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Posted by Cory , Sunday, September 26, 2010 8:56 AM

Hand to God, the following conversation between me and my father is absolutely true.

Friday morning, we're loading last-minute things into my car, Mom's jeep and the moving truck for the big drive to PDX.  As I passed through the kitchen, I asked him to bring up an old TV from the basement (apparently my family never buys new TVs; they just get gifted around from person to person).

"You know," he started. "I bet if you looked at your mom just right, she'd buy you a new TV down in Oregon."

Me: (confused silence)
Dad: (grin)
Me: "Okay. But before I take that up with HER, I'm asking YOU-is that what you want to do?"
Dad: "Sure!"

At this point, I figured he meant a little TV, maybe a 24" flat screen; just something that he wouldn't have to strain to haul up the stairs.

Such was not the case.

Pictures to come once I make sense of the mess that is my new apartment.

Keeping my hopes unbroken

Posted by Cory , Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:47 AM

A (mostly) pictorial round-up of things that are making me happy this week:

*Finally getting the tattoo that I've wanted for a few months now (happy belated 25th birthday to ME). I e-mailed the shop that a few people recommended to me early Monday morning, the artist called around 10 am, and by 7:30 that evening I had been be-tatted (or something like that).
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*The mug that Amazon gave me as a going-away gift.
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*The sweet wall decorations I found for my new apartment at a home store in the Lake City. There may be an emerging trend in my life...
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*The In Between Sundays podcast. Catholic young adults, take notice.

*The fact that I'm moving to PDX in TWO DAYS.

*Blog comments (AHEM). What's making you happy this week?

FOODIE ALERT!: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk-Bacon Cookies

Posted by Cory , Tuesday, September 14, 2010 8:21 PM

So apparently I'm the bacon girl now? Back in May, I flew to PDX to visit Mo, and before we drove south to her house, we spent some time downtown. We ate pad Thai at the Saturday Market, got Americanos at Stumptown Coffee and stood in line for 45 minutes to get bacon maple bars at VooDoo Donut. SO WORTH THE WAIT, let me tell you. It sounds incredibly disgusting, I know, but it's delicious. The bacon is extra crispy and the maple frosting is just gooey enough... Lordy, I can't even handle it. Anyhow, I texted a picture to pretty much everyone I knew and before I knew it, I had become the bacon girl. Chocolate-covered bacon at the coast over the 4th of July, a home attempt at recreating the bacon maple bar (not quite the same, but tasty nonetheless), and now these cookies that Starbuck shared on my Facebook wall a while back. I've been looking for an excuse to make them since I read about them, and "having most of the morning off" qualified as enough of an excuse for me!

I won't even bother reposting the recipe, because I didn't adapt it at all. I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

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*I briefly considered making some healthy substitutions when I was shopping for these this morning (pumpkin puree for butter, etc.) but quickly regained my sanity. Chocolate, peanut butter and bacon? If there was ever a go big or go home moment in my life, it was this one.

We have become alien

Posted by Cory , Monday, September 6, 2010 7:21 PM

Things that are making me happy this week:

1. NPR. I honestly don't even know how this one happened, but suddenly I'm obsessed with listening to public radio. I have a feeling it may be a combination of wanting to be a little more informed and the fact that my commute is a bit longer now that I'm crashing at Amazon's house. Last Thursday, I listened to an interview with John Waters (perhaps the creepiest person I've ever heard of) on my drive home. Why? Because it was on! Why not?!

2. Podcasts. I know, I know, I'm so late to the game on this one, but bear with me. Since moving in with Amazon, I've been living without cable and have had to find other ways to entertain myself (which is so not the point of this; I'm a big girl). One of my favorite blogs puts out a weekly podcast called the Pop Culture Happy Hour, which, for a pop culture fiend such as myself, is equal parts intelligent, witty, incisive and sarcastic. I'm a big fan.

3. Moving to PDX. I spent this past weekend down in Oregon with my mom apartment hunting. It was exhausting and frustrating and overwhelming, but in the end I found a place that I'm really excited about. It's got a ton of light, vaulted ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and a solarium, for crying out loud! Very stoked for the move. Less stoked about having to leave Amazon and her bitchin' baking/cooking skills, but somehow I'll soldier through.