Jennifer Lyon

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Weekend Roundup

So…we started having internet issues last Friday and I didn’t want to deal with it. Every time I call our provider I get a massive runaround. Last time I was told that both my brand new computers had massive viruses. Unlikely…it took a over a week to get our provider to admit there was a problem and finally address it and resolve it.

For nine months everything was fine until now.

Now here’s the interesting part — Wizard called yesterday (Sunday!) and got help. The whole call was maybe a half hour, they immediately spotted a problem in our line, did some internal switching and agreed to send us a new, upgraded modem. I was shocked and pleased. Serisouly happy with Verizon AND Wizard. I was thrilled that I didn’t have to call, and that Verizon must have improved their customer service.

Except there’s a little voice in my head saying, “Hey Jen, maybe it’s because Wizard is a man???? Does the world still treat men with more respect than women?”

Never mind, there’s no point in thinking like that. We should have the new modem Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest and the problem with be solved.

Otherwise, the weekend was good but sooo busy. We got to see Bailey yesterday! I didn’t take any pictures but he’s coming to stay with us in a couple weeks and I’ll take pics then. We also celebrated middle son’s girl friends birthday with Kahlua Chocolate Pound Cake — I put the recipe below for anyone interested.

This week I am working! I’m anxious to tackle this first set of revisions on CAGED MAGIC.  And I’m really hoping Wizard’s foot heals. Dang that minor little procedure has turned into a major annoyance for him.

How was your weekend?

Kahlua Chocolate Pound Cake:

1 box chocolate cake mix (I use Duncan Hines Devil’s food)

1 – 16-ounce container sour cream

1/3 cup Kahlua

1/3 cup oil

4 eggs

1 6-to-12 ounce package chocolate chips.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and prepare a Bundt pan. (I spray mine with baking spray that contains flour),

Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl EXCEPT the chocolate chips, and mix (I use a hand mixer) until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips.  Pour/spread into prepared pan. Batter will be thick. Then bake for 50 to 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool

For topping, you can dust with powdered sugar, or what I do is melt some chocolate frosting and pour it over the top, and sprinkle with chocolate chips and let it set. I’ve also made a ganache to pour over the top.

9 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    March 23rd, 2015 at 7:07 am · Link

    Oh. Yum. And it sounds like my Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake recipe, but amped with sour cream and Kahlua. You go, girl!

    As for the gender bias thing – I don’t think it’s worldwide, but I do think there are still places and individuals who act like turds. :shrug: Look on the bright side – from now on, Wizard gets to call Verizon instead of you. One less headache in your life. Yay! And Yay for seeing Bailey. I got to pet the neighbor’s new dog. What a sweetie.

    All the best witchy healing thoughts headed for Wizard and his foot. Foot things are awful to deal with. :hugs:

    We had a gorgeous weekend here. So I planted a whole bunch of stuff in the gardens. I’ll post pics tomorrow. And I think I finally have a plan with this book I’m rewriting. We’ll see.

  2. Ashlynn Pearce
    March 23rd, 2015 at 7:39 am · Link

    So glad you got to see some of your family and have awesome sounding cake. Really sounds yummy!

    I’ve been out of the loop and don’t know what happened to Wizards foot but all healing prayers sent your way. Dealing with anything health wise, no matter how small, is a pain in the ass.

    We had beautiful weather here too and I finally was able to do some yard work even though our yard is so wet its like marshland. (we live at the bottom of a hill, so tends to happen a lot). Planted some bulbs, we’ll see if that make it. I figure I got a 50/50 shot. I don’t have the greenest thumb even though I love flowers.

    My vertigo is much better. Not all gone, but pretty close. I have an appt with the Chiropractic Neurologist again today. I swear HE is the only one who ever helps me at all. He was the one who helped my through a lot my stroke stuff and now this. The reg docs and neurologists– nada. They don’t do anything. The important thing is I’m feeling better. My CN said it was just a case of bad luck. 8-O But so glad to be back after a week away. :lol:

  3. RO
    March 23rd, 2015 at 8:32 am · Link

    Thank goodness you were able to get the computer stuff resolved, and that recipe sure looked fantabulous! Hugs…

  4. Silver James
    March 23rd, 2015 at 9:34 am · Link

    Ditto on the feels about dealing with tech things. LG gets better service even though I sometimes know more about the problem than he does so I sit there and relay info. It keeps my blood pressure down. Ah well. I do remember when we went in to buy my Highlander. The salesman automatically gave LG his attention. This made LG highly amused. I cleared my throat and said, “I’m the one who will be signing the check to buy this vehicle for cash. If you don’t believe I know what I want, I’ll find another salesman.” Dang, you’d think I was Queen for a Day. :roll:

    Can’t wait to start my reread of the Wingslayer Hunter books in anticipation of CAGED MAGIC!

    Happy belated birthday to MS’s awesome GF! And BAILEY!!! Hope Wiz’s foot makes up for lost time this week. He needs to get up and around so he’s not bored.

    My weekend was good. RWA chapter meeting, Sprout’s first birthday and playtime with the kids’ new “puppy,” Dozer. He’s a German Shepherd with bear paws for feet even though he’s 18 months old. He loves kids and had a ball in the backyard with the party-goers.

    Have a great week, witches! I’m off for a week-long writing marathon. I have MC Wolves demanding my attention. :D

  5. Jenn
    March 23rd, 2015 at 11:24 am · Link

    B.E., OH I want to see your garden!

    Can I borrow your rewrite plan? :-)

    You’re so right about Wizard being able to take over the calls like that. The funny thing is Wizard was frustrated he couldn’t help me with cleaning this weekend as he usually does, but handling that was huge for me.

    How let’s both kill in on rewrites!

  6. Jenn
    March 23rd, 2015 at 11:26 am · Link

    Ashlynn, so glad you’re feeling better! My sister has dealt with some vertigo and it really sucks. And that you found a doc to help you.

    I don’t have a green thumb either, but I’m crossing my fingers for your flowers.

    I haven’t actually said too much about Wizard’s foot because we don’t know much yet. It’s a “test procedure” to see what’s going on. I hope we get some info this week.

  7. Jenn
    March 23rd, 2015 at 11:27 am · Link

    Hi Ro, and thanks! It’s a huge relief to get the internet issues resolved.

  8. Jenn
    March 23rd, 2015 at 11:34 am · Link

    Silver, ok so it’s not just me seeing the difference when a man calls. On the other hand, Wizard dealt with this stuff at work a lot, so he may “speak the language”

    However on buying the car — Ugh!! It’s been years and years since I’ve had that happen. Although it happened once when I wanted a car loan and asked the male rep at my credit union. He refused to give em the time of day — later for some reason looked up my account and realized his mistake and called. Umm, too late :-) To be fair, I’ve had many men treat me very well too — it’s just a luck of the draw thing I guess. But good for you for speaking up.

    Hope Sprout had an awesome birthday! And now I want to play with Dozer too :-)

    Today Wiz’s foot looks much better.

  9. Viki S.
    March 23rd, 2015 at 2:56 pm · Link

    I’m keeping Wizard and his foot in my prayers. I sure hope he starts a rapid healing.

    Why is it that we get the run frustrating especially when we’re the ones that make the majority of the calls. In fact my hubs will sit right on the couch and have me make his dentist appointments firing back and forth when he can or cannot make it – again, frustrating!

    Thank you for the recipe. I think I’ll make it for Easter even though the middle son and I are the only ones that will eat it since the eldest and his wife won’t be here. I’ll bake a pie for the other two ;).

    I’m glad you had a good weekend with lots of fun even if it was busy. It sounds like it was fun busy as opposed to work busy.

    So, we have to wait for Bailey photos :(. I’m looking forward to the lizard slayer picts.

    Sending good vibes your way for the revisions. Figure the sooner the editor is happy the sooner we get the book :).

    Have a great afternoon.

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