Yesterday I tried to bake a cake. I say ‘tried’ because although in the past I used to bake a lot, I am obviously out of practice. In the mood for comfort food with the rain coming down outside and thinking it would be nice for the kids to wake up to the smell of freshly baked anything, I baked a chocolate chip loaf. After 30 minutes, I stuck a knitting needle in it to see if it was done, and it came out clean as a whistle. So I took the cake  out of the oven, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then turned it over on a cooling rack. Next thing you know, I see raw cake dough dripping in butter  and studded with chocolate chips oozing out of the loaf. It obviously was still raw.   I guess I should stick to writing. Either that or spend more time practicing my baking.   Writing and baking are kind of similar – you have to practice often to get good at it, and if you are not careful you could end up with a gooey mess. Luckily, you can always start over…

Thanks to all who wrote in for a try at getting a free copy of Geek Dad.  The winner is  Garry MacPhail, an advocate in the UK.  I loved all your comments, but his ‘retro geek dad’ description really hit a nerve:

“Being a retro geek dad this is just up my street – why should if fall into my palm? Three reasons why: –  I still own a Thinkpad T22.  I refuse to pollute the air with petrol fumes – I ride a bike (classic Geek mode of transport) and yes I tuck my pants in my socks – last but not least – My Christmas would be complete .   Thanks for the post Chantal”

I’m a bit over  40 so retro is comforting, but the image of having his shirt tucked into his socks really is hilarious!

I’m sure Garry will  be more accomplished  with his  Geek Dad projects than I was with my baking yesterday.  Let us know how it goes, Garry!