As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to fully embrace my introvertism, rather than fight it. We’re socialized to see introverts as somehow weaker and less desirable than the more gregarious extroverts in our world — but at least 50% of us are wired as introverts, and there’s nothing wrong with us (at least not related to us being introverts… I’m sure we have plenty of other issues.) It’s been heartening to see in the past few years that people are starting to talk about the value of introverts in our society, and are even starting to celebrate us.
It’s a huge misconception that introverts hate people. I love people. I have a close group of friends, and I love to be around them. What I don’t really love is huge crowds, lots of small talk, and being “on” for long periods of time. I need my alone-time in order to recharge and feel normal, and when I don’t (or can’t) get it, I’m cranky.
Yesterday really tested me. We had a few big events at work, I catered a wedding, and Scott did his first public reading (which was WONDERFUL, by the way). That was all in one day. I was going nonstop from 6am – 11pm… and for this introvert, that’s really long time to be around others. So this afternoon, I’m hiding out at home, alone in my PJs… and it’s wonderful. It’s also a good excuse to update the blog with a whole bunch of things I’ve fallen behind on.
I think I’ll let photos tell most of the stories.
This is a birthday cake I did for a customer recently. Everything is edible, even the poker chips and the playing cards… I hand painted the cards with food coloring, and considering I was working with a very small surface area (maybe 3 inches in length), I thought they turned out really well.
Last weekend was the Central New York Cake Decorating Competition. I had considered competing earlier this year (and I even had a really fun idea, thanks to one of my mom’s friends!), but with my schedule, several cake orders and the trip to Denver for the Great Urban Race, I just couldn’t pull it off. Or rather, I could have pulled it off, but I would have driven myself insane.
Instead, I signed up for a master class that was offered in conjunction with the competition. It was taught by Burton Farnsworth, a well-known sugar sculpture who has competed in several Food Network challenges.
This is what we started with:
And four hours later, this was my finished masterpiece:
This is a random sunset from earlier in the week. It was one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen – the sky looked like it was on fire. This was taken with my iPhone, so it’s not the best shot, and it looked even more amazing in person.
We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
This weekend, I made 350 cakeballs for a wedding. Are you wondering what a spread of 350 cakeballs looks like?
The flavors were: dark chocolate mint (foreground), peanut butter chocolate, and vanilla.
Here’s what it looked like all set up at the wedding:
And my favorite part? These adorable cakepop toppers! I LOVED how these turned out – such a cute idea.
The cake pops were in a mini cheesecake – the couple’s favorite treat.
You’ll remember that mom and I are “walking” to Illinois this month, and here’s our Sunday report:
Mom’s gone 624 miles! She is near Presho, SD – a small city named for an early settler from New York who arrived in the area in 1858. The population is 497.
The closest town to me is Porcupine, Ontario. It was originally known as the Golden City because of its prominence during the Gold Rush. These days, there is a pizzeria and one hotel and I can’t find much else.
We’ve also inspired one of my aunts to join us on this crazy adventure – she is going to leave her house and travel to Savannah, Georgia, which is where mom and I plan to head in November. If you’d like to join in the fun as well, just let us know! All you need is a destination and a way to track your progress. It’s a great motivator, as well as a good weekly geography lesson.
For my exercise today, I went for a hike (alone!) at Robert Treman State Park, which is just a couple of miles from our house. Remember the floods we had a few months ago? Treman was hit hard, and a couple of its trails still aren’t open. I was amazed to see that the rushing water had nearly taken out an entire stone bridge – this photo gives you a good sense for how high the water must have gotten (the bridge used to have solid sides that reached at least three feet high on either side of the footpath):
And finally, a lovely shot of the autumn colors, also from my hike:
And I think that’s everything. Have a great week!