I love fall daylight savings. Falling back an hour is heaven that first morning. I easily woke up at 8:30 and already felt accomplished by not sleeping in. I went to my usual Sunday planning spot, Crooked Tree Coffeehouse, and had the usual Vanilla Chai Tea Latte.
After several hours, I finally finished writing my midterm for the semester. I probably could have written it in half the time, but I was busy jamming out to 90s tunes on Pandora (Breakfast at Tiffany’s station is the bomb dot com), Facebooking, and other internet time wasters…in the name of making planning more bearable. For example, I laughed at this photo for about 10 minutes because it perfectly describes me on a daily basis:
I think it’s the look of joyful denial that really gets me. The Pretend-It-Doesn’t-Exist Forcefield was at max strength after I finished that midterm. My roommate Allison and I got 5 tacos each at Fuel City and took them home. After that, I found any excuse not do work-related things, such as watching TED talks.
Inevitably I got the urge to bake. I cooked up a dozen chocolate chip cookies from some cookie dough I had left over from last night’s urge. Then I decided to make use of some cranberries in the fridge by baking some cranberry bars. They’re very basic but the tart cranberries remind me of the holidays AND the fact that my Thanksgiving break is TWO WEEKS AWAY!!!!
Chocolate Chip Cookies: I used Mark Bittman’s recipe from my How to Cook Everything app. Simple but makes some great cookies that are almost fluffy in texture.
Cranberry Bars: I used this Gourmet recipe I found on my Epicurious app. (Take a guess about how many food related apps I have on my phone and iPad.) I just halved the recipe (because of lack of cranberries) and replaced water with apple cider and half the granulated sugar (that cooks with the cranberries) with brown sugar. I also added a pinch of cinnamon and a few cloves to the cranberry mix, which I was careful to pick out later. This was another simple recipe that could be easily dressed up, but it did the trick. My leftover cranberries are way more useful this way than sitting in my fridge.
I’ve been dying to go back to Tennessee, which is something I’d never thought I’d write. I miss my family. And lately I’ve been very nostalgic about college and Nashville. I’m definitely going to be taking a trip down memory lane when I go back and visiting some of my favorite places.
Not that I haven’t found some good places in Dallas…I ate at least four seriously gigantic slices of New York Style pizza at Serious Pizza in Deep Ellum. I actually had to fold the leftovers so it would fit in my fridge. I had cold pizza for lunch the next couple of days but I didn’t mind at all because it was absolutely delicious. The sauce they use on their pizza must be seasoned because it was certainly not like the bland acidic tomato sauce you’d get at other places.
Still…I am ready to go. I am so burnt out that I fantasize about going to grad school on a daily basis. Post-Halloween my students were bat-shit crazy. (Halloween should NEVER be on a Monday.) I need a break. The kids need a break. Everyone needs a break. I’m sure you can sense the desperation by now. But we’re almost there. And I am two weeks away from some gobbling up some McDougal’s chicken tenders with buffalo sauce. That will get me through the next 14 days.