Saturday, October 20, 2007

getting out of writing something intelligent

If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?
This is not particularly accurate, because it is so random, but funny.

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Windows Media Player, Winamp, whatever you use...)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie.

Opening Credits:
Green Eyes - Coldplay (what a great song... and very applicable!)

Waking up:
Brian Wilson - Barenaked Ladies (strange because the chorus is 'lying in bed just like Brian Wilson)

First Day at High school:
Two of Us - Amy Mann/Michael Penn (er, ok!)

Falling In Love:
Missing the War - Ben Folds Five

Fight Song:
Such Great Heights - The Postal Service

Breaking Up:
Moses - Journey - Yoyo Ma plays Ennio Marccone

Prom:
Yesterday - The Beatles

Life:
Saints and Sailors - Dashboard Confessional

Mental Breakdown:
Late nineties bedroom rock for the missionaries - Broken Social Scene (its trippy - perfect)

Driving:
Nighttrain - Guns n' Roses (Live across the universe) - perfect!

Flashback:
The long way around - The Dixie Chicks

Back Together:
Colourblind - Counting Crows

Wedding:
When the night feels my song - Bedouin Soundclash

Birth of Child:
The quiet things that no one ever knows - Brand New (looks like my kid is doomed to be emo)

Final Battle:
My Love - Justin Timeberlake (wtf?)

Death Scene:
Free Falling - Tom Petty

Funeral Song:
Ruby Tuesday - Rolling Stones

End Credits:
Walk this Way - Run DMC & Aerosmith (yessssssssssssssss!)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A moment of less-busy-ness

Now, I feel it is fit to write a few 're-cap' thoughts on my summer.

I have the house to myself until Friday so last night I started a few of the end-of-term tasks I need to complete by Saturday. Well... I made a cake, had dinner, watched 'Restaurant Makeover' and started packing.

This term I made and KEPT a budget. I recorded all of my spending in a tidy little spreadsheet. I also filed every receipt I had. Last night I started cleaning out the receipt drawer to shred most of it. It was kind of strange to look through it all because you can tell SO MUCH of what I did this summer. Here's a bit of a breakdown.

In May, I went to the Craft store quite a bit. I made a sock puppet, some cards and 2 dresses. I also did a lot of baking. I think I saw a receipt for 3 blocks of butter in there somewhere.
Conclusion: I had no friends this month, the weather was crappy, I felt like baking away my troubles.

In June, I baked a lot and found out where Costco was. I also ate out a lot.
Conclusions: I ate a lot of strawberries (Costco), fed people (Costco), found some friends to hang out with, baked.

In July, I started saving money on groceries, read a lot, baked with fresh fruit, realized wine is awesome.
Conclusions: I got a Safeway card, I needed an excuse to be outside, I found the Farmer's Market, I continued to hang out with friends.

In August, I bought A LOT of gas.
Conclusions, I went to Kelowna, Lake Louise, and visited my friends quite often.

It was kind of nostalgic in a short term way. I remembered that first month as being pretty miserable and desperate for something to fill my time. Things began to get better as I made friends and summer brought sun and BC fruit. Now, I'm a little sad to leave because I've really started to hang out with my friends quite a bit and I really enjoy the group we've formed.

Saying all of that I am looking forward to being back in Waterloo where everything is once again familiar and there is no transition period. Everything seems to fall back to how it was when I left. If I'm lucky, St. Jacobs will still have some local vegetables left for me to cook with.

Sunday morning I will bid farewell to Calgary, the Mountains, and no PST. I'll make my way back through the prairies where I will enjoy the sunny prairie sky for a 3 day bonus. Then it is back to Waterloo... which will smell like manure and where it will rain every Thursday.

Summer is over.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I'm working on a post right now that is about cake decorating. There's so much to tell so it's going to take me a while before I post it.

In the meantime, some menial updates.

I have 25 days left in Calgary
These 25 days will be composed of 17 days working, 3 days in Kelowna, 1 day in Drumheller, 1 day at the zoo, 2 days packing and 1 day relaxing...hopefully.

Oh yes, and 25 days worrying about/procrastinating from/ and maybe even writing... my work-term report.

I don't feel it's appropriate at this time to give a review of my summer as there are still many things to come. It does however, feel like the end is very near. When I think of how fast August will go by I immediately think of how slowly May went by. It's kind of like when you have a full tank of gas. The top half lasts much longer than the bottom half. Is this actually true when it comes to your gas tank? It is completely false when it comes to number of days because May and August are the same size. Can anyone control how fast their day goes by? I know that if I'm busy at work my day will go by quicker, the opposite is true also. Then I think, this doesn't apply to Saturday because no matter what I do, Saturday goes by quickly! Is there any way to keep the feel of your day the same? I know that my gas tank will always act the same way, no matter what day it is. How can I have this control on my week? Be bored all morning and busy all afternoon?

I guess it's just a fact of life that any of the good times fall in the bottom half of my gas tank, and sitting in the dentists chair fills it to the top.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

OHHHH MMMAAAANNNN!!!!

So last night I made dinner and read the last half of Harry Potter 7.

IT WAS SSSOOOOO GOOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!!!
IT BLEW MY MIIINNNNNDDDDD!!!!

You have to go read it NOOOOWWWWW so I can talk about it. I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

WOW
It totally surpassed my expectations.

WWWOOOOOWWWW

Monday, July 16, 2007

Stampede Wrap-up

Living in Calgary this summer it was only natural that I enjoyed a few Stampede festivities.

And so the highlights of my attendance of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth begins...

Thursday, July 5th, 2007
'Sneak-a-Peak night'
It was only $3 to get into the grounds (usually $13) so Emily and I decided to check out Nashville North before it got too busy. For those who are uneducated, Nashville North is a big tent on the Stampede grounds, you could call it a 'bar'... but really it's just a tent that requires you to be 18+ to get in. So we went, no line, woo! Also, our friend Jenn was working there, double woo! Unfortunately, her work uniform was a heavy denim shirt - BOO! Oh ya, said tent does not have A/C. In any case we had a decent time, the music was loud and lots of people were way too drunk. It reminded me of October fest, with the long tables and folding chairs, though there was country music and cowboys hats instead of polka and leiderhosen. So that was that, there isn't much to say about this evening because both Emily and I did have to work the next day. Oh but it did get interesting when I started teaching drunk guys how to sign 'You are a shit face'. "awkward"...

Friday, July 6th, 2007
First Official day of Stampede, Parade day!
On Thursday several co-workers instructed me that I was to go to the parade. No choice. Ok by me! So Michelle and I got up early and headed downtown to find a seat among the other 350,000 people that were doing the same. It was really sunny and there were lots of people but we found seats and began to wait... 1 hour later, the parade! There were so many horses. SO MANY HORSES. Every float had horses. Every type of horse, donkey, mule, EVEN a big bull. One of my favorite parts was the sheep dogs. There were 4 sheep in the parade and the 2 dogs just kept them all together following the parade route. It was cool. The dogs were, unfortunately, not cute. The bands were all really good, and the street cleaners added a nice touch. The parade was nearly 2 hours long! It was a good morning, AND I didn't have to work!

Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Rodeo Day!
The Stampede works as so: everyday there is a rodeo show in the afternoon and then an evening show (chuck wagons and grandstand show). This happens everyday, both are worth seeing. I went to the rodeo with Natasha and some of her friends - friends who knew stuff about rodeo! That was sweet - I learned so much! We saw calf roping, saddle bronc, steer pinning, barrel racing, bareback, bull riding, and wild pony chase! It was pretty cool to learn about everything and seeing it up close makes you really respect it, those guys gotta be some kind of tough! So that was that... then we headed (once again) to Nashville North before the line-up started.

Oh yes, as an aside, there is a sign in the Nashville North line that says "If you are standing here there is an approximate wait of 4 hours", yikes!

So we went, we drank, we danced! We saw lots of creepy old men, ew. It was a pretty fun afternoon though after I left I just wanted to shower.

Week days in between.
Pancakes at work every day... very little work everyday...

Friday, July 13th, 2007
Work Lunch, Chuck wagons, Grandstand show!
At work we hosted a big all-you-can eat beef-on-a-bun for all the site guys. We had a dunk tank, a band and lots of food. It was a pretty sweet day because I basically spent it setting stuff up! The dunk tank went over really well, we made lots of money for our fundraiser! The food was alright, I'm not so much a fan of the slow-roasted beef slathered in BBQ sauce, but it was free so no complaints. Oh yes, I got to leave work early, sweet!

Dave and Claire were coming for dinner so I busted it to Safeway and then headed home to get everything ready before I had to pick them up. I made steaks for Dave and I and chicken kebabs for Claire, everything turned out really well!

Then it was off to the Chuck wagons!
This event was really cool to watch. I have no idea where it came from but what a cool thing to see! Basically you have a wagon, with 4 horses in front of it and a guy on the wagon. Behind the wagon is your team - 3 people, each with a horse. So the bell goes and the 3 people at the back have to lift a range in to the wagon, the wagon goes, the team gets on their horses, they race around the track. The wagons passed right in front of us, they were going so fast!
After the chucks came the grandstand show. This is kind of like a big flashy talent show. There was singing, dancing, sequins, sequins, fireworks, sequins, fireworks and a ventriloquist... who was really funny. It was a little cheesy but the fireworks were incredible.

Saturday, July 14th, 2007
COWBOYS
Basically I hung out all day and then met Dave and Claire for dinner and then we went to the famous Cowboys bar. Cover was $20 (OUCH) and drinks were $5.50 (DOUBLE OUCH). It was filthy, too loud, and way too pricey. There were these waitresses walking around with a stool and 4 bottles of liquor in a holster. So you pay $6, she stands on the stool, you sit between her feet with your head back, she pours the shot in your mouth and then mashes her boobs in your face. This place is pure class. I went home early.

And so my Stampede experience comes to a close. I tried to do as much as I could while still making it into work everyday. Everything I did was a lot of fun but I am a bit glad that it's over because I was getting pretty tired towards the end there.

Monday, July 09, 2007

As requested

There is only one hobby that I have in which I exude confidence. I tend to be a little shy and timid when it comes to most of the others, but this one.... THIS ONE. Well, I rule.

BAKING!

(dah dah dah!)

It is the best feeling to love a hobby, do well at it, and beleive that you do well at it. It's something to be proud of, to share, and to continue to work at. All in all, I LOVE to bake, I love to share the fruits (or pastries... cookies... pies... brownies... cakes... etc) of my labour, and I love to show others that it's not so hard.

This brings me to the newest page of my quest to know everything about baking.

High Altitude Baking*

*Only applicable if performing at 3000+ ft (~900m) above sea level.

If you ever find yourself in a cabin at the top of a mountain with a gas range, 6 varieties of flour, and a cast-iron bundt pan, read on my friends! Also, bookmark this post, just in case. Oh yes, that so-called cabin has internet. And The Joy of Cooking. Hot damn what a fantasy!

So firstly, any good kitchen should have a copy of 'The Joy of Cooking'. It is the cooking bible for North America. Well, the North American version is anyway. It will teach you how to catch, skin, fry, and serve a squirrel. I read this book before I go to bed to manipulate my dreams.

It also holds details for High Altitude Baking (HAB). It is listed in the index, go read it.

Chapter 1: A brief intro to HAB

Most recipes will perform as written at 3000ft or less. If you are in SK, MB, ON, NB, NS, PEI, most of QC and western BC you are fine and have a great day! If you are in Eastern QC, Most of AB, BC and parts of YK, NWT, NU, NL, then read on or SUFFER WITH A FLAT CAKE!!! Muaahahaha!!!!!

The need to adjust a recipe at higher altitudes is because ingredients will not react the same way with each other as they would at sea leavel. That is, they will not rise properly. As we learned in high school chemistry, air pressure decreases as elevation increases. As a result of the low air pressure levening agents will react faster forming air pockets in the batter too quickly and thus bursting them. As many cakes take upwards of an hour to cook, all of the levening will have come and gone by the time the batter is cooked. Do not be fooled as you peer into the oven after 30 minutes to see your cake looking light and fluffy, it will deflate miserably into a pancake once 1 hour has passed. Another side effect is liquids will evaporate quicker. This will cause your cake to be dry, crumbly and more likely to stick to the pan.

Please note that baking your cake as written will not make it inedible, it will however have a different texture and, as stated previously, will not rise very well.

As a side note, water will also boil at a lower temperature so be cautious when cooking anything at high altitudes.

Chapter 2: Well what the heck do I do now?

So you're in your fantasy cabin reading my blog thinking 'Ok, so I'm up here, I want to bake, but I want my fantasy lumberjack to be welcomed home with a chocolate angel food cake that looks as good as it tastes. What now Erica, What now???' Well my friend, the answer is adjust! Your kitchen is equipped with all of the tools and ingredients you need!

The ease of HAB is that you don't need any fancy ingredients, you just need to adjust the ingredients you are already using.

As a side, there are adjustments for different altitudes. That is, the higher you are are, the greater the adjustment.

Some common adjustments:

Eggs: If the recipe calls for egg whites whipped to stiff peaks, only go to soft peaks. This will allow the eggs to still contain air however there will be less to deflate. Many recipes will call for eggs at room temperature, in HAB use your eggs right from the fridge. This will allow them to keep their consistency and once again, allow less air to enter. It will also mean that your eggs will cook slower and thus dissolve slower. (Note: Liquid evaporation in Chap 1).

Flour: Everyone knows that air is dryer at higher altitudes, this means everything else will be dryer. Your skin, your hair, your flour. This means increasing your liquids by about 2 tbsp per cup for every 1000ft above 3000ft to compensate.
or: 1 cup liquid at sea level = [1 cup + 2 tbsp * (your altitude/1000 - 2)] liquid at your altitude (given that its >3000ft.)
As liquid evaporates faster at higher altitude, this extra liquid now plays 2 roles. Not only will it moisten your flour it will also allow any evaporation in your batter to slow down.

Baking soda/powder: In most baking (besides yeast baking) this is your leavening agent. A general rule is that more baking powder/soda results in more rising. As you want your cake to rise slowly, reduce the amount you use by 10% at 3000-5000ft, 20% at 5000-7000ft and 25% at 7000+ft. Another tip for your leavening agent is to increase the amount of flour. This will allow the agent to be dispersed thinner throughout the batter. This small amount of increase in flour will not affect your batter provided you have performed the proper liquid increase.

Temperature: As stated before, water boils at a lower temperature at high altitude, this results in a longer cooking time. To compensate for this, increase your baking temperature by 10% and reduce your baking time equivalently to balance this. This increase in temperature will allow the cake to 'set' before the air pockets burst.

Chapter 3: Additional tips

As your batter will expand quite quickly, look for deeper pans to prevent overflow. Along with this it is also a good idea to remove any racks above the one on which you have set your cake so that the batter does not rise into it. Grease any pans more than usual to prevent probable sticking.

Conclusion... for those that are still reading!

I have written most of my tips with respect to baking a cake. This is because cakes are more likely to fail than most other recipes. Baking cookies don't require as much attention, just be careful that they do not brown too quickly.

There is no sure fire success method with HAB. It is best to start with small adjustments and go from there. Any baking is dependant on your tools and your oven, work with what you have and don't be afraid to fail, it's all in the process. Most baking ingredients are fairly cheap so by all means keep trying.

And so my friends, this ends the requested HAB lesson for today. Now you can all go back to your sea-level homes and bake me a fluffy cake!

Sources:
http://www.crisco.com/basics/tips/high_altitude.asp
http://www.highaltitudebaking.com/
http://www.ochef.com/327.htm
and of course, The Joy of Cooking

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Recently...

...I have been loving:
- Iron Chef America
- Re-reading Harry Potter
- Costco Bruschetta mix
- Being outside
- cbc.ca slide shows
- Looking for BBQ recipes
- Crossword puzzles
- Sun Rype Apple-Orange-Peach juice
- Earl Grey tea
- Going to the park
- reading fasioni.st

...I have been dis-liking
- Cat Cora on ICA
- rainy days/lack of sun
- cream cheese
- no mouse at work
- my sneakers
- spending money
- my hair

What am I going to do about it?
- Watch ICA when she isn't on!
- put on a raincoat
- eat peanut butter
- use the touch pad
- get over it
- get over it
- get it cut this weekend!

I've been running really dry on new blog ideas, I haven't tried any new recipes recently and as this book says, no one cares what I had for lunch! (which I want by the way...) So until the ideas start flowing or this book arrives I have a feeling elbowinnose is going to get really wonky as I concoct new ideas.

Hoping all is well!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Cooped up!

For me it is hard to beleive that someday I will (hopefully) have a long-term job. When I think about it my thoughts are "It had better be pretty exciting to keep me interested!" and "How many mores years until I can have 4 weeks vacation?" So I have those thoughts and then what immediately follows is "Man I sure sound like a lazy bum!". I do understand the value of hard work (do you know my parents?) and I know that if I want any money ever I'm going to have to work for it and really I'd be so bored doing nothing anyway. Am I doomed to hate getting up in the morning for the rest of my life?

I'm glad I can safely say 'no' to that. Last term I had such a blast on my co-op. The biggest thing was that I felt important and that my contribution was necessary for the success of the team. It's a really great feeling! I've only had that once though and I've had 6 jobs! I guess I'm going to have to be pretty good at recognizing a good situation and really take advantage of it.

Again with my brain taking over... my next thought is "maybe this is the wrong field for me?". It scares me because I cannot answer that question confidently! I figure eventually I will sway in one direction and decide my fate... which will hopefully be "I am in the right field!" When will this happen and what got me this far without answering it?

How do people really decide what they want to do with their lives? It seems to me that it's not always a choice, it's often a job you get "just for a bit" and then end up being promoted or whatever and then thinking "well I guess its not so bad" and besides, who wants to quit their job, re-write their resume, and find a new job with the possibility that it may take a while? Not many. Hardly ever do we choose a job based solely on what we want to do, and rather on when is necessary for us to do. There are some, but not many that have their 'dream job'.

My dream job would look something like this:
- Somewhat active, that is not sitting all day, don't mind walking a lot
- Social, lots of human interaction
- Social, lots of after-work stuff like hockey team etc
- Outside on occasion, not just walking to my car
- Interesting and full of new things to learn
- A 'team' atmosphere, everyone is important
- Understanding of life commitments like family
- And to be greedy.... a pasty chef at a great restaurant... but that's just getting picky

Now that I've made this list I guess I will just have to keep it in mind when I choose my job instead of being blinded by a huge salary or something equally intimidating.

Have a nice long weekend!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

High five to Carmen for being bored enough at work to write a blog and thus inspire me to blog... instead of being on facebook. Woo!

So I'm in a bit of a dilemma, I have nothing to read. I usually have something lined up to read next or I'm reading 3 books at once so there's still 2 more to finish. Not this time. In the past few months I have read the following:

Tusday's With Morrie
The 5 People You Meet in Heaven
For One More Day (all 3 by Mitch Albom)
Children of Men - P.D. James

I just finished Children of Men the other day and as a side note - read it! I started watching the movie on the weekend (after I finished the book) and what a difference! I've only started watching the movie so I don't know much about it but I can say so far that they might as well have different titles. I always enjoy the book more though... that's just me... and if you're not a reader then... enjoy the movie?

Back to my point. I have nothing to read. I have a void that falls right between getting into bed and falling asleep. I have been reading and re-reading cookbooks (the Joy of Cooking is a WEALTH of knowledge!) but that can only take me so far.

I need something to read! Please recommend something! I enjoy most popular fiction. Some books that I have enjoyed in that past are 'Memoirs of a Geisha', 'Joshua Then and Now', and the ones I've stated above.

I'm also considering having my mom send me my Harry Potter books so I can re-read them before the new one comes out this summer. I can't wait!

p.s. Memoirs of a Geisha the movie cannot be compared to the book. The book is a historical crockpot of the Geisha traditions. It is long but once you get started you won't be able to stop.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My new digs

So far in Calgary I have learned the following:

- The roads will wreck your alignment, resulting in fun mechanic bills!
- You can't walk anywhere
- Everyone here drives EVERYWHERE
- Too many people smoke
- The recycling program is not very good - they only take paper, cardboard and glass - no plastic!! I cringe every time I put a plastic bottle in the garbage, ya when was the last time you had to do that!
- The weather is very nice during the day, sunny and nice, however it drops very low at night. The difference between night and day temperature is like 20 degrees. Brr!
- Baking here SUCKS! Calgary is not even that high (about 3200 ft) but it still makes my cakes flat. Thank goodness they still taste good! I'll be sticking to cookies and pies.
- It's a very big little city. As in the downtown is a misrepresentation of how many people actually live here.
- Gas is not cheap, though I have no idea what it is at home. It has been 108.9 constantly for the past week. Has not changed once.
- Old Dutch is everywhere and it is grand!
- There are many cool things to see: Drumheller, Lake Louise, THE ZOO! Lots of weekend trips.
- The Stampede really seems like it will be as crazy as I've heard... yay people coming to visit!
- There are no big highways (see: 400 series highways) but there are enough people to warrant them.

Observation: Toronto has been a big city for a long time. It looks like a big city, it has the amenities a big city needs. When you are in Toronto you feel like you are in a big city. Calgary on the other hand is home to more than 1 million people (That's HUGE! - Toronto (excluding GTA)is about 2.5 million and Montreal is just over 1 million also) Calgary does not feel like a big city. Now this could be good if you just didn't like the city but that's just not it - it is failing at being a city! The economy really needs to catch up on the growth. There is such a labour shortage. I could get a job working at 7-11 for $10/hour WITH benefits. What a deal! In conclusion Calgary is way off balance and needs to peace the spork out already.

I guess I just need a bit more time to settle, give the city a chance before I form (harsh) judgements.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Attemtping (what seems to be) the impossible

6 months ago I was set to never have another co-op in Southern Ontario. With that I approached my employer and said "Yo, you gots work out West, gimme!" and with that I was on my way to Calgary.

6 months ago I had these visions of meeting cool people at work to hang out with and experience everything that Calgary had to offer. There would be road trips, hangovers, and Certified Alberta Beef! Oh yes, and it would be summer. So at the time my idea seemed flawless, what could go wrong! I'm independent, I've made it on my own before, what's the big deal?

Well I was reading Jan's blog and saw the line "since a familiar face always makes moving/new house/new job/new city a little less overwhelming." This is were I lack. I moved here just over a week ago with help from one very familiar face. It was awesome, the trip, the time we spent together blah blah blah goodness. Now that he is gone there is not one familiar face around me. The biggest thing is there is really no one I can just approach and randomly hug. Man, do I love hugs! What a feeling!

In Waterloo I have many random hugging opportunities: my roommates, no questions asked! Hug away they'll tell you! At school, pretty much any person in my class or in the halls, some even ask for them. What an environment! Heck, I could even hug the clerk at Sobey's.

I suppose if I wanted to I could get hugs here, but I would have to ask for them and they would not be familiar. They would still be great, just not quite what I'm looking for. I know exactly what it feels like to hug my mom. That is what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a feeling of familiarity.

I know, everyone around me has already told me "You are just starting, you will get used to things and make friends etc" but to be completely selfish, I want that now! I'm through with being new, I want familiarity! I don't regret my decision to come out here one bit because already I have learned so much and there are many big things coming up this term (Davela and Claire and Natasha and (hopefully!) Isanne to come visit!). I guess I'm just feeling a little lonely. And I'll say the same thing I say when I have any other bad feeling - it will pass.

Hoping all is well with everyone out there in blogger land!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter!

I know, it's been a while. Deal with it.

Today is Easter Sunday! Tomorrow I have an exam!

Normally today would be full of awesomeness but instead I will be spending a big part of it studying. Just like the past 4 days. Such is life.

In happier news today is a holiday and holidays make me happy! I woke up this morning and while I was making some breakfast, the 'Easter Bunny' made a chocolate egg hunt for me in my room! It didn't take very long to find all of the eggs but it was still fun. We had a nice breakfast of Banana bread (recipe to follow) and bacon-cucumber-tomato sandwiches. Oh yes and peppermint tea - I recommend it!

So my Easter started off pretty decently. But everyone knows the best part of any of these holidays is dinner. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, dinner makes these holidays. Me being the petite chef/scatterbrained nutso...I decided at 1pm that I wanted to make a nice dinner. Yay Erica...Nothing is open today!! So now we are making dinner from things I have in the house. It's not so bad, check out our menu:

-Mashed potatoes! Extra creamy...but not with milk because there is barely any milk
-Green Beans! Ya frozen vegetables!
-Cranberry chicken! (posted the recipe a while back!)
-Yorkshire pudding! Yes, I know you are supposed to eat this with roast beef but I just don't have a roast beef in my fridge. And I needed another side...and it is only really flour and eggs. Recipe from 'Joy of Cooking'
-Strawberry-Rhubarb pie! I have both of these in the freezer AND I have pie crusts that my mom so lovingly made when she was here back in February.

Not a bad last-minute menu if I do say so myself! It's kind of mixed-matched but I'm ok with that. It's all good food and my goodness I like good food!

So that's my Easter. I will be doing homework until about 4pm when I will start cooking. Oh, another perk to this meal is that none of it takes very long to cook. More time to study!

Beyond cooking and studying I have no been very active. The intramural hockey team I'm on won our tier! That was awesome, we only won one game in the regular season and then we went on to win all 3 of out play-off games. That felt pretty good, our team really started to come together towards the end - way to go guys!

Well I hope everyone has a super great Easter full of family and FOOD!! Mine will not have any family but good friends will fill in just fine...and I will have food. Happy Easter!!

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My Mom's Banana Bread

If you double the recipe, it makes 3 loaves. I always double the recipe.

1 cup White Sugar
1/4 cup Oil (vegetable or canola preferred - never bake with olive oil!)
1 egg
1 cup mashed banana (If frozen, microwave for 20 secs, slice open peel and squeeze out banana)
1/2 cup milk
1+3/4 cup Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips/raisins/walnuts - any combo works

Mix sugar, oil, egg, banana, milk
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and powder, salt

Gradually add dry to wet, stirring until just combined.
Add chocolate chips etc.

Grease/spray 8x4" loaf pans

Bake at 350 for 50-60 mins.

If you put all 3 loaves in at the same time it will take a full hour to cook.
Freezes very well for up to 6 weeks.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

20 minutes

Who knows why I am so inclined to write right now. After all I have been kicking myself all day for procrastinating so much last night. Perhaps I am a masochist, I enjoy feeling the pressure of my looming homework. I enjoy the pain of opening an exam and knowing nothing because instead of studying I decided to write a blog. How nice. They'll say "Man did she ever bomb that exam but my, what an ordinary blog entry she wrote the night before!" and then I'll smile because I like feeling like crap. Yes, that's right.

No no, instead I will stay up 20 minutes later to make up for the time spent writing this. What's another 20 minutes spent awake. Those 20 minutes have lots of company. They can join the 45 minutes I stayed up extra last night because I decided to bake. They can join the 2 hours I stayed up extra on Sunday night because I "had to" watch the Superbowl. Yep, those 20 minutes will just fall right to the middle of a large vat of other extra minutes that I have spent awake because I decided to do something besides homework. So really you could suggest that I could easily bring this vat to a decent level if I would just quick dicking around and just do my homework. Well really now, what's the fun in that? What's the fun in being up-to-date in my work, what's the fun in going to bed at 11pm? These days 11pm falls in between 10:43pm where I am doing homework and 12:14 am where I am still doing homework. These days, 11pm does not exists. 4:06am, there's one that exists. It's the one that nudges me while I'm sleeping to remind me I forgot to double space my soils lab and so I lay restless until I wake up and edit the damn thing. 9:47am exists because it's when my body screams "not enough coffee yet Erica, you need to up the ante to 3 cups or I will try and fall asleep again come 1:24pm!!". But my favorite is 7:43pm, that's when I get home from spending 10 hours at school and I get to sit down at my desk and start the cycle once more. That one is my favorite.

This girl and this blog will be smiling once Friday afternoon arrives. I will still have butt loads of homework to do but it will be Friday which means none of that homework is due until at least Monday.

Friday, February 02, 2007

So after almost a month and a half I have 2 minutes to write.

This school term is the busiest I have ever known. I can't even explain, its as if I'm in a permanent exam period. This means I cannot justify leaving home unless its to go to class. It sucks alot. It means I can't do any of the things I want to do with my friends like have a wine and cheese, make dinner for my roommates bday, spend time with my mom this weekend. There should be a rule about that by the way, if your family has to travel more than 2000km to see you, your homework should be cancelled. Instead I have way too much. It sucks so much. I get up in the morning, go to school, usually work on homework during any breaks, come home, eat, do more homework until way too late, sleep for very few hours. It's not exams, its just regular school. Actually, I WISH it were exams because after you write an exam its OVER. These days after I hand in an assignment, there's another one due the next week!

So ya, that's why I haven't written anything....and probably won't for a while. No one wants to hear about this stuff anyway. Its not exciting. My mom is here, that's exciting. She will be gone on Monday and there will be nothing exciting left to write. Oh, I'm going to Whistler in 17 days. That's keeping me alive... just gotta get through the next 17 days... that's hardly any time at all! I can do this.

Hope all is better with everyone else!!