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June 5, 2016

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

Hello there, friends.

How was your week? I’m going to admit I had one of THOSE WEEKS. You know the kind of week where just the act of getting out of bed seems like a whole lot to ask, and then you stumble out into the kitchen and the first thing you see is the sink full of dirty dishes you didn’t wash last night because you were too busy binge-watching Benedict Cumberbatch and you’re pretty sure if dirty dishes could talk they’d be like, “Uh, you kind of suck at this life-thing right now.”

Yeah, one of those weeks.

But, it’s a new week! And here’s hoping this week is not full of accusatory dirty dishes!

So to start off the new week I give you links:

1. One thing I did actually manage to do: I started editing some of the super-duper old posts on my blog. Because doesn’t that sound like a fun summer thing to do? Sitting in my sweltering kitchen, reading posts from seven years ago, back when I thought that 3,000 words was a totally acceptable blog-post length?

Two posts I worked on yesterday: this post about the time I went to Sapporo by myself and had an old Japanese dude offer me free potatoes and this post about the time I ran a marathon (YES! ME! A MARATHON! I KNOW! I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT MYSELF!).

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

I ran around this lake two times. TWO TIMES. Note: It is a very BIG lake. And I ran around it TWICE.

2. Another thing I managed to do this week: I saw Love & Friendship in the cinema. It’s based on Jane Austen’s novella, Lady Susan, which I’d never read or even heard of because I’m the worst former English major EVER.

It was SO GOOD, you guys. I think it really helped me get through some of my Downton Abbey withdrawal. Also, it was super fun to see Kate Beckinsale in a movie again. Remember her? Yeah, me neither.

3. Speaking of Jane Austen, I just finished Eligible, which is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I really enjoyed it. It’s set in Cincinnati of all places, but that didn’t really stop me from imagining that the Darcy character had a British accent and looked exactly like Colin Firth.

Also, a portion of the book takes place in a reality TV show a la The Bachelor. Go ahead, clutch your pearls, all you Austen fans, but I had to admit it really kind of worked.

In fact, when you think about it, Pride and Prejudice was kind of like the original reality TV dating show — you start with a group of unmarried women, throw in some single guys (including a few real jerk-bags), add some swirling rumors and a few misunderstandings and voila!  Pride and Prejudice was basically Bachelor in Paradise, minus the tequila.

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

Basically like reading Jane Austen

4. Speaking of relationship stuff, I could relate a lot to this article: “I’m not pining for a long-lost love. I’m single by circumstance.”

I’ll admit to sometimes dreaming up a horrible, tragic story of lost love to explain why I’m camping alone or doing other stuff by myself should people ever ask me. Luckily, nobody ever asks. Plus, I can never get my story straight — should my beloved have been stricken by terminal brain cancer or killed in a motorcycle accident? Also, were we high school sweethearts or was it more of a whirlwind romance kind of a thing? It really is a quandary.

But the truth is I, like the author of the article, am “a boring old single person who hasn’t met any guy I like more than my independence.”

5. It was National Donut Day this week. Which is an actual, historical, patriotic thing.

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

Eat a donut. For your country.

6. France has a wine theme park. BECAUSE OF COURSE IT DOES.

Meet you there?

7. This is a great list of 8 reasons why you should make time to travel. Especially the one about eating ALL THE FOOD. Which is basically the only reason I go anywhere.

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

Hello, food I did not have to make. LOVE YOU.

8. Speaking of traveling, this is such a wonderfully honest post by Amanda from A Dangerous Business on travel and privilege and why she truly is lucky to be able to travel.

I’ve been told I’ve been lucky to travel and live overseas and do the things I do so many times. And sometimes it can be irksome because, yeah, I had to work really hard to do a lot of that stuff. But, at the same time, I realize just the fact that I had the option to travel and live overseas had so much to do with luck and privilege and the fact that I knew I could always crawl home and live in my parent’s barn if things didn’t work out.

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

Remember that time I lived in my parent’s barn? That was fun.

9. I LOVED this article about a professor who enrolled in college to see what his students were really dealing with. As someone who teaches at a university, I often chalk up my students’ not doing their work as them being lazy, but I forget that my students have lives outside of school and sometimes those lives can be really messy.

Granted, sometimes my students are just being lazy. But, also, honestly, I was pretty lazy back in my student days too. And, ummm, now. Hence the reason why I can’t seem to find time to grade any papers or do my laundry this weekend. But watch the entire first season of Sherlock in one sitting? No problem!

10. This girl wore a hot dog costume to her dance studio’s “princess week.” In other words, she’s my hero.


How was your week, friends? I hope it was filled with a lot less accusatory dirty dishes than mine! Let me know what you’ve been reading/watching/eating this week. 

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!


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

  1. On June 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm kathi g said:

    saw Love and Friendship last night. Cute!!! And oddly enough, started reading Eligible yesterday. And I have curly hair. And, yep also “a boring old single person who hasn’t met any guy I like more than my independence.”,
    Wondering if we might be physic doppelgangers? Which would be a good name for a band, right? If I played an instrument.

  2. On June 5, 2016 at 1:13 pm Meredith said:

    Uh… yeah, I know about those kind of weeks. Sounds like you had the right game plan though 🙂
    Meredith recently posted..Best Dogs For A Desert Climate

  3. On June 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm Claudia said:

    I too am “a boring old single person who hasn’t met any guy I like more than my independence.”

    Oh, and forget about the French wine theme park. French wines are seriously overrated. As is French food. Come to Italy for the real thing.
    Claudia recently posted..A concise guide to the things to do in Vietnam

  4. On June 5, 2016 at 10:39 pm Tracy (Liz's friend) said:

    The professor is my husband’s colleague!

  5. On June 5, 2016 at 10:47 pm Jennifer said:

    Thank you so much for reading and sharing my travel article! 🙂 I’m still giddy from my most recent trip, so it’s definitely been top-of-mind lately.

    I’m also super-impressed that you ran a marathon (the whole thought terrifies me) and your photo of the Bachelorette reminds me that I need to update my DVR for summer TV schedules… 😉
    Jennifer recently posted..8 Reasons Why You Should Always Make Time For Travel

    • On June 6, 2016 at 8:34 pm Sally said:

      I’m still super-impressed that I ran a marathon and that was AGES ago. And, yes, you gotta get on the summer TV schedule. I hate that I love The Bachelorette so much… but it sucks me in HARD.

  6. On June 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm Tiffany said:

    Aw the Monday blues. Cured only by me saving the Random Stuff list to open as my first personal email on Monday. You always make the start of the week so much better! <3 Do you have any book recommendations about single independent women doing amazing things?

    • On June 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm Sally said:

      Aww, so happy I could make your Monday! And I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I don’t know a lot of books about single independent women doing awesome stuff. I tend to read a lot of fiction, and while the characters are complex they’re usually damaged and not exactly independent (more like “Girl on a Train” crazy-town). The only books I can really think of that fit that bill are memoirs — like “Wild” and “Eat, Pray, Love.” I also really loved the memoirs by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling (not exactly single all of them — but definitely strong & doing awesome stuff). Two other books I want to read are: “What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding” (mostly because I think the title is hilarious) and “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of the Independent Nation” (I’ve read some interviews with the author and it sounds AMAZING.)
      I’m going to throw this question out to the Internet. I’d love to get more people’s suggestions — especially fiction suggestions.

  7. On June 10, 2016 at 6:06 pm Linda Bergstrom said:

    One thing I love about being a Sundance Film Festival Volunteer is the chance to see great films before others do. I saw Love & Friendship there this year & have to agree with you. I still get a laugh about the excuse of talking together about “modern agricultural practices.”

    May I suggest you watch out for “Sophie and the Rising Sun.” You can read the book now. The film is amazingly beautiful.

    And in my humble opinion, the film “Wiener Dog” should never be seen again. If someone is silly enough to buy it and release it, I suggest that you not waste your time….no matter what critics might say. Just saying….
    Linda Bergstrom recently posted..The Blue Lady Is Feeling It

    • On June 12, 2016 at 1:48 pm Sally said:

      Omigod, I want to be a Sundance Film Festival Volunteer! That sounds like SO MUCH FUN! And, yeah, I saw the preview for “Weiner Dog.” I wasn’t having it. But I suspected it was just because I’m not a dog person.


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