Archive | January, 2012

Grandma Sanders’ Chocolate Chip Cookies

31 Jan

Baking is what I do when I feel guilty for procrastinating and I feel like I need to do something productive. I avoid my homework and replace it with eggs and sugar and fat. Last night I made some extra delicious chocolate chip cookies. I brought some to a meeting at school this morning and was asked to post the recipe online. So here it is, straight from my grandma’s kitchen to yours:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate, whichever you prefer)
  • Optional: 3/4 cup chopped nuts and/or raisins

Cream together sugars, shortening and eggs. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Scoop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes until light brown.


13 Jan

It’s that time of year. The time where we all reflect on the past year and look ahead at what’s to come. 2011 was just the way I like it–lots of travel and many strange and wonderful experiences.

I enjoyed 6 weeks of vacation. I visited four countries and saw 6 states. I crossed the US border 9 times. I took 6 plane rides. I drove from SLC to Vancouver three times and  up the  California coast from San Diego to Sacramento. I visited great friends and had great friends come visit me. I rode a bike in the Netherlands and didn’t die. I went punting down a canal in England and was actually good at it. I drank cactus beer in Belgium. I became an immigrant.

I moved twice and spent the summer with the greatest roommates I’ve ever had.

I started two book clubs, each with moderate success.

I applied to, got accepted to and started graduate school. I got 1/4 of the way closer to becoming a librarian and found out I actually like it. I also discovered I might even be good at it.

I posted 45 times on this blog.

I spent my first Thanksgiving away from home. I made a turkey for the first time and enjoyed the holiday in October and November.

I ate the greatest hamburger in the world, made the best french onion soup, tried poutine, learned to make sushi, and discovered Tim Tams and Coffee Crisp.

I learned to share my twin sister and was truly happy for her on her wedding day. I gained two wonderful brothers-in-law and two amazing step-nephews.

I took out my first student loans.

I attended my first black-tie event and was grateful that my mom taught me good enough manners to blend in reasonably well.

I was pulled over for the first time and got my first speeding ticket.

I was rehired and quit my job at the law firm for (hopefully) the last time.

I went from being an animal hater to an animal hater living with a dog and a cat.

Looking back, 2011 was pretty alright. Although I’ve decided not to worry about 2012–I’m pinning all my hopes on 2013 to be my year–here’s hoping that the next 12 months are as interesting as the last. Or at least that the world won’t end.

Just one of those days

10 Jan

You know how some days are just terrible? Everything seems to go wrong and by the time the sun goes down you’re ready to climb into bed and hope that something better comes in the morning. Today was NOT one of those days. The opposite in fact. Today just one of those great days where everything is happy and you feel good. I got a job as a research assistant, doing research I’m really excited about with people I really like. I made a delicious (and healthy) dinner. The beautiful sunshine outside inspired me to go running, resulting in me 10% running, 90% walking for almost an hour. I finally got a VPL library card and checked out a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages. And now I’m off to bed early, ready to take on my 8:00 am class tomorrow morning.

I hope my happy isn’t too loud for you all. I’m sure I’ll return to normal in the morning 🙂

What I (didn’t) accomplish during my month at home

8 Jan

I’m back at school and reflecting on all the stuff I didn’t get done over the holidays. I had an ambitious list, 95% of which didn’t get touched.

What I should have done but didn’t

  • Get in touch with the librarians I know in Salt Lake
  • Go to the dentist
  • Get a haircut
  • Order new glasses
  • Get an oil change
  • Rotate my tires
  • Read my January book club book
  • Update my resume
  • Apply for jobs
  • Post on the blog
  • Send Christmas emails to friends

What I actually did

  • Watched all 6 1/2 seasons of How I Met Your Mother
  • Got Molly married (and all the many other tasks associated with the event)
  • Ate a cake shaped like a penis
  • Dined at 13 different restaurants that are Utah/America specific
  • Gained 5 pounds
  • Bought new jeans, rain boots and many other misc. items from various after Christmas sales
  • Got sick
  • Rode the Fun Bus to Wendover for the first time
  • Visited the new Natural History Museum
  • Slept
  • Learned how to give a lap dance from Carmen Electra
  • Watched Park City firefighters take it off and shake it like wanna be white-boy strippers circa 1996
  • Was serenaded by Air Supply
  • Consumed about 3 pounds of cheese
  • Attended midnight mass with a great friend

All in all, I think it was a pretty successful winter break.


Bringing magic to the holidays

7 Jan

So I feel like I need to amend my Birthday in December post. As you probably guessed, I was pretty gutted about not getting the Harry Potter book set for my birthday. It was more than a minor tragedy. My mom gave me this whole spiel about how she returned the ones she bought (that I saw back in August) because she found them cheaper at Costco, but then those ended up being paperbacks and the hard covers were sold out. Convincing stuff. Lots of detail. Anyhow, I was shocked in the most delightful way when I received the aforementioned (and not returned) box set for Christmas from my brother.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that I already have too much stuff in my tiny room in Vancouver and that I had to fit myself, all my stuff, two friends AND all their holiday luggage into my car on the way back to school, I couldn’t bring them with me. My HP rendezvous will have to wait until summer.