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June 7, 2015

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Well, howdy, friends.

I know it’s been a while.

What have you all been up to?

Okay, enough about you. Let’s talk about MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

(You do know that is basically the main topic of this blog, right? I mean, other people have cooking blogs or fashion blogs or travel blogs. I have a MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE blog.)

1. I went on my first solo camping adventure of the season on Memorial Day. I drove up to the very tip top of the Leelanau Peninsula, hitting up Sleeping Bear Dunes (where I did NOT climb a single dune thankyouverymuch because, trust me, I have learned that lesson) and some of the cute lakeside towns along the way.

The campsite where I camped at was my first “rustic” campsite. Which is just a fancy word for “no electricity or showers or real toilets, so bring your wet wipes, folks.”

And, surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. It was super quiet and, unlike a lot of the other campsites I’ve stayed at, I didn’t have to put up with my camping neighbors partying it up until 4 AM. Probably because it’s kind of hard to party it up when your only form of entertainment is a campfire and a carton of wet wipes.

Getting rowdy by the campfire.

Getting rowdy by the campfire.

2. Last weekend, I went to a family wedding reception in Illinois.

It was great seeing relatives I hadn’t seen in a while.

It wasn’t so great realizing that I’m basically the lamest person in my entire extended family. At one point on Saturday night all my relatives, including my 96-year-old grandmother, went out to the pub, while I stayed in the hotel room, drinking herbal tea and watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory.

Me. Being ridiculously lame.

Me. Being ridiculously lame.

Also, I should probably mention my 96-year-old grandma brought her boyfriend from the nursing home to the wedding reception.

On the other hand, my plus one was Instagram.

As per usual.

3. This weekend was the big summer kick-off in Kalamazoo. This included a Greek festival and an art fair and something called a Do-Dah Parade.

Even after attending the Do-Dah Parade yesterday, I’m not entirely sure I could tell you what it was. It seemed like an opportunity for anyone and everyone to put on a weird costume and walk through downtown, waving and throwing candy at kids.

So, THIS, apparently is a Do-Dah parade.

So, THIS, apparently is a Do-Dah parade.

In other words, it was awesome.

In (even more) other words, I think I’m going to need to find a costume for next year.

4. I think I need to just mention here that, thanks to my recent acid reflux problems, I haven’t had coffee in AN ENTIRE MONTH.

(Okay, so there was one week in the middle there, where I tried to drink coffee and I would pretend that the burning sensation caused from drinking it was just the feeling of my esophagus waking up and not from it being set on fire by my stomach acid.)

I’d like to say that I don’t miss coffee one bit and that I’m perfectly clear-headed without it and I just rely on my happy thoughts and my oneness with the universe to wake me up every morning, but I would be lying.

Seriously, you guys, my head feels like this:

My head. Every morning. Without coffee.

My head. Every morning. Without coffee.

I hope that one day I will be capable of having a coherent thought again.

Until then, ummm… uhhh… whatwasIeventalkingabout?

Let’s move on to links, shall we? Because honestly my brain is done with thinking for the day. And, yes, I do know that it’s only 10 AM. That’s what happens when you replace your morning coffee with herbal tea. Your brain is like, “I ain’t playing this game no more. You’re on your own, body.”

5. I loved this post by Sarah from Yes and Yes on what do to when you hate your job and/or the city you live in.

Lordy, I have been there soooooo many times. Like, soooooo very many.

6. On a kind of related note: this post on why living in the Midwest is not any less cool/sexy/artsy/fun than living in New York or L.A.

Especially this quote: “You and your dreams are not defined by your location, and success can mean anything.”

Yes, that.

7. Another recommended read: Pam’s post on being an overweight female traveler.

As a bigger lady, who has spent a whole lot of time in Asia, I could really relate to a lot of what she said. Especially when it comes to buying clothes. The few times that I did find something that fit me, the label would say something like XXXXXXXXXL. I mean, honestly, I didn’t even know that many X’s could even fit on a label before I moved to Asia.

8. Do you generally lack all ambition?

Except, you know, when it comes to important stuff, like binge-watching every single episode Orange is the New Black in one sitting.

Well, then, this list of life goals by Geraldine from the Everywhereist is for you!

9. Also worth reading: her post on why Paleo is basically the devil.

10. Umm, so apparently June 4th was Hug Your Cat Day.

Which is pretty much everyday in my book.

Who wouldn't want to hug this cuteness???

Who wouldn’t want to hug this cuteness???

Unfortunately, my cat goes by a totally different calendar. From what I can tell, every day for her is “Bite Your Human Day.” That and “Yowl at Your Human at 6:00 in the Morning Day.”


Okay, now we can talk about you. How has your week been?



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

  1. On June 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm Pam Keesler said:

    Unicorns don’t have wings. Now I know why. I always wondered.

  2. On June 7, 2015 at 2:31 pm Priya said:

    I went to a family wedding a few weeks ago as well and it was the first time someone in my family married outside of the Indian race… and you know what that means, right? Alcohol! And let me tell you something… dealing with my relatives is a lot more fun when I have a drink in my hand. ( I should probably mention for that my family events don’t usually have alcohol.)
    Priya recently posted..When The Universe Is Sometimes On Your Side

    • On June 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm Sally said:

      Yes, alcohol at family events is pretty much a MUST. They were serving moonshine at the wedding I went to. Because I come from classy stock.

  3. On June 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm zoe said:

    Oof, the coffee thing sucks. I kind of accidentally quit coffee a couple of months ago (I mean literally, I had an accident and spent a few days in a coffee-less hospital and suddenly I wasn’t addicted any more) but I was so grateful I could go back to drinking coffee, even if the first few cups made me queasy. “I can’t drink coffee” is a legit problem, is what I’m saying.
    zoe recently posted..Notes from my extremely glamorous life: itโ€™s summer (and itโ€™s still not Christmas)

    • On June 7, 2015 at 7:20 pm Sally said:

      The weird thing is I’ve only craved coffee once since I gave it up. Maybe because I know how sick it will make me? (But oddly that hasn’t stopped me from craving ice cream which makes me even sicker… and, yesterday, I had a milk shake and I hated myself afterwards but it was so FREAKING GOOD while I was eating it). I just really miss having a brain that works!

  4. On June 7, 2015 at 5:33 pm Leslie in Oregon said:

    My week was rough but it’s better now…in part thanks to you!

    • On June 7, 2015 at 7:18 pm Sally said:

      Sorry to hear about your rough week! Luckily, next week starts tomorrow. (According to me. I don’t understand those people and calendars who start the new week on a Sunday.) And hopefully next week will kick this week’s butt!

  5. On June 7, 2015 at 10:24 pm Rebekah said:

    I loved this list- though I have to admit that after living in the Midwest for a few years….If I’m in America I’m sticking to New England. Geraldines article about paleo was the funniest thing that the internet has ever produced
    Rebekah recently posted..New England: A Homecoming

    • On June 14, 2015 at 9:53 am Sally said:

      It’s funny, I grew up on the East Coast (technically… I grew up in Buffalo, which never felt very East Coast), but I’ve always felt much more like a Midwesterner. I’ve never lived in New England, and I think I’m kind of intimidated by the thought of ever living there. Would I have to start wearing boat shoes and dressing like a J. Crew model? I think I’ll just stick to the Midwest, where I can get away with my Old Navy wardrobe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. On June 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm Daina said:

    I could say so many things about this post!! First, Leelanau = LOVE!!! Second, on being a larger traveler – my suitcase went missing en route to Peru. For 5 days. I should mention I’m 6ft tall and have not been skinny since I was 10; I laughed out loud when the airline rep said I could just buy some clothes and United would reimburse me later — I had to explain to her that the average Peruvian woman is about 5ft tall, while the average Peruvian man is about 5ft4. Third, there is absolutely nothing wrong with watching BBT and drinking herbal tea! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Daina recently posted..Mile 100 of the C&O Canal!

    • On June 14, 2015 at 9:47 am Sally said:

      Oh yes, I LOVED it when people would tell me I could just buy clothes in Asia. Umm, yeah, I lived there for 7 years and I think I maybe found one pair of pants in my size. ONE.

  7. On June 11, 2015 at 3:31 am Ceri said:

    Your blog always makes me want to go camping. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m determined to finally do it one of these days.

    Instagram is always my plus one at events. Like, all events. Also, your 96-year-old grandmother is a badass.
    Ceri recently posted..MERS has arrived in Korea and Iโ€™m the reason itโ€™s spreading

  8. On June 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm Stephanie - The Travel Chica said:

    We have an awesome Doo Dah Parade in Columbus on July 4th every year. Going strong for 32 years. It’s my second favorite event in Columbus.
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..Eat Street: A mecca for street food lovers in Bengaluru


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