New Year, New Content

Holy bananas it’s 2019! It took FOREVER to get here, but we did it! Instead of a bunch of New Year’s resolutions at the start of the year, I try to do new resolutions every 1-3 months (one of the MANY perks of a bullet journal) and I definitely have some for this year that I’ll save for a later date and time.

What I want to talk about it this website. I’ve dusted it off, got it rolling again, remembered all the reasons why I love blogging.

And I want to change it.

I know, I know. “DANA! You just said you loved My Bright Corner the way it is. I can directly site it from two sentences ago for your future autobiography if you ever wanted to write one.”

And you’re right. Not about the autobiography. The quote. I do love all that MBC did for me (and hopefully you) in the format it’s currently in. But I have a vision. And with this vision includes some changing and flexibility. I want to metaphorically add a new coat of paint to the walls, perhaps some furniture and two new people to sit on that super comfy furniture.

Emily and her classic soft-eyed smile

That’s right! Two new writers! Those two ladies in the featured image with me aren’t there for show. And they’re not just writers either. They do art, photography, story tell and more. They’re visionaries. They’re also my best friends from high school and some of the most creative people I know.

How did this happen? Well, you’ll have to wait for that story, but I promise it’s coming in a whole new way! Long story short is I asked them to share their creativity and writing skills with My Bright Corner and for whatever crazy reason, they said yes. Their names are Lilly and Emily. I’m going to let them introduce themselves shortly with their own posts so don’t be too surprised when you see their faces

Lilly and all her hats (more on that later)

This is something I’m very excited about. I’ve always wanted to get new perspectives onto My Bright Corner. MBC isn’t a very big blog in the blogosphere but it’s special and to have two of my favorite people working on it with me only makes it more so.

So let’s give them a warm welcome as we continue onto a great year with new surprises! If there’s something you want to hear or know, don’t be afraid to comment or ask.

Thank you for your patience with me these last couple years as I worked on getting myself together. There is a lot more coming your way this year and I can’t wait for you to read all about it!

Happy New Year!

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Until Next Time,

Dana

The Redemption Batch

Here’s the story with these cookies:

I bake once a year during the holiday season. I don’t know if I’m overcome with some holiday spirit joy magic or what, but the need to make sugary goodness for others becomes real. I wanted to make cookies for my friends and family but I didn’t want to put in a bunch of work that I didn’t have time for. So I went to the store and purchased some chocolate chip cookie premix thinking that I’d save myself time and energy AND I’d get delicious cookies out of it. WRONG. I burned them. They were terrible. It was an embarrassing moment for all involved. I was so frustrated with the gross batch of pre-mixed cookie garbage I created that I had to redeem myself by making homemade cookies to prove to the world that I could, in fact, be a good baker.

So when I went home over the holidays, I found the old family cookbook that’s been in my kitchen cabinet since before dinosaurs roamed the earth and looked up the recipe that would save my reputation. In faded ink it read:

cookie

1 ½ cups softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
3 1/3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoons salt
4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluffy
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat into creamed mixture
  4. Stir in chips
  5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan

 

A bit of knowledge about this recipe should you try it:

You’re going to have SO. MANY. COOKIES.

I’m estimating here, but by the time you’re finished baking, you’re probably going to have somewhere around… 300,000 cookies. Probably. So be ready.

I’m totally kidding, this recipe yields about 8 dozen cookies in reality, but it definitely feels more like 300,000.

 

Now, this is not my first rodeo with this recipe, so it was a successful endeavor. Therefore, telling you the story of how they were made isn’t worth telling. However, I discovered one key fact about myself during this little event:

I REALLY hate baking.

When you’re creaming the butter, sugar and brown sugar together by hand with old, lumpy brown sugar, you’d hate baking too. I had to blare happy music to remind myself that I’m making these cookies for other people and cookies taste better when you put love into them, not bitter hatred and spite. And that was only during the first step of making this redemption batch! Imagine going through the rest of the cookie making process hating every step along the way! It wasn’t fun.

Long story short: I will not be making cookies until next holiday season when I forget what I learned this year. But I have been redeemed for now, so that’s all that matters.

 

Until next time,

Dana

 

Another day, Another Round

Tomorrow I go in for another round of chemo! Woo hoo!

Just kidding. I’m not excited about it, but I’d rather get the treatment than deal with the alternative. Could you imagine that conversation with the grim reaper?

Grim Reaper: It is I! The Grim Reaper come to take you into the afterlife.

ME: No! It can’t be my time yet! I still have so much to do! I’m too young!

Grim Reaper: Actually, it is your time. You could’ve had more time, but noooooooo!! You’re stupid and didn’t take the drugs that could’ve helped you live a long and happy life. You’ve gotta come with me. You dummy. Let’s go.

Me: Oh….Well, I can’t argue with that logic.

Anyways, I’m actually looking forward to this round because the last time I went in, they told me my blood counts were excellent. I’m hoping that they’ll still be excellent because that means I’m that much closer to recovery (Woo! hoo!).

So, yes, chemo is tomorrow. I’ve had several people ask me if chemo is scary or hard. Before I answer that, I want to mention that when I answer, I’m answering for me. Cancer is different for everyone including its treatment, side effects and recovery process.

The first time I went in for a chemo treatment I definitely was scared. I didn’t know what to expect and I was overwhelmed with information about the treatment and its aftereffects. But it isn’t hard to go through a treatment. You sit there for a few hours while the nurse does all the work. And then you go home.

The hard part is recovering. Side effects vary greatly from person to person. I have found that I sleep a lot more to avoid some of the side effects like nausea and dizziness. Each chemo treatment brings on a different set of side effects and that’s the hard part: to deal with each new side effect as it comes and determining how serious it is. Also my dog. Not seeing my dog is hard.

But I’m very fortunate that I’m young. My immune system can bounce back pretty quickly. By the second week of recovery I practically feel 100%. Just in time to do it all over again.

 

Until next time,

Dana