Random Stuff List

August 7, 2016

Random Stuff List / Unbrave Girl

Heeeelllloooo, friends. How has your week been? Mine was sweltery and sweaty and filled with the grading of research paper rough drafts. (Emphasis on the rough. Uff.)

But it’s Sunday, and I don’t have to worry over a single bit of in-text citation or wear any pants, so, wahoo, let’s bring on some random stuff, shall we?

1. A few weeks ago I told you guys about signing up to get an Ancestry DNA test. Whelp, the results are back!

And it turns out I’m pretty much the whitest white person ever. Which should be of no surprise to anyone who’s met me. Because, you guys, I’m so pasty I pretty much glow in the dark. Except in the summer when I go from pasty to prickly heat.

BUT there was one exciting revelation. I am 1% South Asian!

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99% Whitey McWhiterson. 1% Possible Indian Princess.

Which I’m pretty sure means I’m descended from Indian royalty. It’s possible the Taj Mahal is my ancestral home. I think this means it’s time for a trip to the Motherland! Bring on the samosas and mango lassis!

2. In other surprising news, I’ve been named in a list of top 25 outdoor bloggers. WHAT THE WHAT NOW?

I always thought it was a stretch when people called me a travel blogger because I tend to write much more about beer and my cat and my couch than I do about travel.

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In my natural habitat.

But outdoor blogger?

First of all, that is a thing that exists? I thought outdoorsy people were too busy being outdoorsy to have blogs.

Secondly, ME? 

I guess this means I have to purchase pants with a lot more pockets. And maybe learn how to use the compass I bought two months ago.

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So the arrow is supposed to go… WHERE?

3. Okay, confession time: I never buy or cook corn on the cob. Even though I LOVE corn on the cob because, you guys, what is not to love about corn on the cob? Not only can you eat it without dirtying a single utensils which makes me happy because washing dishes is the worst in the world. But, also, it’s basically required that you smother it in butter and salt. And butter and salt are my favorite!

But, here’s the thing: it’s not very single-friendly, you know? First of all, I worry about being that person at the cash register with exactly one ear of corn. I feel like the cashiers judge me enough when my cart contents consist of nothing more than ice cream, wine and cat food.

And then there’s the whole cooking thing. Boiling a huge pot of water for one ear of corn? It just seems so… so… single. And not in a spunky, sexy, HBO series, “I don’t need no man” kind of way. But in a “I will probably die alone with my cats” kind of way.

But, yesterday, I was at the grocery store and the corn was crazy-cheap and it’s summer and I caved and I bought four ears which was probably a bit excessive but JUDGEY CASHIERS, you guys. And then I posted a photo on my Instagram of myself cooking my one measly ear in my big huge water pot.

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And everyone chimed in with, “You know you can just microwave it?” And I was like, “WHAAAATTTT??? WHY DID THEY NEVER COVER THAT IN SEX IN THE CITY???”

And, if you microwave it with the husk on you don’t have to dirty a dish!

You guys, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! I’m eating ALL THE CORN ON THE COB. I better buy more butter.

4. Speaking of Instagram, are we doing this Instagram Story, thing?

I’m torn.

Because a) if I wanted to use Snapchat, I would just use Snapchat, but I don’t because I’m old and I can’t figure it out and WHY WON’T YOU WHIPPERSNAPPERS AND YOUR NEWFANGLED APPS JUST GET OFF MY LAWN ALREADY and b) I don’t go to Instragram to look at people’s grainy photos and listen to them talk in their weird, Wow-I-never-thought-their-voice-would-sound-like-THAT voice. I go to Instagram to see perfect photos of perfect people wearing perfect outfits and living their perfect (and completely voiceless) lives.

But, at the same time, I’ve found myself sucked into watching people’s Instagram stories a few times this week and I’m starting to understand what all the kids are going on about with their Snapchat. Plus, I’m really good at taking grainy photos. And my voice really is like THAT.

So should I do it?

5. Have you ever looked at a children’s outfit and thought, “That would fit me, right? Because I’m pretty sure I need it in my life.”?

Like, umm, this:

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Can I get this in an adult size please?

Well, then, you’ll love this post on toddler grandma style as much as I did. Omigod, you guys, I’m going to need to replace all the black stuff in my wardrobe with cartoon-print dresses and electric blue cowboy boots, like NOW.

6. Are you watching the Olympics? I don’t have real TV, and I’m too lazy to figure out how to watch it on the Internets. Plus, my understanding of sports is pretty much sketchy at best. I’m always, like “So, where is the ball supposed to go? And who’s that guy in the stripey shirt?”

But, after photos of Tonga’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony hit my Facebook, I’m thinking I might be a little bit more interested in sports than I thought I was. Also, umm, hello there, Ning Zetao, Chinese swimmer and ab-god.

7. People ask me a lot about starting a blog even though it should be pretty obvious to everyone who’s read my blog that I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing. (You guys, I haven’t written an actual blog post about an actual topic in three weeks. I mean, come on. That’s definitely against some kind of blogging rule.)

So the next time someone asks me about blogging, I’m sending them to this post by blogging genius, Kristin, at Camels & Chocolate. Because that girl knows what’s what.

8. So pumpkin spice Cheerios are a thing. GIMME.

9. Hands down the most useful article for international travel: How People Call Cats in Different Languages. I mean, who cares if I can say hello and thank you to the locals??? I NEED TO TALK TO THE CATS!

How’s your week been? Got any tips on cooking corn? Suggestions of Olympic hotties I should be ogling? Recommendations on where I can buy kitten t-shirts in adult sizes? Let me have ’em!


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

  1. On August 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm kathi g said:

    wait, what? You can microwave corn on the cob??? Life changing, but, can you please provide a little more detail? For, um, a friend. And also, even though this week you haven’t asked us what we were watching, have you caught Stranger Things on Netflix yet??? Because if not, there’s the next 8 hours of your life.

    • On August 8, 2016 at 8:35 am Sally said:

      I KNOW RIGHT!?! Total game changer! Okay, so, here are the instructions my friend gave me (and the ones I followed twice yesterday because now I’m obsessed with EATING ALL THE CORN): Put the corn with the husk in the microwave for 4 minutes. (I ripped off some of the tassles first, but you don’t really need to because they actually are a bit easier to take off when it’s hot.) When it’s done, cut off the bottom of the cob about an inch above the stalk. Slip the corn out of the husk. So easy!
      Also, I TRIED to watch Stranger Things but it was too scary for me! I’m not really watching anything right now. So I need a new show… but one that’s not going to freak me out!

  2. On August 8, 2016 at 8:56 pm priya said:

    Congrats on being 1% South Asian! This means we are sisters 🙂
    priya recently posted..Roys Peak, Hitchhiking & Celebrating The Small Steps Along The Way

  3. On August 9, 2016 at 6:55 pm Tim said:

    You had me at pants free! Friday is typically a pants free work from home day and it just blurs into Saturday….or as I call it Skillet Bread Day…and by skillet bread I mean any batter cooked against hot metal(pancakes, waffles, johnny cakes, ho cakes, french toast)…but I digress….the corn thing, a tip for you. Take the ear of corn and soak in water for 10 minutes, then gently peel back the husk, slather some butter and salt on it and then close up the husk. Put some cling wrap around the outside and then do the microwave cooking part. Take it out, peel it back and you will know that I am your favorite from now on. 🙂

    • On August 14, 2016 at 11:09 am Sally said:

      No pants & skillet bread? YOU ARE LIVING THE LIFE, MY FRIEND.
      Also, your microwave corn recipe sounds a bit more labor intensive than my previous one (namely shove corn in microwave husk and all), but it does sound like it would be super tasty that way. I’ll try it!

  4. On August 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm Meg said:

    That microwave thing is going to be a game-changer for my husband. I don’t like corn and the whole buying a single ear, boiling up a big pot of water, etc. etc. is extra ridiculous when cooking something I don’t even like for someone else. But I’m totally willing to toss corn in the microwave for him! Ah, love.
    Meg recently posted..Performed Happiness and Real Friendships in “Still Here” | (The) Absolute

    • On August 21, 2016 at 10:48 am Sally said:

      Wait. You don’t like corn?? Like, AT ALL?? But, but, but… My brain is still trying to compute this fact. But I’m glad I could help your husband out a bit!


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