Rate of Use

I just finished a tube of lip balm. That in itself is pretty big news: I kept track of a tube of lip balm throughout the entirety of its natural life! What I thought was remarkable, though, was how quickly I used it: my mom brought it with her to Hamburg when she came to visit just after Frida was born 9 months ago. The tube was one of three that I keep in rotation; I, apparently, rip through a tube of lip balm at the rate of one every three months.

(If you’re wondering why I’m calling it lip balm instead of Chapstick, it’s not because I’m one of those people that calls Kleenex ‘facial tissue’. It’s because my mom MADE this lip balm, and I wanted some way to mention that fact without being too obvious. Did it work? Her lip balm is incredible: perfectly smooth and moisturizing, often lightly tangerine flavored, and it comes in both a nice shiny soft formula and a pocket-friendly, firmer formula. This, coming from a woman who also makes everything from kimchi to my big poufy wedding dress and who, last weekend alone, made five kinds of sausage. Mom, you are a star!)

Wow, this post has a lot fewer F-bombs than the last one, huh?

The rate at which I use lip balm is, it turns out, similar to the rate at which I use both wheat bran and cocoa powder: I ran out of all three of them this week, and each unit was acquired early in 2012. The volumes, though, are a bit different.

When I bought another flour-bag-sized bag of bran, I thought, wow, this new health food store’s only been open for 7 months or so. I’ve made two batches of bran muffins, using a cup of bran each, since I bought my first bag of bran from the new store, and if I’ve been adding 1/2 cup of bran to each batch of granola, I must’ve made something like 10 batches of granola in the last 7 months. That makes sense. I like granola.

And then I remembered the day that Tobias and I cruised through the fancy foods warehouse with Frida in the front pack (she must have been 6 weeks old or so,) and joked about smuggling a ridiculously huge bag of Callebaut cocoa powder out with her. We bought the 1-kilo bag instead, and laughed about how it would last until her 5th birthday. Ha, ha, um, no. It hasn’t. I blame the Joy of Cooking’s recipe for chocolate pudding (1/3 cup per recipe), the internet’s recipe for Central Market’s chocolate walnut cookies (7 Tbs. per batch,) and my utter lack of discipline when it comes to limiting my cocoa intake (a heaping spoonful of cocoa powder mixed into plain yoghurt, anyone?)

What’s funny, though, is that, even after using an average of over one and a half teaspoons of cocoa powder every day for nine months, it hasn’t until now occurred to me to make chocolate granola. With that, I’m off.

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