The graphic directly above these words is important for two reasons. One, it marks the first time in the past five or six years that my head has rested upon pillows that were not acquired at a Swedish discount furniture and homegoods store. Two, it was created using my own handwriting which is now its very own font. Yes, I said it. I have my own font.
The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind. Sunday night my mom and I managed to have a pretty decent conversation before I had to open up the phone lines for a very important "BP Is a Righteous Environment-Ruining Shitstack" conference call on my sofa. Em works for National Wildlife Federation and things have been chaotic for them, which means that in many ways life is chaotic for us. I don't know what's it's like out there for other folks who do technological things for non-profits, but it seems like a number of Em's family members cannot wrap their heads around the fact that her entire team isn't down in Louisiana washing ducks with Dawn in little dish buckets. "You do what exactly? With the internet machine? How do you wash oil off the sea turtles on the internet?" But if you take a moment to text WILDLIFE to 20222 on your mobile phone, you will donate $10 to help save the wildlife down in the gulf states through NWF!*
I honestly have no idea how I managed to make it to Thursday, though. It's Thursday, right? Today we had a huge picnic at work and I brought my signature pasta salad, which is always a crowd pleaser, and s'mores cupcakes. There are a number of recipes for the s'mores cupcake on the internet (I know, you're asking yourself, "how do you bake cupcakes on the internet?") but I decided to keep it simple.
- Devil's food Duncan Hines cake mixUm, I don't think I can possibly convey in words how freakishly excited people were about these things. I tried to get #sticky #librarians to trend on Twitter, simply because these cupcakes were a mess and they were all over them, but alas. The end of the day was marked by a few folks using various plastic utensils to scrape the excess marshmallowy glaze from the bottom of the pans I used to transport the cupcakes.
- Marshmallowy glaze made from a container of fluff, a stick of butter, a cup-ish of powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla
- graham cracker crumb "sprinkles"
The past few weeks have been a test of my will when it comes to acquiring craft supplies, in that aside from this week, I haven't bought a thing. I decided against participating in Handmade Mart this Spring, not because I don't love that show (because I do, a lot) but because the winter shows were such a pain the ass and I haven't really sold much in my online shop since. What once functioned as an indication of my self worth in a lot of ways has sort of transitioned to just a general reminder that I don't craft to sell. Don't get me wrong, I do craft and sell but that is not why I am compelled. It never has been; it's just been something that has helped me afford supplies, get ahead on bills or special treats for the house. I've tried to refocus on what I love the most, which is needlepoint at the moment, and so I treated myself to a few patterns from September House and Polka and Bloom. Then I stopped off at the new Joann's down the road from my house and picked up some luxurious linen and two new fabric pens. Just because I can do something (namely, sell) doesn't mean I have to, and crafting for the sake of crafting again will be awesome.
Before I forget, we did get new pillows. I picked up some fancier pillows for a great deal at TJ Maxx the other day after work and I don't regret it for a second. The IKEA pillows tend to be great for about a minute or so, at which point the fluff seems to congeal and you wind up feeling like you're sleeping on a giant bag of grapes. Not delightful. And while I have your attention, do you ever have trouble resisting those big, square "European" pillows that are available in stores now? I sure do. There's also the matter of my handwriting font! The process was easy and affordable using Fontifier's font creation system. I can send the file your way if you're interested in writing like me. Just shoot me an e-mail and it's yours!
The weekend boasts the NOCC Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer walk in Reston on Saturday morning, a possible jaunt up to Baltimore for Squidfire to see my favorite Chickadee and then Glee, cupcakes and hopefully some crab dip on Sunday with my favorites. What have you been up to?
* More information is available at www.nwf.org/oilspill!