Sunday, May 31, 2009

Complaint Department

Cullen took off all of his clothes and pooped in the crib again today. This is getting old pretty fast. Never again will I send him to bed with just top and bottoms. He needs a onesie so he can't get to his diaper.

Now he is in bed crying hysterically because his favorite blanket is in the wash.

The insides of my eyelids feel like someone jammed grass in my eyes, and I can't seem to keep them open.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Four Cake-Wrecks of the Apocalypse

My friend Laima agreed to provide me with cake to practice on. She brought over four small layer cakes and told me to have fun... I didn't really have any brilliant ideas so I just started to play. This one I was hoping for a sparkly vinyl look and it ended up being very sloppy, in part because I was not precise in anything that I did, and I don't know what I'm doing with fondant yet. Also the weight of the fondant smooshed the cakes, and the icing beneath (mousse actually!) melted, and it ended up being all warped and stuff. Also kind of icky looking, color-wise. I'm going to mix the color in rather than paint over the top next time.


This sort of ivy cake would have been alright but my buttercream frosting was melting in my bag! I tried to keep it cold but folks, butter melts fast in a hot hand. The internet tells me I will have better luck if I add some cream of tartar next time.

OH it gets better! I had this really fantastic idea, see, when I looked down at all of my fondant scraps... I thought Laima would so enjoy a sort of glass mosaic looking cake since that's kind of a Thing of hers... It looked really great at first. The glossy dark blue gel was just right. However, things did not stay where they belonged... Oh my... Oh my... It's just disasterous.

I kept this one to eat myself. Since it's a spice cake it kind of tastes like Good and Plenty candy. It's quite tasty actually if you can forgive its appearance.

But I don't know if you can.

I wanted to do some roses for the cake that I figured would go to Laima's mom, but my frosting was too melty! They melted into blobs by the time I lifted them from my rose nail. It was getting late at this point and just decided to make something else with my rose tipped bag of yellow frosting: This ugly yellow flower of some kind. No fondant beneath, just the icing the cake came with, which kind of looks like paint peeling off of a brick. Charming, right?

Well I learned a few things, and I promise that next time I will present you with awe-inspiring things of beauty. Practice, practice, practice...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

First cake... Mushrooms...

It started out white with lots of gold shimmery stuff.

I had a lot of trouble with my leaf tips. I think I need different ones.

Peanut butter frosting looks like worms.

Mixing colors...
The corners of my cake came too close to the edge and I had to smoosh some stuff with my lid. Lesson learned!
Decided to make it green.

Mina told me I needed to paint the bottoms of the mushrooms brown and I think she was right.

The end!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ace of Cakes, here I come!

I got my new cake decorating supplies yesterday and I can't wait to play with them. Anyone need anything decorated?

I have a few tidbits for you today:

1. I killed a wasp in my basement today. It was crawling around on my washing machine. Should I be worried?

2. I sprinkled diatomaceous earth today because we have ants invading our kitchen. I'll let you know how it all works out.

3. I visited Dr. Dude yesterday and updated him on my everything. He and his wife visited Happy Bambino and liked my paintings. (So he says... :P)

4. Cullen took off his diaper and pooped in the crib for the first time today. I say "for the first time" because I seem to recall this was a regular occurrence with Mina. She even drew poop murals on her walls. Oh, those were fun times. Picture me at nine months pregnant with Leta, scrubbing the poop off of the walls and crying.

5. I cleaned our our junk drawer today and discovered an embarrassing surplus of batteries and pens, two things we are always searching for.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


I ordered cake decorating supplies today! They should be arriving in 7-10 days, then I will be devoting many of my evenings to playing with frosting and gum paste and fondant and oh, oh what fun. Hopefully in two weeks I will be posting pictures of this adventure.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Lowen takes the awkward out of growing hair out

Look at the size of that head!

I just came from Elevation Salon & Spa. I'm growing my hair out, which I have attempted many times before, but the difference is that I'm doing The Right Thing and having it trimmed and thinned and you know, pruned so it grows nicely and not stupidly.

Boy, the more I look at that picture the less I like that angle... Oh well.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Mother's Day

This year the girls had oodles of cards, drawings, and other paper crafts for me for Mother's Day because they worked on them in school and are currently crazy about "special days".

I told my husband a few days ahead of time that I wanted an omelet and hash browns for breakfast, and he obliged. He mowed the lawn, cut some branches off of our maple tree, and then went to hit golf balls and I went to Jung's Garden Center with the children. Cullen is not a good shopper. He makes everything impossible. I deeply regretted bringing them with me and wished I'd been talked out of it.

"Don't be silly. We will be fine! The girls will make a bouquet of paper flowers for you and Cullen and I will play with trucks until you get back."


Monday I took Mina to the Ophthalmologist who says her eye isn't improving. I'm not ready to give up yet so we'll keep at it with the atropine eye ointment (relaxing/unfocusing the good eye to make the lazy eye do the work) and see how it is in another six weeks.


I'm thinking about investing in some good cake decorating supplies. I'd like to decorate cakes on the side, here and there, and so I've told my friends that for the next couple of months when they bake cakes I'd like to practice on them. I'm probably a wee bit rusty at it, and there are some really fun, cool things that I want to learn how to do, and then I can get really crazy creative. Yay frosting!


I used to write so much more. Looking back, I realize that when I had two full time jobs and didn't have a day off for something like two months straight, I was blowing through notebooks in just a few weeks. Oh sure, a lot of it was pointless lists, comics, brainstorms... But still. One or two blog posts per week is PATHETIC. And then it's just catch-up writing, which is always dull.

Well, I'm tired now. Good night, all.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

One more thing about my mom

Baking cookies is always on her to-do list!

My Mom

1. My mom has made some kind of strawberry dessert for almost all of my birthdays.

2. When I was a kid I asked her every day what her favorite color was, and every day she took a moment to think about it before saying, "Lavender".

3. She still has all of her barbie stuff.

4. I used to admire her while she groomed her eyebrows and put on mascara...

5. My mom makes awesome egg rolls.

6. My mom taught us how to pull our own weight.

7. She taught us to dry off in the bathtub.

8. She taught us to take out the trash when it got full.

9. She taught us how to do things for ourselves instead of asking others to do things for us.

10. She taught us that if we wanted money we had to earn it.

11. My mom loves earrings and if she "forgets" to bring earrings with her she will have to go out and buy new ones. ;)

12. My mom had beaded flapper dresses from the 20s repaired so I could choose one to wear for prom.

13. When she comes to visit she always brings enough food to feed an army.

14. She is allergic to nuts so if she gets any chocolates today she should probably check the ingredients carefully... =/

15. She is fiercely protective!

16. The first time I came home with a shaved head when I was 15, (actually then it was a very nice 'do with one very long ringlet of bangs and the rest shaved courtesy of Nick VanHeuklin) she looked up from her newspaper, sighed, and said, "Well at least you have a nicely shaped head. YOU'RE WELCOME."

17. She prefers me with very short hair. (Sorry mom, I'm growing it out. I'm sure it will be short again, soon enough.)

18. She uses a Mac! She's so hip!

19. She is a brilliant artist.

20. She has always made sure I had a bed to sleep on...

21. My mom is much cooler than me.

22. I have always been able to make my mom laugh. Usually with my clothes. =/

23. My mom still thinks I'm a princess.

24. My mom's house is like an artsy shop where you could spend hours looking around at all the little treasures, and it always smells good. Like food, and plants, and soap, and art.

25. Happy mother's day to an amazing woman. Thank you for giving me the freedom to discover who I am, the guidance to save me from myself, the skills to get along in life. You gave a shy girl strength and confidence, instilled in me the golden rule, the beginnings of empathy, a lifelong love of books, and a sense of responsibility. I could go on and on, and I love getting to know you as an adult and look forward to hearing more tales from your life. I wish everyone was as lucky as me.


Saturday, May 09, 2009

It's been a week since I've written

And incredibly it didn't make me more productive otherwise.


Yesterday I needed a good, happy distraction so I decided to put a table and chairs in my bedroom. And what bedside table and chairs would be complete without a Schlitz pitcher full of crabtree branches and bleeding hearts?

I have to say it makes me happy every time I walk into the room, even if I will probably never actually sit at the table. It is a nice spot to put my hat...

Lastly we have a picture of Leta wearing her rain coat and boots that I forgot was in the camera. I had intended to send it to GG a long time ago... Sorry GG!

I stopped taking Wellbutrin this week. So far, so good. I just need to remember to start taking it again in the fall.

Bon week-end!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Gallery Night

I just want to thank everyone who showed up for Gallery Night on Friday. And a very special thanks for the folks who came from out of town just to show their support. I'm a lucky girl to have so many special people in my life. It was easier to handle than I thought it would be, especially because so many familiar faces were around me at all times. Some people obviously just came for the food, which disappeared quickly, but most were there for the art... I think...

Afterward we went to Mickey's on Willy St. for food and drinks. I thought I would really be ready to pound a couple down but it was hard to finish one drink--I was just tired and wanted to go to bed. So I got through Gallery Night without even getting buzzed.

If you missed the show, or you just want to go back for another look, or maybe you want to go back and BUY something, you can see it throughout the month of May at Happy Bambino.


Other than that, we are on virus no. 8761498 in our house. Cullen's nose is running like a faucet and he's having a tough time with that. It seems to be going into his chest a bit. Mina and Leta are sniffling but otherwise don't seem too bad. I have a raw throat/chest feeling and a bit sneezy and just sort of off balance. Jason is feeling it too.

Even so, I'm happy to report that I planted the herbs and flowers I got on Friday and didn't let everything die on my kitchen counter. I also dug all the grass and dandelions out of my herb garden and tossed some mulch that seemed to be stuck together with mold or something. Jason mowed the lawn. So hooray for us, we went outside and tried to fit in with our neighbors. ;)