March 04, 2015

Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie

Hey everyone! So I've been enjoying this modified recipe for a while but I thought some of you might also!  Its delicious, quick, easy, and not very messy!  When you have a craving for a chocolate chip cookie but you dont want to make 20 of them and waste an hour, this is the perfect solution!
1 tbs butter
2 tbs brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk
4.5 tbs flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
2-3 drops of vanilla (if mixture is too dry or too thick)
2 tbs chocolate chips
Melt the butter in the microwave (25 secs). Mix brown sugar with butter until smooth, then add first vanilla measurement and milk, mix until homogeneous. Add flour and mix until smooth, then add the baking powder.  If the mixture is too doughy, add only a drop or two of vanilla.  Mix in chocolate chips.  Place the dough on a small plate and shape it into a normal cookie shape.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Be careful if you eat it immediately, it can be quite hot, and it will stay hot for a while!  Enjoy!

February 24, 2015

*IMPORTANT* Scholarship Essay!

Hey everyone!  I know it has been FOREVER since I last posted, and I'm sorry I missed the last three holidays of the year to wish everyone well.  Please accept my apology and kindly accept these three belated greetings: MERRY CHRISTMAS!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Anyway, the real reason I came here to post today was because I'm currently applying for scholarships.  One of the applications required an essay which must be voted on.  The essay contestants with the most popular votes will get the scholarship.  This is super duper important to me, so if you would please spend just a moment voting for my essay, I would be absolutely thrilled.  You can vote for it at the bottom of the essay.

Thank you, and if you voted, thank you even more!

November 22, 2014

Impactful Friends

This thought struck me tonight.  When we finish senior year in May, and we all graduate, it is going to be terribly hard to say goodbye to those who have become my closest friends.  I don't mean to get all sentimental, (I will save that for graduation) but I may never see these people again.  I mean, I really hope I will.  But knowing that over time we all change, I am afraid that our interests will shift and we will no longer be as close. 

Even the idea of going through my life without them terrifies me.  These people who I have known for so long, have literally changed my life.  They have been there through the thick and thin and we have formed a deep connection.  They are like the strings on a guitar.  They have impacted my life so significantly that I fear I will never be the same without them. 

And then I realize, even if we all go seperate ways, if we never see each other again, their actions and friendship will always remain.  The music of the guitar will still linger and the song will be remembered even if the guitar no longer plays.  

In some sense, they never actually leave. 

So as we approach Thanksgiving, I truly want to thank every single one these people whom I have had, and still do have, the privilege to know.  Some of these people have left their mark with only a simple smile, compliment, or kind gesture.  Others who I have made a deeper connection with (whether they know it or not) have changed the course of events in my life, the way I see the world, and so much more.

Thank you!

November 14, 2014

Honesty in Emotion

It is truly depressing that we cannot express ourselves.

If we show too much emotion in public, we are the weirdos and the freaks in society.  Even from a young age I'm sure we all knew there was that one kid in class who would cry at just about everything.  Some of the bolder kids would call him a cry-baby. 

But let me ask you this: what do we find so terrible about expressing our emotions?

Emotions are natural. Shouldn't we be able to express ourselves without fear of rejection? I do not mean to say that we should be allowed to endanger other people's lives by expressing our anger and flipping tables.  But namely sadness.  What is so bad about sadness?  I would say society expects us to maintain a bold, perfect face in life, and only show happiness. Happiness and perfection are the great ideals in life.  But shouldn't it be socially acceptable to be sad? We all feel sad or depressed sometimes.  And I can tell you from experience that bottling it down so that no body can see it is not healthy.  Nor is it honest.  Is it not a blatant lie to smile and say "I'm doing great!" when you are really ready to shatter?

But if we consider it, society expects lies and deceit in other forms too.  We are expected to meet certain standards of beauty.  We are told that if we hide the way we really look that we will somehow be "better".  This is not good or healthy either.

So why, if it is not healthy or honest, do we hide how we really feel? I believe that if we instead chose to be blatantly honest with our friends, family, and relationships, we could avoid a lot of the conflict that happens.   So much confusion is caused by a person who hides their true feelings or who sugar coats a morsel of it so as not to be offensive to others.  In my experience, this has lead to the destruction of friendships which otherwise could have been fixed with pure honesty. 

October 31, 2014

Feverishly Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everybody!! Hope you have fun trick-or-treating, eating the candy you intended to give out to kids (that's what I'll be doing!) , or just having a peaceful evening.

I, for one, will be staying at home on the couch.  I seem to have caught a cold from my classmates.  Bleh.  However, the weirdest part of being sick are what I call 'fever dreams.'  They tend to be really weird and confusing dreams... I remember one from my childhood that was even kind of scary... it was just constantly about those M&M people you see on TV commercials.  I don't remember why it was scary, but it was.  I didn't want to sleep after that.  Of course, I did fall back asleep again, and returned to the same dream.  Have any of you had these?  If so, please share your stories in the comment section!  I'd love to hear about your weird dreams!

The one I had most recently was really weird... At one point I was swing dancing (awesome!!) with some girl and showing her how to do aerials and then she said "you're really good at this!" and I said "really? I've never done it with anyone before!" and for some reason that was really funny so we both laughed.  Then some other guys wanted to do a centripetal force experiment using a porch hammock.  So I got in the hammock, they handed me a laptop (no idea why.) and they started swinging the hammock until it finally went flying around.  I clung for dear life to the laptop while my friends kept swinging me around and around and I felt the effects of inertia holding me in the hammock.  Then the girl who was dancing with me wanted to try, so we had to bring the hammock outside (because for some reason they did my trial inside, and now I didn't want to do hers inside too.).  We pushed the hammock and its stand through the window and then she got in the hammock and I swung her around in it.  But this time, because nobody was holding the base, she got all wrapped up by the ropes on the top and we had to go untangle her.  That was about the end of the dream.  XD

Another update, someone on Facebook posted about this app that I have somehow been unaware of for a long time, called "Snap" by Groupon.  When you go to the store and buy things, you can take a picture of your receipt and they will pay you money for buying certain items!  For instance, yesterday I think there was an ad for avocados.  So if you go to Sprouts and get a 47 cent avocado, they will pay you 50 cents!  This is a great way to earn back money that you spent, or even (as in this case) earn a little bit!  You guys should check it out here and tell me what you think.

Anyways.  I love halloween.  I love the candy, the candy corn, the chocolate... Okay, okay, you caught me, that's ALL candy... ;) but I also love the pumpkin carving, the candles, the costumes, everything! :) Tell me what you love about Halloween!

October 26, 2014

When To Call It Quits

Before I go into my actual post, I would like to apologize for not having posted anything in a really long time.  Life has been rough lately.  School has also been rough this year. I kind of went through some sort of stasis period where writing just wasn't possible.  I have come to the conclusion now that I've just been bottling so much up that it all finally came out.  Or at least the root of it has. I would say theres still a lot left.
Anyway, I also wanted to thank those of you who have so faithfully been increasing the page views even though I have not been posting! Makes me feel appreciated. :) And now for the first real post in months.... drumroll please....
   Have you ever had those people in your life who have promised to be there, to be friendly, but then they never care enough to do so? Like perhaps you were once in a closer relationship with someone and it ended, but you still promised to be casual and to be friends.  (I am a believer in this kind of thing, I have seen it work out).  Then after that you tried to get in touch and see how they were doing... but they refuse to speak to you.  Even when you know they heard you or got your messages.  You think "Is it really too much to ask for a response?" (And at this point perhaps you'll accept any response, even anger...).  Well it shouldn't be, but sometimes it is. Sometimes those people completely ignore you.  Sometimes they have a legitimate excuse, sometimes they just want to forget or get over it. 
Don't waste your time worrying over these people.  If they wanted to maintain a relationship with you, they would also be putting in the effort.  Don't wait around hoping and praying for someone to be the friend they used to be.  Every relationship should be two sided.  If they don't bother to put in the effort, they don't deserve to be with you, and you cannot change them.  Your words, kindness, generosity, and efforts will fall on deaf ears.  Unless they seek you out, don't spend your energy worrying about them. 
It is more important to focus on building up your true relations and friendships than it is to dwell in the falsities and betrayals of the past.
Hope this finds you all in good relationships in your life, but perhaps this will be of use to some of you who may need it.
And please, never ignore someone you used to care about.  I understand that wounds take time to heal, but when you ignore them, sometimes their wounds only fester.