Random Stuff List

April 3, 2016

A list of random stuff, thingamajigs and whathaveyous.

Happy Sunday, folks! I hope your week has been super fab and full of sunshine, pleasant surprises and pizza. As all weeks should be.

Let’s random stuff, shall we?

1. Earlier this week, I was rocking out my polka dot dress (with matching polka dot lunch bang, OBVIOUSLY) and the whole shoes-with-no-socks look.

A list of random stuff, thingamajigs and whathaveyous.

And then yesterday, I looked out the window and THIS:

A list of random stuff, thingamajigs and whathaveyous.

What the heck, Mother Nature? If this is an April Fool’s joke you’re a day late. And, can we go back to spring already because my feet are not cool with having to wear socks any more than is absolutely necessary.

2. Speaking of April Fool’s Day, can we all agree it’s the WORST DAY ON THE EARTH EVER? I’m the type of person who totally believes everything people say because I’d like to think people are good and not full of evil trickery and lies. So I have to spend the entire day reminding myself that everyone’s a TOTAL LIAR AND CAN’T BE TRUSTED.

But, now the April Fool’s Day pranks have started in March (MARCH!), as I learned when I read an article on Yahoo on March 31st about Trader Joe’s closing, and I almost had a heart attack because I don’t want to imagine a life without cookie butter. And then it turned out it was all a hoax.

I can understand starting Christmas or Halloween a few days (or… ahem, months) early because these are awesome holidays that involve cookies and presents and candy and dressing up in costumes. But April Fool’s Day is stupid and shouldn’t get any more than its allotted 24 hours (if that).

Rant over.

(Until next year. When I’m sure April Fool’s Day will start in February and life will be miserable for gullible people like myself.)

3. One April Fool’s Day hoax I wish were real: Hulu Datr.

4. Speaking of the Internet TV, what are you guys watching right now? I love, love, LOVE My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (and have a not-so-secret crush on Josh Chan myself). And I just started watching the Real O’Neals, which is super cute. And I’m trying to get into The Americans, which people keep on recommending to me, but I’m not there yet.

Basically, I’m just trying to fill my time until Season 2 of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starts, and life will have meaning again.

5. I bought this copy of Glamour in the grocery store yesterday even though I hardly ever buy women’s fashion magazines because all the articles are about dating or dieting or wearing $500 skirts or other things I don’t do.

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But I got so excited when I saw Ashley Graham looking hot as heck on the cover. I was a bit disappointed later when I opened it and discovered it’s not a regular monthly edition of Glamour — instead it’s a “Special Edition” for ladies size 12 and up. I’m not really sure why ladies size 12 and up can’t be included in the regular monthly Glamour magazines. Especially since ladies size twelve and up make up over sixty percent of the regular female population.

But I guess it’s a start. Maybe?

6. On a related note: “I Dressed So You Could See My Visible Belly Outline For A Week And It Was Scary

I especially loved this: “… our worrying that something is “not cute” is a really stupid reason to not do something.”

Amen, sister.

7. Since posting photos from my new kitchen this week, I’ve been thinking about the kitchens of my past.

Like, hey, remember, this one from my previous apartment, which was literally the size of a closet. LITERALLY.

A list of random stuff, thingamajigs and whathaveyous.

Or, hey, remember this wonder from China. Those green cabinets! Those orange chairs! That ridiculous glass table!

cA list of random stuff, thingamajigs and whathaveyous.

And from the wayback kitchen time machine: my kitchen/dining room/living area/office in Japan.

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Can we talk about that the crazy three-tiered dish drying rack and how we really need those in North America already?

8. Speaking of Japan, Starbucks there are starting to sell alcohol.

I’d like a triple venti two-pump no-whip extra-boozy wine frappuccino, please.

(Apparently this exists in United States. I had no idea.)

9. I think I’ve posted this recipe before but this is definitely my favorite It’s-a-Weekday-So-I-Can’t-Really-Be-Bothered-But-I-Still-Want-to-Feel-Like-a-Responsible-Adult-Person meal: Stupidly Easy Peanut Noodles.

I add baked tofu and ALL THE VEGGIES to mine so I can feel even more adult.

A list of random stuff, thingamajigs and whathaveyous.

What’s your favorite It’s-a-Weekday-So-I-Can’t-Really-Be-Bothered-But-I-Still-Want-to-Feel-Like-a-Responsible-Adult-Person meal?

10. Speaking of noodles, how perfect is this noodle dress? I want to get married in it. For real.

That’s all, my fine folks. Hope you’re having a lovely sunny (not snowy) Sunday. And be sure to tell me what your watching/eating/wearing/reading!


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

  1. On April 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm Claudia said:

    I also need a new series to watch. I don’t know which though. Also, can anybody explain what is Netflix?

    I would also like to rant against my ex for being a total idiot and wish I could name and shame. Hint – he is a HUGE travel blogger, whereby huge I don’t mean he is popular. Can I also rant about people (colleagues) who are all about taking and never about giving?
    Claudia recently posted..A day like a princess in Castello di Malpaga

  2. On April 3, 2016 at 1:13 pm Penguinlady said:

    Total tangent, but OMG that tray in the back of the picture of the noodles is to die for! Love it and want one, Maybe I should engineer a trip back to Morocco…

  3. On April 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm Stephanie Craig said:

    I looooove Ashley Graham. I never would have started rocking bikinis at 30 when I’d been afraid of them forever if it wasn’t for Swimsuits4All, which I learned about from her campaign with them last year. It’s good to support plus size models and show corporate fashion that they sell, even if it’s not full progress.

    Love the old kitchens!

    • On April 3, 2016 at 1:38 pm Sally said:

      Agreed! That’s why I bought the Glamour “special edition” even though it was crazy expensive ($13!). I’m hoping by shelling out, more magazines will get the clue that women are willing to pay to see more body diversity in their pages. And, go you, for wearing a bikini! I’m still hesitant about rocking a one-piece. But I’m getting better. Baby steps!

    • On April 4, 2016 at 10:24 am Meg said:

      Bikini! Go you! I hope this will be the bikini summer for me, but I only stopped wearing an oversize shirt over my bathing suit a couple summers ago, so it’s a little nerve-wracking.
      Meg recently posted..Book Review: Eligible

  4. On April 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm Sandra L. said:

    I used to make something like that noodle dish. We called it Good Times Noodle Salad. 10 points if you guess where that phrase came from.

    I think April Fools Day is awful. Thank God nobody at work plays jokes on me. I don’t take them very well, although I think I actually do have a sense of humor. I just don’t like being the butt of practical jokes.

  5. On April 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm RickMichigan said:

    I’m on the second year of trying to figure out “The Americans” and now have an understanding of the American storyline (it’s getting more interesting by the episode) but the Russian storyline – wish I had more background from a prior season. I’m really missing Fargo. FX is certainly different. The Real O’Neals is really funny.

  6. On April 6, 2016 at 7:38 am Priya said:

    I’m waiting for the Netflix reunion of Gilmore Girls to air.
    Priya recently posted..Oh, Nelson

    • On April 16, 2016 at 11:21 am Sally said:

      Confession: I never really watched the original seasons of Gilmore Girls. A couple episodes here and there… but I never got into. I imagine you will stop speaking to me now.

  7. On April 7, 2016 at 6:20 am Katie Featherstone said:

    FOR LADIES SIZE 12 AND UP??!!! How is that a special addition? I’m size 12 and I genuinely don’t consider myself to be at all fat. I think she’s beautiful, but don’t appreciate the draped man’s jacket thing on her shoulders- are they trying to cover her normal sized upper arms or something?!

    …and a three tiered washing up rack would certainly save some crockery mountain accidents in our flat too.
    Katie Featherstone recently posted..Camping spots that make you wonder why we ever sleep indoors.

    • On April 16, 2016 at 11:20 am Sally said:

      I am officially plus size (size 16), and I think it’s ridiculous that Glamour has to have a special edition for women over a size 10. Why can’t the regular Glamour magazines include women of all sizes? I imagine this would actually increase magazine sales as I never buy Glamour now and only bought this one because I was excited to see a little bit of body diversity.


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