Random Stuff List

May 1, 2016

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

Happy Sunday, y’all. It’s cold and rainy here, and I’m thinking it’s a good day to have cinema popcorn for dinner and watch Keanu(It’s a gangster movie about a kitten! What’s not to love??)

But before that happens, how about some random stuff?

1. This week, I went to one of my fave places in the area, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, to check out the cherry blossoms and butterflies and test out the selfie stick I got last year from Solo Stick.

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

I’ll admit that I’m not quite a natural at selfie-sticking. I ended up with a lot of shots of myself looking extremely confused and with about twenty more chins than I thought I had. But I did get a few nice ones. Like this one which I think is very Glamour Shots-ish, thanks to the wind tousling my hairs.

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

2. I topped off my trip with a stop by the new Vander Mill cidery in Grand Rapids.

The whole place smelled like cinnamon and heaven, and I ordered something called the Ham + Doughnuts plate BECAUSE THAT IS A THING THAT EXISTS.

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

And, OMG, you guys, OMG. From now on out, I would now like all my doughnuts served on a bed of ham and cheese and apple butter, pleaseandthankyouverymuch.

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

3. This post about why you should travel alone was the best because this:

“Traveling alone doesn’t make you better or smarter — let’s not romanticize it — it just forces you to pull your head out of your own ass.”

Umm, yup.

4. Have you heard about Meternity? An author recently posted an article on NY Post promoting her book by the same name and stating that childless women should all get maternity leave without actually having to have a baby. (Get it? ME-ternity). And then the Internet basically exploded.

As someone who used to regularly fantasize about getting hit by a car — not hard enough to kill me or anything, but just enough so I could get out of my office job for a few weeks — I totally get this. But I also get the reason why people are freaking out that she compared maternity leave with taking time off for yourself because, seriously, those are not the same things.

But can’t we all agree that ALL people — parent-people, childless-people, crazy-cat-lady people — need more vacation time and a bit more work-life balance?

And maybe a bit less freaking out on the Internet, too, because WHOA.

5. On a related note: I Would Rather Travel the World Than EVER Have Kids.

While I am pretty much of the same mindset as the author, I do think it’s sad that these two things are seen as mutually exclusive in our society. And I’d like to give a huge shout-out to all my friends who manage to travel with kids. I don’t know how you do it because I seriously have trouble traveling and keeping track of my own luggage. And my luggage isn’t capable of running off while I’m flipping through the People magazine at the Hudson News in the airport.

6. I made these peanut butter banana muffins with dark chocolate chips earlier this week to take into work and then I was kind of sad I shared them because they were SO GOOD. Plus, they have the word “skinny” in their name, so they’re basically diet food.


7. If you’re an English teacher or an English learner or you just really like adorable things, I suggest checking out The English Student website. It’s pretty much the cutest ever.

8. How crazy cat lady are these pet photo pajamas?

I’m pretty sure I need to make a pair. Or five.

9. On a related note: a collar that translates a cat’s meows into human speech.

Please tell me this is not a joke.

10. And because we all need a little hunky, bare-chested eye-candy now and then: 22 photos of men in kilts.

BRB. Moving to Scotland.


How was your week? What amazing things did you do/make/eat? Tell me all about them!



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

  1. On May 2, 2016 at 1:38 pm Sandra L. said:

    I think everyone should be entitled to sabbaticals. Call it meternity or whatever. It shouldn’t just be for professors anymore. And OMG, I have that fantasy about being sick in bed for several weeks. I thought I was the only one!

    I’m going on my own to London in 26 days. (Can you tell I’m excited?) I’m a bit scared, although I was there 3x already. But that was nearly 30 years ago. And I’ve made trips on my own to art retreats and to visit relatives during those years. I totally resonate with traveling alone. As the author of that blog post said, I want to do what I want to do when I want to do it. I am not a “people person” either.

    BTW, I like your blog because you always respond to comments!

    • On May 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm Sally said:

      Well, now I feel like I HAVE to respond to comments. 🙂
      And I totally agree with you on the sabbatical thing. I’m lucky now because I teach and I have a great deal of vacation. But, man, I remember working an office job where I had two weeks off each year and it was TORTURE. I seriously thought about stepping out into traffic every single day. And I didn’t even hate my job… I just wanted a break!
      And I’m so excited for your trip to London! How fun! London was my first big overseas trip. I went there for a summer on a work holiday visa when I was a freshman in college. I would LOVE to go back now.

  2. On May 2, 2016 at 5:56 pm Aurora said:

    Ok – first off, that picture is AMAZING! Love it!
    And really, that is the only thing I need to say. Other than, well, yes. Traveling alone sure does get your head out of your ass. And that’s _always_ a good thing.
    Did I mention that picture rocks?
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  3. On May 3, 2016 at 3:50 am Leslie in Oregon said:

    Great photograph of a beautiful subject!!

    And yes, office workers should have more vacation time. I had an 8-5 job for a few months right after college and for 1.5 years right after law school, and I could not imagine working that way throughout my career. So I got creative…and it’s made all the difference!!

  4. On May 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm Rose said:

    One of the biggest ways I feel cheated by my years of school is that no one explained to me that once you are out in the “real world” and have a job, you no longer get summer break or spring break or even Christmas break. You just work every day, all day, all year, for YEARS! Ugh. I wish someone would have explained that sooner so I could have chosen a different career path or became a hobo or something with less daily commitment.

  5. On May 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm Paula said:

    Suddenly, I’m a fan of kilts. Oh my! 😉 And those muffins sound amazing!
    Paula recently posted..What I’m into – April 2016

  6. On May 7, 2016 at 1:26 pm Claudia said:

    I do want the MEternity. Actually, I take my MEternity leave every summer, when my cousins who have been on MAternity take their kids to the beach and oh my I can only take about 10 minutes of them without having to jump in the water and swim for 2 hours, because at least they can’t bother me there. Or I actually go back home to work.
    Claudia recently posted..Visiting Angkor Wat and other things to do in Siem Reap


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