So, has it really been 1 year and nearly 3 months since I last posted?! That is awful. I apologise profusely. There have been reasons for this though. No, I haven’t stopped baking but I guess life has kind of taken over now that there is no thesis. So what has been going down since I last wrote a post? I won’t bore you with each and every detail (of which there are many), I’ll keep this as a short update…So, let’s do this in chronological order. Firstly, I officially set up my own cake business! Connie’s Cake Emporium officially started trading last September (yes, this was the ‘exciting news’ I mentioned in the previous post!). It has been challenging at times trying to fit orders in around a practically full time job but it has been wonderful seeing the smiles on my customers’ faces! Orders come in fits and starts – it has been a really quiet summer but all of a sudden I have a lot going on in November…! It’s getting to the point where I have to start factoring sleep in to my diary…badtimes. I also have a table at an upcoming craft fair that I have to uber prep for – for more info on events, ‘like’ my facebook page or follow me on Twitter (@cakeemporium)!
Most importantly though…I BLOODY PASSED MY PHD! It was quite a long and drawn-out process as I didn’t have my viva until last November. I had some corrections to do which took me until June this year (turns out that there’s not a lot of time between working and eating and sleeping and baking) and then ta-da! My corrections got accepted and here I am! I graduate in December, which is a relief (my mum has been planning her outfit for, like, years). However, I am not too happy about having to reveal my massive head circumference again to Ede and Ravenscroft. The floppy hat that I get to wear will be epic. Plus, my hood is green and red –Christmas colours! How appropriate!
In job-related news… just after I submitted the final copy of my PhD I also managed to bagsy myself a new job! I know, talk about timing. I am now officially a curator and totally loving what I do. It’s really odd to think that I had this crazy idea in 2005 to work in museums and galleries…and here I am. I actually followed through for once (this doesn’t happen very often). So far, my new job has been everything that I expected and more; the 6.30am starts are horrific but my new colleagues are all wonderful. Sadly, I am no longer curating contemporary craft and I have come to realise how much I miss it and all the makers that I’ve met in the last 5 years. Hey ho, I suppose I will have to make up for it by wearing loads of designer-maker jewellery to work instead! *dons earrings, bangle, rings whilst typing*
In other news I’ve actually BEEN ON HOLIDAYS (note PLURAL) this year! I hadn’t travelled abroad since my epic Japan/Yale trip of 2009. Last Christmas (no, I didn’t give anyone my heart) my family treated me to a trip to Hong Kong and Beijing. Although strictly speaking I didn’t class it as a holiday as HK was visiting family and Beijing was a little bit like being on holiday with a bunch of holiday Nazis. Then came Japan (again) in September this year – FOR THE WEEKEND. Yes, you heard! 2.5 days of Japan and it was worth every second! Spain was next (last week) and it was great having some time to properly chillax (I don’t think I’ve done that since 2005) and soak up some rays (don’t worry, I slapped on the SPF 50). As a friend said: ‘Good grief, you don’t half get about!’ – ah why not I say! Now I just have to sell my soul to be able to afford a trip to Oz. Watch this space (in about a decade’s time – I do work in the arts darling).
So, that’s a brief update for the moment… I’ve got lots of exciting cake projects coming up so keep your eyes peeled for info and piccies! (I know you all miss those the most!)
My year (in brief) in cakes...
Pregnancies, births (not mine thank god!)
This 'Sporting Year' (am I allowed to say the 'O' word?!)
St Paddy's Day - Chocolate Guinness cupcakes