Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Weekend Recap

Well, I haven't been up to much lately. I heard back from one of the school districts, and I have substitute orientation on Sep. 22. That means I have an entire month off. It's pretty sweet, but then again I don't have any money coming in. I'm going to use this time off to work on my school work, do some in class observations, work on my crafts, catch up on all the movies I've wanted to see, clean house, exercise, and relax. I've done a lot of the relaxing part lately :)
This weekend I did work on my baking. I made cupcakes and a cake for a friend at work. Her son was having a Toy Story themed birthday. Here are the cupcakes I made.
And here is the Woody cake. It was made to look like his jeans.
After I delivered the goodies on Saturday, Mom and I took the dogs out to a few dog stores. We wanted to check out the adoption events and get the dogs out of the house. Then we stopped by Amber's house to visit for a while. That night we went to see my cousin perform. He's a very talented singer and he was asked to perform at this little theater in Mesquite. He was really good, and it was fun even though I had to sit through hours of country music!

Sunday was a major lazy day. So instead of talking about all the stuff I didn't do, I'll show you pictures of Riley and Buttercup instead :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Work in Progress

Here are a couple of projects I've been working on. The first one is a blanket for my Mom. I had bought some baby blue and brown yarn a while back, but I didn't know what I was going to use it for. I started making this blanket and when I showed it to my Mom she said "Oh are you making that for me?"

The second blanket I'm working on is for me. I've been wanting to make this for a long time. I think it's going to be so pretty when it's finished. I laid out all the squares last night to see how many more I had to make. Honestly I thought I'd be almost finished, but I still have to make 38 more squares!

Here is a picture of my overflowing yarn basket. I think I might have a problem...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Look who got a haircut

She was so woolly bully before.

And now she has her summer haircut. So cute!

Flavor of the month

So I've had a lot of free time on my hands lately, and I've spent that time watching movies. I finally watched Avatar and Terminator Salvation. So of course I'm in love with Sam Worthington. I'm very aware that I'm late on this, but better late than never!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Whoopie Pies

This weekend I made whoopie pies. I've been wanting to make these for a while. And they were so easy.

I made chocolate cakes because I wanted to start easy. The recipe makes a lot of cakes. I was afraid that they wouldn't be flat and smooth, but they were pretty much perfect when I took them out of the oven. And they cooled super fast.

For the filling I didn't use a recipe from the book. I used the filling I had left over from the cakes I made earlier in the week. I thought it would be perfect for this (and it was!).

And there you have it. One of the easiest, yummiest things ever! I can't wait to try all the other recipes :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My life...as of now

So a lot has happened since the last time I posted something. Lets start with last Monday. Last Monday was the American Idol concert. Yes, I am a dork, but it was really fun. My favorite part of the show....Casey James! He is so smokin hot and so talented. The crowd went wild when he came on stage. I really wanted him to sing "Jealous Guy" but he didn't :( Hopefully he will start playing shows in the area once he finishes the tour. Lee was good too. He sang "Use Somebody" by the Kings of Leon which made me happy. He also sang "Hallelujah" but not "Simple Man." Overall the concert was really good, even though I had to sit through Tim Urban.
Wednesday was my last day at my job. I decided to quit because I was so unhappy working there. I know it seems stupid to quit a decent paying job without another job lined up, but I took a leap of faith. I'm still waiting to see if I can substitute. School starts next week, so I'm getting nervous. But I'm trying not to freak out just yet.
After quitting my job, I was super busy with my baking. I had a last minute order from someone I used to work with. She wanted cupcakes for a little boy's baby shower. I have been wanting to make these little caterpillars for a long time and finally got the chance.

Then I had to bake 6 dozen cupcakes and a cake for my best friend's wedding reception. She got married in Vegas back in May, but she wanted to have a reception for all the people who couldn't make it to the wedding. So of course the theme was Vegas! I made little poker chips with their initial on them and a dice cake. It was my first time covering a square cake with fondant. I think it turned out pretty good. I also tried a new recipe for the cake. I made a Heath Bar cake with a creamy filling. Kristin gave me a recipe for a filling that includes pudding, Cool Whip, and Eagle Brand. How could that not be the tastiest thing ever?!

I also made a cake for my cousin. He wanted it to be like a cake I made for his birthday, but slightly different. So I made vanilla cake with cream and strawberries in the middle. Then I added chocolate jimmies around the side and chocolate covered strawberries on top. So yummy!

Saturday was the wedding reception. I got to see all my friends and some old friends too. We had so much fun. We ate lots of yummy food, drank margaritas, and had a dance party after everyone left. I didn't take any pictures, so I will have to post the pictures as soon as I get my hands on them.

Sunday and every day after that have been lazy days. I can't seem to get out of bed before noon. And since it's so hot outside, I just stay indoors and watch movies. It's nice, but I also feel like I should be doing something productive. I was going to venture out today since it was only 90 degrees and cloudy, but as soon as I got ready, the sun came out. Go figure.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Are you serious?!

The heat index yesterday was 111 degrees. It's too hot to even leave the house. The thought of wearing anything more than a dress is ridiculous. Please let there be some relief soon!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Right now I feel very uncertain about my future. As I mentioned before, I'm getting certified to be a teacher. I have applied to every position possible, but nobody has contacted me. So after realizing that I probably wouldn't get hired on as a teacher right away, I came up with a Plan B. And that would be to become a substitute teacher. Unfortunately, nobody has contacted me about that either. I called one school district today and they told me they had over 600 applications and they were only hiring certified teachers as subs. So it's not looking too hopeful.

Today I spent the day applying for more sub positions and also some office positions in the schools. Of course any of these jobs is pretty big pay cut, but I feel like I would be working towards my goal. So now I don't know if I should stay at my current job that I'm starting to hate or try to find something else (probably with less money).

I'm also open to working at a bakery, but I'd have to see if any are hiring. And knowing my luck, they wouldn't be.

So that's my life right now. If only the perfect job would fall out of the sky and into my lap :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

It's too hot to go outside!

This weekend has been full of watching movies, crocheting, and hanging out with my little furry one. I did manage to squeeze in some shopping and a night out.
Friday my cousin came over after work to hang out and pick up some cake pops. After he left, Mom and I went to Chipotle for some yummy burritos :)
Saturday I slept in, ate lunch, and took a nap. Later that day we went to the mall and spent way too much money at Sephora and Lush. Then we shared nachos and tacos and Tin Star. On the way home we stopped by Yogurtland and I had the most delicious yogurt: lemon passion fruit.
Sunday was another lazy day. I slept in, did laundry and cleaned my room. I also went to see a friend's play and went out for drinks afterwards. I'd have to say it was a good weekend. Here is proof that I worked on my blanket and spent quality time with Riley.

This is my 2nd blanket that I finished a couple of weeks ago.