Monday, April 07, 2008

Pride For Sale

Weekend Recap:
1. How low does someone have to get to sell their Mother's burial plot on Craigslist?
2. What about the wedding ring off their still-married hand?
3. In the past few months I've seen numerous postings for cars, jewelry, and wedding dresses all under the headline of "Lost job. Must sell!"
4. But today there was such a sadness in their posts. As if they were really saying, "Please don't make me do this."
5. How can anyone deny that we're in a recession?
6. I'm currently looking for a new car. Mine is costing me as much as a second mortgage each month.
7. Despite the fact that it guzzles gas and oil, both back tires are bald and losing air, that it has a severe coolant leak and that it can't go faster than 70mph without losing control...
8. I'll be sad to see it go.
9. Hoop keeps asking me what I want to get next. As in, "What color? What kind? How big?" My answer of "cheap" and "runs well" apparently isn't good enough.
10. I'll drive anything. No seriously.
11. If you wanted to strap on some wheels and could get me to work in under an hour, I'd pay YOU each month. You wouldn't even have to change out of your PJs.
12. Saturday morning we ate wedding cake!
13. After a month of anticipating and planning, my Mom backed out last minute. If she was waiting for me to reschedule because of her, it didn't happen. I had cake on the brain.
14. We decided on three tiers, each a different flavor. The bottom layer is going to be Hoop's favorite, vanilla with raspberry filling. The second layer is going to be almond and the third is going to be key lime flavored. Mmmm.
15. I took extras to Hoop's Mom and then finished off the rest for breakfast the next morning.
16. I'm wondering if I can do it again in a couple months. I might have to get my dress let out.
17. Besides being sold on the actual taste of the cakes, the ladies running the place were amazing. Neither had gotten more than an hour of sleep the night before. One due to baking and the other because of a concert. But instead of being dull, we chatted and laughed for over an hour.
18. Don't worry, I relieved Hoop halfway through. He didn't even hesitate on his way to the comic store next door.
19. Yesterday, Hoop and did some much needed house work and watched all three Lord Of The Rings movies.
20. I'm officially overdosed on LOTR.
21. Although I really shouldn't complain about watching Orlando Bloom for twelve hours straight.
22. There are worse things... ;)

How did your weekend go?

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At 07 April, 2008, Blogger Knight said...

Holy Pop Rocks! That sounds like the best wedding cake ever! I might have to leave my desk in search of cake right now.

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger the planet of janet said...

mmmmm. cake!!!!!

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger geenalyn said...

okay between your now talking about wedding cake, and the three cakes i've baked and decorated for other people in the last few days, i am craving cake something fierce.

as for selling wedding dresses and jewelry on craigslist because they've lost their job...i've been there. When Daynah was a newborn Peter lost his job, we had no money coming in...we needed food, formula, diapers money to pay bills. I went to a pawn shop i'd seen advertise that buys jewelry and i sold them everything but my wedding/engagement ring, the promise ring peter had given me when we first met and a pair of gold hoops. I sold the first ring my parents ever bought me, the first ring i was able to afford myself...all the special trinkets peter had bought me along the way, wedding gifts from him etc...its pained me horribly...i walked out of that pawn shop bawling...holding my baby and the few hundred dollars i had gotten. It still makes me feel sad when i think back on it, but you do what ya gotta do ya know

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

Re #21 & 22: To quote my friend Jeanne, "And THAT'S why there are half-elves."

At 07 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hu hu hhhhuuu, you said "strap on" hu hhuuuuu

And Liv Tyler is the HOTTIE in LOTR.


At 07 April, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

I know people love to go on TV and talk about the "technical" definition of a recession, but they're just trying to put lipstick on a pig. The economy is crappy and the job market is super-duper crappy!

Now I want cake. I have had cake twice in the last month. My birthday and Mom's birthday. But, I still want cake after your post today. I'm glad you didn't mention ice cream.

Mmmmmmmmm ice cream ...

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger fiwa said...

I'm going to focus on the positive - your wedding cake sounds delicious! I have never heard of a key lime wedding cake, but I think it's a great idea.

Good luck on the car search, I'm doing one as well. I'm tired of the gas guzzler I've been driving - my inlaws gave it to us, but I don't care, I'm about to give it the heave-ho. My commute is about like yours, and you just can't fool around with crappy gas mileage when you drive that much.

have a good week.

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger Jen said...

I made fillet mignon steaks with creamy white beans over the weekend.

Regarding a car. . . why don't you consider this cute leetol Smart Car fortwo? It's base price starts at $11,590.00 and has ultra-low emissions. I know it seems small, but I bet it would save a butt-load in fuel! Then again, it only has 3 cylinders. . .

Hmmmm. It was only a thought for the day.

Hope you find your car, girl. It sucks to keep stuffing money into a money pit.


At 07 April, 2008, Blogger Vanessa said...

I can make a car recommendation, Toyota Corolla. They are well made, durable, efficient and inexpensive to purchase. Good luck with your search.

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger LL said...

Nice recap. So tell me... are you getting married or do you just enjoy tasting wedding cakes?

I'm thinking you're engaged in some sort of wedding crasher type thing...

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger R.E.H. said...

Selling mom's burial plot? You have got to be kidding me?

And, thanks for making me want cake. Cake and a LotR marathon! Sounds great!

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger mamatulip said...

Your cake sounds AWESOME.

We just traded our van in - today, actually - for a smaller car. We can't afford the gas on the van, with the prices the way they are, and keeping two big vehicles on the road is really strapping us. Like you, I don't care what I drive, as long as it gets me from A to B. I'm kind of sad to see my van go - I did like it, but I'm excited to drive standard again and to not be broke all the damn time.

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger Christy said...

Wow, that is awfully sad. The state of people's financial situations is so upsetting. Probably why I'm sewing, writing, designing, programming and losing my mind.

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger Foo said...

“I relieved Hoop halfway through.”

Oi! Can't the boy relieve himself?

And for your next car, may I just say that I think you'd be cute as a bug's ear in one o'them little Yarises. Yarae. Usses. Em... whatever.

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger mjd said...

As I sit here in my home without my wedding ring on my hand and as my husband of forty-one years is watching the NCAA basketball final also without a ring, I was worried reading number 12 that I missed the big event. Then, I realized that you and Hoop were trying out wedding cake in preparation for the big event. I need to visit more often.

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger Newt said...

Ummmm cake. It sounds super tasty. There was just an article on the net about the top 10 cars to buy used. I'll see if I can find it for you and email it. Toyota's and Hondas are always good. And our Subaru has been amazing. We absolutley love that car. And it was on that list. And it's true. We bought it used and it's been a dream car.

Oh, and we are looking at buying vacation/lake property. Mostly because pricing has tanked and homes are in foreclosure so we figure now is a good time to invest in a cabin. But it's also scarry to make that leap.

At 07 April, 2008, Blogger Karen said...

I loved that wedding cake and food tasting stuff when my brother got married. Yummy free food.

At 07 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So are we all invited to this wedding so we can eat this delicious cake you are describing? When is this big event, and why do you have to relieve Hoop?
I tried to get my DH to test-taste key lime pies on each island when we drove to Key West. He looked at me like I was crazy! At the time I thought it was a good idea...
And Jay said..."they're just trying to put lipstick on a pig." This is something I have never tried! However, my wedding ring came from a pawn shop more than 20 years ago. It was all we could afford. (We found DH's cheap band in a park; no one claimed it.)

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Joshua said...

I had a good weekend. Stayed at the lake having fun and working. I was helping out at the boat races.

dangit out of ben and jerry's Half backed :(

At 08 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to admit it, but I've posted pics of my ass on Craigslist under the heading "lost job, have to make rent, will take best offer..."

Is that wrong? Did I share too much?

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Chatty said...

Congratulations on getting the cake decided upon - three layers mean it will be gorgeous, and three different flavors means something for everyone - and all sound delicious! Sorry to hear about your car, though. I know what you mean - I held on to my old '83 Honda for so long it took hearing my mechanic say "NO MORE REPAIRS!" to get me into another car. Because seriously, when your mechanic doesn't want to charge you to repair it anymore, you have to figure there's a really good reason...or in my case, many reasons...*sigh*

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Jo said...

I tried to comment earlier but my internet went screwy, now I'm back...and still thinking of cake. Yours sounds triple-yum, esp. the almond. I love weddings that have different flavored cake tiers--everyone can pick their favorite & people like me can have one of each :D

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Maggie said...

Cheap and runs well is my kinda car too.

I love your cake(s). How cool to have three different flavors. And eat it for breakfast! So my kinda breakfast.

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Janet said...

mmmm...Legolas! My first blog was called fondofelves :-) Which movie is your fav of the three?

"It comes in pints? I'm gettin' one!"

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger gr said...

whatta cake, add some champagne and its breakfast of champions!
I have my espigliere and monkeyshine pics up, phllbbtt!

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Sassy Mama Bear said...

I think the cake sounds delicious. My weekend was busy as usual moving does that.
Time to post some pictures.

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Nettie said...

The rasberry filled cake was what we had at our wedding. Frozen for a year did nothing to ruin the taste either. Cake for breakfast......hhhhhhmmmm, that's now on the menu for saturday morning. Orlando Bloom, I have nothing more to say.

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger moo said...

We also overdosed on LOTR this past weekend. What IS it with those movies that you have to watch them all the way to the end, despite having watched them MANY times before?

Ugh. Congrats on the cake, though.

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger coffespaz said...

Mmmm....cake! Sounds delightful!

The LOTR overdose sounds good too. Must have been better than freezing our bums off at a baseball game on Sunday. It was rainy, windy and cold. The team wasn't even into the game. Bonus was that hubby was able to see the penant trophies live and in person. I didn't get to go because I was holding onto some personal items for a fan while he got to go. Oh well..I have pics. I'll try to post them this week.

Pass the cake?

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Swistle said...

You know, Orlando Bloom as-is doesn't do a THING for me. But as a blond elf? WHOOOOOOOO-boy.

At 08 April, 2008, Anonymous catscratch diva said...

Oh girl! Congrats on the wedding! New reader, here! I wandered in from Jay's place.

All the wedding stuff is a blast if ya don't let it get to ya! We went to two different cake ladies and got loads of tasty samples!

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Sparkling Red said...

It appears that I am not the only one who read that entire post with all the serious and moving sentiments at the beginning, but was quickly distracted by and then totally fixated on all the talk of CAKE!!!!!

Life can be sad, but as long as we can still have cake, it's kind of OK.

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Freakazojd said...

Oh my god, I KNOW you meant that LOTR is great because of Viggo...!!! :)
Your wedding cake sounds AMAZING. Um, I gonna have to go and find some sort of goodie to munch on right now. Uhhhh....

At 08 April, 2008, Blogger Farmer*swife said...

Where have I been? Cuz' I obviously haven't popped in here in a few days. I feel like I'm all behind and missed a whole week or something.

Guess I've actually been staying ahead of my tasks list.

YEEEAAAAA!!! The cake!!! Wasn't that so much fun!? I loved that part. My DH is an Aggie and so she made a beautiful Aggie cake for his Groom's cake.

He FREAKED when he found out how much it cost! LOL He swore he was gonna' quit farming and go into the cake business!

Mine was three tiers -- italian cream, mmmmmmmm, yummy. It was soooo moist and I wrapped up the top tier (the little one you are supposed to share on your one year anniversary).

It was perfectly preserved (freezer). On year later, DH had a slice with me. I finished the rest (though, not in one about a sugar hang over that would be).

Your cake sounds fabtastic!!!

At 09 April, 2008, Blogger Candy said...

I was watching those same three LOTR episodes and wondering when the hell there would be a commercial break so I could pee. Until the end, when there was a commercial break every 5 minutes!

At 10 April, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Were you Marie Antoinette in another lifetime? With the comment on the crappy economy, people barely surviving and selling off whatever they have, and then three delicious tiers of cake that you are going to let people eat?

At 10 April, 2008, Blogger Melanie said...

mmmmmmmmmmm orlando bloom and wedding cake for breakfast. :daydreams:

i hope they burn me and sell my ashes to science!!!!


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