1 water bottle
1 pair of sneakers
1 bubble holster
(Note: Recipe assumes you are wearing clothes)
20 Boston Cream Cupcakes
So, I have rediscovered the joy in blowing bubbles and I am hooked! C’mon now, we all did it as kids, and you really need to try this again. Really.
I enjoy them as much as I do running, biking and baking, so I decided to have a full day of all four and it almost pushed me past the brink...of pure joy.
I have been taking them on my latest adventures because they make me smile. They bring so much happiness – not only to me, but to others as well – especially kids, dogs and folks over 65 (or those who have retired).
So now, as I prep for my runs, walks or cycling excursions, I have added one additional item as a new piece of gear - it goes something like this:
1 water bottle – Check
1 pair of sneakers - Check
1 helmet –Check
1 bike –Check
NEW: 1 bubble holster - Check
What..what was that?
Yes, you heard me. This has been taken to a whole new level. I have gone so far as to converting one of my runner belts into a bubble holster. I swear that the Spiebelt model was made just for this very thing…to hold a bottle of this delightful miracle juice.
What is that? Crazy you say?
Just go try it, and you will see just how crazy I am. As crazy as you will be riding along side, begging me to take you on my next trip. It’s a drug I tell you. A drug. You know how they say that people get "sick on the pipe?" Well, I am “sick on the wand.” Just sick.
Now, for as much fun as one can have filling the air with hundreds of bubbles, it is not to say that it doesn’t come without some inherent dangers. So be prepared and take three vital precautions and you are sure to have a great time – just trust me. Aside from the possible addiction - watch the wind, wipe your hands and wear a helmet. I wish I had a seasoned bubble blower to guide me with these words of wisdom, but I had to do it the hard way and learn it on the streets.
Watch the Wind
This is the first major piece of advice that I will give you in your attempts to experience this recipe for JOY in just the right way. Make sure it’s not windy. I had a long run scheduled on this day so I chose the route that crosses the George Washington Bridge. How perfect. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Well, I got a little ahead of myself in the excitement of my new discovery. As I tried it out, the wind blew the bubbles back in my face (with a swirl of dirt that had whirled up from the road). Once the bubbles started to pop, I got a mixture of dirt and soap in my eyes and couldn’t see! I stopped and staggered for a bit and could swear that I almost fell off the bridge. I had to take a little time out squirting water from my bottle into my sockets in order to see again. Even after that things were a little fuzzy…and my shirt was full of suds. So again – watch the wind.
After this little freak show, I went home changed my shirt and grabbed my bike ( I am trying to train for a duathlon). Which brings me to my next piece of advice…
Wipe Your Hands and Wear a Helmet
I know what your thinking. Trust me.
If you are on a bike ride and pause to take a break to park and blow bubbles, this is a priority. When you are finished make sure to wipe your hands of all excess bubble juice. I made this mistake once and my hands slipped off my handle bars – thank goodness I had a helmet on or that could have been a disaster... except for that darn chin strap that got caught on the handle bar and almost choked me.
Geeshe, what a spectacle. And I wasn’t even riding yet- just trying to mount my bike.
I left in one piece, with a minor scratch on my cornea (from the handle break) and a small limp, nothing to keep the ‘ole girl down though…
Instead, I pulled over and sat down on a nice park bench in front of a beautiful flower garden with views of the Hudson. I must have blown bubbles for an hour and could have stayed there all day. I had to go because I had one final thing planned for that afternoon. To make a delicious treat!
So after the day of events and exercise were complete, I decided to take what energy I had left to make something delicious as my reward – Boston Cream Cupcakes.
I have been searching for just the right recipe because Boston Cream Pie is Jeff’s favorite dessert. Hands down. I tried to make it a long time ago, but wouldn't necessarily say that I nailed it.
Usually when I do, Jeff will take a bite and exclaim, "This needs to go into the binder!" I keep a binder of favorite recipes so I can make them again. Only the best make it in. The last time I tried to make this (when we just started dating and I was still honing my skillz) this didn’t happen. And now that I come to think of it, we haven’t really spoken about that day since…but, I digress. Anyway, this new recipe has officially made it to the binder…
It’s from Martha Stewart’s Cupcake book.
It’s amazing…I just add an extra splash of vanilla and a pad of butter to the pastry cream…perfect!
So as I sat there, tasting just a little bit of heaven, I reflected on the day and thanked the universe for such a glorious time.
"I wonder how much it would take to buy a soap bubble, if there were only one in the world."
- Mark Twain
Live and love life!
(And now go get some bubbles!)