A funky, funky Christmas

28 Dec

Hello all!!! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve blogged but I finally got back today from Florida and am happy to be back! It’s great to see my family (The stress that goes along with it? Not so much) and hang out but I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things again around here and back to my normal schedule. It was a funky, funky Christmas though.

Oh NKOTB, you still have my heart. I never realized how Beastie Boys they were trying to sound in this song though? Maybe because I was around 12 when it came out.

The funky part came on Christmas Eve when my parents asked me how work was. If you recall, work isn’t going so great. I have absolutely no poker face so when they asked me, I just broke down in tears and it went downhill from there. They asked me what my plan was and I told them how I will most likely be quitting in 2011 and taking out some of my 401K money to live on. Tip: Don’t tell your financially strapped parents who already have enough stress with their finances you’re going to do on Christmas Eve, you won’t get a great reaction. Unfortunately, this set the tone for the weekend since this is all they are worries about now. I don’t know why they don’t have more faith in me that I will find a better job and don’t want to be unhappy anymore. Alot of tears, “What are you going to do? What if you don’t find a job?”  later, we stopped talking about it and went to dinner. They know that the way to my heart is sushi and we went to an all you can eat buffet-holla!

I’m not going to lie-I had about two and a half plates of sushi. My mercury quota is met until early 2012. They had over 20 different types of sushi on the line plus the sushi chefs would make you a roll if you didn’t see the specific one there. It hit the spot.

On the way home, I drove with my older sister who asked me what was wrong and I told her all the drama about work. She said that I need to make a change ASAP because I’m not a depressed or sad person and she hates seeing me this way. We stopped at 7-11 because slurpees always make me feel good so I picked one up, got into the car and after driving for a few minutes, I realized the slurpee sucked. Yeah, don’t try Power to the Purple, it’s rank. So then I started crying over my slurpee which officially made me that girl. We continued to drive to yet another 7-11 on Christmas Eve because we are classy like that and finally found old faithful-Coke flavored slurpee. She talked me through everything, assured me everything was going to be fine (you know, the things parents should do) and we went over different plans. It was nice to have someone on my side, telling me I could do it and find something that better fits my personality instead of someone questioning my abilities.

What also made it better? Some Mickey loving!

Mickey is my parents dog whom I love very much for he is my voluptuous baby. My mom got Mickey when I was a freshman in college so he is a bit older now but I love seeing him and he is very lovey, which was perfect since I was missing Sir Linx-a-lot.

Yeah, I love that dog.

No visit is complete without finding the local cupcake bakery. This visit it was Cupcake Couture. Not only is it a cute name for a cupcake shop but the cupcakes had adorable designer names like Donatella Vanilla, Oscar de la Raspberry and Yves Saint Lemon. LOVE!

Walking into the store alone just made me happy–decked out in all kinds of pastel colors, candy coated murals with some Charlie and The Chocolate Factory playing, a smile was on my face. Then I saw the cupcakes and that is where my jaw dropped and eyes went all crazy eyes just from staring at the beauty of their cupcakes.

 Their cupcakes are seriously designer, they were so gorgeous, I didn’t even want to eat it. I always want to eat cupcakes. I love the cutesy little designer names for the cupcakes and I swore to myself I wasn’t going to go on a cupcake rampage so had to look through all the ones they had and decide on one. I finally went with the Boston Couture (i.e. Boston Creme), it was heavenly. My sister got the Red Valentino and still not word on how it was…..hmmmm.

 It has a hard, thick (giggity) chocolate shell in the place of the traditional frosting topped with drizzles of white chocolate.

 Under that was a think layer of custard then a yellow cupcake base.

 After tasting the first bite

Yes, that would be the face of ecstasy.

Do I even have to tell you this was amazing? I am still up in the air if it was better than Crumbs. If you are ever in South Florida, you MUST check this place out!

Before that, we stopped at the Green Owl, which is right next door to Cupcake Couture.

I thought of Janetha because the decor is all OWLS. Um, sorry to say, owls kinda freak me out. They weren’t cute owls, there were creepy owls and then owls from the 1970’s, very kitschy.

The owls even watched me in the lady’s room. I don’t know if I was more scared of that or that the bathroom door didn’t have a lock

The grub was good though, typical diner fare food but it hit the spot plus we didn’t want to eat too much because we had to save room for cupcakes.

Other than that, I got some gifts I am quite stoked about. I really didn’t ask for too much this year because of my parents financial condition along with the fact I really don’t need anything…..other than to have my student loans paid off or get a new job, neither which they could help me with. But for the few I got, I am completely happy with them.

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY! My sister got me a panini maker and I didn’t even ask for it, I see this becoming my new obsession very soon!

I also got a mandoline that I am quite excited about as well–my mom was working at William-Sonoma as a gift wrapper so she got the 40% off discount and that was at the top of my list!

And of course, the gift I get from my parents each year and the one I look most forward to

What can I say, I’m easy to please.

I’m sure there’s alot more to my visit than all of this but right now, I am emotionally and physically spent from traveling today. Plus WVU is playing in the Champs Bowl right now. If they could make a touchdow or two, I would be a happy gal since they have yet to really show up to the game.

How was everyone’s holiday?? Any dramalicious fun like mine?

35 Responses to “A funky, funky Christmas”

  1. TheSceneFromMe December 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    OMG, I want to visit Cupcake Couture ASAP!!!!!!! What a cool name for a cupcakery. Their treats look delish, I would have bought several boxes full I am sure!

    NKOTB rules! I still love them. I went to their concert 2 years ago and have tickets for their upcoming tour in 2011 with Backstreet Boys.
    I love reliving my teenage years 🙂

    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

      I knew I would definitely go crazy there and didn’t want to be crazy lady bringing cupcakes through security at the airport! I heard the last concert of theirs was banging, I may have to check it out this summer!

  2. This Italian Family December 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    Oh girl, sorry about all the drama. I’m so glad you have a sister to talk to so you can figure things out! I have three sisters and I don’t know what I’d do without them.

    One of my girlfriends actually just quit her job because it was stressing her out so much. She didn’t have a back up plan or really any official guide, but she knew she was miserable and needed to start over. So she quit. She has a temp job right now that pays just enough to cover the bills while she studies to be a personal trainer (her real passion). She couldn’t be happier.

    It’s good that your parents care and are concerned about your finances, but just know that no job is worth being miserable. 🙂

    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

      Well, that’s very reassuring to see that I am not the only one and there are others out there doing that as well–thanks for sharing! Now if I could just figure out what I want to do!

  3. Ashley@thefitacademic December 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    Awwww! I love the precious dog shots!!! The cupcakes look amazing, too!

  4. emily (a nutritionist eats) December 28, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Ugh, so frustrating when you don’t see eye-to-eye with your parents. I sometimes understand where they are coming from and they are usually just concerned but it’s annoying!!!
    Ok, dying for one of those cupcakes.

    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

      I know, it is completely frustrating b/c I can see their side but then know what I am feeling and such. I gave my dad such a dramatic speech my last night there crying my eyeballs out and asking over and over again, “Why don’t you believe in me??” And I used to think he was crazy for calling me a drama queen!

  5. shelby December 29, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    Umm…come on over to Raleigh and we can be stressed and unemployed together? Heheh.

    Drama sucks. And I totally had that NKOTB Christmas CD, too. (Or maybe it was a tape?)

    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

      Oh no, you too? It sucks! What kind of job are you looking for over there?

      I think it was a tape 😉

  6. spabettie December 29, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    my holiday had some BIG drama, and I wish I could tell you about it because you’d feel perspectively better. not to say yours wasn’t anything, and girl, I’m sorry about your work situation. something better is out there for you though!


    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

      Sorry you had to go through the dramz as well 😦

  7. dianacheung December 29, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    wow tiffany. I had NO idea you officially made your mind up about that job…but it takes guts. If Glenn wasn’t in school right now I would think about finding another job too. This year has been hell for me so i totally understand your stress/sadness. I’m here for you!!! But also mad…mad that you went to another cupcake and sushi place that makes me drool. 🙂 Hang in there

    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

      Haha, I knew you would say something about the cupcake place. I’m a cupcake whore, I’ll admit it.

      As for the job, I decided the other day. I don’t know when it’s going to be but I am trying to wait until April or May.

  8. Amy @ Second City Randomness December 29, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    I still haven’t told my parents I’m going to vegas in less than 3 months… yikes. It’s sort of the same thing- they worry about my finances like crazy, so I’m nervous they’ll “disapprove”. Even if I’m totally able to do it. Sigh…

    Well… I’m glad you got a good weekend with the fam. And welcome back! 🙂

    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

      Ohhhhhh…Vegas??!! I am excited for you!

  9. erica @ fashionmeetsfood December 29, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Cupcake Couture looks like so much fun. I love cupcakes and these are the cutest! I want to go right now lol. What an absolutely adorable puppy. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas gorgeous.


  10. christina December 29, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    thank god you got the calendar. i almost pissed my pants when yuo said you met your mercury quota.

  11. TheHealthyApron December 29, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Ok you have me drooling with that cupcake! hang in there with the job thing! It will all work out for the best! You have to do what is best for you!

  12. Monique December 29, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    its not a holiday if there isnt a little bit of drama! sorry it had some lows…but all the more to make 2011 kick ass!

    Dude Mickey looks like such a cuddler! Can i have some of those mickey cuddles?? :0)

    The cupcake place looks amazing!

    You know, christmas day totally sucked for me too. But i went out to din din with the dude and his gift rocked my socks off. amazing food and good company turned it out.

    2011 is gonna be awesome.

    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

      What is this gift you speak of??

      Mickey is such a cuddler and loves to give kisses. Plus he is voluptuous unlike Lincoln who I feel like I could break when we cuddle.

  13. genesis December 29, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    i just caught up on the work stuff and you and i are on the same boat. im literally on the verge of quitting but because i dont have that much saved i need to suck it up. i do have an extra part time job starting this weekend so that i can have some extra $$$. also the work environment has changed so much and i think its time for me to move on. im just waiting for the right moment. hang in there girl.

    i love your presents and that cupcake definitely screams ECSTASY!

    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

      Sucks doesn’t it? The money is my main issue. I am going to try to save as much as I can and pay off some credit cards but I feel like I am going to have to withdrawl from my 401K which just blows. What’s the new pt job??

  14. Meri @ merigoesround December 29, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    urgh, sorry about the holiday drama! no one likes that!

    On a lighter note, your pup is too too cute! And I am going to put Cupcake Couture on my restaurant list!


    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

      Thanks, I’ll let Mickey know, he loves the compliments 🙂

  15. Laury @thefitnessdish December 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Sorry you had a little rough start to Xmas, I wear my heart on my sleeve too. When something is bothering me all you need to say is “whats wrong” and I break.

    Mickey is SOOO SOOO cute 🙂

    Thanks so much for the love from you and Linky. Munchkin and I truly appreciate it. He is going to be OK. We were at the vet all morning, and the ended up getting it out without surgery, thank God!!!


    • simplyshaka December 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

      It’s horrible, I never used to break like that and now just like you said, someone asks me “What’s wrong?” and the tears start flowing and every emotion I have comes out!

  16. Katherine: Unemployed December 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Oh my! I love this post! What fun you have had 🙂 I so wish I could have been the third/fourth wheel on the outing haha I love the pic of you eating too. So cute!

  17. Kace December 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Sorry about all the drama. But your sister is right; no amount of money is worth making your life miserable and unhappy. Everything happens for a reason…. maybe you’ll find your dream job? Fingers crossed for you!

  18. janetha @ meals and moves December 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    oh my. i love mickey. and that owl thing?! my friend has the same artwork on his wall! whenever i get drunk at his house i try to steal it.

  19. Ashleigh December 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    It’s really tough when your parents don’t support you, but you have to do what’s best for you! Plus, at least you have some money saved..or in your 401k.

    I want Mickey. OMG he is adorable!!

  20. Katie H. December 30, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    omg that owl pic in the ladies room is the oddest thing ever. So random!

    Okay Mickey is adorable. I love dogs!

    I am so happy that your sister was there to make you feel better. It sounds like she gave you the advice that you needed to hear 🙂

  21. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    ugh I feel your pain. I’ve been unemployed (from full-time work) since October 2009 and my parents really stress about it. I decided not to go back to banking and to pursue a career in Education which requires a year of student teaching (and not getting paid.) It’s been worth it but so stressful!!!

    Coke or cherry slurpees are my favorite! Love them.

    I love owls too. So cute!

    I cried on Christmas morning because I was so stressed. Fun times!

    • simplyshaka January 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      I’m glad you’ve found something you love 🙂


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