Chocolate Chip Cookies (in class?)

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Chocolate chip cookies remind me of childhood memories, cold evenings cuddled under a blanket, and making messes in the kitchen with grannie. My husband and I even have a terribly unhealthy tradition of baking a batch of my chocolate chip cookies and eating a plateful while they are still piping hot!

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I know I am not alone in my love of chocolate chip cookies. Heck, just today a professor caught me eating a chocolate chip cookie in class and stopped the lecture to have the following conversation:

Prof: “Is that a cookie?”

Me: *I nod yes*

Prof: “Is it by chance a chocolate chip cookie?”

Me: *I smile and nod again*

Prof: “Did you bring enough to share with everyone?”

Me: *I laugh* “Nope!”

Prof: “Any to share with just me?”

Me: “No way.”

Prof: “Darn. Well aren’t chocolate chip cookies everyone’s favorite bite to eat. I mean does anyone NOT like chocolate chip cookies?” *No one replies* “SEE! Everyone likes them!”

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It was a funny interlude to the class, especially when you consider his lectures are taped so they can be used for e-learning in later years. Now there shall forever be mention of chocolate chip cookies in mathematical economics.

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If you want to test whether chocolate chip cookies really are THAT GOOD, then give my chocolate chip cookie recipe a try.

Recipe (Makes 1-2 dozen cookies)

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavouring (like vanilla extract)
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Any additional toppings (nuts, marshmallows, candies)

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  1. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy
  3. Beat eggs into the large bowl
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the large bowl
  5. Add chocolate chips and toppings, stir in
  6. Place tablespoon sized amounts of rounded dough (not balls, just slightly rounded edges) onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes.
  7. ENJOY!

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I hope you like the cookies! Let me know of any alterations or twists to the recipe you make. I would love to keep experimenting with the recipe though I really like how it has turned out so far!

 

 

 

The Hustler

When I was 19, I moved 6 hours away from home to attend university in Canada’ Capital City: Ottawa. I was pretty excited for a challenging academic life but was concerned about the university social life.

Me in Ottawa

You see, growing up I was always an outcast. Never got along with the popular girls, didn’t do too well with sports, and was intimidated by the smart kids. So I hung out with a rag tag group of friends from elementary school all the way to high school graduation.

I was afraid university would be much of the same. More popular kids snubbing me. More jocks running past my attempt at a jog and laughing. And even more smart kids, but this time with a larger vocabulary. Plus, this is university. This is the age where drinking skyrockets, right? I do not drink. Not even a little. Sure I tried a couple drinks to see if I liked them but no, anyways the side effects are not worth it. So what would I do in a new city, with no friends, and an intimidating atmosphere that I wanted no part of?

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Well, I told myself that I would never find the university equivalent of the rag tag group I had back home without putting myself out there. I mean, outcasts are not known for finding each other unless someone makes a move. So, I signed up for the Frosh Kit and started going to orientation events and activities.

Frosh week

It was hard at first. Talking to people felt like making cold calls because I didn’t know where to start. I met a few people at the regular events but still could not connect with anyone the way I hoped to. I was holding back and would not do. I had to showcase who I really was and in a way that got the attention of people. That way people who like whatever quirky show I put on could show themselves and maybe start a new rag tag group for my university life.

And my plan was to dance.

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Up there, that photo, that is NOT me: I do not dance or I shouldn’t, depending on how you look at it. But my big idea to sniff out outcasts was to dance at the biggest Frosh event of the week: the all-first years clubbing event. Basically a huge cabin is turned into a club for a night, complete with food, bar, DJ, and dance floor.

I part of the first group to arrive and the party started off slow. Most people went to the bar first (to beat the line-ups) and stood around drinking. Someone had to start the party, so I enacted my plan.

I started to hustle.

I learned a simplified version of the 1970s hustle in high school drama class. It was a warm up and ice breaker exercise. So I used it for a similar purpose at the Frosh event. I started the hustle in the middle of the dance floor and told two people to follow my lead. Once they had the steps down pat we started gaining attention. Eyes turned towards us and slowly people followed along. Soon we had over 100 people dancing the hustle. Definitely different than the usual bump and grind you see at clubs.

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Gradually the hustle died off but not before some people came to me wanting to know where I learned the dance, why I did it, et cetera. These were the folks I spent time getting to know better. They were interested in the quirkiness I showed and wanted to learn more. And so my university group began.

This experience is now something I will never forget. So I encourage you, if you ever feel alone or of out of place – whether it be because you are starting fresh in university or there is some other change in your life – put yourself out there. Show your personality! People who share your taste of life will find you and a new community or rag tag group can begin.

Have you had a similar experience? In university or otherwise? Tell us about it in the comments!

Who is this woman?

Who is this blogger? A question I always ask myself when doing some late night blogosphere browsing. A quick trip to the about page and a couple of lifestyle posts later and I usually have an idea. You see, it is important to me to find what I have in common with a blogger and I think many readers want the same. So I want to start with a grand introduction to who I really am. I want to readers to find ways to connect with me.

That's Me!

How to learn about me in three easy steps

Step 1: Go the about page and give that a read.

Step 2: Read the rest of this post for a more in depth view.

Step 3: Check back on Thursdays for more stories about my life.

So without further ado…

 

What is your family and career status?

I am actually in a common law relationship with my husband and we have no children (and no immediate plans for any). Since we are still quite young (both 23) we have time to decide whether any children will join our little family of 2. So while I may love touring mom blogs, I am not a mommy blogger myself.

As for career, I am one semester away from finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Development (in December 2014 I will have graduated). While in school I also worked a mix of part-time and co-op/intern jobs. Thankfully there are talks about my current co-op job becoming permanent after graduation. As for what I do, I am a data analyst/statistician for an employer that shall remain unnamed for now.

What are your views on faith?

A collection of religious items

I grew up in a Roman Catholic family BUT view myself as an agnostic. I prefer to keep myself open to all possibilities and love the beauty that accompanies the faith I see in others every day. I also choose to learn about other religions and faiths because I feel it is important to understand the views of others.

With that said, within my blogging there will likely be no specifically faith based posts and I will typically avoid using overtly religious language such as “I am blessed…” or “Thank the Lord.” It just is not something I feel reflects me though it certainly is not something I am against.

Are you an urbanite or a country girl?

Currently living in a more urban area but I avoid city life. I probably fit in more with the suburban side of things. But when I need to relax I head to the country or at least head into nature, I never lost my love of the wild when I moved from cottage country to the city.

Flats or Heels? Pants or Skirt?

Cute black flats

Flats…better yet, running shoes. I dislike heels and only wear them when I feel it has some benefit (like no other shoe in my closet works with an outfit). I would rather be in the most comfortable pair of shoes I own regardless of fashion.

Pants. I do like to wear dresses on occasion but I never truly feel comfortable in them. To put it simply, I am not exactly a fashionista. While I do enjoy the art that is fashion, I prefer to wear clothes that function well in all scenarios, not that look pretty.

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