Wednesday, January 27, 2010

new gratitudes

A few winter 2010 gratitudes:

1. the Words With Friends iPhone app
2. no cavities
3. a warm bed
4. love
5. buttermilk pancakes
6. eliptical machines
7. books
8. five or six ridiculously darling students
9. funny colleagues
10. supportive friendships
11. laughter
12. deep sleep
13. words
14. star trek the next generation
15. my family

Monday, January 11, 2010

Tapioca Pudding

I had never cooked this before but it's one of my best mate's favorite desserts. We basically followed the recipe on the back of the Kraft Quick Cooking Minute Tapioca box. We used half whole milk and half skim and quadrupled the recipe. It was a good thing we had a huge stew pot or it would have overflowed. We added a little extra sugar, but not more than a tablespoon. And also an extra tsp of vanilla at the very end. It took about 20 minutes to heat up to a boil, but thickened right up perfect. I'm glad my best mate was there to help me learn this one.

Result: it was delicious hot, maybe would have been a little better hot with all whole milk. And it has been super delicious cold. We cooked it on Saturday and it's already gone.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Shaping My Year

I've never been much of a goal setter, Mormon Taoist that I still am. But last January I set my sights on some reasonable goals and accomplished most of them. It felt pretty darn good to look up the metaphorical mountains and say I am going to climb those. And then proceed to climb them. And so...I'm gonna give goal setting another go.

2010 goals:
*Run that Centerville 4th of July 5K again and beat last year's time.
*Summit 12 mountains, but be safe and sane about it.
*Write two books. My brother getting published has lit a scorching fire under my butt on this lifelong dream.
*Get to where I can do 25 real push-ups
*Get Stabbetha, my World of Warcraft character, to level 80 and beyond!
*raft a river or two
*Read 100 books
*Keep peace, hope, love, and trust in my own heart and life
*Memorize 3 poems
*Write 5 poems
*Try out some new recipes and keep enjoying all the old ones

On a different, but related note--it's somewhat terrifying but also quite wonderful to recognize how far a stable and supportive relationship can go in healing deep wounds and in helping me shape a gentle, happy reality.