Monday, October 31, 2011

Engaged!

I thought some of you would like to know that B1 and I are now engaged! He proposed right in front of Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom last week and we're planning a September 2012 wedding. I couldn't be happier...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

New blog

I started a new blog...if you are friends with me on Facebook you'll see the link.  Please don't mention this blog there...

If we are not friends via fb and you'd like the link to the new place send me an email.

I will still post here now and then.  Since its a somewhat secret blog, it gives me a place to talk freely...so don't delete me from your readers!

Hope to hear from those of you who don't have the link already!

Fondly,
Mags

Friday, July 01, 2011

Vacation Day...

"No, I don't want no corn...especially no STOLEN corn!"




I took the day off yesterday and went to the beach. It was lovely. Instead of going to a salt water beach like I usually do, I headed to a local pond. I'd forgotten how much I love swimming in fresh water. I grew up swimming in a lake in my hometown every summer and just love the way it smells and feels-it's been a while and it certainly made for a wonderful, relaxing afternoon.

I think I'll have to go back soon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

See Food

B1 and I are going out to dinner on Friday to celebrate his new job and, in my mind, to kick off the long, fun weekend we have planned. A few minutes ago I went to the restaurant's website to view their menu and was tickled pink when I saw that this is how they display it online:

Just as they do in person. It just makes me smile that they didn't have someone type it out for their website...I don't know why. It just does.

This weekend we are also going to stay on the boat for at least one night, go see the sailboat races and attend a chowder fest. And, of course, fireworks.

Last year we didn't really get to see fireworks on the 4th...we were in RI on vacation with my family and for some reason, they were canceled. We didn't know that though, and so we stood around (with hundreds of other people) waiting for the big show. So I'm excited to see some pretty fireworks with my B1.

Last night I finished painting our kitchen. It looks really pretty, but when I woke up this morning, I noticed that the 2nd can that I bought yesterday didn't cover as well as the first one. That means I have to buy more and do some touch ups. Kind of frustrating, but it's OK. I want it to look really nice, so I'll do the extra work. Today I'm leaving early for a doctor's appointment (follow up from my shot) and afterward, I'm going to IKEA to buy a shelving unit and some pretty glass jars for the big wall. We have very little cabinet space and B1 and I both have lots of dishes and glassware. My plan is to display as many as possible on the shelf and then to take my flour, beans, lentils, pastas...out of the cabinet and put them into the jars on top. That'll give us more room in the cabinets and also bring some interest into the room.

That's the idea, anyway...

I'll post pictures when it's all done.

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's A Mouthfull

Added to my list of things that make me happy is this sucker:

Only I have the non-fat, non-topped version and I have to admit I feel funny going into Starbucks ordering a grande non-fat mocha coconut frappuccino with no whip or chocolate. I feel a little...snobby. But the minute this deliciousness washed over my tongue the first time, I knew I would become obsessed with them.

I go to 3 different Starbucks locations so that I don't look like a junkie.

Though, I never get more than one a day and it's not everyday, either. But it's often enough that I feel the need to switch locations. They're pretty much...close to orgasmic. I say close because, well...if a drink makes you make your "O" face, you're sleeping with the wrong person. :)

Go try it. Seriously. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Things That Make Me Happy

1. Picking out a new color for the kitchen...

2. Loving it, and having enough in the sample can to paint 1 whole wall and 3 smaller ones.

3. When B1's Boston accent comes out thicker than usual because he's just chatting with me. His accent always makes me smile.

5. And, um...he's super hot, too. :)

6. Using our new grill for dinner tonight for the first time...marinated steak with grilled corn on the cob and asparagus.

7. I'm getting tan.

8. Because it's summer, my co-workers and I have decided to rotate leaving early every day.

9. Our gourami fish is looking a little better...I still think he's going to die, but for now, he's swimming a little more.

10. My brand new, bright pink LL Bean windbreaker for camping, sailing, hiking and anything else outside.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday

Hi there! It's been a while...

I have no desire to write. This is a problem because I am good at it. I used to write wonderful stories and when I was done, I'd sit back with satisfaction. I would feel creative and accomplished. But now, nothing...

I know we've talked about this before. This blog used to be such a big part of my everyday. I was a stat-whore and I loved writing things I knew would bring comments. I do still think about the blog, and I do check my stats and and then and sometimes I even open Blogger to start a post and then think better of it and walk away. I wish I was inspired. I wish I had interesting things to tell you, to share with you. But I don't...

Instead this has become a daily (snort) diary of sorts. Which is fine. But it used to be so much more. Maybe one day I'll bring it back. Maybe.

So what has been going on? Well...

My favorite little cousin graduated from high school last week and B1 and I drove 3 hours to NY to attend a family party. We had fun. It was nice to see everyone and I smile on the inside every time we hang out with them because Kimmie still usually opts to sit anywhere I am. Just like when she was little...only now she's not crawling all over me. Which is probably for the best. Her cheeks aren't chubby enough to bite anymore anyway...

My Nana left the party in a rush because she wasn't feeling well. Everyone was concerned. She turns 80 in a few weeks and we're having a surprise party for her. I worried she would die before that could happen and watched my phone for days waiting. But apparently nothing did happen, because no one has called me.

I don't want her to die, but I know it's going to happen and it's probably going to happen sooner than later. It makes me sad to think about that but it's the only way I can prepare myself. I suppose that's not normal and that it's just another way I protect myself-prepare for the worst. I don't dwell on it, but when I think of it, I tell myself these things.

The boat is in the water. This year B1 is storing it in a marina that is only 10 minutes from our apartment, so we've been going there after work for dinner every now and then. It's lovely and peaceful and I feel very lucky to be able to share it. We tried to stay over a couple of weeks ago, but we made friends with another boat and watched a Bruins game with them and I drank way too much. The rocking of the boat was too much for me to handle and I got sick. :( Apparently rum plus rocking does not equal a happy belly. We drove home at 2;30am. I had Chinese food the next day. Chinese food is my hangover food. I felt better after that.

B1 got a promotion and is now the director of his program. It's well deserved and a long time coming but it's wearing him out already. I fear he'll get burnt out or that he'll be married to his work life and I won't see him much except for on the weekends. I hope that once things settle down, he'll be able to let it run smoothly without him there all of the time.

My favorite fishy died. A black and white guppy who looked like he was wearing an evening gown-so I named him Lady. His fins were nipped and he died. Now, another of my favorite fish is dying-a blue gourami. We have another one, but I'll miss him when he's gone. It was pretty when they both swam around, flashing their pretty colors by us while we watched TV.

We are going camping at the end of July for my birthday. This time we're going to NH and are camping at a site with a lake. We're hoping to swim and maybe go boating and fishing. I'm asking my parents for my own sleeping bag for my birthday. I used to have one, but Jamie stole that too.

I've been going to therapy twice a month. I think it's helping, but it's also bringing a lot of emotions to the surface. Mostly about Jamie. I don't feel them during the day most of the time. Instead, I wake up in the middle of the night because of horrible nightmares in which I am being beaten, chased, blackmailed...it's the worst when the dreams include people and things from my current life, like B1.

I worry. I'm trying to separate my past from my present. I think I do a good job most of the time, but when I don't, I worry that it will make the people around me hate me. It scares me.

We bought a road trip grill this week! It's a fold up Coleman grill on wheels and we can use it in our back courtyard or while camping. I really wanted to use it last night, but it's been raining here in Boston. Maybe this week...

Next weekend we are going to harbor fest. It's my first time being in Boston on the 4th of July and I am very excited to be sharing it with B1. He's super fun to be with and he's adventurous and open to trying new things and doing fun stuff. So we don't' just have to sit around waiting for life to happen-we can actually go live. I think we're going to stay on the boat too-this time, I'll drink tequila maybe...tequila doesn't make me sick like rum does.

Just ask my sister's boyfriend. :)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Smooshed Into 1

I took pictures of the stairs in our hallway before the landlord fixes them just in case I need them for a lawyer down the line...the closeups show crumbling plaster which falls onto the steps. On the left, you'll see that the railing is smooshed up against the wall, making it pretty much impossible to be useful when falling.

Friday night my friend Jill got last minute tickets to the Sox game. We were already supposed to be going out to dinner, so we just went to the game instead. I was having trouble with my contacts, so I wore my red glasses...you know, since I don't own red socks. :)

They were really good seats...

On Saturday B1 and I drove to CT for Rye Bread's dance recital. It was good, but they are so long. After the first song, which Rye Bread was in:

I decided to start keeping track of the acts to help make it less painful...

At one point, there was a song that said, "Dirty Bitch" really fast. I was shocked and thought I heard it wrong but then it said it again...so I wrote "Dirty Bitch" on the program and pointed to it while miming "REALLY?!" to my sister and B1.


I'm kind of appalled that they used that song for a kids dance recital but then again, that school isn't the best, so I guess it goes right in line with that. Here are some pictures from after the show:


On Sunday B1, his brothers and I raised the mast on the boat and B1 and his brother sailed it to the new marina. Last night after work we went down and had dinner there. It was nice, just floating in the boat with B1, especially because living in an apartment means we have very little outside space.

This weekend I hope to pick up some sailing skillz, but I have a feeling it's going to come slowly. I'll be sure to include you in the (hopefully) amusing details.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (They Keep Fallin')

Today is not the best day for me to have forgotten my umbrella.  The severe thunder storms they predicted would start after 3pm today actually started around 8:59am...at exactly the moment I was supposed to get out of my little black car and walk across campus to my office.

Cats and dogs people.  Not fun!  Luckily my meeting doesn't start until 9:30am so I was able to sit in the car for a bit to wait to see if it passed.  It didn't 100% stop, but there was a brief period when the down pouring stopped and I ran to dryness. 

Is that a word?  Spell check didn't poo poo it.

Anyway...

Last night B1 and I went to a Sox game.  We sat in the bleachers, which was new to me.  I liked the seats themselves but I learned something the hard way:  Bleacher seats are NOT the place you go to actually watch a game.  The people there really could care less about the baseball game they came to "watch".  It made me sad.  There were a few times when we had a good play and I felt like I was the only one clapping.  It was a nice night and I was with B1 (and there was a funny section of time where pink balloons were coming out of our section like crazy and the cop was perplexed) so it wasn't a total loss, but I really feel like I wasted my money.  I could have just watched that on TV.  Next time we're going back to standing room or expensiver seats.  (That word did NOT make it through spell check!)

Off to a meeting-have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Zonked

Let me first start this post by telling you that I am exhausted! This has been a jam packed weekend...but a good one. I got some quality B1 time in AND got to hang out with my sisters AND got some sun and water. Oh-AND had a BBQ. See? Busy.

It started out with a drive to the new marina with B1 to see the slip where the boat will be housed (hopefully soon!). It was such a nice day we drove with the top down around the city and ended up in East Boston where we might end up living next year. This would be the view from the house we might buy next year (if it's still for sale):


Awesome, no? It's so awesome b/c this is the house:


Yes, it's a floating house! In April B1 told me about how the owner dropped the price again. I told him that when it hit a certain price, we could go to the bank. The stipulation was that he couldn't talk her down to the price I mentioned. That night (I think) he went home and contacted the owner to find out if she'd rent it to us for a while. She said no but he keeps an eye on it. Last week I mentioned how it was odd that he hadn't taken me to see it in person so when we started driving toward this area, I smiled to myself b/c I knew where we were headed. I kind of really liked it. And the view! Holy moly! And there's a park right next door. Which is kind of the perfect place to have our wedding.

Stop-don't freak out-nothing happened...we just know we want to get married outside, near water and hopefully with a view of Boston in the background.

The minute I walked into the park I could envision the tent and the lanterns in the trees and the lights and the pretty people mingling over cocktails.
The fog rolled in pretty good-but honestly-that's Boston!

It only costs $100 to rent, too! Why? Well, b/c you can't serve alcohol there. So having a wedding reception there would kind of be a drag for the guests...but man-it's so perfect! Green space, trees, water, boats, and Boston. *sigh*

Sunday we drove down to CT for a family picnic. We had TONS of food, beer, sangria, tequila, the pool and a fire. We played Boccie and wiffle ball-oh-and drinking games, which was fun! We also had the first bonfire of the season (for B1 and I anyway). It was loads of fun. When we woke up the next morning I saw this:

These are the shoes of my sisters boyfriend. B1 left him a little surprise for when he woke up. Hysterical.

Yesterday we stopped in Newport to pick up the rigging for the boat and then went to hang out on the dock. (LOL...I just wrote a funny typo..) We put dangled our feet in the cool water, ate sandwiches and drank a few beers. It was very relaxing and nice to just sit there with B1.

Needless to say, I dropped quickly when I went to bed. Truth be told, I'm still majorly exhausted. We have a Red Sox game tonight though, so hopefully I won't drop before it's over!

What did you do this weekend?







Thursday, May 26, 2011

Things I Like

Yesterday the money was put back into my account! While this doesn't make me rich by any means, I suddenly felt a lot more free. I was able to buy us proper groceries (as opposed to the tiny bottle of milk, cheese and bananas that I bought the day before with what was left of my livelihood!). While I shopped, some annoying man parked his ridiculously huge SUV next to my little car. But he parked outside of this white lines, so that I had to squeeze in the door and back out really, really slowly.

This is a major pet peeve of mine. I dislike inconsiderate people. It's one of the worst offenses in my brain, if you knowingly do something that will affect others in a negative way but just don't care. I have to believe this is the case with people who drive disgustingly big cars but can't park them. In any case, while I was getting angry (the guy came outside while I was pulling out and I seriously considered stopping to yell at him-but I had to go to the bathroom so I just drove away.) I thought about how pretty the day was and how lucky I was to have a sunroof. This led me to thinking about things I like...which is a good change from being angry at the stupid man with a small penis. (I have to assume that's why he drives such an enormous car and acts like an idiot.)

So...with that, here are a few other things I am liking these days:


I know that I posted this picture of my cute B1 the other day (yesterday?) but it really makes me smile. Look at his cute little face! And his beautiful smile (which I get to see everyday!!!) and the funny yellow banana pants which he tried to put on with shoes in the middle of the store!

"I figure that if the weather is so bad that I have to wear these, they have to be bright so people can see me."

So. Cute.

The next thing I like also has to do with boating. It's the super cute plaid boat shoes that I found the other day. I haven't bought them yet because, well, I didn't have the money, but I think I'm going to. Since I'll be keeping B1 for as long as I live, that means I'll be on a boat at least a few times every summer, so I think I should have the proper shoes. :) And how freakin' fun are these? B1 confirmed that they are a good brand and he also confirmed that they were cool. Mine would be even cooler though, because the ones I saw were GREEN on the inside!!! So I think I'm going to get them.

Yesterday after work I went to the mall. I shopped and found these:They've very comfortable and were on sale for only $15! I have to admit, I look pretty cute today wearing them with my blue and white polka dotted skirt.

I like that it is sunny and warm out today.

I like that on Tuesday night B1 and I are going to a Sox game. We're sitting in the bleachers which, believe it or not, I've never done. I'm pretty excited.

I like that I'm taking Wednesday off to spend the day with B1. I thought that maybe we could go on the boat, but I don't think it'll be ready yet. But honestly, the fact that we will both have the day off to just spend time with each other is enough.

I like that next weekend we're going to CT to see my family and hopefully to swim in the pool. I like that we're going to see Rye Bread dance and then to see my good friend for dinner.

I like that the sky is blue and that there is a breeze.

I like that we have new towels, bowls and a rug in our bedroom.

I like that we are a we.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Picture Pages

The view from the library roof...where I have lunch often...

The view from the boat store...where I helped B1 get into banana pants by shoving his head down. :)

So freaking cute, right?

The view from our kitchen...the wall of shame. 1 1/2 of those is mine-B1 has another one to add to that pile too. We've been bad at moving our cars!

The sun is kind of shining today...it's strange to see it again! Luckily for us today b/c it's the President's Picnic.

Summer is Coming...Right?

It's been super rainy and gray here in the Boston area for the last week or so, and the end isn't near...as we drove past the salty water yesterday I dreamed of feeling it wash over me and yearned for the feeling of the hot sun baking it off.

I love the beach. And I can't wait to get there! I've been searching for a bathing suit for some time now and decided to order this:


I had a suit like this in the past and got tons of compliments on it-but I'm a lot lighter now than I was back then and I had to give it away. Hopefully this one will fit well so that I can put it to good use.

Oh how I can't wait to frolic in the sea!

Updates

Check your bank statements everyone! This weekend someone withdrew $500 from my checking account by making a fake duplicate card-they used my pin number and everything. AND I was using the card while they were doing this. Scary stuff. My bank is giving me back the money during the investigation, but not for 1-2 business days. So for now, I'm 100% broke! (I do have $6...) I've been racking my brain thinking about where I used my card and can't figure out where they would have gotten me. It had to be at 1 of 2 ATM's I use...when I filed a police report this morning, I was told not to hold my breath-they apparently never catch these guys. It's sad and I wonder how many other people they got.

Other than this horrible debacle, I've been pretty good. I still feel great-though I have had some more pain which worries me. But the pain doesn't linger like it did, so that's got to be a good sign. I still walk without wincing and can sit for more than 20 minutes without feeling like I'm dying. I'm still hopeful that this won't be a lifelong thing.

On Thursday B1 & I went to dinner with an old friend of his and then saw a midnight showing of Pirates. I wasn't going to go at first mainly because I'm not a morning person and staying out that late on a work night wouldn't be a good thing for me...but also because B1 doesn't often get to play with his friends and I thought that he'd like some time alone with them...however, one person dropped out and I ended up taking that extra ticket. I'm glad I went. I don't know many of B1's friends and the ones I have met, I don't know very well. I feel like I had more time to listen to her and to let her see who I am, and I had fun. And the movie was good too-though we agreed that it really didn't need to be seen in IMAX...normal showing would have been OK.

I spent Saturday cleaning and shopping. B1 was working on the boat all day and then had to work, so I was left alone to do my thing. Which normally would be just fine, except that we haven't had a day to spend together for over 2 months and I have to admit I was sad about the fact that he was working. I miss our lazy Saturdays with breakfast, cartoons, cuddles and random trips to wherever we wanted to go...or not. I always looked forward to Saturdays. Even though we live together, I feel like we spend more time with our coworkers than with each other, and Saturday's was my way of reconnecting, if you will. Of course we talk and spend time together during the week, it's just...different, somehow, to have a day alone. In any case, B1 surprised me on Sunday by staying home!

He had to drive to RI to bring the rigging for his boat to be fixed, so I tagged along for the ride. We looked around the boat store and then stopped by a flea market/fair that we saw on the way down. It was lame. Very, very lame. But funny and it was nice to walk around holding my B1's hand, knowing that he didn't have to go to work or be anywhere but there with me. When we got home, I made us dinner (homemade paste w/ sauce), we took a late nap and then watched a movie.

I really missed days like that.

Unfortunately this morning started with the both of us getting parking tickets because we didn't move our cars (street cleaning) and then I had to go to the bank and to the police station...and already, I could use a nap!

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Coloring in the Lines

It was the 1st grade when I realized that I had a paperwork problem. I had piles and piles of papers stuffed in my desk, all half finished. Upon its discovery, my teachers pulled me aside and told me to stop trying to color in the lines so perfect and to just worry about doing the actual work.

This sped things up quite a bit, but I missed the coloring. It's easy to see that I still get wrapped up in piles of paper, little notes or half full (pretty) notebooks.

I have been working on the cookbook rather feverishly over the last few days. Overall things are going smoothly except for when I run into a paperwork problem. That problem, in this case, can be very time consuming. You see, when I want to cook something, I usually use a base recipe and then modify it as I see fit. Most times, the recipe easily becomes my own because, well, I've changed basically everything but the meat and overall feel of the dish (a curry will always be a curry, for example). The trouble is, I don't often write it down. Or worse, I write it down on a random piece of paper without making a note about what recipe it was for. So I'll find little post-it note sized paper with things like:

1 t. cinn -->2.5

Cook with pickling spice, add lemon


Which is great and all, but...what was I making when I wrote that? Why didn't I write it on the actual base recipe? Why didn't I write "Shrimp Bisque" on the top so I could make the changes later?

I don't know why. But it's a stupid habit that has cost me some time. And it's made me laugh at myself when, I tear my desk, kitchen and cabinets apart looking for clues to help me figure out these cryptic notes.

The good news is that this time I figured it out...but I wonder how many other little notes are floating around out there and whether or not I'll ever get a handle on paperwork.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cookbook

Some of you (who *might* still be reading) are friends with me on Facebook and I think it was there I announced that I am writing a cookbook. I have all of the recipes already-many of them are recipes from when I was a private chef last year-so that part won't be too terribly hard to pull together. It's the photos that will be difficult for me. I don't want the book to look amateurish. I'm not going to a traditional publisher but instead an online bookmaking site...so nice pictures will be imperative. So far, I have this one for my Thai Shrimp recipe:



I'm happy with it. I waited for a sunny day so I could use natural light and I set up my tripod and played with the settings on the camera. I took probably about 75 photos of this one plate from many different angles. All but about 3 of them were duds. I'm happy I got one that I like!

So that's where I am in the cookbook process. I'm compiling recipes, cooking and taking pictures. Maybe once the sun comes out in New England the pace will pick up a bit!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Squidface

On Thursday I had my first ever cortisone shot in my back. It was painful and not pleasant but when I woke up yesterday, my level of pain had decreased. By end end of the day I had a spring back in my step and it only hurt when I bent backwards. That pain is still there and this morning I do feel it a little, but overall, I feel good. The doctor told me that it might take a few days for it to fully take. I'm hopeful. Already B1 noticed the difference in my mobility and commented that my smile is back. I feel good. I'm hoping it lasts...

Last night we went out on the town with my friend Jill. Weeks ago I received an invitation to attend a free Scotch tasting. B1 and I like whiskey so I thought it might be a cool and interesting thing to do on a Friday night. And it was free, so that was a plus too. Beforehand, the 3 of us made our way to Chinatown for dinner. This excited me, because I've only eaten in Boston's Chinatown once. After asking around and checking Yelp reviews, we chose to eat here:

It wasn't glamorous or trendy-but none of them really are. But it wasn't gross and dirty-which some of them really are! It was pretty well full even though it was early. Most of the patrons were of Asian descent, which I always take as a good sign. I'd heard that the lobster dish was good but I didn't feel like picking it out of the shells, and that was how it was served. Later, I decided that I should have gotten it and done the work because it looked really good.

What I did get was beef with ginger and scallions. It was tasty but there was WAY too much ginger and after I was done, I was still hungry. B1's dish was good-he chose roasted duck with some sort of thin noodles. Jill's dish was the main attraction. She ordered "#181 Seafood" without asking what it was. My friend Jill isn't someone I'd describe as an adventurous eater. She's not picky, but I wouldn't say it was characteristic of her to order something without asking about it...but she did. And she paid for it.

The funniest moment at dinner was when our dishes were placed before us and she scoffed at the seafood dish telling me to eat up and enjoy in a sarcastic tone. Her face fell when I told her that it was her meal!! The plate was indeed piled high with seafood but it was in a thin, clear sauce that looked sort of like semen. The seafood was mostly squid but there were some shrimp (not cleaned-she didn't that!) and a couple of scallops. This little guy really grossed her out:

Now, I love squid and calamari but in this dish, on that plate, I have to admit, it was kind of a turn off. I plucked it off of her plate for her and there it sat in the corner the whole time. Overall, I'd say it was OK but I wouldn't go back...there's bound to be better places in Chinatown for sure. Since we were still hungry, we walked across the street to a Chinese bakery for some treats. I chose this, a coconut butter bun:

It was delicious. In fact, I wish I had one now! It was sweet but not too sweet and buttery but not in a greasy sort of way. The bun itself was soft...overall, a huge win for only $1!

After we filled our bellies with Chinese delights, we made our way to the tasting. It was held in a club/theater in the theater district. B1 had been to this place recently to see a show with his brother so I was excited to see the inside. It was, indeed, pretty. And when we walked in, we were greeted by pretty people. Girls in tight black dresses-of course-were waiting to check us in. Our picture was taken and we were told it'd be emailed to us...however, this is what I had in my inbox this morning:


Clearly not Jill and I!! Hopefully these guys enjoyed our silly picture that we took...

And so the night proceeded and we tasted several different Scotches made by the company hosting the event. They were very good-one was a little too strong for me (I think it was the 12 year old?) but the others were nice. I would have liked it if they gave us a flight of the Scotch so that we could compare them side to side though. It would have helped me taste the differences. I don't think Jill enjoyed herself but I know B1 and I liked it (though the presentation was a little bit boring, it was interesting nonetheless). Afterward, we went to a local dive bar that B1 wanted to take me to. There, we promptly ordered Jack & Gingers!

Our night ended with us getting snacks at a piano bar on the edge of Chinatown. A friend of mine suggested we go here a while ago but I'd forgotten it was a piano bar, so that was a fun surprise. While we only stayed for a little bit, it was fun to eat our pretzels and fried pickles while singing and watching people have fun.

I love feeling normal again. I love my city and my B1 and my friend Jill and I love all of the out of the ordinary things that living here has to offer. My life is so much better than it ever could have been if I had stayed in CT and nights like last night remind me of that.

...and now, I'm off to the gym! Hopefully I won't keel over...it's been a while!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Just Like Brian Wilson

Dear Brian Wilson,

I wish you were never lying in bed. If you'd just gotten up, walked around, perhaps gone to see some movies...Steven Page would never have written that awful song and it would never have been stuck in my head for days.

That is all.

Thank you,

Mags

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Another Cake...

I was asked to plan and execute a dual baby shower for work and after thinking about it, I decided I wanted to make their cake. I didn't come up with this design myself at all; I searched online and liked this so I replicated it. I also made little chocolate ducks and put them in blue confetti as favors. It was a big hit.

The cake, by the way, was chocolate with caramel mousse filling with vanilla buttercream...4 layers of goodness. :)

I hope you're all doing well!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cake Reveal

So, it's done...cake #9. And overall, I'm happy with it. There were a couple of snaps-one was that I ran out of buttercream so I had to buy a tub of store bought frosting. No big deal. The other was that I ran out of black fondant, which made the finishing touches now so great...mainly the pocketbook straps. They're thin and not as long as they should have been and also, they're turned around the wrong direction because of their length. But no one really noticed and everyone did a double take when they learned that it was a cake. This one was not as difficult to make as last years-it only took about 6 hours to make while the parrot took over 15. The hardest part for me was working with fondant as this is only the 2nd cake I've ever made using it. I always work magic with buttercream-so it was tough. Also, hand painting the zebra strips was nerve racking and time consuming...but it all worked out in the end...and special thanks to my B1 for designing and building the cake stand-made to look like a girly pink dresser top with crown drawer pulls. Thanks baby! We make a great team. :)



I think next year's cake will move.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Time Flies

I can't believe that this was already a year ago...this night last year I was freaking out because I was going on a second date with the cutest boy I might ever kiss...and we got rained on, we were freezing and we snuggled under one of his coats. And then we went to get drinks and hot food and sat by a fire. Our second date. A year ago. Already...man am I the luckiest girl on earth.

We're heading down to CT tonight so that I can wake up in the morning and start decorating cakes. I baked them (4) and made fondant (purple) and buttercream (chocolate) today and did a test run of painting with food coloring. It works, I just need to find something to look at so that I have a guide and it ends up looking like zebra print.


No drips-and that's what I was testing...and now I'm going to get us dinner so that we can eat and then jet. Have a great weekend-I'll post pics for sure.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cake Week

Progress...

Comes at a messy price:

By the way-do you still get 7 years bad luck if the mirror is made of fondant?