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I can’t believe tomorrow is August.  Incidentally, I made it!  I blogged every day this month, so that’s another thing checked off my list.  The only item that concerns me is walking the goat, because I haven’t seen the goats lately.  It’s possible that the neighbors don’t own them anymore, which would be slightly problematic for my list.  But I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

With the summer drawing so quickly to a close, there are still a few things I want to accomplish.  I need, absolutely need, to have 2-3 proposed thesis statements with accompanying rough outlines by September.  I want to swim in/float down a river.  I want to go camping.  And I really only have about three weeks because I’ll be at home for basically the last week.  So, productivity must increase.

Also, every time I look at textbooks for classes, I am slightly horrified at the cost.  Although, I already own one of the books for one of my classes from a previous class I took.  And, I’ve already read the whole thing.  Ha!

Finally, I have a new psuedo-plan for my future.  I’ll get my current Masters, get a job and pay off my loans, then go back to school for a ThM, then get a job and pay off those loans, then go back to school for PhD and finally find a job teaching.  Yes?  Maybe?  We’ll see.

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Yesterday, I found a half folded slip of paper in my recipe box that was titled: “Carb Substitutes.”  On it, I had copied down a list of easy to substitute ingredients, mostly for a more healthy form of carbohydrates rather than zero carbs.

Today, I tried one of the substitutes for a pancake recipe.  When you make it, if you use the immersion blender, I would recommend mixing the ingredients first.  And when you cook them, it’s the same as normal pancakes except that if you’re waiting for the edges to look dry or for the top to bubble, it won’t really happen.  Just check underneath and see how they’re doing.

I didn’t take any pictures (I wish I had), but it was too early yet to remember such things.  And they were delicious.  Good flavor, good consistency, nice and light.  But filling.

Try it. I think you’ll like it.

Oatmeal Pancakes

1/2 c. oatmeal
1/4 c. cottage cheese
2 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla
dash cinnamon

Blend in blender or with immersion blender until smooth.  Makes about three 5″ pancakes.

I went raspberry picking today.  It’s a lovely way to spend an early afternoon.

Of course, my friend and I got terribly lost on the way there. We were supposed to be following someone, but that didn’t quite work out.  So there we were, lost in downtown, and somehow, before we got Ms. Magellan going, we found ourselves by the donut shop I have on my 30 before 30 list.  After a quick stop (the line was only 3 people–unheard of!), and one more thing off my list, we finally found our way out of the city and into… the business park?

Eventually the trip turned into the pastoral scenery I expected and eventually we found the right farm.  An hour later, I walked out with 4 lbs of raspberries.  Oops.  I’m freezing half of them as I write.

But the weather was lovely, the berries were plentiful and the company was superb.  And now I have all the raspberries my heart could ask for.

Delicious.

I’ve changed my mind about doing Atkins.  The more I think about it, the less I think I want it because it feels entirely unfeasible to do long term (for me).  I want to be able to eat fruit whenever I want.  I want to be able to drink a beer if I want.  I want to be able to eat at a friend’s house without having to count carbs.  I will blame one of my friends for reminding me (several times) of my “all things in moderation” mantra.  And so, I will steal some of the principles of Atkins, but I won’t actually follow their plan.  Take that, Atkins!

That said, I’m going raspberry picking tomorrow.  And I am going to revel in the berries.  I. Love. Raspberries.  Especially those that are fresh picked, all warm and delicious, ripe and juicy.

So here’s the problem.  You can’t actually make up for lost time.  You can only scramble, run, and hope to accomplish what you put off, as putting off is what I am assuming as happened in the term lost time.

Time is time and it marches on with us or without us.

On the other hand, I didn’t work on my Greek for a good month and a half this summer.  And now I am making up for that by doing double duty.  So in that sense, I do get to make up for it because by the end of the summer, I will have accomplished the same amount of work by the same time as if I had stuck to my original plan.

But, really, say you loved someone and never said anything for a long time, when you do, no matter how much time you spend with that person after the fact, you can’t make up for the time you didn’t.  You just can’t.  You can go forward, but you can’t go back and claim what you never had.

I’m a big fan of the quote, “He who hesitates is lost.”  It’s one of my favourite ways of looking at life.

So, don’t hesitate.  Take life by the horns and go boldly forth, living each day fully.

*Idea from the Random Topic Generator I came across today.

Today I made rice krispie treats again in order to finish off my rice krispies and my marshmallows.  But I made them fancy: I added unsweetened cocoa powder to the butter (with a bit of extra butter), then added some mint chips with the marshmallows.  So tasty.  So good.

Also, I’ve finally been keeping up consistently with my Greek.  The more I translate, the more I become comfortable with translating and the less I worry about Greek this year.  I’m wondering if I want to try to incorporate Greek into my thesis somehow.  That would mean doing an exegetical paper, which I’m somewhat concerned about.  So I’m also thinking of changing the broad topic from homelessness to something else.  Decisions!  Could I just translate a heck-of-a-lot of Greek and have that count??

Well, back to the grindstone.

I saw these questions on a friend’s blog:  “Is there a limit to how much you can love someone?  Is there a limit to how much you can hurt them?”

Just something to think about.

I have just one more week of freedom before I’m starting Atkins.  Am I nervous?  Yes.  Do I wonder if I have the willpower?  Yes.  Do I question my ability to keep up an essentially no bread diet indefinitely?  Yes.  I love bread, pasta, carbohydrates.  I’ve been cutting down on them for awhile now, all in preparation.  I want to do this diet for two reasons: 1. to lose weight (duh) and 2. to reset my body’s carbohydrate cravings.  They are my go-to food, and I want to try to have more balance in my diet and nutrition.  I’m all about moderation.  So while Atkins doesn’t start moderately, it ends moderately and according to your own body’s needs and chemistry.

Last week and this week I’ve been eating my way through all my non-Atkins approved perishables: milk, fruit, carrots, etc.  Hence why recently I made a carrot apple ginger soup, which was actually pretty good, but with it’s lovely orange colour, definitely makes you think of Fall, not Summer.

Speaking of orange coloured soup for some reason makes me think of pumpkin juice, hence Harry Potter.  All that to say, I broke down and purchased the first six Harry Potter movies.  They were at Freddie’s for $7 each and I could not help myself.  I’ll still have to purchase the last two at some point in the future (Part 7i and 7ii).  And I feel a little lame because I’d been waiting since the 4th movie came out to buy any: I wanted to get them as a set, telling myself it’d be the most cost effective way.  And a year or two after the full set comes out, it probably will be.  But $7 a movie??  You won’t beat that.  You might be able to compare to it, but you won’t beat it.

So Dad and I are watching HP7ii the first weekend in August.  I will be watching all the movies that weekend (I’ll have to borrow HP7i from a friend) in accordance with #3 on my 30 before 30 list.   I think we’re going to see the new one in IMAX, as that is Dad’s preferred venue.  I’m pretty excited.

Changes are in the wind!

I realized today that I have the most awesome healthcare plan ever.  It’s Biblical, even.

That is, I don’t have health insurance.

But if something terrible happens to me, I have a contingency plan: whatever needs dulling will be dosed with beer and wine, per Proverbs 31:6 “Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!” (NIV)

Not bad, eh?

“Waiting is:
Steadfastness, that is holding on;
Patience, that is holding back;
Expectancy, that is holding the face up;
Obedience, that is holding one’s self in readiness to go or do;
Listening, that is holding quiet and still so as to hear.”
~S.D. Gordon~

Hebrews 12:1-6; 12-17
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, ‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.'”

“Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.  Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it may be defiled; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.  For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.”

Lord, let there be a spirit of obedience in me.