Random Stuff List

January 31, 2016


Happy Sunday, all! I hope your day includes lying in bed much longer than you should, wearing yoga pants all day, and eating a chocolate bar for second breakfast. Because that’s pretty much what’s happening over here. Let’s start with some random stuff, shall we?

1. So, as you know I turned 40 last week (eeek!). I didn’t plan any kind of big birthday blow-out because when I do it usually ends in disaster.

For example,  I had a 30th birthday “girl’s night out” party, which I didn’t even want to have but my friend insisted because, “You have to do something! It’s your THIRTIETH BIRTHDAY!” This party ended with the same friend bawling her brains out over some boy. And if you’ve ever spent your birthday party comforting a crying friend (even though the song EXPRESSLY says that you’re the only one allowed to cry when it’s YOUR party), you know it’s the worst.

So, yeah, I wasn’t really planning anything, and then at the last minute a friend invited me to the Ira Glass show. And another friend volunteered to show up at my house with dip and cake. And it was, honestly, the best birthday ever.



Despite the whole turning 40 thing.

2. Speaking of Ira Glass, it was SUCH A GOOD SHOW.


Best. Birthday Present. Ever.

He was super engaging and funny and because I listen to the This American Life podcast all the time, it basically felt like I was listening to a friend tell stories — the same stories I’d kind of already heard that friend tell a few times before, but, because we’re such good friends, I didn’t mention it.

Also, it became apparent during the show, that I may be a bigger podcast fangirl than most people. For example, at one point during the show, he played the theme music for Serial, and I totally geeked out, and half the audience had no idea what he was even talking about and I was like, “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??? LEAVE THE AUDIENCE AT ONCE! HOW CAN YOU EVEN CONSIDER YOURSELF FRIENDS WITH IRA GLASS IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT SERIAL IS???”

I guess some people have boy bands. And I have podcasts.

3. And speaking of turning 40, my friend, Matt, at LandLopers, also turned 40 last week, and he wrote this post about it. And, unlike me, his post didn’t just feature him freaking out the whole time.

Apparently, some of us do get older and wiser.

Huh. Funny how that works.

4. Speaking of older and wiser, this list of female solo travelers over 60 is reminding me that my life isn’t quite over.


5. You guys are never going to believe what I did this week.

Mostly because I don’t even believe what I did this week.

I didn’t watch TV for the WHOLE WEEK. Or, more technically, Monday through Thursday. Which basically felt like FOREVER.

Do you know how hard it is to not watch TV when you come home and you’re exhausted and you don’t want to think and all you want to do is watch The Bachelor and be reminded that your life isn’t that bad because you could be on a reality TV show with 25 other women battling it out to date a guy who is about as exciting as a can of Lima beans. (Let’s face it. Ben is cute and so Midwestern-nice it hurts, but, man, is the guy boooorrrrinngg.)


Nachos versus Ben? I pick nachos!

But it was also totally worth it because I was super productive. I worked on my book for an hour everyday this week. I graded all the things I was supposed to grade. And did you notice I wrote not one but TWO blog posts this week? Holy heck. I’m like a real blogger or something.

Of course, if you’re one of those people who never watches TV and spends all your time being super productive, you probably don’t understand what I’m talking about. Also, just so you know, we can’t be friends. Sorry.

6. I loved, LOVED, LOVED this post by the Everywhereist about things parents shouldn’t say to their friends without children and things people without children shouldn’t say to their parent-friends.

My personal favorite: “You’ll change your mind.”

Umm, I’m a forty-year-old person. If I haven’t wanted kids for the past forty years, I think that’s a pretty sure sign that my mind is made up.

Also, when my friends have kids, I don’t get to say, “That’s great! But are you sure? You’ll probably change your mind.”

7. Speaking of things I probably shouldn’t say to parent-people, I have found myself comparing stuff my cat does with stuff my friends’ children do. Which I know is wrong and probably super annoying for them, but I can’t stop myself because sometimes my cat acts like a little annoying human-person.

Like, this week my cat discovered the front porch. Which she has decided is the best place ever because it has about a million windows. And apparently the millions of windows on the porch are MUCH more exciting than the millions of windows in my apartment. So she spends her free time while I’m at home, sitting at the bottom of the steps, crying, until I’ll let her on to the porch. It’s super annoying, but I feel like that’s something a kid would do, right?


My cat and her new hobby. (Insert loud yowling noise.)

Except I can just leave her at the bottom of the steps, crying, and I don’t have to worry about anyone calling Child Protective Services on me.

So, okay, I do see there are some obvious differences.

8. Speaking of my cat, I think she needs some kind of special medical treatment that can only be administered in California by this vet right here. 

9. This is what happens when you eat like a Victoria’s Secret model for 17 hours.

Hint: it involves drinking smoothies that taste like lawn clippings. Umm, no thanks.

10. Speaking of eating, what are you making for dinner? I’m making this lemon chicken orzo soup, which is pretty much the best thing ever. I’ve been dreaming about it since yesterday. Because, yes, I am the type of person who spends her weekend, dreaming about soup.


Okay, friends, hope you have the best Sunday. Feel free to tell me what you did with your week, things you hate your parent/non-parent friends say to you and/or soup recipe suggestions! 


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

  1. On February 3, 2016 at 11:42 am Samantha said:

    I totally compare my cat to my friend’s children. When they tell stories of their kids, I jump right in with a cat story! They are our furry children after all! Sometimes I am thankful I do not have kids to deal with and that my cat is so much easier! Until she glares at me with the look of “I could kill you if I really wanted to” or “Woman get up and feed me/scratch my butt/let me outside/let me inside/stop talking to me/won’t you come sit on the couch so I can cuddle next to you and get back to my nap”. I love my silly cat!

    • On February 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm Sally said:

      Omigod, I can hardly deal with my cat most days. She is very loud — I’ve never had a cat that meows so much. So, yeah, if I can’t deal with her, it would be a disaster if I had a kid!


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