Smooth(ie) It Over

The Ingredients Of Life

Today is Friday, and what a glorious Friday it is. Fall has blown in with the full brunt of a seasonal change, quickly dropping the thermostat and scorching the tree leaves to a beautiful gold, brown, yellow, and fiery red. It’s the time of year when getting out of bed is really, really hard, the morning nip makes you desire hot chocolate or a bubbling cup of tea, and the appeal of a fireplace and movie watching increases exponentially.

I have recently discovered the joys of owning a blender. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous but after all these years I finally purchased one. Smoothies have become my new favorite mid-morning snack, aka second breakfast, simply because it’s easy, nutritious, and so freaking easy! Bananas, yogurt, almonds, blueberries, pineapple, your favorite fruit juice, a dash of flax seeds, and a healthy serving of protein powder and voila, magic in a self-contained, drinkable, and totally amazing container. All in under 247 seconds!

Life, like smoothies, is full of varying ingredients, and no matter how precise, exact, and scientifically measured out each ingredient is, it always creates a slightly different result. Think about the things that you enjoy in life and how you shape your week around them. You arrange, slice and dice, do a little schedule dissection, and at the end of the week you have some constructed a strange concoction full of work, friends, relaxing (hopefully), and a myriad of other activities. If you’re like me, you rinse and repeat and Monday morning do something very, very similar all over again. It is, without a doubt, going to be 100% completely different from the week before, even if your intention is to keep it consistent.

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2013, like all great years I’ve experienced, has thrown just about everything into the blender as can be imagined. I’ve been turning over stones of varying sizes, difficulties, and emotional impacts that one could expect from a late 20’s, tech career, Ironman pursuing life, fulfillment, and the ever constant self-improvement accompanied by a furry companion and wide variety of friends and foodstuffs. It’s not boring, but it all isn’t exciting either. It’s just life. The euphoric ups and bitter downs. Sweet and sour. Salty and, well, there are no tastes left…

Bake at 400 degrees for 75 minutes. Remove with a non-stick spatula or you may leave pieces of you clinging to the pan.

The glory of the weekend is typically a giant mashup of chaos combined with sprinklings of relaxation, panic, stress, and fun-filled shenanigans. What a cacophony of baking ingredients… Enjoy every minute of it :-)

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