Random Stuff List

April 12, 2015

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Oh, umm, hi?

You know how I said in my last random stuff list that I was totally going to write some real posts reeeaaaalllll soon.

Well, I lied.

Or, at least, I half-lied.

You see, I have a whole bunch of half-written real posts. Including one about how I showed up at the Alamo tipsy and about how this wasn’t entirely a bad idea as having two margaritas on your belt really makes standing in line a lot more pleasant.

But I just can’t even right now, you know?

I don’t know if I’m experiencing post-trip blues or end-of-the-semester burnout or it’s-spring-and-all-I-want-to-do-is-sit-in-the-sunshine-and-drink-beer-and-maybe-burn-some-stuff-and-not-do-homeworky-stuff-like-grade-papers-and-write-blog-posts malaise (totally a thing).

I’ve been thinking this means I need to change things up a bit around here. I’m not entirely sure what I mean by that. But when I do know, I’ll let you know. You know?


1. Have I mentioned that I’m training for a 5K at the beginning of May?

Or, at least, I thought I was training for a 5K. I mean, I downloaded the Couch to 5K app on my phone and ran every time the little robot voice told me to run.

But, here’s the thing, I did pretty much all of these runs on the treadmill. Because, you know, winter.

But then the past two weeks or so it started to be springy, so I decided to take my runs outside, and that’s when I realized that Couch to 5K has been lying to me. Or maybe it’s the treadmill that’s been lying to me.

I can’t decide. Either way someone is lying to me, you guys.

See here’s the thing about running outside: the sidewalk will not automatically move beneath your feet like it does on the treadmill. You will have to make that sidewalk move yourself and that’s dang hard, you guys. I seriously have felt like I was dying every single time I tried to run outside.

Me. Running outside. And feeling like death.

Me. Running outside. And feeling like death.

I have about three more weeks to be able to make the sidewalk move beneath my feet without wanting to die.

Can I do it?

Do you have tips on how I can do it?

Please heeellllpppp me!

2. Ummm, so I think I mentioned before that I’ve had to ban myself from downloading Rainbow Rowell books because they make me want to stay in bed all day and read Rainbow Rowell books.

Well, I temporarily eased up on that ban last weekend and downloaded Fangirl, the only book of hers that I hadn’t read yet, and, of course, I spent all day in bed reading it.

This was me all last weekend. Don't judge me. (Even though I'm pretty sure my cat totally was.)

This was me all last weekend. Don’t judge me. (Even though I’m pretty sure my cat totally was.)

And now I’m never allowed to download another Rainbow Rowell book ever again. Well, at least, until she writes a new book, at which point you’ll be able to find me in my bed reading.

3. On Friday, a former student of mine stopped by my office to give me this super duper adorable hand cream from Korea.



And now I want all of my lotions to come in panda-form. Do I have to move to Korea to make that happen? Because I totally will.

She also gave me this handmask. Which apparently cures the sniffles AND bowel discomfort. Those Koreans. Always thinking of everything.

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4. Now that it’s finally spring-like, I feel the need to plan like a billion trips for this spring and summer.

Have I told you guys that I have an entire two months off this summer???


I am, needless to say, a little bit excited.

Unfortunately, I don’t have enough moneys to take a big overseas trip or anything like that, but I am thinking a big Midwestern road trip/camping trip/eat-all-the-food-and-drink-all-the-beer trip is in order.

Have any suggestions on where I should go/what I should eat?

5. Speaking of traveling, my pal, Priya, from Priya’s Obsession included my blog on this list of her favorite travel blogs. Even though, as you’ve probably noticed, I write more about my cat than I do about traveling. But it’s super nice to be included in a list of such fab travel bloggers, who actually, you know, write about travel.

6. So I’ve never been the type of girl who dreamed about throwing a big huge wedding. In fact, the whole thing just always sounded like a huge expensive hassle to me.

But I just found out brunch weddings exist and I’m really starting to change my mind about this whole wedding thing because GLITTER DONUTS AND WAFFLE CAKE.

Of course, I would first have to find someone to marry me.

Or can I just serve waffle cake at a commitment ceremony with my cat?

That’s socially acceptable, right?

7. You guys, I’m preeetttty sure I need this cat dress.

And this unicorn shirt.

That’s all folks! Hope you’re having a great week and enjoying some springlike (or whatever-like) weather. If you need me, I’ll be outside drinking beer and attempting to burn stuff.

As you do.


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

  1. On April 12, 2015 at 1:49 pm Priya said:

    I’m going to Vegas in July, if you want to tag along. I’m mostly going because of Mariah Carey, and probably only for like 4 days. I might do GC one day. Let me know if you want in 🙂
    Priya recently posted..5 Travel Blogs I Love To Read

    • On April 13, 2015 at 9:24 pm Sally said:

      To be honest, I’ve been to Vegas once and that was enough for me. It wasn’t quite my scene. Although I would love to go to the Grand Canyon, but I’d like to do a long trip and not just a day trip from Vegas. Have a fun time without me!

  2. On April 12, 2015 at 3:37 pm Terry said:

    running can be hazardous to ones health. Don’t do it.

  3. On April 13, 2015 at 2:09 pm zoe said:

    So I’m a bit embarrassed to comment on running since I haven’t run for at least 18 months AND you probably know this anyway but… I used to find the trick to running on non-moving ground is to just do it ridiculously slowly and deal with running faster than walking pace at some later date. (Or never, if you’re me.)
    zoe recently posted..Losing my sense of smell just ruined gorgonzola cheese.

    • On April 13, 2015 at 9:23 pm Sally said:

      Oh yes, I am all about the ridiculously slow trick. I’m pretty sure a toddler who is just learning how to walk could pass me, but whatever I AM RUNNING! (Slowly while huffing and puffing but still RUNNING!).

  4. On April 14, 2015 at 8:35 am Mallory said:

    More panda-shaped lotion-y goodness. You’re welcome.

  5. On April 14, 2015 at 9:17 am Kelly said:

    Listen to hyper soundtrack music like “Holding Out For a Hero” or “Highway to the Danger” zone, or the theme song from Rocky, and just RUN!
    Kelly recently posted..Lego Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West

    • On April 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm Sally said:

      Oh trust me, I’ve got the tunes cranked up. That’s the only way I can even stand to exercise. I need super up-beat pop music in my ears distracting me from what I’m actually doing. 🙂

  6. On April 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm Debby said:

    Oh my God Sally, I am so glad to know that I am not the only crazy ass person that thinks Couch to 5k is insane! It acts totally different outdoors as opposed to how it acts indoors…. Indoors, it is my friend – you know the kind which makes me feel like a champion and invincible and then when I take it outside…. it turns into a jerk… pushing me around…. making me stop walking and start running on a whim! And Mr “Voice On My Phone” would you please care to explain, how does 2 minutes become 2 hours the moment we step outside!?
    Debby recently posted..Would you walk a mile in her shoes?

  7. On April 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm Daina said:

    Just catching up with some reading now, but – aaah! – how did I not know about ModCloth?!? I will probably spend $1k there before afternoon coffee time!
    Daina recently posted..Latvian Jazz and Two Open Houses

    • On April 25, 2015 at 11:33 am Sally said:

      WHAT? You didn’t know about ModCloth???? I’m so happy I could rectify this situation. They’re stuff is SO CUTE. I especially love their dresses. If I had like a million dollars, I would buy them all!

  8. On May 15, 2015 at 9:33 am Ceri said:

    You’re incredible for doing those runs. Two weeks ago I decided to start running and felt exhausted after power walking around an athletic track four times. HOW do you do 5k?

    I’ve been umming and arring about trying Rainbow Rowell for the longest time, I think I’m finally going to have to give in. Which would you recommend I start with?
    Ceri recently posted..Thoughts From the North of South Korea


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