Serious Injury List

Serious Injury List

1/13/15 – approx. 8:20am: Slammed myself in the car door. Gave myself a light mammogram, SMASHED my shin. Got queasy and angry. Had to pretend to be happy b/c male co-worker waved to me.

1/14/15 – approx. 6:15pm: Eating Cheetos Puffs. Mostly tried to lick cheesy dust off my finger. I pulled away and she swiped at me. Her claw got stuck in my hand, just above the thumb, and had to be removed manually.

1/18/15 – time unknown: I looked down and was bleeding from a cut on my left index finger. No idea how it happened.

1/19/15 – approx 12pm: I was walking past Mostly and she swiped at me, cutting the top of my right index finger. Different location than the cut on the left index finger. They do not match.

1/20/15 – 12:55pm: Bashed my wrist on break room door handle. Left a big red mark for at least the last 3 minutes, probably more.

1/21/2015 – approx 7:50am: Snowy morning so my shoes were wet when I got to work. Had to use the bathroom so I chose the handicap stall. Approximately 3/4 of the way to the toilet, I slid. Left leg stayed planted. Right lid slid almost to the wall and then locked. Knee hurt for approx. 2 hours. Now the pain runs from the knee, up the back of the thigh, all the way to my shoulder.

Now if I could just decide what it is I want…

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I don’t feel like I’m at a crossroads. I don’t feel like something’s gotta give. I don’t feel like I can’t go on this way. I just feel compliant. I do things the way they’re supposed to be done because I am supposed to and for no other reason.

I’ve always had a hard time with change. I love new things but hate the process of getting into them. I hate moving, I hate switching jobs, I hate rearranging and redecorating. Once it’s done, I adjust quickly but in the meantime, I’m miserable. I’m also the world’s WORST self-motivator. I won’t motivate myself and when others try I get annoyed. I’m truly hopeless, guys.

But lately I’ve been seeing a lot of things. This video for Passion Planner, a friend’s Facebook post (pictured above), etc. I just think it’s time. It has to be. I don’t know what this change is going to be, but I know it’s got to be SOMETHING.

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Nutella filling and Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Guys. I don’t want to toot my own horn… but TOOT-freaking-TOOT. These cupcakes are AMAZING. Easily the best I’ve yet to make.

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I used a Devil’s Food recipe I found on Your Cup of Cake, piped each cupcake with straight Nutella, and then made a Nutella Buttercream Frosting I found on Pinterest.

Chocolate Cake (found on Your Cup of Cake)
1 cup sour cream
½ cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
¼ cup water
½ cup buttermilk
Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
2. Using a whisk, mix sour cream, oil and vanilla extract together. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well in between each addition.
3. Alternate adding the cake mix and liquids (buttermilk and water), starting and ending with the cake mix.
4. Fill liners 2/3 full and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until and inserted knife come out clean.
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Then I filled a piping bag with an entire jar of Nutella and, using a long filling tip, piped some Nutella into each cupcake.
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Then Kelly and I split one, unfrosted, because they are THAT good.
Nutella Buttercream Frosting (found on My Baking Addiction via Pinterest)
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 13-ounce jar of Nutella
pinch of fine grain sea salt
1 tbsp clear vanilla extract
1.5 lbs confectioners’ sugar, sifted
6-8 tbsp heavy cream or milk
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and Nutella until well combined, thick and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Slowly add in confectioner’s sugar, and continue mixing until well blended.

2. Add salt, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk. Blend on low speed until moistened. Add an additional 3-5 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

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These cupcakes are SUPER rich, so you WILL need a glass of milk. And, if you’re lucky, a little nosey cat to share it with.

January 1st, 2013

So, this year I basically have ONE New Years resolution: DON’T BE LAZY. A lot of mini resolutions fall under this category such as bake more, blog more, and read more. In the last few days I’m proud to say I have accomplished all three.

The blogging you’re seeing right now. The post ahead is not going to be funny, or interesting, or even worth the read, really… but it WILL be my first blog post about myself (and not Damages, which I admit to being slightly addicted to) in probably over a year. The humor (I hope) will come as I continue to blog (I hope).

Sunday I made champagne cupcakes with champagne icing (recipe here: http://whitepicketbentz.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/festive-treats-for-the-new-year/). Kelly got a new stand mixer for Christmas so these cupcakes were its maiden voyage. It made the entire process so much easier, and gave me the courage to try icing from scratch for the first time. Unfortunately, the cupcakes came out waaaay too dense, more the consistency of a cornbread muffing. The icing, though, was AMAZING. So, I still have hope. The point is that I did it and I’m actually really proud of myself. I’ll bake again soon, maybe something more basic. I still have tons of recipes from my cupcake-a-day desk calendar so I sorted through those for some good ones. To be continued.

As for reading more, I’ve basically forced myself to read at least a couple of pages a day of the second book in the Autumn series by David Moody, The City (http://www.amazon.com/Autumn-The-City-David-Moody/dp/0312570007). It’s not much, but it’s SOMETHING.

Kelly and I have also been going through the house, purging unwanted items to donate to the Salvation Army. We’ve got an asinine amount of books – we must have cleared out more than we kept. Considering the fact that Kelly is like a one-woman library and I’m pretty sure I’ve got hoarder DNA, this was a big accomplishment.

So, that’s my update. Here I am. January 1st, 2013 and already accomplishing more than I did on January 1st, 2012.

Anyone reading this: what are your New Years resolutions? How are you doing so far?