Running free

July 11, 2010 § 14 Comments

I’m glad you all enjoyed the kite post yesterday! Sometimes we need to let go of the thought that we are “adults” and indulge our inner child. Sometimes we just need to believe that fairies exists and that pixie dusts can make magic.

A grownup is a child with layers on.

~Woody Harrelson

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

I am going to unashamedly admit that I still sneak into children’s playgrounds at times and play on the swing like there’s no tomorrow.

So, when I went for a run this morning, I did a very, very daring thing: I ran without my iPod. Usually, my iPod pumps me through my run and keeps my mind occupied. As I stepped outside the door today, the air was just so fresh and the morning so calm that I couldn’t afford to have music blasting in my ears. I decided to run with Nature.

It felt good, to hear my own footsteps, to listen to my breathing, and notice the birds chirping. These are things that I normally don’t pay attention to when I have my iPod glued to my ears. It was quote refreshing actually πŸ˜‰

I’ve been dreaming of pancakes every since last weekend, so today I finally decided to make my dreams come true. Enters…Banana Oat Pancakes! My first-ever pancake recipe that I came up with. Actually, just my first-ever doughy-type of recipe that I came up with. It’s almost vegan, if not for the yogurt I added in. I even used “flax-egg”! πŸ˜€

(makes 2 large or 6 mini ones)


  • one medium banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk of your choice (I used soymilk)
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon…or more!
  • 1-2 tbsp whole wheat flour

I first blended all the wet ingredient in the food processor, added the dry ingredient and blended till everything was smooth. Drippity-drip-drip the batter onto a pan, cook ’em up, and out came pancakes!

Perhaps not the type of pancakes that would win the pancake pageant, but hey, it was delicious and satisfied my craving for some doughy, bananalicious pancakes ;-). I made one big one plus one mini one for myself, and the other three mini ones I gave to Dmitri. No I am not starving him, he already had breakfast of bread + nutella. Don’t go report me to the police for boyfriend abuse now! πŸ˜€

I had my pancakes with a nice little plum and the last of my yogurt. The plum was so sweet! I had to rummage through my fridge to get my second one afterwards. I love summer fruits! I smeared the big boy pancake with some sunflower seed butter and some Blue Diamond’s All Natural Crunchy Almond Butter.

Love the crunch against my smooth pancakes! Plus, the ONLY ingredient in this nutty butter is…ALMONDS! No added sugar, preservatives, or oil. Plain natural!

Much lazying around, doing laundry, a little work here and there, and I was ready for lunch. Today was definitely a warm day in Southern California, and so I was craving a light, crunchy salad for lunch.

After reading Kelsey’s post on her Raw Summer Salad yesterday, I found myself craving some too! Veggies = romaine lettuce, onions, mushroom, cucumbers, and avocado. Protein = pan-seared tofu in soy sauce + honey. Carbs = corn.

I pretty much followed Kelsey’s recipe for the dressing, except I added in a bit of honey. I also “massaged” the salad with avocado to make everything creamy. Thanks Kelsey for this wonderful recipe! ❀

Today was the day that my car finally, FINALLY gets a proper wash. I don’t think I’ve washed it since…um…….

Well, point-in-case is that I’ve been relying on the rain to wash my car. What? Rain in California? Um yes. It literally pours the heck out of the sky during the winter months. This year was particularly bad that I had to get rainboots.

But alas, summer here = hot, dusty, dry.

Spinky, spanky clean.

I actually went to one of those self-serve car wash place to save $$$, because (1)those automatic car washes doesn’t do the job; (2) hand-wash services are so friggin’ expensive; and (3) I don’t have to equipment at home to wash my car. It’s so clean now that everytime that I look through the windshield, or the rear window, I’d go like WHOA!!!Β  Is this really my car? While some people think that I’m an abnormally clean person, my car somehow is always dirty.

On ’tis day Dmitri and I also had a play date with some of our friends. At 5 o’ clock, actually cool enough to be exercising outside, we headed out to the sand volleyball court on our campus for some bump, set, spike. Well, sometimes more like bump, splat. While I can play for maybe up to 2 hours in court, on sand it’s an entire different story! We were all tired after about 1 hr.

Or are we just getting old?

I wasn’t up to cooking anything big for dinner, and since I wasn’t particularly hungry anyways, I resorted to an everything stir-fry. In vegetable broth, I dumped in Chinese cabbage, celery, carrots, mushrooms, and Lightlife smartdogs.

On the side I finished the last of my silken tofu, eaten raw with some vegetarian stir-fry sauce, ’cause that’s how we roll in Taiwan.

Satisfying :-D.

Despite the fact that tomorrow’s a Monday, I’m actually not dreading it! I had a fun yet relaxing weekend, and I feel supercharged to tackle the next week! Plus, a new week means I’m getting closer to finishing my research here and closer to going back home to Taiwan!

Have a greaaaaattt Sunday night folks!


+ What was your favorite childhood game? I loved any playground games: tether ball, jungle gyms, monkey bars, tags, Marco Polo, dodgeball! Sometimes I certainly wish I was 10 again!

+ If you own a car, do you wash it yourself or have somebody else wash it for you? This was actually my first time washing my car. It was fun though, and cheap. I will definitely, DEFINITELY do it again!

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§ 14 Responses to Running free

  • Ah, my car is in dire straights too. I used to be very meticulous about hand washing it. But the paint started to come off (apparent manufacture defect) and now I just don’t care. The pan seared tofu looks great – love the crispy texture.

  • I always enjoy running without my ipod–but usually when I do that, it’s out of necessity and not simply the desire to run in silence! Need to do that more often. And thanks for posting the pancake recipe. That looks great!

  • Monet says:

    I have been dreaming of pancakes too…in fact, I’m pretty sure I’m going to order a snack at dinner tonight (we’re going to this great diner in Austin). Your corn of cob was also really tantalizing; for some reason I’ve been having mad cravings for corn!

  • Ohhh man those pancakes look amazing!!! I’m sure I could use soy yogurt instead of regular yogurt, right? I’m definitely going to have to try those… Maybe I’ll have breakfast for dinner πŸ˜‰

  • Meg says:

    I love love love those pancakes πŸ™‚ and tofu is always a winner, I like to marinate mine in Braggs and a little bit of honey πŸ˜€

    My favorite childhood game was Candyland – or the game “Sorry” my Dad and I always sat on the floor in the living room and played for hours πŸ™‚

  • Wei-Wei says:

    You eat tofu raw?! I cook them first… πŸ˜› But I definitely eat it with soy sauce. I eat fried eggs with soy sauce too πŸ˜€


    PS: Pancakes. Are. Amazing.

  • yeeeeeeeah i’m definitely making those pancakes with soy or coconut yogurt. they’re too good looking to pass up!!

  • Megan says:

    Love the quotes! And banana oat pancakes are the best aren’t they?! I also really like that blue diamond almond butter but never buy it. Too many nut butters, so little time!!

  • teenagehealthfreak says:

    red rover was my fave!!! And I never wash my car…which is bad. well every now and then i roll it threw the wash place or I do it myself. πŸ™‚

  • Efi says:

    Pancakes and tofu salad yummy!

    I like the swings as well. I find any excuse to go there, when I babysit my little nephew, even if he doesn’t want to, hahaha

  • I just ran without my ipod for the first time this weekend and I absolutely loved it! I could pace myself so much better because I could hear my breathing.

    I totally agree that it’s important to act like a kid every once in a while! πŸ˜€ My favourite games as a kid were Capture the Flag and Skittles (kind of like dodgeball).

    Yummy pancakes! I’m so impressed you made up your own recipe!

  • Susan says:

    Ummm, that’s a spectacular looking pancake recipe for your first one!! There’s no way you can go wrong with bananas and oats. Even if you accidentally scramble them in the pan… which I *maaay* have done over the weekend πŸ˜‰ Whatever, it’s all the same in your belly! πŸ˜›

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