Busy busy times. I am very excited with running around getting ready for my vacation. I have my 60 level sunscreen, bandages, sandals, passport and my tickets to board the boat on the 18th for my 17 day cruise to the Hawaiian islands.
I went shopping this weekend for a new bathing suit. I went alone as it is painful enough buying a new suit without having witnesses. I hopped on the train and headed downtown to The Bay. I stood in the swimsuit area and looked around with dismay. I want a suit that is somewhere between an old lady, frill at the bottom with push-up bra and a teeny, tiny bikini made for the tween set. Turns out this is almost impossible.
Suffice to say, I came away from the store with 2 dresses, one cocktail and one work and no bathing suit. The change in purchase choice came about when the salesgirl brought me a "high-hide" monstrosity of a suit with frills and ruffles that she said was designed for women like myself who have a pear-shaped body. I tried to hide my dismay when I asked if she had anything for women who are actually shaped more like a gourd rather than a pear. She looked confused.
I will look ravishing in my new dress when invited to dine at the Captains table - provided of course that he does not catch sight of me first in the ratty old pink bathing suit, circa 1999, with the skirt before he offers the invitation.
I have a few more things to do before we go. File my taxes, get some US cash, wax my chin, get a haircut and purchase an Easy Bake Oven for Lexi. She will be turning 6 while I am away. She is not happy that I will miss her party since she asked that I bake her cake. I will bake her a cake and take her the gift before I leave to try to relieve some of my guilt.
Speaking of cake, Rae had her 7th birthday party last weekend. I got the call three days before the party.
Rae: "Nanna, can you please bake me a cake for my party?"
Me: " of course. What kind of cake would you like?"
Rae: "Chocolate with a rainbow icing"
Me: "Will do"
Rae: "oh, and Nanna, can it be less cake and more icing this time?"
Me: "I'll see what I can do"
I have attached a picture of the cake. I used 1 1/2 pounds of butter and a pound of icing sugar. Rae loved it. 2 kids at the party said it was too much icing. Sometimes, there is just no pleasing people. The under 10 crowd are a rough crew.
Stay tuned - much more to come.