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Thursday, May 9, 2013

April ends......let May begin!

April apparently was the lull before the storm.  I finished NaPoWriMo though and I’m exceptionally proud of myself for that at least!  
May has brought the end of my daughter’s sophomore year of college and with it a final project that had us up until anywhere between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. for an entire week.  No, I didn’t help her with it per se, I just didn’t want to leave her downstairs alone working by herself and stressing out.  She stressed out anyway, but last night we all went out to Fridays for a celebratory dinner.  She’s officially a junior now.  Can’t believe the time went by so fast, but I can’t believe it’s almost my birthday AGAIN either.  Don’t ask which one, because I’m not sure I’m willing to tell anymore, and that my dears says a lot.  Age IS a state of mind, but my mind isn’t quite ready to wrap around this one, no matter that I feel about 20 most of the time.
May has also brought my very first root canal.  I wasn’t worried about it, despite my husband’s fear on my behalf.  (He is terrified of dentists) I have a pretty high pain tolerance so the only part I was dreading was the xrays which make me attempt to puke my guts up every single time.  They scheduled me for an hour and a half and three hours later I was on my way home.  In a fashion that is true to me, I had to REDO the only part I was dreading not once, or twice, or even three times.  I had to redo xrays FOUR times because their computer system upgrade over the weekend had apparently done something odd to the xray software.  Yay me.  So after three hours in the chair, I made my way home with a filling and four fewer roots than I went in with, along with a nice little bottle of Loritab.
The dentist said  it was going to hurt like a bear for two to three days. I think he was trying to prepare me just in case.  I had a small amount of pain the night of the procedure and went ahead and took the pain pills that night and about half of the following day since I wasn’t sure if it just didn’t hurt or if the pain pills were keeping the pain at bay.  I’m pretty sure it didn’t hurt, but I had a lovely day of drug induced coma the day following and am now back to myself just in time to begin summer vacation with my kiddo.
Next week is our self proclaimed “cupcake week”.  Another celebration for the end of her sophomore year of college.  She’s expressed an interest in dropping out of school and starting a cupcakery.  Ha.  Any parents out there know how that conversation ended.
She’s okay with school, just had a trying year and hopefully the summer will rejuvenate her for the next two years at which time if she still wants she’ll have my blessing to try to start her cupcakery.  So here’s the list of our cupcake agenda.  Anyone have any ideas for a new, or interesting cupcake to add to the list?
Reeses Peanut Butter Cupcakes
a chocolate peanut butter cupcake with a creamy peanut butter frosting.

Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes
A vanilla cupcake with fresh raspberry filling and a raspberry cream frosting.

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes
A pumpkin cupcake infused with caramel and topped with a spiced caramel cream cheese frosting.

Caramel Pear Cupcakes
A vanilla cupcake with pears and caramel topped with caramel cream cheese frosting

Banana Split Cupcakes
A vanilla ice cream cupcake filled with strawberries and pineapple topped with banana whipped cream frosting drizzled with chocolate and caramel topped with a cherry

Peppermint Patty Cupcakes
A dark chocolate cupcake baked with peppermint patties and topped with a chocolate peppermint frosting.

Hummingbird Cupcakes
A banana, pineapple and coconut cupcake with lush rum buttercream frosting

We haven’t worked out all the recipes for the following so feel free to offer suggestions and/or ideas!
German Chocolate Cupcakes
Italian Creme Cupcakes
Blueberry Pound Cake Cupcakes
Rocky Road Cupcakes
Peach Pie Cupcakes
Dreamsicle Cupcakes
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
Boston Creme Cupcakes
Bananas Foster Cupcakes
Smores Cupcakes
Cucumber Cream Cheese Cupcakes
and the finally for all you ladies out there
the Aunt Flo Cupcake which will be a death by chocolate cupcake with an indulgent chocolate ganache filling and dark chocolate cream frosting topped with a Midol.  
Any suggestions?  
We’re starting next week most likely after a grocery list is made since she refuses to use any prepared ingredients for her cupcakes so everything must be fresh.

These are the cupcakes my kiddo did for my nieces wedding and the wedding cake I made for them.



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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

NaPoWriMo - Day 27 and frogs.

Okay, so I’m back on prompt.  Maybe.  Still British, which makes me laugh since the phrase I thought of right off the bat was oh so very southern.  Let’s see where this goes.

If frogs had wings

I think every day would be


at least for me.

Can you see them?

In the backyard?

The park?

The grocers lot?

Fat little bellies,

Silly wee legs,

WIngs a buzzing

over their heads!

No more butt bumping

no lily pad hopping

if wishes were fishes

and pigs could fly

if beggars had ponies

and paupers had rye

we’d all be happy

we’d all be free

the frogs the pigs the paupers indeed

but most very especially, me.

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NaPoWriMo - Day 24 - Catching up again.

As ths goes on, I'm afraid I'm less and less willing to follow the prompts.  It appears that the challenge has inspired creativity, but not channeled creativity if that makes any sense at all?  With that said it appears I've got some making up to do once again and oddly enough, I've been spending a lot of time watching Dr. Who and the voice inside my head that reads along as I write is now.....British.  Hm.  Catch up in 3......2.......1

Body and soul
yearning for expression
emotions searching for escape
--an avenue of flight

remembering a time when it was easy
to touch, to feel, to live/
sensations covered so deeply no
by the dust and cobwebs of memory
that its become doubtful
they'll ever be felt again

the joy of discovery
that peaceful tranquility of the night,
before the storm
gentleness as a friends' embrace
passion in a lovers' touch
the serenity of knowing
that there is a place in the world
that only I can fill

what happens to those 
innocent childhood dreams
are they swept away by time
or is it gradual--
until the day comes and
you realize you've lost them
maybe never to find them again

alone in the night
my throat coaxes the scream
symbolizing the frustrations
of a lifetime
finally released in a voice
like a dying animal--trapped all alone
making one last effort at redemption

reaching out to the stars
praying to the light of creation
to absorb the pain
replace it with--anything
numbness, I plead
for that would be better than this
this agony that sears my soul
leaving me so terribly frightened
of nothing and of everything

when did I lose my humanity
"I must have for surely no human heart should feel so"
I wrap my arms tight
around my body
a futile attempt to draw close to something--
frigid night air
that would feel like salvation to me now.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

NaPoWriMo - Day 22 - Cicada

The cicadas sing tonight

in rhythm and blues

Louisiana taverns where

the soulful horns

permeate the swampland

sending me into

a parallel world

of psychedelic skies

and peaceful soliloquies.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

NaPoWriMo - Day 21 - Narcoleptic Fortune Cookies

The NaPoWriMo prompt for the day was to rewrite Frank O'Haras "Lines for the Fortune Cookies". It's funny how the prompts that seem the most simplistic are often the most difficult to complete.

Fortune Cookies for the Narcoleptic

You must open your eyes to see the sun.

No matter how long you sleep, if you wake it's not forever.

A glass of wine will often make anyone drowsy.

Sleep through a thousand sunsets and the one is more beautiful.

The sun will rise even if you're never awake to watch it.

Time spent enjoying nothing is not wasted.

When moments are numbered, each becomes more precious.

Write down everything and you'll forget nothing.

Say goodbye carefully lest it be your last.

Smile often, there is no such thing as too much joy.

Whatever you might love, do it often and with passion.

Cherish the good and ignore the rest.

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NaPoWriMo - Day Twenty - Stretching things a bit

So the NaPoWriMo prompt for the day was a list of words of which at least five should be included in your poem. Although I’m not a big fan of Haiku, I figured there’s literally no easier way to shove five words into a poem when you’re as physically exhausted as I am at the moment and trying to play make-up with NaPoWriMo. Maybe it’s because I’m so tired that I can actually visualize this in my mind and it’s lovely there Kinda “Supernatural”-esque.

Mercurial ghost
elusive scent of spiced clove
owl upwind hunting.

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NaPoWriMo - Day 19 - Iron Man again.....

Today’s prompt was to write a personal ad, and I had no clue, but a few words from the Avengers kept popping into my head and since I adore Iron Man and RDJ, who may very well be one and the same come to think of it……


Genius, billionaire playboy philanthropist seeks his scientific opposite, a FE male.

HaHa? Get it? FE = Iron? >.>
God I’m bad……

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