Josh and I just returned from a whirlwind visit to Iowa. When Josh’s boss heard about our travel pans he persuaded Josh to use the Cessna 182 instead of driving. It cut our travel time in half. These chips just couldn’t take the “pressure” of a long flight, so I ate them up:)
We arrive in the late afternoon. We were warmly greeted by Dianne, January, and the boys. The boys had fun helping Josh push the plane into its parking space. I was too busy giving hugs and talking to think to take a picture. Too bad… it was cute.
We spent an hour or so at a local park, January and I talking, Dianne and Josh playing with the boys. Afterward, we headed back to Bill and Dianne’s to make supper. Taco salad: Dianne adds minced carrots, celery, and bell pepper to her beef as it browns. It was awesome! Haha… now I have another way to force feed Josh veggies!
After dinner, Dianne and I finished mulching the second half of the landscaping. She had started a few days before and was happy to have help in finishing things up.
We spent the early part of the day at the house… tasking, eating, talking, and eating some more. During which time, I was able to finish Mom’s afghan, which now needs its very own post:)
Bill left for work around three. Josh, Dianne, and I headed to the airport for a Josh planned day trip.
Dianne got a flight lesson, on our way to Marion, Iowa.
We took the crew car to a local mall. Our first stop was Famous Footwear. Remember the shoes we bought in PA, during our visit? Josh exchanged his for something that fit his foot better and I ended up returning the black pair of Crocs sandals, they were a touch small and the location in Iowa didn’t carry anything for which I wanted to exchange them. Next Dianne and I went purse hunting, while Josh did some much needed shirt shopping.
We never did find a purse, but we did get hungry. We had dinner at HoHot, which is a Mongolian Grill where you make your own stir fry by going to a series of buffets. The first stop had frozen meats and noodles, the second had fresh vegetables, and the third had sauces. Finally, we gave our bowls to the cook, who dumped it onto a huge round grill and cooked it right before our eyes. It was awesome and very yummy! I had three helpings:)
Bill and Dianne gave us a ride to the airport early in the morning. We arrived home to find the fridge on the fritz. Water was dripping from its platform onto the floor and making quite a mess of things. Josh and I worked quickly to move all the things into the other refrigerator and freezer. Sadly, when condensing frozen things we had to evict our Anniversary Cake from the freezer.
Journey of a Cake
Our wedding cake began its journey at our wedding September 13, 2015. After the fun and games were through, the small white box containing our Anniversary Cake was packed by the Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins with the rest of the remaining food, decorations, and games. The mess was dumped at Carmin’s house, and Jamie set the Anniversary Cake aside where it would be safe. It was carefully wrapped as directed on the little white box: in foil and plastic. Then, placed in the freezer.
After two days of packing a U-Haul, the cake was placed in a cooler for the Journey to Texas. Josh and I googled dry ice, but couldn’t find any being sold in PA or OH, that corresponded with the route of our journey, so we added a bag of ice to the cooler.
The ice was drained and replaced diligently, until one fateful night when we forget to drain the water before bed. There was nearly two inches of water in the cooler by morning and the sogginess of the little white box suggested that the cake was also soggy. Josh wanted to scrap the cake, but sentimental Brandy refused to part with it.
Finally, we arrived at our new apartment. The first thing unpacked was the Anniversary Cake. It was restored to its proper place in a freezer. There it remained until six months later, when we moved to the Austin area. Once more, it was loaded into a cooler as it made the flight to its new home. Again, Josh suggested discarding the Anniversary Cake, but Brandy refused. The cake was one again placed in the freezer with care.
We arrived home from a visit to Iowa, to discover the secondary refrigerator had stopped working. Lucily, we were able to save most of the food within. However, when condensing the contents of two freezers into one, Josh again suggested discarding the Anniversary Cake. Brandy wouldn’t let him toss it out, but decided to thaw it instead even through our one year anniversary is still two weeks away.
Despite Josh’s protests of horror, Brandy ate some of the cake. The bottom half inch had to be discarded. It was water logged and nasty. The rest of the cake tasted wonderful. It was filled with the jam that was meant to be in the wedding cake. I am now more convinced than ever that another couple had our strawberry jam in their cake instead:( Oh well, the cake was still yummy even though they messed up our order.