All that time off work apparently made me forget what it’s like to feel really, really tired.
For the first few weeks of my new job, I was getting progressively less miserable in the morning.
(Though I should offer a disclaimer that I am never going to be a morning person.)
Then I had a breakfast seminar to attend, which required me to get up at 5.30am and leave the house by 6.30am. I was incredibly proud that I made it out of the house without physically harming anyone (though C points out that he was in Seattle at the time and thus there was no one around for me to punch).
I made it through the workday and through most of my evening class on writing and the web (though I did at times find myself staring at the instructor and taking in absolutely no information). The saddest part of the web writing class was learning how much we are supposed to dumb down our writing into repetitive, keyword-filled drivel written to a 3rd-grade reading level, because apparently everyone has a 4-second attention span and nobody is actually going to read it anyway.
Which I find ironic, because if you Google “chocolate cake recipe” and you end up here because Google thinks I have a “chocolate cake recipe”, and you start reading looking for “chocolate cake recipe” and every second sentence begins with “chocolate cake recipe,” pretty soon you’re going to get sick of “chocolate cake recipe” and then stop reading before you even get to my “chocolate cake recipe.”
This is why I write for myself, and not web traffic.
(Also because this course has told me I shouldn’t use jokes or puns, and where’s the fun in that?)
I would have found the whole thing depressing, except I could barely keep my eyes open. It’s hard to argue in favour of good writing and clever puns when one has the intellectual capacity of a gnat. Next time I’ll have some of this espresso chocolate cake before class for a little bit of a pick-me-up.
Espresso Chocolate Cake
The easiest, cheateriest, chocolatiest cake. Perfect for those days when all you want to do is go back to bed.
- 1 package chocolate cake mix
- 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows (don’t worry, they’ll melt)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8×8″ square pan with tin foil or parchment paper (or just grease it) and set aside.
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until you can’t see any dry ingredients.
- Scoop all the batter into the square pan and level it out with a spatula.
- Bake for about 45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.