Random Stuff List

August 23, 2015


Howdy, folks!

Okay, enough chit-chat, let’s get started.

1. Hey, remember how I told you that I was going to do a reading this week with two other writers and how I was totally going to die or at least hyperventilate and break out into hives?

Umm, I actually did kinda good. In fact, I think some alien force took over my body because after about thirty seconds of awkwardness and forgetting to say the title of my first piece, I just started reading like it was a totally normal Monday night thing for me to stand up in front of a room full of strangers and read my stuff. And I didn’t get that weird uncontrollable leg-shake thing that I usually get when I’m talking in public. And people laughed. Like a lot. Like in parts where I was like, “Umm, really?? You’re laughing at that?? Now, you guys are just being nice. But, uhh, that’s okay. Please continue being nice.”

Me! Not dying! And a buffalo head.

Me! Not dying! And a buffalo head.

Oh, and then on Friday, I got recognized by someone who had been at the reading. Uh huh. I’m famous.

2. I have exactly one week left of my two-month summer break. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?? I NEED MORE TIME!!

(P.S. I know all of you who do not have a two-month summer break from work are like, “Shut up. JUST SHUT UP RIGHT NOW.” Sorry. Kind of.)

I wish I could say that I’ve spent the last two months being productive as heck and knocking things off my big summer break to-do list like whoa, but, you all know me enough by now to know that productivity is so not a thing that I do. Instead, I’ve spent a whole lot of time holed up in my apartment in my pajamas. What can I say? The line between being on summer break and being a shut-in is a thin one, folks.

But I did book one last summer solo camping trip for next weekend. This time I’ll be heading east to the thumb-crotch region of Michigan (totally a region) and riding on a tall ship. Wahoo!

3. One thing I did manage to do this summer: collect an unholy amount of travel brochures. Even though I am technically supposed to be a travel blogger, I’d much rather use brochures and magazines than the Internet to do travel research. So I have this little habit of picking up piles of brochures every time I’m in a rest stop. Even if I have no immediate plans to visit the place advertised in the brochure.

I just cleaned out my car and my bookshelf and came across this huge stash:


It’s possible I have a problem.

Also, I can’t throw any of them away because I might need them someday.

You all might want to call Hoarders on my behalf.

4. Hey, remember when I said I needed a new computer, and I asked you all for advice on what computer I should buy and you guys were totally unhelpful? Remember that?

Well, I have a new (to me) computer. (No help from you guys!)

New computer! And, yes, it is a PC. Please dont burn me at the stake.

New computer! And, yes, it is a PC. Please do not burn me at the stake.

And, for the first time in a year, I’m able to do fancy stuff like uploading and editing photos without my computer overheating and acting like it’s going to die and being super melodramatic about every little thing.

So, you can check out some of the new albums I’ve posted: including albums from my trips to Austin, San Antonio and Leelanau Peninsula.

(P.S. I would not look at either of the albums from Texas without having tacos on hand. Just saying.)

5. Question time: Did your parents used to make this for you when you were a kid? (In case you can’t tell from the picture below, it’s a piece of  bread fried with an egg in the middle. And it’s EVERYTHING.)

egg in the nest

Best. Breakfast. EVER.

And, if so, what did they call it?

My parents called it “egg in the nest.” (But my friend told me her mother called it “toad in the hole.” Which I just have to say: EWWWWWWW.)

For some reason, I woke up last week craving this thing and I’ve basically eaten it for breakfast every single day since then. And the few days I haven’t had it for breakfast, I’ve later regretted my decision not to eat it. Like, right now, I just finished off a pile of pancakes, and I still really wish I’d had an egg in the nest instead. GAH! OBSESSED!

6. Umm, is it too early to start with the pumpkin stuff? PLEASE TELL ME IT’S NOT TOO EARLY.

Because this totally already happened:

Pumpkin-flavored cider. Like fall in a bottle.

Pumpkin-flavored cider. Like fall in a bottle.

Also, I’m THIS CLOSE to going to the apple orchard. Not to pick apples, mind you, but to eat apple donuts and drink apple cider and feel totally fall even though it’s still August and eighty degrees out.

7. I’m adding these two places to the list of Totally Weird Places I Need to Visit Right Now (yes, that is a list I keep): this bible museum in Ohio where discarded celebrity wax statues are being used to depict religious figures (Tom Cruise as Jesus? YES, PLEASE!) and Dismaland, a macabre take on Disneyland by street artist, Banksy.

8. I love this helpful list of answers to popular solo travel questions by Amanda at A Dangerous Business.

9. Also helpful: this list of tips for growing your blog. (Technically for food bloggers, but the tips are pretty universal.)

10. Also, can we talk about Snapchat? Is this something I need to know how to do? And whyyyyy??? I’ve been resisting it for forever, but, at the same time I resisted Instagram for forever, and now it’s my BFF. Just in case I change my mind, I’m saving this adult’s guide to Snapchat. Or maybe you can just explain it to me because reading stuff is hard.

11. Did I just write an entire Random Stuff List without a single cat link? Again??? You guys, I think I’m slipping.


That’s all, folks. Have a lovely week! And feel free to use the comments below to explain Snapchat to me. Pretty pleeeeassse. 



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

  1. On August 23, 2015 at 5:32 pm Amanda said:

    Aww, thanks for the link shoutout! I made your random stuff list! Whoo hoo!

    (And, PS, if you do end up going to Mansfield to go to the BibleWalk museum, please let me know. I will totes go with you!)
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    • On August 24, 2015 at 4:16 pm Sally said:

      Oh, I’m definitely going! I mean, TOM CRUISE AS JESUS??? I’m kind of surprised I’m not there right now! But, yes, I’ll definitely let you know when I visit!

  2. On August 23, 2015 at 11:06 pm Priya said:

    My cousins teenage kids asked me to get Snapchat. I said I would but I lied. They also asked me to buy them alcohol because they thought I was the “cool” aunt. They were so wrong.
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  3. On August 24, 2015 at 6:05 am zoe said:

    I haven’t even finished reading your list but I had to scroll down and comment that your friend’s mother calling egg-in-the-nest toad-in-the-hole is TOTALLY WRONG not so much because toad in the hole is a horrifying name (it is!) but because it’s the horrifying name of a totally different dish involving pancake batter and sausages. Which is nowhere near as delicious as egg in the nest.

    (Yes I am far too emotionally invested in the question of what is toad in the hole.)
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    • On August 24, 2015 at 4:11 pm Sally said:

      Okay, so I did some research via Google and it appears that this is a very controversial issue. According to this article, there are any number of insane names assigned to this fabulous eggy treat. Including “one-eyed monster” and “spit in the eye”. To which I have to say: WHAT ARE PEOPLE EVEN THINKING???
      (As you can see, I am also quite emotionally invested in this.)

  4. On August 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm Amy said:

    The egg + bread dish would be called ‘egg in the middle’ in our house (UK). ‘Toad in the hole’ is Yorkshire pudding with sausages baked in it (veg sausages in our case).

    Both are delicious but egg in the middle is breakfast (or an afternoon snack) and toad in the hole is dinner.

  5. On August 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm JessieV said:

    I just found this recipe on pinterest and we’ve been making it a lot. take good french bread and cut thick slices. then push down the middle a bit, to make an indentation (sort of like toad in the hole, but not all the way through. butter the edges. put it on a baking sheet, and crack an egg into it. make several, you’ll eat them all. top with grated cheese – over the bread and the egg in the middle. bake til it is done enough for you. OMG. yes.
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  6. On August 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm Leslie in Oregon said:

    Congratulations on the reading you gave!! Looking forward to hearing about your riding on a tall ship, Leslie

  7. On August 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm tonie said:

    for #5 – we always called it “egg in a basket” but I’ve also heard people call it “boy scout egg”. whatever you call it, it’s a breakfast staple!


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