I have been literally digging myself out of a hole since late last week. I love it when life gets really busy but as usual I wasn’t prepared for it all. And the result was a very tired, ready to crash and burn me. Last night I took a nap when I got home from work and then was in bed, asleep by 9:30PM and I still had a really tough time getting up this morning.
Friday I didn’t leave the office on time and this forced my timeline of everything I needed to do back by about a couple of hours. I rushed home to get my kitchen supplies and then headed to Stacey’s for a night of baking. I love doing it, it relaxes me and the smells are just wonderful! The downside, being on my feet, on a concrete/tile floor can do all kinds of damage to my legs and back. This is probably one of the main reasons why I have never pursued a career in cooking. My body can’t handle the stress.
I got the cupcakes completed. All from scratch and thank you Magnoila Bakery for providing such a wonderful cookbook. That place is to die for and please, if you ever go to NYC, go there and get a cupcake, it is worth the trip and the wait in line. Trust me on this. I even sent Sonia there while she was in the city to bring back cupcakes for me last year. Umm, yeah, I am a little obsessed.
This is the finished product–Chocolate Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing, fondant stained in brown, cutouts of giraffes.
Then I made for the very first time, Thumbprint Cookies! I used to get these all the time at Village Bake Shop in Cleveland. I love them but I made a couple of mistakes with them but they tasted fine, just need to refine my skills when making these. and a big shoutout to the bakery because when I called them to ask if they put nuts in them, they told me what kind and how they do it. Thank you bakery for helping a very crazy woman out!
Blue and Brown Royal icing on the thumbprints.
Then on Saturday, I FINALLY finished the diaper cake. I ended up winging it because, well, I didn’t feel like following directions. I ended up being very pleased with how it turned out and I may have found a new calling!
The shower was fun and everything came off without any problems, thank goodness! I would have crawled underneath a table if something had gone wrong.
Sunday came way too quickly and I drove home to spend a bit of time with my parents. I was looking forward to just sitting around but that is so not me when I go to visit them. On my way home I realized that I should have called Eliot way before I did to see if he had any free time. So at the last minute I called to chat with him and found out he was working so I planned on getting back in my car that evening to drive back to Chattanooga in order to see him. It was great seeing him and I wish we could have visited longer because I always laugh when I am around him.
My mom and I did a little shopping, now most of what I had to get was for work, so no money spent on my behalf but still. I was beat down by the time I climbed into bed, wishing for a massage and possibly a sleeping pill just to really get a good night’s sleep. But no such luck on either.
When I travel for work, I get all confused, especially when I am dealing with the time change. I grew up on Eastern but I really like Central so that is rough, then the whole, I am getting up to go to work and I am in Cleveland! I managed to hit the local (translation: only one) Starbucks on my way out of town and they took forever. They wanted to chat and really, I just wanted my coffee. Unless you can chat and make coffee quickly, then don’t bother. I have to get on the road.
The meeting went well and off I went to make my now famous loop of Middle and East TN. I was so close to the mountains and really wanted to go there instead of back to Nashville but alas, my boss wasn’t agreeable, but then again, my bank account wouldn’t have been either. It was a pipe dream. One of the very few downfalls of living in Nashville, no mountains. A girl grows up around them and starts to miss them from time to time.
I stopped in Cookeville for gas and food as well as a break from driving because I was beyond over it at that point. This whole driving everywhere is for the birds. Another reason why I love NYC and DC~public transportation!
After a very blink and you will miss it weekend, I am looking forward to a lazy weekend coming up, watching football, napping and possibly some really bad tv!