Brief cooking notes

Hey,

So, tonight for my dorm floor I made chocolate chip cookies. Well, I tried to. I started with the recipe (attached to this post) but having no salt or vanilla I compensated. I added 2 tsps of nutty coffee which had fabulous consequences. See, the recipe calls for “Instant Coffee” and I added regular because I don’t drink coffee and I didn’t think about what this could mean. So my cookies have not an aftertaste, but an after*feel*. Kinda cool :-D. Then I added an extra tbs (tbs = table spoon, *not* tub) of butter to make up for the lack of vanilla and because no recipe for cookies should have less than 3 tbs of butter in it. It’s just wrong. Then I didn’t let the melted chocolate chips cool, so when I added everything together the warm-hotish chocolate chips liquefied the still solidish ones. The persistent hanging dampness of the day didn’t help either. I was last rained on 4 hours ago, and my pants still feel damp. Go interesting and non-desert weather! Finally I added 1.5 cups more flour plus 1/2 tsp[ of baking powder and 1 tsp of baking soda to make up for the extra flour. This was too much for my new and wonderful cookie tray, so I treated it as a bar cookie and poured/scraped/scooped it into the cookie tray. I then decorated the top with walnut halves which I really liked.

The cost of all of these supplies (notwithstanding that of the wonderful and incredible and greatly useful utensils by fabulous parents sent with me): 46+ dollars.

Smiling after a day of walking and rain and being ordered around by nice but officious upper classmen? Priceless. And I haven’t even used the cornmeal or pumpkin spice yet :-D.

If there are any left in the common room tomorrow morning I will take a photo of them. Hope everyone had a fabulous day!

Inspirational song:

Oh my love
When you’re far away i miss you so
Oh my love
How it hurt my heart to see you go

Oh my love
Some of us they says are bound to die
Oh my love
How it hurts my heart to say goodbye

Darlin’ won’t you wait,
Won’t you wait, won’t you wait
For I must go far away
Darlin’ won’t you wait,
Won’t you wait, won’t you wait
‘till I come back home to stay

Should another love
Come along, come along
Simply say that you’re not free
Send her on her way,
On her way, on her way
Darlin’ won’t you wait for me Oh my love

When you’re far away i miss you so
Oh my love

How it hurt my heart to see you go

Oh my love

Some of us they says are bound to die
Oh my love

How it hurts my heart to say goodbye
(What I’m singing for the talent show. With a girl in my hall (sp?). It’s a round. Girl scouts sing it so it should be public domain. These lyrics are from my memory.)

First post from college

Hey all,

I am posting from my fabulously multicolored dorm room (scarves as layered wall hangings are wonderful for clinically white walls) on my newly acceptable computer (their computing Policy is comparatively simple and nice, possibly more on that later). My roommates are fabulous. Though I am slightly sensually overwhelmed (the Orientation Counselors (OCs) were helpful, kind, understanding and above all LOUD) I am happy. And very tired. Hopefully I will be able to try out the karate nearby this week and am currently practicing my music. More tomorrow!

Jessi

Inspirational song:

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
That hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?

Robert Lowry

Spam as terrorism

Hey all,

Here’s a quick something I posted during Talk of the Nation:

The moderators mentioned this in passing, but “Denial of Service” Spam campaigns are already used as political attacks. When Estonia took down a statue of a Russian soldier (precious to Russian Estonians but disliked by native Estonians)

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2007/05/595ff9a7-b58e-4c63-b68d-9606c6d805f7.html

Russian sponsored spammers shut down Estonia’s governmental websites as retribution for the Statue’s removal. Turns out NATO has cyber-terrorism units. Spam, not just for ID anymore.

This was posted here:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/talk/2007/08/spam_not_delicious_in_any_inca_1.html#commentSection

by me, cuz the subject was being mentioned on Talk of the Nation. Yay for publicity!

Inspirational quote:

Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.
Evan Esar

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