On the new job:

I still like it a lot.  But it is weird being the one in charge.  At my last job, at the end of the day, if a student couldn’t pass a test or he didn’t show up to class consistently, I could leave it all at work.  Not my circus, not my monkey, as the saying goes.  At the new job it is both invigorating and terrifying to look at my students and think, oh god, this is my circus, and these are my monkeys.

On commuting:

The first thing people have been asking me about working in the suburbs is how’s the commute?  My answer is, usually, not too bad.  I kind of set my own hours, so I don’t have to drive during rush hour.  And I’ve also become fond of the podcasts lately.  Here are a few of my favs:

  • How Did This Get Made.  Paul Sheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Rafael watch some of the worst movies ever made and then discuss.  After listening to one or two episodes Jason Mantzoukas will become the voice in your head that reacts irrationally to minor social infractions.  And it’s amazing.  I give this podcast five stars!
  • My Favorite Murder.  I’ve been slightly obsessed with this one lately.  Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark bonded over their love of true crime stories and decided to make a podcast where they each take turns recounting a wide variety of murders.  Yes, it’s dark, but it’s also savagely hilarious, due in large part to the natural chemistry shared by these two women.  Look, listen to this the first chance you get, and then do as is recommended: stay sexy, and don’t get murdered.
  • My Dad Wrote A Porno.  Jamie Morton’s retired father decided to write an erotic novel, and he reads and discusses one chapter a week with his friends.  And they’re British!
  • Flash Forward. Rose Eveleth explores some possible and impossible futures.  Because I love Sci-Fi stuff.
  • Oh, That’s A Thing. Hosts explore real stuff from Sci-Fi movies.  See above mentioned Sci-Fi fondness.

On cooking:

My new favorite thing is chickpea flour.  Specifically, using it in place of scrambled eggs.  I love me some eggs, but I’m 40, and I know if you want to live to a ripe old age, mass amounts of meat consumption won’t get you there.  So I found an easy replacement.  Mind you, it is not perfect.  Most meat substitutes aren’t.  But it is flavorful, and it does scratch the egg itch, and it has fiber and protein and no cholesterol.  Just mix equal parts chickpea flour and water, add some turmeric, cumin, salt, pepper and whatever other spices you like in your eggs, stir all the lumps out, add to skillet and cook pretty much how you would cook scrambled eggs.  Boner ape tits.

(Sorry, spellcheck.  I meant erection monkey boobs.)



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