Sam and Jordan are stuck in academia and can’t get out. To pass the time they visit Starbucks, enjoy the company of family, friends, and animals, and cook a lot of great food. Sam reads Harry Potter over sushi and Jordan reads heavily theoretical articles over enormous pots of coffee. They live in a house by Wascana Park and in the last three years have killed a cactus, two bonsai trees, a pansy, and one of two spider plants. One spider plant remains, and they have adopted a nightmare named Marilyn and haven’t killed her yet either.