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Update 20141114

Whoooey! It’s been a while since I have posted. Though, to be fair, I did start a post in October, I just forgot to finish it, I guess.

But before I go into the crazies of life – the Cocofancy Etsy shop is open! There are just a couple of offerings up so far, but I have finally mastered caramels! And made an interesting discovery of Coffee Toffee.

Life has been hectic. But it’s it always? Well, more so in the last month-ish. I just came into a new position at work, with a new schedule: Monday through Friday! It’s the first time in the nine years we have been together that Mikal and I have both had Saturday/Sunday off together consistently. Sure, there have been the infrequent vacations and whatnot, but this is consistent! It’s also taking a bit of getting used to.

At the same time, I have been attempting to keep up with the baking, but that has definitely taken more of a back-burner than I would like. We had half a dozen sugar-pie pumpkins sitting in our kitchen for a few weeks, just waiting for me to bake them up…. Yeah, nope, was just super-busy. Mikal ended up getting taking care of it for me. This week (I almost said last week because that’s how long this week has been) was the first time I had the smell of wonderful pumpkin bakings in the house this year, and it was heavenly. Pumpkin Espresso Bread. So much yum.

And, to top it all off, wonderful Mikal has managed to deliver an early present: an amazing new computer. My old computer wasn’t dead, and it was a bit slow but not horrible… It just didn’t have a battery and wasn’t terribly user-friendly anymore. Quite stressful to use when you’re sitting there writing a blog post and you accidentally shift and the power cord detaches. It all goes bye-bye. But I have been using his computers to post, and they’re quite functional, so I really have no excuse. BUT THIS ONE IS SO SHINY! I no longer have to drool over his new(ish) computer and its zoomy sleekness. Perhaps I will finally get back to posting regularly.

It’s been a while

It has been a strangely busy and draining few weeks. Mikal has landed an internship that may well turn into a full-time job, which has been an interesting experience. He is enjoying it, which is definitely a plus. On the other hand, it seems to be messing with my morning routine something fierce, and between that and the hectics, I just haven’t felt like posting or baking. Weird, right?

It seems like our life is entering a state of flux. We have been looking around at new places to rent, because while I love living here, living at work is a little much at this point. I’ve gotten to that point where it’s time for a change, and rearranging the furniture is helping, but not really enough. On the plus side, we did get new couches and I rearranged the kitchen, and it’s tidier than it has ever been here…. but it’s also making me feel the need to clean and organize more often. That’s how I have spent half of my last three weekends – cleaning out closets, rearranging the kitchen, cleaning out the fridge, trying to clean up the living room after we got the new couches and rearranged…. It’s simultaneously really rewarding and exceptionally tiring. There are so many reasons why I could never be Suzy Homemaker.

At any rate, I’m hoping to get a couple of posts done for the next couple of weeks so that I can at least feel like I have been productive with the blog. I have stopped with the starter and more complex yeast breads project because I still cannot make a decent loaf of sandwich bread. Better to start at the basics. But then, I’ve always tried for the extra credit without doing the homework, so it really shouldn’t surprise me that I’m doing the same thing in this situation.

Finally working on secondary projects

I had planned on doing so many things on my vacation. I took a week off – which turned out to be nine days as it was bookended by my weekends – and I thought, “Wow! I could do so much in that time!” I completely took into account that the first two days would be Candice down-days, where I would probably just sit around and play video games and whatnot. That was spot-on. But one of the other things I had imagined I would have time and energy to work on was a side-project Etsy store called Puppy Bistro. I have some product, and an idea of what I want to charge, I just need to get something together for the packaging and a banner for the Etsy site, and everything will be up. Not a lot to accomplish, but it just didn’t happen while one vacation. I believe housecleaning happened in its place, which was a very good thing – just not quite what I wanted to do.

We have finally started on it in earnest, though. Keep an eye out here in the next couple of weeks – I’ll be sharing the progress.

Vacation Time!

Vacation. You read that correctly – I am on vacation. Unfortunately, that does mean that my posting for this week will either be delayed or altogether absent. I haven’t really decided. I am planning on making some cupcakes for work for V-day, and taking them in Tuesday/Wednesday. I leave Wednesday to go for the actual vacation part of the vacation – I have a couple of nights at a nice little place up in the Napa area, and I have to say I’m quite looking forward to it. One of the drawbacks of living where you work is that you don’t really get to not work: I went out this evening and noticed various details that need to be addressed. I can’t escape it. On the plus side, it means that I almost always know what’s going on, and that helps when you’re in a management position.

Anyway, I will either post tomorrow or next week, but know that there will likely be some irrelephant items coming up soon.