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