Thursday, November 17, 2011

OATMEAL! (Thankfulness #17)

So I have been trying not to use thankful things that are kind of lame but um, this one keeps floating to the surface and so I'm just going to go with it...

Thing I'm thankful for #17: Skyrim! And having a little time to play it here and there.

I've been hotly anticipating the video game Skyrim for like, um, four or five years. It was released about a week ago and after playing it in every moment I could squeeze out of my day (which is not a lot of moments... certainly not a bucketful of moments) for a week, I can say that it was worth the wait. So. Much. Fun. Sometimes it's just so nice to be able to immerse oneself in a world other than this one and, well, to know that no matter how bad of choices you make, you can always just reload if you need to. Sometimes I wish real life had that feature.

Anyway, if you've noticed that we've been having low intensity meals this week... that's part of why. I get home about 2:30 and the Emperor gets home about 5:30 so that's my window for playing a game. I could *easily* play this game for 3 hours straight, but of course, dinner needs to get made, I need to shower, stuff like that.

Tonight was another very laid back dinner... one I've been dreaming of all week. OATMEAL!

Oatmeal... For dinner!

Nothing too fancy here people. Just oats + equal parts unsweetened soymilk and water. Cook til desired thickness, then stir in about 2 tbsps brown sugar, 1/4c raisins, 1/4c walnuts, 1 tbsp (or to taste; I like a lot) cinnamon. Top with a pat of earth balance if you like that sort of thing. EAT.

And eat we did. I had a big bowl, Josh had a big bowl, the Emperor had a small (but not unreasonably so) bowl. He really liked it except for the walnuts, which he kept fishing out and giving back to me. He did try one, to his credit, but he was just not into it. Weird, he usually really likes nuts. Maybe it was just the combo of the oatmeal texture + sort of hard walnuts.

We stopped at the grocery store on the way home from preschool (I went with Josh to pick him up tonight, because he was going from home->preschool because oh yeah, he was home early with the plague again) to get raisins and walnuts and brown sugar. Here is the Emperor at the checkout:

Grocery getting


Anonymous said...

Well if are along the theme of video games, then I must say that I am thankful for Mario Cart. I know that is super oldschool (and to be quite honest, it shows you the last time I have played a vide game). The truth is, however, that I had to give it away out of desperation because I was playing the damn thing for 6 hours straight at a time. Those things are so addictive and I realized that if I was ever to get anything done in life, I would have to rid of it. <--I have no self control.

coldandsleepy said...

Ha... I had roommates in college with whom I used to play a lot of Mario Kart. Oh, back in those halcyon days of youth when spending 2-3 hours playing video games with your friends didn't seem inconducive with doing all the things you actually needed to get done.

This is the second video game I've played since the Emperor was born. This is a sharp decrease from uh, all of my life before that. I am probably lots more productive now but sometimes... I just want to waste some time!

GiGi said...

Does anyone play pong anymore :)
As you can see by my pong comment, I am ancient and now eat oatmeal and soft food for all my meals, so I am very happy that you included a meal I can digest, and don't have to take my teeth out of my cup for.