Posts Tagged ‘Cookies’

Of life, squash, and such

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Before I get into what is known as “serious business”, I have a confession: I was involved in demolishing the delicious cookies V made. Be jealous. They were ah-mazing.

Moving on. I’m just going to tell you right off the bat – it is 1:30 in the morning, and I’m getting all up in my head with the thinking and the stuff, and the things, and well, you know. You’ve been warned. I’m about to get all introspective on your asses, and in a very unapologetic fashion.

My weekend in Toronto has been a giant success in every way that was completely unexpected. My original plan for the weekend was to play squash, beat down some bitches, and read an assload of journal articles for all the lit reviews I need to get done. This list has been renamed “List of All the Things That Did Not Happen”.

I ended up just really not caring about my squash tournament this weekend. As a highly competitive person, this was an odd feeling for me. But other things just ended up mattering more, and I had a really wonderful weekend because I focused on those things. Friday morning I had life stuff to do, and I kicked some ass and got it all done, but as a result I got to Toronto a little later than planned. Going to a squash game directly off an airplane is not optimal for a sport in which you need to be COMPLETELY focused. But it was just a squash game, and losing ended up being a relief in the sense that now I could go out with my friends in Toronto and not be concerned with being home early to rest for the next day’s game.

As a result, I had a completely amazing weekend. Friday night I went out with a couple guys who are just wonderfully motivated and engaged people, and we had some drinks and some amazing conversations, and it was just really, really fun! I love nothing more than people who know themselves and have well developed opinions that they can discuss, and who are going places. And let me tell you, these two are definitely going places.

Today was another failure on the squash/school front, which may have a lot to do with the fact that I went out late and drank a little. That being said, another raging success in the spending time with people who matter category. My best friend from high school and I got together to catch up and stuff our faces with chocolate at Just Desserts. Chocolate Skor Brownie? YES. With ice cream, of course. Nom nom nom. But aside from the delicious food, we killed 3 hours talking and it felt like 20 minutes.

To sum it all up, here is a list of horribly cliche morals that apply to my weekend: Plans are good and all, but stay flexible and adapt to change. Make conscious decisions about the people you surround yourself with. Always make time for the people who count. Know what matters to you.

Everyone freaks out about the real world as they near graduation. But having people around you who believe in your ability to succeed makes life that much less scary.

I love you guys!
C

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Now that I am pretty comfortable with the semester’s work, my crazy baking urges have returned. I had some spare time (read: I was pretending I had nothing to do) yesterday, so I decided to make dinner for the family. This is what happened:

I made a chicken & veg pasta casserole! I am continuing my adventures by baking some cookies for my OCVL team, as we have a game tonight. Since I only have to be in the lab for about 30 minutes today to do a presentation, I’ve got this 6 hour gap that could be better spent studying. Naturally, I’m going to bake some cookies. It makes sense, right? Or something.

Without further ado, I present to you…

The Oatmeal & Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Loosely based on the recipe found at Love & Olive Oil)

Seeing as how I don’t actually believe in “measuring,” all the values were approximated using scientific eyeballing and tactile texture-sensing. 99% of the time, it works every time. All kidding aside, my (very picky) 15-year-old brother is currently trying to inhale multiple cookies at the same time, so I think this batch turned out well! As for me, the intoxicating smell of peanut butter is definitely still lingering in my house, and I feel drunk off of cookies. Awkward. There’s also the fact that I ate more dough than I baked, but that’s another matter entirely. The only complaint I’d have about this recipe is that it’s definitely lacking in oatmealy goodness, but that’s also to taste. Next time, I’m full-out going to double the oatmeal content and enjoy picking bits out of my teeth. It’s how I pick up all the men; you’re just jealous.

With a batch of deliciousness successfully delivered unto the Earth, I am off to get ready for my OCVL game tonight!

Bis später!
V

P.S. My lab partner and I KILLED the presentation; the TAs were impressed. V: 1, School: 0