Friday, February 25, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
i know what it's like.
i've seen it played out a few zillion times.
you're waiting for that magical day when someone makes the connection and recognizes who you really are.
maybe they'll first catch the sparkle in your eye.
or perhaps they'll marvel at your insights and the depth of your spirit.
someone who will help you connect the dots, believe in yourself, and make sense of it all.
someone who will understand you, approve of you, and unhesitatingly give you a leg up so that life can pluck your ready, ripened self from the branch of magnificence.
well, I'm here to tell you, your wait is over.
that someone, is you.
isn't it true though?
i was reading through one of my journals, and i found that quote.
oh how i love quotes!
i always seem to find ones that speak right to my very core. that make me want to be a better
person, and that give me the boost that i need to...
i'm pretty sure that this is my favorite saying of late.
with all the stress of an upcoming study abroad (even though i am extremely excited! ...it is still nerve-racking and i just love to worry about stuff anyways), applying for nursing schools, dating, not dating, making friends, going to class, homework, and trying to stay sane by
cooking... i just have to remember to keep movin' on!
we had an experiment tonight... we started out with a potato soup, and just kept adding stuff from the fridge that needed to be eaten. so we ended up with a very interesting (but very yummy!) soup. and we decided we needed bread to go with it, so we hopped in the car and drove down the street to maverik to get a $1 loaf of french bread.
keep calm and carry on!
i've decided that life is ok, and stressing about stuff will only waste energy.
energy that i need! (to have awesome nacho-libre themed parties like tonight!!!)
we even made a paper-mache luchador-mask pinata!
it took serious skill.
(yes, i am the idiot that painted it... don't laugh)
oh, and i did mention we dyed our hair?
here is a picture.
of the blue.
i had to make sure to hide the hair when i went to the testing center today. they don't look too kindly on those of us who express their individuality through our choice of hair color. it does not look as good as my roommates - she is super blonde so it turned bright blue. mine looks kinda green.
i am thankful for sleep
and for the hours that i did not spend worrying about parties,
because hanging out with friends is always a success!
Monday, February 14, 2011
15 dating terms we want to bring back
Back before booty calls, sexting and e-mail break-ups, there were many sweet and silly dating descriptions that may be ready for a reboot. Here are 15 such terms that one Glamour relationships blogger would like to see make a comeback.
By Erin Meanley
Long before we were sexting and sexiling and friending and becoming Facebook official, we were "seeing someone special" and "rendezvousing." Call us old-fashioned, but once upon a time, there were some pretty sweet dating terms that, if genuinely brought back, could really change the game. Here are 15 vintage dating terms that need to make a comeback:
1. Woo, court. These are verbs. They imply effort on the man's part (You never hear about a woman courting a man). Also: wouldn't you rather be courted than chased? "Chased" sounds like we have to run for our lives or play a strategic spy game. But if a man is going to court us, it sounds like we can get comfortable.
2. Dance card. Men had to plan ahead and compete just to reserve one waltz or jitterbug with you. Take a number, boys!
3. Necking. Great word meaning "making out passionately." But also kind of weird.
4. Parking. I've always wanted to drive to Inspiration Point and park with a fella.
5. Going steady. This used to mean "dating exclusively," but it's such an accurate description of the pseudo-quasi-relationship nonsense that goes on today. Literally, you're going along, seeing each other steadily, as far as you know, until he stops texting. The term would be so useful in modern times; if someone asks, "Are you two 'boyfriend-girlfriend,'" you could answer, "Well, we had a great momentum that first week, and so far, anyway, we're going steady."
6. First base, second base. This little system is much better and far more accurate than the catch-all term "hooking up," which is too vague and general, and therefore inadequate.
7. "When can I see you?" and "Can I call you?" Remember when guys respectfully asked permission to make contact with you, and they made reference to actually picking up the receiver on the telephone and speaking into it?
8. Beau, paramour, suitor, lover. Some women still use these romantic-sounding terms. I don't use them enough, Darling.
9. Dear John letter. Back in the day, it was totally legit to break up with someone through the post. So why do we feel bad about emailing or texting someone a rejection?
10. Dalliance. A classier synonym for "fling." A fling sounds like an accident, or something hasty or messy. A dalliance sounds like something you enjoyed while summering in Capri.
11. Dreamboat. Because "hottie" just doesn't do George Clooney justice. And we're not ready to bring back "hunk."
12. Getting pinned, wearing his ring. Granted, I attended a few pinning ceremonies in my sorority in the late 1990s, but I mean, they just didn't hold the same suspense, magic, or gravity of, say, when Danny gave Sandy his ring in Grease.
13. Shotgun wedding. Don't you sometimes half wish your dad had a firearm and could just make things happen?
14. "I'll pencil you in" (woman speaking). It's so non-committal. I miss the pencil. And I miss my datebook.
15. Little black book. Because no one ever wrote, "Redhead From Club Electra – Do Not Pick Up" as the name of a contact in an address book.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
1 1/2 cups cool water (12 ounces)
3 1/2 cups King Arthur European-Style Artisan Bread Flour (14 3/4 ounces)
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
stir the water, 2 cups of the flour, and 1 teaspoon of the yeast together, cover and let rest at room temperature for several hours, or overnight.
add the remaining flour, yeast, and salt, mixing vigorously until the dough begins to hold together. this is a very sticky dough; add more flour only if it's "soupy."
place the dough in a lightly floured bowl. let it rise for 1 hour, then gently deflate it.
let it rise another hour, then turn it out onto a liberally floured work surface or silicone rolling mat, and sprinkle lots of flour on top.
flatten the dough to an 8" x 10" rectangle, about 3/4" thick, and cut it into two pieces, each about 4" x 10" inches.
transfer the loaves onto a piece of parchment, leaving about 6" between them.
cover with a proof cover or heavily oiled plastic wrap, and let rise till they're very puffy, about 2 hours.
while the dough is rising, place a baking stone in the oven and set the temperature to 500°F. allow the oven to heat for 30 minutes. spritz the dough with water, then transfer the bread to the stone, parchment and all, and lower the oven temperature to 425°F.
bake the ciabatta until it's golden brown, approximately 22 to 25 minutes. turn the oven off, place ciabatta on the oven's middle rack, crack the door open about 2", and allow ciabatta to cool completely in the turned-off oven.
yield: 2 ciabatta.
note: if you don't have a baking stone, transfer parchment and ciabatta to a cookie sheet, and bake on the middle rack of your oven.
this is one thing i plan on using my ciabatta for.
it makes me hungry just looking at it. and i don't even know what's on it! (just a random picture of a yummy looking ciabatta...)
i am thankful for my sister
and my new journal! (even though i haven't had time to write in it yet...
i am looking forward to many great times!)
free dinner (3 cheers for fhe brothers!)
and fridays with only one class!!!