But I seem to be muchly much better now. On Thursday I went for my first bike ride since the injury, and tonight I went back to roller skating again. My back seems to be fine with it. I'm so happy right now. Physical activity seems to be a necessary ingredient for Pauls when it comes to mood. Funny how much of life I went through before figuring that out.
Now, on to other backbone-requiring activities!
Even now, when something goes wrong or when something promising seems to be slipping away, I still have a passing feeling of powerlessness. Does that mean I haven't changed?
No, it means that change isn't like surgery. Even when you change, the old beliefs aren't just removed like a worn-out hip or knee and replaced with better ones. Instead, the new beliefs take their place alongside the old ones, and as they become stronger, they give you a different way to think, feel, and act.
Me (handing over $10 bill): Here you go.
Burgerville cashier: And two hundred and ninety-one dollars is your change.
Last night a bunch of people came over to watch Tampopo and eat homemade ramen. Here's the recipe from the second batch (the first was too salty):
- 1 lb Chukamen (raw Chinese noodles)
- 1 clove finely chopped garlic
- 1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 cup vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp sake
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Chopped negi (looks like a large green onion, about 2 feet long)
- Nori (dried seaweed)
Heat sesame oil in a deep pan. Saute chopped ginger and garlic in the pan. Lower the heat. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add sugar, salt, sake, and soy sauce. In the meantime, boil water in a large pan. Add chukamen noodles in the boiling water and cook for a few minutes. Drain the noodles. Serve the noodles in individual bowls and ladle soup over them. Garnish with negi and nori.
Makes about 2 servings. We quadrupled it. Twice.
Adapted from here.
The party was lots of fun. I took a few pictures.
Alternate lyrics to Carmina Burana (via steuard):
"From one of these presidents out here"
UPDATE: now available here: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/2a581f2f2c/president-replaces-n-word-on-the-news