I went to the river to practice Tae Kwon Do this morning and fought with the wind for over an hour. I came home, hungry and in need of pancakes. I've never made pancakes in Japan, and realized that I didn't have any baking powder, and would have to use olive oil instead of butter, and soy milk instead of cow's milk. It reminded me of the time that my brothers and I wanted to make pancakes but didn't have any flour, so we smashed up Cheerios. The dog wouldn't come near them. Lesson learned, but not really; always look for a solution. Luckily, this morning my pancakes were a little flat and a little olivey, but otherwise, they filled the hole the wind had blown threw me. It was a new beginning, one that inspired a purchase of baking powder and canola oil.