The Hobby Killer

I used to write all of the time. I would play my guitar. I would watch movies, listen to music, and hang out with friends. I would take spur of the moment beach trips and camping trips. That is, until I met “The Hobby Killer”. Let’s go back to March 2007 when my then boyfriend (now husband) flew me down to meet his parents in Florida. It was there that I was introduced to “The Hobby Killer.”

At the time, “The Hobby Killer” and my boyfriend were good friends. He introduced us so that I would understand why he liked “The Hobby Killer” so much. Little did he know that “The Hobby Killer” and I would become even better friends than he was. From April 2007 until January 2008, Steve and I shared a computer, which means we had to share “The Hobby Killer.” Everything was fine and good while he was away at work and I didn’t have to share. However, when Steve would be home, I would still want to split our time on the computer fifty-fifty. It was only fair right? The days I had it by myself were exempt.

January 2008 we got Steve a computer and we were finally able to play “The Hobby Killer” together. This worked out amazingly for us. If you haven’t guessed already, “The Hobby Killer”‘s code name is World of Warcraft, or as most know it as WoW. WoW was good to us. We got to play games together and have adventures on a very tight budget. It was in these first few months of 2008 that I really found out that healing was my niche. Steve and I could conquer the world, and we did that.

Over the years, we  had mad some incredible friends through this game. Polly (via Oscar), Ricky, and Matt to just name a few. We even found some friends from the real world that play as well (Melissa, Patrick, Jay, Jon and more).

For many years, too many years, it was our main focus. We thrived on competition and doing and being our best. We enjoyed end game content, especially raiding. Although we took many breaks we have made it to the end of every expansion so far. However, recently, our dreams have been growing and changing and we have been phasing our gaming life out and focusing on our business and the world around us.

Steve took the first leap and put his notice in of our raiding team of nearly 3 years. I wasn’t long to follow him. Steve’s account is currently inactive, and mine goes inactive on May 8th. Sometime toward the end of this year there will be a new expansion coming out called Warlord of Draenor. I couldn’t even tell you if we’ll pick it up and check it out.

Since stepping down from gaming I have been blogging regularly (as you can see), working on two different novel ideas, and so much more. I’ve made friend in the Nashville area and I am excited to be doing this business with my wonderful husband. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the game, and enjoy playing around on it; however, I love my freedom.

~Kay

Sweet Crafting

Pick a hobby and write about it:

I was 21 when I really started to get interested in this fine craft. My mother had done it for most of her life and there were many times I just sat and watched in awe at her creativeness. I’m talking about Cake decorating. It is a hobby for some and a living for others. Although I don’t think I would want to make a living doing it, it is something I enjoy doing. You wouldn’t know it by how stressed I get when time is running out and there is still a lot to do, but it actually gives me great joy to create an edible piece of art. Mom used to do cakes like the 3d dolls, care-bears, or one of my favorites was a guitar. One year she got really creative and made me a Lord of the Rings cake for my 21st birthday. However, I did get to help her on this one.

That is what started me on this path. I do cakes for my friends and family, and lately for my husbands work. This weekend I am making one for my husbands co-worker, who is throwing a baby shower. It will be a 3 tiered square cake with a Butterfly theme. My favorite thing about it, I got to design it. That is what I enjoy the most about the hobby is getting to design the cakes. Sometimes I start with a basic idea and change things from there. Although my mom was the first one to teach me the basics of decorating, I spent a lot of my time watching Charm City Cakes on the Food Network channel. Watching them create some of the most elaborate cakes helped me gain some insight/ideas on how to accomplish the same things.  One of my first cakes that I did without my mom around to help, was the Stargate Ring from the Science Fiction show Stargate SG-1:

 

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Stargate Cake!

 

I believe, if I am not mistaken, the next cake I worked on was for a Twilight party that the Harney County Library was hosting:

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Twilight cakes

 

After we moved to Florida I got to dabble in a lot more. I decided it was time to actually take a couple lessons in it.  By the end of the 4th lesson I got to do this:

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This was a challenging cake, but I loved it!  After this I made my husband a swiss army knife cake (which I can’t seem to find a picture of) and Kay’s husband this cake:

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Monster book of monsters

Monster book of monsters

Monster book of monsters

One mistake I made with this particular cake, was forgetting that icing color gets darker after it drives. I swear it was Brown when I started! One of my favorite cakes I have ever gotten a chance to do was a Christmas Tree Cake for some friends of ours:

 

 

Christmas Tree Cake

Christmas Tree Cake

 

At this time I started to realize how much I really enjoyed doing this. Everyone loved this cake and I really liked it as well. Making the Fondant pieces were really fun!  After this one came my birthday party in Oregon. I didn’t want to stress my mom out with making a two tiered cake, so I decided to make my own birthday cake.

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I bet you can’t guess what my party theme was! Ha ha!
Moving on… When my husband and I moved to Massachusetts (where we currently reside), his work kept pestering him to have me do a cake for a couple holiday things. I did a July 4th cake (I will insert picture later) and a Halloween Cake!  This one is my 2nd favorite. Although the Chocolate did not harden right (still working on that skill), it came out really well.

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There you have it folks! Some of my crazy creations! I will definitely post something about my adventure on the cake I’m doing this weekend. I know for a fact there will be some stressful moments!

To end this wonderful time together I will leave you with one of the tastiest cakes I have ever had and one of my favorite memories. Kay and I made this cake and it was absolutely delicious!  Don’t drool all over your keyboard now!

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-Jay

Thinking…

It is what I am trying to do right now, but it seems very difficult. Part of it is because I have so much pain resonating in the left side of my head/face/ear. I finally have an appointment to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist so I guess that is some good news.

I’m not sure if I have said this yet or not, but I really like to decorate cakes. It’s fun to take something that is edible and make it look pretty. In fact, I’m designing a cake for a baby shower on the 3rd of May. Yep, this weekend!  I have to start baking the cakes on Thursday and have everything done by Saturday at around 10am. I will probably post a picture of it when I finish it.

I’ve been feeling sort of down today. Not sure if it is cause of dealing with doctors offices, or that I’m missing Kay and Tennessee. It could just be both. Although I love being home with my hubby, the atmosphere here in Mass is just so different that it makes you tense and rushed. I don’t like it one bit.

Well, I should take some pain meds and go to sleep so I can, hopefully, get a full nights rest without rude pain awakenings.

May your brain always be empty so you can shove more knowledge in!! :D

 

-Jay

Not home, just a place of residence…

Today has been a day of tears. I was glad that I didn’t cry in front of Kay when she dropped me off at the airport this morning, and I didn’t cry  on the plane, but the moment I saw my husband back here in Boston, the tears wouldn’t stop. I was happy to see him, but my tears were focused towards missing Kay and Tennessee. I honestly felt like I had left home, rather than returning home.

I have come to the realization that where God has placed me now, is not my “home”. It is just a place I reside for now. My husband and I are praying for where God wants us to, because we go where HE calls us to. That is why we have landed here in the miserable, lonely state, of Massachusetts. Don’t get me wrong, this state has some awesome history, and it is a great place to visit, but living here is another story. I don’t fit in at all. I’m a country girl at heart and miss the peacefulness that the country (okay small town) life brought me.

I can’t wait to go back to Tennessee!  I feel more at home there, then I do anywhere else!  Maybe God will bring us there. For now, we will just keep praying!

I am so thankful that I got to spend this week with Kay!  I had a wonderful time and the memories will be cherished!  Can’t wait for the next time I get to see ya!!!  :D

 

-Jay

Black Sunday

I don’t know if Jay has plans to write today; however, I for sure am not in the mood for it. It suddenly feels wrong to be writing without her by my side.

We both had trouble sleeping yet managed a few hours. By 4am we were zombies. We kept the conversation light and didn’t really talk about what was coming. We left nearly on time and made it to the airport in record time. I’m sure that was people the rest of the sane people in the Nashville area were still sleeping.

We had a small chat as we pulled up and a hug as a send off. Jay did great by not crying. I knew if she would, I would and then I would be an utter mess on my way home. I went home and she checked in for her flight. We texted a little and then I drifted off to sleep again.

It was eerie when I awoke. There was silence. There was no Jay practicing her French in the next room. There was no waiting in line to use the bathroom. There was no guitar to trip over.

And that is all I have to say about that.

~Kay

Day Seven: Kay and Jay’s Nashville Adventure

We cannot believe that our week is practically over already. It is sad, and bittersweet. We are confident that our paths will cross again in the very near future. We ended up waking up without alarms and decided to just have a lazy day in our pajamas. Woo hoo! We talked, Jay broke out my guitar (and then left it in the middle of the floor. No surprise that she tripped over it as well. I put it away) and we sang some of our old songs.

We spent lunch with Sherlock and it was delicious. We spent hours working on our book, mostly working with setting. We continued to ask questions and fine tune what we wanted to have happen.

At 6:30, we met up with my friend Rhonda at the local Indian restaurant called Taj. This was Jay’s first Indian experience and it was a success! She loved it. We talked about everything. On two different occasions Rhonda and I got Jay to snort laugh. It was epic. Before we knew it, four hours had passed and we were the only ones left in the restaurant. We had no idea that they closed at 10pm and they were just waiting for us to leave.

Dinner at Taj with Rhonda, Jay and Kay

Dinner at Taj with Rhonda, Jay and Kay

Jay’s flight is requiring us to wake up in less than four hours (thanks Jay)! On a bright note, she had to purchase a THIRD suit case to carry all of the goodies she got in Nashville.

We had an amazing vacation together. Thank you for allowing us to share it with you.

Love,

Jay and Kay

Day Six: Kay and Jay’s Nashville Adventure

Kay: Today was so packed that thinking back to this morning is almost a challenge. Have no fear though, I think I can manage. Last night I got a full night’s sleep. I used the new night mask I picked up at the mall yesterday. I never used to wear one of those, but when I do, I tend to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer. Yay! Breakfast was quick since I pressed the snooze button past 7am! Blueberry yogurt and a banana! Jay was up before me and was practicing her French lesson that I managed to complete the night before.

Jay: Unlike Kay, I suffered from sleep deprivation. My night consisted of extreme pain and a short conversation with my husband on the phone while I balled my eyes out. Needless to say, it was not a fun night, regardless, I was looking forward to the day. I had a banana for breakfast. I took enough pain pills to dope up a horse. I also practiced my French this morning. After the third try, I finally finished the lesson. Let’s just say my pronunciation and learning French is not going as well as Kay’s.

Kay: I had a lot to accomplish at work this morning. I knew I was going to be out of the office for a few days so I needed to take the time to schedule out the store’s Facebook posts until at least Tuesday. I have many ideas that I want to see come to fruition; however, there is only so much time in my workday and some of my ideas simply had to wait. I hope to soon get to my volunteer request for the media department, and I would also like to highlight the different departments. Part of my newest position is going to require me to socialize more, which is always a good thing. While I worked on the online campaign, Jay finished up her final day of volunteering at ThriftSmart. Thank you for helping this week!

Jay: No problem, Kay! It was my pleasure. While Kay was working I got to work myself. I processed a box of VHS, shelved some books, and straightened up the book department after which I got to do a little shopping! When I say little, I actually mean a lot. When you are a student and you receive 50% off, you want to stock up. I was able to get seven shirts for myself, seven shirts for my husband, quite a few books, ties, magazines and one dress… no wait, I got two now. I forgot about the one I picked up at the last minute. All of this for $70. Thank you ThriftSmart! Once I was done with that, it was time to go to the InterNashville Tea Room gathering at ThriftSmart. I got to meet some new people, had some amazing rice and gyro meat. Oh, and don’t forget the tea, which was amazing. That basically concluded the work day.

Kay: InterNashville, run by the amazing Tamara Banks is held on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at ThriftSmart between 11am and 1pm. I work every Friday and try my best to make it to every one. I am excited that Tamara wants to start volunteering in the book department over the summer. After the amazing food and fellowship we stopped by DQ and grabbed dessert. It was amazing until Jay spilled the rest of my blizzard on the carpet.

Jay: I didn’t mean to Kay, I promise! I just got a wonderful hot fudge sundae that was perfect soup consistency by the time we got home.

Kay & Jay: The next three to four hours were absolutely amazing for us. We stayed home, got comfy, opened the windows to hear the buzzing bumble bees and we started plotting. Mwahahahaha… okay, not that kind of plotting. We finally sat down and started a timeline for our book. We have been talking about writing this for years… literally. We realized that it had to be now and we got jiggy wit it. We worked out a ton of unresolved issues and created the timeline from start to finish–all 19 chapters. It pretty much took us until past the time we wanted to leave to go to the restaurant; however, we were not going to leave until it was finished. Talk about dedication!

Jay: So we went to this restaurant called McNamara’s, which happens to be an Irish pub with live music every night. And if you remember in one of my previous blogs, I wrote that while in Nashville, I wanted to see some live music and purchase a CD. I got to do just that. The performer there was named Colm Kirwan. He does country and Irish. Not only was the music good, but the food was amazing.

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad, Sweet Potato Fries, and Homemade Kettle Chips

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad, Sweet Potato Fries, and Homemade Kettle Chips

Irish Nachos

Irish Nachos

One of my favorite parts about this evening was getting to meet Colm Kirwan. He signed my CD, and here is a picture I got with him.

Jay with Colm Kirwan at McNamara's Irish Pub.

Jay with Colm Kirwan at McNamara’s Irish Pub.

Here is a small video I took of his performance tonight. It does not do him justice.

Kay: We are finally home and in our pajamas! We are downloading music to our laptops while working together on this blog. We have had a few distractions, and they have been great fun. As soon as we hit the publish button, we are going to complete our final act of the day: I will give you a two word hint. No wait, I will give you a picture hint.

Sher Lock!

Sher Lock!

Today’s post was longer than originally intended and at the same time just long enough. Tomorrow is Jay’s final full day here in Nashville and we plan to have a ball. But first, an episode of Sherlock and sleep await us.