Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Hot Cocoa Float

I don't know why this isn't popular yet.

It's rich. Creamy. Dreamy. It will blow your mind.

I love making this. You will too, if you give it a chance.

I came upon it kinda by accident while trying to cool off a very, very hot cup of hot cocoa. It had burned my tongue, the roof of my mouth, and was thinking about my fingers next when I finally started looking for a solution. There was ice cream in the freezer. Ice cream is cold. Cold things can cool down hot things. It seemed logical so I dropped a spoonful of ice cream in. It melted into a velvety layer, and brought the drink down to a decent temperature. And I've been doing it ever since.

Switch the ice cream flavors up, you don't have to stick with double chocolate. Try something minty. Mint + chocolate is very tasty.

One of these days I'll also give you my recipes for hot cocoa. Remind me.

Hot Cocoa Float

1 mug of hot cocoa
1-3 small scoops ice cream

Make the hot cocoa very hot. Pour into a mug and top with ice cream to taste. Drink.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Musings of a Writer

I’ve been to Paris, I’ve watched the sun rise while walking through a shady, misty forest, and I’ve seen it set again on the same day on a park bench on a wharf. 

I’ve died. I’ve watched others die. Maybe I’ve even killed some of them, but I wouldn’t really remember that, now would I? I’ve fallen down a lot. I’ve lost more than I’ve won, but I got back up every single time. Some of them took longer than others, but I’m still standing, aren’t I? I watched my best friend fall from a roof to his death, had to let a love go, got my heart broken, mended, broken again, and who knows what else. 

I bought a large animal once, just because I liked him. That was a bit of a mistake, but not really. He almost killed me. About fifty times. Then there was this other fierce creature that I picked up on the way back home from work one day. He had bright, fiery orange striped fur and…who are we kidding? It was a tabby kitten. But I’m not fond of animals. Don’t look at me like that. 

I've messed with therapists just to see if they’d recognize their own questions, gone on spontaneous road trips, yelled a lot, cried a lot, wondered why I was doing whatever I was doing a lot, went through high school, college, jobs…not always in that order. Met some bullies (actually, a lot of them), visited an alternate universe, lived in a different world and have thought about jumping off a cliff (more on that later). 

I’ve had the displeasure of dealing with what is known to humans in this world as “superpowers”, brilliant villains, whiny heros, and way too much drama. I’ve been adopted, abandoned, one sibling, two siblings, three…four…was there five at one point? Not sure. I used to live in the place where all green things go to die but then relocated where all green things never ever seem to die. 

I’m a writer. I don’t just write my characters, they invade my head and attempt to take over my thinking process while telling me all about themselves as I try to write their history. 

It gets annoying sometimes, but it’s far worse when they suddenly shut up. That’s never been a good thing. That’s how one of them ended up dying. Off a roof. Yeah, that one. 

It’s a long story.

How does writing impact you? What do you think of it? Why? Write to me.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Feelings, and Thoughts on That

A lot of people feel too much.

But wait. Before you get yourself worked up into a flurry of feelings over that statement, hear me out.

Feeling is replacing thinking, but since when is feeling and thinking interchangeable? People just don’t seem to think anymore, they feel. If it feels right, then it must be right. If it doesn’t feel right, then it is not right. Where the heck in God’s blue ocean is the sense in that? Seriously, has common sense become so scarce that it is now a foreign language that needs interpreting and a two year course to become fluent in? 

“Follow your heart,” they say. Yet, as Jeremiah 17:9 states: 
”The heart is deceitful above all things, 
And desperately wicked; 
Who can know it?” 

It’s true. Just think about it. Haven’t you ever wanted something you know to be wrong? The heart vs. head arguments you have with yourself? Feelings saying one thing, reason another? Your heart lies. Feelings lie. The heart will lead you down all kinds of crazy paths you’re better off not following. 

But don’t stop feeling. God didn’t equip humans with emotions for them to attempt to throw it away (reality check: that doesn’t work), but don’t make feelings the ultimate authority in your life. Don’t use how you feel to take the place of how and what you think. Think more. Ask more questions. 

Don’t guess when you can learn and know. Follow God’s heart. He won’t lead you down the wrong path. And let him guide yours, so that yours won’t lead you down those crazy paths you’re better off not following.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Now Think About This

“If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest.” - Corrie Ten Boom

I personally have found these all to be very true. I've seen a single mother struggling to make it on her own and provide for her baby, smile and thank God for what she has. I've seen people without a care or want in the world gripe, whine and complain about something that didn't go their way, or give up because that's just the easiest thing to do.

One look at society and all its issues would make anyone irritated and distressed. I've seen a lot of people get so downtrodden and depressed just looking at themselves - inside and out. But looking to God? That'll bring peace.

Ponder that today, will you?