I'm finally releasing this post to the world, after weeks of having it in my drafts folder. Weeks.
Despite that, I'm still hard finding the words to say what I intended to. I had this whole script planned out neatly, venting my frustration against caffeine, escalating book prices and the world at large. (angsty teenager much?) Anyhow, it's good that I didn't, in hindsight.
I have better things to talk about.
The exams are over now, usually a cause for celebration, but its also reason for farewell. That being said, they aren't always sad. Still, it bids another year goodbye, as well as welcomes the changes that come with the passing of one - friendships formed, lost, reformed. Skills founds and old ones rediscovered. Feeling very old and very young at the same time.
They're always saying things like: "exams are meant to test your abilities" and "if you prepared, you don't need to worry" (aka 平时不烧香，零时抱佛脚), which I really think is a indirect threat to all students - I mean, how much studying/memorizing is enough?
Anyhow, the exams have taught me things - and in the non-academic sense too. Here's a short list:
#1. DO NOT overdose on caffeine. I mean it. Otherwise you'll be quaking throughout Exam papers like you're on the exercise machine.
*okay, I made up the last one. it just sounds so much like the don't sweep on Chinese New Year thing.
The exams are over, as I've said repeatedly in varying tones (the most exuberant being here). They're over, but I'm still having the same exam-morning breakfast. Or that of nearly every other day of the week. Oatmeal.
Except this time, with pumpkin puree. And roasted figs. And 'sauteed' apples. And pepitas. And almonds. And syrup.
It does sound like a mouthful - it is, frankly - but no, it ain't that hard to make. Finding a can of pumpkin puree is not much of a challenge in this time of the year, though you can always make a batch and refrigerate it (for breads and pancakes and so on). When timed properly, or following instructions below, cooking all the ingredients in one round is, indeed, little of a challenge.
Here's the recipe. Here's fall. Here's to enjoying oatmeal and this season.
Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal & Co.
makes one bowl of oatmeal
total time: 25 minutes / active time: 15 minutes / stationary time: 10 minutes
To be continued.