Thursday, November 13, 2008

Banana Republican Birthday Parties

I have been truly blessed with some very specific shortcomings. For example, I thought the Pythagorean Theorem was the main character in the Illiad until my brother retiled our kitchen floor with it.

I'm deficient in anything involving computation, calculation, formulation and frosting.

Unfortunately my next door neighbor, Martha put me in charge of making the cake for Swirl's birthday party today.

"No pressure, but make is special!" she said. "And Swirly."

Usually Swirl helps me with all my swirly assignments, but the party was a surprise so I was on my own.

I tried. I really did. I filled the decorator thingie with frosting and started making my swirls, but within 60 seconds the top popped right off. I tried to smash it all back together, but has anyone noticed how sticky and messy and frostingy frosting can get when it's on the loose?

This is the result of troubleshooting with frosting.

Lucky I had a bunch of sprinkles and smarties and dum dum suckers on hand.

This is what cute Swirl looks like now that she's 36.

This is Swirl's son and the reason we call her crazy Laura (besides the fact that she has photographic fashion shows in her bathroom mirror.)

And this is what the bff's, Swirl and Martha look like. Oh, and I'm there too. I'm the one wearing the XP (extra petite) short sleeve cowl neck sweater made in Vietnam purchased on sale from the Banana Rebulican 40% off clearance rack.

Don't you love obedient photographers. "Make sure my face doesn't show, but my undergarments do," I told her.

I'm not afraid to let my religion show. I actually prefer to let my light so shine. That's why I have a candle on my forehead.

Like I always say, a candle under a bushel might burn down the whole barn.


P.S. I think Swirl may have been a little disappointed in the presents I gave her. Call me practical, but you never know when a carton of eggs, a bag of onions and a frozen lasagna will come in handy. Plus I owed her all that stuff anyway.


Heidi Ashworth said...

Too darn funny! Actually, I think the cake looked pretty tasty but it could have something to do with the fact that I can't/don't/shouldn't/musn't (but sometimes do) eat wheat. Very girly and swirly.

*MARY* said...

Once I made my husband borrow a potato from the neighbors because I was too embarrassed to ask.
We never gave them one back though. Maybe that's why they moved.

Funny Farmer said...


Must.... BREATHE!!!

You girl, really know how to play on a theme. And what a fabulous idea on the paying back all the things you've borrowed on their birthday! That, my friend, is pure genius.

OldBoatGuy said...

I'm sure glad you weren't varnishing my boat!

comed.......I comed as soon as I could.

Mariko said...

I love how no one gets anonymity except you, who bares all.
Oh man. I need to brush up on my text.
Wait, I know, you just added the verification to your lmao, right?
Well, ingnelmao.
I'll figure out what perverse thing I said later.

Rachel said...

I think I look better when you can only see my back coaching T. Thanks for making the cake. The cake had to come from you or it just wouldn't have been the same.

SWIRL said...

HEY girls!
CRASH that was too funny. The pictures.. oh boy.. we were so worried about your face not being exposed.. yikes.. cow necks do have a down side don't they?

That was so much fun! Who's birthday is next?

Martha said...

Rachel is really Martha sorry somebody didn't log out properly.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Ok, that first paragraph was pure genius! Had me laughing, you funny dummy, you!