Sunday, September 21, 2008

Professional Escape Artist

Meet Mimi

On the outside, or to the uninformed person, Mimi looks like a very pretty, seemingly innocent black lab. Don't let appearances fool you! Mimi is a professional escape artist. Now, before you laugh, let me assure you I am not making this up. You can ask my dad. Mimi loves to be outside. Her two favorite things in life are being outside and getting petted (is that a word??). When we are in the house and I get up off the couch or walk from one room to the other, she assumes this means she gets to go outside. It's pretty funny actually, and I'm very fortunate that she enjoys being outside so much, especially in such a small house. The problem lies in the fact that Mimi has a severe case of "the grass is always greener..." I hate to keep her on the leash all the time, but if I don't she will find any and every way possible to get out of the yard. She drives me crazy with this. Especially because all she does once she gets out is stand on the other side of the fence and taunt the other two dogs, or run around to the front and wait for me to open the door and let her in. Seriously, this drives me crazy! As I type right now, she is off the leash in the backyard, and I'm crossing my fingers that she will still be in the yard when I go check on her.
The other two dogs we have are Tia and Beta. They are both sweet, and luckily not nearly as creative in getting out of the yard as Mimi is! I'll post pictures of Tia and Beta soon.

Roses & Crazy Sundays....

I have sat down to post these pictures about three times in since Wednesday night, and it just never happened. So, now that it is Sunday afternoon and I need to be working on stuff for work tomorrow (yuck!), I decided now is as good a time as ever!

My cake class is going good; its a four week class, so I only have one week left. Last week we learned how to start a rose - but for people like me who don't like to start something and not finish it, she showed us how to finish it. She promised we'd have a lot more time this week to practice - I sure hope so! I also learned how to make a couple of different flowers as well as some other cool techniques like the shell boarder. We were supposed to make this cake with icing clowns on the top, but not being a big fan of clowns, I opted to do cupcakes with flowers and balloons - unique, I know.

So, here's some pictures of my first roses and the cupcakes I made:

So, tomorrow I have an Open House for work. Basically, its a come-and-go reception for the faculty on campus. We post our most recent data for them and showcase the different facets of our program. I bravely have nominated myself to decorate the cake for the open house. I figure it if looks terrible, I can always cut it up before anyone gets there! Hahaha! I did however, decide to buy the cake already iced so all I will be in charge of is putting the logo on the top. So, in addition to compiling the data for the display board for the open house, and grading 60 journals and assignments from my classes this past Friday, and writing detailed lesson plans for the next two weeks, I have to ice a cake! I am currently questioning my sanity! At least I have the Ryder Cup and the Cowboys to keep me occupied! I'll post pictures of the cake for work tonight or tomorrow.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Some days you just need a little encouragement, ya know? There are times that I feel like I am the only one who knows what I am going through and no one is even capable of empathizing; much less sympathize. Those thoughts usually come on my pity party days! Sometimes, though, especially in the middle of a pity party, God will gently nudge me or send me a soft reminder that I have special people in my live who do empathize with me. I have a beautiful friend, Jessica, who is so close to my heart. We are the kind of friends who can go for months without talking and then pick right back up like we never missed a beat. I had the honor of standing beside her in her wedding last fall, and she has just welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Makaela Jane. We were corresponding yesterday, catching up on each other's lives, and she wrote to me:

"I hope things start falling in place for you soon. I know they will eventually, it's just hard to wait for eventually to come! "

Those words were just what I needed to hear at that moment. As you know me, you know that I am person who stays busy. I'm always doing something or taking on some new project or task, whether at work, at home, or anywhere else I can find it. I do that because I do not like to sit around and think too much. I do not like to have too much time on my hands, because my mind wanders and I never know where it will lead me. I desire more than anything else to be a wife and a mother. I desire to make a large scale impact on under served populations in the community, especially children. I desire to help other mothers and fathers become the best parents they can be. I have so many desires, and so much that I want to do......eventually.

Where I struggle is that I do not think my "eventually" is contingent upon myself solely. I know there are things I need to be doing along the way, of course. What I get tripped up on is the feeling that I am waiting on God to help things 'fall into place'; especially with the husband and kids part.

So, thank you Jess for your encouraging words and your reminder. It helps to know that others are as aware of the frustration that accompanies waiting for "eventually".

Here's a picture of Jess (left), Lindsay, and myself the weekend of Jess's wedding. (Pardon the fact that I look sunburned - it was cold and windburn!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Game I Love

After playing golf almost every day for so many years, it feels weird to have gone the whole summer without playing. I've been itching to play, but haven't made the time. At the same time, I have been spending Tuesday afternoons/evenings with Jaylen, my friend Willie's son. Jaylen is 8 and in the 3rd grade, and is quite the athlete. He loves basketball, but his passion is football. So, this Tuesday I decided I would introduce him to golf! It was so funny! He is so competitive and wanted to beat me so bad! We hit a few balls, basically just trying to teach him how to hold the club and a few of the basics. Here's a few pictures:

He was actually pretty good, and we had a lot of fun. It was funny to watch him after he hit it in the air the first time! Oh, I remember that days! After the driving range, we went to the putting green for some more friendly competition. I must say, it didn't take long for it to all start coming back to me.

All in all, it was a fun day in the beautiful weather.

Cakes Galore!!!

I have a new hobby!! I have wanted to learn to decorate cakes for a long time, but have always convinced myself that I was too busy to take a class or didn't have enough money for the class and supplies. So, in my new effort to take time for something I want to do - especially now that the pool is closed and its getting cold outside - I signed up for the Wilton Course I at the local JoAnn's. I signed up during their Open House preview and got a great discount on the class, and shopped around to get the best prices on the supplies, and took the plunge! Here's some of my supplies when they arrived in the mail:

The first class was just a lecture, but for this week's class we had to make our own cake and pick our design. We also had to bring a small truck load of icing with us, so I spent most of Saturday making icing, cleaning the mixer, making more icing, and then coloring it. Here's a glimpse:

(By the way - did you notice my new do-it-all handy-dandy appliance? Yes, it is a toaster/convection oven/broiler/defroster/etc. It does it all. I LOVE it - my mom and dad got it for me at the Linens-n-Things going out of business sale while they were here in August, and its the best kitchen purchase I have made in a long time!!!)

Back to for tonight's class I made up my own design of interlocked circles. Here's the finished product:

Not too bad for my first try, if I say so myself. I was a little tired by the end of the night so my border is a little lacking. I admit I have a long way to go, but I'll keep you posted on my progress. Next week in class we learn to make roses!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Plan to Plan

I am a planner. So much so that I plan to plan....yes, I make plans about when I am going to plan things. Laugh if you want, but when you are wasting time trying to decide what to do, I am getting ahead - because I had a plan and you didn't!!!! Along with the planning, I am typically one of the most decisive people I know; I always know what I want to do, when I want to do it, and how I want to go about doing it. When I go to eat with a group of friends, I always know where I want to go; when I went to college, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. That's just me.
Until now. I'm embracing what some researchers call the "Quarter-Life Crisis". I am not exactly at a crossroads, but I feel like I am, thus making me feel like I need to make decisions. The main one: Do I stay in Kansas City, or do I look for a job in Texas? That's a tough one - and for the first time in my life, I feel completely baffled and indecisive. I have been struggling with this decision for close to a year now, and change my mind at least once a week. However.....I now have a plan...albeit a contingency plan. But a least it's a plan, right? I won't go into too many details at this point, but stay tuned. The bottom line is at least I can sleep a little easier, because I have a plan!!!

Welcome to Bloggerville

I am officially welcoming myself to the world of blogging, aka "Bloggerville". I signed up for and started creating this blog somewhere in the neighborhood of nine months ago, but then decided that my life was so boring there was nothing to blog about, so I let it sit. I love to read blogs, I 'lurk' on other people's blogs all the time, some of them friends, some people I 'kind of knew' in college, and even some of perfect strangers. I find it fascinating, and so I have been trying to inspire myself to join the party.
Today while I was doing some baking and preparation for my cake class on Wed (more about that in another post), I came up with close to twenty things to blog about, so I decided now is a good a time as ever! So, here goes.......