Posted at 2:14 pm
Not to be fatalistic and all that but sometimes you wake up and just know it’s going to be an uphill battle all day. On the plus side, if you’re so damn confident that it will be you can try your darndest to moderate it. Hey, we’re not saying you can become Pollyanna, but it is possible avoid being a completely miserable/grumpy human being. Truly. And if all else turns to poop at least you know you tried. As you’re parents are apt to tell you time and time again, you always get brownie points for that. Hmmmm speaking of brownies…ever wondered why you crave sugar-saturated or fatty foods on those ‘let’s-hate-on-life’ days? Well, there’s science behind it. Sugar and fat stimulates the production of endorphins, i.e. the ‘feel good hormone’, making you feel, well, happy. That’s a good excuse as ever to bake a cake, right? I mean, science is pretty much commanding you to. Continue reading
Posted at 2:58 pm
Uni classes have officially finished for the semester, with this week dedicated to study prior to exams commencing. It’s a little over half way through day one of revision, revision and yet more revision and I’m already dreaming of all the baking I could be doing in another life. The kind of baking that requires little thinking. Minimal brain power. The kind that involves face-planting into said baked good and giving zilch consideration to other matters going on in the world. Baking is satisfying and straightforward. It’s productive. You’re guaranteed to get a pretty darn good end result (should we tack on a ‘most of the time here’?). You can see (and sneakily taste) the progress. Quite unlike some other aspects of life…I wonder what they could be? Revision-time requires the simple things in life. For when your brain resembles scrambled eggs, a muddle of words and numbers. It requires homely things. And yup you guessed it, this is a homely cake. It’s neither fancy nor fussy to prepare. Continue reading
Posted at 3:00 pm
Yet again we’ve had an absence of posts. Do you think I simply need to stop apologising? Cease to spout excuses? It appears as though the trend towards scattered, and for that matter scatty in general, posts is going to become the norm. Hmmm. Bu-ut. Yes, there’s always a but, isn’t there? If one had to justify the severe lack of posts over the past two weeks, it could be attributed to college rowing. An experience that slowly takes over your life, like that obsession with finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, consuming it bit by bit until you’re eventually reminded by others that there is in fact a world outside of your well insulated bubble. Once the regatta (or if we’re still using the chocolate chip analogy, you find the one) concludes you finally emerge from that all-consuming blanket of ‘rowing life’, like a rabbit blinded by headlights on a dark evening. Stunned. Disorientated.
Rowing involved food, plenty of food (carb-loading, anyone?). Why it even involved baking (homemade muesli bars are a must for any sporting event), yet what it didn’t allow for was blogging. Continue reading