Happiness Is…

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When you’re laying in bed at 11:30 a night and you suddenly remember you hid a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the freezer. :)

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Mavis The Clothes Horse…

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Just in case you were wondering… Being a snappy dresser isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  There are choices to be made… Like should you wear black, white, grey… or ya know… maybe today is the day to liven things up a bit and wear a bright color…

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The Girl Who Thinks She’s A Bird…

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I’m happy to report… The Girl Who Thinks She’s A Bird received a perfect score in photography class this semester…(She took all the photos in this post btw).

At one point she actually had a score of 102% in the class (she received extra credit for entering a photo contest and a few more points for taking photo’s at a museum outside of school hours).

And she would of stayed at 102% if it wasn’t for me pulling her out of school for a Doctor’s appointment. She had complained about her foot hurting (for about a month) every time she ran… or walked… and towards the end she even limped a little too…

So by the time I finally got around to taking her in… she was convinced there was something seriously wrong…

And there was…It was broken… (Oops!)  But hey… the good news is since it took me so long to take her in… Her foot’s already half way healed! :)

How about YOU?  Any I’m the crappiest parent ever stories you wanna share?

Human Body (DK Visual Dictionaries)

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Recent text messages from Mavis’s phone…

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Last night I got a call from my neighbor Girly Girl wanting to know where I was. She said her husband Chino had just cut himself with a saw and she needed to take him to the ER because the cut was pretty deep and he needed stitches.

Monkey Boy and I were out and about and couldn’t get there for another 15 minutes so I had the HH and The Girl rush up there until I could get there.

That was about 8pm.

Around 9:20 I finally sent her a text asking how everything was going…
Here’s the rest of the conversation.


(at this point it was starting to get dark outside)


(Yes… I’m a total scaredy pants)


Oh yeah… one of the neighbors spotted a bear in his yard the other day… gotta love living in the Northwest!

Not funny!


(I also don’t like to have the curtains open at night)


(Her friend Tonya is not afraid of the dark)


(Am I a nice friend or what?)


Notice she doesn’t give me an answer about the picture)


(I had to use the bathroom…)


Nice!

Anyway… they finally rolled in about 11pm… and came in laughing… Poor Chino… he has this giant gauze bandage on his index finger and he looks like a total dork… But the good news is… he still has his finger.

Let’s just hope Curious George don’t mistake it for a banana.

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Mavis asks…What do I bring to a potluck?

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The Girl Who Thinks She’s A Bird came home last night and announced
“We (meaning me) have to bring something to share for the (Top Secret) dinner… It’s a potluck!

Well… what are we suppose to bring?

Whatever you want…

What?
Is there a theme?

What?

WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSE TO BRING?

Pasta? Tacos? Dessert?

I dunno… just bring whatever you want!
———————————————————————

I hate this.
I hate having to decided.
I’ll tell you one thing though…
I will NOT be bringing cupcakes.
I will not bring brownies.
I will not bring pasta salad… although I should… because I have like 10million and 17 boxes of the stuff.

So… would you be so kind as to leave me a suggestion in the comment section below? Gracias!

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More cupcakes…

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Let me tell ya…baking 750 cupcakes is a lot easier than having to move 750 cupcakes… If you’re ever in a situations where you have to move mass quantities of food in a car… Here’s a tip: Use tomato/grape crates from Costco. Not only can they accommodate a variety of items… they stack nicely and “lock” into place. I’ve been doing this for years and so far so good… nothing has every toppled over (knock on wood). Of course the Cupcake Courier is my #1 choice for moving those little bites of chocolate goodness… but even between myself and my 2 neighbors we only had 7 (It’s a hot item on the house-wife circuit)… so the tomato crates came in very handy.

I decided very early on that we would bake 2 “flavors”… chocolate… and white. I find it odd that Pillsbury thinks “white” is a flavor… but hey… what do I know…
Once I had my flavors down… all that was left was to google “cupcake decorations” and weed thru all the different images until I found a few designs that appealed to me. I think my favorite design out of all 750 cupcakes was the chocolate cake with white frosting and a little chocolate brownie on top. Coming in at a close second was the peanut butter cup design that Mrs. Active Wear came up with on the fly… she can be very crafty under pressure… and that’s one of the reasons I like working with her on elaborate projects and teenager parties… she knows how to get stuff done efficiently… and I don’t have to listen to a bunch of chit chat either… In fact… if I were to apply to a reality show like the Amazing Race with her… I know we’d totally win… no doubt about it.
Then of course there was the whole business of coming up with a way to display a million bazillion cupcakes… And in the end I decided to invest in The Cupcake Tower… well… actually 2 of them. Each tower holds 208 cupcakes… and I figured… at the increasingly alarming rate I’m having to make cupcakes lately… I’ll get my moneys worth out of the thing…

PLUS… I can always loan it out if someone wants to borrow it for a large party… or a wedding… and probably get something good in trade for it too.

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Dessert for 600… Not a Problem.

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Did I ever tell you I’m on a committee? Well, I am. Although due to security reasons I’m unable to tell you anything specific about said committee. But I can tell you that when the discussion came around to providing dessert for 600 people,  what they had done in years past (sheet cakes and bottled water) simply did not excite me. Because really,  sheet cakes are crap. There is nothing exciting about a sheet cake from the grocery store. WHAT.SO.EVER.

So what did Mavis do?

She spoke up and said “You know what would be cool? If we served fancy cupcakes instead. It would be sooo much more exciting than boring old sheet cakes from the grocery store.”

Yes Mavis,  that would be cool, but who’s gonna bake 600 cupcakes?

{Obviously they don’t know anything about my run ins with the Crazy PTA Lady}

“I’ll do it”

There was dead silence in the room.

Luckily, the El Presidente of said committee looked me straight in the eye and said “Mavis, it’s all yours”

I smiled. {I won! Yipee I get to make 600 cupcakes}. Then I proceeded to send a text message to my neighbor Mrs. Active Wear telling her I just signed the 2 of us up to bake 600 cupcakes.

She of course sent back an obscene message… she has the mouth of a sailor that woman.

But guess what?

Mission Accomplished.

For the record: We actually baked and decorated about 750 cupcakes,  in just under 9 hours flat. I seriously think Mrs. Active Wear and I should turn pro.

Amazon: Cupcake Carrier 

Amazon: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat 

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Cash and scary…

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Yesterday while doing research for my upcoming project I drove by a store called Cash & Carry… Or Cash and Scary as I’ll be referring to it from now on… I had seen ads for the store but had never gone in there… Well… there’s always a first time for everything right? So I went in…

Now… it’s not like I’m a grocery store snob or anything… but…I’m not exactly sure what kind of people shop at this particular store on a regular basis… But… umm… I won’t be one of them… that’s for sure.

I guess I’m just not the kinda gal who buys oozing buckets of clam base in bulk…

Nope… I decided it would be in my best interest to buy 140 fortune cookies for $5.09 instead and eat a bunch of then on the car ride home…

Apparently who ever writes for this particular fortune cookie company has a really bright outlook on life. Because according to my fortunes… all 14 of them… I will soon be inheriting a small piece of land or money, I have a secret admirer, I will be receiving something unexpected in the mail, and I will be successful in romance (I’ll have to warn the HH about that one).

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Useless information update…

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My tweezers have gone missing… I’m now forced to use the tweezers from the First Aid kit to pluck my eyebrows until a good sale comes along… Add that to your list of useless information about Mavis you didn’t really need to know about in the first place.

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Did someone say free soup?

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Sooo…. The Girl Who Thinks She’s A Bird comes home from school the other day and says to me The Mathematician invited us over for FREE soup on Saturday… and we’re suppose to dress nice… it’s some sort of fancy dinner…

Did The Mathematician really say “FREE soup”

Yes

Okay… (twist my arm)

Turns out…
We weren’t just showing up for FREE SOUP…
But actually a 4 hour dinner…


More formally called PASSOVER!


I almost fell off my chair when I read we had to drink 4 glasses of wine with our meal… luckily someone else brought Apple Cider to the “FREE Soup dinner”…


The Mathematicians mom (The Mad Scientist) is a teacher… so we each had our own picture book to follow along with…


We used our pinkies to dab 10 drops of wine (I used cider) onto our plate…

We also made a sandwich out of Matzo bread and apples…
And we were also given an egg…

And some lovely canned fish?


And there was a candle…

And a little later there was some sort of potato dish and fruit salad…
I think being a guest in someones home is kinda fun… mostly because you get to eat things you don’t necessarily eat in your own home… Food prep is always interesting too…


Sometimes there’s extra little goodies like human hair in your food…
Or if you’re really lucky…

Cat hair… mmmm mmm yum!

To Be Continued…

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