I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I have a super power. I seem to have this incredible ability to get sick or injured at the most inconvenient times possible. Right now, I am teaching 4 Zumba® classes a week, and I managed to either tear or seriously pull a muscle in my lower back. It could have been the 7-mile outdoor run I did on Thursday, or the super-intense Zumba® class on Friday, or a combination of the two. Whatever the cause, I've spent the last 2 days hobbling around like a little 80-yr-old woman with osteoporosis. Today, the pain was unbearable, and nothing I did seemed to help, so I reached for an Oxycodone I had left over from last semester's idiopathic pain episode. As helpful as this was for my back, (and my mood!), it kind of took away all hopes for productivity. So, instead of doing my readings, I decided to bake some cookies instead!
A few weeks ago, I had to go to San Francisco for a grad school interview, and promised that I would make cookies for whoever covered my shifts in the mail room. My dear friend Mel came through for me, as she always does, so I decided to make her some cookies as a way to say "thank you."
She and I have had several conversations about language, like how certain phrases mean different things in different languages, or how some words don't exist or aren't translatable to other languages, or how the languages we use shape our personalities. When I decided to translate "thank you" from English to cookie, I came up with this:
Coconut Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Recipe adapted from The Cookie Bible
Yield: 2 dozen cookies