Good things

I have to apologize for my absence from my blog.  I have been up to my eye balls in sugar, cake, and all things related, while being  Mom, wife, and friend.  There is so much unrest going on locally and globally.  The catastrophic events in Japan are just heart wrenching.  On a more personal level, there are major chances coming into play with a new governor here in Wisconsin.  Those fellow readers in the United States my have seen some of that on their news.  I’m definitely not going to talk politics or get on my soap box, because what is the fun in that?  This blog is about cake, sweets, and sugar .  Regardless, things do happen for a reason.  It’s very hard for me to settle in on that because I’m very impatient when it comes to life altering decisions.  It will all work out, and I have so much to be very thankful and blessed for, it’s what keeps me going every moment.

All that being said, let’s talk about something that’s good.  Not good, great, fantastic, magical, wonderous, fantabulous (puts the thesaurus down…you get the point.)  A few days ago I stumbled across Mike Elder-Black Sheep Custom Cakes.  You may recognize him from TCL’s Ultimate Cake Off, especially if your like me and stalk all and any related cake show on cable television.  Mike is organizing something really truly incredible.  A sugar art show and exhibition to benefit Newhouse women’s shelter.  I’ve had the unfortunate experience of having to seek assistance from  a woman’s shelter  for protection against an ex-boyfriend in college.  I am grateful that they were able to offer me the resources to get the help and attention that I needed.   So not only is it a cake convention, competition, but for charity.  Pretty flipping awesome sauce right there.  I got even more excited when I found out that one of my cake friends, Debbie Goard owner of Debbie Does Cakes , is going to be one of the competitors of the live challenge.  Debbie is like no other.  She has a style of her own that is unmatchable.  She’s been on Food Network Challenge, as well as featured all over the world for her realistic cakes, and amazing artistry.  I came in contact with Debbie a few years ago on Flickr.  She has been a great companion and peer that floors me everytime I see her work.

Beyond getting excited about Mike and Debbie, as well as the other artists competing and attending the show, I then realized the show is in Kansas.  My sister lives in Kansas.  I starting looking for airfare, soon to discover that if I wanted to attend this event, see my sister, and bring my kids, I’d have to rob a bank.  Then I thought… road trip.  12 hours isn’t too bad, but wait…my kids.  Do I really, really, really want to be in the car for 12 hours with my crazy kids?  Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids.  It’s just that driving to the middle of the country with my high energy 3 and 5 year-olds for 12 hours straight takes a special kind of stupid.  I just might be insane enough to do it however.  It’s like 10 fold for me.  I get to see my sister and her family, meet and experience all sorts of greatness at the show, and my husband is going to stay behind and work on finishing up the basement that we started 5 years ago.  Perhaps 12 hours is excessive, so I’m fairly certain there will be a stop over night at a hotel with a pool to burn up some of that said energy my kids possess.   I would like to also enter a piece of work, however my time is very limited and I would not be capable of turning out anything show worthy in such a strained period of time.  I’m still working out all the kinks and deciding if I do in fact want to embark

My only other hang up would be the fact that it’s Kansas…where tornadoes happen, a lot in Spring.  You see I am deathly affraid of tornadoes.  My husband thinks this is an unrational fear.  I’m not so certain.  We live in the tail end of tornado alley.  We get tornadoes in Wisconsin.  They are infrequent, but it happens.  It’s not like I have this fear that I’m going to be sucked up by molten lava or an avalanche.  It happens, it happens here, and I have a healthy respect, fear, and fascination with weather of that sort.  A good friend of mine did bring up a great point when he said that experts try REALLY hard to put themselves in the direct path of a tornado and fail.  I realize that I have a better chance in winning the lottery or getting in a car accident, but if a house drops on me on the way out….  just saying!

5 Responses to “Good things”
  1. Debbie says:

    Erin! So glad we will finally be “meeting”.You’re an amazing artist and I’m proud to “know” you.

  2. Erin says:

    I can’t wait, and I will appologize in advance for anything my kids do or say…lol! I’m honored!!

  3. Mike Elder says:

    Have you decided to come? we’d love to have you and sounds to me that you got good reason to be here!!!! I’ll try to keep the tornados out of the show!

    • Erin Salerno says:

      Hi Mike! So honored to have you respond and can’t wait to see all the things in store at the show! I would love to enter a cake. I’m not so sure I’m going to able to squeak one out before I leave. I’m throwing some ideas around, I just need to clone myself in order to execute them. We’ll see 😀 The real challenge is going to be keeping my kids at bay while watching the live challenge!! I can’t wait. Cheers!!

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