Thursday, August 28, 2008

California: Day 3.

I am getting really sick of posting about California. So, let's sum this up...

Derek and I got Pink's Hot Dogs. But you don't just GET a Pink's Hot Dog. You stand in line for 2 hours in the blaring sun outside the tiny building. Then you move an inch every 10 minutes. Then you order off the menu that consists of about 30 different kinds of dogs(it's insane). Then you order and pay $5 per hot dog(which is also a little insane to me). Then you sit and eat while you listen to your arteries clog, but you don't care....... Because the dog is such sweet nectar in your mouth, that you don't care if this is how you die. Then you leave, and suffer from the WORST stomach ache of your life.

Please, just take the time to look at the dog I'm holding. It's HUGE!

And lastly...the REAL topic of the day:

Some Quality Time with My Quality Man

Derek and I on the pier the last night, after getting some Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf hot vanillas. It was SO great, I love the beach at night. (Above: One of those "How did she get him" pictures...)

At sunset at Huntington Beach.

Derek and I at Nancy's. We are so lovin' on each other.

Babes: You are the best!! Thanks for all the good times in Cali, and here at home too. I love you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

California: Day 2.

Continuing the epic vacation to day two. Which'll have to be....

The Fabulous Food

Derek and I decided that one of the main things we wanted to do on our trip was eat at some fun/fancy places.

First, I really really wanted to go venture out into the cupcake world, so we went to Yummy Cupcakes in Santa Monica:
I didn't get very many pictures at Yummy's, so these are a little crappy:

Kels and Kricken enjoying some of the cupcakes.

Overall, we weren't very impressed with the Yummy Cupcakes, so we continued our journey to Sprinkles in Beverly Hills. I had heard a lot of things about this place, and I thought it was too good to be true, and really just didn't want to like it.

After standing in a 30 minute line and tasting our lemon and chocolate-marshmallow cupcakes....there was no lying to myself, they were amazzzing. Here are some pics there:

Then, Derek and I decided we wanted to get some high-end sushi. We searched online and found a place called Koi, where all the celebrities go. We decided we'd check this place out, and despite the amazing atmosphere and the fact that the waiters treat you like kings, the sushi was pretty disappointing.

Hmm.....well I am thinking that there is probably too much food to cover in one I'll continue tomorrow with more of the deliciousness, till then!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

California: Day 1.

So, I forgot to tell my blog readers that I was going to be in California for a week -- but then I remembered: most of the people that read my blog went with me to California.

Derek and I headed to California a week ago Saturday with my mom, Kent, Kristin, Asher, Jaaf, Kylie, Basil, Dano, and Kelsy. It was quite the group, which made for a TON of fun!

I thought I would divvy up our vacation in to categories, because being married to Derek has made me a nerd, so things like categorizing make me happy now.

First and Foremost: The BEACH!

We went to three different beaches. First was Redondo beach for McDonald's breakfast on the beach. The best part of the day was when we realized most of us had dressed accidentally in the colors of the rainbow. So, of course, we had to record the event via photos:

(The rainbow pics were taken by Kylie)

The Next Beach was Santa Monica. It was a little grimy, but nonetheless a blast. (Other than the fact that I was suffering with a huge head cold):

Kels and Basil beachin' it up.

The last and best was spent at Huntington Beach, where we swam for about 4 hours....

.......And then concluded the night by roasting Dogs/Bratwurst/Mallows in the fire pits using about 6" skewers. Despite the burns on our hands and the struggle to figure out how the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks we were going to do this -- it was one of the best parts of the trip.

The best Bratwurst, I can still taste it.

And the final sunset via Huntington beach:

Friday, August 15, 2008


When I was in 2nd grade we had a substitute teacher from Italy. I don't remember her name, but all day she called us by our names in Italian to bring some fun to the classroom. She kept calling me "Hilardo", and when I asked why, she explained that that was actually my name in Italian.


It was hurtful, I won't lie. And has definitely stuck.

So today, I just had to confess, to make myself feel better: I just finished a can of Pringles all by myself.

This is a call for HELP: I am ready for an intervention!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Colonel Custard.

SO. This was exciting for me, I don't know why, but it really was. I got to make a birthday cake for one of the Colonels up at Fort Douglas (I think that's it?? ha, sad) they wanted it to be an American Flag:

Pretty fun huh? was for me, heh.

And here's an afterthought for KC - not as good as yours, but still worth seeing....

Monday, August 11, 2008

Cupcake Update.

This week at work we had to make dog-related cupcakes for a large dog-related fundraiser. I thought they turned out really cute, but I should add, our first few attempts at a poodle cupcake were horrible, so we exnayed the poodle.

Here is a Giant Cupcake Cake for a little girl's 1st birthday:

And some of our "Hostess" cupcakes:

Friday, August 8, 2008

Happiness is Tiring.

Cheesy as it is I had a bonding moment with my radio today. I was excited to hear that one of my favorite songs was playing on 90.9, and I got so excited I went to turn up the volume and hit the AM/FM button. It immediately started playing the loud fuzzy/scratchy noise we all recognize, and I was pissed. Real pissed off. I went back to the song but it wasn't the same, I didn't get to hear it straight know?

Well this is where we bonded, and it's totally lame. But I was thinking of the past few weeks with my family. Ever since we've known Gen was leaving we've been getting together a lot more and I've gotten used to all the parties and seeing everyone so much. The second Gen left it really hit me how much change was going to happen. It was like I hit the AM button, and everything was fuzzy quite suddenly.

I've always been very open to change and risk in my life. I love new adventures, even if I know they could go terribly wrong. I guess the reason I keep doing it is because they usually turn out either good or somewhat okay. But with Gen leaving it is definitely different. I am losing this time whether I like it or not.

I think all the change I have experienced this year has been a lot to take in, but I know I just have to turn the dial to a new station, not so fuzzy, and hopefully just as good. I miss Gen, but I know the trips to Boston/Springfield will make it all worth it.

I'll be back on my feet soon enough.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

She's Headed to Bowston.

I was reading some old journal entries and found some pictures of me at age 17. Boy, I was a hoochie mama! Sorry to those who suffered the consequences.

SO. Here are some cupcakes dedicate to Gen -- Boston Cream Pie from my work:

Gen and KC are headed to Bowston tomorrow morning, or rather Springfield, which is about an 1 1/2 hours from Boston. KC's going to law school so they will be living there for > 3 years. So, this one's for Vieve.

10 Things I Love About Gen:

1. From ages 8-12 all I journaled about was Gen puking.

2. Gen let me sleep in her room up until her Junior year, and participated in "The Christmas Crew" till age 16. Both were well worth it.

3. Gen would take secret pictures of the guys I liked for me, so I could hang them in my room. (Embarassing.)

4. She was my best friend through the Family Golden Years (a.k.a. the Divorce)

5. She brought KC into the family.

6. Going to Black Friday with Gen and KC and fighting because we are all so exhausted and freezing, but still having fun somehow.

7. The most recent time we went to Disneyland.

8. She is tight with Derek, which is tight.

9. She let me make her wedding cake (now that's going out on a limb).

10. I always know she'll be there, even in Massachusetts.

GEN: You're a jerk for moving, but I know it's going to be the time of your life!

We'll miss you guys!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


As per Gen's request, here is KC's second work of art for the Cavanaugh family. Me, beaver version:

Ha! Please, no blackmail.

Now, Derek can vouch for me when I say that I have had two weeks of consecutively weird dreams. First it was earwigs coming out of the walls, to 12-year-old Kelsy getting married despite all of our disapproval, to last nights...the FREAKIEST, and the WEIRDEST.

Figure 1- My Biggest Fear.

Let me explain, ha. Here is where my dream began: The whole town was a riot because a werewolf had come to Cottonwood Heights to destroy the city. He was entering homes and killing families, and I was totally scared for my life.

Derek and I were asleep and we got a call from the cops that the werewolf was on his way to our house and we needed to hide (how helpful.) Next thing I knew Derek had disappeared and I ran into the closet to hide.

The wolf (who was the SCARIEST creature EVER!) came running into the house howling, and ran right to the closet where I was hiding. He could smell me, but the funny thing is, I didn't even know where I was hiding, I just knew that he couldn't find me.

So he left, and Derek and I were happy, and for some reason had a baby, and that was the end.

SO....I guess what I am trying to say is my dream could definitely be a best-selling fantasy novel, with a less happily-ever-after ending.