Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sunday, 2/24....Part Dos!!

Did you ever have one of "those days" where the night before, you went to sleep with the idea that, even though the next day was going to be busy, it was okay, because there was enough time to get everything done? And then, in one phone call, it all goes to 'hell in a hand basket'?
That was today. I woke up around 9:00....and after getting the coffee started, breakfast for the boys done and actually read the paper, I was ready to start my day. Then....the phone call at about 10:30 that changed everything!
The owner of our house was here in Nagasaki and wanted to take a look at the repairs that were done a couple of weeks ago....and she would be here at 1:30.
My mind started racing....there was a cake to decorate, a "Mt. Fuji" of laundry to be done, the entrance-way resembled a war zone and there were piles of stuff that needed to be hidden organized into other parts of the house.
Must. make. more. coffee.

Then I needed to get over being angry....she lives in Osaka (which is an almost 2 hour plane ride to get here!) so she didn't just wake up this morning and say "Gosh, maybe I'll go to Nagasaki and check out the house." A little bit more than 3 hours warning would have been really nice!!!

Okay....Oh...and did I mention that there were about 8 or 10 little boys coming to the house to play and have cake at 1:00?!?!?! MORE COFFEE....WHERE'S THE WHISKEY?? :-D

Because I work very well under pressure....the laundry got done (without whiskey, thank you very much!!)...the cake got decorated (not as well as what I had planned, but the boys loved it!!!)...and the stuff that was in piles got put into various closets around the house...and the genkan (entrance-way) was as good as it gets with 10 extra pairs of shoes all around!!

So before I show you the cake....

Some flowers for me....'cause I deserve them!!!

Okay....the cake....Issei is very much into his Nintendo DS and Dragon Quest. (Click on that and you can learn all you would ever need to know thanks to Wikipedia!!) In the Dragon Quest game, there is a character called suraimu or Slime, that Issei and his friends really, really like!
There are many variations on the Slime seen above. But the one that Issei requested for his cake was this guy.....
And here is how it turned out.....

The blue was much prettier in "real life"....the picture makes it look kind of gray, but, it was actually a very pretty blue. I didn't let them see it until it was time to eat and they were all very excited!!! The look on Issei's face when he saw it was one of almost he wasn't sure what I was going to do, even though he told me what he wanted and he was very happy with the way it turned out!!!
Here is 1/2 of the group that was here....and Issei and Koji (on the left). Three of the mothers called me earlier this evening to thank them for the cake and to ask why we didn't say it was a birthday party....I explained that it wasn't a "party", per se...just cake and playing!! One mom jokingly said something on the lines of me making the same cake for her son's birthday coming up in April....hmmmm....this might turn into a little business venture!!! turned out to be an okay day after all...but now...I'm knackered exhausted and it's almost my turn in the bath. I really need to soak my tired 'ole bones tonight.

Have a great Sunday!!


Ginaagain said...

Ohy my goodness! You are the queen! I can not believe how much you accomplished in one day without completely falling apart. I love the cake! We play an online game called Maple Story and there is a slime monster that looks almost like that. I may copy your cake for Zane's birthday. (Just for the family... but fifteen year olds need to be reminded that they aren't all grown up yet!)

It's 10:30am here and you have now inspired me to try and accomplish something today. Thankfully I don't have a surprise visit from a landlord but I do have piles of stuff that need to be dealt with.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Sounds like you did a great job of keeping your cool. I think here in San Diego your landlord is required to give you 24 hours notice before they come by, unless it's some kind of emergency.

The cake turned out great!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Sounds like you did a great job of keeping your cool. I think here in San Diego your landlord is required to give you 24 hours notice before they come by, unless it's some kind of emergency.

The cake turned out great!

Nancy said...

The cake looks so nice.So glad you son appreciated your hard work.So sorry that the owner of your home was so inconsiderate of your time.Glad it all worked out for you.I am behind visiting blogs.I will be reading your hometown post next.

Mrs. G. said...

You are a good mom. That is a beauty.

Nancy said...

I meant to thank you for your nice comment regarding my hometown post on my blog.Yes the cherry blossom trees were given to the US by Japan.I remember learning the Cherry Blossom song when I was in junior high in Washingto DC.I remember Sakura.I googled and here is a link that you might enjoy reading:

Cheri said...


Mericia & Mala said...

Good to see that nothing phases you still and nothing has changed since you got married and had children. I'm pretty sure you were the same when I was over there almost 15 years ago, geez can't believe it's been that long...hehehe...anyways, life still looks good for you and the boys are just growing and growing. Will be looking forward to that when we have our baby in September! YAY...take care and keep blogging :)
Lots of love,

mrs. blogoway said...

Your cake turned out great! You go girl!

I can't believe how inconsiderate people can be but atleast you pulled it off.

katydidnot said...

that cake? that's the stuff good moms are made of.