Anyhow, I'll try to keep this short and sweet with ample pictures...lol
First of all I started back at work...was given a terrible raise by corporate head office...realized how depressed I was that I was handing over more than 2/3 of my paycheck to a woman that also got to play with my baby all day...and then I was exhausted at the end of each of those days...so I couldn't even thoroughly enjoy my time with my little bean. And then to put salt on this terrible wound...our finances started to REALLY shift downwards...I was officially bringing home the same amount of funds as I did when I was living in Fernie...in LOW INCOME HOUSING. So I wrote my resignation letter..and asked to be let out of my 1 month contract (which each employee is required to sign upon being hired by CBI)...and left it at that. The next day I was told that I would have to abide by the contract that I had signed (which would be fine if I wasn't financially SCREWED...and if I hadn't been told, when I first started back, that I wouldn't be held to it should I decide it wouldn't work out) so I was devastated, as was my husband. HE was SO devastated, that he wrote a nasty letter to head office. It was intended for them....it was intended to let them know how stupid these rules are...it was intended to explain to THEM how bad our situation is....and yet it still circulated around then entire corporation, and back to my manager within about 15 minutes...she hauled my butt into the board room and lost it on me... understandable since after reading it, it looked like it was a nasty letter about her....unfortunately...I happen to LOVE my manager...and my administrator...and this was in no way supposed to involve them...too bad for me....it does...and it got them in hot water...and they were upset with me...sigh....what a mess.
As in true MIREILLE style...well...if you're gonna do it...do it with a bang. She let me leave that day...that afternoon...that minute. She told me she doesn't hate me but that she'd be lying if she said she wasn't cranky. And who could blame her? BUT as with everything..I tried to turn it into a good thing. This place has a HUGE staff turnaround...ALL the time....for the very same reasons.....$$$$$$$
So I came home that afternoon and wrote a HUGE email to corporate....I told them everything I thought about them. The positive thing about what I wrote is that I had told them everything that EVERYONE thinks of them...It just so happened that I turned into the representative for all the staff that had left in the past. I don't really think that my little tiny letter will have any real affect on the way they do things, but maybe it will open their eyes and keep them aware for future staff...and maybe in the end my old boss and administrator will get a big fat RAISE!!!! How awesome would THAT be!?
Now as for cakes etc....Tony turned 31 in March, I turned 29 this month...again...and coincidently...SO DID MY MOTHER!!!! ahhh yes.....29..such a lovely ring to it, dontcha think?
Anyhow...there was NO WAY I was about to make and decorate my own cake...so we went to Safeway and bought a vanilla sheet cake. It tasted terrible...too dry...turns out, they don't even make these cakes anymore...they ship them in from Edmonton...sad.... we used to LOVE those cakes...they used to be soft and fluffy.....light and sweet...now they're dry and stale...damn. Oh well...the message on the cake was WICKED...so I had fun anyhow. For my birthday I got tickets to go eat at a Gala in June hosted and COOKED by Chef Michael Smith HIMSELF!!!!!! SWEEEEEEET!!!!! mmmmm....YUMMMMY!!!!! I'm stoked.
We also did a bit of renovating this past week. My parents were up as was my uncle and they went nuts around the house...new taps in the bathroom, laminate in the basement around the kitchen sink, wiring for a new stove....you know...basic things...but the piéce de resistance is the entrance...ceramic tiling...no more grungy carpeting....ahhhhh...a girl can BREATHE in this entrance!!!! Now...the sides aren't finished...but that's to be finished later...they only had X amount of time and so they did the hard stuff while they were here and we'll finish up when we get the chance...cause we have LOADS of spare time ya know....lol
As for my other cakes...I made some birthday cakes here and there...one is made with Guiness...and SOOOO good!!!!!
and I have a few orders for this coming weekend hopefully I can pull it all off with the new job that I just got...WHAT AM I DOING TO MYSELF!!!!! hahahahaha!!!!
Good thing it's actually a stress relief thing for me! hahahaha!!!!
Anyhow here are some yummy photos for you!
|Zee entrance BEFORE...yuck.|
|Gross, disgusting, OLD carpet|
|Old Linoleum going to the basement|
|NEW CERAMIC tiles!!!! YAAAAY!!!|
|Zee entrance upon completion (sort of)|
|Zee view of zee stairs to zee basement (from the basement, looking up)|
|Strawberry cake with fresh strawberry frosting for a coworker that LOVED a cake I had made last year...I made note to remember her request a year ago of the flavor she would want...lol|
|Vanilla cake with vanilla bean frosting covered in marble fondant with fondant roses|
|the view of what my cakes look like once opened|
|For Tony's birthday, I had pizza delivered to his office for lunch. I asked them to decorate the box...and they even cut the pepparoni into heart shapes for me...How cool can Fort McMurray be sometimes hey???? YA!!!!!|
|Our favorite wine.....|
|Tony's birthday cake and dinner....it was SOOOO good! The cake is vanilla bean cake with chocolate mint buttercream and fresh raspberries|
|Zee GUINESS cake! This cake has Guinness beer as one of the main ingredients and the fondant is chocolate flavored....yummy!|
|Although my freestyle leaves something to be desired...I must say that I did a pretty good job on this...NICE!|
|This guy is made from gum paste and modeling chocolate....SUPER good!|
|I LOVE how his shoes turned out! lol|
|And on the inside of this beauty is green cream cheese frosting....His birthday happens to be on St Patrick's day and his favorite beer is Guinness...What better combination really?? hahaha!!|
|MY birthday cake....Can you tell? hahahah!! Can you see how my face is all discombobulated from crying all day? hahaha!! WHAT A MESS!!!!|
|Joey's soccer team had a last game...so I made them bubblegum cupcakes with vanilla frosting and bubblegums on top|
|For my mum....Guiness chocolate cupcakes with coconut frosting roses...YUMMMY!!!!!|