Cutest Designs!

I was just sent a link to a pretty cool blog The Funky Monkey . Over at this blog you can enter a contest for Autumn Leigh Designs. This site has the coolest and cutest stickers, business cards and etc that you can get personalized. I am thinking of ordering some with my logo on it or even using some of her cake design stuff for my little cake making business. Please check it out and enter a chance to win some cool prizes here!

MUSIC MEMOIRS <3


I have been neglecting Music Memoir's for awhile. It's my favourite meme in the bloggy world.
It's more difficult with no computer and the recent activities of my life.

So today, I return. Play it HERE.




Top 5 Artists/Musicians you'd marry in a heartbeat:


Wow, I picked a great topic to come back on. Really folks? Need you even ask??
ha ha..

Only have eyes for -----> THIS MAN


















Okay, I lied.
This man most definitely raises my eyebrow. I wouldn't marry him, it's purely a physical attraction. *wink*

(*Even though he likes Brothels in Arizona.. ha ha ha -j)


"There's Always Money in The Banana Stand!!"

I have my first ordered cake coming up. It will be a sheet cake for about 40 folks. It's for a Wedding Shower type event. They were not very picky about what they wanted. Just some yellow and blues, the rest is up to me. I decided on pastel-ly yellows/blues since I think brights would be too bold.

Here is my third blue print. I think I finally like this one. It's the big winner.

























I have a shit ton of homework to do this weekend for my final cake in Course 2. I want to try to fit in some time at Calvert Cliffs. CC is this great park that has a 3 mile nature hike to a beach where you can find sharks teeth in the sand. I only like like ten minutes from it and yet I have never been since I moved to the county. The last time I went was in middle school. I would like to take my camera along and plus get in a little running time as well. I have been a running fool this week. My hubs introduced me to another state park about 6 minutes from my house that has tons of baseball/football/soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, just tons of space to run, run, run.

My hope is all of this running and tennis will help me out at weigh in on Tuesday! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!


*arrested development

Have I Told You Lately...

That I love Erica???










































Flowers from Class. I still don't like the Royal icing...I have to do masses of homework this weekend because all of my flowers for my final are not up to my standards.














































Weight Watchers = Down 3 Pounds this week, for a total of 6! Woohoo!

"How Did We Get Here?"

Bizarre happenings at the Chick Fil-A yesterday at dinner. It was one of those discourses that leave you in amazement afterward.

So the little guy at the register asked for Amber and my orders. He was schmoozy. Like-car salesman, spiked hair, still rocked the class ring, schmoozy. You know the type. We placed the order. First of all, when handing Amber her change I guess she was too slow with her hand movement to cup the coins she he awkwardly threw it on the counter and then proceeded to apologize profusely.

Now, I don't know if this is one of those incidents where you do something really stupid and embarrassing and throughout the course of your continued discourse you try really effin' hard to not do anything else to incriminate yourself and you end up saying and doing everything wrong...but it certainly seemed like it.

Before leaving we took our cups up for a refill. I was about to ask for a refill of Coke Zero and he cut me off and said: "Cherry coke right?". I corrected him and he said: "Oh, I know, I was just kidding"..with a laugh.

Okay, kidding about what? My drink?
It wasn't funny.
Schmoozy, but not funny.
Just get my drink little funny man and take your act on the road.

He fills my cup and then hands it to me and says: "Here's your Cherry Coke!" with a giggle. I thought we had just went over this. I quickly tasted it to make sure he actually put Coke Zero in there. It was okay.

After filling Ambers cup with Sweet Tea I remember that for Cake Class we needed to small cups to fill with water for our flower making. When the schmoozer returned with the drink I said:
"Do you think I could have a small cup, I will pay for it if I need to, I just need a cup".
He raises one eyebrow. Which, again, baffles me, and says: "Look, if you want another drink I will just give you another drink. I won't charge you for it. Just ask".

I then explain that I have class and forgot to bring an empty small cup that I need to use in class and thats what I need it for. So he shows me the cup and says: "okay what do you want in it? I wont charge you".

HOW DID WE GET HERE??

Number One/A: Seriously dude, What do you think I am going to pull? The great drink scam of the century. You just filled my drink that I paid for. Do you somehow think I am going to disappear around the corner and come back all nonchalantly with a small cup and ask for a refill of ANOTHER drink. As if you wouldn't remember me.

Number Two/B: It's a cup. If it's that big of a deal I told you I would pay.

After clarifying to the schmoozer that I just wanted an EMPTY cup I left. Very confused, baffled and peeved.

Does this make sense folks? If not, I am just as confused as you.
In other news: Tonight is my weigh in! Wish me lucks!!

JIMMY EAT WORLD

Hilarious..

Go to 3:52 to hear the honourable mention:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2904033/fine_ol_solution/

:)

"I Wouldn't Dream So High.."

What a week!

No computer!


I was talking to a friend from Arizona <3 earlier about how you don't realize how much you use the internet until it's gone! So true. I wanted to play some guitar this weekend and realized that I couldn't look up any new tabs. I forgot I didn't have the internet. Good thing: I am a master at playing Better Than Ezra's At The Stars and Jimmy Eat World's The Middle. It's the only tabs I have on file. So, onward from there.



I feel like I have so much to say but I have forgotten it all. Since my cat has returned home from the vet I have been monitoring him like crazy. I am waiting for things to go back to "normal". Whatever that is. Plus, with the new WW thing I have going on I get crazy about that. I feel like as a person, I can only have one thing to obsess about at a time. ha ha. I have reached my limit.



Tonight I have cake class. I am not feeling it at all. It's going to be jam packed with information because the teacher missed last week and we had some run over from last lesson. I get frustrated with my class mates. They are never prepared and it slows us down.



In other news: Anyone like the Killers? They have this new song out I am in love, love, love with. It's called Dustland Fairy Tale. Check it out. Brandon has a way with lyrics.

A dustland fairytale beginning
Just another white trash county kiss
In '61, long brown hair and foolish eyes
He looked just like you'd want him to
Some kind of slick chrome American prince
A blue jean serenade, and moon river, what you do to me
I don't believe you

Saw Cinderella in a party dress
But she was looking for a nightgown
I saw the Devil wrapping up his hands
He's getting ready for the showdown
I saw the minute that I turned away
I got my money on a palm tonight

Change came in disguise of revelation, set his soul on fire
She says she always knew he'd come around
And the decades disappear like sinking ships
But we persevere, God gives us hope
But we still fear what we don't know
The mind is poison
Castles in the sky sit stranded, vandalized
A drawbridge is closin'

to the valley of the great divide
Out where the dreams are high
Out where the wind don't blow
Out here, the good girls die
And the sky won't snow
Out here, the bird don't sing
Out here, the field don't grow
Out here, the bell don't toll

Now Cinderella, don't you go to sleep
It's such a bitter form of refuge
Oh don't you know, the kingdom's under siege
And everybody needs you?
Is there still magic in the midnight sun
Or did you leave it back in '61?
In the cadence of a young man's eyes
I wouldn't dream so high


Pardon The Interruption

"This life has been a test. If this had been an actual life, you would have received instructions on where to go and what to do."

Terribly sorry if I have neglected to comment on anyone's blog. I have had a rough go last week. My cat of nine years had the beginning stages of liver failure and he was on an IV for three days in the hospital. I didn't feel much like talking to anyone. After picking him up on Saturday morning I had three days (took Monday off) to monitor his behavior and eating habits. I am so paranoid now. Scrutinizing every single thing. I think a little too much so when something of this nature happens it really throws me for a loop. My mind doesn't rest. Explains my insomnia right?

On top of this business I went to check some ebay auctions I was bidding on and my computer decided to just shut down. I thought maybe I had pulled the power cord out so upon investigation I found that it just stopped working. The fan stopped. It's dead. I have my Brudder-in-law looking at it. He is a computer genius. He had a spare power supply box laying around his apartment. Good thing I backed up all of my really important Jim stuff a few months ago...It still sucks not to have the Internet at my dispense. How did I function before??


For something completely different: I was so excited to go and pick up Johnathan from hospital that I made his Vet a cake. We just learned the colour flow technique. I decided to use that method to create a cake for the top of this cake. Turns out I deeply despise colour flow. It just never dries. Never, ever, ever. I plan to never use it again..unless I can let it sit out for two weeks. I was up until 230 am and constructed four cats, all of which broke.


















I have my second return WW meeting tonight. It will be my first official weigh in to determine loss. I cheated on Friday and weighed myself just to check..and I was down 3 pounds. Hopefully it will be an eventful night.



Hope everyone is at peace this week. I know I could use some.

Royal Icing..

Finally got to use Royal Icing. I was concerned that all of the flowers we were going to learn in Course Two were going to give me a fit like the.....duh duh daaaaaa....MUM. The mum and I don't mix.

In class on Monday we learned Apple blossoms and Violet Leaves. We were supposed to learn the Violet as well but ran out of time due the ass clowns in my class who couldn't grasp the concept of color flow. All in all, the experience was positive. I got to finish about four apple blossoms for my final cake. I think they are a little too pink for my tastes so I am going to redo them but here are the final products:




Monday Movie Meme and Manic Monday!

Over at The Bumbles Blog on Monday Movie Meme
This week's movie topic is all about Water...
play it here..

The Goonies! Not all about water but it involved a giant pirate ship and One Eyed Willie and that water park type slide towards the end. I love everything about this movie. I have seen it so many times I could totatlly recite it word for word in a one man act. AND, I would. Seriously.

Deep Blue Sea-You know the one with LL Cool J and the shark on steriods that hunts people on this water island??? Everyone hated this movie. I honestly liked it. Sharks are rad. This movie was freaky because they were killer sharks with an attitude. I actually own this movie!

The Beach-(Leo DiCaprio)-This movie surprised me and is actually decent. Plus it has Leonardo Dicaprio as it's lead. How can one go wrong with this? He's amazing.

Big Fish-Ewan McGregor-I love Ewan McGregor and I loved this film. It is so incredibly visually and just a beautiful story.

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Manic Monday
Play it HERE...

Name two things you consider yourself to be very good at: Cakes, Guitar/writing/music

Name two things you consider yourself to be bad at: Making mums out of buttercream icing, playing sports-I am way too clumsy to be in charge of any type of ball in a sporting event.

Name one thing not many people know about you: I'm a the radest girl you will ever meet.

Birthday Cakes!

Happy Birthday Ma!


ps. First time writing on a cake. I just went for it. I am quite pleased at the result.







The Bad News..


Not happy about the new hair.

I am not a good candidate for hair cutting etiquette. Ladies, have you ever noticed there are always certain types of folks at studios. I am the exact opposite of these types so it just makes for awkwardness of all sorts. I'm sure the person washing/cutting my hair is fine..they deal with this all day but for me..I am one ball of awkward!


Firstly, I am not touchy feely with folks I don't know. The place I go for my hair is like a full out spa. They do this five minute head massage while you are getting your hair washed. This is all wrong for me. I could never relax enough to get a massage anywhere unless I have known the person giving it and am comfortable with them. I never know what to do or say...It's so awkward. I think I blush the whole time.

Next, I am no good at making idle chitty chat. I am the type of person that rarely "talks" to my friends. These days people are too caught up and don't really care. When people make forced idle chitty chat because it's a filler for silence that is almost even more awkward for me. It's painful. I just don't do well in these situations. If it was genuine it would be different but asking me how my summer is going and then as I am explaining my answer, nodding and walking away to check her mobile phone doesn't constitute as someone genuinely interested. My go on this: If you really don't care to know..please don't ask. It's so much better this way.

Third, my rule of thumb for a good stylist is this ladies..and listen up, it's a good rule of thumb. If the person cutting/styling your hair has bad hair his/herself...your hair..will probably not be the best. My new regular girl was busy today and I had to do something with this mess so I took whoever was available. She was called Melissa. I wasn't familiar with her but the ladies in this spa tend to be pretty decent all around so I figured it would be okay. I walk in and am greeted by a gal with 80's bangs and a scrunchy in her hair. Wow. I should have turned around and left at that second. Alas, I did not.

On to the frequent folks..you will see how we are nothing alike as I go on.

Number One/A: Grandmas-a ton of them. They earlier you go, the more you get. I think they get bussed in.

Number Two/B: Retired stay at home soccer moms who's kids are in college that have nothing better to do so they are always stopping by to drop off treats, rando crafts they have made or flowers they have picked from their gardens.

Number Three/C: Middle aged women with bejeweled Capri's. Why?
Number Four/D: The lady that knows EVERYONE in the place..Including other customers... and they go about talking to each lady..about kids, husbands..vacations..
What do these folks meet while getting their hair done and then form a secret club where they hang out on weekends?

Number Five/E: Grandmas that bring their grandkids with them. Always a joy.

As I sat there waiting for my stylist to burn my hair to oblivion I listened as these women just chat, chat, chatted away. It's actually so interesting to me that people can do this. I just wonder why I skipped this gene somewhere along the way. I'm not unfriendly..I guess I am just guarded with information and this is where I go wrong.


Do WORK!

Fridays First Order of Business.

Hair cut.

At Noon Hour.

I can't take it any more!


Don't Speak...

Boys are so incredibly oblivious. Seriously. This is a two-fer.



Part One:
Tuesday evening I had a bit of trouble getting to sleep (go figure). After finally falling asleep and getting a couple hours I didn't want to wake up for work in the morning. I ended up falling asleep after the alarm was turned off and I was late for work. I rushed out of the house and without blow drying my hair. I just threw it up in a rubberband. Last night after treadmilling I checked my email and discovered I had a message from a gentleman I used to work with during my college days. We key holders at Suncoast Motion Picture company. He was insanely funny and we got on well. We kept in touch here and there over the years since leaving Suncoast. I have not talked with him in probably two years now. I have not seen him in about five. Needless to say, I was curious when I saw his name pop up randomly in my inbox. The message read this:




Penny
Funny story. I went to a new doctor today and you work there! I saw you in a side office and then again in the hallway but you looked really sick/tired so I didn't want to bother you.
Is everything okay?

_________________


Okay, wow.
Number One/A: YES, my hair was not properly done up but it was in a cute pony and I had make up on and I had this really cute black scrub top with little neon stars on it and I thought I looked pretty fabulous. Apparently not to this chap.

Number Two/B: The fact that a slash was used between sick and tired simply annoys the bejesus out of me.

Number Three/C: Do boys not realize that saying you look sick/tired is the most polite way of saying: "hey you look like shit!"

Number Four/D: What do you even say to this sick/tired claim?? How does one reply?


To end your suspense...I had to go into this long winded explanation of how I woke up late, didn't blow dry and how I suffer from insomnia and perhaps my sick/tired-ness was merely a look of frustration because I work in the 8th ring of hell and I was forced to help out on phones.


But yes, thanks, stop by and see me sometime.
Jack hole.



Part Two:
At 711 this morning, getting some cafe, a boy attempted to make polite conversation with me.
DEGRESSION: I love, love, love 711. Honestly, the folk in there are like a large Italian family at a holiday. Everyone is so friendly. I want to join hands and sing We Are The World...
So yeah ------>This boy was talking me up, he was on his way to work and as he walked away I noticed that his pants were down under his arse and his red plaid boxers were just out and about.


This was the style when I was in middle school. Do boys really still think this is hot? Honestly, back in the day I didn't find it attractive so now I certainly don't. A few months ago I saw that redick rapper Lil Wayne ( I think that's his name) and his pants were basically resting on his thighs. Boys, just come out in your boxers if you are going to go that far. I don't know about you ladies but I like my gifts wrapped :)


A nice polo, khakis or denim (That FIT) and some Dr. Martens.


So under rated these days.



Okay, I'm done. Rant over.



"Always Have a Good Distraction.."


Reasons today just may be slightly better than yesterday.


Number One/A: I came in this morning to find several nifty gifties on my desk one being, a bag of farm fresh tomatoes

Number Two/B: Season One of Secret Life of an American Teenager that I am borrowing. Both courtesy of Amber

Number Three/C: I was logging into my computer and I found that my buddy james had cut out a picture of Kevin Jonas's head and affixed it to the body of a photo of someonelse on my mousepad...Please take a gander...This got a laugh.



















Number Four/D: I found a jim jim (that's Slim Jim to you folks) in my bag that I was given on Monday during cake class and I forgot to snack on it.

Number Five/E: Debbie Gibson's Foolish Beat just came on my ipod.

Number Six/F: I brought the most amazing salad for lunch.

Number Seven/G: The phones are not as hectic today. My co-pilot is out, as she has been for the past week and a half, I have been helping out. It's been a mess. Today I am actually able to sit at my desk and only have to help when necessary.

Number Eight/H: When I arrived at work this morning someone (*cough, cough, Erica) had already made me coffee. I may love her.

Number Nine/I: I have every intention of stopping and getting a Wild Cherry Slurpee from my favourite store, 711, on the way home.

I better stop listing things. This could all turn around. After all, it's not even noon hour yet.

Hope everyone's day is going as well as mine started.









*Blog title, lyrics written by jim adkins from Distraction

Cakes, Cakes, and More Cakes..

The 4th was eventful. I hosted an out of control cook out last year. It was about 13-15 people at any given moment and it was madness!! This year it was a little more low key. It was great. Good food, good laughs, good times.


I have had off of work since Thursday evening so I was a little sad to get up at 6 am this morning and start the routine all over again. The one good thing about this Monday is that I start Course Two today. After work Amber and I have our Chick Fil-A dinner planned and then on to class. We don't have to make homework cakes this time around so we will have less to carry and hopefully will only have to make one trip to bring our supplies in this time.

I'm excited to learn more flowers with the buttercream. Fondant is the end all be all but not everyone enjoys the taste. I want to be able to do all I can with buttercream. Course Two seems like it is going to deliver! Speaking of cakes..I made a 4th of July cake for the occasion. I also made a rose cake for my ma, good excuse to get some practice in...



















While practicing the tip placement just kind of dawned on me. It was like a moment where you are learning something and it just clicks. You just "get it". This happened when working on my blue roses. Here is the finished product.
































































We also picked about five pounds of Raspberries this weekend. I have so many I don't know what to do with them all. I decided to make a cake and incorporate some of them. I ended up doing a chocolate cake with a layer of buttercream, layer of raspberries and a layer of buttercream. I, of course, used the raspberries around the border of the cake as well and took the opportunity to practice roses again :)






Monday Movie Meme

play it HERE!


This week's movie topic is all about Subtitles...


Movies worth READING :)

Pans Labrynth-Creepy but interesting

Slum Dog Millionaire-Might as well have been subtitled. You had to read the majority of the movie but it was very worth it.

Life is Beautiful

Irrational Fears

A mate over at Trying Our Best-A Mommy Blog, has posted a few entries on irrational fears she has developed with getting older. I do have my fair share..like slipping on wet pavement, grass, floors, well..anything really. To my defense, this really isn't irrational because I am the most clumsy person I know. I have a few more I don't care to mention in fear that you will think I am insane. (Really, I'm not. I promise)


The newest one has developed about two weeks ago due to an incident in my office. We are under construction, as I have mentioned before. They are building up and breaking down and moving things. The workers are just anywhere and everywhere and we just kind of move out of their way to accomodate them and try to keep things running smoothly. Well two weeks ago they were looking at our buildings inner workings. Wires, plumbing, etc. An office mate had to make a trip to the loo. Upon entering she had an inclination to look up and who was peering down from a moved ceiling tile?? A construction worker. They were up in the ceiling looking at pipes and wires and such and didn't put a sign on the door to inform people that may not want to use that particular loo when they were hanging out above it. Thankfully she never got as far as the closing the door, only to realize them and quickly turn to leave and find another.

Since this incident I am so terrified that someone is going to just pop in while I am in the loo. It sounds crazy..but it has happened! Thus spawning the irrational fear. Peek-A-Boo..

 
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