For some reason, I never ended up posting this, so here it is now! In all kinds of weird tenses because I wrote it…last April. As in 2013. I’m cool.
At the end of Endocrine, our school held a bowl-a-thon to raise money for the Talia Seidman Foundation, which helps kids who can’t go to school due to medical conditions by giving them ways to still participate in their education/still have the social experience as well. There was a prize for the best team costume, and since we finalized our “team” the other day (Monday), we brainstormed some ideas.
F: We’re dressing up as emo kids for this bowling thing we’re doing on Thursday. It’s gonna be wonderful. D:
Other ideas included 80’s-themed since Adam has enough of that to clothe us all, or just whatever sport we used to do…but Mike used to wrestle and didn’t want to spring that on people (“I would do that in a city where I knew I’d never see these people again. But I’m going to have to see everyone the next day, and I don’t think this town is ready for that yet.”)
Adam is a cyclist, so his clothing would be very much the same.
I’d basically have a choice between a leotard (I didn’t bring any of mine here because, let’s face it, what reason would there have been to bring it?) or uh, pole dance clothing, so how about no.
So we decided to be emo kids. (Mike’s idea.)
As it turned out, however, Mike decided to ditch our team to join another one. To be fair, he did call to ask if we’d mind, since the other team needed a 4th person to be considered a team, but we had a lot of fun giving them crap/trash-talking them when we got there.
M: Hey! I like the look!
F: Whatever, traitor.
M: But you said it’d be okay.
S: Hey, Judas. Was your team’s costume theme to dress up like douchebags?
It was highly amusing since our entire team consists of HBLers, which meant that a number of the people there basically never see us. There were definitely several people who gave us double/triple-takes. (I think they thought we dressed/acted like this on a regular basis.)
I wanted to document the fact that I managed to bowl a strike (two, actually, but one piece of pictorial evidence is enough) and the machine didn’t shut down on me. (True facts. The only other time I ever bowled a strike was in 2008, where the machine promptly decided that all was not right in the world and spontaneously murdered itself, thus taking with it the only evidence that proved that I was capable of bowling a strike.)
But you know what? None of that matters. We won the costume contest and got $50 to go stuff our faces with sushi (or whatever we wanted to order there). :D Mike’s team won for highest overall score (their team won bowling pins, so I’m pretty happy that we were rewarded more for creativity than for actual skill, haha).
Victory is sweet.
We managed to raise even more than last year’s international festival! $5000 from the auctions alone! Auctioning off one of our male professors for board review sessions sparked an all-out war between two groups of girls (he has many female admirers). He went for $800. Twas an awesome idea and I’m super happy for the club. :D
We also auctioned off a dinner with one of our really attractive female professors, but since guys are hella cheap, that went for $150. $5k pays for 1/2 the amount of medications and supplies that we’d like to bring with us on the trip, so if anyone has anything they can spare…
(Every bit helps!)
For the occasion, I made three different dishes to represent 3 different countries (from right to left).
They were all rather well-received and I ran out of food pretty quickly, although not quickly enough to be able to sample all the food from everyone else (sigh!).
(The tutorial for the belts can be found here!)
I’m waiting on the pictures taken by the photographer so I can add to my stash of “pictures where I’m not eating.” (That’s mainly all she has of me.)
For the record, I absolutely hate soliciting people for money. Things are difficult enough as it is, and I know money’s tight, but since we are rather short on our goal, I thought I’d put this out there…
If you have anything at all to spare, please consider donating to PAX! Every dollar helps!
If you do so happen to donate, please write that it’s to benefit Farrah. (We’re each supposed to raise at least $100, but I’m definitely trying for more.) The money donated doesn’t actually go to me since I’m paying my own way there, but we’re using the money we raise to buy medications + supplies for the people we’ll be treating there.
Our biggest fundraiser (aka International Festival) has yet to happen, and I’m planning on hustling a billion different businesses tomorrow, but it’s kinda difficult since it’s such a small town and every time the school has an event, we’re dispersed throughout the community to solicit for donations. I feel terrible about it. Publicizing events isn’t as much of a problem (to me) because at least they get something in return, but straight-up donations? sigh. :[ I fully intend on trying to convince everyone at my church/chorale/places I volunteer for to come to the International Festival (at least with that, I can promise them awesome food and performances?).
I’m pretty excited for this year because we’re making our own costumes! I taught a Tahitian/hula medley of sorts this year, so we’re going with a sort of hybrid Tahitian/hula costume. I ordered all the material yesterday night and am crossing all my limbs in hopes that it’ll come in this weekend, so I can get to work on em’! (In all the spare time that I have. hah, hah, hah.)
Apparently, if you bake cookies with a couple pieces of bread in the pan, it prevents the cookies from getting stale!
Rich Dark Tiger Stripe Cookies
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-1/2 cup Hershey’s special dark cocoa
-1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
-1 1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-48 Hershey kisses
1) Stir together sugar + oil in a large bowl. Add cocoa, beating until well blended. Beat in eggs + vanilla. Stir together flour, baking powder + salt. Gradually add to cocoa mixture, beating well.
2) Cover. Refrigerate until dough is firm enough to handle (at least 6 hours).
3) Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheet. Shape dough into 1 in. balls (dough will still be sticky). Roll in powdered sugar to coat. Place ~2 inches apart on baking tray.
4) Bake for 11-13 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly + tops are cracked. Immediately press chocolate kiss into center of each cookie. Let cool.
Just for the record, I managed to pilfer several recipes from the dessert fundraiser, so I hope you’re a fan of desserts! I promise to throw in something healthy one of these days. :O …but today is not that day.
Apricot Torte Bars
-1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
-1 1/2 cup sugar
-1 1/2 cup ground nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
-3/4 cup butter
-3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
-1 cup apricot preserves
1) Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla extract and beat well.
2) Add flour and combine thoroughly.
3) Press half of mixture into bottom of baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Form remainder of dough mixture into a ball, wrap in plastic and put in freezer.
4) Spread jam evenly over baked pastry + sprinkle with nuts. Grate frozen dough over the top.
5) Bake for an additional 30 minutes. Cut into squares when cool.