Random Stuff List

July 5, 2015


1. You guys, I made two (TWO!) pies for a Fourth of July party that I went to yesterday.

A year ago, I made my first ever pie and I felt like I deserved an award for managing just that. And now I’m baking two pies? At the same time? Who the heck am I?

Of course, I didn’t realize until I was well into my pie-making endeavor that I only own one pie plate. For some reason I thought I owned two. Which doesn’t even make sense. I mean when in my life would I have ever thought I would make multiple pies? That doesn’t even sound like a possible life trajectory for me.

Making pies...

Making pies…

Luckily, I have friends who don’t mind when I text them at nine o’clock at night, asking if I can pop by their house and pick up random dishware. This is true friendship, you guys. When you can show up at your friend’s door dressed in flour-covered yoga pants, and they hand over a pie plate, no questions asked.

Also, I had to make cinnamon sugar crust. Have you ever done this? This, to me, is childhood. Every time my mother made pies, my nine-billion siblings and I would gather around and anxiously await the moment the pies were assembled and the excess pie crust dough would be rolled out, smeared with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and popped in the oven.

cinnamon crust

Cinnamon sugar pie crust. BEST. THING. EVER.

And, then, as soon as it came out of the oven, we’d attempt to claw each others’ eyes out to get at the crust. Because that’s what having a nine-billion siblings is all about — hurting each other in order to get as much food as possible.

2. Speaking of things I just started doing last year and now I’m going completely and ridiculously overboard with because I have a problem with moderation: solo camping.

Yep, last year at this time I was going on my first ever, three-day solo camping trip. And I was screaming about how I was going to be eaten alive by wolverines.

A wolverine feasting on an appetizer before he starts the main course: ME!

A wolverine feasting on an appetizer before he starts the main course: ME!

And tomorrow I’m setting off on a ten-day solo camping trip. And I’m screaming about how I’m going to be eaten alive by bears.

Actually, I’m a little bit less worried about the bear thing now, as I decided to put off my plans to go to the Porcupine Mountains, where all the bears are.

Mind you, I didn’t decide this because of the bears. (Okay, maybe a little bit because of the bears.)

I was just kind of freaking out about the fact that I wouldn’t have enough time to do ALL THE THINGS. And, you know, when you start freaking out over your vacation and how you’re not going to be able to fit in ALL THE THINGS, it starts to feel a lot less vacationy.

So my new plan is to spend more time at Pictured Rocks so I can do ALL THE THINGS.  Including a glass bottom boat shipwreck tour because, of course, that needs to happen.

And then I’ll be spending a couple days camping in a ghost town.

So instead of worrying about bears, I’ll be worrying about ghosts. I’m not so sure that was an equal trade-off. But I’m still super excited.

3. Another thing I don’t have to worry about quite so much: bugs.

Not that I’m sure there won’t be a million mammoth-sized mosquitoes and black flies and other insects eager to attack me.

But I’m coming prepared with my brand spanking new bug jacket.



Admit it. You’re jealous.

4. Now that I won’t be worrying about bears or bugs, I can spend all my free time worrying about my cat. Even though she’ll be in super capable pet-sitting hands, I always feel super guilty about leaving her at home for long stretches of time.

Sometimes, when I’m away, I’ll even think to myself: I wonder what my cat is doing right now. Which is completely ridiculous. Because I know what she’s doing right now: she’s sleeping. Or possibly playing with her water dish and getting water all over the place, which would be driving me completely crazy if I were home, so I should just be happy I’m not home.

But, GAH, how I can I leave all this cuteness???



5. You guys, you guys, big news: I got a haircut.

I know this doesn’t sound like big news, but it kind of really is. You see, the last time I got a haircut in Michigan, I ended up spending way too much money for a cut that made me look like a triangle-head. Probably because I’m thirty-nine years old and have yet to figure out how to explain the haircut I want to hairdressers.

I’m always like, “Umm, well, I guess I want it, Idunno, shorter?”

And that’s how I end up periodically looking like a triangle-head.

Mind you, the triangle-head thing was totally the look I was going for in high school. Along with the puffy, two-tiered bangs.

Check out them bangs.

Check out them bangs.

But these days I’d rather have a cut that’s less pyramid-shaped. So, ever since, my over-priced, triangle-head haircut experience, I’ve been avoiding getting haircuts and/or waiting until I visit Buffalo, so I can see my regular hairstylist there.

But I finally caved this week and went to get my haircut by a friend-of-a-friend.

The first thing I said when I sat down in the chair was: “Please, no triangle head.”

And I think it worked because it turned out super cute.

New 'do.

Super cute, right?

Of course, I wasn’t sure if it was super cute until the next day after I’d washed it and put about a million pounds of hair-goop on it.

Here’s the thing about having super curly, fine hair: you need to slather it with ridiculous amounts of conditioner and gel every morning, or you’ll end up with a big head of fluff.

Mind you, I didn’t know any of this until I was in my thirties. Which meant I spent pretty much all of my teenage years and my twenties alternating between looking like a triangle-head and a fluff-ball.

Sporting the fluff-ball look.

Sporting the fluff-ball look.

Let’s just say I’m glad that life stage is behind me.

6. Let’s talk about links, shall we?

Possibly my favorite thing on the Internet this week was this post about why ‘don’t worry about money, just travel’ is the worst advice of all time.

Especially this: “Traveling for the sake of travel is not an achievement, nor is it guaranteed to make anyone a more cultured, nuanced person.”

If you’ve ever stayed at a guesthouse on Khao San Road in Bangkok, you know this is the serious truth.

7. Note to self: don’t eat fermented canned fish.

Although I feel like that’s kind of a given, right? I mean, I hope there’s never a point in my life when I would think this is a good idea.

8. Confession time: I hate air conditioning.

Even in Asia when the summer months were all swampy and sticky, I prided myself on how little I turned on my air conditioner. Like, seriously, I bragged about it. Because that’s the kind of person I am.

So I’m totally on board with this post about how air conditioners are evil. And will possibly crush you to death.

9. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a velociraptor as a pet?

(Spoiler alert: It’s pretty much like having a cat.)

10. Speaking of cats, this kitten and owl are friends in Japan.

Excuse me while I move back to Japan.


How was your week, folks? Have any haircut-horror-stories/air-conditioner-hate/kitten links to share? Please do!


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

  1. On July 5, 2015 at 11:58 am Teresa Vincent said:

    I LOVE your random posts! Your haircut is super cute and looks fabulous. Have fun on your solo camping trip. I’m a bit jealous of you, but more excited FOR you 😉

  2. On July 5, 2015 at 4:50 pm Priya said:

    Speaking of your bug jacket, I had a fly net I wore when I stupidly went to the Outback during summer. I looked hot.
    Priya recently posted..Confession: I Wasn’t Really Into Noosa

  3. On July 5, 2015 at 6:16 pm Meg said:

    I hear you on the hairstyle! I am 34 and just discovered that I can do things other than 1- Twist my hair up when it’s wet so it lies flat when it finally dries and 2- Giant airdried puffball. Also, layers! Why didn’t anyone ever tell me about layers for puffball hair?

    (But I am lazy so I still kinda lean towards wet-braiding it and calling it a style.)
    Meg recently posted..Pineapples Don’t Wear Makeup

    • On July 21, 2015 at 11:17 am Sally said:

      I hear you about the layers! I always thought layers were for people with straight hair to give it volume. I had no idea they could prevent me from having triangle head.

  4. On July 5, 2015 at 6:44 pm Alisa said:

    I think that video just made me want a velociraptor more. It was so cute. I think I’d name mine Quintin.
    Alisa recently posted..A Book Review and a Yoga Challenge!

  5. On July 5, 2015 at 6:45 pm Leslie in Oregon said:

    My week was hot. In fact, the last 14 days have been, and the next 5-6 days will be, unusually hot due to a heat dome stuck over much of the western U.S. (Today, Portland’s high temp is forecast to be just 1°F less than the high temp in Phoenix!) That, combined in Portland with record-setting high nighttime temperatures and unusually high humidity for the first 7 days, has made most of us miserable outside if we exert ourselves or are in the sun. And because the water temperatures in local rivers have
    risen so high, salmon returning to spawn are dying.

    Thanks for the link to the post on air conditioners; I couldn’t agree more with it! Like many Portlanders, we do not have air conditioning or window-unit air conditioners… we never have needed either. In the current heat wave, however, I have learned how indispensible ceiling and portable fans can be. At times when is or recently has been over 90°F outside, we run a fan in whatever room/s we and our two older dogs are in, and we are all fine. The temperature in our house does not rise above 83°F and so is cool enough–but not so startlingly divorced from what is going on outside that we have no opportunity to adjust to it.

    We are looking forward to next weekend, when with any luck we all will be able to play safely outdoors again. Enjoy your ten-day camping trip, Leslie

    • On July 21, 2015 at 11:15 am Sally said:

      I was kind of regretting my air conditioner ban, when I came home to a very hot apartment (made a lot hotter by the fact that the windows were shut due to workmen painting the outside of the building). But my windows are open again, my fans are on, and I think I might just survive. 🙂

  6. On July 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm JessieV said:

    SUPER CUTE new haircut!! woot!!!

    i am glad you’re staying longer in Pictured Rocks! I can’t wait to hear all about it!
    JessieV recently posted..Finding Unexpected Joy in Turkey

  7. On July 5, 2015 at 8:38 pm CHRISTINE said:

    I came across your blog when searching for top Travel Blogs and you were on the list. I can see why your blog is popular because you are hilarious!!

    You should do stand up, haha.

    Anyway I grew up in Michigan and left in 2000. MI was too cold after awhile. I guess this is what happens when your get old. Your bones feel the chill. Still have family in the Lansing area and hope to visit one day.

    Just wanted to reach out and tell you that I love your blog. And I love your new haircut. It looks cute on you.

  8. On July 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm zoe said:

    That link about how travel won’t magically make you a better person – would it be bad taste if I proved it true by being (somewhat) well travelled but still not-subtly-at-all posting it on various friends’ facebook walls?
    zoe recently posted..Hiding under the airconditioning at Lake Como

  9. On July 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm Ceri said:

    I need that bug jacket. I wake up every morning with extra mosquito bites. It should be comfy enough to sleep in, right?

    I love your new haircut. You look so pretty.

    Please tell me you’re going to write about that ghost town because that is something I’d love to do … but am too scared to actually do.
    Ceri recently posted..A Weekend of Pride

    • On July 21, 2015 at 11:11 am Sally said:

      I am happy to report there were no actual ghosts in the ghost town (or, at least, I didn’t meet any!). And, yes, there will be a post all about it!

  10. On July 10, 2015 at 11:16 am Aurora said:

    Love the haircut — as a fellow very-fine-and-curly haired person — I hear you on the challenges (and the power of product!)
    Can’t wait to hear about solo-adventures!
    Aurora recently posted..Walking through

  11. On July 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm Daina said:

    Really great haircut!! Hope you’re enjoying the camping trip, and looking forward to reading about it!
    Daina recently posted..More from Ziedins’ exhibit “Travels in the Imagination”

  12. On July 21, 2015 at 9:16 am www.ohpolly.com - Online Fashion Boutique said:

    I love your posts! =) Where is the ghost town you’re going camping? It sounds so much fun!


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