In the next post of the series “Jon Eats After Work,” I’ll be reviewing Papa Presto’s Breakfast Pizza version of French Bread Pizza.

Papa Presto French Bread Pizza - Breakfast Pizza

Papa Presto French Bread Pizza -- Breakfast Pizza

This breakfast pizza has the works: Eggs, cheese, bacon, and sausage, all distributed among a slice of french bread. Put it in the microwave for three minutes, and here’s what you get!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Looks tasty, right? Well it was! The bread had a nice crispness to it, thanks to the microwavable surface it’s on. The eggs provided ample substance, the sausage was nicely spiced, the bacon… you usually can’t say anything bad about bacon, and the cheese held it all together.

Thumbs Up!

Here’s the best part: It was only a dollar! While a typical Delaware lunch could cost up to $7-10 dollars, I could be getting 7-10 lunches if I devoted one meal’s worth of money to getting these pizzas. I, being a poor working college student who wants to spend as little money as possible for lunch over the winter, could see myself eating these more… if I make the trek to Dollar Tree. I bet there are other varieties to try, too.

Hormel Compleats -- Roast Beef & Gravy

Hormel Compleats -- Roast Beef & Gravy

Over this Winter Session, I can be found working during the typical lunch hours. It’s inconvenient and impractical for me to shlep over to the dining hall everyday when I can be working, so I’ve started a new plan for eating meals.  Over the first few days of my internship, I’ve tried eating a big breakfast, munch on something small and inexpensive when I get back from work, around 2:30 or so, since the dining hall is closed by the time I’m done working, and then wait for dinner time to arrive. Today’s munch was Hormel Compleats – Roast Beef & Gravy, which I bought for a little over $3 at Happy Harry’s. I’ve previously eaten Hormel’s Swedish Meatballs Compleats meal, and it wasn’t bad. I don’t know if I’d eat it on a regular basis, but I’d eat it again if need be. Here’s my review on Roast Beef & Gravy:

The finished product.

The finished product.

Once you put the product in the microwave for 1:30 and take off the cover, this is what you see. There are two slices of this picturesque roast beef, and they taste pretty bland. The sauce isn’t that flavorful, either. Once you get past the meat, you get…

The potatos!

The mashed potatoes!

And there sure are a lot of mashed potatoes in this little container. Unfortunately, they were dry, a little chunky, and there was waaay too much of them. Unfortunately, the gravy did not aid in enhancing the flavor of the potatoes, either.

All in all, THUMBS DOWN. I won’t be buying Hormel’s Roast Beef & Gravy again.

If anyone has any quick fix lunch suggestions, Max and any other mysterious readers, let me know!

What’s in 28?

I am a slacker. I started writing this post on Dec.30 hoping to surprise my lone reader, Max, with a end of the year post before New Year’s Eve. But then I neglected it. Oh well. Sorry Max. Here’s the post anyway, unedited (with the exception of an additional sentence) since the neglection. I guess I thought I had more to write at the time. Oh well. Continue Reading »

Testing the QuickPress

So here on WordPress, they released a new version of the script. And on said new version, there’s a way to post without clicking “post” or anything like that — posts can be written right on the dashboard page! So that’s pretty cool. Though I can’t put a category on this puppy yet. That’s too bad. I’ll have to go in and change that. But all in all, it’s a pretty cool idea. More exploring the new WordPress later. Who knows if it will be post-worthy. This was just the first thing I saw, and I thought it was pretty cool, so I thought I’d write about it, since I never write here much anyway.

The Simpsons Mock Apple

Happy December, reader.

Check out these clips from last night’s episode of The Simpsons that are mocking Apple. I can’t believe the Simpsons have been so successful for so long in this age of television. It’s great that they have survived for 20 seasons. I could probably write more about that topic later, but I’ll save it for another post. For some reason the clips won’t load on this site, so here are some links on Hulu. Enjoy!

The Simpsons Enter the Mapple Store

Steve Mobs

Think Differently

Yankees Found a Better Man

Wilson Betemit finishing his home run trot on August 2, 2008 against the Angels.

Wilson Betemit finishing his trot around the bases after hitting a home run on August 2, 2008 against the Angels.

The New York Yankees acquired 1B/OF Nick Swisher and a minor league pitcher, ironically with the surname Texeria, for Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez, and Jhonny Nunez. As Peter Abraham of the Journal News so eloquantly put it, “There is no “losing” Wilson Betemit. There is dumping Wilson Betemit.” I am delighted that the Yankees were able to get a player of even the slightest significance in exchange for Betemit. Swisher can give the Yankees an option at 1B and the outfield corners, which is always beneficial. Cody Ransom can slide into the utility infielder slot, and Justin Christian is re-learning how to play 2B in the fall leagues, so he can play in the infield in a pinch as well, assuming he makes the roster.

All in all, I am quite content.

The Power of the Woods

Take a walk in the woods. Once you get far enough, you can’t really tell where you are in relation to the world. When you immerse yourself so far in the woods, you have no idea if you’re in Newark, DE; Cortlandt Manor, NY; somewhere in the south, or Burlington, VT. You just know you’re in the woods, in a natural environment.

Gone are many of the distractions of civilization: the hustle and bustle of life in a college environment – the people, buildings, cars, schoolwork, computers, televisions, etc.

Keep a cell phone with you, for safety. No need to have it on, really. But it would be reasonable to have it on your person, just in case.

If you really want, you can bring some music to listen to on your journey. Music can inspire a myriad of* thoughts. But that’s probably better to write about in a separate post.

When you’re isolated from the aforementioned distractions of everyday life, you can really take time to focus and ponder on a unique and independent level. In a solitary environment such as the woods, you are able to focus on your upper-level human needs, as described in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, for as long as you need or want. These levels include the esteem level, which focuses on self-esteem, self-respect, and self-value, and the self-actualization level, which has the individual accepting reality and not denying the truth, accepting of themselves, and interested in solving problems. The lower levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs deal with needs that can be addressed in quotidian settings, and they don’t necessarily focus on the individual’s psyche like the upper levels do. The upper levels can motivate and drive behavior.

When you don’t have to worry about the rest of society, you can experience quite a bit of self-realization, and self-actualization. As you venture through the woods, take however long it takes to discover and think.

Think about what? Well, think about life. Think about yourself and who you are – your positive traits and how you are better for them – and your character flaws and how you can improve upon them. Think about others, what you have done for them, what you can do for them, and vice versa. Do others know you as you would like them to? And at the same time, do you know as much as you would like to know about the people you care most about? After answering those questions, there may be a few people whom you think you should be getting lunch with sometime soon.

In a world that is becoming more and more commercialized, natural settings such as the woods are often sacrificed for future capital endeavors, such as retail outlets, residential developments, or other commercial venues. I have no doubts that not all the woods in the world will be demolished for money-making opportunities, but I hope that people realize the impact and power that the woods can have on an individual, and I would encourage people to take advantage of their natural surroundings.