Saturday, July 30, 2005

Cake Escapades - Part 2

So Katie and I had another cake class last night. We had to move from our normal night of Monday to Friday because Katie took her M.S. cheerleaders to camp. We were a little sad to not be with our normal group, but we also thought it would be fun to see how the people in the Friday class were.

The Friday class was definitely smaller - each one of us had our own table so it was easier to work and spread out the tools. And Katie and I were still definitely the best. We learned how to make roses last night. I think I was the only one who got an actual rose-looking structure by the end of class, but both of us got the technique quicker than everyone else.

Then it came time to make the clowns that would go on top of our clown cakes. We practiced a couple on our cake boards and everyone else was doing them sitting up just like the picture in the book. Katie and I both started making ones that were laying down. Mine was laying on its stomach propping its hands under its chin and Katie's was lounging on its side with one hand on the side of its head. Our teacher walked by my table and picked mine up and started taking it around class to show everyone how good it was and how you can do different things. Then, when she brought mine back, she saw Katie's and picked it up to show everyone as well. It made us so happy! So on our cakes, we each made one clown sitting up and I made one on its stomach and Katie made one on its side. Only one other girl attempted the yellow side/white tops like we did and she was pretty good too.

Only one more week of Course I though - I'm a little sad. In course II you only make one cake at the very last lesson. But our bakery is getting closer every day!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I'm Stealing Ryan's By The Numbers Today

8 - Hours it took me to read Harry Potter

3 - Hours I slept on Harry Potter weekend

16 - Days til I move into my apartment

18 - Days til I start my MBA program

1 - Posts I've written in the past week

0 - Posts in the past week that have contained more than a picture

6 - Posts I've started today before realizing I didn't have anything to say

4 - Days since my last post

4 - Days I've felt guilty about "reruns"

All of this to say, I have nothing to say and sorry about that! Oh yeah, and sorry to Ryan for stealing your format.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Where I Will Be Tonight at 11:00pm

Seeing Heath Hyche at the Improv in Addison!

Monday, July 18, 2005

Cake Decorating!!

Katie has always had a dream of owning a bakery. I have always had a dream of owning my own retail business. So we have decided that our long-term goal is to start a bakery/event planning company.

Step 1: Learn how to decorate cakes
Step 2: Get money
Step 3: Open the bakery!

Right now, steps 2 and 3 are pretty much ridiculous thoughts, so we decided to start on step 1 and signed up for a Wilton Cake Decorating class. Tonight was our second lesson and our first cakes. Katie and I are, by far, the best decorators in the class. Katie is a little better than me, but she is good at everything, so I'm really okay with that. Everyone else in the class is really not good. We had to have our cakes iced with the basic layer before class so all we had to do was decorate it. Katie and I were so worried about how ours looked - we spent FOREVER using the techniques we were told the week before trying to get the icing completely smooth and get rid of spatula marks. Our fears were quickly gone, however, when we got to class and saw just how sloppy everyone else's cakes were. There were 2 people, a mother and daughter, who had smoother cakes than us, but they didn't decorate as well. It felt really good when everyone kept telling us that ours were the best and asking if we had done it before! I can't wait until next week to do another cake!

Anyone want to take care of Step 2 for me?

Monday, July 11, 2005

Object: Foot - - - Location: Mouth

Anyone know how many Weight Watcher's points words are? Because I sure am eating a lot of my own tonight!

Not only did Mark Teixiera not do very well (thats okay Tex, you'll get 'em next time!) Pudge, the self proclaimed "non home run hitter" shocked us all to come in 2nd! Awesome job Pudge Rodriguez! You sure made your home field crowd proud. Now make us American League fans proud in the real game too to get us that World Series home field advantage.

Let the flaming on my bad predictions begin...

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Sports Talk

I love baseball. I love everything about it - watching it on TV, watching tee ball, little league, high school, college, and professional. But more than anything, I love the Texas Rangers. This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows my father. Ever since I was little, he has taken me to games and told me facts about every player, forced me to watch it on TV and told me facts about every player, and forced me to listen to them on the radio and told me facts about every player. Years of this eventually turned me into an actual fan who cares about the team on my own. But baseball in general isn't really what I wanted to talk about today. The Home Run Derby is on my mind.

I have been so excited this year about the All-Star game because my favorite player, Mark Teixiera, has been doing so well and I just knew he would make it. Last year, he got passed up stupidly and was the only Ranger infielder not to get to go, but this year he came back to actually clinch the starting position for the American League. On top of that, he has been hitting so many homeruns that he was actually leading the AL at one point and is currently in 2nd for the AL and tied for 3rd overall, so I was certain he would get into the Home Run Derby. Until I heard about this year's format. All 8 players have to be from different countries to add an international flair to this year's derby. I think this is extremely stupid. They are passing on good homerun hitters for players who admit freely that they are not sluggers. Prime example: Pudge Rodriguez. My former favorite player and I still love him, but he is not a good homerun hitter. But yet, he will be in the HR Derby over someone like Soriano who has 20 homeruns, just because there are no good Puerto Rican hitters and there are 3 Dominicans. So as the news came out of the invites that had been extended and accepted, I got more and more nervous that Teixiera was going to get the shaft for a bigger name like A-Rod or something.

But today, the news I had been waiting for finally came in...USA had extended an invitation for Mark Teixiera to be our representative and he had accepted! Sure, they offered it to another player first who turned it down, but who cares? My favorite player will be in the homerun derby! He has a good chance of winning in my opinion too because this field plays to left-handed hitters and he is a switch hitter who hits his HRs on the left AND he will be against some mediocre hitters. Not all mediocre of course, but not all great either. So next Monday, I will be TIVOing the Home Run Derby to watch after Katie and I take our first cake decorating class and spending my night watching Teixiera knock a few out of the park! Go Tex!

On another note: I don't know what I'll do if I marry a basketball fan someday!

Monday, July 04, 2005

I'm A Big Girl Now!

So, its been awhile since my last post. Life has been crazy and everyone who reads this knows how much happened last week. In addition to all of that, I went apartment hunting twice and I think I have found THE one! Finding my new apartment has really made me feel like an adult of some sorts and got me thinking about my life in Abilene.

All through life, we have a lot of "training" items. Training wheels on bicycles, training pants for potty training, training bras for preteen girls. I think of my apartment in Abilene as a training apartment. It was a real apartment that goes on my credit report and everything because it isn't actually owned by ACU, but it was on campus and had an RA in each building in case you needed anything. After 2 years of that though, I am ready to move on up to the real thing. My apartment will be on River Park drive off of Bryant Irvin (not the busy Target end, the ridglea end). I will actually have to drive to school instead of walking - okay, thats not great, but thats life. I'm growing up and having to move into the world where there are more bills than electric and my university can't decide which television stations to shelter me from (MTV - here I come!) Look out world! Emily is taking off the training wheels!