Moody Blues,  Stealthy Spy Cooking

I’m so glad yesterday is over.


Yesterday was not a very good day for me. This morning I walked down to the foggy socked-in beach and thought about it. The beach is a good place to sit and think. I really like it when it’s foggy. Somehow when the weather matches my mood, I end up feeling better. I would have sat there and thought about why yesterday was so awful for a long time but Baby Bug wanted to run down to the water and get her long pants all wet. There is not much time for feeling sorry for yourself when you are a mom. Not unless you want to lay awake at night and stare at the ceiling. I prefer to fall asleep.

I don’t really feel like blogging about it. It’s just the same old stuff that doesn’t deserve attention. Especially when I have so much to be thankful for.

As an after-thought, I could mention that Baby Bug has reached that stage where she says, “mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy…” over and over and over and over all day long. This is not what made me have a bad day but it did sort of drive me bananas. Is this normal? Why does she do this? It’s almost as if she can tell that something is not right and she has to check in with me every second to make sure I’m okay.

I sure hope today is better.

my chocolate sand castle cake

Hey! In other news, I baked a cake! A sand castle cake. My northern California mother-in-law sent me this neat castle cake pan in the mail. It came with this really neat picture of a sand castle cake made out of lemon cake with lots of crumbly sugar all around it making it look just like a sand castle. But I’m the box mix sort of baker and all I had was a chocolate mix so I made a “freshly dusted with snow castle” cake. It was fun. Now I’m just trying to get rid of it. Anybody want to come over and have a slice of gable?


  • tanya nichols

    im so sorry your expectations weren’t met for your bday! I hope all is well on your homefront and love the new babyproof patio!

    SAJ says: I’m sorry. I’m probably being misleading. Yesterday sucking didn’t have anything to do with my birthday. I had a great birthday. I hope I don’t sound like a whiney spoiled brat. Maybe I should change the title of this post. Just couldn’t think of a better one at the time. There I fixed it.

  • Jennifer

    I hate when a Bday disappoints. It seems the older you get, the more this happens. Bummer.

    The cake is cute. My grandma gave me the same mold a couple of years ago and I have never used it. Too lazy, I guess. A sand castle cake never occured to me. Hmmm…

  • Carrie

    So sorry the day sucked. I have those days way too often myself. Even once a month is way too often.

    I totally want to come have a slice of gable! I saw that mold a few weeks ago and really wanted it but Mike was with me and scoffed and I showed a modicum of restraint and didn’t buy it. This makes me think I need it even if I only use it once in my whole life. I love castles! I love cake! I would love a castle cake!

  • Ninotchka

    That is such a cool cake! I hope today is better too. We all have those days, my friend. For me recently it was the weather, as dumb as that sounds. All the rain was really getting me down. Who knew I was so impressionable?

  • Lexi

    That cake is so cute! Now if I tried to do that, it would stick to the pan in 8 places and be a castle under attack or something.

    The repetitive babbling is TOTALLY normal, btw, as aggravating as it can be.

  • Kuky

    I’m sorry your day sucked yesterday. I hope today is better. Chocolate cake sounds divine right now. Go have a slice, some coffee, and relax!

  • margalit

    Oh, will you make one for my birthday? I’d love a cake like that! (It’s Wednesday, so you have plenty of time!)

    Sorry your b’day sucked. Repetitive suckage is what blogging is all about!

  • Sarah

    You know what the best thing about a loyal base of readers is, you don’t need to explain yourself! I can’t speak for anyone else, but I do understand that sometimes things just get on top of you. I am glad you had a foggy beach to help you clear your head! Hang in there! Enjoy your cake!

  • Tracy

    Oh no! I think I might be perminantly de-lurked! I’m usually too shy for such things, but here I am!

    I only wanted to say, the “Mommy Mommy MommmyMoomooomy…” thing is completely normal and will pass, just like all things happy and even less than happy.

    I think it’s more like a song for little ones. My girls would go on and on and on with the Mommy song. It was like singing ‘the song that never ends, and it goes on and on my friend’, do you know that one?!?! It loopdey-loops forever until you …. well, lose your mind. It’s a Shari Lewis song. Be sure not to let baby bug hear that song or it will replace the Mommy mantra and then…..who knows!

    As you know, when those fogs arrive just let them roll over you and roll out to sea. I get them too and for me, it’s no use resisting and much better allow it to pass on by. Without resistance they can move right along and giddy-up right out of there.

    Ok, returning to my lurking status.

    All good things,

    SAJ says: Lurkers like you make me love lurkers even more. Thank you for being brave and de-lurking. You put a smile on my face.

  • Tracy

    Lordy, Lordy! Forgive me Josephine, but here is the link to the “Song that doesn’t end” on YouTube.

    My girls would sing it endlessly in unison or maybe even in rounds if it was a really bad day! ha!

    As a side note, apparently Sharri Lewis passed away now therefore, the song has ended. aww.

  • jo's mom

    Do you think that maybe that with toby home and all of us gone things calmed down too fast? Maybe campchotic might be what you need?

    love, mom

  • Jessica

    First off, I hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday. I totally flaked and forgot to pop on and wish you a happy day. I’m a crappy blog friend.
    I also had a thank you card for all your hard work that you put into designing my adorable header, in which I threw a starbucks card. I figured since I was already late in thanking you, it would serve you well as a dual gift, not only a thank you card, but a birthday hello as well. And this is where me being a lousy friend comes into the mix. I forgot that there was a postal change in the stamps. It got sent back to me. And then I was mad, when I picked up the mail, and I saw the damn card and I used your gift card to buy myself a coffee. Do you SEE how evil I am? EVIL. But my coffee was good. And thereby I really owe you now. You’ve not only designed my header, but you’ve also inadvertantly bought me a cup of coffee, AND got me away from FIVE kids yelling “momma, momma, momma, MOMMA!!”…. So, I owe you.
    But I’m glad you’re ok, and I’m glad you’re able to see that you have so much to be thankful for… I think we all do, it’s just a matter of recognizing it sometimes, when things aren’t so chaotic.
    So thanks for the coffee, it would have gone really well with a piece of that cake.

    SAJ says: Rock on! I bought you a cup of coffee and didn’t even know it! That’s awesome. Don’t feel bad at all. And don’t feel like you owe me anything. The banner contest is fun for me and looks great in my soon to be up and showing gallery. :)

  • Jennifer

    Sorry you had an “off” day yesterday. Must have been in the air because I had a bad enough day yesterday to cry in front of my kids. I HATE doing that.

    I love that cake. Homemade out of the box cake sounds so good right now.

    I’m not sure when the “mommy mommy” stage ends. My 5 year old still does it, haha. Audrey (18 months) has yet to say Mama. I guess there is an upside to speech delays :P

  • Bethany

    I’ll add my voice to the chorus to say that BB repeating “Mommymommymommymommy” forty thousand times a day is totally normal. Annalie, age 3, has actually had a mild stutter for the past couple of months. It’s a little disconcerting, but according to all I can find, a normal phase of speech development often found in kids under age 5.

    Also, CC is truly a wise woman. Slicing the cake and freezing it is a brilliant idea. If I weren’t in Maryland I would totally come have a piece before you did that. :-)

    I’ve been there with the foggy days. Those suck. I hope your fog is gone soon.

  • Molly

    Ivo says, “EH!” and points to things 5 million times a day. This is not really that annoying because I have no idea what the hell he is talking about. Why don’t you think of your kid’s “Mommy!”s as just “Eh!”s, because that is probably what it is. Repeating the sound, rather than wanting YOU 5 million times a day. Am I being too optimistic here? Maybe that will take the pressure off the, “mommy?” “yes?” “mommy?” “yes?” “mommy?” “yes?!?!?!” cycle. Right now, when he says, “mama!” it’s cute, but I’m sure it will turn into an emergency sanity situation soon. Please advise.

  • andrea

    Hope today was better than yesterday!

    If I was any closer I’d head right over for a slice of cake, lemon is my favorite and who could pass up one as cute as that one.

    I am kind of dreading the “mommy” phase. I feel it coming on and as cute as it is right now I can see how quickly I will tire of the cute little voice after a few days of it non-stop.

  • Jen

    Good Morning! Your B-day could not have sucked worse than mine this year. It just couldn’t. I spent my B-day driving around trying desperately to find something to do (I’m rather indecisive). *LOL* Hope today is better and I love your Sandcastle cake!!! Have a better day (((HUGS)))

  • Susan

    Sorry you had a rough day but that flower and cake are absolutely beautiful! Just think you made that beautiful cake! I have a recipe that uses regular old cake mix but it texturized to make 3-d type cakes hold up so much better. So if anyone wants it I would be glad to share my cake catering secret. Its delicious!

  • Heather

    Sorry you had a bummer of a day. I have a lot of those and you’re right, it doesn’t make much difference if you blog/talk/whine about it. Now that we’re moms, you just gotta keep moving and get the heck over it.

    I love the cake pan! I have to find one for my little bug’s summer birthday party next year. Heck! Maybe this year!

    Best wishes for the day. You have a lot of internet friends out there rooting for you.

  • Neil

    There’s nothing wrong with doing your b-day over again a few days later. And look — you already have a cake!

  • Tracy

    I read your twitter:

    Sometimes its good to show the internet who’s the boss!

    I do that from time to time and it almost kills me everytime. ha! It’s almost like quitting sugar. ouch!

    All good things,