Random Stuff List

November 1, 2015


Happy Day-after-Halloween, everyone!

I hope you’re eating mini-Snickers for breakfast and wiping glitter paint off your face. Let’s enjoy some random stuff, shall we?

1. Did you wear a costume this year? I’m usually the type of person who goes all out with her Halloween costume, planning it for weeks in advance, and then I run around the Halloween party yelling at all the people who didn’t wear costumes because, “IT’S HALLOWEEN, YOU GUYS! YOU CAN’T JUST NOT DRESS UP!”

But, I’m going to admit, I was super-duper lame this year.

I wore light-up devil horns to class on Friday. Which, according to my students, wasn’t much of a stretch.


On a related note, there is a 100% chance that there are videos of me on Snapchat, wearing devil horns and running around my classroom demanding my students say “Trick or treat” before I give them any candy. If I had any idea how Snapchat works, I would try to find these videos. But, yeah, that’s not going to happen.

And, then, on Halloween, I was so excited to have a Saturday where I didn’t have some major obligation or work-thing to do for the first time in two months, that my costume could only be described as: “Unbathed Girl in Pajamas with Coffee.”


And then as the day progressed my costume became “Unbathed Girl in Pajamas with Red Wine and Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets.” Because it’s important to change things up, you guys.

2. Speaking of costumes, I think I know what I’m going to be for Halloween next year: Crazy Cat Lady.

Again, probably not too much of a stretch for me. But it does give me a reason to not worry about trying to get all the cat hair off my clothes. Not that I worry that much about it to begin with.

And if that doesn’t work, I could always borrow my mom’s peacock costume from this year.


(P.S. Please don’t tell my mom I put this photo on here.)

(P.P.S. Please don’t teach my mom how to use the internet so she can see I put this photo on here.)

3. Is anybody else as ridiculously excited by Daylight Savings Time as I am? I mean, ONE WHOLE EXTRA HOUR, you guys!

Sure, I already spent that extra hour lying in bed, yelling at my cat to stop meowing because doesn’t she know it’s Daylight Savings Time??? (Answer: she does not.)

Also, I’m totally convinced this is the year that I will finally use my screwed up inner-clock to my advantage and start waking up an hour early to be a productive human being. Can you please just remind me of this plan when my alarm clock goes off tomorrow morning and I’m like, “Why did I set my alarm so early?? I have a WHOLE EXTRA HOUR. I’m going back to bed. SHUT UP, CAT!”

4. I watched the new Bradley Cooper movie, Burnt, about a moodie bad-boy chef, on Friday.

As far as movies go, it was kind of a snooze-fest. But it did make me want to eat fancy-pants dishes that look more like floral bouquets than food. It also kind of made me want to buy a mini blow-torch. To do what with, I don’t know.

5. Speaking of food, have you ever used dinner as an excuse to eat ALL THE DIP?

Yeah, me neither. I have no idea who would do that.


6. I’ve been reading some reviews of the book Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own and I’ve been kind of curious to read it. Has anybody read it?

Although, I have to say, judging from the picture on the cover, I’m kind of thinking the the author’s version of spinsterhood is a bit different from mine. I mean, here’s her version:


Photo of book cover from Amazon.

And this is my version:


6. Speaking of living a life of one’s own, I love this woman’s engagement photos. Who’s the lucky guy? Pizza, of course.

7. Some great travel-related posts this week:

Why travel blogging needs more storytelling. (And a few less lists. And I say this as someone who LOVES a good list. I mean, obviously.)

How living overseas drained the extrovert out of me. (This must be why I’m such an anti-social hermit person! That and the fact that I kind of hate people.)

8 reasons to go on holiday alone. (My favorite reason, of course: cats!)

8. Some more things I’m adding to my list of Reasons I Need to Move Back to Japan:

The amazing kotatsu. It’s basically a coffee table with a heater underneath. And it’s magic.

These fortune cookies with cats inside.

This video game about collecting cats.

9. Hey, did you guys know it was National Cat Day this week? So, in honor of the great day (and the fact that you can never have too many cat links), I give you more cat links:

Having a baby vs. having a cat. (I’m pretty sure I made the right choice.)

I need this cats against catcalls t-shirt. Like, now already.

A cat begrudgingly modeling paper costumes. (I would totally make my cat do this if I wasn’t 100% sure she would attempt to eat the paper. And kill me in the process.)

10. Speaking of death by cat, it’s entirely possible your cat may want to kill you.


I hope you enjoyed your weekend/Halloween/extra hour of sleep/extra handful of mini-Snickers. Got any cat links/costume ideas for next year/spinster-themed reading suggestions? Share them in the comments below.


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

  1. On November 1, 2015 at 11:59 am Isabelle said:

    I laughed so hard!!!! My version of spinsterhood looks like yours too…

  2. On November 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm Priya said:

    OK, that woman’s engagement photos with pizza is AWESOME. I think I would like my own photo shoot.
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  3. On November 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm Marianne said:

    My version of spinsterhood looks like yours 🙂 I have never liked the word spinster anyway !

  4. On November 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm Daina said:

    I’ve read Spinster. This is part of what I wrote on my Goodreads review of the book:
    “Spinster is difficult to classify, and I can understand why some readers might not like it. Bolick spends a great deal of time researching and discussing other writers, while telling stories from her owne life, which admittedly has been slightly more interesting that many of ours. (Then again, maybe all of our lives would be far more fascinating if only we were better writers! I loved her writing style.)”

    I gave it five stars even though I did find it a tad frustrating and disillusioning, as it’s about time someone wrote a book about this general topic!
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  5. On November 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm Paula said:

    Lol! I’m pretty sure your version of spinster hood is more accurate. It’s pretty much my life except I have a Chihuahua. And yes cats are definitely a better choice! That comic made me laugh so much!
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  6. On November 10, 2015 at 1:33 am Alana | Paper Planes said:

    Haha… “Unbathed Girl in Pajamas with Red Wine and Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets”. That sounds like my kind of night!

    Also, the dips. ALL THE DIPS. 🙂
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