‘Morals’ from The Amazing Spiderman 2

The evening after watching “The Amazing Spiderman 2” for the first time, I had three (rather silly) morals from the story.  There are probably other lessons to be learned (if that  happens to be your goal in watching Marvel films), but these are my three.  Rather, they could even be called ‘thoughts’ on the movie instead of morals, because some of them really aren’t the most coherent.  And, this is by no means a strict review of the movie, because I am not a strict movie critic and am totally without credentials. 🙂 So understanding that, here we go-

1. Love people

I was very saddened in watching the way some of the characters were treated, thinking “if only someone loved them, they wouldn’t be acting like that”.  Not the flippant “I love everybody” without doing anything to demonstrate it, but genuinely showing love and concern for others.  Without getting too deep here, I am working on this trait myself- living out 1 Corinthians 13, with the help of a great sermon preached at my church a couple weeks ago- here is the link.  Yes, it sounds very sappy, but I think it’s true.  With that in mind….

2. Stay away from psychos

In light of my last statement, this seems rather contradictory, but life would be much better lived without psychos.  They tend to do spontaneous, detrimental things, and it normally doesn’t work out too well for anyone in the vicinity.  Good luck figuring out how to make these two mesh- I haven’t quite figured it out myself if that makes you feel better.  But the last one is really easy….

3. Don’t be Spiderman’s girlfriend

****Spoilers****Don’t read further if you haven’t seen it.  Without explicitly saying what happens, it probably won’t (or doesn’t) work out so well for you in the end.  Just sayin’.  Not to say that Spiderman would make a bad boyfriend- I really liked the part of the movie that focused on Gwen/Peter’s relationship, but I figure there are plenty of great guys out there that don’t bring potentially life-threatening  consequences into a relationship. 🙂  Besides, I’d rather have Captain America!  No offense meant to Spidey fans, I just personally prefer Captain America.

There you have it- my three lessons learned from watching a fictional superhero movie.  But then, I think most (if not all) superhero movies are fictional….Perhaps that was a redundant description.  It all depends on how you define superhero. 🙂

Anyway, have a great day….And love people, while at the same time avoiding psychos, and don’t be Spiderman’s girlfriend.  🙂  Even if you are busy doing all of the above, I’d love it if you would check out my Etsy shop- To Knit or Knot?  Thanks!

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What It’s Like to Eat Healthy….

….in the eyes of an eight-year-old boy.

Eating healthy is good for you!  Sometimes it’s not always fun, but it’s supposed to pay off in the long run, or so I’m told.  It must be easier to grow up with the quirky health habits we have, than to start with your tastes already developed as an older person.

Quirky health habits include kefir, kombucha, homemade sourdough bread, homegrown meat, etc.  Just so you know to what I am referring.

Anywho, having adjusted quite well(ish) to our diet of sorts, my younger brother happens to have insight about some of these things.  For example- kombucha, a drink which we sometimes affectionately call ‘mushroom juice’ (if you have seen a SCOBY before, you should at least have an idea what I am talking about).  He knows when the kombucha  has sat too long, and you can tell by the look on his face.  Of course, if he is making a face, most of us are making a face.  My dad calls it our ‘Clark Gable face’.  😉  No offense meant to any Clark Gable fans out there!  Drinking kombucha that has fermented too long is somewhat like drinking vinegar….and it’s burning a hole in your esophagus.  It’s not that great really.  But it’s healthy.  So, moral of the story- don’t let your kombucha sit too long.  Side note: My dad, being an avid coffee-drinker is trying to ferment some coffee with the help of a SCOBY.  We’ll see if how it compares with the tea that we use.  So far, my personal preference is green tea.

Most recently, the young fella in our family has made an observation about drinking kefir.  To me, it is an statement fairly unlikely to come out of a female’s mouth, due to the nature of it.  He says “You know, I like to think of drinking kefir as having bad guys inside my stomach, and when you drink the healthy stuff (in this case, kefir), they are like an army going down to battle to fight the bad guys and  it’s like a war inside my stomach”.  Now, I could be mistaken, but that isn’t something typical to come out of a girl’s mouth.

I’m sure this is the first of many blogs about the baby of our family.  One never knows exactly what he is thinking….until a few seconds after he has thought it, and it has made it’s way out of his mouth.  There are very few things he thinks, and keeps to himself.  Or so it seems.  It’s good to have this characteristic in that it tends to promote honesty, and yet, a little less honesty would sometimes be greatly appreciated when we are in public.  😉

Making Cookies!

I made cookies.  From scratch.  Before you start picturing just plain chocolate chip cookies, remember to include some oatmeal bits in your imagination!  That is the type of cookies I make- chocolate chip *oatmeal* cookies.  It makes them slightly healthier, right?  Adds a little protein, and other healthy thingys.  It doesn’t affect the flavor a whole bunch, but I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison either.  Feel free to try it yourself and let me know how they compare!  ***Make sure both are homemade- comparing store-bought and homemade would be like comparing….um….. something that isn’t very comparable.  FYI, I am not good at making up examples.

Pros of homemade

Warmmmmm Cooooookies……….  They are SO good.  There are probably some really fancy hoity-toity desserts out there (that all require refrigeration!) that blow chocolate chip cookies out of the water, but a fresh-baked cookie is hard to beat in my book.  The warm, slightly crunchy-gooey cookie part, with the hot, melted chocolate chips.  Melt in your mouth type.  Good luck getting that from ‘Chips Ahoy!’.

Homemade cookies are probably healthier than your average store-bought cookie.  AND, you know exactly what you put in them!  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I speculate on exactly who or what has touched what I am putting in my mouth….

You can stick them in adorable cookie jars!  Not that we have one, I just thought I’d throw that out there.  Well, you can do that with store-bought cookies too….maybe this will just be a neutral point. 😉

Cons of homemade

Fingers are *not* in the recipe, and yet they always find their way into my cookie dough.  Mind you, they are not MY fingers…The cookie dough is minding it’s own business in the bowl where I left it, when some passerby decides that warm cookies just can’t come fast enough- so they swipe some dough while I am turned around.

Another con of homemade is that they are hard to stop eating, but the same can be said of store-bought. 😉  Those are the only cons I can think of.  Oh!  Nope, there is another.  It is far more time-consuming to make your own cookies, rather than pick up a package at the grocery store.  True dat.

Homemade cookies also don’t come with a container- you have to get your own, and try to fit all the cookies in it properly.  Sigh…. And if they don’t all fit, you just have to eat the extras!

Pros of store-bought

Store-bought cookies still taste good.  I’m not shooting down the poor little cookies that were mass-produced.  They get plenty of love too. 🙂  I have only one met one type of cookie that I do not enjoy getting acquainted with- oatmeal raisin.  Since I make chocolate chip oatmeal, it’s perfectly logical of you to assume that it is the raisin that I discriminate against. You would be right.  I do NOT  like raisins.  Anywhere or anytime.  I am an equal-opportunity raisin-disliker.  It’s a texture thing.

Another pro is that purchasing cookies, instead of making your own, is potentially cheaper.  I’ve never done a comparison.  So I don’t know.  But it seems like making your own of almost anything costs more.  Thanks for encouraging do-it-yourself-ness!

Cons of store-bought

If you give cookies to someone, it’s a much more personal gift if you make them yourself.  Like I said earlier, a cookie is a cookie- most all of them are yummy.  But still, it means a little bit more when you can say, “Here, I made these for you!”, rather than “Here, I went to the grocery store and picked these up for you”.  I’m having a hard time exactly phrasing the difference, but it’s there…. whatever it is.  At least that’s how I’m hoping my brother feels about it when a certain package filled with enough sugary stuff to rot some teeth, gets to Iowa for his birthday…..(Shhh, it’s a surprise!)  He is certainly not a picky eater, but it makes me happy to think that he would pick my cookies over a store-bought….especially when they are warm out of the oven.  This blog post (#2 so far) is dedicated to him, for his birthday.  Just in case cookies aren’t enough. 🙂

Store-bought cookies are all fairly uniform.  There are almost always none with more chocolate chips than the others…. This can be a pro sometimes, but it makes them less unique.  And you can’t make a ‘custom’ choice when taking a cookie out of the container.

Those are my pros and cons for cookies of both kinds.  Maybe you enjoyed reading it, or maybe you’re just really hating me right now because you want a cookie and you don’t care what type it is.  😛

I won’t put a picture on here, just in case you haven’t eaten yet!

Have a great day, and thanks for reading!!!