11 1/2 hours…In September

As many people did last year and into the beginning of this year, vacations were staycations. We’re all getting very restless at this point and with the Delta variant starting to surge in many areas of the country, it’s at the point of travel at your own risk. I wear a mask still, even though I do have the vaccine. My mom has the vaccine but she also babysits my niece & nephew who are both too young to get the vaccine. That why I do it still.

Jason and I have talked about doing a roadtrip because we usually travel at least a few times during the year and last year we did none of that. We’re going to be traveling with masks and everything to be safe, and we’re not taking a plane. We’re driving. We had talked about just going to Cincinnati because it’s close and I’ve honestly never really been to the city, just through the city.

So we’re going to Salem (MA)! I booked a hotel that will be free if we have to cancel – if we feel it’s beginning to not be safe for any kind of travel. It seems to be within a good distance of everything so we should be able to walk the whole area.

Most of the things we’re going to be doing in Salem are things outdoors, there seems to be a lot of green space in Salem – as well as the monuments for the witch trials.

I’ve looked through some restaurants and I haven’t added any to the map yet. Since Salem is on the water, it’s a very seafood heavy area. We always do a “date night” dinner and spend what we normally wouldn’t spend on a dinner. I’m having such a hard time finding a place like that where I’ll be able to get something besides salad. I may have to suck it up and just get a salad so we can go somewhere nicer. I have found a couple other places to eat – such as brunch and a regular lunch. I still have to find a brewery or two for Jason to try some beers at.

Since we’re driving we’re going to be leaving September 9th after he finishes work – so around 6pm or 7pm. We’re going to stop halfway and stay in a hotel. So we’ll get to our hotel some time the following afternoon. We’re going to stay the 10th & 11th and leave for home the afternoon of the 12th – and do the same on the way home. Stay in a random hotel and finish the drive on the 13th. He used this special website that adds time to charge the car. It added under an hour to the trip, so in total the trip is around 11 1/2 hours. It should be a fun trip though!

Running For The Stars

Finally Spring

The weather has finally made the turn to spring! I’m happy for it, but my allergies on the other hand…yeah. I have a zipper pouch in my work bag that’s full of allergy pills and I have to take at least a couple just while I’m at work. I work by the back door, which is where everyone goes out for smoke breaks and where the trucks come in. This means that door is used all day long and there’s a small area of trees behind us…so I’m dead by noon if I’m not taking anything. Continue reading “Running For The Stars”

Growing Pains

This isn’t going to be an exciting post, it’s just one of those “hey, I’m alive and this is what I’ve been doing” posts. Considering I’m doing this post, this also means pictures!

First off, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is my current go to. When I only had Netflix they had a few seasons, but they were all newer seasons. Well we signed up for Hulu and they have ALL the seasons, including the current season. I love that they add new episodes weekly, but I seriously need them to stop so I can at least make it to the half way point. The good thing is, I have around 290 episodes left. That means I’ve watched over 100 so far. It’s just going to take me so long to get caught up. Continue reading “Growing Pains”

Blog Life Crisis

My first post on Cats And Cakes! Kind of scary, but excited at the same time. 

I started blogging at my old domain – stupid-eyed.net – when I was around 18 years old. I’m 30 now, and a lot has changed. I thought it was time for my domain to catch up with me and go through a change as well. That’s where CatsAndCakes.Net comes in. 

The name of my new site is simple – I’m a cat lady and I love baking. It’s totally me. I have to say I have a thank you to give to Christine for helping narrow down my choices. Once I had them narrowed down, I asked a few more people. Basically I took a poll to see which domain sounded more like me. Doing that works – but make sure all the ideas you’re using, you love. I had to stay away from using anything horror related in the name…I mean bloody cats…that sounds bad. 

I’ve quietly spent the past few days building the site, narrowing down what things I want to keep, and getting ready to add more things. I know it’s kind of bare right now, but that will change in the coming weeks.

I’m rebuilding my recipes from scratch – just starting over with all the recipes I have. This should make my boyfriend happy because it means I’ll be cooking dinner every night during the week. This also means trying new things – which sometimes isn’t that great. 

I’m still working on the travel main page, but I do have all the pictures uploaded. This also means I finally have all my Florida vacation pictures up! You can see my pictures from Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Universal Studios! I look forward to my next trip: Chicago E2E2 in April!

When it comes to posts on here, I’m going to have one day a month that’s a photo post. Meaning, I just blast you guys with pictures I’ve taken over the past month. It should be fun to do! I’ll also have one day that’s a movie day – pretty much the same idea as the photo post. This will leave me a lot of room to be able to post more personal things during the weeks. I have a list of ideas for posts I want to do and honestly I could sit down and write at least three posts today! That shows you how happy I am to start over with this new blog. 

If you have my link on your sites, please update it! Don’t worry, this will be the only update of my link you’ll have to do for the next 10 years. 


Now that I have all of the info about the new domain finished, I can talk a little about what’s been going on lately. 

As I said before I’ve been cooking at least 4 nights a week. This month I already have the dishes wrote on our kitchen calendar. Tonight we’re going to have a quinoa bowl with roasted chickpeas. What can I say, food makes me happy. And I’m going to make two little berry cobblers to celebrate something – which I’ll get in to soon. This week we’ll be eating a lot of Mexican spiced foods. This is very unusual for me, but not for my boyfriends. He loves Mexican food. I’m already trying to get some ideas together for next weeks menu – one of them being soup because of the weather. 

Do you have a suggestion for a recipe I should try?

The weather has been…annoying. Today from 4am to around 11am it snowed at least 3 inches – I’m sure it snowed more than that. I was at work – I got there at 4:30am. We were so dead I was watching people pull into the parking lot – the few people who came in. One car turned totally around because he was flying while he was trying to turn in. I was so worried he was going to hit the handicap parking sign. To my surprise, he didn’t hit anything. I left work a little after 11am and it took me nearly an hour to walk home – the walk usually takes me around a half hour. No was was out to shovel their sidewalks, so I was walking in snow that was up over my boots. When I got home and took my boots off there was snow stuck to my socks. We’re suppose to go to Cleveland tomorrow night for a concert and I’ve been watching to see if it gets canceled. 

I finally have my permit! Yeah, I know I’m weird. I’m 30 and haven’t drove – but I’m working on it. So far I’ve drove the car once and it was at night. The road we live on isn’t really busy, but there are a few people who park on the road. I think I did pretty well. I’m so scared to drive in an area where I’ll be around other moving cars. That’s what scares me the most. I guess the good thing about trying to get all of this done around this time of year is the fact of filing taxes and having that money back when I need to buy a car. That’s the idea for my tax return – but since my insurance was cut off I have to use some of it to get an eye exam and new glasses.

As I mentioned before we’re celebrating something tonight! We’re celebrating the fact that I’ll be putting in my 2 weeks notice at work tomorrow morning!! I’ve been working at the same place since 2014. I moved up to become a shirt supervisor and turned down the offer to become an assistant manager. I’m leaving all of that – but I’m also leaving a restaurant manager who doesn’t pull his weight. On February 14th I’ll be going through orientation to become a prep cook for Fat Heads Brewery! I don’t know anything about beer and well I don’t like beer, but hey I like to cook! A few of you may know I’ve been trying to leave my current job and get into an actual kitchen. Well, I finally made it! I’m so excited to make this huge move. There are a few coworks I’m going to miss so much too, but I need to do this for myself. The chef I’ll be working with was a lot of fun to interview with and he was just so easy to talk to – I look forward to working with him. 

I’m excited for this new chapter in my blogging life! So much is changing at the same time and it feels amazing!