Friday, January 25, 2013
Oatmeal is one of my go-to breakfasts; hot in the winter, cold in the summer. It's not that I don't eat other breakfasts, but oatmeal is one of my favorites.
Steel cut oats are delicious and have a great texture, but they take longer to cook; around 30 minutes which can be a problem on work mornings. I solve this problem by cooking up a large batch on Sunday and divide it into five servings in small containers. I heat it up and add my choice of 'enhancers' each morning. It is quicker than cooking rolled oats this way and much tastier.
Here's my morning oatmeal recipe:
1. Precooked steel cut oats heated with ~
take your pick: milk, coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk
2. After heating add fresh fruit ~
try: blueberries, strawberries, bananas, cranberries
3. Add nuts
try: walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans
4. 1 Tablespoon of flaxseed, hempseed, or chia
5. Sprinkle with cinnamon (or not)
6. Add 1 Tablespoon of raw honey (or not)
My favorite this week has been steel cut oats cooked in coconut milk with added blueberries, walnuts, hempseed, cinnamon, and honey. Yum!
Do you have a favorite way to eat your oats?
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Perhaps it's because I was coming down with the flu, or because I don't always read things right, or because I'm an alarmist, or because my guitar teacher did not communicate his thoughts effectively, but I was happily relieved at my last guitar class. I had been sulking all week about the thought of being turned loose from my classes because I progressed too far. There is still so much to learn, and I am not at all certain I can sustain that on my own yet.
During the week, I tried to see my glass half full. Think of the money I could save! Think of the 40 minutes each way that it took to get to my lessons! But the truth is, it has been money and time well spent; the highlight of my week. I went through some of the technique that I don't feel is well developed and noted the pages so I could fill that in before my lessons ended at the conclusion of January. When I got to my lesson and asked to review the things I did not feel secure about, he told me that he wished he had more students like me. As it turned out, he hadn't meant that my lessons were done, he had meant that I was ready for some more advanced work. Phew!!!
Back to the flu element of this blog, I feel like I am finally over it! After taking Monday off, I dragged through the rest of the week, which was tiring because it also included bowling and life guarding with my class. On Friday, I only had half my class because of the flu, so I am really glad we are having a 3 day weekend. This should help break the flu cycle a bit and it is giving me the time I need to really rest and get better.
I have been happy to get back into my walking routine. I did get a short (very short) walk in every day while I was sick because a certain poodle insists on it, but got nowhere near meeting my walking goals. Of course I wasn't aiming for that, my main goal this past week was to eat health promoting nutrients and get plenty of rest and water.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
I think what we have is the flu; headaches, body aches, nagging sore throat and low energy now for several days. I tend not to get fevers; instead my temperature drops to subnormal which has the same effect of chills and aches.
So far, I have been treating this with all of the flu fighting, immune boosting nutrients I know of plus plenty of fluids and rest. And so far, it has been more annoying than flat out sick. I feel like I'm surfing over the top of a wave and hoping that I stay on the top of it without getting swept under. I hate taking time off of work, but I think I should take Monday off. This is something I am consistently bad about; I tend to keep pushing through things when I should just take the time I need to heal. I hope I am getting smarter as I get older. If there is one lesson I have to keep learning over and over again in my life it is 'Slow Down!'
So what are the advantages to being sick?
Well....... slowing down.
No errands, not hustling around to get things done, just time at home to rest and focus on getting well.
Painting dollhouse pieces
I love quiet time, but often get too busy to relax and enjoy it. Illness insists on rest; it puts the stop on acting on the drive to rush around getting things done. This weekend has been a time to explore the edges of nestling in.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I suppose I should feel accomplished, but I can't help feeling a bit at a loss.
I have really been enjoying my flamenco lessons for the past year and a half. I was so happy to have found a teacher who grew up playing flamenco, and who turned out to be a perfect match for my learning style. At my last lesson, he told me that I have learned all of the technique he knows to teach me and that I am playing very well. I, on the other hand, feel like a perpetual beginner and possibly always will.
Where this is going is that I am at the end of my formal flamenco lessons. It is time to fly on my own and keep applying what I know to new pieces and start composing my own. I have been promoted, I guess, and should feel grateful that at the end of this month, I will no longer be paying for lessons and driving 45 minutes each way on Thursday nights to get the expert instruction I have been getting. Still, I can't help but feel a loss. Thursday evenings have been the sweet focus of my week; a time to iron out challenges while having really good discussions about music. It has been a break from teaching and a time for learning.
I teach a three year grade span and at the end of the school year, I always have at least one student who cries. I'm feeling kind of like that myself as I look toward the closure of a well matched student/teacher relationship with my flamenco teacher. Transitions can be positive experiences, and I expect this one will be too, but right now it's a bummer.
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