hmph. i don't know what is up guys but i am in a serious funk. there's really absolutely no reason for it besides just that i want to get through this work week and get my ass to texas. it's been a long time (not since seeing tex himself, we've actually been pretty spoiled in that department lately) but i am ready to get back to houston. and, frankly, to an apartment that isn't 1000 degrees with a shower that works and a three day weekend. you know, because i no longer know how to work five day weeks. i guess i'll be proving myself wrong this week though. i did manage to learn some things this weekend, so let me share those with you...
i learned...not all 9 x 5 loaf pans are created equal. i don't think my pan was QUITE tall enough for this nutella pound cake and it leaked over the sides a little bit. luckily i was prepared (this isn't my first loaf fiasco) with a baking sheet underneath so there wasn't any need to clean my oven. the problem is that when a pound cake is done leaking all over it deceivingly looks cooked. and when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean? well that is even further proof it is cooked. but when you patiently wait the 15 prescribed minutes of cooling time and then invert it onto a wire cooling rack and the ENTIRE MIDDLE OF YOUR POUND CAKE comes oozing out in a molten hot nutella lava flow? well, evidence be damned...that shit isn't cooked. i managed to pick some of the crusty bits off of the edges and dip them into the melty nutella and this was proof enough that this pound cake needs to be baked again (and baked all the way through) because had i not screwed it up? it would have been to die for...like, maybe i wouldn't share it with anyone else it's that good. i didn't get a shot of it finished because...i think you can assume why, actually. no explanation necessary.
i learned...when you're in a horrible funk, sometimes the best thing to do is unplug, ignore text messages and cuddle with your best bear bud. no shame, redbear's been with me since i was born so i don't think i'll ever get rid of him. tex tells me he doesn't even think it's that weird that i still sleep with a teddy bear. we'll see how he feels about that when we're sharing a bed more permanently some day, but for now, redbear is my main squeeze.
i learned...that it was totally worth it to lug all those weights down to virginia from my parent's house when i moved this summer. it is awesome to have almost a complete set of dumbbells (when you can't really lift more than 20 pounds, a complete set isn't actually that many weights) to use so you never have to leave your living room to complete best body bootcamp workouts. there's something oddly motivational about watching paula deen on a big screen television while doing tricep extensions...
i learned...there's nothing wrong with a candlelight lunch for one. i had a seriously antisocial weekend this weekend (besides my amazing date with megan, allison and alex) and i can't lie - by the end of it i was pretty ready to be social again. but somewhere in the middle, around lunchtime on saturday? i was feeling it in a major way. solo lunch date? don't mind if i do.
learned anything new lately?