Top Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me (Because I Don’t Tell You Everything, You Know)

June 28, 2011

Since I decided that I’ll be spending the summer working on my book, I’ve been trying to think up ways I could make this whole blogging thing a bit easier on me.

Don’t get me wrong; I love me some blogging. I mean, where else can I blather on endlessly about pants and cookies and kitten videos and not have anyone look at me like I’m crazy? (Granted it’s entirely possible that you’re all looking at me like I’m crazy through your computer screens right now, but I can’t see you. It’s like that whole “tree falling in a forest” thing. If everyone is looking at you like you’re crazy but you can’t see them, does that make you crazy? I think not, people. I think not.)

But as much as I love blogging, I’m worried that I won’t be able to juggle writing both my blog and my book.

You see, this writing thing is a lot of hard work, people. First you have to think up lots of awesome stuff to write about. And, then, you have to actually write about it. And, after that, you have to spend lots of time reading and editing all that awesome stuff because nobody’s going to take your awesome stuff seriously if it’s full of spelling and grammar errors. (Mind you, people probably won’t take you too seriously if you just write about cookies and kitten videos either, so it’s important to touch on a few hard-hitting issues now and again. Like pants.)

And then you have to keep on getting up off your couch to replenish your supply of potato chips.

See? Hard work.

Which brings me to this great idea I had to make this whole blogging thing a lot easier on me this summer….

Are you ready for my big idea?

Here goes:

This summer all of my posts will be in the form of top ten lists!

Why top ten lists?


a.     Top ten lists are fun and easy to write! All you have to do is fill them with lots of pictures and numbers and headings. Nobody will ever notice that you didn’t really say anything!

b.     Top ten lists are fun and easy to read! All you have to do is skim through the pictures and numbers and headings and leave a nice comment at the end. Nobody will ever notice that you didn’t really read anything!

c.      Everyone loves top ten lists! Even if you claim to hate top ten lists, you must secretly love them or you wouldn’t be reading this post right now because it clearly says in the title that this is a top ten list. (You are so busted, right now, by the way.)

d.     I’m pretty sure I can think up ten things to say each week… but, uhh, don’t hold me to it.

e.     It’s my blog. So there.

f.      All of the above.

Notice, this was not a top ten list. This was just a multiple-choice test. (The correct answer was F, in case you were wondering.) But it was still pretty fun and easy to read, huh?

Also notice, all that stuff about top ten lists being easy to write and read does not apply to this post. This post will be long and blathery and will probably take at least a few more cans of Pringles for me to complete. (You might want to stock up on a few yourself – you have a long night of reading ahead of you.)

So, are you ready for a summer of top ten awesomeness?

You better be because my first top ten list of the summer is coming right up, and it’s all about me. (Now that’s going to be really fun to read, don’t you think?)

Can I get a drumroll, please?

Top Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

1. Cleaning is my therapy. Which is a good thing because I can’t really afford therapy. Or a housekeeper.
I guess you could say I’m an emotional cleaner. If I’m sad or homesick or angry, I will clean. If I’m worried about the future and I’m not sure what I’m doing with my life, I will clean. If I have a million things to do and am super stressed out about it, I will clean.

As soon as I’m done cleaning I feel calmer and more in control and ready to tackle my mile-long to-do list… you know, right after I finish scrubbing down all the kitchen cabinets… and the bathroom tiles… and, possibly, the light fixtures.

As much as I love traveling, I don’t think I could do it long-term as it would mean not having a place of my own, which would mean not having a place to clean, which would mean I’d go crazy. (Like crazier than I already am, and nobody wants to see that kind of crazy, trust me.)

2. I would never change my naturally curly hair.
Like most women, there are plenty of things about my body that I’d love to change. (Umm, ankles, for example. I’d really love some ankles.)

But my hair is not one of them.

My hair didn’t become really curly until my teenage years – before that it was just kind of poofy. And unlike high school gym class or, say, games of spin the bottle, this is one thing that happened to me during adolescence that worked in my favor.

My hair is big and uncontrollable and stands out in the crowd — especially in Asia.

It’s kind of like me.

I’ve never straightened my hair (not even temporarily) because I feel that straightening it would be like repressing a part of my personality.

And because, well, I’m kind of scared of flat irons. (You could burn your scalp off with those things!)

3. Out of all the places I’ve visited, Portugal is my favorite. (Not to make all the other countries feel bad or anything.)
I went to Portugal about twelve years ago after finishing up a two-month backpacking trip through Spain and Morocco with a friend whose traveling style was very incompatible with mine. (This is my nice way of saying she was crazy. I, on the other hand, was a total dream to travel with. I was. Really.)

I’m not sure what it was about Portugal that made me fall in love with it. Maybe it was the crumbling buildings and sprawling city squares. Maybe it was the strong coffee and egg cream tarts. Maybe it was the fado music which I bought in Lisbon and didn’t stop blaring from my Walkman the entire month I was there. Maybe it was the fact that I was no longer traveling around with a woman who made me want to scream a lot.

But I loved it.

And I’ve been kind of afraid to go back for fear that it won’t be as awesome as I remember it.

But I do take every chance I can get to eat an egg cream tart because those are every bit as awesome as I remember them.

4. I’ve never had a broken bone.
See? There are some advantages to being big fat scaredy cat. Like, you don’t climb trees or jump off of buildings or do other things that might result in your cracking your leg open.

I did break my front tooth once, though, in the third grade. It was during a very uncharacteristic attempt to impress my friends by hanging off the side of the merry-go-round at school. My friends were unimpressed, and I was stuck with a jagged chomper that made me look like a hillbilly street-fighter. (Mind you, this was before looking like a hillbilly street-fighter was cool.) To make matters worse, it happened on Halloween Day, so I couldn’t eat any of the candy I got that night.

Hence, I learned early on that daredevilry does not pay off, and safety leads to candy.

5. I’m not so into tropical countries. Mostly because they don’t have Fall.
I’ve lived in Brazil and Southeast Asia, and, yeah, I enjoyed my time there, but I don’t think I could live in tropical country for the rest of my life.

I need me some Fall.

The weather is beautiful. The trees are pretty. The stores are all stocked with new school supplies. (I’m a dork. I buy new school supplies even when I’m not in school or teaching school. There is something so wonderfully hopeful about a fresh, new notebook. Am I right or am I right?)

And I look pretty awesome in a turtleneck, if I do say so myself.

6. I’m a better online person than I am an in-person person.
In real life, I gossip a lot, make snap judgments about people and have a tendency to roll my eyes at anyone who annoys me. (And I don’t even have the decency to hide behind a wall or pretend I’m having an eye spasm.)

I also use bad words more than I should and in situations where I probably shouldn’t.

But, online, I’m totally the girl you’d bring home to mom – that is, if you brought home online girls to your mom. (Which would be kind of awkward. Not that I’m judging your relationship with your mom or anything.)

On the Internet, the only gossip I dish is about myself.

The only snap judgments I make are about people who use the term “LOL” when stuff isn’t funny. (But, I think we can all agree that those people are bad.)

Plus, I hardly ever roll my eyes at people over the Interwebs. (Okay, so maybe I do, but they can’t see me doing it. So, again, it’s like that whole “tree falling in a forest” thing.)

And I try not to swear on here because my mom reads this shit.

7. Picky eaters annoy me.
If I have to visit twenty different restaurants before you find a menu you like or put up with you whining and picking stuff off your salad for the entire meal, I’m going to be annoyed.

I’m sure you’re a great person. Really.

And I do wish I could be more tolerant about this.

But I’m not. (See “snap judgments” above.)

Just so you know, you’re welcome to be annoyed with me when I roll my eyes at you.

8. Regrets, I have a few – like, I wish I had known about sarongs earlier.
Prior to my year in Southeast Asia, I had associated sarongs with unsavory things – like beach vacations. (Yes, yes, I realize most people enjoy beach vacations. But most people are crazy. I mean, there’s stuff in that ocean that could kill you to death.)

Since purchasing a sarong last year in Malaysia, I’ve learned that sarongs have multiple, fantastic uses. And, I’m happy to report, very few of these uses have involved a beach or my pending death!

I’ve used my sarong as a blanket or scarf on chilly bus rides, as a towel in hotel rooms where there were none, as an eye mask on international flights, as a makeshift bathrobe and as a tasteful alternative to pants while lounging around in my apartment.

I don’t even want to imagine what life would be like without my sarong – I’d probably have to wear pants all the time.

Oh God, the horror!

9. There are a few things I don’t blog about.
But very few.

Which made this list really hard to come up with.

10. I am a cheesy romantic, but I chose travel over love. And would do it again.
I grew up believing that you only fall in love once. I come from one of those weird families where almost everyone gets married to the first person they fall in love with… and then stays married… like, forever.

When I fell in love at nineteen, I figured that’s what would happen to me. I was a geeky English major with a penchant for turtlenecks. He was a geeky dental student from Toronto. We met in London on my first trip abroad.

I wrote him bad poems. He knitted me mittens. (Seriously. He did. You would have fallen in love with him, too. Even if you’re not really into men or mittens or anything.)

We dated long distance for a while. I figured we’d get married after I graduated from college and have lots of geeky kids together.

But then we broke up.

I wanted to move to Dublin. He didn’t. I knew that by going to Dublin, it would mean the end of our relationship.

But I went anyway.

And even though that was ages ago and I’ve met some really great guys since then and even dated a few of them, I haven’t fallen in love again.

Maybe I am one of those people who will only fall in love once.

Or maybe I’m not.

(Either way, you’re probably off the hook as far as buying me a wedding present is concerned.)

But I still don’t regret choosing travel over love.

After all, travel has made me into the person I am today, and I really kind of like the person I am today.

Even if that person is just the teensiest bit crazy.

(Hey, I’ve seen the looks you’ve been shooting me through the computer screen. What? You didn’t think I could see that?)


I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On June 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm Patricia GW said:

    Your discussion on being a hopeless romantics is EXACTLY what I wrote about today on my own blog –

    Good gracious, I was that same nineteen year old English major who fell in love and believed that the first person I fell in love with had to be forever. A country separated us and he wasn’t willing to move – its uncanny how similar are stories are! I, too, believe travel takes precedence. Travel is something that’s a part of me, and I shouldn’t have to sacrifice it for someone else.

    • On June 29, 2011 at 5:09 am Sally said:

      Now, I’m really curious to find out if EVERYONE fell in love at nineteen with some guy who lives in a different country. Who knew this was just a thing people did?
      Thanks for sharing the link. I’ll definitely have to check it out!

  2. On June 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm Eva Hamori said:

    I really enjoyed this rainy west coast morning here in Vancouver! Thanks

  3. On June 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm Sasha said:

    Oh goody, it’s good to be let in on some of your secrets (not that I’m a creepy stalker or anything, though I do know what city you live in, can’t be hard to find out where the curly haired Laowai lives!) Looking forward to more top ten posts! 🙂 I think you should do ‘Top ten reasons why you should be envious of my curly hair!” (I have a curly mop too you see!)

    I’m starting to think 19 is the age for falling in love while overseas, thinking it will last forever and it lasting not so forever!!! I met a guy when I did my first trip abroad at 19, both of us thought it was fate YES that S#$% they say in soap opera’s. Well it wasn’t fate and it didn’t last long and now I’m sticking it to him because he said I’d never teach English because my grammar is appalling! Who was wrong! haha

    • On June 29, 2011 at 3:31 am Sally said:

      Wow, I so wish someone had told me at 19 (when I was DEVASTATED about breaking up and convinced I would never fall in love again) that EVERYONE falls in love at 19 when they go overseas. Sheez, who knew that was just a stage? 🙂
      Hmmm, I like your idea to write about the top 10 reasons why people should be jealous of my curly hair — but, I think the reason should be obvious, because curly hair is awesome! Can I think up 9 more reasons? Hmmm….

      • On June 29, 2011 at 5:37 am Sasha said:

        Yes that is true, curly hair is awesome and that’s reason enough. If only that guy I fell for in Europe when I was 19 agreed he constantly told me I looked a hell of a lot better with straight hair. Oh the hours I wasted in Europe in front of the mirror straightening my hair for that DOUCHE! lol

  4. On June 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm 2summers said:

    I love the idea of a whole summer of Top 10 blogs. You should check out this blog that is made up entirely of lists: I’m not the writer of this blog and have no motivation to plug it – I just think it’s hilarious!

    Good luck with the book-writing.

    • On June 29, 2011 at 3:33 am Sally said:

      Thanks so much for passing along the link! I LOVE it. I think people give lists a bad rap, but I love lists. I write lists all the time & I think in list-form a lot. For example, I might see someone with really ugly pants on and think, “Things You Shouldn’t Wear” or “Stuff You Should Burn.” It’s like my brain was MADE to make lists.

  5. On June 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm Katja said:

    See, top ten lists like *this* I can live with. I’ve learnt stuff! Stuff that I don’t need to know, but that’s really interesting anyway! Stuff that makes me feel validated for hating picky eaters! (Seriously – one of my best friends came to stay for a week recently and I wanted to kill her in every restaurant we went to. KILL her. JUST EAT THE DAMN FOOD ALREADY! AARGH!)


    So, yeah – um – what I’m saying is, if you want to do top ten lists all summer then that’ll be cool. Looking forward to it! Yay!

    • On June 29, 2011 at 5:07 am Sally said:

      What? You’re saying you DIDN’T need to know everything about me? But there will be a test at the end of the summer! You’ll be happy you read up!

  6. On June 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm Erik said:

    I love Portugal! It’s so underrated- I give the advice to go there to every long term traveler I meet, but few go, always saying “It’s too far from everywhere else.” That’s part of what makes it great!

    I’m married to a woman who doesn’t travel and that has made things difficult. Our compromise is that I can take long trips, as long as they are not over a month. It is still difficult, she has no understanding of why I am so passionate about travel. She may not ever get it (or even try to) and that my be our undoing in the end…

    • On June 29, 2011 at 5:06 am Sally said:

      Shhh…. don’t tell everyone about Portugal. Then our secret will be out! I don’t want a lot of tourists clogging up my future hometown!
      Yeah, I think it would be really hard to be with a partner who isn’t into travel. But, at the same time, I think I’d probably kill someone if I had to travel with them. (As I said before, I am a dream to travel with… it’s just other people who are nuts.) So maybe I need to find someone like your wife — someone willing to let me go on my merry way for a month. Does she have a brother? 🙂

  7. On June 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm Amy said:

    From one curly-haired woman in Asia (for the last 4 years) to another – you rock for never getting it straightened. I succumbed to the pressure (real and perceived and self-inflicted) and did it for awhile – but I’m back to the curls and that’s where I’m staying.

    You could do a variety of different “objectively” styled blog posts – top ten lists, multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank…

  8. On June 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm choi kum fook said:

    Hi! Miss Sally, your top ten things are very interesting to read especially the last part. Are you want me to be matchmaker one more? I try to do good thing for you! Ha,Ha!

  9. On June 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm Terry said:

    I’m pretty sure you’re going to be hearing from David Letterman’s lawyers.

  10. On June 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm Terry said:

    You are SO LUCKY that I’m SO NICE that I am going to with hold public commentary regarding #10. I’m just sayin.

  11. On June 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm Terry said:

    Oh, and I have a feeling that #7 is targeted at me.

  12. On June 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm Alex said:

    Oh my god.. please don’t read my picky eater post. I swear, I try to be the most unannoying picky eater there is! And when I do find something I like, I eat A LOT of it, if that makes up for anything 🙂

    • On June 29, 2011 at 4:04 am Sally said:

      Ha ha! I appreciate all attempts to be unannoying. My sister came to visit me in Japan and she couldn’t eat much of what was on the menu as she’s vegetarian (and almost everything there is swimming in some kind of fishy sauce). But she was super flexible and willing to pick stuff out that she didn’t eat. I’m fine with that — just as long as you’re not keeping ME from my meal because you can’t find a restaurant you like. Yes, it is all about me. 🙂

  13. On June 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm Katherina said:

    So THESE are the type of top 10 lists I like to read… (mind you, I do it too – it’s just so much easier!).
    I can’t agree with you more on the picky eaters (no offense). I dumped my University boyfriend because he was unable to decide where he wanted to eat and made me walk in heels for more than an hour (ok, it was also because, once in a restaurant, he didn’t “let” me order what I wanted… I mean, does someone like that still exist nowadays?).
    Back to the topic… yeah, I agree.

  14. On June 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm Andrew - The Unframed World said:

    I’m a sucker for top 10 lists. Your story about you and dental student sad though. Sounds like you have a good system down with the cleaning therapy though.
    I’m going to look back through your most recent posts (so if you answered this, just ignore it) but what’s your book about?
    Also, writing question: How have you seen your writing style change over the years?

    • On June 29, 2011 at 3:53 am Sally said:

      My book is about this super, awesome, fascinating, intelligent, awesome (did I mention awesome, already?) lady. I like to call her ME. You know what they say: write what you know! And I only really know myself. (And, yet, even I remain a mystery… I mean, what’s the deal with my cleaning obsession? And, seriously, why do I hate pants so much?) Anyway, I haven’t sorted out all the details, but it will be very autobiographical… probably pretty similar to my blog.
      As for how my writing style has changed, I’d say I’ve become a lot more personal. In college, I mostly wrote short fiction. Even when my blog first started out, it didn’t really talk a lot about me. (I think I mostly wrote about lunch.) These days, everything I write is very autobiographical — which either means I’ve become a lot more comfortable with myself or I’m a narcissist. Either way, I think it’s been a change for the better (especially from my early blog days), but I’d love to write fiction again.

  15. On June 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm Torre said:

    Right now you’re writing top ten lists, but in a few months when the pressure is really on, you’ll be slapping up pictures of what you had for dinner like a complete moron.

    You can always put up a photo essay of your knitted mittens collection. Knitted mittens and kittens!

    • On June 29, 2011 at 3:42 am Sally said:

      Excellent. I will write these ideas down in my little book of ideas (yes, I have one):
      1. Top Ten Things I Ate for Dinner
      2. Top Ten Mittens
      I have a feeling these posts are going to go viral!

  16. On June 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm Lisa said:

    Wow – another fellow eye-roller! I’m always in trouble for rolling my eyes. If I don’t roll eyes, I lock my jaw and give a fixed stare. That’s when people know that I REALLY want to be rolling eyes but I’m being too polite. I have just recently discovered your blog – the previous pant post was my introduction, and I could so relate to it!! I’m lovin’ it – keep it up!

    • On June 29, 2011 at 3:41 am Sally said:

      Wow, I’m impressed that you can keep yourself from rolling your eyes. I have tried, oh, how I have tried! But it’s like my eyes are just acting involuntarily on their own. One time I was working at this restaurant, where the store owner was just completely clueless. After a week or so of working there, the manager informed me that I needed to stop rolling my eyes at the owner or I’d get fired. Needless to say, I totally got fired. Oh well!

  17. On June 29, 2011 at 12:01 am Camels & Chocolate said:

    Another way you and I are alike (tack that on to “can easily bang out a 1,500-word blog post in 15 minutes): Portugal is also my favorite country. My husband and I went in 2006 and dream about owning a “second home” (I guess first one would need a “first home,” eh? details) in the Algarve.

    And I didn’t even discover egg tarts either until I ventured over to Macau in 2009! And then I gained five pounds in as many days. (Not really, but it’s a wonder I didn’t with all the pastries I consumed.)

    • On June 29, 2011 at 3:38 am Sally said:

      Ooo, that’s my dream, too! Every time I watch “Under the Tuscan Sun” I replace Tuscany with Portugal and Diane Lane with myself (and then add a few hottie Portuguese guys into the mix).
      P.S. What’s this about writing a post in 15 minutes? I’m jealous! My posts take FOREVER to write. (One of the reasons I’m switching to top 10 lists — which I’m seriously hoping won’t take me 2-3 days to pound out like this last one did.)

  18. On June 29, 2011 at 12:31 am Roy | Cruisesurfingz said:

    Yeah sarongs are so awesome until one stupidly thinks they can replace a sleeping bag with a sarong. Hey, it took up less place in my bag….

  19. On June 29, 2011 at 12:49 am Mirella said:

    You might not believe this but I just finished cleaning me house. While I was finishing up mopping the floor I was thinking “Gees I love to clean. How good does it make me feel?”
    Here I am, reading your post (which I’d left open on a new tab for later) and I can totally relate 🙂
    What a cheery moment.

    • On June 29, 2011 at 3:36 am Sally said:

      Ha ha! Awesome. So glad I’m not alone on this. I remember moving into my new apartment (after a year of bouncing between hotels and guesthouses and volunteer living quarters) and being so happy on the first day I got to clean. Yep, I am a dork.

  20. On June 29, 2011 at 2:34 am Odysseus Drifts said:

    You made the right choice about mitten-man, Sally! I’m also a hopeless romantic and I believe that one day you’ll find a man who will knit you even fluffier mittens — and then maybe you can travel someplace together that’s really, really cold. It will be so romantic! And cold! But that won’t matter because, like the song goes, “[You] have your [mittens] to keep [you] warm.”

  21. On June 29, 2011 at 3:01 am The Travel Chica said:

    I don’t think I could ever live in a tropical place because I also enjoy seasons (Fall also being my favorite). But a few weeks or months enjoying the sun and beaches … that I can do.

    • On June 29, 2011 at 3:34 am Sally said:

      Yeah, the tropical countries make for a nice break from winter (so, not crazy about winter), but I really do miss the change in seasons when I live there… and I miss turtlenecks. I really love me some turtlenecks.

  22. On June 29, 2011 at 5:19 am Kelly said:

    You and me and number 6? Totally the same! We’d do well, except for the fact that I am a picky eater. I just don’t like a lot of stuff, and I have a whole set of “food rules” in my head regarding what is acceptable and what isn’t (I’m the most neurotic person I know). We can eat anywhere you like, and you can eat whatever you like, but I will always be picky with my own food! I’m working on it…

    • On June 29, 2011 at 9:33 am Sally said:

      Food rules? How the hell do you survive in China?? 🙂

      • On June 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm Kelly said:

        I actually do pretty well here. One of my biggest food rules relates to items not touching unless they are intended to, and the communal dishes in the middle of the table that you simply eat from solve that problem!
        I am aware that I am completely crazy and neurotic and I’m perfectly fine with it!
        I do try to keep it to myself and on the down-low as much as possible though; partly because I don’t know how to explain it to others and partly because I don’t want to have to deal with the taunting (trust me, my family knows all my tricks)!! 😉

        • On June 30, 2011 at 5:41 am Sally said:

          Hmmm. Interesting. (No, I’m totally not giving you the “this girl is CRAZY look through my computer screen.)
          Although, honestly, I really shouldn’t judge. I’m totally neurotic about where things go in my apartment. I freaked out on houseguests once because they put my pot holder on the wrong hook and WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT WHEN CLEARLY THE POT HOLDER GOES ON THE OTHER HOOK! ARRGGGH! So, yeah, I got plenty of neurosis up my sleeve, too.

          • On June 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm Kelly said:

            Haha! We’re all crazy in our own special ways, aren’t we?! As I said though, I really try to ensure my picky ways only affect me. I’ve got many years of practice trying to appear normal!! 😉

  23. On June 29, 2011 at 5:32 am Ali said:

    I’m glad for you that you picked travel over love. I’m a romantic too but I could never be with someone if they didn’t want to travel, and you have to stay true to yourself. Also, I don’t like beach vacations either. Too hot to sit out there all day, sand gets all over everything, and I burn too easily. Oh, and if you feel stressed and want to come clean my place, you’re more than welcome.

  24. On June 29, 2011 at 5:36 am Mary Anne said:

    I’m waiting for your Top 10 Lakes in China post! When will that come up? And how might you incorporate pants, chips and couches into it? I dare you.

    PS Portugal is mine! Mine! My egg tarts! My fado! My pretty old crumbly buildings! I might be willing to share though.

    • On June 29, 2011 at 9:32 am Sally said:

      There is only one lake in China for me. I don’t care about the other 9.
      And you never called Portugal on your blog — I called it first so it’s all mine!

  25. On June 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm Michi said:

    I envy the fact that you’re an emotional cleaner. I would be a very useful habit!!

    And I’m going to Portugal (Lisboa) in a few weeks!! Your next post should be The Top Ten Things I Loved About Portugal. 😉

    • On June 30, 2011 at 5:43 am Sally said:

      Umm, that post would go something like this:
      1. egg cream tarts
      2. coffee
      3. egg cream tarts
      4. crumbly buildings
      5. fado music
      6. egg cream tarts
      7. outdoor cafes
      8. egg cream tarts
      9. grilled fish
      10. Uhh, did I mention egg cream tarts, yet?

  26. On June 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm Michi said:

    *It* would be a very useful habit. 🙂

  27. On June 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm ayngelina said:


    I hear ya, I have finally decided to cut back to 2 posts a week for the Summer because I’m home in Canada and I just want to enjoy it. Sure on the road you can lock yourself in a room for 8 hours but here I just don’t want to do it.

    I also share #6 and in fact worry that I will be outed for the jaded, critical bitch that I am instead of my sweet introspective online persona!

  28. On June 29, 2011 at 11:54 pm Richard said:

    Did you ever get those mittens I knitted you? I sent them like, a month ago.

  29. On June 30, 2011 at 12:20 am Turner said:

    Have to disagree with #10, and I think you will too, eventually.

    • On June 30, 2011 at 5:38 am Sally said:

      I’m not sure what there is to “disagree” with. Just because I’ve only fallen in love once, I certainly don’t think EVERYONE only falls in love once. I’m also not saying I know for sure I won’t fall in love again, I’m just saying that there is that possibility. I don’t think it’s everyone’s fate to be matched up and married. I know lots of lovely single ladies out there who have never gotten hitched, and I’d be happy to consider myself part of that posse. I also don’t think you need to necessarily choose between travel and love, but often people do.
      Or, if you’re disagreeing with me because you don’t think you’d fall in love with a man who makes you mittens, then I do believe you need a man to make you mittens, sir. 🙂

  30. On June 30, 2011 at 6:58 am Annie said:

    I love getting to know more about bloggers that I read often.

    I can tell you that Portugal is still awesome, it was definitely one of my favorite places in Europe that I saw in the last year.

    Also, I can’t stand picky eaters. Seriously, is it that bad to just EAT it? Besides, if you are the picky one (aka the one causing the problems) then accept it and deal with it so you don’t annoy other people. Pick out the stuff you don’t want, simple solution.

    • On July 2, 2011 at 1:16 am Sally said:

      Phew… good to know Portugal is still awesome. I guess I can start saving up for the house I want to buy there…. or, more likely, a nice cardboard box.

  31. On July 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm Heather said:

    I love that you had a mitten-knitting poet! <3

    I'm looking forward to more top 10 lists with:
    1) Photos of pancakes and cookies
    2) Stories about weekends spent on the couch
    3) The book writing process
    4) Stories about running in China
    5) Another 10 things we may not already know about you
    6) Random photo posts (which don't require a lot of writing…but wait, that wouldn't be you!)
    7) A list of random things because you're having a hard time putting together an actual theme (I'm getting stuck here at #7…)
    8) Your favorite food posts you've read from other bloggers (macarons are gonna make it, right?)
    9) Things about Buffalo we may not know
    10) Ideas of where you may go after China

    Okay, that was exhausting to come up with that list! Better luck with yours.

    • On July 2, 2011 at 1:20 am Sally said:

      This was the best comment EVER! I hereby declare (yes, DECLARE, it’s my blog) that everyone must leave suggestions for posts I should write in their comments, that way I no longer have to think up topics… and, then, maybe I’ll start having people leave actual blog posts in their comments. Whheee! This is going to make things SO much easier on me.
      But, seriously, great ideas! I will scribble some of them in my notebook of ideas right now!

  32. On July 3, 2011 at 9:37 am Lois said:

    The first of many top 10 lists and I’m hooked already. Thanks for sharing #10. I may have to make the same decision soon..

  33. On July 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm Lisa | LLWorldTour said:

    Great! Now, I don’t have the patience to keep scrolling back up through all these comments, so i can’t be quoting them by # or anything…but we, too, have a few things in common. I love Fall too. You must be from the east coast too? Whereever else I’ve lived or traveled, I miss and crave that beautiful autumn scenery of rolling hills, curvy streets, and red maples.

    I also have curly hair but admit to straightening it. But less and less. I did not once on my RTW trip except when I went for a cut from some random lady in Thailand or Ecuador or Paris.

    I LOVE all foods (okay except grapefruit) and am dating the MOST picky eater ever. And it does bother me. And, for some odd reason, when we are together it comes up…about 3 times a day. Sigh.

    I’ve never broken a bone AND my front tooth was chipped around 2nd grade! Of course it was my brother’s post.

    Love your writing. Keep it up!! 🙂

    • On July 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm Sally said:

      Wow, uncanny! Especially the front tooth thing. It’s possible we’re twinsies from another life! I got to give you props for dating a picky eater. I don’t think I could do it… although, it would mean more food for me. So there might be some advantages?

  34. On February 2, 2012 at 4:48 am rebecca snow said:

    Amen to #10. I have also chosen travel over love…I sometimes wonder what would have happened once or twice if I had stuck around a place long enough to actually end up with someone…but there is something about traveling that has hooked me…I have no regrets about moving to the places I have moved to even though its cost me…I feel I am different than most people in this way…but “shoganai” nothing can be done about it…
    rebecca snow recently posted..Promises

    • On February 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm Sally said:

      I keep on holding out that I might be able to find love while traveling. Apparently, it happens to some. It hasn’t happened to me yet (probably because I’m usually wearing sweatpants and looking like a hot mess when I travel) but a girl can dream!

  35. On August 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm Priya said:

    On June 28, 2011, this post was posted. It is now August 28, 2012. Where is this book, Sally? ( And the I don’t mean the “best of book”, which I still have to read.) Are you too busy listening to some Mariah? Oh, wait, that’s me.

    I know it’s a year too late but I’m going to respond to each thing on your list. (Because I don’t have a life. And you do, and I love reading about it :))

    1. Wow, Sally, I did not know that cleaning was your therapy. As you know, or may not know, I’m a slob. In that case, when you come to Chicago, I’m going to put you work. ( hehe, erm, just kidding.)

    2. You go girl (*snaps finger*). Embrace the curls. My hair, however, has a mind of its own. One day it’s puffy and gross, the next it’s cute and curly and the next it’s something else. It’s a love hate-relationship we have.

    3. YOU went to Portugal?! You traveling slut. #jealous

    4. When I was little I jumped off a high chair because I wanted to “fly”, and kind of busted my lip.

    5. You know what, I’m kind of a Fall girl myself. Growing up in Chicago all your life has made me a *four-seasons type of girl*.

    6. Funny, I think I’m a better person in real life than online.

    7. I’ve been known to be a picky eater, mainly because I’m a vegetarian and half the time I don’t know how to be a good one.

    8. I had to Google sarong. Thanks a lot.

    9. Bring back the Weeklyish Challengey Thingie!

    10. I think that you should always do what you’re “meant” to do. Choose travel over love. Choose that job over him. Choose cheese over any man. And maybe one day ( maybe) you’ll find someone who will want you to choose travel, work, and cheese over him.
    Priya recently posted..Different Topics Of Jainism Crammed Into One Post

    • On August 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm Sally said:

      Gah! People aren’t supposed to be reading stupid promises I made to myself (and the Internet public) five million years ago! And, yes, the Weeklyish Challengey Thingie will be coming back SOON. I’m just trying to get through my summer travel tales… which should be over, oh, by winter. I hope. 🙂


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