Random Stuff List

April 19, 2015

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1. Did you guys notice how I actually wrote a real blog post this week — like one about an actual topic and stuff? YAY ME!

Did you also notice that this post was not five billion words long? This is new thing that I’m trying — this thing where I try not to write ALL THE WORDS because writing ALL THE WORDS takes me ALL THE TIME. And who has ALL THE TIME??? Especially if you’re attempting to watch ALL THE NETFLIX.

Of course, I’ve tried this thing before. And usually I’m pretty good for about two weeks until I go back to writing ALL THE WORDS again. Old habits die hard, people.

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2. Hey, you know how last week, I was all like, “I’m training for a 5K and I’m going to DIEEEEEEEEEEE.”

Well, I’m happy to report that I may not die.

This Monday, my stopwatch stopped working in the middle of my training run so I just kept on running until I thought I’d reached the time I was supposed to reach. And then I ran the same route on Wednesday and I realized my Monday run was much longer than it should have been and that I had basically ran a 5K without realizing it.

So now I know I can run a 5K.

I just can’t realize that I’m running a 5K while I’m running the 5K.

This will probably be hard to do while I’m running the 5K race given the fact that I imagine I’ll be wearing a sign that says that I’m running a 5K.

But I’m pretty sure I can trick myself into thinking I’m not running a 5K. I mean, if anyone’s capable of this level of self-delusion, it’s totally me.

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3. This is the first week that it really feels like spring.

I know I probably said that a couple weeks ago, but this week I MEAN it.

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and ice cream has once again become an almost-daily necessity.

All this nice weather may actually inspire me to switch my closet from my winter stuff to my spring/summer stuff. I pulled out the big plastic bin of my spring/summer stuff a few weeks ago, but it’s just been sitting on my bedroom floor where I can regularly rummage through it/run into it with my shins while I’m walking to the bathroom.

4. Do you guys ever write real letters?

I used to be super good at it, but, then, you know, INTERNET.

I still love, love, LOVE receiving real letters. And, in fact, I just got the loveliest letter ever from a friend in Tokyo this week. And it was such a wonderful surprise to open my mailbox and see something in there that was not:

a) a credit card offer

b) Papa John’s pizza coupons

I had the realization that maybe if I wrote more real letters myself, I would actually get real letters in return.

So, I went out and bought a pack of super cute cards this week, and I’ve decided to commence a Real Letter Writing Project, where I write one real letter a week.

Of course, I have yet to actually write this week’s real letter because, you know, INTERNET.

5. I tend to think of myself as a pretty neat and clean person. You know, other than keeping large bins of clothes on my bedroom floor and stuff, I’m pretty good at being tidy.

But then I saw this post on How to Keep A Clean Home and now I’m convinced I live in absolute squalor.

I mean, does everybody change their sheets every single week? Was this mentioned in some adult handbook I never read?

Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve never wiped down the inside of my medicine cabinet. I mean, why would I? It’s not like a microwave where things are constantly exploding in there. (Although it would kind of make things interesting if stuff in my medicine cabinet constantly exploded.)

6. Have you guys all been keeping up to date on Kelly Clarkson’s response to all the people who keep on hating on her and her body?

Gosh, I love her. I feel like we should be friends.

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7. I also love this plus-size blogger’s response to all the people who told her she was being brave for wearing a bathing suit.

I bought this super cute polka dot bathing suit last year with the intention of wearing it to the beach and never did. I told myself this was because I kind of hate sand and I burn too easily. This was only partly true. The other part was, well, being a big girl in a bathing suit ain’t easy, folks.

But this year I’m totally going to do it. I swear. I may even take pictures. (GAHHHH!)

8. Speaking of swimsuits, are you all following Baddie Winkle, the 86-year-old swimsuit model on the Instagram? Because, gosh golly, you should.

9. If you’re a downstairs-apartment-dweller, you will totally appreciate this video on Everyone’s Upstairs Neighbors. The only thing it’s missing is the 1-AM-vacuuming-of-the-hardwood-floor-session-FOR-THE-LOVE-OF-GOD-WHY-ARE-WE-VACUUMING-OUR-FLOORS-RIGHT-NOW????

10. Can we all agree that all hospitals should have nurse-cats? Like, EVERY SINGLE ONE.


How was your week, folks? Also, why are almost all the photos in this post of my feet? Am I the only one who takes about five billion photos of her feet each week?


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

  1. On April 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm Gloria said:

    Sally! I love writing real letters. I’m so analog. Btw, there’s a website you can join, postcrossing.com, where you can send postcards all over the world. I don’t work for them, even though I sound like it. I’ve been doing it about 5 months now and it’s pretty fun, writing people all over the world.

    • On April 20, 2015 at 8:53 pm Sally said:

      How fun! I think first, though, I’m going to work on sending letters to people I actually know. And then once I finally seem to be able to achieve that, I might send to strangers.

  2. On April 19, 2015 at 4:36 pm zoe said:

    ohhh dear why did I click on the ‘how to keep a clean home’ link? Yup, I’m also living in squalor, apparently.
    zoe recently posted..Photos and memories and a roadtrip in Arizona.

  3. On April 19, 2015 at 5:09 pm Leslie in Oregon said:

    There are a lot of treasures in this post, and I’m looking forward to enjoying each of them! Right now, I can’t resist commenting on your having basically run a 5K without realizing it. That’s amazing, and you should be proud! When I was in my 20’s and in reasonable shape, part of preparing for the Bar exam was running and swimming during the prep course’s two-hour midday break. Even after doing that 5 day/week for six weeks, 5K was the maximum I could run without stopping (due to side aches). So, big kudos to you, my new fitness icon!

    • On April 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm Sally said:

      Thanks, Leslie! I definitely have come a long way from when I first started and I could barely run 5 minutes without wanting to die. However, I don’t think I’ll be winning much of anything at this race. Besides, you know, the YOU DIDN’T DIE AWARD. (I hope they give that one out. And I’d better get it!).

  4. On April 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm Priya said:

    I think read somewhere that Oprah changes her sheets every two days. So you got some catching up to do home-girl.
    Priya recently posted..Confession: What If I Suck…

    • On April 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm Sally said:

      Well, of course she does! Because OPRAH! I think if I were Oprah, I wouldn’t even sleep on sheets. I’d sleep on my own personal disposable cloud.

  5. On April 24, 2015 at 8:51 pm Naomi said:

    nup, my mother taught me that life is too short to spend your life cleaning. kitchen and bathroom yes, but cleaning the mirrors every week??
    well done on the 5K, always easier if you don’t know you’re doing it. I was doing a training program just based on time and heart rate zones. Before I knew it I was running over 10K once a week on the “long run” ! Not that I can run that far now but once my back is better….
    Naomi recently posted..The final months of my career

    • On April 25, 2015 at 11:30 am Sally said:

      I do actually clean my mirrors every week. But, in my defense, I only have 2 mirrors in my apartment. And I’m a total clean freak (or at least I thought I was until I saw that chart!).

  6. On May 15, 2015 at 9:43 am Ceri said:

    I have to admit that I was vacuuming at 11pm last night. :/ I’m one of those neighbours.

    I love receiving real letters. <3 But, yeah, I get lazy about writing back or even sending one to be nice.
    Ceri recently posted..Thoughts From the North of South Korea

    • On May 17, 2015 at 10:10 am Sally said:

      Oh, god! Do you live above me?? My neighbors above me are ALWAYS vacuuming at ungodly hours… and it doesn’t help that we have hardwood floors, either.


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