Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Crappy work week = comfort food jones.

I met Maris at BlogHer. She writes In Good Taste which is all about food. While I love food, I’m not good at making food, so I read food blogs with a mix of jealousy and hunger.

Earlier this week, Maris posted a recipe for banana chocolate chip muffins and I thought, hey…I can do that!

And look!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

Muffins!

A few changes I made:

  • I did not make her healthy substitutions, because I didn’t have apple sauce or wheat flour.
  • My 3 bananas provided me with a little less than 2 cups of mashed bananas.
  • I don’t have a muffin pan so I used a silicone cupcake pan. This recipe yielded 18 mini muffins.
  • I hate my silicone cupcake pan because things take longer to bake in it. So I baked them for 25 minutes.

An added benefit: It’s 30 degrees with 20 mph winds tonight, so the oven is helping warm the apartment!

Thanks, Maris!

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Things that I have let go in the last 5 weeks

My eyebrows: I can’t find my tweezers. Have I mentioned that since I hit 36 some eyebrow hairs grow straight out from my head instead of laying to the side like its peers? Cosmo magazine has not adequately prepared me for my mid-30s.

My face: I had a very nice Proactiv/Hope in a Jar regimen going twice a day. Now my zits and rosacea have come back with a vengeance. Must nip that in the bud.

My diet: Wawa sandwiches for breakfast? Sure! Frosting as a side dish? Totally! Pizza? Make that pizzas, plural.

Christmas: I should have lights and the tree up by now. We did get a new addition to our Christmas village, though. I’ll show you that later. :)

Baking: I need to find easy cookie recipes, where I can refrigerate dough in advance and bake over the weekends or two.

Fun plans for the future: I went the whole of 2009 without traveling (sans BlogHer). WM wants to go to Disney in spring. Mom wants to take a cruise in summer. And I still haven’t been down to see Dad’s place in FL.

Car: On 2 occasions now, about 10 days apart, it didn’t start. I tried again, and it didn’t start. I tried again and it almost started. I let it rest for 5 minutes, tried again, and it started just fine. It last did this Black Friday. It’s been running fine since. Any ideas on this?

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Word of the day: pyrrhic

I have a lame word of the day calendar. I say lame because I want insane polysyllabic words that’ll make me sound smarter, and on November 13, the word of the day was actually “weird.”

Today’s word:
Pyrrhic: adj \ achieved at excessive cost; also: costly to the point of negating or outweighing expected benefits.

Example sentence: My keeping my job was a pyrrhic victory, because Coworker S lost hers in my place.

When the dust finally settled today I still had my job. Sadly, and I totally mean that, Coworker S was among the 30+ talented people who lost hers. It’s like they made a list of all of the awesome, hard workers and laid half of them off. (And added one complete buffoon to the mix just so we’d have something to cheer, but that victory belongs to another department.)

I hired her years ago when I was a hotshot manager. She’s funny, creative, talented and helped me pick up the pieces when BvP and I split up. We took walks to the 7-11 across the street, had numerous pizza lunches, and even more happy hour drinks together. She was my work best friend. We sat next to each other for years. And now that seat is empty. And although she’ll always be my friend (we’re going to see Twilight sometime this weekend) it’s going to be damn lonely.

I’m not even processing the fact that I have to do 2x the work yet. I don’t care. What gets done, gets done. I could rage about the “Hey…I thought Online was our future?” issue, but the powers that be are sitting in an ostentatious building in Virginia, and out of the range of my voice. And, you know…whatever. It’s not my company to run, thank God. I just can’t get past the fact that when push came to shove, they sacked the single mom and let the higher-paid one stay. It makes no sense, not morally, and not fiscally.

I have a raging headache and feel sick to my stomach. So I’m off to bed. Tomorrow I’ll load up my iPod with crap and try to forget that 99% of the people I loved working with are gone.

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And so…the end of November

And the and the end of National Blog Posting Month, which I completed with flying colors. Huzzah! Thirty days of blog posts! Thirty days of … well, navel-gazing and such.

I know I was to finish up the Black Friday wrap up tonight, but this coming week is layoff week at work. It may happen tomorrow. It may happen Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or if I’m lucky, not at all this time. I’m out of my mind with worry and just can’t think straight.

I took all of my personal effects from my workspace on Wednesday night so if they let me go, I don’t have to put up with any packing. Just say my goodbyes and head out. Updates as necessary through my twitter.

So if you have a chance this week, send a good thought to me and Coworker S.

On a happier note, tomorrow is my brother’s birthday, and if I still have my job, I’m off on Friday. So there.

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