Monday, August 3, 2009

Fun Baking Stories

Crap, crap, crap. THE most embarrassing thing just happened to me!! :I To cut to the chase I about passed out today after my spin class. Err. I’m so mad at myself about it actually. Well I singed up for fitness classes at the rec center here and I thought I would try a spin class because I’ve never taken one before and I’m sure they are a really good workout. Well I was right about the really good workout part. Throughout the whole workout I was kind of feeling funny but I thought maybe it’s just because I haven’t ever taken a spin class before and that I haven’t really worked out this hard in a while. Well after the class she had us stand and stretch. AS SOON AS we were done stretching, and when I say soon I mean right after the last stretch I turned my head and my vision went black. It was as if I told my body not to do anything silly until the workout was over and it listened and jumped at the first opportunity. Well so since I literally blacked out I sat down and I think if I wouldn’t have I would have passed out. But then the girl I made friends with in the class was asking me if I was ok and if I needed anything. I told her I would be ok if I sat there and I had no idea what I needed. She got the teacher and she thought my blood sugar was low so she got me a sugar packet to put in my water. She was even going to run out to her car and get me something but I told her not to worry about I would be fine. Caroline (the friend) got me more water and was even late for her class to stay and help me for a couple minutes I later found out. People around here are so nice. The teacher wouldn’t leave me until I stood up and walked out the door. I was soo embarrassed. I kept saying thank you like crazy and I told her I was embarrassed because this has only happened once before (even though it was a little different) and I couldn’t believe it had to happy today at my first spin class ever. She told me that she worked us harder today then usual because there were a lot of regulars in the class so that probably had something to do with it too. Ugh. Anyways, I’m fine now! My head still kind of hurts but that will go away. And now that I think about it I probably shouldn’t have written this because I don’t want people to worry but this blog is about my adventures here and this is definitely one of them. But really there is no need to worry I’m fine now and I now what I need to do from now on to prevent it. The teacher gave me some advice. So as they say here in Australia, no worries! :)


On a positive note though I went to the beach yesterday!! Yes it was warm enough to lay out! We laid out for a couple of hours and then the clouds came in and made it kind of chilly so we decided to leave. But it has been really nice here lately. Caroline today though told me that this weather is unusual for their winter and that their summer lasted really long this year. She said their summer just ended like a month or two ago. She thinks it’s going to start raining and be chilly soon and only be that way for about a month and then it will be nice again. Even if that does happen I still believe winters in Australia are sweet. It’s been a high of around 70 for the past weekish. Who is going to complain about a winter like that? Caroline said that she wishes it would rain because she misses it and she sounded like she wanted snow when I said Ohio gets a lot. Crazy girl.

Saturday my friends and I went downtown again and we checked out this area called Northbridge. Northbridge is supposedly the area were there are a lot of fun pubs or clubs to go at night. Well my friends and I thought it was sketchy. We’ve also had a couple of guys who have been there tell us it’s not safe to go with a small group of people and they think it’s nothing special and really sketchy also. We thought that since guys are usually what makes a place sketchy and they are telling us it is, that it probably really is and we don’t feel the need to go. Since we went there during the day too and didn’t like it we decided we definitely aren’t going. But we did go to the nice part of downtown and shopped. We ran into the Supreme Court of Western Australia building, which was kind of cool. We also saw the spot where supposedly Perth was founded. So it was a nice day.


I really do want to say though that I always thought I couldn’t cook very well and that I was the worse cook in my flat by far, WELL boy I was wrong! My Chinese roommate Laura, who cooks ALL the time, definitely can’t bake worth anything. I was watching tv in the living room when she first asked me if I’ve ever baked a cake before. Even if I couldn’t remember if I ever have, which I was pretty sure I had, I said yes. Because honestly lets get real, who can’t bake a cake? It’s so easy. I mean the instructions are on the box! Well I come to find out that I was wrong. There are people who baking cakes is not easy for them. Laura is definitely one of them. She asked me to help her so I did. Well the instructions called for adding the mix with an egg , water, and vegetable oil. So we got the egg. Laura then decided that we would use olive oil instead of vegetable oil because she didn’t have that. I told her that it wasn’t exactly the same thing and that it probably won’t taste the same or work in the same way. She didn’t seem to care so she used it. And obviously she opted out of using a measuring spoon because she just started pouring it into the bowl straight out of the bottle!! I was like WAIT! I then explained to her that usually when baking a cake you follow the instructions on the back and actually measure things out. I then showed her what a table spoon looked like and she continued to add more from the tablespoon this time. It only called for 3 tablespoons but I’m pretty sure she had more than that in there. Then I told her we needed water and yup she added water straight from the faucet. I then in great detail explained how important measuring things out is when you don’t know what you are doing. And I found out that in China they never measure. They always guess. Which I understand isn’t bad, when you know what you are doing!! She didn’t! She then added the frosting mix into the bowl instead of the cake mix. So then we just added the cake mix too. In the end her cake ended up tasting ok actually. No icing and it was a tid bit burnt but it wasn’t bad. Olive oil and all lol. OH! And the best part was that is was carrot cake. So when she added the cake mix into the bowl her friend said something in Chinese to her. Laura nudged her so I asked what she said. Her friend looks up at me and says, “Looks like shit” haha! Because it turned brown. It was funny at the time because I seriously thought that’s how it was going to taste. The next day Laura asked me if she needed to heat up her cake before serving it to her friends later that day lol


I love my flatmate Laura and I’m so glad I’m living with her. I wouldn’t have half of the laughs I’ve had here without her. She also makes me realize so much about myself. I get to learn so much about Asian culture and I don’t know I really don’t know what I would do without her here anymore. She makes me feel needed and I really like having her around.


Ok enough of my babbling. I had a lot more to say but I forget it now (surprise! Lol). I hope everyone is doing great! I miss you all terribly much!


  1. We miss you too bunches! I love the cooking story. I couldn't stop laughing. Just wondering who was the brave soul to try the cake

  2. Come to think of it. Do Asians even eat cake? and I checked funny. but not because you passed out lol.

  3. haha thank you for letting me know