Jennifer Lyon

Monday, March 21st, 2022
Weekend Roundup

Good weekend!

Friday, Wizard and I went to lunch. It sounds like a small thing, but we realized we hadn’t been doing that with each other lately. It was nice and we talked about doing a wine tasting weekend soon. It doesn’t matter if we actually do it as soon as we hope, what matters is taking a little time out of our day for each other and making plans future together aside from the house or around the kids/grandkid.

Saturday I worked on the cake for Turbo, and I made some non-dairy cookies for Youngest. I don’t have to make anything extra for Youngest, he’d have been fine. I do it because he seems to appreciate it so much. Plus those cookies are pretty easy, I made the dough on Friday, put it in the fridge, and baked them Saturday when I was done with the cake.

Here’s the cake designed exactly as Turbo asked:


He really liked the cake! He ate Marshalls leg, a chocolate paw print and reasonably small piece of cake :-) I was thrilled. It was a homemade chocolate cake with a cookies and cream filling. Turbo loves both chocolate and cookies and cream :-) I was also thrilled because it’s the first time middle son and his wife had seen any of my cakes in person, and they were surprised. Middle knew I was doing this stuff, but he said, “Seeing it in person is a lot more impressive.” I was honestly and happily surprised at their reaction. But mostly I was happy that Turbo was happy :-)

As always, it’s nice to be with family.

How was your weekend?

6 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Silver James
    March 21st, 2022 at 7:09 am · Link

    Awwwww! That cake is adorable. Well done! And I’m sure Turbo loved it honey-bunches-of-oats. Your cakes are impressive whether in photos or in person and I’m betting Youngest figures that secretly, he’s your favorite. ;)

    Saturday was mostly a bust. My hemoglobin count was too low to give blood. I’ll eat more red meat and pop some iron pills this week and try again Saturday. LG and I both had bad nights (partially due to Boone, partially due to the fact we’re old!) and ended up napping until well after dinnertime. Luckily, long naps did not keep us from falling asleep later. Sunday was Stormy’s party. It was all “game” themed and held at a game arcade owned by high school friends of Only’s in a town about 45 miles away. All the invitees came so that was really cool. The cake looked like a game controller and the kids loved having foosball, air hockey, and all sorts of “old school” gaming consoles to play, along with the usual Nintendo sets on each booth. Despite the noise–and it WAS noisy (LG left his hearing aids at home just because LOL), Jake got up under the table of a back booth and laid down the entire time–except when I took him outside for a break because the noise was giving me a headache. I admit, we cut out after the cake and presents. Not sure how long the partygoers stayed and played.

    No nap yesterday but that was okay. Today is Wallyworld and then hopefully some work before I pick Stormy up after school.

    Have a great week, all! 🥰

  2. B.E. Sanderson
    March 21st, 2022 at 7:27 am · Link

    Awesome cake from an awesome grandma! Go, you! And awesome mom for doing special cookies for BLB. I’m glad to hear everyone had a nice time. I’m also glad you and Wizard are getting some together time. I hope you work in the wine-tasting soon. =o)

    The weekend here was mostly me sitting in my chair making proofing notes, then walking back to the computer to enter them. I probably walked a mile just doing that. LOL. I did get some actual mileage in on the roads, too. Hubs and I worked on the yard drainage some more and came up with a plan We’ll see how it all works when it rains tonight. I also made an applesauce coffee cake this weekend, to give my brain a break from the proofing. On a happy note, I should finish the proofreading today and start formatting/uploading tomorrow. Yay.

  3. Viki S.
    March 21st, 2022 at 2:24 pm · Link

    The cake turned out super! That’s cute, Turbo eating Marshall’s leg 😉 and a paw. I bet he was elated when he saw Marshall and the firetruck too. He clearly placed his cake order to have things he loves and Grandma knocked it out of the park! Also, you are such a good mom – taking care of BLB ❤.

    That’s nice that you and Wizard had lunch Friday. It’s been years since we’ve done that, but we go out most Saturday’s for a local non-expensive dinner.

    I sure hope you do set up a wine tasting weekend. I recall past trips you’ve had with the boys and wives. Now that life is getting back to normal, I hope you all can enjoy these special times again.

    Our weekend was spent trying to find places to put eldest’s families cast me offs. Good thing I have an empty bedroom.

    Hubs also spent HOURS trying to figure out how he can fly down to Nashville non-stop. Finally youngest took control. All the while I was busy in the kitchen and not dealing with it 😂.

    Spunk was sick all weekend. He lost his dinner both nights and was just not himself both days. He’s finally acting better today. He sees the vet Thursday. I’ll fill her in and see if she has anything new to offer. I feel so bad for the poor guy.

    I hope you have a fantastic afternoon!

  4. Jenn
    March 21st, 2022 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Silver, thanks :-) This year Turbo fully understood the concept of a birthday celebration and enjoyed every minute, LOL.

    Low hemoglobin may explain some of your tiredness too. Hope you can get it back up to normal levels. Sorry you couldn’t donate as planned.

    I’m glad Stormy had a good birthday party, and you and LG are awesome for going. But those places are wild and noisy. I always come away with a headache. Still Stormy is worth it! I bet he loved his amazing cake too.

    Hope you have a good afternoon with Stormy!

  5. Jenn
    March 21st, 2022 at 3:56 pm · Link

    B.E., thanks!

    Love the way you’re getting your exercise walking between the “proofing” chair and the computer :-) But it has to be your brain that’s truly exhausted. Getting outside to walk, work in the yard and distract your brain with the drainage challenge are good ways to mentally recharge.

    And of course, baking is always a positive!

    I’m rooting for you to finish the proofing today, and hoping formatting and uploading goes smoothly.

  6. Jenn
    March 21st, 2022 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Viki, thanks! Making the cake was fun, and Turbo had a blast getting presents and being the center of attention.

    Going out Saturdays to dinner is the same thing, and it’s awesome that you and hubs do that. We’ve been a little caught up in life and the dramas that come with it.

    I loved those past trips wine-tasting with the kids :-) But now we have Turbo, and wine tasting isn’t a good fit for a 4 year old, LOL. Middle and his wife would be fun if we could get our schedules to coordinate. We’ll see.

    It must be a lot of stuff from Oldest. I hope you found a good place for all the items. Who knew we’d need an extra bedroom for that :-)

    I can only imagine the struggle of trying to find a non-stop flight. I’m hearing from all my traveling friends the nightmares they’re going through, included canceled flights. I hope you hubby and Youngest found (or find) a good option.

    You were smart to stay in the kitchen. I’d rather cook that deal with that, plus the male frustration of trying to make plans.

    Poor Spunk! It seems to me he’s done this before. I sure hope it was just something that just didn’t agree to him. I’m sure the vet will be able to look at him and reassure you. I hate when Maggie’s sick since she can’t tell me why.

    Hope your week is off to a good start now that Spunk seems to be feeling better.

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