What’s Next?

September 30, 2012

Well, guys, it’s over.

My days as a travel blogger are finished.

What’s that you say?

You? A travel blogger? But wouldn’t that require actually writing about travel and not, say, your couch?”

Okay, so it’s possible you have a point..

I haven’t been the most travely of travel bloggers.

But I’m about to get a lot less travely. As if that was even possible.

You see, last week’s post on my short but sweet and extremely caffeinated trip to Vietnam wrapped up all I have to say about my month-long trip in Asia this summer.

Goodbye, Asia. Thanks for the coffee. And the hair frizz.

Yes, it took me two months to write about one month of travel. What can I say? I’m slow. In more ways than one.

It’s possible there was a twenty-four-hour period in Hong Kong right before I caught my flight back to the States that has yet to be accounted for.

And it’s going to stay that way.

Not because I did anything scandalous.

But because I spent the entire time holed up in a ridiculously overpriced airport hotel room. You see, I felt it only suitable that I spend my last day in Asia the same way I’d spent the majority of my six years in Asia – drinking beer in a bathrobe.

And thanks for the bathrobes and beer…

So that’s it.

No more non-travely travel blog posts from me as I don’t have any travel plans on the horizon.

Or, really, well, anything on the horizon.

Even though I feel like I kind of really should because people keep on asking me “What’s next?”

Well, that and, “When are you leaving?” Which, by the way, isn’t the best way to make a girl feel at home.

Welcome home! So when are you leaving?

Of course, I can understand why people have been asking me this. I mean, I do have a tendency to leave the country. Like, a lot.

My usual response to this question is something along the lines of, “I’m just trying to focus on the now.” I’d like to think this makes me sound very Oprah.

Let’s just say I’ve been reading a lot of this lately.

And not like I have no clue what I’m doing with my life.

But, uh, let’s be honest.

I have no clue what I’m doing with my life.

Not that this is anything new. I’ve never been the five-year plan kind of person. Heck, who am I kidding? I don’t even have a five-day plan.

Thinking about the future tends to give me the heebie-jeebies. Probably because I’m pretty sure my future will involve my living in a cardboard box. Possibly under a bridge. If I’m lucky.

Besides, I have to say, the now is pretty nice.

I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family. Including my nieces and nephews, who I’ve been teaching lots of important life lessons to. Like “How to Dust the Furniture in Aunt Sally’s Room.” And “Tell Aunt Sally She’s Pretty.”

Me as drawn by my 5-year-old niece. The likeness is uncanny. Except I have thighs in real life.

I have a good job. Well, at least until January. Admittedly, it’s been a lot of hard work and a big adjustment for me. But I get to work with lots of supportive people, and my students regularly call me “professor” which makes me feel all kinds of smart and important.

Practicing my professor face. The more you grimace, the smarter you look.

I can even buy pants. Real pants! Like ones with actual waistbands!

And I’ve been putting some serious thought into getting a social life again. I mean, I haven’t really done anything too social yet. But it’s an idea I’ve been kicking around.

So, yeah, the now is not so bad.

At least, you know, for now.

Even though I haven’t been thinking too much about my own future, I have been thinking about the future of this here blog.

I know. Don’t even ask me how that makes sense.

Apparently, I don’t care if I end up in a cardboard box when I’m seventy. But I want a brighter future for my blog.

I think this is what it must feel like to have kids. You know, if you’re crazy.

You see, I’ve watched some of my favorite travel and expat blogs die after the blogger returns home. (I’m looking at you, Bangkok Reality Smackdown.)

I don’t want the same thing to happen to my blog.

Even before I left Asia, I started to worry that I wouldn’t have anything to write about once I was no longer living some exotic, adventurous life overseas.

Not that I was really living an exotic, adventurous life overseas. I mean this is me we’re talking about here.

I was living basically the same life I’m living now. I just had fewer pants back then. And a much more colorful couch.

Hello, there, lover.

But, you know, living overseas kind of has a way of making everything you do feel like some exotic adventure.

Especially when you live in China, where even grocery shopping puts you in close contact with wild animals. And, no, I’m not talking about my fellow customers. (Even though those old ladies could be pretty vicious with their shopping carts.)

I’m talking about these:

I have no idea what these are. And if you’re supposed to eat them or keep them as pets.

But it turns out that I didn’t really need to worry that much about running out of things to write about.

I mean, again, this is me we’re talking about here. I’ve written thousand-word posts about my bathrobe. But I think we can all agree that that bathrobe deserved its own blog post.

You see, in the past two months since returning to the States, I’ve been really wanting to write about what’s been going on here at home. Like the fact that I got a new bathrobe. Which is just as soft and wonderful as the one I had in China but even more magical because I didn’t have to buy it in the men’s side of the store. And then have to pretend I didn’t buy it in the men’s side of the store by cutting out all the tags that said “Hefty Man Size XXXL.”

Soft as kittens and unicorn dreams. And available in a size that doesn’t make me feel like a monster. Best bathrobe ever!

But I also really wanted to write about my last month of traveling in Asia.

It was a super tough decision, you guys.

It was practically the Sophie’s Choice of blogging.

In the end, Asia won out. Because I knew I’d feel bad if I had photos like this on my computer that I never got to share with you:

And, you’re welcome.

But now that I’m no longer a travel blogger, I can finally start blathering on and on about all the fun, non-travely, new-life-at-home stuff I’ve been dying to tell you about.

And share the photos.

Because, again, I’d feel really bad keeping photos like this from you:

Again, you’re welcome.

I’m sure you’re super excited.

I know I am.

So, what do you think should be next? Have any ideas on what you’d like to see me write about now that I’m back in the States? Or, heck, maybe you have an idea as to what I should actually do with my life? Please share! Because, Lord knows, I have no clue!
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I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On September 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm Steph said:

    I don’t know what you should write about but I promise to read whatever it is!

  2. On September 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm Maria said:

    You can get several posts out of return culture shock and then there are the videos. You, instructing your indentured servants (niece/nephew)in the whole family hierarchy protocol. I’d buy those off you for use with my own relatives.

    I will miss you’re amazingly razor sharp wit.

    You’ve got my email, ping me w/an address and I’ll send you a bathrobe… if it’ll keep you writing, I’m not above bribes.

    • On September 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm Sally said:

      I’m still waiting to experience this reverse culture shock thing everyone talks about. I thought for sure I could milk that for a few posts. I did freak out a bit when I watched “Extreme Couponing.” But, alas, returning home has felt surprisingly normal.
      And, not to worry, I will still be writing… but you’re welcome to send me more bathrobes. I have a feeling I’m going to need backups. 🙂

  3. On September 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm Charlie said:

    There is all the malarkey about ‘being a tourist in your own town’ that you could explore … Especially if that just means buying a colourful couch and drinking beer on it in that fabulous robe. Or, you could be the crazy tourist in your town and stare at people, or do tai chi in the park, or wear strange things. Or you could get yourself a project like trying a different cheese every week or writing to a Miss Smith in every town in America and asking them to be your pen pal, or writing haikus. Is that too many options? I’d be interested in any of those if it helps!
    Charlie recently posted..Until next time…

    • On September 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm Sally said:

      Ooo, different cheese every week? That’s a GREAT idea. (All those other ones are great too, but they sound like work. Except for the couch & beer one which is definitely going on the list.)

  4. On September 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm Jackie said:

    I agree with the first comment — whatever you write about, I will definitely read it, because I know it will be hilarious! I also like the cheese idea.
    Jackie recently posted..Books: The Painted Veil, W. Somerset Maugham

  5. On September 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm Selly said:

    As long as you keep writing, I’ll be happy. But then again you know I enjoy reading posts. Do share something about your life back home, I’m sure you’ve been having a blast lounging about in your couch…

    • On September 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm Sally said:

      Unfortunately not lounging as much as I’d like. Too much work to do! But I did have a nice month off before work started. There was lounging involved then. And I’m looking forward to winter break when I’ll recommence with the lounging.

  6. On September 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm Ceri said:

    “You see, I’ve watched some of my favorite travel and expat blogs die after the blogger returns home. (I’m looking at you, Bangkok Reality Smackdown.)”

    Yes! This! You and BRS were my absolute favourite blogs to read and then she suddenly disappeared when she wen back home. Please don’t ever ever let this happen to you.

    Write about anything and I’ll read it!:D
    Ceri recently posted..Scenes from D.F.

    • On September 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm Sally said:

      I know! I loved her blog so much! I’ve tried to give her a hard time about it on the Facebook, but apparently she’s been busy or something with life & doesn’t feel the need to spill everything on the internets anymore. Totally not a valid excuse, if you ask me.

  7. On September 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm kyle said:

    You should do stuff and, like, follow your dreams or something. And, also “Hang in there” just like that cat in the poster.

    Sorry, I’m not very good at life advice.

    If you figure it out, let me know!
    kyle recently posted..Waiting for The Lady: Finally Seeing Aung San Suu Kyi speak in Yangon

  8. On September 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm Ken C. said:

    Oh, I just loved “Bangkok Reality Smackdown!” With her weird sketches and weird[er] chip/snack food fetishes! She [oh, can’t recall her name] wrote with such empathy and an infectious sense of wonder; that she just faded away in the blog-o-world is a Great Mystery. Perhaps she’s working on a new project…

    You are, likewise but differently, a natural story-teller. You could tell us about your students, and adventures in professor-ship. Perhaps your experiences in [re]discovering your hometown. Whatever you choose to write about will certainly be interesting and enlightening/entertaining.

    • On September 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm Sally said:

      Thanks for the suggestions, Ken.
      I usually don’t like to write about work… because it’s, umm, work and not terribly exciting. Plus, I feel weird writing about my students & kind of like I’m violating their privacy. It’s one thing if I choose to blather on endlessly about myself on my blog, that’s my choice. But I feel like I shouldn’t blather on about my students as they haven’t made that choice. (Meanwhile, my friends and family have no choice. I will blather about them. It’s the cost they have to pay for being my friends & family. So there.)
      But I do like the idea of exploring my hometown. Buffalo has so much to offer & is so gorgeous in the Fall. I just need to get off my couch. 🙂

  9. On September 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm Audrey said:

    You could write about carrots or couches (what’s your new couch like, by the way?!) and I’d still read it, Sally. 😉

    • On September 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm Sally said:

      Aww, thanks, Audrey. My new couch is not so exciting — kind of a 90’s mauve/tan pattern. But there is a matching armchair with an ottoman. I have always been a sucker for a nice ottoman. 🙂

  10. On September 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm Vivian Morelli said:

    Please keep writing- about anything at all! Because you’re a fantastic writer and you make me laugh so much. It doesn’t matte if you don’t live abroad anymore- sometimes the transition back home is just as interesting. After Korea I had a one-year hiatus before Japan and I kept my blog- mostly wrote about my city.

    All the best luck, I admire you!

    • On September 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm Sally said:

      Thanks, Vivian. I’m glad to hear from someone who was able to keep their blog alive and well between traveling/living abroad gigs. I really like the idea of writing about my city. Buffalo gets a bad rap… so it would be nice to get the word out about the good stuff. Plus, it would give me a reason to go do all the stuff I keep on meaning to do.

  11. On September 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm Mika said:

    Hey Sally,

    I always loved to read all your stories about your travels. So thx for sharing! 🙂

    Good luck with everything you’ll do now! Who knows, perhaps the next adventure is just around the corner.. waiting for you! 🙂

    Greetings from Seoul,
    Cheers Mika
    Mika recently posted..Chuseok feiern im Boramae Park

    • On October 1, 2012 at 8:17 am Sally said:

      Thanks, Mika. I’m sure my next adventure isn’t too far away. I have a tendency to want a big change ever six months or so. Who knows? Maybe next stop Korea!

  12. On September 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm Ashley of Ashley Abroad said:

    You could make anything interesting, so just write about your life! Everyone loves reading your writing, no matter what it’s about (bathrobes included).
    Ashley of Ashley Abroad recently posted..Why the French Stay Thin

  13. On September 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) said:

    I am glad you are not letting your blog die! I agree that one of the saddest (and most frustrating!) things that happens in the travel blogging community is when people return home and never update again. It’s like leaving a move when there’s 5 or 10 minutes left… I need my denouements at the very least!

    And really, you are a good enough writer that you can write about couches in pretty much any country and we will happily read all about it!
    Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) recently posted..“The People Are the Places”: CouchSurfing in Furukawa

    • On October 1, 2012 at 8:15 am Sally said:

      Yes, it is so sad… all those little dead travel blogs. I hope there’s a travel blog heaven.
      And I agree with you about the movie thing… I mean, come on, guys, the MOVIE IS NOT OVER! SIT DOWN!
      Ahem. 🙂

  14. On September 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm Candice said:

    You could write about you morning routine and I’ll still find it fascinating. Breaks are good!
    Candice recently posted..Photo essay: The Canadian Rockies are blowing my mind

    • On October 1, 2012 at 8:14 am Sally said:

      Oh, trust me, you don’t want to hear about my morning routine. Mostly because I spend the entire morning yelling at myself. Okay, maybe that would be interesting to read about. 🙂

  15. On October 1, 2012 at 12:05 am jmayel & sacha said:

    Ironically this is the first post of yours i’ve ever read. And its your last travel post! (weird coincidence) My wife and I have just started travel blogging and plan to do it for a long time or hopefully indefinitely. I felt a little disheartened when i found this, I hope you can keep this going even after returning home. Maybe it will give us some insight into what happens when the journey ends. We’ll be reading to see how this pans out. All the best and keep writing.
    jmayel & sacha recently posted..A Broken Camera Halts Play

    • On October 1, 2012 at 8:12 am Sally said:

      Well, I doubt my journey is over. I do have a tendency to leave… often. Plus, I teach English for a living which is, luckily, one of those things that can be done anywhere. But it’s nice taking a little break from the expat/travel lifestyle.
      Good luck with your own blog! I have loved the community and support I’ve gotten from blogging… I’m sure you guys will too!

  16. On October 1, 2012 at 12:25 am James said:

    One word: Book.
    Another word: Goats.
    Run with it.
    James recently posted..Geocaching Vietnam

  17. On October 1, 2012 at 4:54 am Beryl said:

    Sally, this is such a fun blog. I have only just discovered it, but it is quirky and different and yummy.

    Am new to blogging (not to mention online TV!!) but getting used to being ‘out there’.

    Whatever you do next, be sure to let that sassy, authentic YOU shine through Sally.

    Stay blogging…or being an online presence somehow…
    Beryl recently posted..Mentoring – The Brutal Truth

    • On October 1, 2012 at 8:10 am Sally said:

      Thanks, Beryl! So glad you’re enjoying the blog. And don’t worry. I plan on keeping up with the blog. If only so I have an excuse to eat tons of food because “I’m going to blog about it later.” Best excuse ever.

  18. On October 1, 2012 at 8:41 am Sid said:

    What are you doing in the last pic? It looks like you’re teaching someone to drive a motorbike.
    Sid recently posted..This weekend … dragon boat racing, stereotypes and Austria

  19. On October 1, 2012 at 8:51 am Chaya Shepard said:

    Hi there,
    First of all let me say this is a rad blog. Funny, sweet, honest, fun to read. Sad that I just found you now. We have been living in Taizhou, Jiangsu for six months now so we were neighbors a few months ago. Anyway, I have a special request for what you should blog about now, I would love to see a Wegman’s post. For real. My husband is from Rochester, and when we were dating he would tell me all about how magical Wegmans is, and I was all like c’mon, we’re talking about a grocery store, right? But I have since been totally convinced.
    Chaya Shepard recently posted..Eastern China: One Big Metropolis? China’s New Cities

    • On October 1, 2012 at 8:55 am Sally said:

      ON IT. I was actually planning to write a post about Wegman’s even before you commented… but now the masses have spoken. (Sorry, you’re not a mass… but you know what I mean.)
      And, too bad we didn’t know we were neighbors! Enjoy Taizhou! (I have no idea where that it is… where is that? I’m sure it’s another city with like 5 million people just like Wuxi, right? But nobody’s ever heard of it…)

  20. On October 1, 2012 at 10:48 am Melanie said:

    You have a very readable writing style/personality, so I suspect most of your readers (like myself) will happily read anything. Was worried you were giving up blogging when I read your opening lines! 🙂

  21. On October 1, 2012 at 10:57 am Carmel said:

    Hey! You were reading O magazine back on the China couch. Strange parallels.

    You could write just about anything and I’d read. Mostly because I don’t have much else going on since I’m trying to save money and my job is boring. And I like your writing. That too.

    But I’ll give you an idea…Buffalo wings?
    Carmel recently posted..Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

  22. On October 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm Ailsa Ross said:

    The cheese posts sound delicious to me. Failing that, write anything and we’ll keep on reading… unless you pick up a penchant for writing about toenail clippings or something. Then I’m outta here!
    Ailsa Ross recently posted..Alternative Amsterdam

  23. On October 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm jan said:

    Whoah! I thought you were giving up blogging all together for a while there. Panic at the thought of not having my laugh fix washed over me. But its all good. Blog about anything/nothing.
    jan recently posted..We chose Lan Ha Bay over Halong Bay

  24. On October 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm Lauren said:

    Glad you are going to keep writing and that you are having many successes with pants. I am really looking forward to reading about your couch adventures in the US.

  25. On October 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm Matt said:

    I’m trying to perform CPR on one of those dying (travel) blogs. It’s all about the writing and you do it so well. I mean bath robes and eel-type-things that are possibly the main course or will soon have a name, all in the same post. More please…
    Matt recently posted..Underwater Maps…

  26. On October 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm Phil said:

    buffalo buffalo buffalo!!

    Now that you have all of this free time you can fly out to Bamako so we can finally get hitched. My pygmy camel farm should be in full operation by then so we would have a source of income AND you would have something to write about. More interesting than goats, anyway.
    Phil recently posted..A Very Simple and Straightforward 5 Part Plan to Retake Northern Mali

  27. On October 2, 2012 at 3:55 am Simon said:

    Aww, I’m disappointed that you’re giving up the travel blogging game. Still, I must say I’m curious to see what direction your blog goes in next!
    Simon recently posted..Is Stonehenge the dullest attraction ever?

  28. On October 2, 2012 at 6:40 am Lauren said:

    No objections to random snippets about life in America…it’s still a foreign country to me! And yeah, what everyone else has been saying about a new cheese every week? I’ve been in Asia for 2 months. I miss cheese. A lot. Get chomping 🙂
    Lauren recently posted..Our First Haircuts in a Foreign Country

  29. On October 2, 2012 at 9:09 am Priya said:

    There are so many things to write about! You’re teaching again. I’m sure some interesting things have happened while you’re in the classroom. I’m sure you have some interesting students!

    You’re running again! I’m sure some interesting things have happened during your runs!

    Whatever you come up with next, I’ll love because you can make anything interesting ( from your bathroom to your love for cookies and unicorns.) <3
    -Priya

    P.S. Those animal things are so creepy! How did you ever live in China?
    Priya recently posted..The Rejection Therapy Made Me Call A Random Guy. Like, On The Phone.

  30. On October 2, 2012 at 9:17 am Marta said:

    Sally, you can write in an entertaining way even about a couch, pants and other unanimated stuff so I’m really happy about you don’t giving up blogging.

    Actually, your last Vietnamese post made me jealous enough to buy myself a can (a can!) of supersweet condensed milk, a nail polish and a jar of glitter powder, because what the heck, I deserve nice coffee and nice nail-art too! Just to make you know, that your blog changes other people’s life. Or nails. Or weight.

  31. On October 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm Montecristo Travels said:

    Love to see you do a series of “tourist in my own backyard”. Discover the joys and things to see close to home. We often forget how much fun there is … right down the street. Road trips, small towns … Discovering Home.
    Montecristo Travels recently posted..What I Learned from My Canine Friendly Travel Agent! – An Interview

    • On October 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm Sally said:

      I really like that idea! If only so I have an excuse to get off my couch! And there are so many fun things that I always meant to do in Buffalo when I used to live here but never did. Now I’ll have a good reason to do them.

  32. On October 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm Bessie said:

    I think you should do things that scare you, so you can keep trying to convince us that you’re scared of it. 🙂

    Ditto liking the idea of you writing about goats. Please befriend the goats, and tell us about their love triangles and inner-dialogue. You’d be great at this.

    And nice writing by the way, if turned “it’s over” into a conversation about the next chapter (how to keep entertaining the masses). Bravo and a strong indicator why you should keep writing, hopefully the alternative wasn’t even being considered.

    xo.
    Bessie recently posted..Waiting for The Lady: Finally Seeing Aung San Suu Kyi speak in Yangon

    • On October 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm Sally said:

      So… speaking the blog going after the travels are done, have you guys been having trouble with that, too? I’ve seen a few posts on your site since you’ve been back, but wasn’t sure how you guys were going about the transition yourselves.

  33. On October 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm Joburg Expat said:

    Hi there – I agree with the first comment – I don’t really care what you write about, because I know whatever it is it will be extremely funny! What a timely blog post – I’m also looking at “repatriation” (what a word) soon and wondering what will happen to my blog. I have to pack up a whole container worth of stuff (ok, well, the movers pack it, but still) and find new schools for the kids and say good bye to all our friends and sell a car etc etc, but none of that really bothers me as much as wondering about my blog. So I’m just in denial for now. maybe I’ll pretend I’m still here for years afterwards. With all the material I still have in my backlog maybe that’s very well possible…
    Joburg Expat recently posted..Kilimanjaro Diary, Day Four: Barranco Disco

    • On October 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm Sally said:

      TOTALLY UNDERSTAND. I was not freaked out at all about finding a job or having to live with my parents or that I didn’t have a reliable car to drive in the States where you kind of need a car whether or not you want one. But I was super concerned about my blog… Who cares about me? But WHAT WILL MY BLOG DO???
      Good luck with the move back! I’m sure you & your blog will reacclimate very nicely. 🙂

  34. On October 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm Stephanie - The Travel Chica said:

    Glad you’re going to keep the blog going. Write about whatever the hell you want… that’s what I do 🙂
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..Seattle Through My Lens

  35. On October 3, 2012 at 4:22 am Amy said:

    I totally understand where you’re coming from. After travelling for two years in Europe, I’m engaged to a lovely British guy and am settling in London. While I don’t feel like I’m travelling now, I am adjusting to a new way of life. What about writing about differences you see or adjustments you’re making now that you’re not on the road?
    Amy recently posted..Mr ‘Stranded’ American and the Ferry from Italy to Greece

  36. On October 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm choi kum fook said:

    From the past few years,on reading your post, I have found out you have talent and skill in writing! Just like born to be a writer! I have fully confident on you could keep on writing until until one day you………….! I have obtained and learned a lot of knowledge and reading enjoyment from your posts especially language of English!Miss Sally! Merci beaucou and sia sia!

  37. On October 6, 2012 at 12:49 am Erik said:

    Well, if I get a vote, and I have no idea why I would, I would vote for writing an actual book. I love the reveal writings of Bill Bryson and Tim Cahill and you are easily as entertaining to read. But that’s just me being selfish 🙂
    Erik recently posted..Postcard Friday- Avignon, France

  38. On October 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm Ayngelina said:

    Lady you left me in a panicked state, I thought you were going to stop blogging all together, I didn`t realize it was just about travel. You need to put a disclaimer up front!

    And I`d read anything you write, travel or not.
    Ayngelina recently posted..Food Friday: Farm to table

  39. On October 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm Katie said:

    I’m so happy to hear the blog will live on – I just found it, and have been stalking through posts past – and now I can look forward to reading more untravelley adventures! Thanks for committing to continuing the entertainment.
    Katie recently posted..Amsterdam is a Punny, Punny Place!

  40. On October 8, 2012 at 5:25 am Karen McCann said:

    Sally, whatever else you decide to do, KEEP WRITING! We need your cheerful voice in our inboxes.

    Karen McCann
    enjoylivingabroad.com

  41. On October 8, 2012 at 8:42 am Heather said:

    Professor, I’m glad you’re continuing to write, even though you’re no longer traveling (for now). I’ve been posting for over a year now about non-travel things. While my stats have gone down, I never really cared about that stuff to begin with. Hooray! I just like sharing my stories and connecting with other people whose stories I like.

    Speaking of which, I worried about Megan for ages when her blog wasn’t updated til I was able to catch up with her. *phew* Don’t go disappearing on us!
    Heather recently posted..Getting married in 3 weeks…really

    • On October 11, 2012 at 8:44 am Sally said:

      Well, you have to admit, you’ve gotten some pretty good writing material over the past year — what with that dashing Brit in your life! Maybe I need to find one too… you know, for blog inspiration!

  42. On October 8, 2012 at 11:15 pm cosmoHallitan said:

    You scared me for a minute there! I got back from Vietnam and read this title and thought I missed your final blog post. Now that I’ve recovered, I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Being a tourist in your own town can be fun. I did that when I was home this summer – you’ll be amazed at the random things you can find to do. But long term, that can get tough. I’ve been thinking about how I’ll handle our move back to the States next year. Maybe flashback posts from trips gone by?
    cosmoHallitan recently posted..Xinjiang BBQ at Xibo

    • On October 11, 2012 at 8:43 am Sally said:

      Flashback posts are a good idea but that would require some kind of working memory. And I don’t really have one of those. 🙂 But I am looking forward to exploring my hometown more for my blog. I think that will require eating lots of chicken wings. You know, for the blog.

  43. On October 9, 2012 at 12:18 am Naomi said:

    Aha!! the cat’s out of the bag. you’re too scared to show pictures of the new couch because you just don’t love it enough! Have you told the new couch that you’re still getting over your chinese lover? I get the feeling he’s a rebound couch and you’re just using him…..

    • On October 11, 2012 at 8:41 am Sally said:

      Well, I did put a photo of my new couch on Facebook, so I guess that makes it official. But not quite blog-official. But, yeah, I have to admit the new couch is nothing special. I could do better. 🙂

  44. On October 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm Koren @ City Gal said:

    I do hope you keep writing! I have been following your blog for a little while now, and this is something I’ve considered as well. I love to travel, but I balance that with a crazy hectic New York life that involves a lot of involuntary work travel. Instead of trying to write about my more exciting travels 100% of the time, I’ve embraced the fact that I live a crazy on the go life and love the fact that I live in NYC. You have such a humorous writing style that I am sure you will find your new niche soon, and it will be as entertaining as your travel posts were! Look fwd to seeing what’s next!
    Koren @ City Gal recently posted..Brincatti Easy-Fill Bottles on the go!

  45. On October 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm Mason said:

    Well I don’t know about long term plans but you should definitely write one article (at least) about how to be a successful travel blogger! Like, when I move to Japan in a few months I want to know how to blog it, ya know?

  46. On October 12, 2012 at 10:25 am Tom @ Waegook Tom said:

    I feel as though you need an entire post dedicated to Buffalo wings.

    Also for some reason, I’d really like a post about you exploring WalMart. I’m not sure why. Or a day trip to the local trailer park.

    • On October 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm Sally said:

      Oh, we have something MUCH better than Walmart here in Buffalo. It’s called Wegman’s and it’s a grocery store wonderland. I kid you not. I’ve heard of people driving HOURS to go there. I’ve been planning to write a post about it for some time, but I think I need to take more photos. The problem is I always get distracted by all the cheese and forget to take photos.
      You’re going to be REALLY sorry you’re not planning on visiting Buffalo while you’re in the States, once you see all that you’ll be missing!

  47. On October 13, 2012 at 10:11 am Pam said:

    Another newbie here! Yes, I just found you today. I look forward to digging around in your past posts to see just what you have been up to. I have a suggestion about topics for stationary travel blogging. Become a couch surfing host. I have only done it once but, I must say, it was fascinating to compare cultures with this couple from Greenland. I developed a new fascination with narwhales! It was cool and there was beer and cheese and couches and even bathrobes are not out of the question!

    • On October 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm Sally said:

      Welcome, Pam! So glad you stopped by. I love the couch surfing host idea, but I live with my parents and I’m pretty sure they would NOT be cool with that. But, maybe I could get them to agree to adopt a narwhale? I think Buffalo’s cold enough for those, right?

  48. On October 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm Lillie - @WorldLillie said:

    YOU BETTER KEEP WRITING *SOMETHING* OR I WILL FREAK OUT. That is all. Hearts!

    Addicted,
    Lillie

  49. On October 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm Don said:

    What about a “where are they now” piece on some of the charaters you have introduced us to over the years? I for one am dieing to know what ever happen to the original members of the Calico “Kitten Club”. Did the other members end up strung out on drugs, craft glue and glitter after Sr. Mary Scary threaten to send you all to hell for praying to false kitten gods? People will want to know…Where are they now? John? Paul? George? Ringo????

  50. On October 24, 2012 at 7:28 am The Guy said:

    Darn it, I’ve only come across your blog today after seeing such good reviews.

    So sorry to see I’ve missed the train on this one.

    Maybe you could do a blog permanently dedicated to bathrobes or just where you go drinking?

    You seem like a fun person so I imagine you could do it.

    Just send us the name and link to your newest blog, whenever you set it up….please.
    The Guy recently posted..Celebrating Pooja with the locals

    • On October 24, 2012 at 7:45 am Sally said:

      Oh, I’m not planning to stop blogging or even change blogs — I just won’t be writing so much about traveling on here. Now it’s time to conquer my other fears — like talking to boys. 🙂

  51. On November 30, 2012 at 2:58 am Deedee said:

    I know what’s next!

    1. Hang out with Deedee.
    2. Have coffee with Deedee
    3. Go to movies with Deedee
    4. Sit on porch and drink trashy bottled flavored malt beverages with Deedee (that can wait until summer, though).

    There. That was easy!

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