Friday, December 4, 2009

The Best Day of My Life.

Not everyone knows this about me, but I have become increasingly hostile towards Facebook. I joined about two years ago, not really knowing what it was, I was just bored at work. It was fine at first. Just something for me to look at when I couldn't find anything else to do. However, the more friends I was connected to, the more I grew to dislike it. I found that more and more people would update their status, saying something vague just so people would ask questions, and it was clearly only a cry for attention. While this may be acceptable to some people, I find that there are few things that bother me more. So, as I found myself starting to complain about Facebook and truly loathe the idea of social networking, I decided it was time for me to cut it out from my life. I waited for a while, trying to find the perfect time to rid myself of the plague on my life only because I didn't want everyone in the world that I know to think that I hated them, assuming that I had disfriended them instead of them knowing that I had deactivated my account. Then I realized one day how it doesn't even matter. I just wanted to do it and be done. So yesterday, I said goodbye. And today was the day. I did it. I deleted my account. I am no longer a member of Facebook, and I feel fantastic about it.
In case you are all now wondering what happens when you deactivate your account, and how to do it, I will tell you. First of all, you look under "Settings" and then you click "Deactivate". Then it takes you to a new page, where it tries to suck you back in by telling you that specific people will miss you. I was not swayed. Then it asks for the reason why you are leaving. I'll just tell you now, "I hate Facebook" is not on the list of options. So I chose "other". It then asks you to explain further. This is what I wrote.
"I have no use for Facebook in my life. Any of the people I truly care about, I keep in touch with without Facebook. People that update their status regularly, I find annoying. Every time I would log into my account, I found myself becoming irritated with the people that were my "friends". Deactivating my account is going to not only make me very happy, but I believe it will also improve the quality of my life. And I am being completely serious. So thanks for allowing me to be a part, but this is really goodbye."
And that was the end of it. It was a little anticlimactic as the page it took me to after that told me that I just had to log in using my same information again, and I could just choose to have everything back to how it was. I wanted everything to be destroyed with no hope of any sort of recovery, but whatever. All that matters is that Facebook and I are over.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Are you all ready for my exciting story of the day?

Okay. It's really not that exciting, but I want to share it. I was downloading a picture off the internet today at work, and for some reason, the picture did not show up. This keeps on happening to me, so I just decided to delete it. I cannot leave anything in the trash folder longer than a couple of seconds because it bothers me, so I right clicked on the recycle bin, and clicked "delete" without even thinking. A message flashed across the screen. I didn't really read it because I was trying to do something else and I'm used to closing error messages, so it was my automatic response. As soon as I closed it, my recycle bin disappeared. I have no idea where it went. It cannot be found. It no longer exists on my computer. This does not make any sense to me. How can you be allowed to delete your recycle bin? I don't think that it should even be an option... It's crazy. So now I just have no idea what will happen the next time I delete something. I guess I will just have to wait and find out.

Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm in love

with my new MacBook Pro. I ordered it last Friday, and it came yesterday! It was extremely exciting. Even though I haven't even had it for a whole day yet, and haven't been in a place to use the wireless, I love it so much. I have absolutely no remorse over buying it.
I bought it now because Apple was doing the student discount deal where you get a hundred dollars off the laptop, and it comes with a free iPod Touch! It's a pretty sweet deal. I've been waiting for quite a while to get it, so it is like a dream come true to have it now. :)
Just look at it. It is so beautiful.




Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Recipe...

Sorry, I didn't even think of it before, but here is the recipe for the profiteroles.


Profiteroles

1 recipe Cream Puff Paste
Creme Patissiere
Chocolate Sauce

Drop Cream Puff Paste by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden and puffed. Cool away from drafts.

Cut top off each cream puff; pull out and discard soft dough inside. Fill bottom halves with about 1 tablespoon Creme Patissiere, and cover with top halves. Arrange cream puffs on a serving platter, and drizzle with Chocolate Sauce.

Serve immediately or cover and chill. Yield: 4 dozen.


Cream Puff Paste

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs

Combine water and butter in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add flour and salt, all at once, stirring vigorously over medium-high heat until mixture leaves sides of pan and forms a smooth ball. Remove from heat, and cool 4 to 5 minutes.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly with a wooden spoon after each addition; then beat until dough is smooth. Shape and bake pastry immediately according to recipe directions.


Creme Patissiere

5 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine egg yolks and sugar in a heavy saucepan, stirring with a wire whisk until smooth. Add flour, and stir until blended; gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. (Mixture will appear to curdle; continue to stir and it will become smooth.) Reduce heat to medium-low when mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Continue to cook 3 more minutes, stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm; stir in butter and vanilla. Cover and chill 2 hours.


Chocolate Sauce

1/2 cup whipping cream
1 (4-ounce) package sweet baking chocolate, chopped. (I just used semi-sweet chocolate chips).
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat whipping cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until hot (do not boil); remove from heat. Add chocolate; stir until melted. Stir in vanilla.


It seems like a lot and not very simple... It's not like the easiest thing ever, but I didn't think it was as hard as it looks. Like I said before, it just takes some time.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Profiteroles

These are delicious. They're not hard to make, just a little time consuming and slightly tedious. I think it was worth it though. I have so much fun trying new recipes. I ate one the night before I put the chocolate sauce on it, and it tasted okay, but the filling is kind of pasty because it has flour, so I think it's the chocolate sauce that makes all the difference.
Yum.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

YUM


Cold Stone has a new flavor of ice cream. It is.. are you ready for it?... Chocolate Cake Batter! I love the original Cake Batter flavor, but I must say. The Chocolate Cake Batter is even better! I had it with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in it, and it was possibly the most delicious ice cream I have ever had. I highly recommend it.