Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This is so cool it's worth mentioning

I get along really well with my ex husband. Like we're pals even. I know, odd right? When we split it was incredibly important to us that we remain civil for our children's sake. Why should they suffer because we screwed up? At first it was awkward, sure... feelings were hurt and whatnot. But we always put our kids first and we got over the nonsense and we've reached a point where my fiance and my ex went to a ball game together with our boys. How frikkin cool is that?? I swear, we should write a "how to" guide for those stupid parents out there that let their personal b.s. get in the way of what's important. Kids come first, no matter what. It's that easy. Get over yourself and you will be amazed at how simpler life can be!
Now I'm not naive... some folks out there don't seem capable of remembering that there are more important things in life than attempting to make your ex's life miserable. (Karma is a bitch- remember that.) What blows my mind is that they seem to be oblivious to the damage it is doing to their children. Kids have enough crap to deal with in life... they shouldn't have to deal with yours as well.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's Official! The Cake Gal is getting married!

So I have to blog about last Friday and its awesomeness! Ames and I were scheduled for our first sky diving experience. I have always said I'm doing this before I turn 40 and there was no way I was going to let that goal slip by. We made a reservation with Mile High Skydiving (they ROCK! Go there!) and got there a little before our 10am appt. I was a bit nervous about take off in such a small plane, but overall just thrilled to finally be doing this. Having Ames with me made it even more incredible. Insert "aaawwwww" here.
We were suited up and introduced to our professional tandem guys. Yay tandem guys! I'm with Eric, who is laid back and all smiles. We hired a guy to film us as well, so we're answering silly questions and posing and whatnot. We get in the plane... I realize I'm seated closest to the door. This means first out. Okay, no problem. I can handle that. Like being in the first car on the roller coaster, right? Totally! Camera guy is filming my reaction to tandem guy's altimeter. I am watching the mountains get smaller and all is well in the world. Can we open the door now? BTW, the door is nothing more than a clear roll up garage type door. One good lean on it and you're outta there! In the plane with us are two sisters and their tandem guys. There's lots of nervous giggling. I get to put on the silly hat and goggles because of my out of control curly hair. Don't want it whipping my tandem guy in the face!
We hit 17,000ft and Eric slides the door open. Camera guy is watching me, taking still shots and filming me at the same time. He had this cool remote for his camera that he operates with his teeth. It's all mounted to his helmet. Camera guy climbs out and hangs on the side of the plane to film my jump and tandem guy scoots us in a crouch to the door. I'm looking out over the mountains and recalling Ames mouthing "I love you" a few minutes prior. It is an amazing site and I am so ready to fall into it! Tandem guy starts counting back from four loudly. He has to holler... the wind is deafening! Next thing I know we're leaning forward and falling. I'm grinning from ear to ear while my face flaps in the wind and my teeth instantly dry out. I'm watching the ground rush towards us and Eric starts spinning us. That was SO COOL! He taps me on the shoulder and points for me to look forward and there a few feet in front of me is camera guy. I give him a big whooping holler and a double thumbs up! I already wanna go again! Tandem guy pulls the chute and there is this gentle slowing. Not at all what I expected. Suddenly it's so quiet! He spins us around and around and I continue to holler dorky stuff like, "This is SO AWESOME! I WANT YOUR JOB!!" I'm looking for Ames. I see the two gals far off, but not him. Tandem guy releases some straps and I'm just hanging there. I don't really want to think about what was still attaching me, but that feeling of just floating was incredible. We spin around towards the landing zone and he points to Ames far below us quickly rushing towards the ground. I ask, "How in the heck did he get there before us?!" Tandem guy just laughs and says we are taking our time so I have a great video to watch later. Camera guy is already on the ground filming Ames' landing. I see Ames quickly get released from his shoot and hurry towards the camera guy... and take this large white thing out of his jacket. Right then I think my heart wanted to come out of my chest. He unfolds it and it says what I am hoping it says..."Will You Marry Me?" Holy crap! As we float towards him I can see his smile and I'm yelling, "Are you serious?! Oh My God, really??" I do believe there was some giggling as well... I tend to do that A LOT when nervous. I remember Eric telling me to put my feet out and sit down and that's all I recall. I'm trying to find Ames behind the billowing parachute. Eric quickly gets it out of the way and Ames walks over to me and helps me up. I'm still giggling as he drops to one knee and asks me in person. I say, "Of course I'll marry you!" More giggling. He puts the ring on my finger and I see camera guy out of the corner of my eye snapping away. There was much kissing and hugging. My knees and hands were shaking like mad. I totally did not see that coming! Just WOW!
Ames had asked our kids the week before how they felt about this. I believe his daughter said something like, "It's about time". He had the ring ordered and hidden. He called my mom the night before and asked her permission. My mom absolutely adores this man... even more so now. Smooth move Mr. Prather:)
So I am engaged! And I jumped out of a plane! I'm still grinning from ear to ear, though the giggling has subsided. At least until my fiance:) tickles me to make the dog go nuts.
We eagerly await our video and pictures... they will be plastered all over facebook and here I'm sure. I might even Twitter them:)

We don't have a date set yet, but we're thinking spring. I already have the cake idea picked out, though!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

AAARG! A Pirate ship wedding cake on "talk like a pirate day"! How cool!!!

Okay, okay, okay... I SOOO loved making this cake! I had never made a pirate ship before and I only met them a couple of weeks before their wedding last weekend... I went into this sort of frantic mode while mulling over how to make this cake. They wanted the entire bridal party on there, and there was a lot of em!
Jere and Jes just like pirates... no particular reason beyond that for the pirate themed cake. They thought it would be fun and make their guests laugh. THEN they found out it was national "Talk Like A Pirate" day and we knew for certain their decision was meant to be!
I covered the ship in strips of fondant to resemble old planks. The people are sculpted out of clay and kept simple (they're only an inch an a half high). Jere and Jes wanted a fake bride and groom walking the plank while "they" looked on in pirate versions of their wedding attire. Oh, and let's put a big open shark mouth under the plank walking couple! Yeah! Ha! The cake was surrounded by 160ish cupcakes adorned with Wilson's (from Cast Away), squid, shark fins, casks of rum, messages in a bottle and sea turtles. There were some random cupcakes that looked like little islands with chocolate palm trees and "sand" done in glittery sugar.
I owe many, many thanks to my girls for their fine help on this cake.

Tasha and Kiera are both so very creative and talented I HAD to have them help out! Their creations were fantastic and were well received by the wedding attendants. I was told those cupcakes featuring little edible things were devoured first! I like imagining grown men fighting over the last squid cupcake:)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cupcakes and tractors!

I had fun couples this past weekend! I created a nifty tractor to go on top of a simply detailed cake for a wedding at Raccoon Creek Golf Course (BTW, nice venue! Loved all of the trees and the tent). The following day was yummy cupcakes going to Devil's Thumb Ranch in Winter Park. Yellow edible glitter, fresh raspberries and crushed heath bars and chocolate distinguished each flavor.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Neat Cake To Show You

This was a recent cake for a really wonderful couple:) I just love the flowers, though, and this is mainly why I wanted to blog it. Alicia (Bella Fiori) never ceases to amaze me with her work. The colors and the selection were gorgeous! Spring greens, yellows and creamy whites... such a lovely change from chocolate brown and pale something or other. She left me a huge fresh selection to work with for the cake and I had to stop myself from using every single bloom. This was one of those cakes where I stood back and had a big grin. The design wasn't over the top or anything, but it was fun and lively and completely reflected the couple's attitude. Melded with the flowers, lighting, linens... just gorgeous. I didn't want to leave!

Monday, September 7, 2009


Today the Hot Boyfriend of Doom (tm) and I celebrated one year of nauseatingly blissful happiness together. We went to Stella's on Pearl to make those around us jealous:) Stella's is where we first met. I was incredibly nervous that day; I changed twice and straightened my hair (which is a serious undertaking). I knew this guy was going to be worth it. He told me today he changed three times:)

Why Sprint and Comcast annoy me!

I'm certain I am not the only one who finds both of these companies so fantastically frustrating you almost have to laugh.....
I moved recently. I stopped Comcast over the phone. I was told a specific amount due and when I went in to return the equipment that amount was confirmed by two employees at the Comcast center off of Broadway. I paid it and was told I was done. Guess what I got.... not only did they NOT turn off my service and have billed me for another month, but they also say I have an unpaid balance due beyond that additional month. I call... again. I am told by a very nice guy that "they must do things differently in Denver" and that he would call me back in a few days (after his days off) and let me know "what I still owe". I informed him that I would be paying nothing more to his fine company and that this is their mistake. I never heard back from him, and I just got another bill. They can bite me.
Sprint... ah Sprint. I guess you just can't let me go. I paid off Sprint and got a nifty letter and confirmation number stating so even. Guess what. Yep, they say I owe them more money as well. I call... again. I get someone who is confused and transfers me to another dept. That person is also confused but at least can see on his screen that yes, I have paid it off. He says he's sending me another copy of the same letter and that should do it. I say, "How so? Your company doesn't acknowledge the letter they sent me stating I had paid in full." He says, "Well, it makes no sense to me either." BTW he is the supervisor....
I swear to God if either company sends me another bill you will hear my fit of anger in space.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I LOVE my G1!

How I ever managed without the internet on my phone is beyond me. Since getting the G1, I have shaved hours off of having to sit in front of the computer to answer business emails.

I LOVE the "find me" map. I was seriously lost in Golden recently and my phone tracked me and led me to my location... and even found a short-cut the original printed map I had didn't mention. Sweeeeeet.

I dig the free apps and whatnot. There are more than enough for me to choose from. I'm not one to sit and play games on my phone, but my kids dig the Abduction game. Cows and martians I believe. My phone syncs to my Gmail... way cool.

I think I am most thrilled to be done with Sprint. I had issues with them from day one. Calls dropped daily, their billing is ridiculous, they'd turn my phone off despite a zero balance due, they renewed my contract without my permission.... Major suckage.