Power Rangers, Sharks, Butterflies

Ahhh, Oxford, Ohio! Home of Miami University of Ohio! Home of throngs of bros who wear sports jerseys every Saturday because…? Home of Green Beer Day – not to be confused with St. Patrick’s Day –  the Thursday before Spring Break in which the bars open at 5AM and students drink green beer all day.

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It could be renamed Green Vomit-on-the-Street Day.

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But my favorite part about Oxford is how easy it is to meet people.

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You want a friend? You can drive down to the Kroger for the Friday night wine tasting and befriend everyone in town. I’m not joking about this.

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I met my best friend in Oxford at the farmer’s market (KHW in the house!).

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It’s the kind of place where if you are walking your dog at a park and you end up in stride with someone else walking their dog, you start walking together. This has happened to me many times, the last time being yesterday.

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I’m afraid if we move back to Seattle I’ll greatly miss this kind of instant camaraderie.

DSC_0103Back when I was on maternity leave, I asked an online Oxford, Ohio, parent group if anyone needed a cake made. I thought, hey, I want to make cakes for this blog, but I don’t want to throw them away or eat them myself, so maybe I should find people to give them away to.

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And, in Oxford, Ohio, fashion, a bunch of people responded. In fact, I ended up getting more requests than I could handle. BUT I did make three children’s birthday cakes. (And of course, one Star Wars cake).

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I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I was hoping that I would get requests like: “Kate, can you make a cake with Jeff Goldblum riding Falcore?” or “We’d really love a cake with Alf on it” or “I’m throwing a Strangers with Candy party. Could you make a Jerry Blank cake?”

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But that’s not what happened. I guess kids these days are into Power Rangers, butterflies, and sharks!

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I definitely enjoyed making the children’s birthday cakes, but I’m glad that I don’t have any more that I’ve committed to. More time for the cakes I want to make!

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Speaking of which – next Thursday is Green Beer Day! And you know what?! I’m going to make a cake for it! Stay tuned…

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