Monthly Archives: October 2012

Launching Tonight!

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I know I said no more bakery posts, but I can’t help myself, I’m so excited!!!

We are finally launching our fundraising campaign tonight, and all I can say is its about time!! This has been more than a month in planning. I’m excited to see what happens. I hope this helps to spread the word about our bakery and raise some money for our bakery business.

Check my bakery blog tonight for ordering information. Or comment below!!

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Yay Christmas!!

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H is for Hiking Adventures

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What a weekend it’s been!!!  Sandy’s coming, the Steelers are winning, and there’s a Friends marathon on television!  Can life get any better?

First thing’s first: officially survived my first Bruce Springsteen concert last night!

Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh PA 10-27-12

Cannot believe it took me so long to finally see the man in concert, but it was worth it.  Even though we were stuck towards the back (I’m not shelling out $250 a seat, even for the Boss) this place was rocking.  It was funny, because at 26 years old I was definitely on the younger end of the age spectrum, completely the opposite from, say a Justin Bieber concert.  Most of my concert mates were well into their forties and beyond, and you could tell they have been Bruce fans FOREVER.  Maybe I’m just an old soul, or maybe it was being raised by a New Jersey mother, but he’s always been one of my favorites.  And man can he rock!  3+ hours, non stop singing, crowd surfing, and completed rocking out.  The man’s in his 60s and he was tiring me out.  I can’t believe it!  I’m still in complete awe of what I witnessed last night.  That will definitely not be my last Bruce concert.

On a sad side note, being in CEC made me realize just how much I miss hockey.  All around me there were banners flying from the rafters, and I had a clear view of the beautiful 2009 Stanley Cup Champions banner from my seat.  NHL OWNERS AND PLAYERS, PLEASE STOP YOUR FIGHTING AND BRING HOCKEY BACK!!!  I MISS MY BOYS, AND THE STEELERS WILL NEVER BE AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOCKEY GAMES!!!!  It was the worst part of being back in CEC in over a year.  😦

But enough about the epic concert I went to last night, from the title of this post you are not here to hear about the wonders that are Bruce Springsteen (although, if you are, I’m willing to talk about the man all you want!!)  You’re here because this afternoon I went on my latest Alphabet Adventure: H is for Hiking Adventures!

Even though Sandy is coming to destroy us and all we have built, my brother Matt and I decided to hike up to the falls anyway, because it wasn’t raining yet (and the rain managed to hold off until we were done.)  It’s great we went, because we managed to get some amazing shots of the falls.

Since the weather was so bad (when you see 30 utility trucks driving down the PA Turnpike, you know some government official is taking this weather thing seriously), we were all alone to hike up the trail by ourselves.  What’s so funny about this place is, as I previously mentioned, it’s kind of in the middle of a whole bunch of conjunction in Beaver County.  It’s right off a highway, behind an Adult Bookstore, in front of a church, under a railroad track, next to a haunted motel, beside the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  (Look at all of those prepositions!!!)  It’s a diamond in the ruff in a less than savory part of town, and maybe that’s why I love it so much.  I love finding those hidden gems of beauty that the rest of the world seemingly overlooked and abandoned.

The water level was super low today, probably because we haven’t had a lot of rain recently (oh Sandy, you’re gonna be changing all that soon!!!) so Matt and I were able to walk right up to the falls.    It’s kind of a neat experience, because when the water level is low you can walk behind the falls and see life from behind the water, deep in the heart of an old quarry cave.  I love Pennsylvania because old mines and quarry fields help to add to the rustic beauty you sometimes find in places like this.

Afterwards we climbed up the falls to the top, where you can stand in the water right on the edge of the falls and look down to the water below.  It’s such a breathtaking sight to stand at the edge of a waterfall, look down, and notfall.  (It’s also very intimidating when you think you’re about to drop your phone 40 feet into the waters below.  Talk about a major heart attack at the edge of a cliff!!)

The edge of the falls

How can you stand in a spot like that, surrounded by such beauty, and hate anything about life??  What a calming and beautiful place!!

Afterwards, we climbed up to the old railroad bridge above the falls and started walking along the tracks to the abandoned hotel on the other side of the tracks.  Yes, I’m not making this up, 3 days before Halloween and we decide to go check out a sketchy haunted hotel.  It seriously looked like a fake movie set, and I was waiting for some chainsaw slashing maniac to come tearing out of the abandoned doorway and chase us down the railroad track until we fell off the bridge, careened over the falls, and met our cold and slippery death.  But, maybe that’s because I’ve been told I have a vivid imagination.  Or something like that 🙂

For real, though, the place was sketchy beyond belief.  If Matt hadn’t sworn he had been there before without dying, I’m not sure I would have ventured over to it.  But I guess I trust my brother more than a sane person should, because I had no problem diligently following him over the tracks and exploring the haunted hotel for awhile.  I guess my curiosity got the better of me.

This weekend’s been pretty epic, but I’m so happy I was able to head to Buttermilk Falls today with my brother.

The haunted hotel…BOO!

It was a great moment to  relax, explore, and just have a fun Sunday off.  And, bonus, as we headed back to the car the rain finally showed up.  Oh Sandy, I know you’re coming, but thank you for letting us hike in peace before the rains opened up.  Now let’s hope I have enough tuna in my cabinets to outlast any potential power outages.  Tuna, peanut butter, and lots of bananas!

Speaking of food, Halloween cupcakes are in the oven right now.  I’ll be putting some pictures up on my baking website soon, and you can click here to stop by and see them.  They will be frightfully SPOOK-tacular, and amazingly yummy!!  I can’t wait to decorate!!

See you soon for my next adventure!!!

Lis

 

The Test of Friendship

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You know that saying “Blood is thicker than water,” meaning that when the chips are down, your family will always be the most important part of your life?  I used to think it was the weirdest saying (not to mention a little weird…why am I reducing my family to a pool of blood?), but sometimes, as I’ve grown older, I see the value in such an off-balance saying.

It’s been one of those weeks where friendships have been tested in my life, not always with positive results.  It’s frustrating when you feel like you’ve poured time and energy and support into a relationship only to see it sink over a stupid argument,  Life moves on, and I realize I’ll move on with it, with one fewer friendship and a few extra hours into my schedule.  It still comes as a slap in the face, though, especially when it was unexpected.

Friends, what do you do in these situations?  When you’re at odds with a friend, whether a BFF or a fringe friend from college you occasionally see at weddings, what do you do when you don’t agree?  Do you let things work themselves out naturally?  Do you confront the problem head on, and hash it out through the arguing that’s bound to happen?  Do you move on, or force yourself to eat a piece of humble pie in the name of friendship?

Oh well.  If it wasn’t meant to be, it wasn’t meant to be.

In happier news, only 72 hours until I take my mom to her first Bruce Springsteen concert ever!  I know, for those of you who know my mom it’s crazy that’s she’s never been to a Bruce concert before.  So I’m excited to finally be crossing this off both of our bucket lists on Saturday.  About flippin’ time!

Time to work on my bakery.  Oy.  Logging that overtime now so I have extra $$$ to spend on my bakery.  Haha, I wish I cared about Initech more, really I do.  But I don’t.

Happy second half of the week!

Lis

Next Week: H is for Hiking Adventures

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Ugh….fooooooood baby.

My family just left from a weekend in Pittsburgh.  I love my family, but whenever they come out I always eat WAY too much.  Oh boy, do I need to go walk this off.  Ever wish you could just unzip your skin, remove all the food in your stomach, and zip it back up?  Maybe that’s just my weird dream.  Haha.

Anyway, on to next week, and a brand new adventure to encounter.  I’ve decided next week, H is for Hiking Adventures, is the perfect opportunity for me to go out, and see the fall foliage before the dreaded snow sets in and ruins everything (in case you can’t tell, I’m not a winter person).  So I’m going to hop in my car, roll down the windows, blast some “Autumn-themed music” (does such a thing exist?  If so, what would you recommend I add to my Autumn-themed music playlist??), and head up the PA Turnpike to Buttermilk Falls.

I discovered Buttermilk Falls in college, because it’s right down the highway from my school.  It’s kind of a diamond-in-the-ruff place, tucked away in a less-than-savory area of Beaver County, right off the highway behind the Adult Mart.  No, I’m not making this up.  You could pass it a thousand times without realizing what’s behind that wooden fence and small gravel lot, but the beauty that you see there is absolutely breath-taking.

So next week is all about me, my camera, a good paid of sneakers, and a hike up to the falls.  Maybe I’ll play the role of “Hipster Young Adult” and find some Tom shoes, a North Face jacket, and some Obama swag.  I’ll blast Mumford and Sons, chew on some organic vegan granola, and bring my used guitar just in case the creative juices start flowing.  Ahhhh, Young Adult Hipster may be my Halloween costume this year!!  Yes!

Ok, I’m out to walk off this food baby.  I’ll be back sometime this week with some more updates!

Have a wonderful week,

Lis

Calling All Legal Help! Calling All Legal Help!

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Here’s the deal:

I need help setting up an LLC.  If you’re reading my blog, enjoy my companionship (aka: I don’t royally piss you off), you’re licensed to practice law in the state of PA (I know most of you bowed out at that requirement), and don’t mind being paid in pastries (and there go the rest of you), I need your help!

No for real.  I’m trying to start up an LLC.  I’m looking for anyone with legal help who can offer it to me.  I have very little to offer in terms of pay, but I know we could work something out.  A payment plan, a prepaid legal plan, or even back end payments.  This is a brave new world for me, though, and I’m looking for help.

Also, for real, I’ll pay in cookies, cupcakes, and cakes for the rest of your life.  😉  Something to think about!!  No worries about children’s birthday cakes EVER!!!  What a weight off your shoulders!

So if you meet all the requirements, let’s talk!!  I’m sure we can work out a wonderful business deal that helps both of us!

Lis

C is for Corn Maze

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Another Initech-free weekend.  You’ll never believe this, but I actually had the opportunity to accept another job offer this week and I turned them down.  I know, after all the complaining I do about Initech, you’d think I’d be willing to switch jobs for just about anything.  And I am; this just just happened to be in the 0.1% of things I do not want to do.  Ha.  So for now I’ll be staying at Initech, chasing my dreams from a distance.

It’s autumn, though!  Such a wonderful time of year!  Pumpkin, apples, spices, cider.  The crunching of leaves as you walk through your yard to retrieve your mail.  Dense fog cover in the morning, hillsides that display God’s full Creation in a blaze of color and movement, the smell of wood fires starting to burn.  And corn mazes!

As I told you in my previous post, the one and only “corn maze” I went to in my life was so lame a 6 year old could’ve figured it out.  I’m 26, so….I figured it out in about 15 seconds.  It was super lame, and I was super bummed I spent money trying to have fun at such a disappointing place.  I swore next year it would be different.

We headed up to Mercer PA for a Cool Springs Corn Maze.  The place was hopping: Mormons, youth groups, Brownies, Girl Scout Troops.  We might have been the only non-family, non-group affiliated people wandering around.  That’s kind of how we  roll, though.

The entrance to the maze is marked with a large painted cutout of a train, much like the Hogwarts Express.  If I had only brought my luggage cart, I would have charged full steam at the plywood.  Alas, I forgot it at home with my owl and cauldron.  But I’m going to be honest, I dunno why the entrance was marked that way.

Fun advice if you ever go to a corn maze: don’t let the 15 year old lead the group when she refuses to use the handy map they provided us.  Taylor lead us all over the place, up on trail and down another.  Heck, in some sections her and Matt created their own trails.  It makes it really challenging to know where you’re at when you’re stomping through corn stalks trying to “find another path to try”.  It was pretty bad.

We walked through all of this. Some of it several times…

Eventually, after emerging into a pumpkin patch and snatching a few pumpkins for the road (who has a pumpkin patch in a corn maze!?) we settled into our Dora-inspired roles wonderfully.  Erika was our French-speaking Dora, Matt was lame-o Diego, Taylor was Boots, and I was Map, since I actually started using the map.  We were very lost for awhile, which automatically meant we all had to suddenly pee, and then we found our trail and made it out to the end.

The end of the maze was a magical place full of pumpkin cannons, friendly goats, sewage slides, and free ice cream.   Oh, and enough John Deere equipment to have me slightly confused as to what state we actually were still in.  There was so much going on it actually took us awhile to get through everything.  Guess it’s a good thing we weren’t lost in the maze longer, we might have missed the free ice cream.  And who doesn’t love free ice cream?

In the end the day was about as silly as you can imagine.  A little bit Amish, a lot a bit red neck, and a whole lot of climbing through grained plants looking for an exit.  I’m not sure what human thought to originally cut paths through their corn crops and charge people a small admission to walk through it, but I must congratulate them, whoever they may be.  It was a ridiculously fun time, and really, that’s all I want from my weekends!

Off to bake some cupcakes!  Apple spice might be in the works today.  Or maybe some cinnamon crunch.  Hmm, the possibilities are quite endless.

Lis