baking a thank you

In this blog, I have been focusing on Seven Day Challenges, which often force me to start what could be a good habit (drinking water or taking my lunch to school) or, more straightforward, allow me to accomplish a more involved goal (christmas cards for friends). However, I realize there are some goals which cannot necessarily fit into this structure — as is the case with this newest challenge!

The Background:

As of this semester, I have worked in the Library for three and a half years: I started in the Music and Media Library with my supervisor Colin, and then worked at the Circulation Desk with Tara. I have spent time working seven different positions in the Library — and actually, I have only not worked in two departments that hire undergrad students.

Though these various jobs are not necessarily anything incredibly challenging, I have done an excellent job; I say so with confidence because I know, without a doubt, that my supervisors love me. I could give examples, but suffice to say that I am good at my job, and I am really proud of the work I do there.

And, most important of all, I love the people I work with. Without fail, they are pleasant people — they always smile at me when I come in, and they always wish me a good day when I leave. We gossip about my love life and school life and job life in-between refilling printer paper and checking out material to patrons. And we laugh all the time, because honestly — why not? Over the last few years, I have developed a serious bond with my fellow Library employees which is so much more fulfilling than the majority of the bonds I made with fellow Emory students in my time here.

My goal is to find time before my last day of work to bake them a thank-you. Because honestly, I love them all, and I’m not sure I’ll ever find another job with such a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere (see this post if you want to see the opposite). And really, Tara and Colin have been the most fantastic supervisors a human being could ask for.

As somewhat nerdy as it sounds, in twenty years, I know I will see the Library as one of my most favorite experiences at Emory — not for the studying I did, but for the great people I met and the fantastic job I held. I just want to say…well, “I love you, too.”

The Challenge:

For this challenge, I’ve emailed Kate Deal (one of my favorite bakers) and asked her for a couple straight-forward recipes for a beginner baker — because honestly, this thank-you deserves to come from more than just a box.

This challenge could be very hard, mostly due to the fact that I don’t bake. Thus, I am slightly worried about the resulting taste? I have Kate’s number, though, so I will call her if I have any challenges. Also, I need to find bakeware, because I clearly don’t have any (hello, Maurissa, and your fantastic kitchen…).

Anyways, it’s going to be an adventure!! As such, I promise to give out Kate’s recipe (if she gives her permission), take pictures, and let you all know how it goes!

Goal Date: 15 December 2010 (Last day of work)

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