Random Stuff List

March 20, 2016


You guys, you guys, you guys! Is it spring where you are? Because it’s spring here. The crocuses are blooming. I can finally wear my fashion boots without worrying about slipping to my death. And all I want to do is sit outside with a fruity beer in hand and not do any work. So before I get to that (and not the stack of essays which are currently sitting on my kitchen table), let’s talk random stuff!

1. I spent last weekend at a writing retreat in Northern Michigan. I was a little bit nervous before I went because I was going to have to share a cabin with seven other women, half of whom I had never met before. And, as you know, not only do I usually travel solo, I also actively try to avoid people when I travel. Plus, it was all starting to sound something like an adult sleepover, and the last time I went on a sleepover, I woke up to my bra in the freezer and whipped cream on my face. So, yeah.

But the cabin turned out to be incredibly huge, and the group of ladies turned out to be incredibly awesome, and nobody seemed to mind when I took long walks by myself, taking pictures of pine cones FOR WRITING INSPIRATION, YOU GUYS.


Plus, it was really cool to be surrounded by other writer ladies, who totally get spending an entire day in yoga pants staring at a computer screen, hating every single word you write, until you finally write something so true that it makes you cry.

Oh, and it’s possible there was a karaoke machine and a pajama pants dance party. (But I’ve already been instructed that I can’t post pictures, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it.)

2. I took these dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies to the retreat, and they were a huge hit. Seriously, you guys, if you are ever scheduled to spend an entire weekend in the woods with a bunch of people, half of whom you’ve never met before, you should bring these. They will make you instantly popular. And everyone will want to know your recipe, and you won’t want to tell them because then they’ll never have a reason to invite you back to hang out with them in a cabin in the woods. So, when they ask you for the recipe, instead of telling them, you’ll just get this mysterious look in your eye and say, “The secret is… molasses.” (The pause in the middle is totally necessary for maximum cookie baking mysteriousness.)


3. Hey, did you guys notice that I started doing that thing that real bloggers do where they put text on their photos? I’m pretty proud of myself, even if I’m arriving about three years too late to this trend. I’ve been using Picmonkey (the free version because I’m poor, y’all), but are there other photo-editing apps or software I should be trying out? (Preferably of the free variety).

4. Another thing I’m super duper late to figuring out: Pinterest. I’m going to be honest with you: I never even got the whole point of Pinterest until recently when I started decorating my new apartment. And, let me tell you, it’s super helpful when you need information on important stuff like how to hang a gallery wall around your TV without pounding a million holes in your wall. (The secret is… butcher paper.)


Also, you may notice that if you hover your mouse over the photos in my posts, a little Pinterest button appears. Look who’s fahhncy now!

5. Want to become a best-selling author on Amazon? Apparently, all it takes is three dollars, five minutes and a picture of your foot. 

6. We all know that sitting scrunched up to strangers on a plane is the worst. But this post on what it’s like to be the fat person sitting next to you on the plane shows that empathy is more important than personal space. And I say this as someone who REALLY loves her personal space.

7. If you’ve ever wore a sweater in the middle of sweltering summer heat because you were worried about showing off your big, upper arms, you need to read this post. My goal this summer is to finally face my fear of wearing sleeveless tops and dresses in public. Heck, if I can wear parrot pants for a day, I’m pretty sure I can do this.

8. A interesting, long post on how attitudes towards solitude and being alone have changed over the years. I was especially interested to find out that the word, spinster, used to be considered a good thing back in the Middle Ages because it meant a woman was able to financially support herself through spinning. I think it’s about time us single ladies reclaim that word and make it awesome again. Whaddayasay?

9. To be filed under “Let’s Hope it Doesn’t Come Down to That”: 15 Ways to Leave the Country if Donald Trump is Elected President. 

10. Umm, I’m going to need these cat tiki mugs. And probably this crazy cat lady coloring book.


How was your week folks? What have you been up to? And, now, to go drink some fruity beer!


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

  1. On March 20, 2016 at 1:19 pm kathi g said:

    I’m with you on the sleeveless top phobia! In fact I was just doing arm exercises while wondering just…what…happened…to my upper arms. I wish we could all love and accept ourselves for the beautiful women we are! That’s my goal.

  2. On March 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm Kate said:

    Try Canva.com for free online graphic design tools! It’s user-friendly and has great fonts and text layout options.

    • On March 23, 2016 at 11:31 am Sally said:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Kate. I just tried it out! I love their word graphics, but they don’t seem to have as much photo editing capabilities (like adding texture/color boost/etc). Or maybe I just haven’t figured that part out yet?

      • On March 24, 2016 at 3:58 pm Kate said:

        You’re right – they don’t offer photo-editing tools, so your best bet is to edit in something like picmonkey and then add text in Canva.

        I just like that Canva allows me to pretend I have graphic design skills. 🙂

        • On March 26, 2016 at 12:16 pm Sally said:

          The problem with that is that I would have to upload to Picmonkey, edit, download to my computer, upload to Canva, add art, download to my computer, and THEN upload to my blog. And, well, I’m just too lazy for all that!
          But, yes, Canva can make some super pretty stuff.

  3. On March 20, 2016 at 8:46 pm Leslie in Oregon said:

    It is spring here, but unfortunately that quite often means cloudy, even wet, skies. All of the gorgeous, fragrant blooms (daphne odora, bleeding heart, lily of the valley, flowering fruit trees, to name a few) make up for it. Your lonesome road and pine cone photographs are beautiful (and they remind me of the east side of the Cascade Range here in Oregon).
    Every one of your random things in this post resonates with me…looking forward to reading what is at the other end of each link!

    • On March 23, 2016 at 11:28 am Sally said:

      The lonesome road, as you call it, is from Northern Michigan. Every time I see a long two-laned road bordered by those tall pines, I think “Ahh, I must be in Northern Michigan!” But, yeah, I could see how Oregon might look the same. Hopefully, I’ll get there some day soon!

  4. On March 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm debd said:

    Love your random posts! I have that need to be alone thing too. I’ m a nurse trying to figure out a job that will give me more solitude. It’s getting so that evenings and weekends aren’t enough.

    • On March 23, 2016 at 11:26 am Sally said:

      Omigosh, I think it would be so hard to be a nurse. I have to deal with a lot of people in my job. and usually spend any free time I have far, far away from people so I can regroup. But I don’t have to get really close to people and touch them in my job (in fact, I really probably shouldn’t 🙂 ). I think I would need so much more alone time if that was the case!

  5. On March 23, 2016 at 11:39 am debd said:

    Thanks Sally, I have great respect for teachers too. That’s another hard job.


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