Howdy, I’m Erik!

Howdy, everybody. I’m Erik! I’m Demeter’s partner here at Beaming Baker, and everywhere else. 😉 I wanted to take a sec to introduce myself because you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me ‘round these parts pretty soon, because…

I’m going to be heading up the fancy new Beaming Baker Travel section we’re going to add! Yay!! … 

Today I’m going to share some tidbits about myself, so you can get to know me before I start writing posts on BB Travel. Yep, Demeter just sighed happily next to me and said, “Finally, you’re going to be doing something!!!” J/K! <– Demeter just literally wrote that. .

Me and Demeter, smiling and living our best life. I think we were at an airport here? Bus station? Mall? It was definitely somewhere travel-related, and we were loving every second of it for sure.

I actually thought it was going to be fun to introduce myself, but honestly, I’m a bit nervous. I wrote a few drafts of this post at first, but they all came out very… robotic. And not in a fun “giant mechanical creatures battling monsters” way or a “5 robot lions joining together to form the Defender of the Universe” kind of way.

It was a lot like that episode of 30 Rock were Jack was nervous about what to do with his hands while acting, so he just walked around with a mug in each hand. I tried to find a gif of it, but apparently it doesn’t exist. So, here’s another 30 Rock gif that accurately captures my initial nervousness:

30 Rock Nervous

Thankfully, Demeter gave me some good feedback and some helpful pointers, and now I’m way more comfortable with this whole “let me tell you about myself” thing.

And on that note, let me tell you about myself!

If you’ve been reading any of Demeter’s recipe posts over the years (she’s lookin’ at you right now, kid), you’ve probably learned a bit about me already—that I have a sort of Ross and Rachel will they/won’t they relationship with peanut butter (not Demeter, lol), that I’m really good at remembering lots of useless facts and details, and that I like to use fancy words like “preternaturally” sometimes when I’m ordering coffee—so maybe you feel like you kinda already know me? If not, then today we’re gonna change that. 😉

Howdy, I’m Erik!

Just in case you have no idea who I am whatsoever, my name is Erik and I’m Demeter’s partner—here on the blog, and in life. We’ve been together for 10 years (no joke the greatest 10 years of my entire life), and I’ve actually been working with her on the blog full-time for a little over a year now.

It was so scary joining her full-time at first, but I quickly realized it was the best thing ever. Before that I was doing all manner of freelance work, and I do not miss any of it one bit whatsoever.

Since joining her, I’ve mostly been behind the scenes, tinkering on website features, helping her schedule posts to social media, trying to decipher the mysterious ways of all the algorithms that run the Internet, and washing a buttload of dishes. (I can already hear Demeter in my head saying “Ew” at that specific turn of phrase). Demeter: Yes, I did!! I’d also pop up for the occasional selfie here and there. 😉

We’ll be sharing some more details about the Travel section in another post coming soon, but in the meantime, I can share a few tidbits about what I’ll be doing around here. (Thankfully, none of it will involve recipe creation—I’m leaving that up to the baking genius that is Demeter. But somehow, I feel like I’m still going to have to wash a few buttloads of dishes. .‍♂️)

There’s going to be all manner of super fun and interesting posts about everything from travel tips, gear reviews, city guides, Airbnb recommendations, and more. And, of course, there will be tons of pictures from the trips we go on!

Erik Voltron
Speaking of travel pics, here’s one of me and a giant Voltron made out of Legos from our visit to the Mall of America.

A few more facts about me…

To close this first post of mine off, here are a few more fun facts about me, because I do love me some facts. (Something Demeter would agree with wholeheartedly, though she would say I’m playing it pretty fast and loose with the term “fun.”)

  • I’m a pretty big nerd, and huge gamer. I started with Donkey Kong on the Atari 2600 when I was about 4, and I was hooked. The Final Fantasy and the Legend of Zelda series are my favorite franchises.
  • I used to have a handlebar mustache, but not in an ironic way. I actually predated the ironic hipster handlebars that consumed SF (and the world) by about a year. 😉
  • My favorite band is They Might Be Giants. I’ve seen them in concert 3 times, and Demeter even surprised me with tickets to see them once in NYC!
  • I’ve never gotten my driver’s license.
  • One day I’d love to go skydiving, even though it seems totally terrifying and crazy.

Now that you know who I am, I’d love to hear more about y’all!

I’m seriously looking forward to sharing some fun travel adventures with everyone.

Hmm…I’ll also need to come up with a fun closing line like Demeter has. .

In the meantime…

Stay swanky! (I don’t know, we’ll need to work on it.)

-Erik .

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  1. . . Erik it’s great to meet you!!! The gif was spot-on . and yay for legend of Zelda!! Anyhow I can’t wait for future posts! (Um I’m writing this kinda late so for all I know there could actually be 29 more posts from you by now…. aheh.)
    STAY SWANKY!!!!!

    1. It’s so great to meet you too Palutena! . Haha that is legit how I was feeling when I first sat down to write this. And double yay for Zelda! Wind Waker is my favorite game in the series, how about you? I hope you enjoy the posts—and no worries, you all caught up on my entries for now. And I’m glad that you’re onboard with my closer! ..

      1. Ooh my favorite Zelda game is probably…. hmmm…….. either Skyward sword or spirit tracks . and I’ve never played wind waker! .

      2. Both wonderful games. Okay if you like Spirit Tracks, then you’ll love Wind Waker—it’s the game that created the Toon Link art style. They have an HD version for the Wii U, I highly recommend that game. ☺️

  2. Erik,
    So glad to meet you! I’m also a keeper of facts and such.
    Trivial Pursuit, anyone? I love your post. Your personality shines in/through (?) your writing.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Looking forward to it!!

    Love and light,


    1. I’m so glad to meet you too Elena! Haha, glad to meet a fellow fact keeper. I used to love playing Trivial Pursuit as a kid! I’ve got to give mad props to Demeter for helping me get over my nerves with writing here. Hope you enjoy the upcoming posts!

  3. I’m really excited about this! You sound like someone who would be so much fun to be around so I’m really looking forward to reading your posts. You and Demeter are lucky to have each other. Good luck with this new endeavor!! .

    1. Haha that’s so kind of you to say Victoria! I was so nervous the first time I tried writing this post–thankfully Demeter came in and helped me open up a bit more. I am truly so lucky to have her. So excited to have you join us in our new travel adventures!

  4. Nice to get to know you. I’d love to hear about vegan restaurants and AirBnB reviews. Looking forward to your blogs.

    1. Hey Tina! So need to meet you too–I’ve seen so many of your wonderful comments over on IG. 🙂 We’re definitely going to be trying a ton of vegan restaurants on all of our travels (no joke, it’s one of the things I’m most excited about lol).

  5. Hi Erik, Welcome to a new phase of your life…can’t wait to hear about your travel adventures. I’m a travel junkie myself and I love to hear about places that other’s have visited. BTW, keep the closing line.

    1. I’m so glad to be in this new phase, Bonnie! 🙂 I’ve been dreaming of visiting so many places for so long, and I’m hella excited to share all these new adventures and experiences with you all.

      Haha, glad you enjoyed my closing! .