Random Stuff List

March 6, 2016

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Oh, umm, hello there. I know it’s been a while. But I have some really good excuses for my not being around on the Internets in the past three weeks. The first week I was super busy. The second week I was super sick. And this past week, I was super lazy. (Admittedly, that last excuse is not so good. I’ll work on it.)

The good news is I have tons of things to tell you and tons of fun new posts planned for the next couple weeks.

The bad news is I just bought a TV for the first time in my life, so I’m not exactly sure when I’m going to work in writing all those posts since I’m going to be kind of busy binge-watching Fuller House. (Which is terrible, you guys. Truly terrible. But I JUST CAN’T LOOK AWAY.)

Either way, it should be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out.

Let’s talk random stuff, shall we?

1. One post I definitely need to write before I sink into the black abyss of being able to watch television on an ACTUAL LIVE TELEVISION INSTEAD OF MY DINKY, LITTLE LAPTOP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS: A photo tour of my new apartment!

My mom came to visit the other weekend with an entire mini-van full of furniture and power tools. We spent the weekend drilling holes in the walls, hanging up shelves and sawing curtain rods. Or at least my mom did. I spent the weekend running behind her with the vacuum, eating the cookies she brought me and hoping my downstairs neighbors didn’t call the police on us for busting out the power saw at nine o’clock in the morning.

Anyway, my apartment looks awesome now, and I can’t wait to show it to you. Here’s just a little sneak peak of my new kitchen chairs. My mom made these with her own two hands. (I did not get those genes — the genes that make it possible for you to make furniture. I think they skip a generation. Instead I got the “binge-watching, cookie-eating” genes.)

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As you can see, my cat is a big fan, and she gets really upset if I sit in “her chair,” and will promptly jump on it as soon as I stand up.

2. Another post that I need to write if only to make the huge painful bruise on my left arm totally worth it: the story about how I went luging this past weekend. (YES, ME! LUGING!)

Let’s just say I was not born to luge. In fact, I really shouldn’t do any sport that separates me from the earth with a slippery surface. But I looked pretty cute in my helmet. So there is that.

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3. After my luging adventure, I spent a few hours hanging out in downtown Muskegon, which is ridiculously adorable.

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While I was there, I discovered my new favorite place on earth: Unruly Brewing. It’s a microbrewery, but it also has a pizza place and a coffee shop inside. YOU GUYS, IT’S ALL OF MY DREAMS COME TRUE.

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And, in case you’re wondering, I ordered an entire pizza for myself, and it was amazing, and I have no regrets because luging is appetite-inducing, goshdarnit. Plus, since I had to take half of it home, it sat in my car for half a day making it smell like a garlic-scented heaven place.

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4. Another fun thing I discovered in Muskegon: snowboarding used to be called “snurfing.”

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You guys, I feel like I would be SO MUCH BETTER at winter sports if they still had fun names like “snurfing.” Even though they do involve the aforementioned separating myself from the earth with a slippery surface.

5. Uh, you guys, the last episode of Downton Abbey is tonight! How ever am I going to fill the English-accented, crumpet-shaped void in my heart that the lack of this show is going to create? In case you’re in the same boat, here are some ideas.

6. Speaking of things that make me feel like taking up residence in the English countryside, I read the British mystery, The Lake House, while I was sick the other week. And, ohmigod, you guys, SO ADDICTIVE. It made me actually kind of glad I was sick, so I had an excuse to lie in bed all day and read it and not feel guilty about it. Not that I would usually feel guilty about it, but still.

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7. Speaking of books, I’m adding All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation to my List of Nonfiction Books I Need to Read Even Though I’m Total Crap About Reading Nonfiction Books.

But I loved this interview on NPR with the author, Rebecca Traister, and could totally relate to the things she said about being single. Especially this:

“When I say ‘the choice to not marry,’ that doesn’t always translate into ‘I am a woman and I am deciding that I am not going to get married,’ or ‘I am rejecting marriage.’ The choice to not marry can also mean: ‘I would really like to marry or to fall in love or to meet someone, but I haven’t met someone who I feel is going to improve on the life that I am building and making on my own.'”

Seriously. Word.

8. What is it about the start of spring that makes me crave all things lemon? (Or the PROMISE of the start of spring. As of yesterday, it was still snowing here in Michigan). I guess it’s because lemons are like sunshine in food form.

Anyway, I’m dying to make this lemon loaf. And this lemon curd looks AHHHMAZING.

9. You guys, I love me some Oprah. Like, capital letters, LOVE. But, I’m going to be honest, I was really annoyed when I saw her new Weight Watcher’s commercials. Especially that one where she’s all like, “Inside every overweight woman is the woman she knows she can be.” Because, I mean, if Oprah is not satisfied with the woman she sees in the mirror and is constantly thinking of the woman she “can be,” then honestly what hope do any of us have? I mean, SHE’S OPRAH.

So I really appreciated this essay about how Oprah’s ads about being skinny have made one woman stop trying to be skinny, especially this part:

“…it’s possible for the person you are today to have a life full of good and worthwhile things that you want without waiting for some transformational moment to take place before you feel you have the right to pursue anything else.”

10. I have been cracking up all week over these youtube videos of one guy’s response to spam emails. This one where he makes the scammer send him a love poem is seriously THE BEST.

I hope you’re having a fabulous week. Let me know what you’re up to, and what I should be binge-watching on my BRAND NEW REAL LIVE TELEVISION SET!

Disclosure: Some of the above links are affiliate links, which means I can earn a small commission for any purchases made at no extra cost to you. Which means more donuts for me! Yay!

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

  1. On March 6, 2016 at 2:08 pm zoe said:

    Snurfing!!

    I have various friends who would love to convince me to attempt to learn to snowboard and I’ve always said no way, I was the kid who refused to rollerblade on any surface that wasn’t dead flat, of course I’m not going to snowboard. But if they agreed to always call it “snurfing”, I might consider it…
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  2. On March 7, 2016 at 12:42 pm Aurora said:

    This quote alone is enough for me to add this book to my ever-growing list: “The choice to not marry can also mean: ‘I would really like to marry or to fall in love or to meet someone, but I haven’t met someone who I feel is going to improve on the life that I am building and making on my own.’”

    Thank you for sharing. This has made my day.

    • On March 10, 2016 at 5:38 pm Sally said:

      I know, RIGHT? When I read that I was like, “YES, THIS.” So many people ask me why I’m not married — especially when I’m traveling as it’s just assumed in most places I visit it’s just assumed that you would get married. And I’m always like, “It’s not like I deliberately made this choice. I just haven’t meant anyone I’ve felt it would be worth marrying.”

  3. On March 7, 2016 at 4:23 pm Sandra L. said:

    I’ve always wanted to try luging. That is, until a couple of years ago when somebody got killed during the Olympic luge events. I don’t think I’m brave enough.

    I too shall miss “Downton Abbey.” Have you read the Cazalet Chronicle? It’s a series of five books about an English family. I read them all last year and LOVED them.

  4. On March 11, 2016 at 1:53 pm Giovanna said:

    Ahhh this post is awesome! I really enjoyed it and I’m still laughing at the fact that your car smelled like “garlic-scented heaven place”. That pizza looked amazing and I totally give you props for only eating half because i would have finished the entire thing by myself. I also have a blog and would love your feedback 🙂 XOXO
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  5. On March 16, 2016 at 8:24 pm Daina said:

    I am currently reading “All the Single Ladies.” SO good. SO interesting. Also, now that you have a TV, I’d highly suggest watching “The Americans.” Best TV show in a looooong time.

    • On March 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm Sally said:

      You’re the second person to recommend “The Americans.” Will have to check it out! And thanks for the rec on “All the Single Ladies.” I don’t usually read non-fiction because I usually read before bed, so I want something escapist and not something that is going to make me think tons. But I’m thinking it might be a good book to listen to on audiobook. I’ll check to see if it’s on audible.

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