Wednesday, September 22, 2010

what are you thinking about?





Ah - love this video. It's an oldie, but a goodie.

So, the question - what are you sinking...er...thinking about? In the words of President Henry B. Eyring's father, "When you walk down the street, when you're in the shower or when you don't have anything to be thinking about, what is it that you think about?"

Perhaps you have heard the story, but this is the question President Eyring's father asked him to help him discover what it is that he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Trying to follow in his father's footsteps, he was studying physics. However, after pondering his father's questions, he changed his major and studied business, went on to get a PhD, and ended up teaching it.

Now don't take this as an introduction to a big career change. But I am starting to notice there is something I think about pretty much every day - at home, at work, on my commute. I just can't seem to get it out of my head, even though I probably should. That little something is...

FOOD!

Okay, well, not just food, but baking. I LOVE baking. I can't get enough of it. I want to do it every day, seriously. Not cooking - I mean who wants to go home and cook dinner? Haha, okay, I know there are some of you out there that love cooking deliciously nutritious meals for your family. I'm not so much one of them (much to Jeff's chagrin). Me, I want to bake my most favorite things, and two of those things are bread and treats. Mmmmm....yes, bread and treats. For example,

Chocolate caramel crakers
Pumpkin cake
Apple honey challah

Vanilla breadsticks (a variation of these)
Buckeyes (not technically baking, but a treat nonetheless)
Cookies n' cream fudge
S'mores bars (omit the nuts to be like me)

just to name a few...

Oh yes, I love me some bread and I love me some treats! Unfortunately my 10-11 hour work days (when you factor in the commute) do not leave me the luxury of spending as much time baking as I would like. Someday perhaps, someday. However, my waistline could probably do without. :) But baking is one of the ways I can create, taking raw materials and producing a wonderful end product that would not have existed without my vision, my hands, and my work. Mmm...being a baker makes me a creator, and that is something to feel happy, fulfilled, and satisfied about.

How about you? What do you think about when there's nothing else you have to think about?

8 comments:

Emily said...

Books. If I could have a purely selfish, all to myself day, I would spend every minute reading.

Fall back east--enjoy it. We seem to skip that season in Vegas.

Danny and Shalayne said...

ooh, I definitely think about food all the time and I am definitely with you on the baking bit. There is something so relaxing yet fulfilling about baking. And now I want to go bake something but it is too late :(

I am with you on the creating thing. That is usually what I think about. Creating anything (I was actually thinking about this today while sewing) Sewing/baking/painting/photography...I just like to create things. I like to just make up things to create...I rarely use structure or patterns. That's is not always a good thing though.

AaReAn said...

i think about baking too! Oh and decorating...mostly the nursery. its comsuming me. I will openly admit I have a problem. haha but I think "hey there could be worse thing" Oh and buckeyes...I have been craving those FOR Days! But right when the craving hits it's about nine at night and I have no energy to make them. lol. Maybe thats a good thing?!

Angela said...

Oh, man! The question is, what DON'T I think about? Work, that's what! :) But seriously, I think about baking, cooking, sewing, crafting. Pretty much all those Suzie-house-wife things. Although I have recently gotten back into baking our bread. It's lovely. And I'm gonna be honest. I make the best cinnamon rolls you've ever seen! It's a blessing and a curse...

Holly said...

Well, since reading your post, all I can think about is fresh bread...

Amanda said...

I also think about food...but not so much baking it as just eating it!

Beth said...

I am thinking about your yummy goodies and wishing you were here to share them with us!! Otherwise, lately, I think about family history (another lovely calling!)

AJ said...

Wow...I can't think of anything I'd be thinking about if I wasn't thinking about RS, kids or work. I've even been having a rough time finding time to practice the piano. If I remember right books were pretty high on the list...also tatting and other handiwork.