November 30, 2010

Touching Wishes

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:53 AM by Margaret

Today was my birthday. After moving into high school, I fully expected my birthday to be uneventful- boy was I wrong. My friends put stuff up on my locker and gave me gifts (thanks!); people that I didn’t know were giving me birthday wishes, as well as people that I’m not really friends with. And, honestly, it was touching. I know that they probably do the same for everybody, but the fact that everybody in my big, scary high school was so… lovable to me on my birthday warmed my heart. Did those people who don’t know me have to wish me happy birthday? No. But they did. People that I don’t really talked to went out of there way to make sure their birthday wishes were recieved. And that also includes people who either a) stood in front of the class or b) yelled out “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to make sure that I knew how much I was loved. Thanks guys. You made today a great day. And even though half  of you will go back to ignoring me tomorrow, the fact that you so readily wished me joy on this special day makes me feel warm inside. :)

September 10, 2010

O.M.G.

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:13 AM by Margaret

So, I really have nothing to post about. I’ve been searching my brain for some sort of inspirational post, but I have nothing.

Anyways…

On Tuesday was my first day of school. But not just any school. My first day of high school. I had been on emotional edge all week, and I was feeling sick as my mom pulled into the parking lot. You’ll be fine, I told myself. As I walk in the door, I see two people from my elementary school, one of which was in my homeroom. I go over to them, we have about 7 words of conversation, and then they just walk away. Don’t even bother to see if I wanna walk to class with them. And you know why it hurt so much? Because only 2 months ago, we were graduating together, giving tearful goodbyes, and promising never to forget each other. And now, I don’t exist. Believe me, it hurts. So there I am, walking down the hallway on my first day of high school all by myself, getting more scared and feeling worse by the minute. And that’s when I see them. Two of my closest friends, and I’m so relieved that I burst into tears. Many people probably thought- and still do, I’m sure me and my breakdown are a hot topic right now- she’s being a baby. So she had to walk to class alone. Big deal. But for me, it was a big deal. I’ve never been good with change, and that fact that I was doing that alone scared the hell out of me. I pulled myself together and went to class. The rest of the day went just the way it always does- fabulous. I found all my classes okay, my teachers are great (my geography teacher is just so frickin’ HILARIOUS :) ), and though my locker was bolted, then relocated, and then I got lost trying to find it, I enjoyed myself. I survived. I had the small emotional breakdown that I knew was coming, but I made it through. And really, the main reason is because of my friends. You know who you are, and I know you’re reading this. So thanks a million. It’s because of you that I didn’t die on one of the most important days of my teenage years.

So how did everybody else’s first day of school go?

August 8, 2010

Satisfying Feelings

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:42 PM by Margaret

Today is Sunday, August 8th. It rained this morning and the sun is now shining beautifully. And I sit here writing because I am feeling so good that I just HAVE to share.

This afternoon I visited the mall with my mom, buying two new t-shirts, two books for a trip that’s coming up, and then went to Starbucks with here, where we talked for a little bit but eventually settled into a comfortable silence with our books. So why do I feel so good? To be quite honest, I don’t know- maybe it’s because my new shirts make me feel beautiful; maybe it’s because I am that satisfying, wholesome feeling that comes when you read a good book. But I think beneath it all is the fact that I had fun today just being me. You see, all through my senior year at my elementary school, I often ended up pretending to be someone I wasn’t. Today, I was myself. I got some quality time with my mom, and though I didn’t get much, I was happy. So my lesson to you today- be content and find happiness with the little things in your life. You won’t die if you don’t get to go on a major shopping spree before school starts- hey, that t-shirt you bought last weeks looks great with pretty much everything! So next time your down with a case of I- want- this- and- that- but -can’t- have- it blues, settle into that comfy casual outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks, even if it is so last season. Grab the latest must-read book (for me it’s Dear John by Nicholas Sparks), make yourself a cup of tea, and settle in for an afternoon of just being content with what you have.

I’m sorry; I know that this post doesn’t make much sense. But I’m just so elated right now that I probably don’t make much sense to anyone. :)

Hoping this finds you all having an absolutely marvelous summer vacation,

Margaret

August 4, 2010

Quiz Time!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:44 PM by Margaret

Okay, so I recently visited the site of one of my favourite series, The Clique. Annd, they had a bunch of new quizzes. So I took them. I wanted to share my results with you.

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What were your results? Share them with me! Take the quizzes at www.jointheclique.com.

I heart you guys!

Margaret

July 3, 2010

A New Beginning

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:46 PM by Margaret

*sobs* It’s over.

No, a family member didn’t die, my blueberry muffins turned out fine (thanks for asking), I didn’t break up with anybody (or get broken up with), and I am relatively healthy.

Then why so sad?

Two weeks ago, on June 22, 2010, I became an official graduate of Holy Trinity.

Which means that the following Tuesday, June 29th, was my last day ever. EVER.

“This is not the end- it is merely the beginning.”

Those are the words that everybody in my class has heard over and over again- from teachers, principals, parents, and family members. And deep down inside I know it’s true. But I just can’t get over that horrible feeling- this is the last time I’ll walk through these doors. Last time I’ll walk down this hallway. Last time I’ll open my locker, last time slamming it shut. I know it seems silly to be upset- I mean, who do you know that is dreading high school?- but I now understand the saying “You don’t know what you hvae until it’s gone.” I never realized how important Holy Trinity was to me until the realization hit home that I was never going back.

And yet, underneath the emptiness is excitement. I’ll get to belong to a brand new school community, make new friends (and enemies), and try amazing new things. And I know that when it comes time, it’ll be Holy Trinity that I’ll be cheering for in my heart. That school has made such a big impact on me in the years that I’ve been there, and publicly I would like to thank every soul in that school. You have made my elementary years great- the best of my life so far- and I hope you can carry the knowledge with you that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And now some words of advce:

Hang on to your past: it’s precious. But don’t let it dictate who you are. Embrace the future: it will help you become the person you were meant to be. And always carry a little piece of each in your heart: it is the lessons and experiences of both that will tell you who you are.

It may not make a whole lot of sense now, but trust me: when the time has come, you’ll understand.

Love,

Margaret

March 12, 2010

*rolls eyes* I can’t believe I am posting these words again, but…

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:05 PM by Margaret

Wow. What is this, like, the third time I have had to write the words, I have nothing to blog about? I completely apologize to you guys, but I have nothing post-worthy for this blog. I really am a horrible blogger! Oh well. I called this blog Anything, Anytime, Anywhere for a reason- so that whenever I have something I want to share with the world, I can share it. Which reminds me- did you know that Trident is an amazing gum? *winks*

Hugs and Kisses,

Margaret

February 21, 2010

Julie and Julia

Posted in Cooking/Baking at 3:15 AM by Margaret

Hello all,

My family and I are watching Julie and Julia, which I have seen before and abosolutely love. It is possibly my favourite movie. It is just one of those films that gives you a nice feeling in your heart, you know? And maybe it is because I like to cook/bake, and that is why I love it so much, but either way, it is definetley a movie worth seeing. For those who aren’t familiar with it, here is a quick rundown:

This movie is based off of two true stories; one about a modern day woman in a city who finds joy in cooking, and the other about Julia Child, who would later change cooking history. Here is the cover for the book written by Julie Powell:

 

And here is the movie cover:

This is a movie (and book) about two women seperated by decades, but who both find a joy in cooking. What happens when a modern day woman moving into a city gives herself the ultimate challenge: cooking through Julia Child’s cookbook in one year?  watch the movie and find out!

You can visit the official Julie and Julia movie site here: http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/julieandjulia/ and here:

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/julieandjulia/site/?hs317=julieandjulia+visitofficialsite#/Home

Whether you are into cooking or not, this is definitely a movie to watch.

And, as Julia Child would say,

Bon Appetite!

February 2, 2010

Texas Brownies

Posted in Cooking/Baking tagged at 1:46 AM by Margaret

Here is the recipe for my mom’s “famous” Texas Brownies/Chocolate Cake.

Texas Brownies

 

 

For one 17 ½ by-11-inch baking pan, 48 brownies, you will need:

 

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

½ cup shortening

1 cup strong brewed coffee or water

¼ cup dark, unsweetened cocoa

½ cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

Frosting:

½ cup (1stick) butter or margarine

2 Tbsp. dark cocoa

¼ cup milk

3 ½ cups unsifted powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Tips

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, substitute 2 tsp. vinegar or lemon juice. Mix into ½ cup milk. Or use powdered buttermilk. Mix according to package directions.

Preparation:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and the sugar
  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, shortening, coffee or water and cocoa. Stir and heat to boiling.
  3. Pour boiling mixture over the flour and sugar in the bowl. Add the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda and vanilla.
  4. Mix well, using a wooden or high speed on electric mixer.
  5. Pour into a well buttered 17 ½ – by-11-inch jelly roll pan.
  6. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes or until brownies test done in the center.
  7. While brownies bake, prepare the frosting. In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa and milk. Heat until boiling, stirring.
  8. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla until frosting is smooth.
  9. Pour warm frosting over brownies as soon as you take them out of the oven. Cut when cool.

Now, here’s the thing. Make sure you follow the icing derections very carefully. See, I was at a baking party, and my friend I- and I (haha- that’s funny) were baking Texas Brownies. But when we moved on to then icing, we put the icing sugar in before we were supposed to. The result? A super hard, kind of glazed over icing that made anybody who ate them sick to their stomach. Not the type of brownines we had planned on. Moral of the story? Make sure you follow baking directions very, very carefully.

I am going to leave you with that thought today.

附属的!

January 30, 2010

*Sigh*

Posted in Random things tagged at 4:31 PM by Margaret

Once again, I have found my brain completley void of anything to post about. I have nothing. Nada. Zero. Gosh, blogging can be so frusturating! And I WOULD have posted a recipe, but I am using the library computer and don’t have the recipe I want handy.

Feeling anything but,

Cheerio

January 24, 2010

My brilliant idea.

Posted in Cooking/Baking at 1:28 AM by Margaret

Yes, folks, it finally came to me- the brilliant idea I was waiting for. Okay, so maybe it’s not that fantastic, but at least I have something to post, right?

My idea was inspired by my theme (which right now is this bananna smoothie theme) and from my friend, Iryna. See my blogroll for her blog Address (it’s “What I Didn’t Know”). Anyways, I was talking on the phone with her and then she asked me about cupcakes, and whether they were supposed to be runny. Well, I think we all (now) know that the answer to that is no, cupcakes are NOT supposed to be watery. So, anyways, on to my idea. Much like my language challenge, I am going to try to post recipes that I have tried, whether it be cooking or baking or whatever, and then share a story about a time that I made it. What do you think?

I g2g. TTYL!

(Hey, I figured IM shortcuts were a language unto it’s own :-) )

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