Work is interesting and productivity is high. Your teenager smiles at you for real. Your bank account balance is surprisingly fat, and your thighs are surprisingly thin*.
At times like these, one can tackle epic, multi-step dessert recipes with aplomb. Store-bought ice cream? Caramel from a jar? Puh-lease! In fact, I'll just be making my own damn mascarpone cheese and zabaglione for that tiramisu, thank you very much.
Then there are times when life is just plan f$@%ed up.
People who are supposed to love you are impossibly cruel and the cat barfs on the carpet and despite your best intentions, your email box is the one on the right.
From this posting on Twitter
For those days, and for someone I love very much who is having a particularly cat-barf-y time of it right now, there are these No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Nut Butter Instant Happiness Treats.
I found the recipe online, and made a batch almost on a whim. But the minute I took a bite, I was immediately transported back to a summer during elementary school. I'd been sent away to a science and nature camp for city kids with a bunch of people I didn't know and they were all really mean to me. I hated everything about it...the dingy bunks, the creepy-crawly woods, and the smelly labs, but more than anything, I loathed the girls I was grouped with. I was utterly miserable the entire time, except for one day, near the end of camp, when the cafeteria ladies served these exact same treats at lunch. I vividly remember the taste and how happy I was, just for a minute, to be eating something so delicious in the midst of that horrible place. I swear these saved me by making the experience, if not good, at least bearable.
I polished off my treat and thought about how I'd completely forgotten all the hurt, and how nice it was that only the feeling of happiness came back. Life really is good sometimes.
Believe me, I do not wish the horrors of pre-teen peer ostracism or any other kind of emotional turmoil on anyone**, but just in case, it's good to be able to make your own instant ray of hope out of chocolate, peanut butter, and sugar***. While you're waiting for the pain to fade away, and getting that inbox cleared out, these will definitely tide you over very nicely.
P.S. If you are truly having a tough day, I found watching this video made me ridiculously cheerful. As in, howling with laughter. Via Kottke.