Friday, August 19, 2011

Airports are evil

At 6am this morning, I drove my mom and younger brother to the airport because they're going to Finland for 10 days. I am very jealous because Finland is amazing and I miss my family there, but I am not envious of the airport stress they have to go through.

Airports and I never really got along very well, we have had a rocky relationship from the first time I ever flew on a plane. Triple security checks, broken planes, stranded over night during the liquid gel bombing incident, and lost luggage all contributed to my hated for airports. It doesn't help that they always smell like the stale air in the planes and that the seats are so uncomfortable at the gates that you can't relax in them. I mean really, why should they put comfortable seats in a place where some people get stuck waiting for hours on end for flights? That would just be silly.

The other reason I dislike airports is because I am part middle eastern. No, this does not mean I'm planning a jihad, it means I really really dislike the security line and the "random" security checks. I usually am unfortunate enough to have to go through the super extra tight security line and once I even got checked AGAIN at the gate. They saw my last name and had extra security come to the gate to recheck my carry on, it was embarassing. Needless to say, I get nervous going to airports and the process I go through is very similar to what the boyfriend and I did on our way to Minnesota:

Boyfriend: "I wonder if you'll be randomly selected to go through the full body scan because you're half middle eastern?" He says this in a tone loud enough for everyone in a 100 foot radius to hear.

Me: Nudged him hard in the stomach "I wonder why you always forget I'm half middle eastern until we're at the security line at the airport?!"

I walked up as calmly as I could to the security agent and handed him my boarding pass and ID. He glanced at the ID, initialed the boarding pass and pointed towards the regular security line.

Me: Slightly shocked "To this line here?" Pointing to the one for non suspected terrorists.

Security Dude 1: "Yes ma'am, please step through once security dude 2 on the other side gives you the okay."

I grinned like a kid who almost got caught stealing cookies from the cookie jar and tried to act perfectly normal as I walked up to the security check. I don't know why I had to try so hard to act normal, it's not like I was a terrorist or had anything to hide (Except that my liquid foundation was in a 4.2oz bottle, not a 3oz one.. oops)

I flashed security dude 2 on the other side a big smile and shyly asked:

"Is it okay for me to step through?"

He motioned for me to step through the check point as he looked up into what I can only assume is a scanner that will either flash "TERRORIST!!!" or "Non Terrorist" on its screen. I hustled through it, holding my breath, praying no big red alarm would sound announcing to the entire airport that I was part middle eastern. To my relief, nothing happened and security dude 2 forgot all about me as soon as I walked past him to gather my carry on bag and neck pillow.

I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. One of the worst parts of the airport process was over and I could now move on to the waiting for hours for the plane portion of it. I glanced back towards my boyfriend to see if he had gathered his things from the security check yet, and was surprised to not see him behind me.

I searched for my blonde hair, blue eyed, definitely not middle eastern boyfriend, and found him in the last place I'd expect... standing in the middle of the full body scanner being triple checked by security.

I couldn't help but grin.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cake Wrecks

I wanted to share one of my favorite blogs today because it always provides me with tons of laughs. I can spend hours browsing the archives looking at all the great photos and the commentary is absolutely hilarious!

Cake Wrecks

I loved this blog even before I started decorating cakes, so I know everyone can appreciate it :) Be sure to check out the classics and fan favorites. There are pictures of cakes gone horribly wrong, as well as pictures of really neat concepts some very talented decorators have pulled off! Everything from horrible misspellings to some really really blonde moments on the decorator's part. Here's one as a teaser:

The customer ordered a cake and asked for the following to be written on it:
Best Wishes Suzanne (underneath that) We will miss you!

Unfortunately for them, the decorator took their note literally... and forgot an h.

Friday, August 5, 2011

100 Random Questions

I used to love doing these myspace and email surverys. Here's one just for fun :) If you enjoy them too, copy and paste it into your own blog with your answers!

1. How old will you be in five years?
- 27! Eeekk

2. Who did you spend at least two hours with today?
- My sister, we work together

3. How tall are you?
- 5'7"

4. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks?
- Seeing how much more weight I can lose and how my endurance will change while walking/jogging

5. What’s the last movie you saw?
- Zoo Keeper, it was pretty gawful

6. Who was the last person you called?
- My little brother, Amir

7. Who was the last person to text you?
- Amir

8. What was the last text message you received?
- "A bunch at lunch! Haha" He was confessing that he ate all the bananas I just bought

9. Who was the last person to leave you a voicemail?
- One of our manufacturers

10. Do you prefer to call or text?
- Both are fine with me

11. What were you doing at 12am last night?
- Sleeping :)

12. Are your parents married/separated/divorced?
- Divorced

13. When is the last time you saw your mom?
- This afternoon

14. What color are your eyes?
- Hazel

15. What time did you wake up today?
- 8:30 am

16. What are you wearing right now?
- pj pants and a tank top

17. What is your favorite Christmas song?
- Carol of the bells by The Bird and The Bee

18. Where is your favorite place to be?
- home :) I'm an introvert

19. Where is your least favorite place to be?
- Airports! They're terrible and they smell funny.

20. Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
- Finland, I miss my grandparents and want to see them again

21. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?
- Not sure, just hope I am happy

22. Do you tan or burn?
- I used to tan like a cocoa puff when I was younger, now I burn

23. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
- The monsters from Goose Bumps (books), the clown from IT, the Easter Bunny, and the chick from The Ring!

24. What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
- Everything! I laugh a lot.

25. How many TVs do you have in your house?
- 8

26. How big is your bed?
- Queen

28. Do you sleep with or without clothes on?
- With, there are way too many people in my house that barge in without knocking to sleep naked.

29. What color are your sheets?
- Cream colored

30. How many pillows do you sleep with?
- Used to sleep with 5! I've cut it down to 3 :)

31. What is your favorite season?
- I like all of them

32. What do you like about fall?
- Halloween and the way the colors change on the trees.

33. What do you like about winter?
- Being snowed in :)

34. What do you like about the summer?
- Swimming

35. What do you like about spring?
- The weather here is perfect in the spring, not too hot, not too cold, just perfect.

36. How many states/provinces have you lived in?
- One

37. What cities/towns have you lived in?
- Aurora (now the part known as Centennial)

38. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet?
- Bare feet!

39. Are you a social person?
- Definitely not, lol.

40. What was the last thing you ate?
- A fruit cup

41. What is your favorite restaurant?
I love Cinzettis with a passion, but I don't think I have a "favorite"

42. What is your favorite ice cream?
- Cookie dough

43. What is your favorite dessert?
- Everything, ha! I'm really fond of birthday cake with cheap butter cream frosting

44. What is your favorite kind of soup?
- Chicken Noodle, My dads middle eastern soup, Chicken & Dumpling

45. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich?
- Strawberry, the only kind you can ever put on a PB&J

46. Do you like Chinese food?
- Yes, love it

47. Do you like coffee?
- Nope! I'm one of the rare few

48. How many glasses of water, a day, do you drink on average?
- 64 oz, whatever glass amount that equals

49. What do you drink in the morning?
- Grape fruit juice or skim milk

50. What non-banking related card in your wallet is the most valuable to you?
- My health insurance card and my movie theater rewards card hehe

51. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?
- The middle! I'm a bed hog

52. Do you know how to play poker?
- Yep, love it. Although I don't know all of the table rules.

53. Do you like to cuddle?
- Very much so

54. Have you ever been to Canada?
- Nope, but would like to visit and see what they're all aboot, eh!

55. Do you have an addictive personality?
- Kind of

56. Do you eat out or at home more often?
- Out, I know it's terrible but I love restaurants.

57. What do you miss about Pre-School, if anything?
- Never went to pre-school

58. Do you know anyone with the same birthday as you?
- Umm nope

59. Do you want kids?
- Definitely!

60. Do you speak any other languages?
- I can speak a tiny bit of spanish, but not enough to matter lol.

61. Have you ever gotten stitches?
- Yes, for a dog bite on my arm and after surgery.

62. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
- Nope

63. Do you prefer an ocean or a pool?
- I love to look at the ocean, I love to swim in a pool

64. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat?
- Window, I like to sleep against the side of the plane and I never get up to bother anyone in the other two seats.

65. Do you know how to dance?
- Not well

66. What is your favorite thing to spend money on?
- Gifts for other people

67. Do you wear American Eagle Shirts?
- Nope

68. What is your favorite TV show?
- True Blood, 24, Lost, Twin Peaks, Vampire Diaries, Desperate Housewives, Pretty Little Liars.

69. Can you roll your tongue?
- Yep

70. Who is the funniest person you know?
- My little brother, Amir, is pretty hilarious.

71. Do you sleep with stuffed animals?
- Nope, a little too old for that.

72. What is the main ring tone on your phone?
- The default one that came with the phone

73. Do you still have clothes from when you were little?
- Nope

74. What red object is closest to you right now?
- The lanyard my keys are on.

75. Do you turn off the water while you brush your teeth?
- Sometimes when I feel like saving the planet, but I forget a lot

76. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
- Closed, I keep all of my non-dog friendly stuff in there.

77. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
- A swarm of bees. I could probably handle a lot of stings, but I don't know if I could survive a bear clawing my face off.

78. Do you flirt a lot?
- Not really

79. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
- Honey

80. What is your favorite food?
- Everything, lol.

81. Can you change a lightbulb?
- Yes

82. Have you ever gotten Grounded?
- Nope

83. Have you ever ran out of money?
- Been low? Yes. Ran out? No

84. What is your usual bedtime?
- 11pmish

85. What was the last book you read?
- The 1st book in the Game of Thrones series

86. Do you read the newspaper?
- If I'm bored and if it's in front of me, otherwise no.

87. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
- This house receives every magazine on the planet, but I'm not personally subscribed to any

89. Do you watch TV?
- Guilty

90. Do you dance in public?
- No way

91. What radio station did you last listen to?
- Alice 105.9

92. Who is in the picture frame closest to you?
- My grandparents

93. What was the last note you scribbled on a piece of paper?
- The item styles that were missing from the website.

94. What is your favorite scent?

- I loveeee the smell of cilantro, and anything coconut scented.

95. What is your favorite board game?
- Afrikan Tahti, from Finland, although I haven't played it in forever.

97. When was the last time you attended church?
- For a funeral a few years ago.

98. Who was your favorite teacher in Previous years?
- My Biological Basis for Behavior professor sophmore year in College was very quirky but very cool.

99. What is the longest you have ever camped out in a tent?
- 1 hour when I took a nap in one once. I've never been camping!

100. Who was the last person to do something extra special for you?

- Geoff, he's been pretty amazing lately.