I have been waiting for awhile to see Adventureland. Mostly because I think Bill Hader is the most talented and darling man I have seen in the past several years and partly because I wanted to see if Kristen Stewart had range.
Well..before I get all negative nelly on you, the soundtrack was amazing! The movie was set in the 80's which equals tons of awesome 80's stuff like Jesus and the Mary Chain (*sigh), Velvet Underground, Bowie and the Cure. Plus some pop greats like: Your Love by the Outfield, Don't Dream It's Over-Crowded House, Point of No Return-Expose, Let the Music Play-Shannon and so much more. You can't go wrong here.
Bill Hader did not disappoint. I also loved the cutesy innocence of the lead actor. As for Stewart...no range. I have seen almost all of her films by default (ie. great director, or another actor that I like). In all of these films she is the same person. It's like she just acts like herself yet I am always hearing about acclaim and praise for her skills. Are we watching the same gal here folks??? Gah, who knows.
The point of the post: Not a bad movie, funny, sweet, interesting, amazing tunes. Worth the watch :)
*lyrics by Jesus and the Mary Chain-Taste of Cindy
I love, love, love shoes.
but shoes have always been my first love. I have two new items of news to share that involve shoes that I am very stoked about.
I am sure I am way late on this news train for some of you but it's news to me damnit!
Anyone watch Project Runway? I am so addicted to that show. My favorite all time contestant, Christian Soriano, who hales from Annapolis Maryland (*cough, cough), you know him-"Fierce", won season four, he has signed a deal with PAYLESS to design a line of shoes. Holy smokes!!
He is so amazingly talented so I am excited to see what he comes up with. Read all about it HERE
Next item of business..Britney Spears. I know a lot of folks love, love, love to hate the old gal but I personally adore her. Always have. Even when she went nutso and beat that Sports Utility Vehicle with an umbrella (atta girl!). Love her! Think what you want but she puts out an insanely good pop album, like no other and is on constant rotation on my ipod, especially if you need some motivation for working out. Excuse me while I step down from my soap box.
Okay..so Britney is peddling some new shoes for Candies. They sell at Kohls.
ASIDE: I am on the fence about Kohls but that is neither here nor there..
I digress..The shoes are DARLING!! (and affordable)
Me likes the pair below *wink*
I am a HUGE Jimmy Eat World fan, for those who do not already know this. I have a tattoo of the headphones logo on my right wrist. I have always, always, always wanted a lyric tattoo. My most favourite song ever is called If You Don't, Don't. It's quoted on the side of my blog, come to think of it.
My favourite line is: "for every penny that you could". Hmm..wonder why?
I have not gone in pursuit of this lyrical tattoo as of yet because I am not sure where to get it. I don't like a lot of flashy tattoos. I have two on my back, one on my left wrist and one on my right.
They are all relatively small. The problem is: I want the tattoo but I want it somewhere folks can see it :) But I'm not into arm tatts, ankle tatts..etc. I really like the wrist thing. So after speaking with Amber ( I consult before every decision) I am thinking that I could put the lyrics under my logo tatt with a treble clef, since it's a lyric AND I play guitar.
This is what I'm rocking:
This is the exact font and layout of what I want to rock..
So what do you think about under? Too much?
I think I'm gonna end up going for it.
Top 5 artists that you hope will put out a better album then their last.
*title-lyrics by oasis
Came back after a long weekend. Guess what was on my desk this morning?
Of course, these are all relative to my employment, but I am sure they are universal :)
For anyone interested, I started a second blog with just cake stuff on it. I wanted an area that I could put more pictures up and have them all in consecutive order. It's a lot easier to browse through than looking at my blog. Also, to be honest a lot of people don't have my blog url so sometimes I don't want to give this one out. If interested in cakes check it out here!
I have just started Gum Paste and Fondant course. For lesson two we are to bring a dirty iced cake in. We will learn covering it with fondant, draping, and using the punch to put designs on fondant. The techniques I am eager to learn but I don't like them much for my own cake. I know it's a practice cake but with the amount of time energy and money put into these fondant cakes I don't want to drape it with something I don't like.
I can't just do a craft or a cake for the hell of it. Or just make a mosh posh of items on a cake to practice. I fully intend to practice these techniques in class but I don't want to keep them apart of my project cake. I will participate but then politely ball them up and return them to fondant heaven. I think that is reasonable. I blue printed a few ideas for the cake I would like to do.
All in all, after reading the book I am a little disappointed in what we will learn. There is no gum paste rose on the menu. There is this bizarre-o flower called a Fantasy Flower that looks horrid that we will learn. We also don't really even touch base with gum paste figures. I know this is just your basic sculpture techniques (glad I had three years of this in High School) but still...I thought it would be more than fondant hankies, draping and odd flowers.
So I guess this time around I will be pissing off the instructor by doing my own thing again.
Tuesday Tunes: Week 96
Tell us about the most mind-blowing concert you've ever attended.
Any of the vast amounts of Jimmy Eat World gigs I have attended would qualify as mind blowing. One in particular may take the cake for Biggest Mind Blow. Back in February I went to the 930 Club to see J.ew. It was amazing! I will list the reasons why:
Number 1/A: I arrived early to hang out
Number 2/B: The weather was insanely perfect. (Not too cold)
Number 3/C: I got to see Jim
Number 4/D: Front and center
Number 5/E: They played Clarity from start to finish and it was RELIGIOUS
Number 6/F: Encore included No Sensitivity, which I specifically wanted them to play. That was amazing
Number 7/G: Goodbye Sky Harbor was seriously, the coolest, most amazing display of musical talents from Jim. I am still impressed.
Number 8/H: I met up with some old friends...Kris, Joyce, Sylvia, Brian Mc, Lauren
Number 9/I: I got to meet Eric-who was by far, the coolest dude I have met in a long time.
Number 10/J: I got to see Jim
Number 11/K: I was given free will call tix to a show in Philly, PA the following night, so I was super excited to road trip :)
Number 12/L: Car was broken into. (YES, this is mind blowing in a different way)
Number 13/M: Tom Tom was stolen. Everyone I told this to replied with: "What's a TomTom?" ha ha ha, including Jim and Rick. How do folks not know what a TomTom is? It's only the greatest invention on planet earth.
Number 14/N: I actually googled: "How to hot wire a Ford Expedition".. ps. it didn't work.
Number 15/O: I got to see Jim...had great company while waiting until 3a.m for a tow.
Number 16/P: In all of the district they send me the police man on a BIKE. Who doesn't speak english and doesn't really know what to do with the car so we had to wait longer...for CSI.
Number 17/Q: Brian Mc. Hero of the evening. Driving 40 minutes out of the way to take us home.
Number 18/R: I got to call out of work the following day since I didn't get home until 430 am.
Number 19/S: Almost FREE rental car for the Philly Trip
Number 20/T: Knowing that I would get to see my favourite band in the world again, for free, the next night.
So, yeah, Mind Blowing.
Still have not replaced that TomTom. The joke is, every time I see Jim something redick happens. Two times ago I was harassed by a homeless man, the time after I got a parking ticket which Jim offered only his sound advice on: "Parking Sucks". Then this time in question, car completely disabled and stranded. I'm just thinking next time around I will just take public transport. or a rental.
It's time to tackle this beast...
ps. Gum Paste TONIGHT!!
Cmaj7: x32000 Am: 002210
Fmaj7: xx3210 F: 133211
C: x32020 G: 320033
Em: 022000 Cadd9: x32003
What?s wrong baby?
Don?t they treat you like they should?
Did you take them for it?
Or every penny that you could.
We once walked along the beach
And once I almost touched your hand
O, how I dreamed to finally say such things
Then only to pretend
If you don?t, don?t know, why?d you say so
Would you mean this please if this happened
If you don?t, don?t know, why?d you say so
Would you get your story straight?
f you don?t know honey won?t you just say so
And I need this now more then I ever did
If you don?t know honey then u don?t
Play it HERE!
Sunday Stealing: Janana's Now Vs. Then Meme
It's been a while since we had to post rules. But here we will list the relevent ones:
*Think back to ten years ago on this month.
*Write truthful answers and ELABORATE. This makes it more interesting!
*If you don't have a scanner you may omit #14 but I think if you do you should totally do it!
*It's about personal changes. Have fun with it!
Then: August 19991.
2. Romantic Status: Dating Robbie
3. Occupation: Full time college student. Office Assistant in the Financial Aid office and part time sales girl at Suncoast Motion Picture Company.
4. Fun night out: Going to the mall for like two things with Leanne. In and out shoppers, we were. Then going to the Rock and Roll McDonalds and sitting in our back corner booth for hours talking. Always end with an ice cream cone.
5. My BFFs: Leanne, we first met in 1999. We share a birthday, looked alike and acted exactly alike. It was like I found my twin. Creeeeeepppyy.
Russ-I have known him forever. He's like a brudder.
6. I spent way too much time: with worry about in-laws
7. I spent not enough time: Just hanging out. Lots of work and school.
8. I wanted to be when I grew up: Forensics or something in psych
9. Biggest concern: How to make my car payment on time.
10. What my biggest concern should have been: How to make my car payment
11. Where did I live: With my Ma.
12. Dumbest thing I did that year:I can't think of a thing. I am too boring to do anything remotely fun or dumb :)
13. If I could go back now and talk to myself I would say: Have fun.
14. Picture of me then:
Now: August 2009
1. Age: 28
2. Romantic Status:Married
3. Occupation: Accounts
4. Fun night out: A gig at 930 club, dinner on the way.
5. My BFFs: Me...I do love james and amber though :)
6. I spend way too much time: With worry.
7. I spend not enough time: Playing JA
8. I want to be when I grow up: Accounts. Calculator. Computer. NO coworkers.
9. Biggest concern: Sleep
10. What my biggest concern should be: Sleep
11. Where do I live: In a great house with hubs and my two cats.
12. Dumbest thing I have done this year: Trusted people I thought I could. Revealed too much of me to folks I thought I could.
13. What I think I would say to myself in 10 years: Have fun. No worries!
1. What do I miss most from 1999: Just being younger
2. What do I miss least from 1999: Not knowing what I know now.
3. What have I accomplished in 10 years that I am most proud of: College Degree, I pretty much got everything I ever wanted.
4. What have I NOT accomplished in 10 years that I wish I had: Getting cert. for teaching.
So last night was a show. In fact, it was a Broadway musical. Insane.
I get home and get prepped to ice and decorate the cake that is due at 9AM. I make three batches of icing (about 9 cups), thinking this will be sufficient. I separate a cup out for decor and thin the rest and go to ice. I don't have enough.
Okay, not a big deal. I take the last cup set aside for decor and use that and go to work making another batch of icing to use for roses and borders and writing.
After this is made I make my six roses. No problem..Piece of cake.. Pardon my pun.
After the roses, I smooth out the cake and get it ready. I do the borders, which is a show without a cake wheel. This sheet was 14X20 and I didn't want it to break in half on a tiny wheel so I did without. When I am finished with the borders I am ready to put my two hearts in the center of the cake.
- To cut out several templates I had prepped last week in different sizes.
-Choose the best size.
-Poke dots on to the cake surface around the selected template so I could pipe little pearls on when removed.
Sounds nice, right? Yeah, my folder with the customers order information and template is gone. I look everywhere. All in the kitchen, my car, my bag for class, my book bag. I have everything BUT these papers. I start to panic. I have a computer on loan but my printer will not work on it. I decide to go online, find the template and trace it on computer paper. I run to the office, turn on the computer...Oh wait....
The computer has died.
My loaned computer.
I am slightly miffed at this point. I search around for some type of heart template I can use. I try to free hand them a few times on paper but I am not satisfied. I own some fondant heart shapes but they are too tiny for this giant cake. I finally remember that a co-worker gave me a 1000 piece scrapbook and cardmaking kit for Christmas last year. I am almost certain there must be a template for a heart of sorts in that. I rip this open and wa-la...I find it.
I go to town getting this on the cake. I then measure for rose placement. (Three in each corner)
While putting on my second rose,
Keep in mind: I am CLUMSY
Plop. Rose falls. On the cake. Thankfully they had firmed up quite a bit from my frantic debacle and only left a hint of yellow on the cake which I quickly remedied with a paintbrush and new icing and smoothing.
After all this the cake, barely, fits in the box, but I make it work.
I had no issues transporting the cake this morning, they picked it up, loved it and most importantly, paid.
Also, I quickly purchased a new computer, which I will be picking up after work today. I asked my husband, who likes to "shop" around. This is his fancy way of really just procrastinating on the task. Since our loan computer his frame of mind was: "why do we need to purchase one when we have this GREAT loaner right in front of me? Logical, I suppose. So I took matters into my own hands. It's done, I can now have a fully functional ipod.
With my luck though I will get the computer home and the freaking outlet plug will be missing.
Wish me luck. Happy weekend!
Tonight is a busy one. First of all, I am excited because I will be dining on number 4 from Hunan. My favourite chinese resturant. Secondly, I have to ice my first sheet cake order in order to have it prepped for delivery tomorrow. I am nervous. This will be my first cake that gets out there...you know? Not in front of just my co-workers. I have tons of things to catch up on at work from my absense yesterday. Plus I am fighting sleepiness. Bring on the coffee.
On a pissy note...
1/A: To the folks who use my computer and scanner area in the morning. Stop leaving a million pulled staples all over my work area. Assholes.
2/B: To folks who come in and want to have a conversation while you are currently on the phone with someone else...shut the ef' up. I'm on the phone.
3/C: To all, near and far, who read over the shoulder. Stop it. It's just rude. You should be ashamed of yourself!
Okay, rant over :) Cheers.
So glad Course Two is over! I was quite proud with my final result though.
I am extremely excited to start Gum Paste next Monday. Next project, for now, is the Wedding Shower cake due on Friday and a special cake for my favourite gal at work, equipped with dinosaurs.
Here are some pics of the final!