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project

Well there is some bad news, some good news, and some cookie news!

Without a doubt cookies get their own category.

Good News:

  • I managed to sever the bond the couch had made with my ass.
  • I had a great hour at the gym
  • I know what I am doing for everyone for X-Mas! I will need some help for a few of them so I’ll let you all know soon ;)

Bad News:

  • Lowes is out of baby cactuses
  • I did not get anything else done that I wanted to today
  • I set out to buy x-mas presents, but instead bought 26 dollars worth of baking supplies for..

Cookies News!

I used THIS RECIPE. best. cookie. ever.

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more good news

  • i did not eat my weight in cookies and only feel minimally sick to my stomach. My strategy? I countered any cookie consumption with equal fruit and tea

Can you spot the cookie?

  • Also, there was only one isolated crumble incident..

Don’t fret–I took care of that ;)

A bit more of bad news

MOM CLOSE YOUR EYES

  • the room remains a disaster zone to be tackled at a later date. tomorrow possibly…probably not though.

AH out of control!!!

In the forecast for tomorrow

1) more baking–for lobo holiday party

2) cycling class possibly

3) room cleaning..maybe

4) work..maybe

5) make secret santa present!

6) holiday party

7) staying fly

fiasco

Yesterday I was wondering why I didn’t bake more.

This morning I was reminded.

It all began last night when I came across some recipes from mama pea, mostly due to the fact that I had bought canned pumpkin on a whim, only to remember afterwards that I hate it and therefore needed to find a recipe to use it up.

A quick detour to Sunflower followed where I stocked up on everything that I THOUGHT I might need (more whole wheat flour most specifically) only to arrive home and realize that I was lacking brown sugar..and powdered sugar.

Seeing as I changed into my pj’s immediately after walking in the door, there was no way I was going to return to the dark, cold world for some measly sugar.

This was (bad) sign number one.

No matter, I was not to be deterred so this morning I woke up bright and early and ohsofashionably dressed drove to Smiths for the remaining necessities.

(bad sign )Number two quickly followed when I realized that I was missing baking soda as well! Now, there was REALLY no way that I was returning to the store for a third time–no matter if it was dark and cold or not.NOTE: It wasnt.

I forged ahead anyways. I decided to tackle some peanut butter cookies first. Everything was going smoothly..

until it wasnt.

The dough suddenly became dry, crumbly and wouldnt stick together at ALL. I checked the directions once, twice, and finally gave up and stuck it in the fridge while I began the second item. (Bad sign number three anyone?)

PUMPKIN BARS

This recipe was supremely easy and fast, which was encouraging. I bopped along, stuck it in the oven for thirty minutes and turned my attention back to the case of the dry dough.

I decided to experiment–something i am absolutely unaccustomed to but I already fucked it up by following directions so I was fed up with that.

I re-mixed peanut butter, butter, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl and folded in the crumbly failed dough little by little in one bowl.

In the other I mashed half a banana and combined it with the dry dough. Popped those suckers in the oven and began to examine my now fully baked pumpkin bread.

The moment I cut into it I was reminded of why I baking is not something I do often

I’m terrible at it!

Ah, there it is. I can’t even say that I enjoy it all that much, mostly I just enjoy having first dibs on the dough. It is actually rather stressful to me, because of my accute case of perfectionism.

So basically the pumpkin bread has little flavor. It is gushy, mushy, and generally unappealing. the chocolate chips in it are its saving grace, because they are ghirredelli.

In good news, the cookies came out alright. Oddly enough, the banana peanut butter cookies are my favorite and they were the ones that I created out of failure. That’s encouraging I suppose.

I think I’ll leave future baking to Jenny because she is really good at it. I of course am always willing to provide the dough! What are best friends for if not to consume large portions of cookie dough, I tell ya. Plus these are vegan so there are no eggs to worry about–not that generally stops us anyways.

I may be baking incompetent BUT in my defense I can make some mean quesadillas, and really what else do you need?

chronicle

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CONGRESSIONAL INTERN


6:50 grudgingly wake up, run to GW gym, work out

7:30 shower, eat breakfast, liberally apply deodorant (!!!)

8:15 throw lunch in bag and leave for metro, walk two blocks over and three up


8:25 head down escalators to turnstiles– swipe smart card

8:30 read spare express left over from previous riders

8:45 arrive at Capitol South station

8:47 swipe smartcard and ascend escaltors

8:50 join masses of interns in transit to buildings, remove ipod from earts and go through Longworth metal detector

8:53 head up to the fifth floor, room 1505

8:55 hang up bag, replace flip flops with heels


9:00 make first of many coffee pots of the day


BEGIN TASKS:

  • fold and distribute morning publications to staff members
  • enter in first batch of constituent mail
  • answer phones
  • check outlook for any tasks
  • give tours
  • write letters or vote recommendations
  • archive and organize last years mail
  • enter phone calls into log
  • send in lunch schedule
  • browse news sites
  • attend hearings/briefings (either for pleasure or to take notes for staff)
  • you get the idea

5:30 start to feel the pull of the door, leaving is so close you can feel it.

6:00 replace heels with flip flops, pop in ipod

EVENING OPTIONS:

attend various receptions with open bar/ free food if applicable

catch metro home

hang out with people

make dinner

do yoga

go to sleep

As with any situation there is some variance. There are catastrophes (most often affiliated with my presence) such as this beautiful lunch combo jackpot..

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Yes, that would be my favorite white DRY CLEAN only skirt decorated with my lovely avocado condiment! :(

More often though, the variance derives from afternoon treats! Some are brought in my staff..

(Crappy phone picture of Maya’s blackberry crumble)

Or in today’s case–provided by yours truly!:

I never tasted the final product, I much prefer dough to actual cookies..

Especially when it looks like THAT.

They aren’t pretty but they got rave reviews from the work crowd during the two o’clock mind crunch. They were devoured within the hour along with my 2lb bag of skittles and smaller package of gummy worms.

Score–

Kallie: 1

Life: 1 (remember the avocado, skirt situation? yeah..me too)

I seriously can’t believe tomorrow is my last day! It is so surreal. I am definately looking forward to coming home, but there are a fair bit of things that I will miss out here (and some things I will NOT miss)

Like-minded caffeine craving staff

Unlimited coffee access all day

The interns I work with, and staff

Being able to walk everywhere

The energy of the city

Meeting so many new people all the time

Proximity of my dorm to Trader Joe’s

Getting to get decked out in cute professional attire errryay

Giving tours!

Seeing congressmen everywhere

Reading the newspaper and knowing what they are talking about

Free food at receptions!

The shower that does not drain

Being sick and away from home

The HUMIDITY

Top Chef coming on at 9 (and the gym closing at 8:30)

The ghetto Watergate Safeway

Tourist B.O on the metro

Having to always re-use my four plates and one bowl

Trying to hang out with people, but not being old enough to get into a restaurant past 8

Crazy constituent calls

My tiny bed

All in all, I have had a great time out here, though not exactly what I expected. I hope that this isnt jinxing anything and I fall down a flight of stairs or something haha BUTTTTTT yeah it’s my last night so I’m going out now :)




slumber

I am one tired cookie!

Some regularly-houred, normally-located sleep is just what the doctor ordered but it seems as though my prescription was botched.

Even as far back as my sleepless night earlier this week, I have been slumber deprived and only had one night of recovery before I spent the night camped out in front of the Apple store  to get Shmemp a fancy new phone. My old, dejected Motorola Q is having some self esteem issues after being near that thing now.

The bright side of situation was that I was properly fueled throughout Wednesday to get through the long night. I paired the remainder of my salad from dinner with Leah and Molly at Johndi’s Tuesday evening with some eggs, apple, and coffee.

I seriously adore leftovers–they are almost better than eating the food originally! You carry your little box out, knowing that you are not done enjoying your food and looking forward to your next meeting.

BAM! leftover usage achieved

Plus ketchup

So we arrived Wednesday night to be about 60th in line with book in hand (me) and jacket (kemp’s originally but stolen by me later). Some people had really thought it out and had brought their computers, chairs, tents, blankets, pillows, RV’s, etc. We were on the lo-tech end..We found a tennis ball to entertain us after awhile (you can choose whether you consider this sad or genius).

We foolishly thought when the sun came up 8 hours later we were on the home stretch. Let’s just say we were wrong: we didn’t leave until one pm at least! We headed home, ate and promptly passed out until 7. Kemp went home for dinner while my mom and I whipped up some din din (did I really just shorten dinner to din din?) then I did the dishes and folded my laundry while my mom took the pup for a walk and then we all headed to bed thinking that I would be able to sleep quite a bit in a BED.

Quick and easy dinner :)

I knew Kemper had to get up early to work out, but I was thinking more in the 8 o’clock range–I was woken up at 6:30 with breakfast requests! AH, i downed some coffee and proceeded to whip up some oatmeal for him and two banana oatmeal muffins for my mother and I. Once the boy had headed out could I go back to the comfort of my bed? Of course not, I had to make some work calls and August had to be walked to off we went and now here I sit.

Busy, busy day ahead of me. Have to head down to school to pick up my acceptance letter to sweden and passport photos for my visa application, then I have a top secret event to attend (more on this when it can be revealed), lunch in celebration of said event, hopefully some interviews along the way, dry cleaning to pick up, and my visa application to be finished and sent out tomorrow.

grumpy

Traffic and a terrible night’s sleep last night contributed to my grumpiness today. I was extra irritated about anything I encountered that was even moderately annoying. I fought to remain positive and see the good in every situation that I was placed in, but my horrific mood was just not having it! Even a quick trip to costco didn’t lift my spirits, they had good samples and I wasn’t in the mood to try any of them (yes it was THAT bad). Let’s just say that crying definately ensued on the drive home.

Once I arrived home, I decided to calm my mind with some yoga in my yard…

and a little baking. Baking cures all bad moods–especially when it involves pumpkin!

CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN COOKIES ;)

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 TBSP canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Chocolate chips (however much you want)

Mix everything together, I did the wet ingredients first and then the dry ones one by one, the chocolate chips last. Use tablespoon to place pumpkin-y dollops onto onto sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

I have yet to try the actual finished product, because I am too full from dinner to even contemplate dessert BUT the parents have taste-tested and they approve! Anyways, tomorrow is another early day for me so I’m going to actually try to get to sleep at a reasonable time so I am not so agitated. In my defense, I attempted to fight it!

Have a wonderful night all

beginnings

Word on the street is that every day you learn something new, well today’s tidbit of knowledge is related to my hometown here in New Mexico.

Evidently Albuquerque is 5th leanest city in America! According to Men’s Heath (http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/metrogrades-fattest-cities/) it is beat by Austin, Seattle, Washington DC, and San Francisco but is above Portland and Denver. It is kind of neat to know that you grew up in an environment where fitness and health is prioritized, but I never realized exactly how much of an impression it has made nationally.

in other news–I am officially settled in each of my homes, after officially relinquishing my dorm keys yesterday at approximately 12:45.

INTERRUPTION IN TRAIN OF THOUGHT:

I was wondering just yesterday why I didn’t go get my nails done more often, but after a mother-daughter pampering excursion (times two, jen and her mom joined us) I was rudely reminded while showering at the gym: My toes are ALREADY messed up! I love dark colors on my nails, but that choosing a dark red showcases any minor flaws that occur. Such a bummer, but I absolutely refuse to not run so I guess my nails’ appearance will be sacrificed.

BACK TO ORIGINAL TOPIC:

I an unbelieveably sick and tired of cleaning, organizing, packing, loading and unloading. Yesterday, after lugging all my belongings to my mother’s house and unpacking that, I returned to my dorm and cleaned for two hours, then loaded up again, dropped some things at Goodwill, got to my dad’s and just spent an hour unpacking and organizing THAT. Whew, feels nice to have my two rooms back in tip-top shape though I must say.

All that left me utterly tuckered out, plus the fact that in between loading up my car and dropping things off at goodwill I made a two hour gym trip. I did weights for the first time in FOREVER, for at least 45 mins, and then thirty minutes of sprints. I was not too tired, however to cook!

I took a mini nap while half watching julie/julia in the afternoon which inspired me to get off my butt and kick off ‘cook week’! I first made apple brownies, they were incredibly easy and totally delicious!

What you need:

2/3 cup butter (P.S. Cut out a third of a cup of butter and swap in a half-cup of applesauce instead)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar (P.S. I know, I know–sugar!–but this is sort of desserty, so stay with me here. Consider cutting out a tad, if you want to. Apples are sweet enough on their own!)
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 t. vanilla
2 t. cinnamon
1 cup apples, chopped fine

Prep:

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and cinnamon; stir well. Stir in apples, nuts, and raisins. Bake in a greased and floured 9 x 9 pan at 350° F. for 35-40 minutes.


Followed by some sweet potato fries through the instruction of this lovely lady and some carrot fries as well using the same recipe. We chowed down on those with our dinner of pad thai, made my Kristen while I did some yoga. All in all the past two days have been utterly fantastic and it looks like it is going to be a b-e-aUUUUUUtiful summer.

love, k