I was watching the X Games tonight.
I'll let that sink in first.
Ministers wives aren't generally X Game watchin' sort of folk. But me?
Well, let's just say that, if I could laminate my "list" (that's a Friends reference), a little red-headed, boy-wonder, named Shaun White, would be front and center.
Anyway, we were watching Snowboard Cross this evening, and I turned to Brett and said, "You know, I'd really like to learn how to snowboard."
A few minutes later, the commentators said something about a 28 year old competitor getting ready to "age out" and I turned back to Brett and said, "I'm gonna need to get on the ball... my time is almost up."
And Brett goes, "Are you planning on competing?" And I, with all sincerity, said, "Well, I am having a bit of an identity crises...maybe this is the way I go!"
Maybe you had to be there... but we laughed for ten minutes.
Now, to be clear... I once stepped out of bed, twisted my ankle, and couldn't walk for two days. Gretchen Blierler made up a trick called The Crippler, which involves spinning 180*, 60 feet in the air, while you're upside down. I figure as soon as I can master Getting Out Of Bed (an exceptionally difficult trick, some mornings)... I'm just a few rides away from tackling the Crippler.
So of course, I'll need a hearty breakfast to fuel my day on the slopes (we're going to completely ignore the fact, that the nearest" slope", and-by-slope-I-mean-icy-hill, is about two hours away) and I made Pumpkin Oatmeal.
What you'll need:
1 Cup old fashioned oats
1 1/2 Cup Light soy milk
2 Teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (had some left in my cabinet; trying to get rid of it)
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Cup pumpkin puree (heaping)
Handful of dried cranberries
Bring milk and oats to a boil and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes. Stir in sugar, spice... and everything nice. Including pumpkin. Let simmer for another minute or two. Stir in cranberries.
It wasn't too bad. I mean... it's oatmeal, so let's have some perspective. But it would be a great way to use up leftover puree. Or I can even imagine throwing some pumpkin pie... like actual, leftover pie... into the oatmeal. Might be good.
So, live out your dreams today. Even if it only means getting out of bed, without hurting yourself.