So, classes are starting to get into full swing and the reading is beginning. This semester, I’m taking Business in the International Context (which is super interesting already), Intermediate Spanish (let’s hope I get better at that), Accounting (bleh…math), and Intro to Creative Fiction Writing. About that last one, I’m really, really excited for it.
Clearly, I like to write, or I wouldn’t share embarrassing, exposing, and random stories about my life with a group of (mostly) strangers. For our first night of reading, we had to read an excerpt from Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott called “Shitty First Drafts”. Truly, it was hilarious, and wildly enlightening, because I realized that what I write for you guys is my shitty first drafts.
I write for this blog about whatever’s on my mind, and usually only go through looking for stupid grammar and spelling mistakes. I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually changed a significant part of a post after it’s initial writing. According to Anne, only I’m supposed to read my shitty first drafts, but on this blog, I like you all to see my thoughts how I see them.
I share candidly on here, writing whatever the heck I want. Anne says “very few writers really know what they are doing until they’ve done it,” and as far as my posts go, that’s totally accurate. Reading this piece for class sparked these thoughts, so here you go, just another shitty first draft that I’m posting on the internet for all the world to see. This is my “just getting it down on paper”. I guess if I really wanted to, I could create some pretty darn good stories and papers out of some of these posts if I wanted to refine and edit them to death, but I’ll be honest: I like them how they are.
I find it settling to be able to go back on Bakerita and read about what I was thinking about when making a particular dish, during a particular time of my life. Sometimes I read about the things I shared and think, “why would anyone care about this?” or “Holy cow, I cannot believe I shared so many private details of my life on the Internet!” and the voices of my parents, former coaches, and mentors ring in my head about how nothing can ever come off of the Internet. Oops.
It’s really easy, really good, and really fun. It makes you think of carnivals, and kids, and movies.
It’s just one of those things that makes you happy. A simple pleasure, if you will. It has three ingredients and the hardest part is popping the popcorn.
Just kidding. The hardest part is waiting for it to set. Thats torturous. Spoon a bit of the mixture into your mouth while you wait. I won’t tell…I promise.
- 1 can (1 lb.) vanilla frosting
- 1 jar (16.3 oz.) creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups + 1/4 cup popped popcorn, divided
- Line and grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.
- Place all of the vanilla frosting and peanut butter into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir together until completely combined. Fold in 2 cups of popped popcorn.
- Scrape the entire mixture into the prepared pan. Crumble up the remaining 1/4 cup popcorn and sprinkle it on top. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm. Cut into 16 pieces. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Vintage Sugarcube