For all my readers living in the States, I hope you’re enjoying your long weekend. For those of you in other parts of the world, ummmm, here’s hoping you’re loving every last inch of your Sunday and your coffee is strong on Monday.
Let’s random stuff, shall we?
1. I drove to Buffalo on Friday because my older sister is getting married this afternoon. I spent yesterday hanging with my whole fam on the farm. Seriously, can you guys believe I grew up here?
It really is some idyllic country-living paradise. Of course, when I was a kid I wanted nothing more than to live in the suburbs. I dreamed of sidewalks and ice cream trucks and a mother who didn’t drive a mini-van that constantly smelled of goat.
But, now, as an adult, I love watching my nieces and nephews doing the things I used to do as a kid — like feeding chickens and fishing. Mind you, I totally loathed both of those activities as a kid. Especially fishing. Which, of course, my friends from the suburbs always wanted to do when they came to visit because apparently they didn’t grow up with big murky ponds in their backyards. I would take them fishing when they asked, but I was always like, “Gah! Why??? Fishing is soooo booorringgg.” I wonder if they felt the same way when I came to visit them and constantly pestered them about going outside to walk on their sidewalks?
2. I read about the Water Gallon Challenge a little while ago, and decided to try it out this week. I thought it would be difficult to drink that much water in a day, but, in fact, I’ve been averaging about a gallon and a half of water a day since I started it. What can I say? I’m an over-achiever. I also don’t have AC and it’s been sweltering all week.
I use this rubber band method to keep track of how much I drink. Except I just move one rubber band from the bottom of the water bottle to the top each time I finish a bottle.
I’ve already noticed a big boost in my energy level since I started. I’m not entirely sure why. Does being super-hydrated make you partially super-human? Or maybe it’s just the fact that I pretty much ALWAYS have to pee that’s keeping me alert and on my toes?
3. I downloaded the Dictionary.com app on my phone the other week. They send a word-of-the-day every morning, and I seriously get super geeky excited about it. That’s how I learned that jimjams is, in fact, a real word (and not just a pet name I use for my pajamas). Also, fard totally does not mean what you think it’s going to mean.
4. Matt’s American Travel Bucket List is definitely inspiring me to make my own. I really haven’t seen all that much of the United States, so I have a whole LOT of things to add to my list. But, definitely, at the top would be Alaska, Hawaii, The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and The World’s Largest Ball of Twine (OBVIOUSLY).
What would be on your list?
5. Speaking of traveling, Lillie from Around the World L put together this great list of resources for travel (and life and blogging and pretty much ALL THE THINGS). I’m so glad there are bloggers like her out there who are spreading helpful tips and sharing such awesome lists. Because if all the bloggers in the world were like me, spreading nothing but random lists and cat pics, we’d all be DOOMED.
6. You know solo camping is my jam. But, in case, you have a little one, here are some great tips on how to camp with a baby. Because, apparently, you’re not allowed to just leave your baby at home like I do with my cat.
7. Speaking of camping, you might want to hold off on camping alone in Botswana. Unless, you like being visited by lions like this camper was.
8. Have we all binge-listened Adele’s new song, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” yet? Also, can we talk about the floral dress she’s wearing in her video. Apparently, some people think it looks like old lady curtains. But I think it looks like everything I ever wanted to wear in eighth grade. Not gonna lie: I kind of really want it now, too.
9. Are you watching The Bachelorette? Because, if you are, you need to read NPR’s take on the show. I know it’s an unlikely combination: a reality TV dating show and NPR. But it’s one of those weird combos, like chocolate and sea salt, that you don’t think is going to work, and then it totally works.
10. The Chewbacca video woman was on James Cordon and it was almost amazing as her original video.
That’s all, friends! Hope you have the bestest of Sundays, and I’ll see you all next week!