On Good Friday this year, I was laid off. Again. It’s why I haven’t been posting as much on my blog recently — I’m in the hurry-up job search mode, and looking to find gainful full time employment while I do some part time contractual work, so that we don’t have to dip into our savings.
hysterically funny musings have taken a back seat to resume and cover letter crafting.
I felt a little sorry for myself the first week, but have since pulled my head out and begun the job search in earnest. And I do have some good prospects. Like my husband reassures me: “I’m not worried. You’ll find something, you freakin’ freeloader”.
As the job search heats up, so too, has my kitchen. I’ve been baking my ass off. I find baking and cake/cupcake decorating very relaxing, and it gives me a break from the constant pressure of thinking about and conducting a job search.
The beneficiaries of the baking have been the boys and coaches on my son Alex’s travel baseball team, along with their parents, siblings, grandparents and other friends and family members who attend the games. The big favorites so far are the variety of gooey butter cookies and the best, big, fat, chewy chocolate chip cookies.
To make it interesting, I added some incentives for the boys. Just playing each week, they are rewarded with cookies at the end of the game. So to challenge them, I upped the ante and have begun making home run cakes for those that accomplish such an amazing feat. It’s not every day a 10 year old (some are just 9) crank the baseball far enough to round the bases.
And last week, one of our kids turned a bases loaded triple play. The ball was hit to him at short stop and he tagged the runner going from 2nd to 3rd, stepped on 2nd base and then fired the ball to first. All that athleticism and he’s only 10. The least I could do was make something to celebrate such an amazing play, in his favorite flavor – chocolate. So I did:
This year, all the moms were able to make the doubleheader the boys were playing on Mother’s Day. Why is this so important, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Because I was able to create these cupcakes, to celebrate the amazing moms who are part of my baseball family:
Days like this put it all in perspective for me. When it comes down to it, my most important full time job comes with the simple title of mom.