Sometimes I was looking for adventure, and other times I sought relaxation.  But I do find myself answering that my overall favorite destination, and the place I could most envision savoring my half empty cup of coffee for life, is New Zealand.

Yet, New Zealand is not a utopia.  Yes, it’s gorgeous with great food and friendly people.  But like all countries,  New Zealand has it’s fair share of issues.  As a tourist, signs of social problems are constantly in your face  — advertised all over!  From reading billboards and watching TV, it seems like the issues that garner the most Kiwi advertising dollars are alcoholism, domestic violence, and driving behavior.

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Ms. HalfEmpty is a 30-something introverted realist, perhaps a pessimist. But she’s trying to see the world half full on halfempty4now.com, which she started in February 2011. Her worldview may not be all bad, as it probably helps keep her husband, Mr. HalfFull, grounded and out of trouble!

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