Happy Birthday Jon!

As you probably already know, Jon and I signed the wedding papers a month and a half ago, having been a couple for four and a half years and having lived together for almost two years. And as you may already know, despite my lifestyle I am practically the poster child for a Strong And Independent Woman™.

How so? Well, coming from an unusual and tough childhood and being already predisposed to not particularly caring for social mores, I have always sought to better myself. I prize independence because independence is safety and safety is happiness. I have seen some of the world, lived wholly on my own and done just fine.

I have learned various skills and can run a home entirely on my own if I chose to. I can fix taps and replace seals, unblock drains and fix ubends. I can weed the garden, mow the lawn and light a fire just fine on my own. I can do all the cooking and cleaning and have some knowledge of most of the feminine arts, such as sewing and crochet.

I have credits stored for when I want to finish my degree and a place almost guaranteed in a decent course for when the time comes, be it in a year or forty years.

I have my own business as a private tutor, writer and translator and bring home around £600 a month steadily, ignoring my dollars on the side or cash-in-hand payments. If I chose to I could probably boost this quite significantly as the demand is there.

I have also developed an amount of self-sufficiency. I don’t need to rely on anything or anyone if I don’t want to. I can grow, forage or snare my own food.

So I don’t really need any specific person. Do I need society? Of course I do. Everyone does. And, as Janet Bloomfield has already mentioned, men are kind of the absolute pillar of society. But I don’t need a butcher, a guardian, any single person I know could, theoretically, have never existed and I would have been dandy.

But despite how easy it would be for me to claim my absolute independence and be cheered on by every back-patting feels-troll feminist I’m not a Strong And Independent Woman Who Don’t Need No Man™. Because not only do I need, as we all need, the social support of men, I also need one specific man.

Again, theoretically, he doesn’t need any specific person.

He has always been independent and has never needed much in the way of human company. He sees his best and longest standing friends once every 3-6 months and that is the way it always has been for him. He has seen enough and heard enough to know that not all people want to care for him and to prepare himself accordingly.

Even before meeting me, whatever I may say of his diet when we joke around, he was feeding himself just fine. He was strong and fairly healthy. He knew how to make a healthy meal when he has to. He also knew how to budget and clean and tidy and live on his own.

He has his degree, several qualifications and many skills. He has work all but guaranteed in the most advanced to most degraded of societies. He understands where he can go for resources if he needs them and he can do most things on his own when he must, such as minor car repairs and growing his own food.

And in that, he enriches my life as I enrich his. We’re both strong and independent. We don’t really need any random person off the street. But he isn’t a random person off the street. He’s a massive addition to my life. He takes the burden off my shoulders when I’m carrying too much. He exchanges work when we could each do the other’s work better. He provides for me and I support him. Everything is better for having him here. And life would be possible without him, but it would, quite frankly, suck.

I’m a Strong And Independent Woman™ and I do need my man. Thank goodness I have him.

TTFN, I’m off to bake a cake.

Jon’s Birthday.

How it went, along with recipes and stuff, because I’m nice. :p

 

Around 6.30 I got up as usual, fed the chickens and the cat, cleaned the litter tray, washed last-night’s remaining dishes and tidied the hall.

By 7.30 I had made Jon a tea and returned to bed with it. We spent all morning watching random videos and cuddling.

At 9.30 we got up, I made a point of wearing some nicer, form-fitting clothes as opposed to my usual Sunday gardening attire. I then made him some Celt-fuel for breakfast.

Celt-fuel recipe:

Ingredients:

-1/4 chicken

-2 large eggs

-200g mixed vegetables (courgettes, carrots, cabbage; pre-cooked)

-butter

-salt

Utensils:

-frying pan

-poultry scissors

Recipe:

1: Cut up the meat from the chicken quarter and pan-fry it in butter.

2: Add the eggs and vegetables. Add salt and stir-fry.

After breakfast he played Diablo III for a while and had one of his favourite energy drinks.

We went to Sainsbury’s and got a load of sugar so as to jam our 12k of damson plums.

After that Jon did his weights whilst I started on the jam. Once the weights were done and Jon had washed, we went upstairs and I gave him a hot lather and shave.

Next it was some more games and a bit of a kung-fu film.

We then went for dinner at a local pub. Jon had a burger and I had a mixed grill. We had my cheesecake for pudding at Jon’s mother’s house.

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Cheesecake recipe:

Ingredients for the cheese:

-600g cream cheese

-100ml double cream

-5tbsp sugar

Ingredients for the base

-200g spelt flour

-100g white flour

-25g plain butter

-25g soft brown/palm sugar

-80g chocolate

Toppings:

-25-30 raspberries

-raspberry juice

Utensils:

-large mixing bowl and fork

-small mixing bowl and spoon

-1 baking tray (preferably loose-base)

Recipe:

1: Mix the cream and sugar in the large bowl until smooth.

2: Whisk until smooth.

3: Mix the two flours in the small bowl with the butter and brown/palm sugar.

4: Grease the tray. Push the flour mix into the base until the base is covered and it fills out to the edges.

5: Preheat the oven to 160C.

6: Keeping the chocolate wrapped in the foil, smash it with a rolling pin or heavy knife until the pieces are all 1cm or under.

7: Sprinkle the chocolate over the base so it’s fairly evenly spread.

8: Put the base in the oven until the biscuit is cooked and the chocolate is fluid.

9: Spread the chocolate evenly over the base. Place the base in the fridge.

10: Once cold, spoon the cheese onto the base and smooth the top.

11: Make any designs you would like on the surface of the cake.

12: Use the raspberries and juice to complete your design.

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After this Jon had to sort some work, so we missed out on movie night, but we’ll do that tonight!

Besides that, once Jon was home we had some wine and cuddled and talked before lights out.