Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hail To The Chief

I don't know about you all, but I'm pretty disappointed. I mean, here it is, 7 hours after Obama is sworn in as President, and nothing has changed. Nothing. We continue to be at war in Iraq, Osama bin Laden is still on the loose, and the economy continues in its downward spiral. You just can't trust those politicians and their promises, now can you?

And, is there anyone out there who didn't think of Mr. Potter upon seeing Vice President Cheney in that wheelchair? Just wondering...

Our day here was given over to Inaugural festivities - neighborhood party, celebratory cupcakes, watching way too much computer and TV. Also, some very good champagne punch. I'll probably wake up tomorrow with a major political hangover.

Celebratory cupcakes? Well, yes. I attempted to decorate 2 dozen cupcakes so that they looked like the American flag (I'm patriotic that way). This would have been a fairly simple, non-traumatic endeavor if it had not involved the help of 4 children. As it was, the experience just about brought me to my knees, what with David's disappointment that I wasn't using the thicker icing that would have enabled us to make authentic-looking stars and stripes, Susie's crying because she couldn't spread the icing on her cupcakes the way she wanted to, and Brian's concerns over red icing that looked too pink. It seems that these many years of child rearing have eaten away at my stamina and forbearance; decorating these cupcakes was almost the tip of the iceberg that broke the camel's back.

Or something like that...

In the end, we had a representation of a flag that looked as though it came from the Primitive school of American art. And I was fine with that. Grandma Moses couldn't have done better. Of course, she had 10 kids.

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27 comments:

  1. Good point about Cheney. Everyone else was focused on his Dr. Strangelove-ness. My favorite observation came from the Time.com liveblog, when they speculated that 1. it was an attempt to claim worker's comp, and 2. the Veep was "injured when master of Jedi Council turned his Sith lightning back on him while attempting to dislodge him from office."

    Hee hee.

    Sorry 'bout the cupcakes. Bet you didn't make any four years ago. So I'd call that CHANGE, baby.

    Hope and truth are back in action.

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  2. Hey! I found a great idea to make your cupcakes turn out okay in the future. Check out the photo at http://www.aarynbelfer.com/2009/01/national-day-of-service.html

    A simpler design.

    'Tis a gift to be simple...and it makes for easier cupcake decorating.

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  3. There is certain help that just isn't. ;-)

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  4. Oh my goodness, I'll be chuckling over the Mr. Potter reference for a week. Thank you. It was a wonderful day, wasn't it?

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  5. You are too funny! My husband and I found Dick Cheney far more reminiscent of the character in Dr. Strangelove...."we'd better not let them see the Big Board!"

    ;)

    Have a great night! (Maybe things will have changed by tomorrow. :) )

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  6. That first sentence made me laugh out loud.

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  7. Why didn't I think of mimosas? Darn. Or cupcakes. I had soup. vegetable.

    I felt celebratory, though!

    And I loved the Mr. Potter reference!

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  8. Mr. Potter, that's pretty funny. Does that make Obama George Bailey or Mr. Gower?

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  9. If you have a hangover you're not drinking good enough Champagne.

    Your cynical side need to check out Dogs and Jeans today.
    http://dogsandjeans.blogspot.com/2009/01/news-of-near-future-obama-presidency.html

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  10. Maybe Cheney can give the Baileys back that $6000 he stole from Uncle Billie.

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  11. That's why I don't cook or bake with my kids. Period.

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  12. There was change...in my retirement account because the stock market dropped 332.13 points--the biggest loss in a very, very long time. There goes several thousand more on top of the tens of thousands we've lost so far. Guess we really will be working until we're dead. Bye bye golden years...

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  13. I thought the same thing about Mr. Cheney! Ha!
    Grandma Moses didn't really hit her stride as an artist until later in life...you're ahead of the curve, SC!

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  14. "...the tip of the iceberg that broke the camel's back."

    Childrearing may have eaten away at your stamina and forbearance but it mad your wit spot on!

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  15. That you can frost cupcakes with any resemblence at all to a flag is amazing! I bow to your frosting mojo. :)

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  16. You are a brave soul. I kick the kids out of the kitchen when I cook or bake. The only time they are allowed to be around is when I decorate cakes. But even then, if they move half an inch from their spot across our huge dining room table, they know they get put back into the living room, away from the wonderfulness of the cake!

    I just worry so much about hurting teh kids with hot pans, hot water and knives. When the older ones are ready for some real cooking tips, I'll do it one by one I think.

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  17. You should have taken photos of your cupcakes and sent them to cakewrecks.com. That is seriously a great site. Too bad I don't know how to link to it, so you will have to type it in by yourself.

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  18. Bravo to you for letting the kids "help."

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  19. OMG -- I never even though about Mr. Potter!! I just thought it was some kind of cosmic weirdness...

    Suuuuuure... He threw out his back lifting boxes during the move. I think he did it loading the shredder. ;)

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  20. We want pictures!! I suppose just poking those little mass-produced American flags made in China wouldn't do?

    Glad you found a party, but I missed having you there. It would have doubled the kid population at ours. ;) My oldest was grouching about having to actually LOOK at the TV during the speech. I wouldn't let him close his eyes and pretend to sleep... I kept poking him. Maybe someday he won't hate me for that.

    Maybe it's because I didn't give him an Obamartini? (yummy champagne punch!)

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  21. Did anyone happen to notice George W's sour face? I mean, didn't he look like he was thinking, "I hate you all. I can't wait to get on the freekin plane."

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  22. I was laughing at the Mr. Potter reference (my favorite movie) but the Sith lightning comment by Fantastic Forrest made me fall out of my chair.

    We had good champagne and just smiled all day.

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  23. ROFL. Reminds me of when Clinton was elected, and Dave Barry started talking about "the failed Clinton administration" on the very first day!

    And I love Fantastic Forrest's comment too!

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  24. Krispy Kreme was giving out free doughnuts to anyone who saw the inauguration, so we decided to punish this foolish desicion with nine of our family members.

    Maybe the iceberg fell on the camel tip first?

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  25. rushbaby - do we know each other in real life?

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