Pardon me if I sound like a crotchety old woman*, but it just blows my mind how kids today will grow up in a world where high-speed internet, DVRs, smartphones, iPads, and the like are more or less the norm. It’s funny to think that just a decade and a half ago, cell phones were a rare luxury, and if you had one it was far clunkier than most cordless landline phones are today** (think Zach Morris brick phone).
*In case you’re wondering, I’m just shy of my 24th birthday (it’s this Saturday!!), hardly advanced of age.
**Sidenote: how many of you even have a landline today? We have one because it came bundled with the cable and internet, but have yet to plug in an actual phone.
I’d wager that few would rate their middle-school years as a favorite time in their lives. An awkward period at best, its a time for trying on new identities and seeing what sticks; throw in puberty (or lack of signs thereof) and you’ve got a recipe for angst and anxiety aplenty. In addition to the usual woes of that age, I started off 6th grade as the new girl in school. Apprehensive to say the least, I chose to take the optimistic route and take it as an opportunity for reinvention. Why not try on a new persona, or at least name for size?
As far as improbable scientific studies go, I’d say this one recently summarized in the NYTimes takes the cake (ha!, bad pun, yes!). According to the journal Steroids (really?), having a sweet treat in the morning may actually be beneficial in helping keep off excess weight, provided it’s part of a low-calorie diet. Now, before you scoff and say this sounds like a study from the likes of Dr. Spaceman, let’s ponder this for a moment; an occasional small treat is a far better solution than abstaining completely, only to binge in a big way later on. I think all but the most steel-willed amongst us have been there one time or another; you start your day off with the best of intentions, and likely make it through all of the major meals with your dignity intact, only to find yourself elbow deep in a pint of
guilt Haazen Daaz at 10 PM.
I’ve aired my predilection for oatmeal and granola many times here already, so it may surprise you to hear that one of my favorite morning meals has nary an oat in sight. This isn’t an everyday breakfast, rather a lazy day treat, brunch food if you will. There’s nothing overly complicated in its preparation, though it does take a bit longer than pouring a bowl of cereal, or making a pot of oatmeal. Luckily, your effort will be rewarded by a house perfumed by the scent of bacon and roasting apples, and if you’re like me, childlike glee at the anticipation of what’s to come.