This should have a subtitle: Or, why I am not a neat person.
I have never been a neat person. Even in my 30s, my bedroom is about as clean as a teenagers, and my living room alternates between “looks pretty decent” and “bomb has gone off.”
The same mess surrounds my glass workshop. I could make a pretentious comment about how artists need mess to create, but that’s most likely bullshit, so I won’t.
I’m just a messy person. That’s all.
I meant to have my second cake up in May, but life keeps getting in the way.
I made this one for my step mother, Phyllis. Her birthday was in January (I know, posting 6 months late), and the one thing you should know about Phyllis is that she loves gardening. Seriously loves gardening. She’s turned my grandfather’s large auxillery garden into a flower and fruit garden, and she’s wedded and pruned and planted all long the driveway from their place up to the junction in the driveway where my grandmother’s splits off. Gardening is Phyllis’ life.
I knew I wanted to put a flower on her cake. Originally, I thought about covering the cake in buttercream, then modeling chocolate in a nice bright shade of yellow. Then I was going to make a big flower to put on top.
So, I technically managed 5 books this month, but one of them is the last 1/3 of a series that I’ve already covered. Two of the other books are parts 1 and 2 of a 3 part series (with part 3 to be released this month).
Love and Decay, Volume Eight – Rachel Higginson
The final volume of the third season of Love and Decay ties the last 2 2/3 seasons together. Reagan, Haley, The Parkers, and the others in their group are in Mexico, trying to get to Columbia. Of course, nothing’s as easy as it seems, and they’re still fighting enemies from the former US, as well as new problems in Mexico.
I really liked this series, and didn’t want it to come to an end. The last volume was the hardest to read: there’s a LOT going on that’s not easy on all the characters. They have to face the Big Bad of the previous 2 seasons, plus all the crap that’s going on in Mexico. In the last episode, they make it to Columbia, and it’s been a harrowing journey.
Well, in theory I read 12 books in April. If you count the fact that two books held 6 novellas each, one held twelve, and one held 4, total “things” read is 36. I’m lumping the novellas into one review, as they’re all part of the Love and Decay series.
Love and Decay, Seasons 1, 2, and ¾ of 3 – Rachel Higginson
I found this from a BookBub offer, and unlike most of the books I download, I decided to read it pretty soon after buying, and then buy the rest. It’s kind of Walking Dead for the teenage/college set. Reagan and Haley have spent the last 2 years surviving the zombie apocalypse. It hasn’t been easy, but they’re getting by, one day at a time.
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.