This will be the first in a series of posts prompted by my husband. I told him to give me a topic. He said, "Peace in the Middle East." I said, "No. Nothing Political." So here we are at Ice Cream.
When I was growing up, the most wonderful ice cream in the world was Braum's. We would go occasionally when I was a child, and have a cone. That is, until we moved away from Oklahoma when I was in the 5th grade. My favorite has always been their pumpkin ice cream, which is seasonal, so you can only get it around Thanksgiving and Halloween.
But like I said, we moved when I was in the 5th grade and we had other ice cream, but not anything to write home about. I still remember when my grandparents came to visit once and brought Braum's Ice cream in their trunk, in a cooler with dry ice. They were heroes.
When Josh and I moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 I was pretty excited ot be living back in an area where there were Braums' every few miles. But you know what? Since we moved here I haven't been overwhelmingly impressed with Braum's. Sure, there was their Peach ice cream last summer and the Gingerbread in the winter, but mostly it's just ice cream.
I think that there are things that we build up in our heads to such a state that we can't be entirely objective about them. The idea of them overwhelms the reality and they ultimately come to disappoint us. Don't get me wrong: I still enjoy a good cone of Braum's, but it isn't quite the ethereal experience that I had when I was a child.
My Tuesdays and Thursdays are like that. Those are the days that my children are in Sonshine School. In theory I have five hours of freedom. In reality I have four hours to run errands, and catch up on hulu and think of all the things I could do, if I were a little more prepared. So much of that free time is wasted by indecision. I want to do something useful and meaningful, but in the end I end up doing laundry. How does laundry rejuvenate me? It doesn't.
Tomorrow, Josh will take the kids to school and I will be at home with Sadie all day. I won't have a car because Josh's car died recently and we're living as a one-car family until we sell his and find him a new one. So, for tomorrow I will be at home. I am already thinking about how to make the most of my time.
Recently, I found a recipe on Pinterest for a way to make your own ice cream in just ten minutes, and it's really great. How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag