Cookie Showdown

One of my personal beliefs: if you have to work 40 hours a week to make a living, then you should have a homebaked treat in your lunch. My favorite? Cookies. Two. Carefully packed in a non-Ziploc-bag container.

This past week, I noticed something that I’ve been doing ever since I’ve worked 40-hour weeks. When it’s time to eat my cookies, I inspect both and save the one which I suspect to be better to eat last. Because, no one wants to eat a really, really good cookie only to be let down by the second cookie. (This works for other things: sandwich halves, pairs of tangerines, apple wedges, etc..)

What makes a good cookie the best of 2? Inclusions–lots of nuts and chocolate chips. And a soft center bordered by caramelized crispy edges. Sometimes I choose right. Sometimes I don’t.

So, I took pictures of 4 days’ worth of cookies so you could give it a try. Sorry, I don’t have any actual cookies to share with you, just pictures. (Maybe one day I’ll organize a real-life cookie showdown so we can all enjoy homebaked treats together.)

 

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Top or bottom?

 

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Top or bottom?

 

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Top or bottom?

 

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Top or bottom?

 

Here’s the cookies I chose to eat last: Top, Top, Bottom, Top. If you had paired some of those top cookies together, I think it would have been a tie, though.

Next week: how I separate my M&M’s by color and the order in which I eat them.

Books Read in 2012

Okay, so some of the books “read” last year were actually listened to. What else am I to do during my hour-long drive home from work?  (I can’t listen to books in the morning. Instead, I keep myself awake by flipping through mediocre radio stations.) I read a total of 27 books. I don’t know how many books y’all read, but I’m not writing this to compare numbers. Instead, I just want to share the highlights–make some recommendations, if you will. Not all 27 were noteworthy, but if you want to see them all, head over to my Pinterest board: 2012 Books Read. If you just want the highlights, stay right here.

In no particular order, here we go:

Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money by Geneen Roth
Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money by Geneen Roth

This book is about money, but it’s not about what you should invest in, how much you should save or how to pay off debt. Instead it’s about how we express our emotions with money. She makes the connection between food and money. We’re probably all guilty of emotional eating and spending, but she takes a deeper look. If you’re tired of reading the financial how-to books, this is a good one to read to get a different perspective. Things of note, she lost her nest egg to Bernie Madoff and is an incredible reader (I listened to this one).

This Is a Book by Demetri Martin
This Is a Book by Demetri Martin

Need a laugh? Look no further. Follow him on Twitter and you won’t be disappointed.

The Method Method: Seven Obsessions That Helped Our Scrappy Start-up Turn an Industry Upside Down by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry
The Method Method: Seven Obsessions That Helped Our Scrappy Start-up Turn an Industry Upside Down by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry

If you just liked Method products before, you’ll love ’em after reading this. The company’s approach to greening the world is so much more palatable than the ways of hardcore environmentalists and organizations. I drank the Method kool-aid and drink it regularly now.

The Responsible Company by Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley
The Responsible Company by Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley

As long as I’m talking green, I’ll mention this one. This is geared more towards companies and those who work in a corporate culture for a living, but I think it’s important for your average person to read. We need to know what practices we’re supporting (and whose salary we’re paying) when we buy stuff. It’s a pretty quick read, too, so why not?

I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern
I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern

Remember how funny Sh*t My Dad Says was? This is the follow up book and while I was worried at the beginning, Justin Halpern successfully separates himself from the hilarity of his dad and proves that his voice is his own and hilarious. Two things: I listened to this one and the audio book is decently read and this is completely a guy book. Ladies, you’ve been forewarned.

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--a Love Story by Ree Drummond
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels–a Love Story by Ree Drummond

If you read Ree Drummond’s blog, you’ll enjoy her memoir of how she and Marlboro Man fell in love. I read it in 3 days on my iPhone (huzzah for ebooks!) mostly because it’s an easy, fun read. Pick it up if you’re in need of a break from the heavy-duty stuff.

What did y’all read in 2012 that I should read in 2013? I’m currently taking suggestions!

Kitty Cat Names

Corey just doing what he does best.

I looooove names. I’ve named brands and products professionally and in my spare time I dream of names for my future kittens. I’m going to post some of my favorite names for cats. Who knows? Maybe a kitten will one day show up on my doorstep! Euuuuww!

Boy Cat Names:

1. Purrcy: short for Percival. I love, love, love this name! I think it just sounds so regal, yet I adore the play on words that make this name approachable.

2. Rudiger: I’d save this one for a Maine Coon-like cat. Can’t you imagine a Rudiger with all kinds of fluffy fur and big paws? This would definitely be the kind of name I bestow on a cat only once I had seen and met him.

3. Toonces: Ever since the popular SNL skits, I’ve wanted to name a cat this. No explanation other than that needed!

4. Herman: Growing up, we had an outdoor cat named Herman that we inherited from an elderly neighbor when he had passed. This neighbor gave Herman his name and it suited him so well. He was an orange tabby cat with a white underside who seemed to quite enjoy the roaming life of an outdoor cat (he was neutered, FYI).

5. Boris: My dad had a pair of Siamese cats before my time and I’d love to honor my cat heritage by naming a future kitten after, well, basically their grandcat-pa.

Girl Cat Names:

1. Zsa Zsa: She’d be high maintenance, of course.

2. Marmie: I would name a lady marmalade cat this because I think it’s just too stinkin’ cute. (Psst…I’m hoping my next kitten is a marmalade! )

3. Odette (la chatte): I’ve always wanted a French-like name for a cat, since I tend to speak to my cats in my college-minor level French. Can you imagine waking up and saying, “Mademoiselle, voici votre petit-déjeuner!” Oh, le sigh!

4. Fatzah: This is another cat I grew up with. While, I wouldn’t name any future cats this, I think it’s an adorable name. Fah-tzah!

5. Sally: She was Boris’s companion and for the same reasons, I’d name a future kitten after her grandcat-ma.

What are your cats’ names? What names are you saving for future kittens?