25 Feb 2011

I’m Not Making Dough, So I Made Cookies Instead

6 Comments Career, Cooking/Baking, Toddler

This is one of those times where I wish I could talk about my career completely openly and honestly and tell you exactly what happened these last couple days.  It’s been very frustrating. Essentially, I was offered a couple weeks of work and then the offer was taken back. The work was un-offered. De-offered? It was ripped away from me.

Now, keep in mind I was just at home minding my own business when I got the call about work. And it’s not like I was jumping up and down and screaming, “YAY!”, but I was looking very forward to it. When it was taken away the following day, I was nothing if not frustrated and confused.

Of course, there’s nothing I can do about work being taken from me, especially when I wasn’t expecting it in the first place, and especially when there’s been no contract signed or formal agreement made.  I think what was angering me most was that I was very happy NOT working until I heard I WOULD be working and then that I WOULDN’T be working… And all of a sudden I was in a terrible mood. I don’t like being unhappy, but it was very difficult to get out of my pissy mood.

So what did I do, you ask? I love how curious you are. I made cookies! That’s right. I made Crispy Oatmeal Cookies. And I loved doing it. And I was making them for people who deserved them who DIDN’T live in this house. BUT, my curious friends, do you know what happened?

Well, as soon as I was done making the batter and I had the first batch in the oven, I gave a beater to Russ and the other to Garrett so they could eat the cookie dough. (I use pasteurized egg whites, so it’s totally safe to eat the batter. I know, I’m no fun.) I watched Garrett loving every last lick of that dough, and it made everything bad go away.

When I was pregnant I dreamed of moments like this. I used to tell Russ how much I hoped our kid would like the way I cooked and would want to eat the cookies and breads I made.  I told him I couldn’t wait to share moments in the kitchen, as well as in other rooms of the house, of course. When all the cookies were made (and I had entered the recipe into my LoseIt program, finding out that each one was 108 calories), I bagged up the ones that were going to other houses and kept 10 for us.

Today when Garrett got home from school he asked for a cookie. Tonight he asked for one for dessert, and then he wanted one more. I’m not big on sweets in the middle of the day, or giving more than one cookie for dessert… But somehow G-Man had three Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies today. It just seemed right.

My goodness, that kid makes me happy.

And here’s the link to the recipe:

So, I just read this over to make sure I didn’t make any huge spelling or grammatical errors, and I realized that you might not know that I also enjoyed watching Russ eat that dough. And that whenever I go through crappy stuff he’s there for me, making it all better and supporting me. And that is why crappy stuff never seems so crappy, and why I always feel incredibly, stupidly lucky. I have an amazing son, and an equally amazing husband. Mushy part over.

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Lisa Arch likes being a working actress... but LOVES being a Mom!
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6 Responses to “I’m Not Making Dough, So I Made Cookies Instead”

  1. Reply Sherry says:

    I can understand how you felt. It’s tough having something given, then taken away! Sometimes all it takes is a cookie and family to make things better. I know the right job will come your way soon. Thanks for sharing. You always make me smile:)

  2. Reply Laura says:

    Which memory do you think will last longer? The job that was taken away (Bastards!!) Or your happy little boy eating cookie dough. I know which one I am betting on. Those cookies look delicious by the way. Made and enjoyed with love..

  3. Reply AL says:

    Just imagining how delicious the memory and the cookies are, and that you will have so many, many more ahead. Your MIL made those kind of memories for my children, with her endless supply of cookies and cakes that made any visit an instant party! ( It’s like that, food and memories so tied together with the good people in our lives 🙂

    Licking the beaters? A memory that lives very close to the heart (especially the oatmeal kinds) ! When the right project presents itself, it will be clear as to the “why” of the one that appeared and, then, disappeared…it just wasn’t special enough for the likes of YOU!

  4. Reply Tracy K says:

    :). Love it!

  5. Reply Camesha says:

    My first reaction 🙂
    My second reaction kids somehow make everything totally OK and totally worth it.

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