July Hiatus

Samus helps fold blankets.

July overall is going to prove a very busy month for me. I barely have time to read for enjoyment thanks to school. It’s leaving me with little creativity currently so I thought I would take a month to recharge my blog batteries. Vacation should help with that and I will be very hard pressed not to pop on here and post about it but I’m going to try. August should see school done for a couple of weeks and then I shall return to posting.

I WILL be hopping on to read everyone else’s blogs though. You guys post a lot of fun things and I don’t want to miss out on the fun.

I hope July is fantastic for all of you and I come back in August with a blogging vengeance. ❤

Sugar and Scream will remain active.

Coffee & a Chat – Cat Papers

Good morning folks. It’s your favorite person, the perpetually tired Cupcakes & Machetes. I’m here to ask you; Does WordPress get more and more stupid to use every time you log on?

Because it feels that way to me.

Not really a lot going on here. Just trying to recover from one the worst work weeks I’ve had in a long time and I have mid-terms for Accounting coming up this week so it might be quiet here for a moment.

I’m VERY slowly making my way through Pet Sematary for a buddy read with Ms. Moth.

Picked up a couple of ebooks for very cheap:

$1.99

$0.99

Mr. C&M and I are all caught up on Attack on Titan now until January. I’m not sure what our next watch will be.

We have a vacation coming up in July and I cannot wait. We need to escape for a bit and do some exploring and just plan old have fun.

I hope everyone else’s week was better than mine. ❤

Chribirmorial Day Book Haul

What the hell is Chribirmorial Day you ask? Well it’s what happens when a pandemic keeps you from seeing your BFF. It’s when you combine many holidays into one and party like you haven’t seen each other in 7 months. It’s Christmas + birthdays + Memorial Day.

We had a cook out at Ms. Moth‘s parents house, who, went above and beyond with the food. There was SO much and it was SO delicious.

We also had a puppy party. My dogs were introduced to her parents dog and it went really well. They’re chums now.

I felt absolutely revitalized after the weekend of fun, great food and fantastic people. Life was great. And then…….hell week at work. I don’t even have words for it. People are monsters.

Guess we’ll just have to plan another cook out.

Until then, I’m staying on my little piece of property. Staring lovingly at my new books Mr. and Mrs. Moth got me.

May Mini-Reviews

I read all of TWO books in May. I started school the second week and that has really ate up my free time. June 7th I begin my second class for the semester and it’s accelerated. Not sure why I did that to myself. I was feeling rather cocky I suppose.

3 out of 5 stars – Usually, even when I go years between a series’ books, I can still remember most of what happened. Not so much this time. But, I’m stubborn and refuse to go back and reread the first book. Either it will come back to me or it won’t. The main reason I enjoyed the first book so much was the great representation of a good female friendship. Here the two heroines are separated for the duration of the book. Overall, 3/4 of it was okay and the last 1/4 was actually pretty good. Undecided whether I will continue the series or just give up.

I ordered Stephen King’s Pet Sematary for a buddy read with Ignited Moth on our other blog, Sugar and Scream. It’s currently the only thing I want to read so I’m reading nothing until it arrives. :3

SPEAKING OF WHICH, I GET TO SEE MS. MOTH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE OCTOBER AT HER WEDDING!

I am ready to party with my favorite person. ❤

White Line Fever – Book Review

Published Date: January 1, 2004

Publishing Co.: Citadel

Pages: 309

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“Everything was going to be wonderful and huge women would get a hold of me and do things to me with raw carrots – you know, shit like that. Of course, it didn’t happen quite that way.”

There is nothing quite like reading the adventures of a heavy metal god. Because do not forget kids, Lemmy is God. *Winks at Grab the Lapels*

Since the day he was born, Lemmy was bound to be different. I mean, he was Born to Raise Hell and he did it well. He always marched to the beat of a different drum and they were rock and roll drums. (Heavy metal drums did not exist yet.) Raised in the birthplace of the rock scene, Lemmy has tales to tell about bands that have long since been forgotten or remained infamous for all time. He had to tell their stories because Dead Men Tell No Tales.

You see what I’m doing here?

I’m not going to promise to stop because I have No Class.

There are definitely problematic things here. Lemmy admits them, but also excuses them, like sex with 16-year-olds back when no one cared about such things. I am not sure that is actually the case but this was before I was alive so it’s probably true to a degree.

This book covers his life up until around 2002 and he never wrote more about it despite continuing his adventures until he was Killed by Death in 2015.

I’m So Bad.

I Ain’t No Nice Guy.

White Line Fever is everything that you think it would be. Fast paced, drug riddled, sex laced, vulgar, rock and roll gold.

Coffee & a Chat – Study Buddy

Zelda cheering me on.

It’s actually well past coffee time. Although, I’ve met people that coffee time is also 10 pm. However, for myself, if I drink it anytime after 5 pm, I’m up half the night. It’s approaching dinner time here, I meant to post this earlier, but I decided to do schoolwork first and that led to hours of frustration.

I’m good now. I didn’t realize I was missing a whole section of my digital textbook/workbook, now I know why it took so long to be successful with my homework. I DIDN’T HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION.

Now that I have that figured out, I’m going to start all over again and get back on track.

It’s only been one week since I started school but I can foresee this is my life now lol. Work, school, finishing bathroom and then sometimes, there might be room for other stuff.

Currently reading:

Currently watching: Mr. C&M and I just started this for the first time and we are invested after only 6 or 7 episodes.

Did you get your taxes done on time?! We turned ours in months ago and still haven’t received anything. Sounds like that’s par for the course this year though.

Chocolate Cupcake w/French Vanilla Frosting

Cupcake made cupcakes!

I actually need more cupcakes in my life and after finding this stellar chocolate cake recipe, they will definitely happen more often.

It was a different method combining ingredients than I’m used to, and the batter was strangely thin, but oh it’s so delicious.

Recipe here.

I didn’t use the frosting recipe that is on the website. I used Ignited Moth’s tried and true light whipped frosting recipe.

1 package instant pudding mix (any flavor)

Milk

1 tub cool whip

Use just enough milk to make a paste of the pudding mix, then fold in half the tub of cool whip. Taste test. Add more cool whip to preference.

Bathroom Remodel Part 1

Part 2 might take awhile to get to you because this is exhausting. There is no part of me that wants to work a full day at my job and then come home and work on the bathroom. This weekend I will finally start taping and mudding while my husband in class to get certified to ride his motorcycle.

I didn’t get a before picture of the bathroom before my dad went all Godzilla and just started tearing it apart, but it was a bad bathroom. It was the only room in the house I was embarrassed to show people and we only have the one. There was a cast iron tub that your knees almost touched while you were on the toilet and two people had to squeeze past each other if you needed to be in the bathroom at the same time. So tore the whole thing out, right down to the studs. (Plaster walls were fun to destroy.)

It felt good to tear everything out except the cast iron tub. That required a LOT of effort with a sledgehammer.

The old tub/shower just had a very old plastic insert lining the walls. We got fancy with some tiles:

If I can avoid tile work for the rest of my life, I probably will. At the same time, it looks SO much nicer.

You know you’re an adult when you get super pumped for new floors (previously linoleum) AND a new toilet:

That’s the progress on the bathroom thus far, the thing keeping me away so much for the past few weeks.

Like I said, now we just have to tape, mud, primer, paint and install the new sink.

Now that I’ve listed that out, it seems like a lot.

Sugar and Scream Blog Launch

Oh that’s right kiddos. The terrible twosome have united once again to rain horror, science fiction and fantasy down on your heads! (That’s myself and Ignited Moth if you hadn’t figured that out already.)

If you’re looking for a monstrously good time, rest assured, you’ve come to the right place. We’re two best friends with a sisterhood forged in the Unholy Trinity that is Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. When we’re not busy devouring books, we’re cooking up sinisterly scrumptious baked goods and other delights (and sometimes horrors) in our kitchens. Expect the unexpected, because we like to shake things up. Our blog is its own Frankenstein’s Monster of our own hobbies and passions all stitched together into one glorious abomination that encompasses everything from what we’re reading and watching, to the hobbies we’re working on, our adventures in baking, and plenty more!”

FOLLOW THE DELICIOUS CHAOS HERE.