Friday, September 30, 2011

Heart Cupcakes

I made cupcakes! Inspired by this heart cake, I decided to make a cup-cake version as I thought it would be good practice if I want to make a big one, and kind of neat if it worked out in little versions.
There was much internal grumbling during the assemblage, but the decorating was lots of fun, and I'm pleased with how they worked out.
The outside part of the cupcake is lemon-nutmeg sponge cake, and the inside is chocolate-carrot cake. Here's me checking I did the heart correctly before I decorated:

Then I decorated them with cream cheese icing:

I like the messages I chose for them. I feel like they apply to life as well as cupcakes.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ewww ewwww ewwwwwww :)

I cleaned Kippen's kitchen sink drain with her wire snake. It was highly satisfying. We pulled out any number of fascinating things, like a possibly chopstick, a popsicle stick, elastics, and endless quantities of gooey green hairy gunk. It pleased me to no end.

I felt like Calvin in this comic:

Buffeted by Life

I've been reading a book (Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey) that has large chunks devoted to discussing the joy in being alive. He quotes all sorts of things - poetry, philosophy, plays... that I think fit perfectly in a blog of happy things. They also make me happier when I read them, as if by osmosis.

Here is my first favourite:
"A common feature of the hot, dry inland of Australia is the dust devil or willy-nilly, a small vortex with winds about 60 kilometers per hour. It can carry dust hundreds of meters into the air... A common native bird, the galah, has been seen flying into these whirlwinds and being hurled upwards, screeching loudly. On reaching the top, the galahs fly down and enjoy another ride by re-entering the vortex near the ground. There is one report of a flock of galahs flying into a much less common and more dangerous tornado. The winds, spinning at over 100 kilometers per hour, immediately spat them out, screeching with delight."
~Report in New Scientist, 29 Oct. 1994

Friday, September 9, 2011

The church where my grandmother was married

Yesterday we went to my Mum's old neighborhood where I had never been. Got to sit in the beautiful old church where my abuela was married.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


On the back of Woody's coolers bottles it says "UNWIND RESPONSIBLY" rather than the traditional and ubiquitous DRINK RESPONSIBLY. I like it, it covers so much more territory and is less judgmental at the same time.