Monthly Archives: August 2009

300 miles

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Today I official crossed the 300 mark on my nike + thingy. I got it for my anniversary in April so it’s been about 4-5 months. Considering I’m not really a runner this is a pretty big accomplishment; perfectly timed a day before my quarter of a century birthday.

Goodbyes

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Today was my last day at my internship. Three months of pretending to be a caseworker.

I dread the end of things. Not because I don’t want things to end, not because they’re sad and not probably not for any normal reason. Today ended pretty well. Yesterday I brought treats and got to talk to people about my leaving tomorrow. The key is that is was TOMORROW. So no one had a reason to be tearful or hug me or reminisce about my three months at the agency. We could all put it off until tomorrow.

Lucky for me I volunteered to help a coworker out and take a baby to an appointment, which ended up being three. [side note, he’s 6 days old and everyone thought I was his mother and he was just tooooo precious] SO I did not return to the office until about 2:30, 2.5 hours left. They way things work at my office is that people just come and go. They have visits and court and appointments, so there’s not always a ton of people around. So you can imagine that by 2:30 on a Friday most people had gotten the office part of they work done and were gone.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like these people, but I was genuinely glad no one was really there so I didn’t have to do the big goodbye, keep in touch, best of luck deal. I did meet with my supervisor (who gave me chocolate! but debated it because she thinks I’m a really healthy eater. fooled her!) who gave me a nice thanks for everything it’s been great, etc.  Ok no biggie. But at 5:00 I just gathered my stuff, cleared the cache on my computer and walked out.

That’s really just my kind of goodbye.

Maybe I should send a card.

sweeeeet goodness

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I think that is the only way to describe this dessert. It is sweet and good.

Jen's sweet goodness!

I brought a whole pan of these lovelies to work today in honor of my final 2 days of work. FYI I don’t really work here in the traditional sense, as in they don’t pay me. It’s an internship. But somehow I still feel compelled to bring treats. Delicious treats.

Sweet goodness bars are really quite simple and they contain very basic ingredients. In honor of the end of my internship (thank God). I will share this recipe with you as I eat it.

What you need:

  • a pan (9×13 for thicker bars or a cookie sheet [with an edge])
  • and oven (heating to 350*F)
  • a bowl
  • some sort of mixing device (kitchen aid, hand mixer, spoon)
  • spray oil
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of quick oats (do not get the slow ones)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups butter (unsalted, not straight out of the fridge, but not too soft)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • chocolate chips
  • caramel ice cream topping
  • another 3 tablespoons or so of flour.

What you do:

  • put all the ingredients except the last three in a bowl.
  • mix ingredients together (I think the mixer is essential for this, but you could probably do it by hand too)
  • when mixture is evenly mixed it should look crumbly and taste delicious
  • sample mixture (don’t worry, no raw eggs!)
  • grease your pan
  • take about half the mixture and press it into the bottom of the pan It doesn’t have to be thick, it’ll rise a little as it bakes, but it should cover the bottom of the pan completely.
  • bake at 350* F for 10 mins or until it’s golden brown (it’ll bake some more so don’t worry if it seems a little raw.)
  • While this is baking taking the caramel topping and mix in some flour until it’s thickened. I depends on the size of jar you have but you can use as much or as little caramel as you want.
  • When it comes out of the oven spread caramel over the whole thing (try to avoid pan sides because it bakes on) and then top with chocolate chips  (I don’t skimp here I make sure it’s covered with chocolate chips)
  • Take the second half of the mixture and crumble it all over the top
  • Bake again until top starts to turn brown
  • Wait as long as you can (but not too long, these are best warm and gooey) and EAT!
  • delicious!

Side note, my husband had this recipe for Chicken Spedini (sp?). Anyway I dare anyone to make it following just this recipes, there are only 7 steps, no ingredients listed and the 7th step is delicious. That’s right step 7 = delicious.

gameboy

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So I was going to share this awesome dessert recipe that I’m taking to work for my last day. But then I was on the bus this afternoon and saw a guy, a man, playing an old school game boy. It was the size of a brick. I honestly tried to take a picture of said gameboy (not the guy/man because I don’t have his permission, that’d be a fun question to ask on the bus right?) by pretending to scroll through the pictures on my camera (because that’s normal bus activity) but someone kept sitting down or getting up either next to him or me. Either way he was playing an old school gameboy on the bus. with headphones. the really big ones that cover your ears.

I promise to talk about Jen’s sweet goodness (the dessert for anyone’s who’s mind might be tempted to drift into the gutter) tomorrow. Here’s a sneak peak…

yum

yum

PS. wanna know how I remember whether dessert has 2 s’s or 1? desserts is stressed spelled backwards!

what does it mean?

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Finding a name for a blog is probably the hardest part of blogging (so far). I’ve enlisted friends and family, who came up with some great stuff, but nothing that was PERFECT. (Check out my facebook for a lively discussion about that) I needed something non-specific (like I could actual write about one subject continuously), yet still gave me some sort of theme or mood. I suggested “Whatever I want” but the hubby thought that was a little too narcissistic (isn’t that what blogs are for?). Still I don’t want to be narcissistic so I need something else…

So I decided to hit up my Spanish options. lo que sea means whatever in Spanish, roughly translated. Well someone already took that and every variation thereof. sigh. See how difficult this is?

WELL sea lo que sea is one of those phrases that’s used pretty often in the Spanish speaking world, but it’s not one of those phrases that when translated conveys the whole meaning of the phrase. So I did some research, so as to not embarrass myself:

The best translations in my opinion are it is what it is and be that as it may. It’s also used as whatever happens, or come what may. Now we get into the songs. Come What May is a song from Moulin Rouge; Que Será, será is another song and it really does mean “whatever will be, will be” which is pretty similar to sea lo que sea.

I think I like it.

So que sera, sera, sea lo que sea y pase lo que pase, the blog has been named.