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August 16, 2015

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Howdy, folks! I just got back from a week and a half trip to my hometown of Buffalo, NY. And, as with every time I go home, I found myself in a struggle between wanting to do/eat/see ALL THE THINGS and wanting to hang out on my parent’s enormous couch watching television in real time. (I only have Internet TV here in Michigan, so it’s always a treat to watch shows when everybody else is watching them, so I can know what people are talking about on the Twitter.)

I have to say I think the couch won this time. This wasn’t a total failure. I was able to introduce my parents to the wonder that is Bachelor in Paradise. (Let’s just say they were less than impressed. Especially when they found out that it’s on two days a week. And that I would be watching it both of those days; therefore, making it impossible for them to watch anything semi-decent.)

Anyway, let’s talk about what I did actually do/see/eat while I was there.

1. I haven’t been to Letchworth State Park since I was a little kid, so I was super excited to go there with my dad and my sister. Dubbed “The Grand Canyon of the East,” the park has all these amazing ravines and beautiful waterfalls and it was simply stunning.

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The Middle Falls. With a rainbow. Of course.

We were going do the hike between the three major waterfalls in the park, which the park ranger assured us was an easy four-mile hike round trip. But then we ended up going down the wrong path and my sister accidentally fell and punched a small child, and we decided it was best to just drive between the falls before we ended up lost in the woods/maiming any other small children.

And then because we saved so much time by not hiking, we had plenty of time to go to the new brewery in my parent’s town for celebratory, we-almost-hiked-four-miles beer.

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“Yay! We didn’t hike!” beer.

2. I also went to the Erie County Fair, while I was home. This fair was basically my Disney Land growing up, since my family never went to Disney Land when I was growing up. Or really anywhere ever.

I would spend the entire year looking forward to fair-week and plotting out how I’d spend the money my parents would give me to buy exactly one food item at the fair. Which is ridiculous because I always ended up eating fried dough. I mean, OF COURSE.

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Fried dough. Of course.

Let’s just say, not much has changed.

Except this time I’m buying fried dough with my own dough (ahem).

3. Also, ALSO, my parents had five (FIVE!) baby kitties that had been rescued from a neighbor’s barn.

Speaking of Disney Land, this was basically my crazy cat lady version of Disney Land. I mean, LOOK AT THESE FACES.

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KITTIES!!!!

I’m really kind of shocked I didn’t bring them all back to Michigan with me.

The only reason why I didn’t is because I’m pretty sure George would murder me in my sleep if I brought any other cats into my apartment. She’s pretty certain she’s the only cat in the universe. And, yeah, sure maybe she doesn’t want to sit in my lap EVER and acts like I’m torturing her every time I attempt to cuddle with her, but if she saw another cat doing that with me? Omigod, you guys, my life would be OVER.

Shhhh.... don't tell George.

Shhhh…. don’t tell George.

4. Even though I didn’t get to see a whole lot in Buffalo while I was there, I have to say each time I go home, I’m amazed at how much it’s changed and how awesome it’s become and how many cool things there are to do in the city. I mean there are food trucks everywhere and the waterfront is crazy and I kept on reading about all these fun, free events that I was like, “I SHOULD GO TO THAT,” and then I wouldn’t because all those kittens aren’t just going to pet themselves.

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Feeling the #Buffalove

I kind of secretly want to move back and live downtown and do yoga on the waterfront and eat at food trucks every night.

Be we all know what would REALLY happen if I moved back.

(Namely: me, on my parent’s couch, with kittens and reality TV.)

5. On my way to Buffalo, I stopped in Stratford, Ontario, to go to the Stratford Festival like the good little theater nerd that I am. (I saw Hamlet. It was super good. And funny. I don’t remember Hamlet being so funny, you guys.)

Stratford is pretty much the most adorable town on the face of the earth. All the government buildings look like castles and there are swans just walking around like that’s a normal thing.

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Totally normal.

Plus, my hotel, which I was super worried about because all the reviews on TripAdvisor were like “YOU WILL DIE IF YOU STAY HERE,” ended up being pretty adorable, too. The beds were all lumpy but in a charming way, and they gave me real keys!

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Lumpy bed & keys. Cute!

I guess one person’s “YOU WILL DIE IF YOU STAY HERE,” is another person’s charming. Tomato, tomaahhto, as they say.

6. I snapped this pic of my roadside, picnic lunch as I was driving home to Michigan on Friday.  Because I’m the kind of food nerd who packs cheese curds and cured meats on road trips.

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And then I promptly spilled the oil from the olive container all over my car.

I have a feeling if I just ate pizza at the pitstop Sbarro like a normal human, I wouldn’t have these problems.

7. You guys, you guys, YOU GUYS, tomorrow is the reading I’m doing with two other writers!!! GAHHH!!!

I’ve stopped freaking out about what I’m going to read, and started freaking out about what I’m going to wear.

This is not because I’ve actually decided what I’m going to read, it’s just because deciding what I’m going to wear seems slightly less panic-attack-inducing.

So what says “Fancy-pants writer-person” to you? Black pants and dressy top? Cute, summery dress and lightweight cardigan? Full-body chicken costume?

(Admittedly, the last one doesn’t sound very fancy-pants or writer-person, but it does sound like it would cover up all the hives I’m undoubtedly going to have.)

8. Here’s a helpful post on what to pack as an overweight traveler.

My two cents: LOTS of pants.

Because anyone who says, “You can just buy it there,” has never had to spend an entire day searching through a Malaysian shopping mall trying to find a pair of pants that actually fit over their thighs and aren’t made of spandex.

9. Admittedly, when I first saw this article about the struggle of being pretty and traveling solo, I thought, “Ugghhh.”

But after thinking about it, I kind of have to agree with her. It’s not easy traveling solo as a foreign female no matter what you look like. You get a lot of stares and unwanted male attention. But there have been a number of times where I’ve been traveling and I’ve been grateful for the fact that I don’t stand out that much. I don’t fit in, either, mind you. But as a bigger girl who’s not conventionally beautiful, I can often kind of fly under the radar. Whereas, I’ve traveled with really pretty friends, and I’ve seen the amount of attention they’ve gotten and thought to myself, “Noooo, thanks.”

10. Stop everything you’re doing and watch this video of a tiny hamster going to Walt Disney World. You’re welcome.

 

What did you do/eat/see this week? Tell me all about it! 

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

  1. On August 16, 2015 at 11:11 am Charlie said:

    Firstly, congrats on the almost-four-miles. That is awesome. Secondly, couches and kittens always win. And thirdly, chicken suit. It solves both problems. You will be considered so avant guard that anything you read ( twinkles ingredients, 140 character poetry you made on Twitter when you had had too many post almost four miles walks, etc) will be deemed brilliant! Good luck.
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    • On August 17, 2015 at 9:37 am Sally said:

      Ummm, I think I need to clarify. We did not hike four miles AT ALL. The only hiking we did was from the parking lots to the waterfalls. But still we felt that deserved beer because of course. 🙂

  2. On August 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm Daina said:

    How did not not kidnap at least one kitten? Too adorable! And I know how it is to see one’s hometown get hipper and cooler – mine has definitely done that. I’m sure the reading will be great!!
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    • On August 17, 2015 at 9:36 am Sally said:

      It was tough. There was one kitten with a polka dot stomach and no tail and she was SO CUTE. But my cat is mean to me and I feed her. I can’t imagine what she would do to a poor defenseless little kitten!

  3. On August 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm Priya said:

    Wear a cute summery dress. And I’m glad you got to see reality TV in real time. I saw the Bachelor in Paradise for the first time last week (only one of the days!) and I don’t think it’s going to last. It’s like a strange spin-off of the Bachelor and Bachelorette. But then ABC has a lot of money, so it probably won’t die…
    Priya recently posted..Confession: I’m Not A Writer

  4. On August 16, 2015 at 4:39 pm Don said:

    I vote…summer dress and the story of the catholic school gang you were a member of…the one with cats. Cracks me up every time.

  5. On August 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm Dannielle said:

    I would wear whatever you are most comfortable in. In my case, that would be pjs but don’t go by me! I also hardly ever leave the house so there’s that. This week, however, I am pet sitting while my sister is on vacation! So I am surviving on ice cream sandwiches and macaroons. Best of luck on your reading!

  6. On August 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm Leah said:

    Do you know I lived about 3 miles from Letchworth until the age of five?!

    I think you should wear black. I know it’s August, so short sleeves, but black still wins. But it looks like there are votes for everything, which means you can’t go wrong. Unless you dress like a🐓.

    Also, I wanna kitten!! 🐱😘

  7. On August 17, 2015 at 9:13 pm Pam said:

    I hope the reading/author thing went well! Your writing is fun to read, and it’s probably even more fun to hear (and that’s true even if you decided to wear, I dunno, a taxidermied wolverine on your head).

  8. On August 22, 2015 at 1:16 pm Alana | Paper Planes said:

    What a fun trip home—the perfect mix of chillin’ and getting out and about. Despite the olive oil spillage, that roadtrip lunch spread was top notch and looked SO tasty. *Way* better than a roadside Sbarro! I hope your event went well!
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  9. On August 23, 2015 at 5:07 am Choi Kum Fook said:

    I have done my first boat cruise from Mersing to Toiman Island,but only sea waves can be seen, not as the lakes like Superior and Michigan.Many good views can be observed. Probably on coming year, a exclassmate with me to visit our ex-classmate to whom immigrated in London, Ontario, Canada. As well to visit our former science teacher in Wisconsin, as I showed you the photo before. Of course I never miss the Nagaria Falls and your lovely home town–Baffulo!

    • On August 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm Sally said:

      Mr Choi, If you come to Buffalo, please let me know! You are welcome to stay at my parent’s house & if I can be there, I will show you around Niagara Falls myself! I hope to see you again soon! 🙂

  10. On August 26, 2015 at 8:48 pm Sleeper Scarf said:

    Hello Sally,

    It’s definitely a fun trip home! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Be sure to check out Sleeper Scarf for your next trip http://www.SleeperScarf.com

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