Sunday, June 17, 2012

Culmination Cupcakes, Vile Comments and Pablum

Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes with Fondant Checkers

This blog appears to be turning into a superficial baseball and baking fest with a bit of eggsex education thrown in. Where are the grim reports of disability, shitty government and seizures? Where's the poetry? Where's the politics and parenting? Over the last week, I've not only gone to four baseball games, but I've also baked and decorated nearly ten dozen cupcakes and three cakes. I've got four dozen more to go, so anything pithy or angst-driven will have to wait. I'll hope you'll hang around if you're more of the mind for the serious. If you're in to that sort of thing, I was recently baited by a vile commenter who calls himself skunkfeather on a reactionary conservative blog that I visit every week or so to see what the crazies are up to. He uses the word libtard regularly and sort of drives home or confirms my perhaps cynical belief that all the talk of needing more civil discourse and we have more in common as Americans than not is pablum at best and bullshit at worst. I didn't take the bait -- except for here, of course, because I doubt he comes around and seeing my name in his comment made me throw up a little in my mouth (an expression that I usually despise) and want to purge.


Here's a photo of a cake I made for someone for Father's Day. It's chocolate with dark chocolate ganache filling and white buttercream.

And here's a quote from one of the world's greatest satirists, Jonathan Swift:

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

And this:

I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed. 

Reader, how was your weekend?


  1. I was just thinking this morning how easily I get baited by the jerks out there. I have so may wonderful people around me and then I let one person piss me off. In this case it is a co-worker. I need to focus on keeping my energy positive. Or I need to shove my foot up her ass.

  2. I do not comment here as much as I used to, but still try to skim through when there's time, because you have interesting views and experiences, and communicate them well. Where you really shine on the political front is in showing how others' decisions affect you and your family (legislation, district and company policies), and in how you manage in the face of these issues.

    As you know, I commented a few times on the other blog a few years back, but stopped reading it altogether because it lacked substance. Some of what she has to say could be relevant, but she embraces the shallow, dramatic and divisive, because it attracts readers and commenters. Life's too short to read pathetic pandering drivel and no minds will be changed there, even with the most logical and intelligent of debates.

  3. Birdie: That last comment made me laugh out loud. I know you're ashamed of yourself for voicing it. :)

    Ms. Moon: I know you did.

    Kobi Ko: I've missed you and thank you, as always, for your intelligent, measured comments. I hope you're well --

  4. Whether "superficial" or more substantial, I enjoy your writing and your visuals. It speaks to the whole of life and I personally like that. The cupcakes on the checkerboard is cool.

  5. Now I want to go find Skunkfeather's blog, but I don't know why, because I know it will just make me steaming mad.

    I wouldn't lament the balance of content on your blog. It's supposed to reflect your life, right? And your life is baking, baseball and Mulan at the moment. (Well, not Mulan any longer, but until recently...) I like reading whatever you write.

  6. your cakes are divine and make me want to eat the computer screen. as to anyone who uses the word "libtard?" they cannot be taken seriously nor are the worth the breath of any reaction. so, i'll just silently flip them the bird. love jonathan swift!! the best quotes ever!

    i love all your posts - balls and eggs, cakes and politics, and of course my favorites are about you and sophie :)

  7. I like seeing the everyday of other people's lives. Other people who aren't crazy and ignorant and mean, of course. Those ones I'll do about anything to avoid.

    But I'm grateful for how much of your own life you share with us.

  8. Love the quotes, first of all. Especially the first one.

    Those cakes - I love them! Do you offer creative ideas for people or follow instructions or both? In any case, they are terrifically lovely and make me happy I can't eat gluten because looking at them gives me no added calories ;-). If I could, I would surely order some of your creations and have you airmail them to me.

    I find it really difficult to not engage with people online when they are slamming me or my ideas. Especially the ones who are the most misguided and have the weakest arguments. For some reason, some part of my brain thinks they just need to be educated when it is those commenters who are usually the most intractable. I applaud your restraint.

  9. Oh, your baked goods. They are a sign of hope and goodness in this world.



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