Been a while since I've attempted a 7QT post. Most often, Friday just blows right by me here lately. Almost did this time. Then I got on the internet and saw other 7QT posts, which reminded me it was, in fact, that time of the week. :) So I thought I'd try to put together a post and jump back in. This promises to be a ridiculously late night anyway, since I'm putting together cakes for the wedding shower of some friends of mine tomorrow. Here's the idea I'm using, though the embellishments will be a touch different.
I was planning to share a photo with you of the rosary I made for my husband here, but apparently the picture was taken with my phone and not my camera, and the kids have destroyed my micro SD card adapter. Perhaps another time. Soooo, plan B. It's been one for the record books at my house today. The place looks like a bomb went off and a twister was in charge of cleanup. So, I spent about half the day yelling at kids, who don't seem to understand the basic philosophy that trash belongs in trash cans, toys belong in toy bins, and shoes belong in the shoe basket (etc., etc., etc.). Seriously. I own at least four hairbrushes, and my hair has not been brushed today because I can't find even one. That is how crazy this day has been. And I'm making fancy cakes. Thank God someone had the sense to find and shoot me a simple design that looks fantastic.
So my husband talked me into joining the Elks Lodge with him. I blame my mother-in-law, who's been trying to talk him into it for years now. She has finally succeeded, and last night was my initiation, which, as much as I'm digging on being a part of the organization, particularly with him (those who don't know me, it's been a rocky few years), it was hard to make it all the way through with a straight face. I love the community service aspect of such organizations, but can't help laughing at the "secret society" side of the coin. There's a convention in the fall, and we're going. And all I can think about is this:
Love me some Ray Stevens! ;)
The van's giving me grief again. I have come to the simple conclusion that I hate vehicles, and they hate me right back. Got the timing belt changed about a month ago. Now I find out that the water pump is leaking. And it's going to be expensive to change it because (wait for it) they have to remove the timing belt to get to it. Ah, the irony. It couldn't have been broken a month ago, so I could have changed it at the same time, nooo. And something is wrong with my fuel supply system. I'm banking on the injectors, only because I REALLY don't want it to be the pump. Anyone out there who wants to be a real optimist, sorry, I already changed the fuel filter. It helped for a little while, but now we're back to having issues. So far the only bright side I'm seeing to this is that parts for this vehicle are cheaper than I've been accustomed to. I'll take it.
I should probably mention that if you linked here through the 7QT linkup, you should bounce around to a few other posts. Light little blurbs and life updates tend to land on my quick take posts, while my more serious writing is to be found in other areas of the blog. Feel free to poke around, though if you go WAY far back, you'll find more about running and weight loss than faith and family. :) Though I do plan to lace 'em back up and start training again soon, so that could work its way back in here somehow.
Yes, my friend Allison has just about convinced me that I need to train with her for a 5K--precise race and date to be determined. Since it's been nearly 2 years since I've gone for a run, and I've gained back all the weight I ever lost, I figure she's probably right. Best. Workout. Ever. Seriously. I almost learned to love it. So, my Garmin is on its charging dock, and I'm thinking I'll probably be logging miles again soon. And hopefully dropping pounds and getting stronger. :) God knows, with this crew to keep up with, I can use all the endurance and strength I can get!
Did I say something about posting a picture of that finished cake? Not as long as my camera keeps announcing "lens error" every time I try to turn it on. Looks like it's time to try to squeeze a new camera into the budget somewhere. Bleh. At any rate, it's finished, and looks pretty decent. Though I never cease to be amazed that a double batch of buttercream (Wilton recipe, at that) doesn't go any farther than it does. Iced a grand total of 37 cupcakes. With a double batch of icing. Boggles my mind. I intended to take more cupcakes than that, but there you go. It's supposed to be a small party, and I didn't feel like putting together another batch. Lazy? Maybe. Or maybe it's just almost three in the morning, and I'm shot. :) Maybe next quick takes, I'll have a pic to share. The grandmother of the groom is sure to have a camera in hand, since she's a fellow blogger. Perhaps I should just tell you to look for photos on her blog sometime in the next couple of days, lol. Goodnight, blog world! *Update: You can find a picture here.*