Thursday, November 30, 2006

They say that when you are sick it's best to sleep because your immune system can work best when you are asleep. What if you can't sleep? Well the answer is, you are sick forever. I know this because I have been sick for 8 days. I have not had a good nights sleep in about 2 weeks. Tuesday night I woke myself up because I heard my bed creeking violently. Turns out I was having a coughing fit in my sleep. Last night I didn't fall asleep until extra late because I had to sleep sitting. This was the only way that my sinuses would stay relatively clear. All in all it has been a brutal time for me. I have been trying to quit baking until I'm better because no one wants to eat cookies full of erica snot, but it's hard. I've been freezing alot of dough, figuring if I bake them when I am well, any sickness in the dough will bake off!!

Sometimes I gross myself out.

This weekend is Jesssssssssica's birthday so we are going out Friday night for that. Should be a good time, lots of people are coming out AND I have a new top. Woo! Saturday night is my work xmas party, I think it will be fun because I really like the people I work with and this gives us a chance to hang out in a more casual environment.

Oh yes, and I will be working on my work-term report. No woo.

Monday, November 27, 2006

weekend etc.

A few things:

-Went to see "Wicked" Friday evening accompanied by 2 very fine ladies. It was pretty good, I think I had very high expectations for it so that kind of ruined it. It was good though, just not as good as I was hoping. It was a lot of fun to get all dressed up and such.
-Did a million errands on Saturday, got some xmas/bday gifts. Most notably however, I took my new cell phone in to "get fixed". I got this phone on Monday and it has a little memory card in it. Well the memory card goes in a little slot on the side of the phone. Well all week I have been trying to get this little piece of crap to stay in the phone and not pop out. I'm thinking "This phone is brand new, this can't be happening, I'm going to bring it in and tell them to fix it or I'm going to caused a fuss and I'm sure many others are having this problem and we all deserve refunds and this is simply not fair!!!". Well I get to the Telus store, show them what's wrong, get the response of "You just have to press it until it clicks - like this" *click*. Erica R. Waugh - Total Moron.
-Saturday night I made brownies to freeze for xmas. (The "Brownie" recipe for joyofbaking). This recipe has 24oz of semi-sweet chocolate in it. These brownies tasted like 24oz of semi-sweet chocolate. They were very good, however all frozen up in my freezer now.
-Sunday was my LL's Birthday Dinner so I got up early to get groceries and make the dessert and eventually the lasagne. Everything was really tasty however, I think we were all tired so it was a quiet dinner.
-Oh ya, I also worked on my Work Term Report but no one wants to hear about that.

This week I have to ... work on my work report, write 2 presentations, start my xmas cards and bake some more. I have my office xmas party this weekend so I need to think of what I'm going to wear and more importantly, who I'm going to bring. Oh yes, I will also be baking. More sugar cookies as well as muffins to freeze.

Monday, November 20, 2006

I have come across a goldmine of a website! www.joyofbaking.com is my new favorite passtime. The receipes (seem) tried and true and the pictures are great, there are good explanations and suggested alternatives, there's even a history section! If you bake at all (if you don't, we are so not friends anymore) go to the "Christmas Baking" tab on the right, I want to make every one of those!!! I made the sugar cookies last weekend as I was looking for a basic sugar cookies recipe and this one was perfect. When I was little my mom used to make "Lori's Smart Cookies" which were essentially sugar cookies named after a girl down the street... for some reason, but these could easily compare.

On that note, I wonder if the feeling of "that reminds me of home" will ever grow old? I get it alot around the holidays but that's probably because a big part of the holidays is family. Doing all of this holiday baking has been a major contributor. One of the very far off memories of my dad that I have is baking with him at Christmas and thinking "Why does mom bake every other day in the year, dad is so good at this!" when really most everything I know about baking is stuff I learned from my mom. Probably because my mom would just give me a recipe and let me go, whereas my dad liked to do it with me. It was as if my mom took a break at xmas and my dad pitched in with the cooking/baking, probably because he could easily get me to help. I remember when my mom first taught me how to measure butter using cold water and to always add dry to wet gradually. She taught me so much!

When I was younger I used to go away to summer camp and off to visit my relatives and then I eventually left when I was 14 for Winnipeg, never once did I get homesick. These days though I feel closer than I ever have with them. I talk to my mom 5 times a week usually, message my brother a few times a week and I try to talk to my dad as often as he can. I miss them all and I can't wait to pack my suitcase full of the little gingerbread family I'm going to make. I can't wait for Christmas!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

I decided to stop at the specialty baking store on my way home from work today, as it is conveniently right beside the bank where I also needed to stop. Anyway, it was a great idea initially because this store is so effin cool and they just have everything you could ever need when baking. Like a million different cake moulds, a billion cookie cutters and a trillion different gadgets that I have no idea what they do. So to back track a bit I'm going to be making alot of gingerbread cookies this xmas and I wanted to decorate them like my co-workers (there's only 5) and my family (only 3 others). Well, who knew decorating cookies was such an ordeal! There are piping bags, piping tips, tools for cleaning this things, different knives, sprinkles, sparkles, dregees (not dreg-eeeees but dradge-ays...huh?). Man, it just goes on! So back to the store, I spent a bit of cash, nothing I'm ashamed of. You are thinking "Oh Erica, what's the big deal? A few more baking gadgets to the bin... please! That's nothing!" and then I saw the poster. "Christmas Cookie Decorating Class - only $35 for 2 Saturdays!". What a deal! That's 5 hours of learning about something I already want to know about. BUT THEN they throw this list at me. This list titled "Things to bring to the first class". Remember all those tools I mentioned earlier? I need all of them... but times 3. The tools alone could cost me $50!! So in the end, I decided not to sign up right away and instead I'm going to try and talk my roommate into it with hopes that she can borrow a bunch of stuff from her mom.

So to rid myself of the "I'm in over my head" feeling, sided with the "I THOUGHT I knew a little about baking" sensation I came home and made ginger snaps. They are good. They don't have a fondonte coating or dregees rolling off or even little royal icing piped daisies. They are just good.

....though I still may take this class

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Check List

So there's a lot that's been running through my head lately. Namely, Christmas, my work report, work in general, CFES stuff, and mostly all the things I need to do before I go on holidays.

SO I've already stated that I'm pumped for xmas. I've been looking at recipes and such to get started on. I plan on making lots of gingerbread and shortbread cookies. (BTW if you have any good xmas recipes, please share!!). Also I've started putting together gifts etc. But this is all old news.

My work report has not been started yet. My boss agreed to let me do it on the topic that I wanted so that's cool. However there is nothing "cool" about having to write this bloody report and I am not one bit looking forward to it. Doesn't help that I need to finish it before I go on holidays because it's due the week I get back. Marry effin Xmas Erica.

Work in general is alright, there are good days and not as good days. The people are really nice however we are all irritable at times. Happens to everyone. I won't be thrilled to leave however it will be nice to be back at school.

CFES stuff is piling up to a point where I am almost overwhelmed. I have so much to do before the end of November. I'm not sure when I'm going to get it done but I suppose I'm going to have to make some sacrifices as a result.

I'm going to see "Wicked" on the 24th with my roommate and classmate, I'm looking forward to it and it has received very good reviews. I'm also going to see "Menopause Out Loud" this weekend with my aunt, cousin and step-grandma. I'm really looking forward to it as it will be fun to see them all. It's too bad it's on a Sunday, I usually bake/do laundry/housework on Sunday. Again with the sacrifices.

I've noticed (if it's even possible) that I don't have the same energy or enthusiasm I had in first year. My first co-op job I was so happy all the time, I had no attitude about anything and it was all "yes ma'am, no sir, right away boss". Now it's more like "You want me to do what? Can't you see I'm busy?". I'm not sure why but I definitely have an attitude and it's been growing for the past 2 years. It doesn't reflect well on me when I act like this. I try to stay happy and positive and accept feedback with a smile, it's just not as easy anymore. I get so frustrated when people get in my way or interrupt me as if what they have to say is more important. It's frustrating because I'm trying to be positive but it's not working all the time.

Hopefully I will all be caught up by December 20th, that way my holiday can go smoothly and worry-free.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

2 posts in 2 days... Could it really be happening??!!

Last night after work I drove to Waterloo to look at a house. So far I have looked at about 8. At this point I was getting frustrated. We (myself and 3 roommates) were looking for a place for the winter term. Essentially 90% of the people I know had already found something!! Hence my frustration. So back to my story, upon getting to Waterloo and driving up to the place I was going to look at my only thoughts were "THIS HAD BETTER BE GOOD OR I MAY HURT SMALL CHILDREN THAT GET IN MY WAY!!!". There are certainly some major dumps in Waterloo. So ok, I walk up, trying to stay positive...

WELL

WELL, turns out the townhouse I'm looking at currently houses my landlord and his family. (Family = clean and organized!! Students = gross and smelly ie: Lester St). WOOHOO this place is great, it's super nice, everything is brand new! There are 2 FULL bathrooms and brand new washer and dryer. The rooms aren't huge but C'mon... 2 FULL BATHROOMS! Ok so I'm sold. I emailed the guy last night telling him we want it, I just have to wait for him to get back to me. I really hope this all works out, I'm so ready to end this search on a good note.

In other news, it was my roommates birthday on Sunday (Happy Birthday Lizard!) and so we are having a birthday dinner for her tomorrow. She requested spaghetti and meatballs. Tonight I will make the meatballs as well as a chocolate cake. Tomorrow Deb has agreed to make the spaghetti and the sauce. I'm really looking forward to it, everyone in the house gets along so well and we really enjoy each others company. That and meatballs are so easy and so tasty! I can freeze lots of them for later too. This is the recipe I use except instead of BBQ sauce I use Italian Dressing and I also add onions, real garlic, oregano, basil, pepper and thyme - oh ya, make sure you grease the cookie sheet! They are so easy to make and they freeze really well. I don't have the chocolate cake recipe handy but I will post it when I do. I made it at Thanksgiving and my brother asked me if it was my moms recipe (when we were growing up my mom's chocolate cake was so amazing). Turns out the recipe I use is almost identical to my moms but I found it online!

Try making something new tonight, I find boys will eat anything and tell you it's good. I guess it will be a real confidence booster for me when I move in with 3 boys come January...

Monday, November 06, 2006

on holidays

I just adore Christmas. Love it love it LOVE it.

And it's almost here.

I've tried to be a little more thoughtful with the gifts I will be buying this year. I have a little more freetime so it has been easier this year. I'm also trying to buy more unique things. A big part of that is it will keep me away from the mall. I love shopping more than acceptable but man I hate the mall at Christmas.

So the gift giving is awesome, I love planning everything out and knowing that someone is going to love what I got them. For instance, my parents don't really have alot of time to decorate etc. However, if you give them something they will use it. Like a new throw blanket will make it to the couch and framed paintings will make it on the wall. Also my brother and I have been away from home for so long that they only really have pictures of us when we were young. So all of this equals me putting together a set of pictures for Christmas. I finally have a picture of the four of us as well as a bunch of the dogs etc. I can't decide whether or not to get it done customly or to try and find a frame on my own. I still have lots of time and it's not like pictures frames are going to sell out before I leave on holidays.

Again with the holiday season comes baking. Oh baking. Oh oh oh baking. I cannot WAIT to bake for a week solid and then pack everything into my suitcase and cart it out to Calgary so that we can munch on Christmas goodness in the hotel.

Theres also the snow. Not the wet slushy stuff, but the dry soft stuff that crunches under your boots. It's so pretty.

I just can't wait.

What are your holiday plans?