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I love cupcakes. I buy them at the store every once in a while and I bought a muffin tin last week so I thought I’d try to make my own. I got a mix for the cakes, but all the pre-made frosting at the store had trans fats in them (why?) So I thought, how hard could it be to make frosting? I wanted a creamy frosting that didn’t use shortening and I found a recipe on It called for flour, ok a little weird but it promised creamy frosting. I made it and it was weird. You can taste the flour. Bleh. They look pretty good though. I’m now on a search for a non-yucky frosting for my next attempt.


How Sassy Changed My Life, the book

Wow! just saw a mention of the book How Sassy Changed My Life on Looks like someone made a book about the rise and fall of the former great teen magazine, Sassy.

In 1993 I was chosen to be one of the photographer’s for that year’s Sassy Reader Produced Issue. Every year they would set aside one issue to be written, styled, photographed, modeled, designed etc. by all readers. They flew us out to New York where we spent a week picking out clothes, doing photo shoots, hitting the town. It was fun, not quite as glamourous as I had imagined, and I naively thought it would be a big break for me.

In the end, my career has turned to graphic design and illustration, which I love! I’m glad I was I was lucky enough to be chosen.

Here’s me and the other contributers in that issue.


Some of my photos from the issue.


The Long Way Round

We finished watching The Long Way Round last night. It’s a documentary following actors Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman as they travel by motorcycle from London through Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, Alaska, Canada through the states to New York. I’m not all that into motorcycles, but it didn’t matter, the trip is amazing. They met many people throughout the world that helped them out even though many of them had no idea who they were. It’s a pretty amazing show and I highly recommend it.
They were in Illinois and stopped in Naperville to see one of the cameramen's Mom's.
Here are some photos from their website including this one from their stop in Naperville, Illinois to visit the mother of their camerman, James Simak.
We rented the DVD’s from Netflix but the website says the show was on in the U.S. on Bravo a couple of years ago. I also just found out that it’s currently being shown on the Fox Reality channel.

The Long Way Round
website says they are planning a new trip from Scotland to South Africa. That should be a good one too. Can’t wait.

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