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Ermahgerd it’s snowing, RUN FOR THE HILLS!

One of my friends from out West posted this meme on Facebook Friday, and it pretty much sums up EVERYBODY IN NEW JERSEY.

This was also their reaction BEFORE the storm hit.

I forgot a snowstorm was coming, and I made the mistake of going to the grocery store Friday morning so that I could buy the ingredients to make soup in my crockpot this weekend.

Well, shit.

You would’ve thought the forecasters were saying another Sandy was happening.

I cooked some loaded baked potato soup in my crock pot that evening. As I watched the news, one of the newscasters called people’s reactions to “Nemo” in the tri-state (NY/NJ/CT) area a “Post Traumatic Sandy Disorder,” which actually fascinated me a lot.

This kind of made sense, and I realized MY “Post Traumatic Sandy Disorder” reaction was to cook… as evidenced by all the cooking I’ve done this weekend:

1. Loaded Baked Potato Soup on the afternoon of the storm

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(Recipe courtesy of CDKitchen, although I didn’t mash the potatoes like the recipe said to.)

2. Veggie Something for dinner on the night of the storm…. with a Pilsbury croissant

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Take veggies of choice. Put in greased skillet. Drizzle in olive oil. Add 1/4 cup of margarine. Salt and pepper on. Add about a tablespoon of parsley. Sprinkle a handful of pinenuts to mixture. Add about 1/4 of a cup of Romano cheese. Mix and sauté. Add more olive oil and cheese to your liking. Nom nom nom.

Oh, and follow the directions on the container for the Pilsbury croissant. 😉

3. Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes the morning after Nemo

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(This totally looks like an old man to me… but others have said it looks like a bunny/ puppy/ a blob. What do you see?)

Take 1 cup of pancake mix. Add about 6-8 diced strawberries. Add 2/3 a cup of water. Mix in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

4. Chocolate Chip Strawberry cookies

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Follow your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Add strawberries. I think I might add vanilla extract next time.

Yea. Cooking is definitely my storm coping mechanism now… and I’m perfectly okay with that.


By the way…

who the hell names a storm Nemo?

Oh, and for those who asked… I don’t actually know how much snow we got. I think there was about 8″? I never played in it (le sigh) and by the time I de-iced by car during a fire alarm in the middle of the night last night (grumble grumble) a lot of it had melted in the sun.

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I miss being a kid and going sledding.

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The view from my apartment of Nemo Friday night, and then on Saturday morning…

2012: A Year in Review

Tonight is the last Friday night of 2012, exactly one week after the world was supposed to end. A lot has happened in 2012, and I decided to highlight everything significant that happened to me this year, month by month.


It’s been one heck of a year at GingerSass.


Not much happened in January. I turned 22, which was actually a better birthday than my 21st. My friend convinced the bartender at a local bar that I should be given a free bottle of champagne because my 21st coincided with a blizzard and I didn’t get to celebrate. I received a stuffed unicorn and zebra print seat covers from my parents. I, once again, pleaded to Ellen as to why we should celebrate our birthday together and she ignored me. Ya know, the usual.


I made it onto PostSecret for the first time. Whitney Houston died and I was devastated so I wrote a poem. Ryan Murphy pissed me off so I wrote him an angry tumblr post turned into a letter, which he never responded to.


March was a very important month for me– I STARTED GINGERSASS! (All of the posts posted before March 25th were transferred from my tumblr site.) Fun fact– GingerSass was started because I was pretending to be an investigative reporter at the Sex, Love, and Dating Conference. Also, Adrienne Rich died, which devastated me. A lot.


April freaking rocked. Highlights of the month include:

volunteering with NOH8 and later being featured on their website
meeting Frank Warren at my first PostSecret event
saw an opera and a concert in one week
my Poefy (poetry-wifey) was fantabulous in The Vagina Monologues and I wrote about it


May was a good month for me. Obama came out in support of gay marriage. I won an award. I graduated college. Life was pretty awesome to me in May.


June was an interesting month. I started it out writing about suicide after finding out that the partner of my friend who had committed suicide also committed suicide. I wrote a bunch of 10 Minute Musings for a grad class and reconnected with myself. I came out to my family as a blogger, with the support of Cady McClain, aka Dixie from All My Children. I even inspired her alter-ego, Suzy F*cking Homemaker, to create an internet meme. Suzy also encouraged me to write a post on why I want to be a celesbian…so I did. I also  booked and performed my first paid poetry gig, which was pretty darn awesome.


July started off with a roadtrip to Massachusetts with Poefy to the wedding of Taylor and Mike. I basked in the glory of cheeseball goodness. (This post is still one of my most-visited posts, btw.) I fell in love with my job over the summer. I also figured out What Obama Taught Me. I indulged in Restaurant Week. Then I got serious about my blog, invested in an actually site host, got free magnets, and was overwhelmed by the idea of going to BlogHer. I also posted about teacher dress codes, which is also one of my most-visited posts of all time.


August started off with me going to BlogHer’12 and MY LIFE CHANGING FOREVER. I made so many blogging friends through BlogHer, and I’m going to (eventually) categorize them on her so you can so who I’m reading. I also won a happy hour party in August and celebrated with wings and food at a local bar with my friends. Woohoo! To top August off, I started my new job, got an apartment to go along with it, and ruminated on why Res Life will always be a part of me.


September was an emotional, crazy month. I had an awesome first week of September. I was a national runner up to be the next Verizon Ultimate Insider, mentioned on AfterEllen, and yogurt was on sale. I made it through the one year deathaversary of my friend’s suicide, and I participated in yet another walk for dead people. September was emotional, tough, and trying, but I got through it.


October started off with me reflecting on how much I love my car. I also met Jack Hanna, which was a childhood dream come true. I had a kickass lesson on bullying on National Coming Out Day and fell even more in love with teaching. I went to the Dodge Poetry Festival for the first time as an educator, and I helped my students fall in love with poetry. I met Geena Davis and she told me, “You’re changing the world to be a place I want to be in. Keep up the good work.” I saw Melissa Etheridge in concert. I survived Hurricane Sandy, was really upset that Sandy canceled Halloween, and was upset by the whole Sandy experience.


November feels like such a long time ago. I participated in NaBloPoMo for the first time and wrote about how I’m a Jersey girl, how Sandy domesticated me, and what Obama’s win meant to me. I also talked about bacon, ghosts, and just how important it was that I found my voice again by going to poetry open mics. I cut my hair, took silly webcam pics, and thought about my future. I ended my first NaBloPoMo experience by being grateful for stickers, and really having peace in knowing that I’m on the right track for what I want to do with my life.


December flew by. I think the biggest thing that happened to me this month, right before my student teaching internship ended, was that I realized why I want to teach. I arranged for an assembly for my Creative Writing students, and  it really changed my relationship with them forever. It taught one student to not be afraid to be who she is, and this, in return, encouraged me to come out to her. She then wrote me a note and made me cry. Then the Newtown, Connecticut shooting happened and it hit really close to home, as it was the first school shooting that has happened since I began student teaching. My students asked me if I would take a bullet for them, and I was able to respond honestly and say yes. Student teaching ended, and I managed to make it to the parking lot after school before crying. I got creeped out by the whole Elf on a Shelf phenomenon, but secretly loved my creepy little elf.

2012 was a year of growth. I rediscovered my writing identity, and GingerSass became a very large part of who I am. I’m grateful for the opportunities blogging has given me this past year, and I cannot wait to see what 2013 holds.

Happy New Year, folks! What are you looking forward to in 2013?

PS I’m not sure if I’ll be able to attend or not, but if you’ll be at home this NYE, consider joining in on #Tweetin13. There are prizes, fun people, and it’s hosted by two of my favorite ladies. Get on it!

I’m getting lots and lots of visitors because of NaBloPoMo

so I’m encouraging you all to enter my Halloween costume contest raffle and contribute towards Sandy relief!

By just entering, you are helping contribute towards Hurricane Sandy relief in the New York/ New Jersey area I love oh-so-dearly.

Plus, I’m putting together a really great prize pack for the winner. It includes this hat.

I ordered a hat for me, and a hat for the winner!

Also, while you’re here, might I suggest following me on as many social networking sites as possible? The more sites you follow, the more chances you have to win things in raffles.

Click here to “like” GingerSass on Facebook.

Follow me– @THEGingerSass.

Add me to your circle on Google+!

Umm, pin me at Pinterest

And, brand spankin’ new, tumble with me on tumblr.