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.

My New Craigslist Obsession

My newest obsession is the furniture section on Craigslist. This is also the first time my husband has heard about this (hello Steve!).

So far, this obsession has been limited to lurking and wishing I could buy some of the more gorgeous pieces, but it’s slowly creeping towards caving in and attempting to purchase something. The only thing stopping me so far is that either the furniture I want is too expensive, I have no room for it, or it won’t work with anything else I have or am trying to do with my cluttered and ugly home. A good example was a huge buffet that was absolutely beautiful, ornate, and expensive. The beautiful part was very nice, but the ornate wouldn’t work in my living room or kitchen, and expensive wouldn’t have worked very well with my husband.

But it doesn’t stop me from looking and dreaming.

Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday:

The most amazing workspace ever stashed into a cabinet. If I had the $200, I’d be borrowing my parents’ trailer to pick it up immediately.

Warning, this ottoman is filthy/ugly. It’s also made of solid wood and would be very nice once it was reupholstered. And it looks like it would be a fairly simple upholstery job too. I’m hoping to see it on Before/After soon.

I have the perfect place for this in my living room. Even better yet, it means I can toss my big ugly chair instead of attempting an upholstery job that I’m very much not prepared for. We knew a guy with one of these when I was a kid, and my sister and I would fight over who got to sit in it while visiting. This one is much nicer too.

This would be nice in the library we’re going to eventually have. The only reason we don’t have it yet is because I still haven’t cleared out all my crap from my old office so we can pull out the carpet and install the wood floors and wall to wall bookshelves. I bet I could have talked Steve into this one if we were further along.

This is another one that looks sort of iffy. But I bet it would be perfect for our bedroom after some cleaning and polishing. Too bad it’s too expensive for me, but I’d be willing to put in the effort for it otherwise. 

I’m actually thinking about this one. The chairs are the light pine, which matches my kitchen table. Right now I’m using wooden folding chairs because nice chairs are expensive. But these are nice, and getting four of them would save me $40 over purchasing them brand new (and some of these haven’t even been unboxed and assembled yet, so they are still brand new).

I have absolutely no use or place for them, but I’m crushing on these red bar stools anyway.

The photo is dark, but these are rather nice and expensive Ikea kitchen pantries. I have a perfect place for them, but the color is wrong and I’ve already worked out what I’m going to do in that space instead. Part of me still wants them anyway.

I really, really want the Eames Molded Plywood Chair by Herman Miller. I tried to win one of these before Christmas and was very sad that I lost (as were probably quite a few other people). I have no idea what the chair’s value is, but if I had the $475, I’d be doing some quick research.

There are actually two other things that I may check on if they’re still available tomorrow. If not, I’ll continue to peruse Craigslist looking for that one (or more) perfect piece for my home.

UPDATED 11/06/13: What the hell was I thinking? I know I realized that the posts wouldn’t be there for long, which is why I wasted my lunch break that day grabbing screenshots of all of them – so why didn’t I include them? It’s probably time to go back through a gut this mess….

UPDATED even later: I located all the image files for these links – I had sent them to myself knowing the craigslist link would expire, but then I linked to to craigslist anyway. That’s what I get for trying to update my site during what was left of my lunch break.  I promise I’ll fix this once I start writing again… one day.