does anyone still listen to the radio?
i’m raising my hand. to my own question. does that make me like the zach morris of 2015? the radio, not raising my hand to my own question. can i be kelly kapowski at least? please don’t break-up with me.
i don’t get to drive often, and when i do it’s usually between my hometown and chicago, about a three hour drive. it’s what some people might consider the boringest drive in america, but i love it. the first hour is straight badass city driving and then it transitions into a state highway that goes through tiny little towns like bourbon, indiana, with corn fields and windmills as bookends.
i hit the scan button on the radio and just let it scroll through until i find just the perfect song. you know that feeling when you’re just chugging along through wanatah and ace of base “i saw the sign” comes on the radio and in that moment, you’re just i-got-a-unicorn-tickled-excited? that’s why i love the radio.
i was driving back before the sunrise on monday morning and was listening to my talk radio. i think it’s because i’m usually a little sad leaving home (i know, i’m 26 and i still get that throat’s all choked up, tears are behind my eyes thing as my parents stand at the doorway and wave goodbye. they do it every time, it’s our ritual) and hearing people’s voices on the radio is soothing. like i said, please don’t break-up with me.
so i was listening to ‘nicole and andy in the morning’ and they were each discussing this: if you could talk with one person from your past, who would it be and why? it couldn’t be abraham lincoln, it had to be someone you’ve met. one guy chose his brother because they aren’t on speaking terms right now. another man chose rosie o’donnell (i can’t even) and the woman chose her aunt ida. she said it was because her aunt emanated love, it was like she just shined happiness and you couldn’t help but be put under the spell when you were around her. she said she didn’t even really have any questions for her or need anything from her, she just wanted to feel that again.
i started thinking about who i would want to talk to and i thought of a few people. i would talk to my junior year english teacher, he was the first person who really believed in my writing, who thought i was smarter and more creative than i thought i was. i would tell him how much that meant to me, how that changed me. i would go back to an ex, the way way back ex and tell him it’s ok – we just didn’t know how to let each other go. and that i hope he’s happy.
i would tell the artistic director at my ballet company how grateful i am for every callous on my toes, every hour i spent in studio D, every saturday night i spent in the costume room. i would tell her how so much of the discipline i have today is because of ballet. i would tell her, i loved it and i hope every young person has a passion like the one i had for ballet. and if i could break the rules, i would talk to my grandmother i never met. i would just want to be around her, hear her stories, and watch her. i think i really would’ve liked her.
so i’m going to do it. i’m going to start with one person and write them a note. because wouldn’t it just make your whole freaking week if you opened your mailbox and found a handwritten note from an old friend?
anyway, i was just thinking about it and thought i’d tell you about it. now onto fooood.
these whole wheat buttermilk pancakes are morning angels. they’re about as healthy as pancakes can get – and they’re so much better than aunt jemima (don’t tell her). i used a nonfat vanilla greek yogurt and the flavor was divine. if you use plain greek yogurt i highly suggest you sprinkle a teaspoon of vanilla in there. and you need the cinnamon.
add blueberries, chocolate chips, get wiggy with it.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (if plain, add 1 tsp vanilla)
- 1 and 1/4 cups fat free milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (get a good kind)
- 3 tablespoons oil (canola or vegetable, just not olive)
- Optional: chocolate chips, blueberries
- In bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together until combined
- in another bowl, whisk the greek yogurt, milk, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla until combined. then add the oil.
- add wet ingredients to dry ingredient, mix until combined.
- add blueberries or chocolate chips if you fancy.
- heat stove to medium heat. make sure to spray with some nonstick.
- using a ladle, about two scoops should make the perfect size pancake. wait until the batter bubbles slightly, then flip. wait. flip. eat.