June 23, 2013

Daddy's 70th Birthday and the Amazing Laptop Cake!

Yesterday was my dad's 70th birthday, so we decided to throw him a little party to celebrate. 

He's usually not one for pomp and circumstance, so he wanted a small affair with only close friends, and "absolutely no presents," as he said. 

But his friends got around this arbitrary rule by giving him the best non-present present they could think of: a laptop cake with my dad's actual Wikipedia page on it! 

My dad is university professor in computer engineering and quantum physics, and apparently he's the only faculty member in his department to have his own Wikipedia page, so you can imagine how fun this was for him. 

It looked so real! 

They even got the Wikipedia page to look like a real website--look at the detail on the Wikipedia globe! 

The ironic thing is that they made a Mac, not knowing that my father has been a life-long disdainer of all things Apple. At least until recently, when he bought an iPad! 

My dad, pulling his usual antics, donned a pair of safety goggles just for laughs to cut the cake.

And with that little slice, the computer illusion was gone. 

But it wasn't just visually amazing, it was also delicious! A hazelnut cake with Nutella meringue frosting, it was the star of the show! 

His friends got the cake from Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, 
a bakery that specializes in custom cakes for special occasions. 

I highly recommend going to them for your novelty cake needs... just don't eat the fondant! 

June 15, 2013

Another Day at the Races!

Last Saturday was the 2013 Belmont Stakes--New York's premier horse race, and the third race in the Triple Crown (following the Kentucky Derby and the Maryland Preakness). 

So bedecked in our pretty dresses and hats we packed a picnic, got on the train, and trekked out to Queens, to see some horses! 

The whole day was a fantastic success! 

Several of us bet--and won!--on horses, and even when we lost we managed to have fun. 

Phil, our token dapper Gentleman.

Randomly a couple of guys I work with were there too!

We even managed to sneak in a birthday surprise for Andrea! 

Who really was surprised! 

The winning ticket! 

What had threatened to be a grey rainy day ended up a splendid sunny day! 

And finally, at the end of the night, it was time to put the hats to bed. 

Hope to see you there next year! 

June 14, 2013

A Sneak Peek at Beautiful Budapest!

I'm in Budapest for work this week, which is extremely exciting, because I'd never been before!

I'm swamped with both the conference I'm here to organize--and another concurrent deadline I have--so I won't have time to properly blog about it until I get back. But I thought in the mean time I'd give you a sneak peek at this beautiful city! 

Stay tuned for more! 

June 7, 2013


A couple of months ago I started on a sewing project--a mint peplum top and pencil skirt that when worn together look like a peplum dress--but after finishing the top, I never got around to making the skirt.

Then I found an amazing mint hat, which I'll be wearing to the Belmont tomorrow, so I decided to finish the outfit to match and wear all mint!

Last night I stayed up past my bedtime, catching up on Game of Thrones and finally finishing this skirt!

At first glance it looks like a dress...

but it's actually separates, so I can wear them individually. Win! 

Both top and skirt are entirely lined in mint silk, 

with pinked and bias bound seams.

There was a good deal of hand sewing, but with two seasons of Game of Thrones to catch up on, I kept myself busy. And there's something nice about knowing your garment is so well-finished on the inside.

With my matching hat and shoes, I'm all ready for a monochromatic day at the races! 

Now I just have to hope it won't rain tomorrow! 
Luckily my hat is big enough that even if it does, I'll stay dry :)