Monday, May 25, 2009

Never forgotten

We visited Grandma and Granddaddy yesterday, and they've been in my thoughts all day today. I can't think of a better place for them to rest than Arlington National Cemetery, especially as it affords us the opportunity to visit often. They, along with the countless men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country, have earned a place of honor. I, for one, will be forever grateful and will never forget.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I've died and gone to caloric heaven...

I had some (all too brief) free time this afternoon before I had to pick up the kids, so I decided to fit in a long overdue haircut. As I'm walking to the salon, I see a cute little cafe table outside a new store next to the salon, where three young ladies were chittering over cupcakes. My interest piqued, I wandered inside.

Lo and behold, I had come upon a place a glory - a cupcake heaven placed conveniently next door to my favorite salon! And what's more, there were adorable cake stands nearly overflowing with cupcakes of all the colors of the rainbow! Oh, it was a beautiful thing to behold. Let me tell you, it was really hard not to order one on the spot. But, my common sense actually kicked in (for once) and I decided to wait until after my haircut.

*fast forward 40 minutes*

Back in the delightful confines of Cupcakes Actually, I had an extremely difficult time deciding what to order. I finally decided on one of their signature "actually dipped" cupcakes - dreamy, light and fluffy peanut butter frosting dipped in rich fudge and then placed like a pillow from the gods upon an amazingly moist chocolate devil's food cupcake. Oh, and I got a cupcake for the hubby (flourless chocolate cake with vanilla bean frosting - yum!).

I'm not sure how, but the cupcakes actually managed to make it all the way home and into the fridge without being devoured. (At this point, you should all be applauding me for my incredible restraint. Seriously, I deserve a medal or something.) In order to avoid upsetting the wee beasties (aka the children), hubby and I waited until they were in bed before breaking out the cupcake goodness.

And oh, what goodness it was.

Seriously, if I could bake like this, I'd quit my job and open a cupcake boutique too. These things were AMAZING. They were definitely the best cupcakes I've ever had, and as my hips can attest, I've had quite a few cupcakes in my time. If you do not stop what you are doing, get in your car or hop on a plane and get yourself out to Fairfax Corner for some of these cupcakes, you will never forgive yourself. I may never forgive you. They are that good.

So now, I just have to hope that my job, my school, my hubby and my children all keep me busy enough to keep me away from Cupcakes Actually. Otherwise, I might soon find that I cannot fit through doors and I certainly won't fit into my suits for work. I will work on reinforcing my willpower and keep to this promise: I will only go out to Cupcakes Actually for major celebrations.

I just finished this post - it's cause for celebration!! Who's up for cupcakes??


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cox Cable is terrible!!!

I've been trying to talk to my mother for the last half hour, as I know that I won't get a chance to speak with her tomorrow for Mother's Day (too much going on between visitors, lacrosse double-header and a term paper that's due). Unfortunately, she now has digital phone (they switched to one of those horrible bundle things for their cable/phone), and we were cut off FOUR TIMES. I got a tip-off each time because her voice would become digitally garbled, and then the call would drop. It happened twice while talking to her on my VoIP phone (started to think it was me!), then two more times on my cell phone. It took several minutes between calls just to stop getting her busy signal so that my call could go through. The final call lasted less than 30 seconds before it cut us off again (garbled voice upon pick-up until cut-off). Apparently my Aunt June is having similar difficulties with her recent bundled service (Mom and June both live in Tucson).

Rant for today: Cox Cable digital phone service is worthless and should not be used - EVER!