I figured the best way to start would be to make a cake I wanted to eat. Then I stumbled across the craziest cake: a tree stump with an axe balanced on the blade. I knew there was NO WAY I could attempt anything like that, but it did point me in a direction for finding a cake recipe.
And that’s how I found the Artisan Cake Company, owned by Liz Marek. She also has the Sugar Geek Show, and I signed up for the free lessons, so I could see how to properly frost a cake. Her videos helped a lot, so I used her vanilla cake recipe, and her easy buttercream recipe to make my cake.
Back in 2014, I decided to make a cake. I wanted one for my house to eat, and decided to give one to my father, who had just had a birthday. I went to town, bought new cake pans, cake mix, and frosting.
This was the result.
It doesn’t look too bad, does it? The yellow is the tub of frosting, the red is an aerosol frosting with a star tip, and you can just see the sprinkles I covered the sides with. It doesn’t look that bad.
March saw me reading 8 books, two on audiobook, and the rest as ebooks. I’d be lying if I said I thought I would read more. I spent almost all of March down with various illness, which all culminated in surgery on March 23rd to remove my gall bladder, appendix, and an appendage off my lower intestine. I spent most of the month not feeling up to doing more than sleep. Eight books is still plenty, and it puts me ahead of my reading challenge by 11 books.
The Legend of the Blue Eyes – B. Kristin McMichael
I think I hit a new high for books read in a month: 10. They were all paper or ebook save one. I spent a good chunk of February sick, first with what I thought was the flu, then with epiploic appendagitis. Turns out it was all related, and now I’m down with a wicked gallstone. I can’t catch a break.
Health issues aside, here’s my 10 books for February.
The Jewel – Amy Ewing
This is one of those books that has an absolutely beautiful cover. The book inside isn’t beautiful. It’s okay, but not beautiful.
2016 is looking up! Not only did I get back to work, but I also managed 6 books this month. The good thing about going back to work is that I have a lot of time to listen to books. 8 hours of driving a day means I can just about finish a book in 1 shift at work. I audiobooked 2 this month, and then took a break, because I didn’t want to blow through more books this month.
Freaknomics – Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Freakonomics (Orange Is the New Black) (GIF)
I decided to fill December with shorter, easier to read books. I came into December 10 books short of my 60 books this year goal, so shorter books would help me close the gap. I still blame the car accident on why my reading this year was low.
The Last Sunset – Frank Mongomery
This book is terrible. First, it doesn’t make any sense, and second, the formatting is crap. It’s a good thing it was free, otherwise I would have been really put out.
The book starts out mid story, so I’m guessing it’s the second book of the series. A meteor has struck the earth, and wiped out a large number of the population. Kristina is sitting on a lunar base with a baby, wondering about her husband. Her husband is on earth, wondering about her. Her husband has someone else staying with her, and spend a lot of time using the “As you know, Bob…” trope, to explain how to survive, why he was a prepper, etc etc. It gets old quick.
Only two books read this month, and both were chosen for me. In contrast, it’s 6 days into December, and I’ve been through 3.5 books. I guess some months I’m just not up to reading.
The Bone Doll’s Twin – Lynn Flewelling
This book was picked for me for a swap on Swap Bot. This was picked for me for pick my next read #12. I had it in audiobook format, and since I’m not driving right now, I had to get it from the library. I read it on my trip to southern California in early November. It was.. ok?
It’s a high fantasy novel, set in a country where women have lead for centuries, and when they lead, the country prospers. Currently, there’s a man on the throne, and plagues, famine, and drought are problems. Things keep happening to the women of the King’s line, and they die. There’s a prophecy that a woman of the old line will come and lead everyone to prosperity and set things right, but no one’s surviving to do it.
Four books this month. I’m behind on my reading goals by 2 books as of today, so I need to read a lot more soon.
Feed – M.T. Anderson
“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”
How can you not be drawn in by that opening line? Titus and his friends are going to the moon for spring break. There, he meets Violet, who’s also on the moon for Spring break. There, they hang out, until an incident changes their lives.
I picked this book up thanks to a page on tvtropes. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it. The future world Titus and his friends inhabit is much like ours, but obviously more downtrodden. Everyone has access to the Feed, which beams information directly to everyone’s brain. They see advertisements, are able to order things over it, it builds a profile for them, suggesting things they’ll like, they can talk to each other over it, can transfer their memories to each other, and pull up any information that the Feed contains, so there’s no need to learn anything. Everyone is so wrapped up in the Feed that they don’t see most of the crapsack world they live in. They don’t notice the world deteriorating around them, or the countries threatening to launch nukes.
I have no intentions of leaving the house, and we’re not getting any trick or treaters this year. So I just dressed Mozzie up instead, as a Beanie Baby.
I write for the blog for Azeroth Adoption Agency, which is WoW guild that’s devoting to helping people adopt out in game pets. One of the things I do is write the Throwback Thursday stuff. It’s pretty basic: Leeeroy Jenkins, Illegal Danish, Kazzak does Stormwind, etc. Well, coming up soon is a Blizzcon feature, and it got me thinking.
Why nto share some photos here? They’re not the same as the ones I shared there (with one exception), and I have plenty of photos. So here they are!