Oh My Gosh The Last Two Weeks What The Even.

Self-indulgent post, sorry, but here we are.

You GUYS. The last two weeks have been reeeeDIKulous.

Monday: Full day of work, then 11-hour stint cake decorating (see next Monday), meaning I got to bed at 4:30am.

Tuesday: Full day of work, home for an hour to make a batch of buttercream (which takes 30 mins), then split/fill/decorate a small dietary-requirement cake to go with Monday’s epic one, then load both cakes into the car and head into town to drop them off. This took Time, and I ended up getting home around 7pm.

Wednesday: Work, then the usual rigmarole of gymnastics + swimming that sees us all home at 7.

Thursday: Work. Frantic Christmas shopping. Kid 1’s school presentation/performance/graduation night. Home at 8:30pm.

Friday: Work, but got to leave an hour early, which was nice. Additional Christmas shopping. 5-hr cake stint on two different cakes, finishing up at 1am.

Saturday: Drop off cake 1 from last night, drop off husband, head home to pack, take cake 2 to be dropped off, go meet husband and do church stuff for an hour-ish, head home to eat and finish packing, spend an hour driving out to look at a block of land, drive to Sydney. Experience Epic McDonald’s Failure for dinner, swear as a family to never eat there again unless it’s a real emergency, arrive at in-laws at 9:30pm. Kids finally asleep by 11pm. >.<

Sunday: Spent the day in Sydney doing Christmassy stuff with family, drove home (successfully avoiding a McDonald’s dinner, woo, go us), home around 9:30pm.

Monday: Morning drop-off run. 5.5 hours at home to catch up on an hour of lectures + an hour of assignments I was running behind on for some writing courses I’m doing, squeeze in a 1.5hr nap (THANK GOODNESS), pack the car to the gills with all the stuff for 2 x market stalls, go run said market stalls at the school/church Christmas Event Thing until 10pm. Packed up and home by 11.

Tuesday: Spent all morning at Kid2’s language thingo – she’s participating in a longitudinal study about childhood language acquisition and we have to go in for a few hours every 3-6 months. Kids came home and CRASHED, sleeping about 3 hrs each. Then, market round 2. But because it was the final night, SUPER pack-up, so I wasn’t home until 11:30pm.

Wednesday: Frantically deal with an editing project that had suddenly become 24-hour-turn-around-urgent. Discover the entire reason I paid to send Kid2 to daycare today for one extra day is suddenly null and void: cannot go to gym while Kid1 does gymnastics as per usual, as Kid1 has a massive temperature. >.< Skip the gym, work on edits, head to swimming with Kid2 and get home at 7, finish up edits around 11:30pm.

…Which brings us to today, and y’all, I am tired. Like, whoa. I burned the lower knuckle of my left thumb on a hot tray because I was just spacey at lunchtime. And we spent 2.5 hours out this morning socialising (which was awesome, btw) and DH & I are doing Compulsory Work Fun* tonight, so it’ll be another late night. And then tomorrow and the next night we’ll be up late also, and I just, like, wait? This was supposed to be holidays? I’m supposed to be, like, sleeping, and chilling, and remembering how to be human and stuff? Urgh.

Anyway, it’s not terrible, it’s just busy, and after this weekend I should be able to have some genuine holiday time and read some books. I’m super hoping to get through 15-20 books these hols (I’m secretly aiming for 22, but I’m not telling myself that because I’ll freak out at how impossible that is to include in my schedule 😛 For reference, I usually read about 50 books per year, so you know. Over-achieving here, much.) so next week I’ll do a quick write up of what I’ve read so far, I think, and it’s nearly time to do end-of-year wraps etc (WHOA).

Also, Patreon have just taken a MASSIVE dose of humility pie, and have publicly announced that they are NOT making the awful changes to the payment system that they have planned, and they have issued formal apologies and are just generally doing their best to be a Socially Responsible Company, so that’s pretty cool and a nice bright spot: it IS possible to be corporate AND have a soul! Who knew?! So yeah: My Patreon: Check it out 😉 I’ll probably post some bonus stuff for all patrons over the holidays (I might even write a special short story just for patrons, cause I love my patrony-people THAT MUCH), so if you’re considering it, now’s a great time to jump in for as little as $1/month.

Anyhoo. That’s about all I have brain and time for: I have another two cakes I need to get in the oven, like, NOW if they are going to be done by the time I have to go party.

Love you all, and have a happy forthcoming weekend :3 <3

A

* I didn’t say it was bad Compulsory Work Fun, FYI.

Made-it Monday: *actually* not cake WHOA

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

WHOA IT IS ACTUALLY NOT CAKE TODAY WHAT IS GOING ON.

Don’t worry. Cake will be back next week 😉 <3

For today, though, a lil sneak peek at the cheery unicorn I drew for my darling Patrons. (Hint: if you sign up to my Patreon for as little as $1/month [and you can cancel whenevs] you get the whole unicorn free for personal use! :3)

He’s such a happy squeaky lil uni.

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

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When Photoshop Goes Too Far

Love me some Studio C :3 A lighthearted vid today. Tell me, if you’re feeling sharey: what’s the worst photoshopping you ever did?

I’ve literally never told anyone this before, but Imma totally go all confession on you rn: When I was in my senior year of highschool I totally did that movie thing and photoshopped my face together with my boyfriend’s to see what our future children might look like. *dies*.

Luckily, said bf is now my husband, and even more luckily, neither of my kids look anything like the kind of scary photoshopped results 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Secret Reading Stash

I’ve been hanging out for the last three weeks to go raid the school library for a holiday reading stash. Now that students are gone, I feel like I can clear the shelves of popular options without impunity, so on Friday I brought home a stash… which OF COURSE I then topped up today. Hey, I already had to return two books (John Green’s Turtles All The Way Down and Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss, both of which I enjoyed) and OF COURSE it made sense to replace them… and pick up just one or maybe two others… O:)

So this is my holiday reading stash, ‘secret’ because they’re all piled up under the desk because I literally don’t have anywhere else semi-convenient to put them. Ain’t they purdy? :3

I’m so not going yo get through 41 books, even if I do have the next 7 weeks off (WOOHOO!!), but I’ll certainly givr it my best shot.

How about you? What are your top planned reads over the holiday season? 🙂

Made It Monday: NOT CAKE. (ah ha ha jk of course its cake)

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

OF COURSE. O:)

Look, when I made the other two last week, or whichever week it actually was, I did a double batch of the recipe. But because I was not making GIANT WEDDING CAKES Y’ALL, it turned out that a double mix was enough for three cakes. And then same with the buttercream. So I had a spare cake, with spare icing – just enough to cover it.

Small kiddo/baby/creature is finishing up at her current daycare at the end of this term (ish; long story; at the time of cake making she defs was >.<) and I had tentatively scheduled a ‘thank you’ cake in my diary for them anyway, so YAY! Spare cake = daycare thank you cake (because they really are awesome and adore the no-longer-a-baby so much and it is delightful and warms the cockles of my hearts much muchly).

I literally had nothing planned in the house to decorate this with, and really needed to deliver the cake post haste before it became stale after sitting in the fridge all weekend, and WOW there was a spare box of Lindt balls in the pantry because when Dear Husband had picked some up for me for the other cake/s, they’d been half price and he’d snagged an extra box. Clever man.

So: Lindt-bally cake it was. Rawr.

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

Meeting Authors Is Squeeful!

Even though we are, like, the capital of the country, it’s surprising how few Big Name Authors we get stop here. So when I discovered about six weeks ago that Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner were coming to town, I was EK-SIGH-TED!! Very.

They did an ‘in conversation’ talk and signed tonight at a local indie bookstore, and you guys, it was fabulous B-) Amie and Meagan are witty and charming and passionate and enthusiastic and smart and just generally pretty darn awesome people. Listening to them was a delight 🙂

I got my Starbound Trilogy books signed (which, if you haven’t read yet and you’re into YA, I don’t care if you think you’re into sci fi or not YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS because they are GLORIOUS! The first one in the series won the Aurealis in 2014 for Best Young Adult Novel) and picked up a copy of the first book in their new duology, Unearthed. Super looking forward to holidays in a week’s time so I can clear my schedule and read.

Also, Amie and I happened to be wearing identical dresses. Modcloth, #ftw! 😀 hee.

You can find Amie on Twitter or at her website, and Meagan is also on Twitter, and here’s her website. Go check out their books; they’re lovely humans and excellent, excellent writers. <3

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Korean Buttercream Flowers

Y’all probably know I am super keen on Teh Tweeter, and hang out there quite a bit. I also have my Tumblr that I go through phases on, though you can never tell when that is or isn’t, because I have it scheduled to post three times a day every day, and one epic Tumblr spree maxes out my 300 posts you’re allowed to pre-schedule 😉

I do StalkBook FaceBook occasionally, and somewhat begrudgingly, and usually through my Twitter feed, and I have an Instagram (locked to personal because I was getting WAY too many spam follows for a feed that has pictures of my kids on it).

But the place I’ve really grown to love over the years?

Pinterest.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking: Pinterest, home of pristine housewives and skinny white girls, place for exercises and recipes and interior design. But actually, like most algorithmically-controlled things, your Pinterest dash changes to suit what you follow and pin the most. So in my case, my feed is literally 90% cakes and Harry Potter, and I’m totally up with that. It makes a nice place to just chill and hang out and be happy, y’know? Cakes and Harry Potter: what more could a girl need? :3

So ANYway, because this has been the Term Of All Cakes, and because I have an EPIC cake weekend coming up as I do a giant formal cake for 150+ people (Do you guys want process pics of that? Or, like, a livestream while I decorate or something?? I can totally do that if people want to see!), and because Liana has been waxing lyrical about Korean KDramas lately, IDK, I just decided I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favourite styles of cakes, which is Korean buttercream flowers. One day, I will learn how to do these amazing things. For now, I will just enjoy the prettiness on Pinterest :3

All pictures are from my Cakey Goodness board on Pinterest.

 

 

So, IDK… Do you have a favourite style of cake? O:) (yeah, yeah, I get that that’s probably only me :D) Maybe a favourite flavour of cake, or just a Random Favourite Thing that shows up on your social media dashes and makes you happy? Happy is good. You should totally share something that makes you happy in the comments /nodnodnod :3