Monday, March 18, 2024

The Intellectual Life #23

A Peek into the Intimate Intellectual Life of a Long-Married Couple, Part 23:

Karen came home from a meeting around dinner time. I had tonight's stir-fry ingredients chopped and ready but hadn't begun cooking yet.

Brian: We can eat dinner anytime. I mise-en-placed it.

Karen: What?

Brian: I mise-en-placed it.

Karen: ??

Brian: When a French chef has all their stuff set up to cook, that's the "mise en place." 

Karen: Uh huh.

Brian: I verbed it.

Karen: You certainly did.

Brian: Anyway, we can walk the dog first since I haven't started cooking yet.

Karen: So you mise-en-paused it. 

(Fist bumps and hearty congratulations all around.)

This has been a peek into the intimate intellectual life of a long-married couple.

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