Happy Sunday, y’all. And Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers, step-mothers, adoptive-mothers, foster-mothers and other-mothers out there. I’m in awe of what you do because, Lord knows, I couldn’t. I swear I’m gonna lose it every time my cat meows for ten minutes straight. I couldn’t imagine if my cat was an actual human and those meows were actual words and those words were things that I needed to do for it like feed it or bathe it or take it to school or buy it new shoes because, apparently, kids aren’t supposed to show up at school wearing Tupperware on their feet. Who knew?
So, yeah, you got my mad respect. So, sit back, relax, and read some random stuff, whydoncha? (That is until your kid starts talking at you about needing new shoes.)
1. I took my first solo camping trip of the season this week to Sleeping Bear Dunes. I know I’ve been talking about trying out backpacking this year, but I decided to stick to my usual car-camping for this trip because a) I still don’t have all the gear I need to go backpacking including, umm, an actual backpack and b) BEARS.
This was my third trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes, and definitely my best so far. This had a lot to do with the fact that it was the middle of the week in the beginning of May, so hardly any other people were there, and you all know how much I hate other people.
This also had to do with the fact that I’d already been there a few times before so I knew what I wanted to do and what I really did not want to do (namely, hike the Dunes Climb because that thing is PURE HELL). As a chronic non-trip-planner, this experience was totally new to me. And it felt, dare I say it, good. Is this how people who actually research their trips feel all the time? I’m kind of understanding the appeal.
2. I picked up this book at the gift shop in the park.
I read through parts of it yesterday and it has some really good tips and lists for ladies who are looking to do some outdoor adventures. I also really appreciated the section on bears and, umm, lady business. It turns out bears could really care less if it’s our time of the month. Good news, eh?
3. Public service announcement: If you have super crappy feet like me, but you still want to wear cute sneakers that don’t look like they belong to your eighty-year old grandma (no offense to your gram — I’m sure she’s rocking those orthopedic kicks), may I suggest Dr. Scholl’s sneakers. I just bought my third pair last week, and I LOVE them. And they really don’t look like sneakers named after a foot doctor.
My other sneaker-love: these Sketchers walking shoes. They have little yoga mats on the inside that make them SO COMFY, and they look super cute with jeans (IMPORTANT). I also bought these Sketchers flip-flops, and they’re basically like walking on little flip-flop shaped clouds. You’re welcome.
4. I spent the majority of last week binge-watching Catfish: The TV Show. I can’t believe I’d never watched it before. It’s SO GOOD, but it’s also SO VERY SAD. Before watching it, I thought most catfishers were creepy old dudes trying to lure teenage girls into illicit affairs. But, for most of the episodes I watched, the catfishers turned out to be teenage girls who were so desperate for love and attention that they were willing to do pretty much anything it took — including faking an entire personae. What does this say about our society and the way it tells young women to find their self-worth?
Yeah, I know these are some deep thoughts for an MTV reality TV show, but, seriously, you guys, it’s some interesting stuff. Do you watch it? What’s your favorite episode? And do any of the episodes actually turn out good for both the catfished and the catfisher in the end? Because I’ve been binge-watching in hopes of finding that episode.
5. I have a weird fascination with what people pack for their trips and love reading blogger’s packing lists because I’m nosy, okay? So I really enjoyed Candice’s packing list for the Camino de Santiago. And, of course, now I really want to do the Camino. Have you done it? Can we just quit our jobs and go do it together?
6. To be filed under Other Things I Really Want to Quit My Job and Do Already: Sail around the world with my cat.
7. Speaking of my job, tomorrow I head back to work to teach summer classes, and DON’T MAKE ME DO IT, I DON’T WANNA DO IT! So I can really relate to this: I Would Rather Do Anything Else Than Grade Your Final Papers.
8. China is one of the places that surprised me the most — in both good ways (My couch! The food! The flirty cab drivers!) and bad ways (The air! The chicken feet! The crowds!). So I enjoyed reading Matt’s post on the four things that surprised him the most about China.
9. Speaking of China, the air is so bad there now that people are buying cans of fresh air from Australia.
10. What are you guys eating right now? I’m battling a cold (WAAHHH!) so all I want is toast and tea and soup with lots of ginger and garlic in it. Like maybe this ginger miso soba soup. Can someone please make it for me and bring it to my house and not be too creeped out when I show up at the door all woozy from Nyquil and covered in bunched up tissues, PRETTYPRETTYPLEASE?
That’s all, friends. Have cold-fighting recipe suggestions, favorite Catfish episodes, cute and comfy sneaker recs or some random comments about my random stuff? Leave them below!