AWP and the Fat Cats and One Cake Recipe

Yesterday during our writing workshop, Sarah told us that another student in our program, Rachel Hartley-Smith is getting a half a table at AWP for a new digital journal she is editing: Cella’s Round Trip. The point of all of this is that we are going to make copies of our chapbook to have available, as well as some visual art and broadsides. I hope that we are even going to design a logo for our group! I am so excited to go AWP, because I have wanted to go but didn’t really have a reason to go until now. Now, I get to put my photography out there in teh form of postcards, get my poetry and creative nonfiction out there, and hang out in Chicago with three of my favorite people! Sweet. I love Chicago!

Other good news:

  1. It is officially 19 days until Edwin, Abster, and Iz return! Whoohoo! Since we ride our bikes past their house every night, my anticipation grows everyday!
  2. It is only three days until my family and I leave for Chicago. So far we are going to Wicked, going to a Cubs v. White Sox game, going to the fireworks at Navy Pier, going on a brewery tour at Goose Island, attending the Taste of Chicago, and possibly popping in at the Body Art Show at Navy Pier. My brother is going to run a 5K called “Race to the Taste.”
  3. We started stripping our house and picked out paint colors for the outside of the house, the living room, the woodwork (we’ve decided to just paint it and wait until later to strip it and stain it), and our bedroom. Hopefully, we can get the whole house painted by the end of summer! The house is going to be a pale green, with darker green trim, and an even darker green porch. The living room is going to be a dark burgundy with white woodwork and ceiling (we are pulling up the ugly green carpeting), and the bedroom is going to be a peachy/orangish color called rhubarb. All the woodwork is going to be a nice clean white. All the ceilings are going to be the same white. I think that opens up the room and makes the ceilings look higher.
  4. As we walked through McCullough Park, the Black Music Festival looked like a success. There were tons of cars parked all over, and we could hear some of the music at our house. What I heard was pretty good. On a similar note, I watched most of a really bad rerun of SNL, because Kanye West was on it. He, of course, performed “Gold Digger.” What disappointed me, and not because I like the word at all, was that instead of saying “broke nigger,” he had to say “broke broke,” which makes absolutely no sense, and doesn’t rhyme with “gold digger.” However, it was perfectly acceptable for him to say “ass” several times. Censorship will never make sense to me!
  5. Finally, I rode my bicycle to my parents’ house and I wasn’t sore the next day. Next time, I will try to ride home, too. One way it is 18.68 miles. I actually ride that much everyday, but it is in Muncie where the streets are relatively flat. I was afraid because out by my parents’ house there are some hills, although they aren’t very big.

Life is good. I look forward.

EDIT:
From my other, old, defunct blog.
Here’s the recipe, because I can’t find the last post with it in there:

1 1/2 c flour
1 c sugar
3 T cocoa
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

Blend dry ingredients well. Make three wells and add:

6 T vegetable oil
1 T white vinegar
1 t vanilla

Then pour 3/4 c water or cold coffee over the whole thing. Stir with a
fork until blended. Pour into an 8″x8″ square or 9″ round pan. Bake
at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

I recommend oiling and flouring your cake pan and/or using parchment
paper to line the bottom of the pan–the cake tends to pull away from
the sides nicely, but it can stick to the bottom.

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