Back from the dead

It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, it’s just that I’ve been too tired/lazy/lethargic/lacking in ambition to do anything about it. That changes this year…as soon as I can get to it.

Strike that – it changes now.

A Halloween Fox

One of my coworkers, Shane, has a violent hatred of the song The Fox (What Does the Fox Say) by Ylvis.

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please visit this link and join the rest of the people who either hate it or love it. And if you you’re wondering what the hell they were thinking when they wrote it, you should take a look at some of their other songs***.)

My coworker dislikes the song so much, that if one of us turns it on while in the lab–usually just to annoy him–he’ll leave the room.

So when I found a large Halloween card with a fox on it last month, I HAD to buy it.

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The inside was fairly blah…

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After a little time spent playing around with background colors and font…

(and a trip to Kinkos to print it out since we haven’t replaced our dead printer yet).

…this is what Shane received for Halloween…

Yes, I went there...

Yes, I went there…

 

It’s a good thing he has a sense of humor.

 

***The song Work It is another one of my favorites, but it’s definitely not safe for kids.

 

The Power of Cheesecake

I’ve been sick on and off for the past month. The cake show went by as I had to back out of competing due to illness. I was well enough to attend, but fell ill again before I could post more than a tiny sample of the photos of the event. So much crap has happened over the past 30 days…

…but none of that matters now.

For I had cheesecake for breakfast, and all is good again in my world.

A Preview of a few of the Cakes from the Show

These are just a few that caught my eye today, and I don’t have any names of the creators since they were still judging some of them as I was taking photos (I’m missing some of the titles as well as I didn’t want to keep getting in everyone’s way). Also, these only go up partway through the Intermediate division because it’s getting late and I haven’t had much sleep lately.
 
 
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Forgot to collect the title of the cake – but I’m betting this one was made by Tyler Gary.

(Teen: Wedding Tiered)
 
 
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Forgot to collect the title of this one

(Culinary Student: Special Techniques)

 
 
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Grey seems to be one of the themes this year.

Title: Happy Birthday Alexa
(Adult Beginner: Novelty Tiered)

 
 
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Title: Where the Wild Things Are
(Adult Beginner: Novelty Tiered)

 
 
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Title: Kukul-kan Guarding its Temple
(Adult Beginner: Novelty Tiered)

 
 
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While I’m not sure I’d be willing to eat this cake, they did an amazing job with it.

Title: Willie Nelson
(Adult Intermediate: Sculpted Cakes)

 
 
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I think I’m beginning to like this color more than I used to.

Title: Paper Garden Cake
(Adult Intermediate: Novelty Tiered)

 
 
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And this is one of the better versions of this year’s big trend…peacocks (and grey).

Title: Peacock
(Adult Intermediate: Wedding Tiered)

See you tomorrow with more photos!

It’s the Capital Confectioners’ 9th Annual Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition!

 

 

 

With all the medical issues this past year, I had planned on only entering the tasting competition this time around. That actually worked out well since I also have a Root Beer Schnapps cake recipe I’ve been working on for a while, and one of the categories this year is cakes made with or flavored with alcohol.

And then BOOM!

I ended up getting sick last Saturday (it’s always a bad sign when a hockey rink starts to feel too warm for long sleeves). After a week, I’m finally well enough to attend the show, but now there’s not enough time to slam out a non-contagious tasting entry. Oh well, at least I get to check out all the other entries.

Steve was worried that I’d be depressed about not being able to compete this year, but I thought I was fine with it until I saw Nicolas Lodge judging my usual division and category today. Now I’m a little depressed.

My camera and I had some disagreements while photographing cakes, so many of them didn’t turn out. I’m going through them now to see what I can post tonight. Tomorrow I’ll spend most of the day retaking pictures since there’s less of a crowd on the second day (most people are too busy with the vendors or classes). I’d be further along with getting photos up tonight, but Steve decided to start watching the entire run of Cheers on Netflix and it’s turning out to be funnier than I remembered (I didn’t have a TV when the show came out, so I’ve only seen a little of it).

Maybe it’s a good thing that Steve’s now playing his new PS3 game so I no longer have an excuse not to rummage through my photos. If I can stop grousing about my camera and how crappy a photographer I am, I may get something out in the next hour.