2nd September, 2014

Friday Night Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
vanilla
1 egg
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 bag chocolate chips

  1. Grab the butter from the fridge. If you plan ahead you can set it on the counter to soften, but for speed, stick them in the microwave for 10 secondsimage
  2. Add brown sugar and white sugar and cream well. This is the part where you can taste a bit. Honestly, its part of the process. Don’t be shy now, take a nice big dollop. The butter and sugar melt in your mouth a perfect combination of sweet and fatty.imageimage

  3. Add the vanilla, about a spoonful, mix it in and taste again. Its funny how much of taste is smell.image

  4. Crack in that egg and mix aggressively until the bright yellow has been folded into the rest of the muted colors.image
  5. Alright, here goes, add that flour (and baking soda)! You can go a little at a time or all at once, either way stir until your arm starts to burn and then pass it on to a friend until all is well mixed.image

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  6. Last, stir in those chocolate chips and dollop out spoonfuls onto cookie sheets

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  7. Pop them into the oven at 350F for the time it takes to tell about your latest drunken escapades, or about 15 min
  8. Check if they’re golden brown around the edges, then take them out! even if they’re still mushy in the middle.image

  9. Leave them on the sheets for a few min and then use a spatula to transfer them to cooling racks for another few min, depending on how impatient your guests are.image
  10. Serve, with drinks and good company.

17th August, 2014

A fantastically fine day today I must say.  We went to Napa and hung out at my friend’s uncle’s ranch/vineyard and had a ridiculous amount of amazing food: burgers, onion rings, melon salad, beef bone marrow (something I never imagined I would try) and some amazing potato rolls, and cheese rolls.  Its kinda funny to go to wine country and not have any wine but I think that good music and good company is all I need.  A day with some of my closest friends just hanging out just makes me feel whole and complete (or maybe thats just my overstuffed stomach talking) but not a lot compares to driving along the highway, belting out Aretha Franklin on a warm summer night.

10th August, 2014

You know when a major character in a book dies and you feel like you’re mourning the loss of a close friend.  The first two books I sped through, but the third one, I just kept putting it down in frustration and walking around.  It was in a way painful to read because I felt like the characters were doing things that were just so wrong, I wanted to reach into the story and tell them “you’re being stupid!!”.  I will say that though I’m not a big fan of dystopian novels, these had a lot more nuance in them and I really liked how Roth showed her characters as not good, or evil, but simply people that make choices.  And I liked that the rebellions and various “wars” were not just good people fighting evil people, but a result of a struggle to govern themselves.  

You know when a major character in a book dies and you feel like you’re mourning the loss of a close friend.  The first two books I sped through, but the third one, I just kept putting it down in frustration and walking around.  It was in a way painful to read because I felt like the characters were doing things that were just so wrong, I wanted to reach into the story and tell them “you’re being stupid!!”.  
I will say that though I’m not a big fan of dystopian novels, these had a lot more nuance in them and I really liked how Roth showed her characters as not good, or evil, but simply people that make choices.  And I liked that the rebellions and various “wars” were not just good people fighting evil people, but a result of a struggle to govern themselves.  

1st August, 2014

“It’s not perfect, but it’s genuine”

30th July, 2014

Miss-spelled

Anyone who regularly reads this blog, has probably already noticed this, but I am a terrible speller.  I constantly misspell words—I had to re-type “misspell” just now.  I consider it different than your average terrible internet spelling because I know the difference between “your” and “you’re” and between “they’re” “their” and “there”, and “its” and “it’s”.  I know those common mistakes, but when a few years ago I was labeling a map of the United States, I misspelled more than a handful of the states.  Now, you may be thinking that I’ve always struggled with reading and have been just kind-of making it though, but that isn’t the case.  I’ve always been able to read easily and effortlessly.  With spelling, I did alright throughout elementary school but soon most assignments were typed and I could use spell-check and so the appearance of my spelling improved, but in reality it never did.  

These days, most of my close friends know that I’m a terrible speller, the evidence is in the text messages (and the aforementioned United States map) but I’ve been able to hide it from teachers, bosses, and co-workers.  Still it’s painful when I’m writing a short note and can’t use a word because I can’t remember how to spell it, and it’s embarrassing when others have to correct my spelling.  I’m afraid that my terrible spelling will hold me back from opportunities in my life.  So this is my vow to improve my spelling and I would love any suggestions on how to do so!!

29th July, 2014