Life isn't about how many people call you and it's not about who you've dated, are dating, or haven't dated at all. It's not about grades, money, clothes, or colleges that accept you or not. Life isn't about if you have lots of friends, or if you are alone, and it's not about how accepted or unaccepted you are. Life just isn't about that. But life is about who you love and who you hurt. It's about how you feel about yourself. It's about trust, happiness, and compassion. It's about sticking up for your friends and replacing inner hate with love. Life is about avoiding jealousy, overcoming ignorance, and building confidence. It's about what you say and what you mean. It's about seeing people for who they are and not for what they have. Most of all, it's about living your life to touch someone else's.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pound pasta, such as spaghetti or rigatoni
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (enough to coat bottom of pan)
1/4 pound pancetta (Italian bacon), chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
5 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 large egg yolks
Freshly grated Romano cheese
Handful of finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
1. Put a large saucepot of water on to boil. Add a liberal amount of salt and the pasta. Cook to al dente, about 8 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and pancetta. Brown pancetta 2 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and garlic and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Add wine and stir up all the pan drippings.
3. In a separate bowl, beat yolks, then add 1 large ladleful (about 1/2 cup) of the pasta cooking water. This tempers the eggs and keeps them from scrambling when added to the pasta.
4. Drain pasta well and add it directly to the skillet with pancetta and oil. Pour the egg mixture over the pasta. Toss rapidly to coat the pasta without cooking the egg. Remove pan from heat and add a big handful of cheese, lots of pepper, and a little salt. Continue to toss and turn the pasta until it soaks up egg mixture and thickens, 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with parsley and extra grated Romano.
“What a marvel to be among the fewest of few molecules in the universe allowed to experience this thing called life- stars and nebulas and black holes by the quadrillion, and yet only a few molecules on Earth get to be alive.”—Generation A by Douglas Coupland
“When words can’t even come close to the emotions you feel for them. When you just want all time to stop because the moment you are with them you just want it to stay that way. No one else matters. All problems are erased and the breaths you take while you’re with them are the ones you want to stay breathing … that’s love”—Anonymous
DAY ONE: INTRODUCE YOURSELF. LIST YOUR LIKES AND DISLIKES.
My name is formally Nicole and I’d prefer to be called just that. I’m almost 17, about to be a senior in high school, attempting to put my future together soon. Physiology interests me most. I’m quiet at first, but when I become comfortable around you I’m something special. I’m mature for my age I believe. I’m not fond of talking about myself so I’ll stop there haha
DAY 30- WAYS YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE GROWN OVER THE PAST THIRTY DAYS.
I’m really trying to be less sarcastic and more sweet. I never thought my joking around comments offended people so, and no way in hell do I want to be compared to a certain someone that always brings others down. That’s pretty damn drastic for me, considering I’m sarcastic 98% of the time.