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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Yes and the Magic Rainbow

I’ve got some stuff to say, but I feel like if I write anything other than “The baby is coming! The baby is here” that people don’t want to hear it. Tough luck. The baby isn’t coming, it isn’t here, and so my life goes on. For now, I present to you a story of Yes.

I am a recovering “Yes” person. Yes, I will do that for you, yes I will commit, and yes I need to please you all. What can I sacrifice of myself to make it happen for you? I have made tremendous advances. One secret is a key piece of advice via two wise ladies: Don’t do anything you don’t want to do. How simple! How perfect!
Of course my husband has been telling me the same thing for years now, but seriously, who can pay attention to all the stuff he’s always yapping his mouth off about.

Today, against my better judgment, I picked up the home phone. Nothing good comes of answering the home phone.

A really sweet woman on the other end told me that she’d won the service item I’d put up for auction at the women’s church social the other week. I had pledged to create a specialty cake for whoever won—you know, a Thomas the Tank Engine cake, a mini-mini-wedding cake, something a little fancy for the ‘hood. Would I possibly be able to make a Barbie Magic Rainbow cake for their almost five year old girl? This Saturday?

Oh…oh…the thought of that little girl getting her cake, eyes shining, surrounded by well-wishers, the best birthday cake ever! I have to say yes! You don’t understand, I can make dreams come true with just sugar and a spatula!

So I said, quite honestly, “Well, I would love to, but I am actually due today.” This is a bit of a stretch since I am not technically due for another six hours—but close enough, right? How honest do I need to be here?

“But I would love to make her cake! No, I don’t know anything about Barbie and the Magic Rainbow, but I have the Internet. Yes, yes, I can do it. Don't worry, I’ll do it tonight!”

Other Half looks at me as if I am insane (because he thinks I am insane) and I don’t care!

They came over to drop off a picture of Barbie Magic Rainbow (which is long for Scary Marketing.) You should have seen the little girl: her fingers had pink polish on them that was half scraped off, two little braids, only spoke in whispers. I’m helpless!

I can’t have a baby quite yet. I need to make a strawberry Barbie Magic Rainbow sparkle cake tonight. Sugar and a spatula, people! Dreams coming true!






Update: cake is finished and it's an appalling collection of artificial colors (my kryptonite.)
Repeat to self: it's what they wanted, it's what they wanted, it's what they wanted...


44 comments:

Bek said...

As long as you are doing it because you enjoy it... or because you know that the minute you commit to doing something you will go into labor, and if you don't you have something to keep your mind off NOT having a baby, than you don't qualify as a yes person.... :-)

La Yen said...

While you are saying yes, can I have your watch when you are dead?

Chanel said...

WHAT!!!!! Yeah I guess bek is right , BUT what the heck is wrong with rainbow lady??? WHO asks an OVERDUE lady to make a cake, let alone a psycho Barbie one! You really are amazing and deserve to have your water break right before you lift one finger for that cake.

Kiki said...

Will you make me a cake?

pflower10 said...

That right there is the reason I don't do "SERVICE".

pflower10 said...

I just had to share the next word verif"

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I guess it looks cuter in their script.

metamorphose said...

You's crazy! But that lady is even crazier to ask you to make Barbie Magic. Although, I suppose she feels you might have more time to do it before the baby comes?

Crossing my fingers that the little one makes an appearance as soon as you put on the finishing touches. Barbie mAGIc.

Lindsey said...

I'm one of your many lurkers=-I can only assume that there are more because you are more entertaining than my Thursday night tv show line up--and I LOVE my Thursday tv show line up.

I do the exact same things. ALL THE TIME. I was someone who was babysitting for the neighbors at 9 months pregnant and helping them sand and paint furniture. I have also made cakes last minute for birthday parties. I even made some commissioned rolls for a dear friend on my birthday.

When you find out the secret of saying "hell, no" I want to be the first to hear about it.

Good luck with your impending labor. May it be short.

Tiffany said...

Is it one of those cakes that has the barbie in the middle and the cake is her dress???? I have always wondered about those cakes... When the Barbie is taken out to cut it and serve it wouldn't it be a big magical let down for the party girl and guests?

I can just see you piping hot pink swirls in between contractions. hilarious.

Lyle said...

There has been a major study by a whole platoon of almost professionals that have debated and examined the whole "yes" syndrome for the past 56.3 seconds. They wanted to be the first to publish their findings on a blog...might as well be your blog.

People who always say "yes" are just being selfish because they want all the blessings so they can just get to heaven.

Unfortunately, they, I mean we, I mean I, haven't found a cure yet.

sue-donym said...

After your dare I say... rant? regarding the disney princesses, I am a bit worried about the end result of this barbie cake.

Please do not have her holding a burned bra in one hand and a copy of The Nation in the other. Please.

"objectified pieces of post-feminist trash because they make me want to gouge out the eyes of the marketing department that tries to sell faux-femininity to my sisters" ...be damned.

I for one am glad to hear from you baby or no baby.

~cari~ said...

Being overdue sucks! One way to look at this is that it can get your mind away from the fact the baby's not here yet. For me, it was good to keep busy because then I didn't think that every little movement was a contraction. Good luck!


I was just wondering, would you have said yes if it was a Cinderella cake?

April said...

I think it's wonderful that you'll be making a little girl happy. Too bad she couldn't wait until next week or something. But by then you'll have a wee one and will probably care less about Barbie.

Maybe your cake will inspire the little girl to become a specialty baker one day. Ya think?

Julie said...

No. I mean, yes. Um, no. I mean, well, okay, but only because you're my friend. Just ask Lorien why that comes out of my mind every time she asks me to help with some RS project.

I hate Barbie. Even as a little girl I hated Barbie. I still can't believe I ever interviewed to portray Barbie at a ToysRUs grand opening. (Thank goodness I didn't get the job.)

I hope the little guy protests your frosting Barbie by making a dramatic entrance into this world.

clyde said...

I have three girls so I'm so called an expert Barbie Mom. All of her movies have music, lyrics and/or choreography. Can you imagine a better way of going into "magical" labor than dancing some Barbie-ish moves wearing a hot pink apron and a rainbow-colored frosting face? At least the hospital staff we'll have a good laugh at the view of a clown giving birth… PUSH, silly girl, PUSH! It's hilarious just imagine the scene :) And at the end you'll have a sure place in the-after-due-date-cake-maker heaven after such a great service.

Like you I still need a lot to do and learn about saying “no, maybe tomorrow” specially during pregnancy: I put together the MOST fancy fresh pink roses baby shower for a friend on a Saturday at noon, stayed up (from Friday night) until Sunday 5 am to finish the after party cleaning, went to the hospital at 7 am with stage 8 dilatation and then gave birth at 10 am to a 9 pounder baby. So as you see from my experience is a good exercise to try to fulfill service cravings with the last minute request/s :)

If this baby turn up to be a girl you'll understand soon enough the craziness for Barbies. If you don't, you'll be even more grateful! Go figure.

Tori :) said...

Well, I need a Luau themed cake and a football themed cake next Saturday, the 7th. (Yes- we have 2 birthday parties that day.) You shouldn't be pregnant anymore by then, so it shouldn't be a problem, right?? ;) You won't be busy or anything... ;)

c jane said...

I mean, ok, the idea of only doing what you want to do, came from me. But I forget so Page reminds me. Sometimes she forgets so I remind her. And I can see where you are coming from because you want to make dreams come true. This means you are mature. Mostly I want to do things for myself, which means that I am not mature. All of this is very important.

P.S. OH COURTNEY!

Darth Vader's Pet said...

I like barbies. Do you make Jabba the Hut cakes? Just wondering...

Sarah said...

It may be too late, but I NEED you to do a little something for me. Make the darn barbie cake but underneath the frosting just have a big ballon filled with water so that when they cut into it water gushes everywhere. This would be especially effective if it was one of those cakes with Barbie propped up in the middle.

That ought to teach 'em.

Chanel said...

I gather I have missed a putting-a-Princess-in-her-place blog and I want to find it- HELP a girl out!

This is me said...

I have learned to say "No" when I realized how annoying it was to have people say yes to me when they didn't really mean it. Like, they would do it because they felt they had to but they would talk bad about me behind my back about it afterwards. I used to be one of these people. Now, 9 times out of 10 I only do what I want, if it fits in my schedule. And, guess what?! I have actually learned to love doing service and find myself happily and sincerely saying yes more and more.

Am I awesome or what? (please read the sarcastic tone here).

Good luck on the cake and the baby!

Bek said...

Carina,

The comments are killing me here (and I think that Barbies and Disney stuff is fine..... but you guys are making me snot Diet Coke out of my nose).....

Sara's idea was the best.... the water breaking.. that wins for comment of the week...

So, did you do it?

Azúcar said...

Welcome all new people! Who knew that a Barbie post would bring all of you out of lurkerdom.

Sorry Sarah, too late for the water balloon.

However, it is my basic nightmare cake. Look at the sprayed blue frosting, the buttercream pink "skirt," the rainbows...GROSS. The cake is strawberry and so is the filling (scratch, natch.) Sorry for the picture quality, my cable is packed so I can't use the digital.

I'm hoping that the reason I haven't had the baby yet is that there was a little girl who prayed for a Barbie cake. Now that her prayers have been answered, baby can come out.

c-dawg, duly noted and recredited!

As for the Barbie thing, for some reason, they don't bother me as much as the Disney Princesses (Chanel, click that!)

Maybe it's because Barbie can still be so many different things (let's go to the mall!) while a princess is a princess is a princess--the imagining is already thought out for you; your path directed. But what do I know? I'm just another dried up ol' feminist, except that I am juicy--what does that mean?

metamorphose said...

She turned out beautiful!!! Job well done!

FIJIANGIRL said...

Shame on that mother for dragging her little girl to your house so you couldn't refuse to make her cake. Now she sill never learn when it is appropiate to ask people things and when it is o.k. to do with out. I mean really is a barbie cake really important enough to stress an overdue pregnant woman! Is the little girl going to remember the barbie cake in years to come? What will the mother do next year to top the beautiful barbie cake? You did a beautiful job by the way, now you deserve a 10 mintue labor after you settled into your nice bed at the hospital!

pflower10 said...

Adorable cake azucar!! Did you get to see the little girl see it?? What did the mommy say?

You are a good person to make this little girl's dream come true. The mom on the other hand...well, let's just say she got a little out of that hand.

Azúcar said...

What can I say? Kids have bad taste. I like my cakes to look like these, not like pride week threw up. But what can you do? That's what they asked for, that's what they get.

I was napping when they picked up the cake so I didn't get to see their reaction.

Kiki said...

I wanted so badly to take us there, Zuc, but I didn't want to overstep my bounds. I'm glad you finally did because now I don't feel so bad about saying that that is the gayest cake I have ever seen.

metamorphose said...

Okay it is pretty gay. But perhaps that's just what Rainbow Barbie is all about.

Snatch! Oh I'm sorry, I meant

Snap!

mander said...

I'm going to be honest ... that cake is a little scary. Of all the beautiful cakes you make, I can't believe this was the request!

pflower10 said...

the cake you did with the blue ribbon around the ladyfingers look so elegant!! YUM!!

Is that your own creation?

AND the three tiered chocolatety cake looks so decadent. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Do you have more pics or other cakes?

Azúcar said...

Yes, the ones I've posted about are marked under the label 'delicious.'

wendysue said...

Oh dear! Matt's sister made one of those Barbie in the middle of the cake cakes for Madison. I will say we all had an uncomfortable moment when we had to pull the barbie out to cut the cake and there she was, naked barbie, covered in frosting. I guess we should've thought that through. I'm just glad no one wanted to lick the frosting off!

(come on, you KNEW that was coming didn't you??)

Azúcar said...

Other Half made some snarky comments in that direction, yes...

b. said...

I LOVE the comment section of seemingly benign posts....I too, have snotted diet pepsi out my nose this morning...well done, well done!

oh, and word ver: fudnuts

b. said...

When I look at the cake I instantly hear and visualize Cyndi Lauper in my head with a rainbow flag draped around her singing, "I see your True Colors...."

Marilyn said...

Delurking again.

My 5 year old would give up both of her arms to have this cake at her next birthday.

Holly said...

azucar,
i linked to you through CJane...you girls are so funny.

i am so impressed with your baking talents. i was going to say, that if you went into labor and they were unable to have a party without the beloved barbie cake, i could make them one. my barbie cake is what they deserve for asking an overdue pregnant woman to make such a hard cake. maybe it was easy for you, but it was very unpleasant for me!

tiff-fay-fay said...

ava would die and go to heaven if she had that cake.

Geo said...

Here's the test:

Would you bake a Bratz cake?

~cari~ said...

I'm sure the little girl was thrilled! Yea for you making dreams come true! My husband's sister made him a Barbie cake for his 40th birthday. It was really funny!

Azúcar said...

No, Geo, I wouldn't. And I would shoot the messenger.

Anonymous said...

"Not like Pride Week threw up." ahahahaha. I love you so much, C. Even though it is a horrendous cake, I commend you for doing it with such care. It looks great for you hating it so, so much.

-L

Heather said...

Hilarious. Loved the post, hope the burrito makes an entrance SOON!