Monthly Archives: April 2012

Highs, lows, and chocolate cake

It’s been a bit of a rough week. I didn’t expect it to be the kind of week that it’s been, either, which makes everything a little more draining.

But despite my struggles, this week has also been very good.

I had my last class ever. Forever. I’ll be done with school forever on Tuesday after my final final, and by this time next Saturday, I’ll be a full-fledged college graduate.

I’m excited!

I had a second job interview. It went well.

I’m hopeful!

One of my lovely housemates turned 22 on Thursday and brought home this lovely cake.

I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in the house who’s eating this. But hey, I’m not complaining! This cake is seriously yummy.

And after the week I’ve had, I’ll take all the fattening, sugary comfort food I can get.

What I Love About Sunday

It’s no secret to y’all that I am a country girl through and through. And being the country girl that I am, I love me some good ol’ twangy country music.

One of my favorite songs ever, ever, ever is Craig Morgan’s, “What I Love About Sunday.”

I feel like my day today has been a “What I Love About Sunday” day.

I woke up to rain. Lots of rain. Like a torrential downpour of rain.

But I was ok with that. Torrential downpours of rain don’t really exist in Kansas. I savored the moment.

The tornado sirens went off this morning too. A tornado warning was issued and the RD of our house told us to stay inside until it expired.

Wudn’t gonna happen.

I was dressed up. I was putting on makeup. And I’ll be danged if I wasn’t going to go to church. So I left the house when I was good and ready to go. There was no wall cloud, no rotation, no nothing. It was fine.

It rained all through church.

I was distracted all through church.

But not because of the rain. Because I thought I’d accidentally locked my keys in my car. Which was completely not my fault.

Nope, not my fault. I can’t tell you the story because it would take ten years, but trust me, it wasn’t my fault.

After talking to everyone after church, I nervously approached my car and pulled on the back driver’s side door. It was locked. My heart sank. I have never locked my keys in my car before. I didn’t know what I was going to do.

So I went to the front driver’s side door. It was unlocked. Thank the Lord.

I drove back home. Went to Walmart. Made breakfast for lunch with a friend. Found out that homemade hash browns will turn out sticky and gross unless you squeeze all the liquid out of them before frying them. Took a nap on the couch as a second round of thunder and rain rolled in.

Good stuff.

I came back to my house a quarter after four and my lovely housemates were just starting The Blindside. I curled up on the couch. Ate cookie dough dip. Laughed and enjoyed doing nothing.

This is what I love about Sunday.

Rockfish: why you should hire me to be your next Social Content Developer

Dear wonderful people at Rockfish Interactive,

I found your job posting for a Social Content Developer on your website this weekend. I read through the job description and I was instantly hooked.

I thought to myself, “This is so me.”

I showed the job post to my friends and they agreed. “That sounds like you!”

I even told one of my professors about it and he said, “Well that’s perfect.”

Bottom line… this is the job for me and I am the employee for you. Let me give you five reasons why.

1) You want a blogger. I am a blogger. And not only that but I love it. I have a unique voice that is engaging and enjoyable. Sometimes I even tell myself I’m persuasive enough to convince the world that my home state of Kansas is not the most boring place on the planet. Maybe I’m not quite there yet, but I’m working on it. The point is, I know how to get a point across and I say it in a way that doesn’t put people to sleep.

2) I’m not just a blogger. I’m a trained writer. I’m double majoring in journalism and photography at John Brown University. I’ve worked for the student newspaper, The Threefold Advocate, for three years. During my tenure, the newspaper was named first place in the state of Arkansas and I wrote an article that received second place in the state in sports writing. I can write. I can proofread and edit. I know my stuff.

3) I know social media and content management. I’ve set up and maintained various social media accounts for The Threefold Advocate and use them to promote our weekly issues and drive traffic to our website. I update and moderate all content that goes on the website and even helped design it. I’m no design aficionado, but I’ve taken enough art classes in college to hold my own.

4) Rockfish is a great company. From what I know of it, y’all don’t do anything halfway. Your dedication to your clients and to your employees is both evident and impressive. I love that Rockfish is intentional about building community within the workplace. From weekly meals together to the “Culture Connection,” I’m all about getting to know my colleagues.

5) I want this job and I know I’d be good at it. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I first found the job posting. Seriously, I can’t pay attention in class because I’m daydreaming about it, I dreamt about it in my sleep one night, I just can’t get it out of my head. I’ve never been in love before, but I imagine this is what it feels like.

 

Hopefully now you know a little bit more about me and my qualifications for the job. If you’d like to contact me, just click on the Contact link at the top of the page and shoot me an email. I’d very much love to hear from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

(Un)appetizing apps

“How did I ever live without the iPhone?”

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve asked myself that since getting an iPhone last September.

I never thought I would be one of those techie people who hugged and loved their electronic devices and called them George, if you know what I mean. I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but I really love my iPhone.

One of my favorite things to do is look up new apps. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit how much time I’ve wasted browsing through the App Store.

Now y’all know (or if you don’t, you should) that I love cooking. Love it, love it, love it. Sometimes I secretly dream of going to culinary school. I guess that ain’t a secret no more, but whatever. Anyway, I’m all into the foodie apps in the App Store. I downloaded one last week that was particularly enjoyable.

But not for the reason you might think.

The app is called Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner. One of its main features is that it lets your “spin” or shake your iPhone to get a random selection of dishes and ingredients. They target this feature to people who aren’t quite sure what they want to eat. I think they should target it to twenty-something female college students who love to cook more than they love to do homework.

Or maybe not. That advertising strategy might only work on me. Just a guess.

Still, I was thoroughly entertained the other night by the variety of combinations I got by shaking my iPhone. Some sounded good. Some were… well, interesting. See for yourself.

 

I can’t make fish dessert recipes in my slow cooker? Sad day! I really wanted that salmon peach cobbler.

 

There were also normal recipes for main dishes with fish like baked salmon and tilapia. (But still no salmon peach cobbler.)

 

These were the recipes that turned up for cookies with some sort of fruit ingredient. Here’s my question… what in tarnation is a hootycreek? Sounds like something we probably have in Arkansas.

 

Ask and ye shall receive. A hootycreek is a beautifully festive cookie in a jar recipe that makes a great gift. My life is better for knowing this.

 

The app has plenty of recipes for main dishes with chicken.

 

But none for chicken beverages.

 

Or chicken cookies.

I’m sad. I wanted all of those things. (I kid. I kid. It just makes the app more funny if I pretend to be hurt by its lack of ridiculous recipes. Ha.)

And on that note, I’m off to go concoct a recipe for salmon peach cobbler in the slow cooker!

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