Monday, March 1, 2010

It's Like A Fried Twinkie

Last Friday morning I went to my writer’s meeting. After our critique session, we went to lunch at this wonderful little fish place. As I ordered, I noticed they had fried Twinkies. I’ve heard how good they are, so I ordered one for all of us to share. It looked very decadent with powdered sugar sprinkled on it and raspberry icing drizzled over the top. I could hardly wait. And then I had a bite…

Cut to Saturday:
Because I’d sent the latest revisions of my next book to my editor and I had a free weekend, I thought I’d move my office to the library and move the library into my office (remember several weeks ago when I blogged that my hubby gave me this beautiful white board, but it didn’t fit in my office?). You have to remember I’ve been writing in my office for many, many years, and I had all sorts of magazines, CD’s, and notes squirreled away in hidden places. It took me a while to sort through those, and then there was the big job of moving my desk. See now here’s the deal…years ago my wonderful corner-computer desk was assembled in my office. No one has tried to move it to another room. Bruce (my hubby) and I realized there was no way we could get the desk out no matter which way we turned it--upside down, backwards, or sideways--that desk was not coming out. Then we tried to move the desk within the office, so I could utilize the only wall the white board would fit on and that didn't work. Finally, we had to admit we had to take the desk apart to move it out.

After several banged fingers and stubbed toes, we finally had the desk apart and put back together in it’s new home. Next came moving the book shelves out of the library, which meant taking ALL the books out, wrangling the book cases from one room to another and then putting all the books back. I actually enjoyed this. Wiping off books that I love to read and placing them in their new home was like meeting old friends again. With the books moved, we could then tackle hanging the white board.

Here’s the thing about hanging a white board that’s four-feet high and six-feet wide—you have to measure EVERYTHING: from floor to ceiling and from wall to wall. And then it’s a pretty good idea to have the instructions for hanging the white board match the J-hooks and screws that come with it. Not the case for us. Thank goodness Bruce is pretty handy with improvising. After a very long day the white board was hung, my desk was in place, but there were piles and piles of books and papers in my new office that I had to put away. I decided to save it for another day.

Now cut back to the Twinkie:
A fried Twinkie sounds really good, doesn’t it? I love Twinkies, the moist yellow cake and creamy center. And I like some fried foods as long as they're not greasy and the fried Twinkie with the powdered sugar and raspberry icing look sooooo very good. But I took a bite and found I was disappointed. Then I thought it was because I didn’t get some of the creamy center. So, of course,I tried again, and found the cream didn’t help that much.

You may ask, how could a fried Twinkie and moving my office have anything in common? Well, moving my office sounded like a good idea until I rolled up my sleeves and got to work, and then I realized what a royal pain in the neck it turned out to be. It’s like a fried Twinkie—it sounded good but when I took a bite not so much.

However, I must say as I sit here writing my blog with not only my beautiful whiteboard but also a pretty view out my new office window, I think moving my office is better than a Twinkie fried or plain.:0)

12 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm so disappointed. A fried Twinkie sounded wonderful!

    Glad your office move turned out better than the Twinkie.

    By the way ... love your new blog background!

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  2. Cindy: you know, it could be the way they cooked it, but the inside was gooey. I might try it at a different place. But I hope I never have to move my desk again. :)

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  3. Oh...and Cindy, I'm glad you like my new background! Thanks!

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  4. I had wondered about the fried Twinkies. Don't think I'll try one now. I've also heard fried Snickers are suppose to be good, but I'm no so sure of that either.

    Moving a desk or office is a job I definitely don't want to undertake. (Too much stuff to move.) Glad yours turned out great.

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  5. When is an office like a fried Twinkie? Haha! I like it. I think my problem with a big project is that I love the idea of it, and I love actually tackling it. For about 10 minutes. I love painting a room. For about 10 minutes. And then reality sets in. But you got through it... and it's probably best you didn't try to get through the fried twinkie. At the Orange County Fair, they have the weirdest things fried and served with ice cream. Fried Pop Tarts! How disgusting does that sound? Deep-fried Krispy Kreme sandwiches. I suppose that one is a take on a Monte Cristo, but ewwww!

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  6. Sorry about the fried twinkie but I am drooling about that office! Oh, the white board!

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  7. Mason, I've heard of fried Snickers. Sounds odd, but I'd try it, once. What's not to like-- chocolate and fried food all in one? :)

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  8. Victoria, you know a fried Pop Tart without the icing, might be pretty good. I was hooked on Pop Tarts for quite a while. I finally kicked the habit. After my Twinkie experience, I don't know about the Krispy Kreme sandwich. I agree, ewww!

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  9. L.T., the white board is gorgeous! I'm anxious to do a timeline on my next book. I'll have to take a picture when I'm done. :)

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  10. Yes! Post a photo when you finish. Since we moved here last year, I don't have room for my two smaller white boards either because my office is the living room and has only two walls - one with windows and one filled with bookshelves. The other opens onto the entry and the other end of the big room is our dining room. Too bad about the fried Twinkie :(

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  11. Carol, before my kids moved out I had to have my office in the living room, too. In fact, at one time our house was so full, I put my computer in my bedroom's walk-in closet. Sounds awful, but I was quite cozy. Wrote some good stuff in there where no one could find me. :) I'll see what I can do about the photo. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. This is the type of post on my blog I like to call, Ramblings of a bag lady. Because even when you think there's no point to your post, you're able to round it out with the perfect analogy. Too cute. And no, I'm not commenting because I have to, it's because I want to. Have you ever had fried cheesecake. Holy Lipstick on a Pig Batman! that stuff is good.

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