this is what my evening looks like

January 7, 2011 |  Category:   life

And I deserve it. I’ve been waiting a long time to do nothing in the evening and tonight is it. Guys, it’s been a brutal week after a brutal month, but yay! A break! And tomorrow I tackle the mess that is the house, strip the decorations from that sad, dried up, droopy tree in the living room, vacuum, fold piles and piles of laundry and attempt to sort through the even bigger piles of paperwork that need to be filed away. Can’t even believe I’m looking forward to these domestic tasks, but it’ll be a nice change from pushing pixels on a computer 12 hours a day, especially the vacuuming. You know I always get excited about vacuuming with our super duper star vacuum. I probably love my vacuum a little too much.

So what’s this cake, you say? I dunno…sometimes I have this intense craving for cake. Doesn’t happen a lot, but when it does happen I NEED CAKE. Luckily I live, you know, with a pastry chef who can wander over to the kitchen and whip up such last minute improvised things in 20 minutes (that’s chocolate cake in a muffin pan by the way, with apple cider caramel). It must be the hormones because I even dipped into the kids’ stash of Halloween candy (I’m telling you, they forget about the stash in three days). By 4pm I was on a snacking rampage and finished up all the little containers of leftover, uneaten snacks that have been piling up from the kids’ lunches over the past week: dried cranberries, apple slices, pickles, crackers, plantain chips. It’s like I suddenly remembered I was hungry. Mark and I may be the only people who lose weight during the holidays. With the craziness that is the business during that time, we just forget or don’t have time to eat. People always comment on how skinny the 2 of us are, for being in the business that we’re in. Well, now you know why.

So I fully intend to enjoy my work-free weekend. We have some fun things planned, some of which will involve a lot of food. I haven’t been too inspired to take any photos lately, but maybe I’ll even take some pictures. A day off after some hard working might just be the greatest feeling in the world.

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  • Mandy January 7, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Now, the question I’m about to ask makes me rather pathetic, especially since I’m a cake lover, but I’d like to know which vacuum cleaner you have. Mine is rubbish.

  • Lexie January 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Jenna – Oh how I would love to have a pastry chef in my house to whip me up something! I am the baker in my house but sometimes I want someone to bake for me:)
    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Renee Alam January 7, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I hope you enjoy your day off! I also hope that you get some pictures taken because I always love the pictures you take…sometimes I feel like I’m actually in New York with you guys.I’d tell you to take a break from the blog,too but then we’d all miss you.

    That cake looks so good….my 1960’s oven went out before Thanksgiving & you don’t know how bad we miss having cakes/cupcakes & bread!Homemade is almost always the best. 🙂

    If you get a chance,we’d love to have Claudine or Mia (or both) participate in our letter project here:

  • jodi January 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

    enjoy it!

  • Renita January 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I also would like to know what vacuum cleaner you use …

  • Iyang January 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    cake + wine + magazines = happiness

    enjoy your much-needed, well-deserved R & R!

  • Dana January 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Your evening looks just delicious, and I must say, living with a pastry chef- lucky!!

  • Sue January 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Need to know what kind of wine you had…

    pfffft on the vacuuming. One of my dogs thinks it’s the enemy and tries to kill it every time I vacuum. So, in the interest of animal decency, I forgo the process as long as possible. Not the wine, however.

  • Jana January 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I have an obsession with my vaccuum too! I have that Dyson Animal DC17 and the fun part is being able to see all the things you pick up off your floor (the canister is transparent). It is weirdly gross and satisfying! It was apparent that my boyfriend strategically and willingly purchased that vac so he could reap the benefits!

  • Renita January 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Jana .. I’m jealous.

  • gizella January 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    for a minute i thought that was a homemade ding dong, and i was bout to get REALLY jealous.

  • Sandy January 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    enjoy the break!

  • Jenna January 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Hi guys,
    I’ve mentioned my vacuum before (I love it that much). It’s the Nilfisk Family Vacuum from Denmark
    No No, I didn’t pay for it, it was paid for as part of my settlement with our apartment and I chose it after much research because I needed an industrial strength Hepa vacuum for mold allergies. And yes, when this vacuum ever breaks down, I will cry like a baby because I won’t be able to afford to replace it.

  • Justine January 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I, on the other hand, was so excited to have Chad take the kids so I could WORK all day! (I mean the kind that’s for public consumption, outside the home. I do PLENTY of the other kind.) No kids, no house work, no shopping, I forgot to eat lunch! First full day of work-work in four years! Ahhhh.

    Kuddos to both of us. We deserve the break… in whatever form it may take!

  • Jessa January 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Wow! does that look yummy! and yes it is definitely well deserved. I understand the vacuum love. We were without one for two months (!) and I almost cried at the sound of it sucking up everything the first use after it was fixed.

  • Michele January 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Drooling over the mini-cake photos. Small morsels are so delightful……any chance of sharing the recipe??? Please??

  • Megan Champion January 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I love my vaccum too! It’s a Miele and I am IN LOVE… well, Im glad that’s finally out.

  • Lesley January 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Mmm…looks so good!