It took me a really long time to write this first blog post. "What I write now will set the tone for all other posts to come!" I told my husband. "My entire livelihood hinges on this one collection of words. If I screw it up, I am DOOMED."
No. Not really. But I am slightly over-analytical at times (which actually makes for a good cake decorator, I'll have you know).
The purpose of this blog really is just to get me out of isolation a bit, and by that I simply mean that the consecutive experiences of motherhood + business-ownership can be a bit lonely at times. It's not as easy to go out and socialize like I used to, and even when I do, I'm probably quietly thinking of something else.
The truth is that if you want to be a mom and/or own a business successfully, I'm learning that you really do need to be slightly obsessive about it. A kid's life literally depends on you, while frankly, so does the business's. I want great things for both, therefore, I'm constantly thinking about or spending time with them.
Alas, I am not here to complain about the trials and tribulations involving the choices I've made, because at the end of the day, I am so happy that things have worked out the way they did. I don't entirely know what the direction of this blog will be, honestly. Surely it will involve cake and lots of it, but maybe I'll do some savory cooking or share some artists that inspire me. Maybe I'll talk about a trip I had recently to one of the local farms or share my favorite cake toppers on the market. Hell, maybe I'll completely lose it and vent about the current insanity running rapid in our country or sob over the keys as I type about what an awful mother I am. Who knows. Time will tell.
But before we get to any of that, here's a few factoids about me for those of you who simply know me as "cake."
1. Hi! I'm Nancy and I am a Michigan girl through and through. I drink Vernors when my stomach hurts (by the way, it's called "pop" not "soda"), pronounce my a's in a way that is apparently quite humorous to west-coasters, and if you were to ask me what my final meal would be, I'd choose Coney Dogs from National Coney Island, hands down. Nothing lets me know I'm back home quite like those things.
I sure do love it out here in Washington, but of course a large part of my heart and Motown soul will always be in Metro-Detroit.
2. I used to be a total movie nerd. I can mostly thank my dad for that, but between my later teen years and early twenties, I also worked at a couple of different video stores. For the poor unfortunate youth of today who will never really get the chance to have such a cool job, I feel sorry for you. It was the best.
Back then I would spend my free time watching up to five or six movies in a day, then feel proud of myself for accomplishing what I had without really leaving the couch all that much. I took pride in knowing obscure titles or lesser known actors, like I was some sort of intellectual. Now? Well, I just watched Moana four times in the last several days, so, you tell me.
3. I met my husband at Whole Foods and can even remember my first encounter with him quite well. It was my very first day, which just happened to also be my birthday. September 30, 2012. My now great friend Chelsea who was a supervisor on the Front End (I was cashiering back then) was given the task of showing me around the store as part of my training. The first person I saw was Scott, standing next to the wet rack, sporting a signature PNW plaid button-up and look of general disinterest, stacking some greens. Man did I find this guy to be super attractive. Oof! I soon found out that he was in a relationship and therefore quickly gave up on that idea, but here we are years later married with a kid, and I guess I find that to be a little magical. A very delayed birthday present, but a gift nonetheless.
4. I never went to school for Baking & Pastry, and for the most part I'm quite okay with that. I think it would be valuable and a great way to try my hand at all the different disciplines, but on-the-job training and self-teaching at home have served me well so far, therefore I am not going to live in regret for even a second. With that being said, I am a firm believer that the learning never ever ends. I can't wait to see where I'm at in even just five years, and what new skills I've acquired along the way. I think the trick, like with most things in life, will be to keep an open mind, heart and simply listen.
5. In case you can't tell, I really, really love decorating cakes! For someone who loves food and was basically an art school dropout (critiques suuuuuck and so does my ability to comprehend Photoshop), there really is nothing better for me to be doing.
Here is my latest one inspired by the eclipse, which I was lucky enough to see quite well the other day in Wenatchee.
Regardless of whether you become a regular reader of this blog or not, I appreciate that you took the time to even make it this far! If there's anything you'd be interested to see on here involving cake or otherwise, don't hesitate to give me a shout.