Thursday, February 24, 2011

A little this and a little that...

So I haven't written for a while. On one hand, it seems like there's nothing really going on. On the other hand, it seems like I'm too busy to blog. And, yes, I know that doesn't make sense. So here is what's going on.

1. Will he or won't he...
Not-So-Ex has been working at Bayer for a while on the MIC Unit. It's dangerous. It's been insane hours. But it's also been insane pay. But there have been tons of lawsuits, which I completely support, and it's been will he or won't he have a job for quite a while. There have been rumored layoffs, rumored job shut downs, and just about anything else you can think of. Well yesterday he got the word that there would be a big layoff and he would be going. And we were thrilled. We have savings, we have a pretty large tax return, we're good for a while. I started my list of things I wanted him to do around the house and he started his list of things he wanted to do (and number 1 was SLEEP). Then he went to work today and they changed their mind and he's staying. While I appreciate that he has someone at his company (he actually works for a contractor) looking out for him, I still hope his last day at Bayer will be coming very soon.

2. Vacay #1
I just took my kids and my parents to the airport. They're gonna fly to Florida and then board a cruise to the Bahamas. And they're totally psyched. And, while I'm excited for them to have such a good time, I'm sooooooo gonna miss them! On the plus side, I have my parents' car while they're gone so no more getting up super early unless I have to. Plus, on the days when I don't work, I don't even have to leave the house unless I want to! And Not-So-Ex can drive to work every day on his own! Can't beat that. The parents' car also has seat warmers so, no matter where I'm going, my butt will feel amazing!

3. Vacay #2
We've booked our room for New York and our plane tickets have been bought. I was a little worried that the trip would be tough if Not-So-Ex was still laid off but, since he's still working, there's no reason for concern at all. I'm starting to talk to the kids about where all they wanna go and what they want to see. And Not-So-Ex is in charge of picking out all the awesome places where we'll eat. My main thing is to choose which bakeries we'll hit for cupcakes! Clearly I have the most important job. I'm looking forward to meeting up with a blogger friend while I'm there, plus my cousin is an opera singer in the city so I'm excited to see her in her natural habitat (LOL) too. Anyway, clearly I'm quite excited.

4. All things sugary
The bakery is going great! I've had so much support from friends that I can't even begin to go into it. My cupcakes also seem to be creating some fans too. It's also really cool because, when I have a cupcake that everyone loves, I can then turn it into a cake to be sold by the slice at our sister restaurant, Bluegrass Kitchen. Like, right now, I made a cupcake that turned out incredible. It was a Raspberry Truffle Cupcake, a dark chocolate cupcake with soft raspberry truffle filling and a raspberry chocolate frosting. They flew out of the case so I asked Chef about making it for Bluegrass. I had the first Raspberry Truffle Torte at Bluegrass on Tues and they LOVED it!

Well I guess that gets everyone all caught up! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I know I'm boring...

A day as beautiful as today makes it hard to stay inside and write a blog. But I know that, since it's supposed to be almost as pretty tomorrow, I'll wanna spend my day off getting ready for Spring and such.

I don't really have too much going on. We've booked our hotel room for the NYC trip. We got a suite right in Times Square. We got our plane tickets Tuesday. We'll actually be flying direct! How cool is that? I mean, it's pretty rare to fly direct to anywhere from WV.

In addition to the NYC trip, my kids are going on a cruise later this month. Lucky little schmucks.

Well I better get off here and get some cleaning up done before I have to go get the kiddo!

Monday, February 14, 2011

One of the best things about Valentines...

So I'm not a huge Valentine's Day person. I did get Not-So-Ex (and the kiddos) some candy and we're going out for a nice dinner at Bluegrass Kitchen tonight, which is always a good time. But probably the BEST thing about Valentine's is that it is the birthday of Jake the Wonder Mutt, our oldest dogger.

Now Jake was a pound puppy, so we don't know his exact birth date but, based on his age and when we got him, Feb 14th is pretty darn close.

This was Jake as a puppy in the pound:

And this is the monstrous snuggler he has turned into.
We've been blessed to have Jake in our home and I can't even begin to think of life without him. So today he will get a little extra loving and maybe, if he's lucky, some scraps from Bluegrass!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Paige's House O' Flu

So I'm sick. But I'm not the only one. Everyone in my house has the flu, except Hunt, my son. That lucky schmuck just happened to be staying the night with his cousin the day we all got sick.

I've been pretty lucky. While I've had the same symptoms as Rena and Not-So-Ex, mine have been pretty mild in comparison. They've both missed all week at work and school cause of their flu. I've still been functioning, just feeling crappy. But now they have antibiotics and cough meds so I'm hoping they'll be up and around like normal soon.

Hunt was NOT happy about having to go to school today while Sis and Dad were home. But the promise of a special dinner made it a little better. He even got to choose a special dessert. It's not surprising that he chose chocolate pie, his Dad's (and his great grandpa's) favorite pie. His great grandpa never got to meet him, but I have no doubts at all that Hunt is cut from the same (wonderful) cloth that Papaw and his Daddy came from. Awesome people all around.

Well I guess I'll get back to watching old episodes of Monk with Sis. Lots of fun on a sicky day!