Beethoven's 5th piano concerto in E flat major.
That's what they played on the radio on my way home this morning. It was really beautiful so I wanted to be sure to write it down.
I listen to the radio in the car until they start to give the economic reports. When the announcer says, "And the markets are down today. The Dow Jones is down one hundred and..." at that point, I snap off the radio. Just one touch of a button and there is silence, and I can drive down the highway without anybody telling me that there is no money in the USA anymore.
Head in the sand. Yes, I do put my head in the sand. What else can I do? You try to live as responsibly as you can, but at the end of the day you can't do anything about the system in which you live, even if is is supposed to be a democracy. You vote, but if you aren't the majority, your vote never actually makes a difference. You try to save some money, and then the FAFSA tells you that you can afford some ridiculous amount of out-of-pocket college expenses, and you think, "But hey! I never even took my kids to Disney World! I drive a rusty, ten-year-old van because it is paid for, we wear generic label clothes and we buy our sneakers on clearance. My kids have never owned a current season's full-price article of name-brand clothing. We don't eat out. Our cable package is so small it doesn't even include ESPN. And yet somebody out there is telling me I can afford to fork out over $69,000 per year for college expenses... because we made a bunch of sacrifices so we could save a little bit of money."
When life gets insane, I stick my head in the sand. And listen to Beethoven. I turn off the news and make whole grain kefir pancakes. I go for a walk and come home, drink a glass of water, and take a nap.
What else are you going to do?
**Whole Grain Kefir Pancakes** (in case you were wondering how...)
Strain 2 or 2 & 1/2 cups of homemade kefir into your blender
(or use store bought, or maybe you could use buttermilk, I don't know)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 & 1/8 cups (eyeball it) dry oatmeal
1 & 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla
Blend together in blender until smooth. You want to get the oatmeal pulverized a little, so blend for at least a minute. You may need to stop and scrape the sides a couple of times.
Cook on a griddle preheated to medium heat. Turn when bubbly and edges are set.
I think these are absolutely delicious with real, 100% pure maple syrup. I am not much of a pancake eater, but these are really, really good.