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Start my birthday.

Since I got this new job, I can’t go to Walla Walla anymore next week where my parents are.  So Maca and Paca are going on Monday for 10 days.  I get to have the whole house to myself.  This unfortunately means I’ll be here alone for my birthday on June 25th.  So for an extra treat for me, they took me out to a birthday breakfast this morning; Karen’s Bakery.  My favorite bakery in Folsom!  As well as their delicious flaky pastries, they serve breakfast.  I ordered: the Sunny Side up Tart (a puff pastry tart with gruyere cheese and creme fraiche, bacon, and a sunny side up egg, and fresh chives), which was also served up with fresh fruit.  The tart was good but the fruit salad is the best fruit salad I’ve ever had (better than Sterlings)!  Along on the side I ordered a cappuccino.  We got to sit outside on their patio; so nice with the flowers and great temperature.  Did I mention we went at 8 am?

Freshman college year

2010-2011

What has Courtney done this year?  A LOT

Summer 2010– got hired at Grocery Outlet in Walla Walla, WA
got my cartilage pierced (each once in each ear)
first quarter of college at Walla Walla Community College
class: math, 7:30am

Fall 2010– second quarter of college at WWCC
classes: sociology 101, english 101 (with kara), math

Winter 2011-third quarter at Seattle Pacific University
lived in a dorm, Ashton 1stWest
classes: spanish beginner 3, UCOR 1000 (christian foundations, my favorite), heritage of europe
got a campus job in the cafeteria (gwinn commons); Sodexo simply to go.  Preparing To Go sandwiches, wraps, salad, pudding, parfaits, etc
the job was weekdays 6am – 9am

Spring 2011– fourth quarter at Seattle Pacific University, starts March 30th
during spring break, got my nose pierced, stud
moved into a campus apartment, Robbins 3rd floor
classes: Oceanography, The Visual Arts, UFND 1000 (theology- dropped)
signed up for english 102 & statistics (dropped) [online] at South Seattle Community College
withdrew from SPU April 5th, & drove home to Walla Walla April 6th
my spring quarter at SPU lasted 7 days
still keeping my online class, moved to Folsom, CA april 14th
moved in with Maca & Paca
declared permanent CA to the post office May 10th
got a job at Bankers Life & Casualty in Roseville June 3rd

THAT WRAPS UP MY 1ST AND ONLY YEAR OF COLLEGE FOR AWHILE; I’M JUST GOING TO WORK, MAYBE GO TO CULINARY SCHOOL

Job

6/11/2011

Well I finally got a job, but it really hasn’t been that long; only 1 1/2 months since I moved to California.  I’m going to be an insurance agent; life agent & accident and health agent at Bankers Life & Casualty Roseville branch.  I started last Monday, June 6th.   So this past week and next week is all training on an internet program to pass the CA state insurance license exam!  It’s very long and you’re sitting for lengths at a time; a normal 8a-5p job.

The interview process was a bit different.  They called a bunch of people in and we all sat in a conference room and they did a presentation about the company; like you were interviewing the company.  Then if you were still interested, you came back the next day for a power point presentation and interview.  So I went to both of those seminars and the next day, I got a call saying I got the job (along with 2 other people) on June 3rd.  I guess they are hiring 15 people over 4-5 weeks.

ABC’s of Me

A. Age: 18

B. Bed size: Twin

C. Chore you hate: Dishes

D. Dogs: Yes Rocky, but when I left home, I had to leave him behind.

E. Essential start to your day: Espresso con Macchiato, I never have a certain thing I like to eat regularly.  Oh well always a good scone!

F. Favorite color: Lime green

G. Gold or silver: Silver

H. Height: 5’4”

I. Instruments you play: I played the piano and guitar when I was younger.

J. Job title: Unemployed

K. Kids: Someday.

L. Live: I want to live in SoCA, New England, & abroad someday.

M. Mom’s name: Deanie

N. Nicknames: Court

O. Overnight hospital stays: Nope!

P. Pet peeve: I’d have to think of that one for awhile; can’t draw one up

Q. Quote from a movie: “This is the day you all will remember as the day you almost caught……………Captain Jack Sparrow!”

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Siblings: Solo uno hermana

T. Time you wake up: 7-8 AM

U. Utopia: I would live on the beach preferably on an island, simple life; working at a small bakery or cafe.  Even running my own cookery school.

V. Vegetables you dislike: I’ll just tell you the vegetables I do like, carrots & frozen peas.

W. What makes you run late: When I have something in the oven that is not quite done; just barely getting done.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Just my teeth for a check-up

Y. Yummy food you make: Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Z. Zoo – favorite animal: Monkey

Feel free to conduct your own ABC’s

4.26.11

Lots of things happened today!  First off, I went to the Le Cordon Bleu of Sacramento to check out the culinary school.  I got a tour of each class you take like Culinary I, II, III, Baking & Pastry, etc.  The school was good, there was no student-run restaurant class though.  I finished up there and on my way home, my tire blew out on Interstate-5!  I hit something really hard so I pulled off to the side.  I called AAA and waited; a police car even came and sat behind me.  When AAA was fixing my tire, it turns out that my spare tire was flat too!  So he hooked something to the the engine and tire and pumped and sealed it off.  I headed back to Folsom, ate lunch, and then Maca and I went to Les Schwab.  What was fun was, while my car was being fixed (for free by the way!) we looked around in Trader Joes; which is always fun.  Right next to it was the Harvest Bread Co. which is what I’d been looking for before.  So I went in there to look for a job.  He said to check back for holiday help; like an internship.  I told him I was going to culinary school and we started talking about Le Cordon Bleu; which he said was the best school.  San Francisco was the best school to go to in his opinion; the best professors.  So that was helpful.  It turned out that Les Schwab didn’t have my right tire so I have to go back tomorrow.  Our last stop was the Verizon store to activate my new phone (a Kin 2).

I almost forgot, I took my nose stud out today!  It was just the most annoying thing.  Especially when I go to culinary school.  When I was working for Sodexho at SPU, I was preparing food and I was bend over so the nose stud kept moving and coming down.  So I just took it out.  After I took it out I counted how long I’d had it in (5 weeks).  It had 6 weeks healing time and if I knew I only had 1 week to go, I would have waited to take it out!  Oh well

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day also known as Good Friday
At all Starbucks, if you bring in your own mug you get free coffee or tea in it.
Yup my travel mug is Venti size!

Right before we left for coffee, there were 2 police cars on our street!

Maca had the brilliant idea of not going to just 1 Starbucks but many.  So that’s what I did.  Earlier in the morning, we all went.  Iced coffee w/ vanilla

As soon as we got home, I gathered my homework and headed out again.  Iced coffee
I was getting shaky here as I was typing part of an essay; I could feel it.

Next I went to Broadstone, my favorite Starbucks here in Folsom.  Iced coffee w/ milk & vanilla; luckily I said decaf.  Here I was VERY shaky and I was trying so hard to not shake!  hahaha
I was trying to read and annotate but I just couldn’t focus anymore.

I went home and crashed in front of the TV.
Maca and I went out to Winco and I knew I didn’t want another free coffee in my mug but I wanted a free tea.  So I got it hot and saved it in the fridge.

Then my stomach set in; oooooo did that ever hurt!  For dinner I only had crackers; couldn’t even more.  Never ever drink 3 coffee’s venti size in 1 day!  I tried going to bed early.  I did just lie in bed for awhile but then I couldn’t sleep; obviously.  I get what I deserve.  So I probably didn’t knock off till 2 AM.

Coconut Scones

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, chilled and cut into 6-8 pieces
1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
approx. 1/2 cup coconut milk

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Add butter and toss to coat.  Using your finger tips, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles very coarse sand.  A few larger bits are ok, but most should be smaller than a pea.  Stir in shredded coconut. Add in the coconut milk and stir into dough with a fork.  Add more coconut milk as needed until dough comes together into a shaggy ball.  Knead lightly with your hand until dough is smooth.  Divide dough in to two balls and press each into a disc about 1/2-inch thick on prepared baking sheet.  Cut each disc into quarters and separate slightly.  Bake for about 14-16 minutes, until scones are a light golden brown on top.  Cool on a wire rack before serving

Makes for a nice bright Easter recipe!

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