Friday, July 26, 2013

Glumfetti cupcakes, serial killers and Starbuck's!

Today was billed as Funfetti Cupcake Day! Be ready!  How upbeat and positive.  We were looking forward to a special treat.  Unfortunately our Funfetti baker was having a bad day.  In fact, we think it was a bad week overall.  Needless to say despite trying to keep the fun in funfetti by even singing a verse of "Put on a Happy Face" and "When you're smiling!" to our no longer enthusiastic friend, the tone stayed downbeat!  Our colleague remained rather glum and thus funfetti became glumfetti. We think the glumness had to do with failed western blots or something else related to research.  When you consider that this is the first experience with research at the very beginning of any kind of science career, continuing on this path would probably not be good for the emotional health of our glum comrade.  This clearly has to factor into any professional decisions to be made.

This is what we were expecting!!     

Initially this is what we got!
Nothing that Betty Crocker can't handle!
And this was the final presentation!

These did not meet expectations given the first pic!
It's because I'm glum and would rather be alone!
Nonetheless there were funfetti cupcakes that had been baked but needed to be frosted. Out came a can of Betty Crocker frosting which was promptly swabbed onto the cupcakes to complete the treat. This was probably not the most precisely prepared cake hour offering but since it was now glumfetti our expectations were pretty low.  The cupcakes were fine and the frosting tasted like Betty Crocker frosting always does.  
For added fun we found some ice cream!

One of these days we'll try to figure out what the big deal about Funfetti is. Throw a few artificially colored candy pieces into cake better and it becomes a taste sensation?  Hardly.
Sure it's a gimmick, but it's fun!
In conjunction with the glumfest our conversation turned to the macabre. Somehow we got on the subject of serial killers. This was partly due to the recent event in Boston where a young woman was abducted and found later dead. Although she was out with the perp other folks were unable to help her. This prompted the advice to the young people assembled to make sure they draw attention to themselves in any questionable situation.  This was reinforced by a "Designing Women" episode back in the 80s. See:
They learned how to Stand and Fight!

Talk also migrated to TV shows like "Criminal Minds" and from there to serial killers.  While watching these TV shows focusing on all these violent stories you are likely to be dismissive thinking such things are really going on to the extent that they are depicted.  Then you do a little research and find out that yes they are and that there have been some pretty gruesome serial killers. Another reason to be glum.  
They're out there!
Do serial killers like Starbucks Coffee? That question wasn't asked but somehow we went from mass murder to Starbucks.  The General Consensus was the Starbucks is okay and for some it is a favored place. There was agreement that it is fun to go to Starbucks and not use their names for sizes but rather order a small, medium or large.  Recently, in a Boston Starbucks, something that any normal person would call a sticky bun was desired.  When the "sticky bun" was ordered, the barista looked confused.  Further clarification was attempted by referring to it as a pecan roll or cinnamon roll followed by directions as to where it was in the case.  The barista still looked like he didn't know what was being referred to but finally pointed to it.  When told that was the it his response was "Oh, you meant the "Morning Bun." We'll be sure to continue to refer to is as a sticky bun or pecan roll because who else says "Morning Bun."  
It looks like a pecan roll/cinnamon role/sticky bun, but no it's a Morning Bun!
These are sticky buns!  Looks like your Morning Buns, Starbucks!
The serial killer connection with Starbucks might exist after all.  There is advice on the Internet reminding people in Starbucks not to piss off the baristas because there might be a serial killer behind the counter. There is also this quote in reference to baristas : "They stand there with smiles that can probably be pinned down to a serial killer’s wish to murder their customer, happily taking their drink order and processing it as quickly as possible."  Hmm, maybe we will call it a "Morning Bun" after all!
Call it a morning bun because I might be a serial killer!

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