Life · Steps to Adulthood

I, new girl

(End of April. Let’s keep up the pretense.)

Good news, people of the internet! I got a job!

Wow. I never thought those four words could ever bring me such of a feeling of dreadful joy. I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone. Shake it off.

Anyways, after four months trapped in the evil process of job-hunting, I finally got myself a real grown up job. You know, after their first pick left for a better option. A real confidence booster, isn’t it? Nothing like knowing you’re the second choice. Really makes you eager to meet everyone.

You’re picking up on the sarcasm, right?

On the upside, I got a new car! You know, I think I’m more excited about that then I am about the new job. I’ll miss Snoopy (he was a part of the family for ten years.) But, I think me and Charlie are gonna get along great.

Wish me good luck!


is this thing on?

Hello all,

You may have noticed my utter lack of presence in the blog world these past few months. If not, that’s cool. That’s cool.

Anyways, my disappearance can be blamed on both my general laziness and the semi-chaos that has been terrorizing my life these past few months.

So, if you all could pretend that these next few posts were posted many months ago, that would be great. Okay, thanks. You may continue. Nothing to see here.

Life · Steps to Adulthood

midnight regrets

After a sudden and panic-prolonging change in schedule, I can finally say with relief that I made it through my interview. Or did I?

I have a really bad habit of losing my self-control when I’m in a nerve-wracking situation. I sort of go into robot mode. My words just seem to flow out without any forethought, and that can lead to some really awkward sentences with no endings. Ugh. Those are the moments that keep me up at night.

I’m trying really hard to have the “what’s done is done” attitude, but it’s not working out so great.

I can’t help but turn over every word that was spoken, wishing I could go back and change things. I wish I had prepared better in advance. I wish I hadn’t said “um” so many times. I wish I spoken slower. I wish I had chugged a huge glass of water before leaving the house. WHY DID I SAY THAT!?

Ah, well. There’s nothing to be done about it now.

Life · Steps to Adulthood

first impressions

This past week, my stomach has become a breeding ground for evil butterflies and my brain one for traitorous thoughts of self-doubt and insecurity.

The reason for this outbreak in horribleness comes from the interview that is looming in front of me. It’s my first interview for an official adult-type job. You could say I’m pretty terrified. I’ve always been horrible at interviews. Just the whole idea of being judged freaks me out. I’m also really bad at talking myself up. Also, first impressions. They do say that first impressions are very important, which just freaks me out even more.

Since I received the fateful phone call last Tuesday, I have spent my days meticulously planning the perfect interview outfit and Googling example interview questions online. My nights have been spent restlessly tossing and turning while alternately letting myself hope and telling myself to shut up. That little time between was spent painting my nails, very horribly unfortunately.

Now, here I am, sitting in my room binge watching The Office on Netflix because I’m too wired to fall asleep. I have my outfit picked out, a store of advice from my familial confidantes, and a very loud alarm set on my phone so I don’t accidentally sleep through my interview. Less than 10 hours to go.

baking · recipes

a cookie a day keeps the blues away

As I mentioned in my last post (Every Sheep Has a Silver Lining), one of my favorite pick-me-ups on bad days are chocolate chip cookies. And, I’ve been told that I am pretty good at making those bad boys. So, in order to share this greatness with the rest of the world, I thought I’d post my family’s go-to recipe (with bonus “Tips from an Amateur Baker,” courtesy of me.) Enjoy!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in Western Oklahoma


2/3 cup shortening

* 2/3 cup softened butter (not melted)

* 1 cup granulated sugar

* 1 cup brown sugar (packed)

* 2 eggs

* 2 teaspoon vanilla

* 3 cups all-purpose flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 1-12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips


       1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

       2) Mix thoroughly the shortening, butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.

       3) Stir in the remaining ingredients. For softer, rounder cookies, add an extra ½ cup of flour.

       4) Drop the dough by rounded spoonfuls 2-inches apart onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

       5) Bake 8-10 minutes, until cookies are a light golden brown around the edges (and on the bottom.)

       6) Allow cookies to cool slightly before removing from the baking sheet. After removing them, let them finish cooling on a paper towel.

Tips from an Amateur Baker:

+ I’m weird and use two spoons to scoop my cookies out: one to dip from the bowl, one to scrape the dough onto the pan. If you have a fancy cookie scooper, you could use that.

+ Don’t worry if the cookies look oddly doughy after removing them from the oven. They harden as they cool. As long as the edges/bottom of the cookie are a light golden brown, they are good.

+ Leave dough in fridge between batches.

+ Yields: About 7 dozen cookies

Click here for a handy-dandy printout of this recipe!