Hope you’re having a lovely Thursday. If not, I hope this post makes it better. If that doesn’t work, then I suggest chocolate…and lots of it.
ONE. This year, as I attend the wondrous university that is TAMU-Commerce, I’ve lived in a dorm all by myself. Living alone has been wonderful, but that’s beside the point. All you really need to know is that I’m in a dorm room. Another bit of information you need is that microwave popcorn is no friend of mine. I have no idea what it is about it, but it messes with me. It gives me headaches and messes with my stomach (not cool). So last semester I decided to try a few ideas I’d found on making your own microwave popcorn. It involved getting loose popcorn and putting it in a brown lunch sack, stapling the top closed (don’t worry, the staples don’t spark in the microwave.) and microwaving it. It’s supposed to act just like the kind you buy at the store.
It most certainly does not work just like the store kind.
I tried it over and over all with the same result. Instead of finding a delicious bag of fluffy hot popcorn, I would open the microwave door and be greeted by a cloud of vicious gray smoke or a matted cake of half-popped kernels. One time it was so bad that I had to unplug the thing from the wall and leave it in my bathroom with the hood vent on to suck out all the smoke before my smoke detector went off.
In the rules of dorm life, you never want to be that person whose smoke alarm goes off and forces the entire building to evacuate at like 6 in the morning because you burned your toaster strudel. Especially when the intercom activates over the wailing fire alarm to tell the firemen and assisting RA’s where to go, the last thing you want is to hear your room number being broadcast to the world. Next you’re standing in the parking lot in your pajamas, freezing cold with everyone staring at you. No one cares that you burned your breakfast, they only wish you were dead.
Back to the popcorn. No, I wasn’t cooking it too long. I tried it on 30 seconds one time and the death cloud of smoke still poured from inside. It had something to do with the fact that the fat you put in the bag to help the popcorn pop ends up being soaked up by the bag instead of the kernels of corn (someone clearly didn’t think things through). Well, after about attempt #4 I was ready to try something new, so I picked up a thing of Jiffy Pop. My best friend came to visit one weekend and as we popped the corn over my cooking element (don’t tell my RA), we left a hole in the foil on accident and ended up making a machine gun that spat out hot unpopped kernels of corn instead of making a delicious bowl of popcorn.
Our fault, I know.
Now comes the good news. After telling my family about my popcorn failures, when I opened my birthday gifts last November I found a hot air popcorn maker. GREATEST. THING. EVER.
It’s essentially a giant hair dryer that makes popcorn. Mine looks similar to the one in the picture above. You take the little plastic lid part off, put about a third of a cup of loose popcorn inside, replace the top, flick the switch and wait. Mine has this handy butter melting cup on the top of the plastic lid that uses the hot air to melt your butter. I usually put a little bit of popcorn salt in the butter so I know it will stick when I pour it on the finished popcorn.
It’s ten times more delicious than microwave popcorn, and so much healthier too. You control the toppings you want, if any, and I’m sure in the long run it’s cheaper too. This machine was about $15, and I bought a big bag of popcorn kernels for close to $3.
I’m never buying microwave popcorn ever again!
TWO. A couple of years ago I started looking around for some new headphones. I thought I would just end up getting more ear buds until I got into my head that I wanted fancy, over the ear kind. Eventually I found these, Sony Extra Bass Over-the-Ear Headphones. They’re incredible. I know that link says their $79, but we got them for my dad for his birthday last year for $50 I think. The sound quality is fantastic, and for the price you can’t beat it! It definitely beats the heck out of $200+ Bose headphones. Even if they are better, I wouldn’t pay that much for headphones I’m only going to wear maybe five times a year on road trips (my opinion of course).
If you’re looking for affordable quality headphones these Sony’s are a great choice! I love mine!