Thoughts and Randomness

Thoughts, Randomness, and where I have been…

Wow…. time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

Or something like that…

Where have I been for the last few weeks, anyway? It seems like a whole lotta spots around town, actually, and thanks to my nifty iPhone, I was able to capture many of the places and spaces I’ve been. And, conveniently, the phone camera has all the photos date stamped so I can keep them in chronological order.

Which, as a Virgo, is paramount to my health and well being.

* ahem *

Enough chit chat, let’s get this started, shall we?

First up, J’s birthday cake: 

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I had a lot of trouble with this cake – not the actual cake itself (alternating layers of yellow cake (I used Carole Walters’ recipe), chocolate cake, pastry cream, and raspberry jam), but with the fondant. The problem was the humidity here in Austin. I am definitely not used to it, and struggled to get a smooth finish before the fondant started weeping. Maybe it was the brand I used, I tried a new one from a famous cake chef who shall remain nameless due to the fact that his fondant is extremely expensive and in my opinion, it’s just not worth the extra money. I even had to cut the decorations short because I was getting so frustrated with it. However, after all was said and done, the cake was a huge hit, J loved it, and it was very well received by his colleagues and friends.

Our new ATV:

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This monstrosity was a complete and total surprise. A bargain that we (read: J) simply couldn’t pass up. Truth be told, I will admit it was practically a steal. Never been ridden, brand spankin’ new, and our wonderful friend James trailered it over to our house and promptly had Sabrina riding it up and down the street.

Our neighbors were NOT amused.

I’m sure they’re counting the days until we leave….

Daisy: 

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My poor Daisy …. after her most recent vet visit, I was informed that she is now suffering from cataracts (not Cadillacs) – which explains so much of her behavior lately. She has practically hot-glued herself to me, and just the other day I found her staring at the wall, not sure which way to go. She’s only 9 years old, but clearly not aging well.

sigh

Heartbreaking, I know…

Kiss/Def Leppard tickets!
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Oh…my….goodness! Sabrina had been dying to attend this concert, she loves the genre of music (to which I have to remind myself that this kid was born in the late 90’s, not the early 80’s!!) but was unable to find any of her friends to accompany her. J overhead our conversation, and the next thing she knew, he presented her with tickets for the three of us to attend the concert the very next night.

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It was, in a word, unbelievable. Both bands sounded so incredible, it was truly a mind-blowing experience. I did the smart thing and hired a car service to take us there and back, worth every penny and then some. After the concert was over, we walked right out, jumped into our waiting car, and split before the exiting traffic hit.

Southwestern University Tour:

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Ok so when did this happen? When did my child need to start looking at colleges?! I mean, I know she’s going to be a senior in just a few weeks, but college?

Let’s put it this way…. I may not be ready, but she definitely is. Ready for higher education, that is. Dorm life? Not so much. After seeing the size of the rooms (and shortage of bathrooms), she has decided that she will most likely live at home.

Which is fine with me 🙂

And just because I can, one more shot of Daisy:

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And to answer the inevitable next question, I have been cooking and baking a lot…. those posts are coming soon!

 

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