Hey, remember last week when I promised I’d write a real blog post this week and not just another random stuff list.
In my defense I’ve been super busy with work — the beginning of the semester is always crazy busy and exhausting.
Plus, I thought I was done binge-watching The Good Wife after finishing the first five seasons on Hulu. But, then, I discovered season 6 on Amazon Prime. And, well, I couldn’t not binge-watch it. That would be like quitting. And I’m no quitter. At least when it comes to television series. Mind you, I do quit lots of other things on a regular basis — like jobs, exercise plans and wearing pants.
Enough excuses already. Let’s just go ahead and get this random stuff started!
1. One of the reasons I’ve been super busy at work the past few weeks has been because I’ve been shuttling around a group of Japanese students to different volunteering activities in the community.
This has not been without its perks — namely I get to drive around town in a fancy rental car that has fancy stuff my car doesn’t have like satellite radio and working brakes! This week the car I was driving didn’t have any keys — just a start button. It was basically like driving a space ship.
2. So, you guys know I love my Fitbit, right? I mean, I don’t love it enough to actually do my 10,000 steps every single day. (I tend to do like a billion steps one day, and then sit on my couch for the next two to three days, recovering.) But, whatever, I still love it.
Anyway, this week, Fitbit gave me Monarch Migration Badge, which means I’ve walked 2,500 miles so far — the same distance a monarch butterfly migrates each year. At first I was super proud of myself, but then I realized that in two years I’ve walked the same amount of miles that a teeny tiny insect flies in two months.
So, in other words, I suck.
3. My fall-inspired attempt to BAKE ALL THE PUMPKIN THINGS continues. Last night, I made these pumpkin muffins. Because that’s what everyone does on a Saturday night, right? Bakes muffins? (Don’t answer that.)
I’m thinking next up might have to be something savory. Like a pumpkin soup or curry. Got any recipe suggestions?
4. It’s not made out of pumpkin, but this avocado bread sounds SO CRAZY IT JUST MIGHT WORK.
5. And in News About My Life Which Illustrates Just Exactly How Horrible I Am At Being An Adult, I finally started contributing to a 401K this week. I know most people my age started doing this about fifteen to twenty years ago. But fifteen to twenty years ago, I was too busy working two jobs, so that I could afford to quit those two jobs and up and move to a foreign country.
I feel like such a responsible adult person right now. I should probably go out and do something terribly irresponsible and ridiculous to counter-balance it all — like quit my job and move to another foreign country. Or maybe just buy myself some adult-sized jelly shoes.
6. Speaking of being a horrible adult person, this article on why you’re doing something wrong if you have any savings in your twenties is like reading the exact inner-thoughts of my twenty-year-old self. Basically, I was an idiot — a really broke idiot who bought a lot of things she couldn’t afford. I mean, I was living in Washington, DC, working two jobs, barely able to pay rent, and, yet, I would still shop at Whole Foods despite the fact that I had no business buying artisan frozen pizzas.
I’m just glad the Internet wasn’t alive back then like it is today, or else I would have written a lot of stuff like this to justify my spending habits: “When you live your life by numbers, you strip yourself of poetry.”
I mean, that’s lovely, but WHAT THE WHAT???
7. Need a little kick in the pants to travel solo? This list of lady travelers might help.
8. Need a little kick in the pants to do everything else you want to do but can’t seem to do? Read this.
Especially this: “There is no magical, perfect version of you waiting in the future. You are here. This is all you have. Live exactly the way you want to live, starting right now.”
9. So I kind of have a problem right now. I have five unread books on my bedside table (and at least another five unread books on my Kindle) and I am not feeling ANY of them.
But now I’m feeling like I need to read something a bit heavier — you know, to go with the weather. I just downloaded this historical novel. Do you have any other suggestions?
Other items I obviously need: this cat-shaped egg mold.
That’s all, friends. Send your pumpkin recipes/book suggestions here, and have a great week!