I don’t know why, but I LOVE these lists.
They’re like my favorite thing on the Internet.
Aside from, you know, cat videos.
I have long thought about doing my own little weekly random list, but it already takes me FOREVER to write a weekly post. So the idea of writing a weekly post and a weekly random list is just TOO MUCH. And I can’t just stop writing real blog posts altogether and turn my blog into one random list after another. OR CAN I???
Anyway, I’ve decided to give the random list thing a try at least for this week. If you love it, let me know. If you hate it, not to worry, I will most likely be back to writing my regular type blog posts next week in which I blather on and on about one particular topic. Most likely that topic will be my cat. Or how much I miss cheese. (You guys, I haven’t participated in any full-on cheese consumption in over two months. How is it possible that I’m even still alive right now?)1. Last weekend, I managed to knock two things off my Fall Bucket List — apple-picking and corn-mazing.
I took two Japanese friends along with me, which meant I got to introduce them to important American autumnal traditions like waiting in line for twenty minutes for cinnamon donuts and apple cannons.
On a related note, it’s REALLY difficult to explain the concept of apple cannons to someone who has never ever heard of the idea of shooting fruit out of a pressurized tube. My friends thought I wanted them to shoot guns at apples until they saw the cannons and were like, “Oh, you wanted us to shoot guns with apples.” Culture differences, guys, they exist.
Also, it turns out that I really suck at corn-mazing. I wasn’t entirely surprised by this as I have no sense of direction. It also didn’t help that on the same day I went in the corn maze I started new medication — the kind with one of those warning labels that says it may cause dizziness and I should refrain from operating heavy machinery. In my defense, it didn’t say anything about refraining from operating corn mazes. They should really put that on there.
We ended up wandering around aimlessly for an hour until we decided to go back out through the entrance. Who says quitters never win?2. Also this weekend, I made my first pot of chili of the season. I know you’re not excited about this, but I am.
I mean, IT’S CHILI SEASON, YOU GUYS!
I was going to make it in my crockpot, but then I remembered my crockpot is tiny and I am incapable of making chili in any other size besides monster.3. Have I ever told you I am the biggest lip balm junkie?
I’m serious, you guys, I can’t go more than thirty minutes without slathering the stuff on my lips. When I’m at home, I just walk around with a huge tub of Vaseline like a weirdo. But when I’m in public, I try to tone things down and just carry around a little tube of lip gloss with me.
On Monday, I forgot my trusty tube and I almost DIED. I’m telling you my lips felt like the Sahara. I kept on grabbing at my purse to look for my lip balm, and then I would remember that it wasn’t in there, and I would seriously feel like crying.
Lipbalm-withdrawal, you guys. It’s a thing.4. So NaNa from ForeignGeek called me “the Liz Lemon of the blogging community.”
Excuse me while I have that engraved on my tombstone.5. Hey, did I mention I’m taking a class this semester?
Like an actual university class with homework and papers and other stuff I have to do. I’d like to say that don’t wait to do all my homework until the night before class, but I’d be lying.
Also, my class is with a bunch of twenty-year-old college girls. That’s been interesting. (And by “interesting” I mean “OMIGOD, I AM SO HAPPY I AM NOT A TWENTY-YEAR-OLD COLLEGE GIRL ANYMORE.”)6. I took my first ever self defense class the other week.
It was really fun.
And really awkward. Because, I mean, I’m not used to straddling people I’ve just met. I wrote all about it here.7. I’m going on another camping trip this weekend.
But instead of doing it by myself, I’m going with eight (!) other people. EIGHT!
I’m really kind of nervous. I haven’t traveled with anyone who wasn’t biologically related to me (and thus forced to put up with me no matter how cranky I get) in years. And I certainly haven’t camped with eight people before. I just know I’m going to get super cranky at some point and make everyone hate me and want to kill me.8. Part of trip will include a day trip to one of my favoritest places on Earth: Mackinac Island. (Which is pronounced Macki-naawh. Don’t ask.)
I went there last year and LOVED it.
But then I never got around to writing a blog post about it because… ummm… I suck? Anyway, this time I might actually write about it.
Or not.9. Let’s go to Iceland, okay? 10. Hey, it’s Banned Book Week.
I keep on reading all these lists of banned books, which makes me want to read ALL THE BOOKS.
But I’m still reading The Goldfinch. I have a feeling I’ll still be reading The Goldfinch for FOREVER. I mean, I like to read, but this book is seriously looongggg. I keep on looking at the little hour count at the bottom of my Kindle Paperwhite to see how many hours I have left in the book and, I swear, it tells me I have seven more hours EVERY SINGLE TIME.So, umm, what’s your random news from the week?