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01 September 2009 @ 09:30 pm
I've weddinged, I've caked, and thank goodness it's September  
Welcome back to all the SPN Con-goers! I'm sure you had a great time, and I hope to catch up on your reports in the next few days.

My niece's wedding re-enactment went well (the bride was gorgeous, and the groom very handsome in his navy uniform), with a great slideshow that my SIL made and a mercifully brief ceremony. We enjoyed the reception very much, which included everyone but my husband (too sick to go on Saturday) and my parents (who rushed back home for a job that fell through and alienated a bunch of relatives, but that's another story). The kids were not eager to go, Christopher because he somehow thought he'd rather be playing soccer ALL day in the 100-degree heat instead of just the two games he made it to (seeding tournament), and Lauren because she didn't want to get dressed up. They both had a terrific time, as it turned out, and even admitted it later. ;)

Sadly, my pictures of the event did NOT turn out so well. I almost brought one of the kids' cameras, but we were late leaving already, thanks to my having to nag the kids to get ready every other minute. MY camera is only 6.5 years old, and it was great when it was new! Now it eats batteries non-stop, and so my first few pictures were a little blurry and a lot of the whites are pink (!), and after getting some batteries from my BIL a lot of pictures were ruined by the flash not going off. Basically, the thing takes too long to "get going," and as the batteries get weaker and weaker it has to really "make up its mind" about whether to take the picture or not. Gah.

Christopher caught the garter. Again. This is the third time in a row—we haven't been able to convince him that it's not like catching a touchdown pass! I told him that tradition says the person catching the garter will be the next man to get married. So this conversation ensued:

Aunt Paula: Christopher, will you marry me? Please, Christopher, marry me!
Christopher: (*makes weird faces*) No—you didn't catch the bouquet.
Me: It's not a match-making ceremony!

We left the reception when I realized it was 7:00 already (it's an hour's drive back to Sacramento), and HSH was feeling better by the time we returned (better than the days spent on the sofa with a just-in-case bowl).

Mid-afternoon on Sunday, I took the kids to see my MIL. She hasn't been doing well lately, I think I've mentioned. I'd hoped to take her out to breakfast on Sunday, but she collapsed midweek, and wasn't up to leaving the apartment. She's very tired these days, and we're all worried that it's getting near the end for her. It was SO nice to visit with her for awhile- it had been too long for me, what with being up in Oregon and then having every single one of my few unplanned weekend days this month hijacked by someone from the Bay Area coming to see her. I was afraid I wasn't going to get the chance, and will go again this weekend if she's still with us.

To sum up, I didn't have as interesting or "fun" a weekend as I would have had at the SPN Con, but I had a good weekend and definitely did some much more important things in the long-term. No regrets there.

Side note: for those of you who know I make 'fantasy cakes' for the kids' birthdays, there wasn't anything to show for Lauren this year (no theme, and she wanted the guests to decorate their own pieces). Christopher, though, gave his approval for a Pinball Cake, and when I when shopping for the remaining supplies at Dollar Tree, I found some marshmallow circus creatures that led to this final creation:

I had originally planned to use giant gumdrops (spice-drops) as the "rebounding posts" (I have no idea what those are actually called). But once I found the circus creatures, I used mini chocolate donuts instead, and frosted them. The bumpers are shaped Rice Krispy treats, and some of the other contours are either that or shaped cake pieces (bleh—even when you freeze the cake, it crumbs up the frosting), or Kit-Kats.

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Entendre? Make mine a double.: Thanksgivingdeirdre_c on September 2nd, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
Pinball cake FTW!! Awesome! :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
After our comment exchange, it suddenly seemed one of the most doable options, because I'm bankrupt on ideas right now and Christopher's suggestion of "soccer theme" would lead to an easy but incredibly boring cake. I speak from experience, having done "football theme" a couple of years back. SSSSnnnnorrrzzzzzz...
brigid_tanner: Dean-like-thumbs up-animatedbrigid_tanner on September 2nd, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Amazing cake! Sounds like you had a great weekend, and family does need to come first.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
It was hard not going to Vancouver (darn that wedding planning! Argh!), but I think I'll be glad things turned out as they did in the long run.

Glad you had such a great time there!
bebeascarpetta on September 2nd, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
OMG,you are my heroine.You're truly caked since this is one of the most amazing birthday cakes ever.
Hopefully,Christopher was proud of his mother's work of art.
I'm so glad you did feel you were able to do things this past weekend that might be more meaningful in the long run although attending SPN Con would certainly have been nice(without the kids).
Side note:I'm supposed to take 31 ten-year-olds camping for one weekend in September(without any other colleague stepping in).Although your list would make all the difference I'm definitely not going.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Christopher and his friends enjoyed the cake enormously, though most of them (like our family) doesn't see the point of Rice Krispy treats. But at least they have structural use in cakemaking. ;)

Taking 31 ten-year-olds camping all by yourself? That sounds like Hell on Earth! I wouldn't do it either.

My son's Rapid Learner program at his school has what you might call a "creeping Outdoor School system." They take the third graders away for 3 nights, the fourth graders for 4 nights, and the 5 graders (this year) for the full 5 nights. I'm amazed!

The third grade usually consists of 1 teacher and 20 students, though in Christopher's year it was 2 teachers and 33 students. They had several parent chaperones and the staff at the Outdoor School location they went to. Still, I have no idea why that actually worked out. It sounds like a boohoo-fest of a bunch of sick kids! Or like somthing out of Lord Of The Flies, depending. :0

Don't do it! Sanity first!
cindy: cupcake (by interlock)tsuki_no_bara on September 2nd, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
that is the coolest cake. it took me a minute to a. notice the candy ring on the side, and b. figure out what it was for. >.< i'm having a morning of dumb. but it's still a fabulous cake.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hee! I think every morning is a "morning of dumb" for me. I'm so much more of a night person.

Glad you liked it. That turned out SO much better than a "soccer cake" (Christopher's original idea) would have. The soccer cake would have been easy-- they make kits with the nets and figurines-- but very dull. And also indistinguishable from the kind of cake people make for kids' soccer team celebrations.
I'm beginning to dislike the man with the whipesorlehcar on September 2nd, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Dude, your cake is AWESOME.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! There's a picpam of previous creations here. This one was a worthy entry-- last year's... meh.
Deadbeat Nymph: dean rock outdeadbeat_nymph on September 2nd, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Another awesome cake! The details are fantastic! I'm particularly fond of the candy ring as the start pusher button thing. (Although I've played pinball, I don't know what's called. :P )

You are such a wonderful mom. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 2nd, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
I had to look up pinball machines on the Internet to get more than just a vague idea of what they look like. There's the ball-launcher, the ball-chute, the stuff near the top that the ball bangs into and lights up, and the flippers. That's all I remembered off the top of my head.

For instance... I hadn't actually noticed before my research that pinball machines all have themes! Now I'm kind of itching for a shot at Addams Family pinball, or Shrek pinball, or Simpsons pinball!

Years ago, deirdre_c made a pinball cake, and I suggested the ring-pop for the launch button, so I had that idea in mind. But what was really serendipitious was that twirly lollipop to use as the "spring" part of the launcher. I was really wondering how to pull that part off until I ran into that lollipop at a store. \o/