Wedding Whirlwind

Oct. 23rd, 2017 09:20 am
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My sister's wedding week is over, and we all survived more or less intact. I was lucky to already have accumulated a week of PTO, so I had the three days before the wedding (she got married on a Thursday) to finish my dress and make the cake.

I finished the dress Monday, after getting it mostly done over the weekend. I was worried that the taffeta would look too different next to the sequined lace the other girls were wearing, but it all ended up looking good together. I used the Butterick cross-front Edwardian pattern, since I had made it before and knew its quirks already. There are some minor fit issues, but it was wearable and looked decent, and I can fix them later if I want to wear the gown for an event.

It took two fifteen-hour days, plus two more hours the day-of to get the cake assembled and painted, but the cake all came together in the end, it looked pretty good, and it was delicious.

The day of the wedding was a whirlwind. The venue unlocked its doors at 9, so we packed up the cars with everything we could and caravanned over first thing in the morning. It took two trips for me to get all the cake tiers to the venue. I assembled the tiers at the venue, since I figured it would be easier to assemble everything there rather than try and manhandle a 4-tier cake into the Volvo. I did the final decorating there, too, which involved painting on the woodgrain with vodka-thinned food coloring, and arranging the gumpaste pinecones and that stupid, uncooperative flower, which kept wanting to fall apart. I managed to situate the flower just so, and it stayed together until the cake cutting, and by that time I didn't care if it fell apart. It was a white cake with mascarpone filling, raspberry jam, and fresh raspberries, and it was amazing, if I do say so myself. I have so much white cake left over that I'm going to make a strawberry shortcake for next weekend.

Hair and makeup took forever (and cost an arm and a leg), but we actually finished up everyone ahead of schedule, so we had some time to hang out in the bridal suite and drink champagne, which was fun.

The wedding was beautiful and a lot of fun. I'm not a very emotional person, but I did cry when I saw my sister come down the aisle, and when she and Dad had their father-daughter dance. The photographer my sister used is really amazing, too, and I can't wait to see all the pictures she took.

The day after the wedding (Friday), the families and everyone in the bridal party met up at a café in Fort Worth for the wedding brunch. The portions were enormous, and 90% of what they served were different takes on chicken fried steak. I ate the nachos, which were amazing, and a "Cowboy Style" CFS, which was just served the normal way with gravy and mashed potatoes. It was okay, but I've had better.

Fatigue finally caught up with me on Saturday. I slept until 11, and then I just sort of stayed in bed with the cats and watched the Walking Dead marathon until dinnertime. It was a good day.

Today it's back to the regular routine, which means sitting in my office doing a whole lot of nothing for the next 6 hours. (I'm not complaining, it's nice to have a job where I'm basically paid to surf the internet.) My German family (aunt, uncle, and cousin) are here until the 2nd of November, so we'll likely be doing some things with them over the next week. There's a new English Country Dance group in Fort Worth I want to check out on Friday when they have their next class, and I'm going to try and get my butt back in gear so I can finish sewing for the Georgian Picnic. I need to redo some parts of the blue and ivory dress that I rushed through before, and M's embroidered waistcoat needs finishing and he needs new breeches for the burgundy suit. (I feel like I've written that sentence a lot...I just need to get this stuff done, already!)

What's This?

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Earlier today John had the song "What's This?" from Nightmare Before Christmas stuck in his head.

After looking at these Wrecks, now *I* do.


What's this? What's this?

There's color everywhere


What's this?

There's white things in the air


What's this?

It's orange and so hairy - what's the deal with those two berries? I don't care!

What's this?



What's this? What's this?

I can't believe my eyes,


What's this?

A donkey tank surprise?

What's this? A swirly mass so curly, could the purple be too girly? Should this song be ending early?

No we're going 'til we hurl-y!!

What's this?


Could it be, oh could it be? Did I get my wish?

Here's something that makes sense: a meteorite bird fiiiish!

What's this?




What's this? What's this? There's something very wrong!


What's this? That blue thing's really long.

What's this?

It's positively crappy, and yet I feel so happy, have I possibly gone sappy? I think I need a nappy 'cuz this song is kind of rappy so I guess I'll get a frappey and go shopping at the Gappy...





S.K., Patrick T., Chris E., Reagan B., Rebekah W., Austin L., Alex S., Kaylyn M., & Mikaela, your guess is as good as mine.

Oh, and for your continued "enjoyment" I have a special treat today: while we were writing this post, John & #1 (aka "the other Jen") kept singing it to get the cadence right. really entertaining.

So, I decided to tape them.

There were a few interruptions, but overall I think you'll find their don't have the volume up too loud, k?


(If you're wondering what my contribution is here, I'm the one doing the scrolling. And giggling.) Update from john: Please note that no animals were harmed during the making of this video. :)


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Oct. 23rd, 2017 05:24 am
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"American fascism isn't Hitler. American fascism is the Klan. American fascism is Jim Crow. American fascism is Bannon and Miller and Trump." -- Angus Johnston, 2017-02-18

Home again

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:16 pm
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Home again.

Oh man, it was a good weekend. But I've got to finish loving on my kitties and go to bed because I've got work in the morning.

I have become a podcast addict

Oct. 22nd, 2017 04:02 pm
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Apart from everybody's favorite (right?) comedy/D&D podcast "The Adventure Zone", I mostly prefer history. 

There are a lot of bad -- and beloved, in some cases -- history podcasts in which the author postures, makes bad jokes, and assumes you don't know much and only want to know a little more.    Two exceptions to this are "The History of the Mongols", which is excellent and clear and takes a fair amount of concentration, and "Revolutions",* which takes an in-depth look to various European revolutions starting with the English Civil War.   I've just gotten to Charles I leaving London for the last time (although he doesn't know it).

If there were ever a more shining counterexample to the Divine Right of Kings than Charles I, it has to be one of the monarchs who was actually insane or intellectually disabled.

* Revolutions' podcaster, Mike Duncan, is known for an earlier history of Rome, which I haven't listened to but hear is excellent.

If you like true crime that is dispassionate rather than overblown, I highly, highly recommend "True Crime Japan".   The podcasters are gaijin living in Japan, and they do an excellent job of explaining Japanese customs and cultural aspects that are relevant to how crimes took place.   These are not crimes that have been rehearsed over and over in English-speaking media -- no Ripper, Bundy, Lizzie Borden -- which makes them all the more engrossing.

All of the above are, of course, available on iTunes and other aggregators; I'm linking to the authors' sites.

Crime & Detectives Comm

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:07 pm
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Sunday Sweets: Tim Burton Treats!

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Is there any time of the year more suited to Tim Burton cakes?


So here are my new favorites inspired by some of Burton's spookier films.



(By Sarah Olmsted)

We're starting off with a bang and a scream, because LOOK AT THIS CAKE. The sandworms! The waiting room! And the top with the model set's grave scene? Perfection.

It took me a good 15 seconds to find Beetlejuice, btw. See him? NO HINTS!



Corpse Bride:

(By Cake Central user lamiatorte)

1) I can't believe this is cake.
2) Emily looks dead sexy.

See what I did there?



Alice in Wonderland:

(By Silovoguo for the Cake Design Italian Festival)

All the other Alice cakes can just pack up, you guys. WE'RE DONE HERE.

(Sooo many stunning details, but look at the stack of floating teacups! That and the painted roses are my favorite bits. Plus Cheshire's eyes.)



(By Sara Giustizieri)

Excellent hand painting and figure sculpts so spot-on they could be collectible figures.


And everyone's favorite:

The Nightmare Before Christmas:

(By Dina Cimarusti Cakes)


This one has it all: the swirls, the bathtub, Oogie Boogie - I even see Zero!

(By Pucky Cakes)

Love that Sally gets her own cake here - and what IS that adorable bat/cat creature she's holding?
'Cuz I want one.


There are tons of Jack & Sally wedding cakes out there, but these two in particular caught my eye:

(By That Baking Girl)

The chalkboard tier has the famous "meant to be" quote from the movie. I love the swirly roses, and those colors! Plus the window frame topper is a genius design.


(By Splendor Cakes)

I really fell for the contrast on this one: that vivid pink and orange and lace topper with the dark sepia tones on the bottom is just... WORKING. You know? And I love the hand painted art of Jack and Sally in Dia de los Muertos face paint - a fun twist which helps explain the brighter colors.


And now, a few Sweets that bring all kinds of Burton characters together:

(Also by Sara Giustizieri)

Edward! Yay! Plus those vivid jewel tones look amazing behind all the figure sculpts.


And finally:

(By Queen City Bake Shop)

How cool is this?! The TV sets alone would make this a masterpiece, but then there are scenes from Nightmare, Frankenweenie, and Alice inside them!

And, you guys, they even light up:


Ahhh- mazing.


Happy Sunday, everyone! Now, who wants to go watch some movies?


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Penn Renn - Briefly

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:07 am
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Had an absolutely lovely day at Penn Renn yesterday. We caught all four Wolgemut shows, did some light shopping, and visited with the local living history group (technically English Civil War, but doing a Trayned Band since it's an Elizabethan, now Henrican timeline at the faire). I was going to come home after breakfast this morning, but my college buddy Jeff who lives in Virginia saw on Facebook that I was in Pennsylvania and drove up last night to go to faire with me this morning. So I'm off to load the car and check out and meet them for breakfast. I love it when Facebook manages to make those sorts of connections and actually brings people together. It's been way too long since I've seen Jeff and Alice. Yay friends! \o/ <3


Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:24 am
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"I know that there are people who think that this is odd.  They take their comfort other ways -- from liquor or from God.  Now sometimes prayer can call me or a drink helps get me through,  But nothing is so healing as the days I spend with you."   -- from "My Thousand Closest Friends" (1991) by Naomi Pardue

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Oct. 21st, 2017 10:02 am
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I am jumping on the bandwagon for The Good Place with both feet! Philosophical discussion with disasters! Veronica Mars and Ted Danson and a lot of other excellent actors in a whacked out version of the afterlife.
It is wonderful!


Oct. 21st, 2017 09:36 am
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Ex-KGB guy lecturing about subversion in 1983.

The beginning is ... amusing. He claims that the Soviet Union is immune to subversion because it's closed off from outside influences. It might also be amusing that he claims religion is the only thing which holds a society together, but fails to notice that the USSR tried to weaken religion.

However, his claims that it's possible to take a society down by amplifying its internal disruptive influences might be true.

The part that catches my attention is that cultivating no-compromise attitudes among people is very destructive. And that if you're looking to punish the other guy rather than get a good solution for the both of you, you're heading for trouble.

Unfortunately, it takes two to cooperate.

I'm wondering whether the world is worse than it needs to be, not so much because people are personally rotten as because there are organizations encouraging bad behavior for reasons which have nothing to do with the self-interest of the obvious culprits.

I suggest that malice is not adorable. Even if it's from people you agree with against people you don't trust. And that tear-it-all-downism might actually be bad for you.

There's a challenge here because hunting for negative foreign influence can also be a destructive force.

I'm not sure what the answer is. Look for people of good will. Don't make things worse.


Oct. 21st, 2017 05:24 am
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"Don't push that button! Jesus, Ron!
 Don't push that button! Or we're gone.
 I know you hate the 'Russkies,' and wish they'd go away,
 But dodging falling A-bombs would just ruin our whole day!
 Don't push that button! Jesus, Ron!
 Don't push that button! Or we're gone.
 A war would be the worst thing our world had yet endured.
 Destruction would be mutu'lly assured."

  -- from "H
e Asked
a Question" by Roger Clendening II (to the tune of Duane Elms' "Don't Push That Button")


Oct. 20th, 2017 10:04 pm
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All my life I've been niggled by the worry that the Egyptians were right about the afterlife, and that everybody we've excavated is now wandering around naked and hungry.  Anybody else? 


Oct. 20th, 2017 11:49 pm
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I'm on a road trip to Penn Renn. I made it down in about six and a half or seven hours. Considering when I left (4:30, right at rush hour and the height of solar glare) traffic wasn't too horrible. Once I got off the MA pike, things picked up speed. Things weren't too bad on CT, and the truckers on PA were much less annoying than usual.

The hotel didn't have their sign turned on, so I missed it and had to turn around and come back. =P The room isn't bad, I'll report back on the state of the mattress tomorrow.

Right now, it's time for bed!

ETA - The mattress on the first bed sagged so badly that I thought I was going to roll off onto the floor. Luckily, I rented a room with two beds. The second mattress was tolerable.

What is it with bad mattresses in Pennsylvania hotels? The worst beds I've slept in have all been in this state!

Captain America!

Oct. 20th, 2017 11:46 pm
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I legit passed Captain America riding his motorcycle on the highway in New Jersey tonight.

The first thing I saw was the shield. At first I thought it was one of the Cap backpacks, but as I got closer, I could see that it was metal. He had an army duffel strapped on the back of his bike, and as I passed him I could see that he was wearing his red, white, and blue leather costume, and (as far as I could see, it was after 8:00 and dark) his helmet with the eye mask. I'm actually glad it wasn't daylight, because that would have spoiled the illusion. Right now I can pretend that I actually saw Captain America, after a visit to Stark Tower in New York City, riding his motorcycle back to his apartment in Washington DC.


Oct. 20th, 2017 01:42 pm
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No real name. This was an instafilk based on a FB post

TTTO "People" by Barbra Streisand
People who hate people
Are the horrib'lest people in the world,
They're children
Whiny, bratty children
And they're letting their trollish side
Make fun of and deride
Acting more like cavemen
Than children.
Haters are most annoying people,
They're the angriest people in the world
They're on Twitter
On Facebook and on Twitter
They're missing part of their soul
So they attack and they troll
They'll use ALL CAPS and swear
So there is a person
Who hates people
People who hate people
Are the angriest people
In the world

The original song, for comparison, is on Youtube

To Be Read By Rod Serling

Oct. 20th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen


You unlock this bakery with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension.

A dimension of icing.

A dimension of piping bags.

A dimension of wreckitude.

You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of bad taste and even worse skill. You just crossed over into...

The Twilight Zone.


 Picture, if you will... a monkey. This monkey:

I know, creepy right? [shivering] Brrrrrr. Totally.


[resuming serious announcer voice] Ahem. Now picture, if you will, five ravenous-yet-dim-witted Shih Tzu dogs:

[sternly] Let's call them Muffy, Boopsie, Precious, Buttercup and Mr. Snuggles.


Now picture, if you will, a face of terror that watches in malignant silence far beyond your present capacity to understand. A face enigmatically bizarre in terms of time and space. A face...

...of a tweety bird.


 Now picture, if you will, Meerkat Zombies...raising the roof.

"What up, playah?"


This is the stuff of fantasy, the thread of imagination, the ingredients... of the Twilight Zone.


Jennifer P., Matt N., Christine S., and Melanie L., picture, if you will... a dolphin eating a Snickers bar in flip-flops and a cardigan. Then tell me what that looks like. I've always wondered.


Note: A couple of people suggested the pictures should be in black and white which was an awesome idea. So we changed them. I think it adds to the ambiance, don't you? For those who really want to see the full color versions, click here.

UPDATE! LeAnna and Woobie took up the dolphin challenge and sent in their ideas.


First LeAnna's:
AWESOME! Check out the flip flop thongs on his flippers.


And next we have Woobie's
See, the snickers bar is wearing the cardigan and flip flops because I apparently have no grasp of sentence structure. ?thought Who would have



One more!
This one's from Vanilla Smoke. Awesome!



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Oct. 20th, 2017 05:24 am
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"Oh, take your time don't live too fast.
 Troubles will come and they will pass.
 Go find a woman you'll find love
 And don't forget son there is someone up above.
 And be a simple kind of man
 Be something you love and understand [...]"

  -- from "Simple Man", written by Ronnie Van Zant (b. 1948
d. 1977-10-20)
and Gary Rossington (b. 1951-12-04)

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From TED: Multipotentialities.

I wish someone had sorted this out about 40+ years ago... but at least it's out there now.

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