Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Writing, Cookies, and Lightning

My plan didn't work so well yesterday. The dogs were very excited to see me and I couldn't resist playing with them for over an hour. Seriously, Coco was smiling at me. :) Plus another neighbor stopped by for the same reason I was there. By the time she left I was hot from sitting outside and went swimming instead. Perhaps I'll have to plan to write before going over there.

I'm feeling a little underenthused about writing today, but I know I can reach this goal. My biggest problem is I don't think I'll nail the ending on the first try. I know I keep saying I've let myself write crap throughout this process, but that doesn't mean I don't fight with myself now and then. I'll force myself through it. I have a couple ideas of what should come next, I just hope I can do the ideas in my head justice on paper.

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Some of you read the same blogs as me and may have picked up on my quest for home-baked chocolate chip cookies. See, we don't have an oven and the baked goods here just aren't the same as back home. Janna convinced me to try them on the stovetop, and yesterday I had a timely conversation with my former roommate Jen. She's a genius in the kitchen, especially with baked goods - lord, her cream puffs - and she suggested placing tin foil over the pan to trap the air beneath, creating a more even cooking surface. Then I just plop the dough on top of the foil. I know I'll end up eating half the dough because you can't fit very many cookies on a skillet (even if I use two) but I've gone without for a year and a half!

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Finally, it seems Chicago had a wicked storm last night and I found this picture on the Chicago Tribune website. Amazing!

19 comments:

colbymarshall said...

freaky lightning! Saturday night during our performance we were having a lightning storm here and it was making our mics do crazy things...not good in front of a crowd of 350! Yike!

auria cortes said...

That pic is awesome.

Let us know how the cookies turnout.

editorgirlchicago said...

Tornado sirens actually went off in Lakeview last night. Craziness!

~Lisa J.

Melanie Avila said...

Hey Lisa! My friend Megan just emailed me about the sirens. Scary stuff!

I just removed the cookies from the heat and it worked ok. The tops aren't quite done but since I was planning them for after dinner, I'll just nuke them a little.

My pan turned black (it was red), but maybe Ibis won't notice.

WendyCinNYC said...

Nice picture. Do they get many thunderstorms in Mexico? When I lived in California, I didn't hear thunder the entire time I was there (8 years). I missed it.

Melanie Avila said...

Wendy, we had a crazy storm last week. The lightning lasted for almost an hour, and the thunder would go for 10-15 seconds at a time. We took a bunch of video but Ibis said it didn't turn out well.

We're in the heart of rainy season so I suspect there will be more storms.

Mary B said...

Oh honey, the dough is the best part. :)

Cool pic. My background on my computer is a pic of lightning in the Texas desert.

Janet said...

oh yea, the storms last night were freaky! tornado sirens, crazy lightning and tons of hail. that's a very cool pic - too bad i was busy chillin (aka hiding haha) in a basement to take any pictures

Janet said...

p.s. more cool pics of the lightning at http://chicagoist.com/2008/08/05/let_there_be_lightning.php

spyscribbler said...

Have you thought about making some no-bake cookies? You know, the oatmeal chocolate peanut butter kind? I love those.

I did another joker today. I started at like 7am and I just kicked back at midnight to read blogs.

Melanie Avila said...

Janet, thanks for the links. Ibis and I just looked at them. I'm glad you're safe!

Melanie Avila said...

Mary, that's a good idea. I'm a little tired of my current background.

Melanie Avila said...

Spy, can you please give me the exact recipe? I LOVE those!

Janna Qualman said...

Awesome picture!

I'm so glad your cookies worked as well as they did. I kinda like mine gooey, myself, and my mouth is watering just thinking about them. Mmm...

Melanie Avila said...

Well, they weren't gooey in a good way. More like not completely cooked. I might just keep eating the raw dough. ;)

Zoe Winters said...

I don't think anyone nails it on the first try. A good book as well as a good ending is rewritten, not written. So don't let it worry you too much.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Zoe.

Dube said...

That's an amazing photo of Chicago. I have a black-and-white of the Chicago skyline during a lightning storm that I'm waiting to frame and hang in a perfect spot.

Melanie Avila said...

Dube, there were quite a few to pick from on the Trib site.