While my passion for my work in the Asia Pacific Microsoft Dynamics GP Support Team as an Escalation Engineer as well as products I have developed and my recent "pet projects" (The Support Debugging Tool and Menus for Visual Studio Tools) are what most people see. This is only one aspect of my life. I have a beautiful and intelligent wife, Jennifer, and two great sons, Aaron (12 now 13) and Rohan (11 now 12).
My family life is something very important to me and hiding in that part of my life is one of my (previously) secret talents. My wife bakes the best tasting Birthday cakes for my kids, but she does not have the patience to decorate them more than coating them with a delicious butter icing. On the other hand, as a nerdy developer, I have lots of patience, an eye for detail and I am a perfectionist. So my wife and I have developed a tag team approach to Birthday cakes. She bakes the cake(s) and makes the icing and then I shape and decorate to create the final product.
In summary, Jennifer is responsible for how the cake tastes and I am responsible for how it looks.
I mentioned my cakes in passing to Mariano Gomez and he suggested that this hidden talent could be the subject of a fun post. You never know, it might surprise a few people. Here are the cakes I have made over the years:
Rohan's 4th Birthday Cake - Thunderbird 4 (Thunderbirds are go!)
Rohan's 6th Birthday Cake - Pirate Ship
Aaron's 9th Birthday Cake - Herbie
Rohan's 8th Birthday Cake - Race Track
Aaron's 10th Birthday Cake - Cars
Rohan's 9th Birthday Cake - Chicken (based on a drawing by Rohan)
Rohan's 10th Birthday Cake - Halo Scorpion Tank
Rohan's 11th Birthday Cake - Piano
Aaron's 13th Birthday Cake - Transformers
Rohan's 12th Birthday Cake - Turntable
Aaron's 15th Birthday Cake - Portal 2 Weighted Companion Cube
Maybe, if I ever decide I need a career change, this could be it!!!
For those of you who would like the recipe for the cake used it is attached to the bottom of this post.
Let me know what you think.
19-Mar-2009: Added Rohan's 11th Birthday Cake.
14-Jul-2009: Added Aaron's 13th Birthday Cake.
09-Mar-2010: Added Rohan's 12th Birthday Cake.
24-Jun-2010: Added Aaron's 15th Birthday Cake.