Random Stuff List

December 20, 2015


Umm, hello? Anyone there?

I apologize for the Internet silence as of late. Things have been CRAZYPANTS. I finished my fall semester and all the piles of grading that came with it AND moved into a new apartment all at the same time because, apparently, I’m some kind of superhero-magician-person.

George and I are settling happily into the new place. There is a huge kitchen (which I like… especially after the closet-sized kitchen I had for the past two years). And there are about a billion windows, all conveniently located at cat-height (which George likes). So even though it’s been hectic, it has all worked out for the best.

George. And one of the billions of windows.

George. And one of the billions of windows.

Except for that one time I almost got crushed by my box spring as I was pushing it up the stairs. (Pro tip: Don’t attempt to push a queen-size boxspring up a flight of stairs with a ninety-degree angle at the top. Just don’t. Unless you are prepared to die, that is.)

Enough of that. Let’s have a random stuff list, shall we?

1. I spent yesterday spackling the walls of my old apartment. Because apparently I’m the type of person who can’t deal with blank walls. There were so many holes, you guys. SO VERY MANY HOLES.

But, I do have to say, there is something oddly satisfying about spackling. One minute, you’re looking at a huge, unsightly hole in the wall, and the next it’s all patched up and you can barely tell it was even there.


If only you could solve all of lives’ problems and mishaps with a little spackle.

Or can you?

2. In addition to unpacking at my new place and spackling at the old place, I’ve been baking. Because, duh. Isn’t that what everyone does when they should be doing other things? I call it procrasti-baking. I have a feeling that term is going to catch on.

Although, I have to say, despite my fabulous new kitchen with its human-sized oven and double the counter space, I’ve had some big baking fails this past week. First there were the muffins that turned into hot, molten messes. Then there was my attempt at chocolate-dipped cookies.

chocolate dip

Uh, yeah, I don’t think they’re supposed to look like this.

I’m hoping this is just a temporary state of being. Maybe the whole new kitchen thing is throwing my baking game off? Maybe I should go back to balancing my cutting board on the sink and piling the ingredients on top of the stove and hoping they don’t melt?

3. After moving in, I didn’t have Internet in my new place for three whole days. THREE WHOLE DAYS, YOU GUYS!

I was, basically, a Pilgrim.

And in those three days, I realized that I’m not used to quiet any more. I always have some noise going on on my computer — Internet radio, Netflix, podcasts.

So I dug out my big huge collection of CDs, which I never, ever listen to anymore, and was about to get rid of during the move.

I’m so not used to picking out the music I listen to anymore — I just let the Internet do that for me, so it was fun to be my own DJ for once.


It was also fun to relive and remember the different stages of my life represented by the different CDs in my collection. Like that electronic ambient music phase I went through in my late twenties when I was trying to convince myself that I was waayyyy cooler than I actually was. (Didn’t we all go through that phase? Please tell me we all went through that phase.)

4. Uh, so, apparently, Christmas is coming up in like a week?


Spoiler alert, family: I haven’t bought any of you guys anything.

But, this year, I’ve decided to give experiences and not things. Although don’t ask me what those experiences might be. Does hanging out with me on the couch watching Lifetime holiday movies count as an experience? Because I’m thinking that’s going to be everyone’s gift this year.

5. Speaking of things you can get me for Christmas (we were talking about that, right?), I really think I need a pair of these Netflix smart socks. Not only are they cozy and warm and come in patterns inspired by Netflix’s most binge-worthy television shows, but they also pause your shows when you fall asleep.

Now, if only I could get a pair of socks that continue to pour wine into my cup while I’m busy binge-watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and can’t be bothered to get up, I’d be all set.

6. Are we excited about the new Star WarsĀ movie? Because if you are, you might want to stop reading.

Confession time, you guys: I am not. In fact, I can’t even remember if I’ve seen the other Star Wars movies. I mean, I think I saw the first one? (Or was it the fourth? I don’t really understand the whole prequel thing.) And I have vague memories of watching something with Jar Jar Binks in it. And I don’t think I would make that up.

But I am super excited about Sisters. I mean, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey? Who needs Storm Troopers? Seriously.

(P.S. Don’t hate me.)

7. Speaking of things that everyone seems to love except for a sorry few, this is what happens when you don’t like Adele.

Not that I don’t like Adele.


8. Speaking of Adele, this spoof of her “Hello” video is EVERYTHING.

9. I could totally relate to this post by Diana at D Travels Round about why she said “adios” to being an expat.

Especially this:

“The reality was, I was tired. Tired of fighting for visas. Tired of being a stranger in a foreign country. Tired of trying to make new friends who may or may not stick around.”

You guys, living as an expat is exciting and every trip to the grocery store is a new adventure. But it can also be super exhausting.

10. What are you guys doing today?

I should probably finish cleaning my old apartment. But I’d much rather take a long walk, and then redeem all my baking disasters with these Swedish ginger cookies.

They look light and spicy and like I could eat a million of them without feeling like I’ve overdone it.

Not that I’m going to do that.

(I’ll probably totally do that.)


Howdy, there. How has your week been? Have you bought any presents/made any cookies/binge-watched anything good on Netflix? Tell me all about it.


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

  1. On December 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm Claudia said:

    OMIGOSH I LOVE YOU, each time I read your post I love you a bit more. What is Star Wars? I have never seen one movie. I am not even embarrassed to admit. I actually think it is kind of creepy?

    I don’t procasti-bake though. Possibly because I can’t be bothered to buy ingredients. And I read too many blogs. Like random lists. Meh.
    Claudia recently posted..Why Iā€™m going back to Mendoza in 2016 and you should too

  2. On December 21, 2015 at 9:18 am Candice said:

    Spackle is my new favourite word. Spackle spackle spackle.

    • On December 22, 2015 at 11:39 am Sally said:

      It is a fun word. And my phone kept on trying to autocorrect it to “sparkle.” So I was texting people telling them that I was busy sparkling. Who doesn’t want to be busy sparkling?

  3. On December 23, 2015 at 8:58 pm Priya said:

    See, Sisters is movie I’d see with you šŸ™‚ But don’t take me to Star Wars because that’s soo not my thing.
    Priya recently posted..Thoughts On Christmas (Plus NYC)

  4. On December 29, 2015 at 11:44 pm Samantha said:

    I stumbled on your site (when i Googled solo woman camping) and love it! I can relate to the fear of being scared to do almost anything! Like I am afraid that you will read this comment and find a million grammatical and spelling errors. Thank you for sharing your stories!

    • On December 31, 2015 at 11:17 am Sally said:

      I would never point out grammatical and spelling errors in comments because I know how hard it is to leave comments myself. I’m always freaking out when I leave comments for bloggers I like because OMIGOD THEY’RE GOING TO READ THIS AND WHAT IF THEY THINK I’M STUPID??? So yeah. I know the feeling. šŸ™‚


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