I love driving. Especially near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I don't know what it is, but it's cathartic.
Just me, the stereo, gorgeous scenery, and the long road ahead.
I could literally drive for hours by myself.
I remember one occasion last summer, I was particularly unhappy about something. Feeling suffocated at home and needing to clear my head, I jumped in the car, and drove. Didn't have any idea where I was going, I just picked a road and drove. Took a few turns here and there, through the woods, across wide country roads, parked the car, stepped out, and sat on a patch of grass under the sun.
And it was wonderful.
I would still be doing frivolous things like that now if paying to fill up my tank to go to the grocery store didn't cost an arm and a leg. But the memory still brings a small smile to my face.
I did have the chance to drive for a bit today, though, through the mountains, stereo blaring The Shins, peering through fog as thick as clouds. Drove to visit one of my dearest friends, Nora, who celebrates her twentieth birthday next week. Unfortunately, I can't up and skip all of my Monday classes and visit the day of, so I figured I'd take a small roadtrip tonight to see her.
Nora was one of my best friends in high school, and still is, though I don't get to see her quite as much as I'd like.
And yet, some things never change.
Like Nora's love for chocolate and peanut butter. Which, I've noticed, is a love that quite a lot of my friends share. And a love that's great for me, because it gives me an excuse to bake with peanut butter.
This isn't a new recipe, though I suppose since the last time I made it for Zach back in November, I've gotten a new lens. And learned a thing or two about the beauty of natural sunlight. The recipe can be found here, and is definitely one worth checking out.
I'm actually obsessed with these. They're amazingly delicious, ridiculously easy, and impossible to resist. It's a winner-winner situation all around, really.
And Nora loved 'em.
And I was happy.
And she was happy.
And I got to drive home through the mountains.
So I'd say it was a success.
Happy early birthday, Nora!!! Love, love, love, always.
Edit: The very sweet hostess of Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Lisa, has invited me to participate in her Sweets for a Saturday with this recipe post. Thanks so much, Lisa! I'm truly honored. :)