“Gen-Z, Do I Have a Future?”

How do you think the world will look in fifty years? Scary thought. Gen-Z, Do I have a future? Is the world going to be around in fifty years? I think I'd be happy with anything. I always say that. Yeah I don't know why this question struck me so heavily. Everyone makes jokes that like climate change is going to end everything but, when you really sit down to think about it, all of a sudden it's very very scary.

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“I would love it to get word of the year”

My favorite word in the entire world is something that people often make fun of me for. I had the definition memorized by heart or at least the definition that I learned it. My favorite word is "blasé" It's a French origin. And it mean "uninterested or unimpressed because of frequent exposure or access" and it is my favorite word. I would love it to get word of the year because it's "blasé", you know, what, sounds like majestic. It sounds really nice. And I know that that's probably like really weird, but I really like that word, like it's a -- it's a pretty sound to say. And it's a super funny definition because if there was a kid named Blasé, like Blasé could feel blasé. My teacher, when she told us what blasé is, she said it wrong. She described it like something is blasé like you're exposed to it frequently, but really, it's an emotional. I looked it up and it's like, it's -- you feel blasé because something's exposed to you frequently. So, I have actually thought -- I actually corrected in my teacher inside my head a lot, and don't tell her that.

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“Make sure you have your microwave cake.”

And so I discovered – bear with me here – I discovered I could basically take some cake batter and maybe add some water, put it in a bowl and put in the microwave for a couple minutes. And it would make, like, impromptu cake. Uh, it would not be fully cooked. I know this probably sounds disgusting, so my apologies, but it was cake-ish enough to hit me just right, you know. And if it wasn't fully formed, if it was a little, if it was still, like, batter-y, no problem. It just – it tasted like warm batter, which was amazing. I did not use eggs in those instances. So, I tried to steer clear of the whole salmonella thing, but yeah, for a while that was, uh, that was a treat that I had in my back pocket, make a little microwave cake. In fact I even remember when I went to go visit my girlfriend at the time at the Mayo Clinic, when she was there. That was one of the things I think I packed – either packed it along with me, which is hilarious to think about, going through the check list of things you need when you travel. “Make sure you have your microwave cake,” or maybe we went to the store after we got there and then that was on my list, which is also funny, like, “All right, what do you need to make it through, you know, your time up here in Minnesota? Uh, okay. Yeah. So here's the essentials: First of all, I need cake.” So, yeah, I have found memories of microwave cake. I haven't done it for years, but I wouldn't hesitate to try again. Maybe this will be the start of another era of microwave cake, just talking about it.

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“I heard a big KABOOF in the microwave and I went there, open up the door and that egg was everywhere in the microwave”

The other one was a couple of years ago. Had boiled an egg. I don't eat a lot, my little one, one of the boiled eggs. So I made one and found out how despite my timing that it was a little soft - too soft boiled - the yolk. Little bit runny. So I decided to put it in the microwave just for a few seconds. Just get that soft part of the yolk done up. And just as the microwave dinged it was done. I heard a big KABOOF in the microwave and I went there, open up the door and that egg was everywhere in the microwave and I had just a clean the microwave before that too. So I had put a loose fitting lid, over the container, but when the egg exploded it blew that lid off and off, there were tiny bits of egg everywhere. I think the biggest piece I found was the size of my thumbnail. So I had to reboil an egg, for little one and made sure I went the extra minute or so with it So it was thoroughly done when it was. finished. So that's probably the most disastrous microwave experiences I've ever had. Had to laugh about it afterwards.

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