Thursday Ten: Away and Back Super Speedy Edition

1. I left at noon yesterday to venture to Northern Michigan to visit Rachel who was in town for the Cherry Festival. Less than 24 hours later, I was on the road headed back home. Totally worth it. It was fun to visit with friends, be some place different, NOT COOK DINNER (festival lemonade and pretzel for dinner! Yum!), and just relax and chat. Even running on about four hours of sleep, I’m kind of recharged. This is a good thing.

2. I returned home to the land of house training a puppy. The girls – those lovely children of mine who begged for a puppy – aren’t as much help as they SWORE they would be… but I’d anticipated that when we agreed to go ahead and get the pup. I do not, under any circumstances, take part in the shoveling of doggy…stuff. That is a job that belongs to pretty much everyone but me.

3. Despicable Me comes out in theaters tomorrow. I was pretty thrilled to have received free passes to see this with my fam – and it’s a fantastic movie. The 3D effects weren’t overwhelming as they are sometimes – which is good because I’m not normally a fan of 3D.

4. Music this week? Uh, the soundtrack of “Despicable Me”. Nah, I didn’t receive this for free – I paid for it – but I really like what Pharrell did with it. It’s kind of a fun (yet KIDSAFE) soundtrack. Pretty awesome.

5. Musically, I also picked up Joshua Radin’s “I’d Rather Be With You”, as that is the song my guitar teacher picked this week. I’d never heard this song before, and I like it – I look forward to checking out more of his music.

6. Strangest addiction of the week? The Boggle app for the iPhone. For just under two bucks, I can Boggle to my heart’s content. I’m not very good at Boggle, but it’s addicting.

7. I have started reading The Girl Who Played with Fire – and I find myself moving very slowly through it – afraid I won’t love it as much as its predecessor. Does anyone else do that when reading a sequel?

8. While at the festival last night, I was craving an elephant ear and was able to resist its charms and eat a slightly less damaging meal. But I will get at least one elephant ear this summer because I LOVE THEM AND THEY BELONG IN MY BELLY. What is your favorite amusement park/carnival food?

9. Do you know how hard it is to not talk about puppies all the time when it seems like 80% of my life these days involves watching a puppy for signs he is about to pee on the living room carpet? I’m really not wanting to be a pet blogger (I don’t need no stinkin’ niche), but it’s just what life is these days. Soon, I hope to leave my house on a more frequent basis again.

10. The weather in Michigan has been insanely hot this week. Humid and hot and gross and yucky. Yes, yucky. I would take our meteorologists on the local news more seriously if they started legitimately employing “yucky” as the descriptor of our summer weather. Today, there’s a break from our 90+ degree weather. But mother nature has replaced stifling temps with… rain. Yucky.

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Sarah is a book nerd, a music lover, an endorphin junkie, a coffee addict. Oh, and a goof ball. She writes, she tweets, and she sings off key.


  1. I work out in July and August for the sole purpose of cramming my body full of crappy (for you) fair food.
    Lemon Shakeups and tenderloin being at the top of my list.

  2. Guilty-pleasure-festival-food? Funnel cake. Oh yes…..with snowy fields…er…batter on a hot summer day. Crunchy golden artery-clogging goodness. Yum!

    Must. find. festival.

    Angela <

  3. I’m tempted to get the Despicable Me soundtrack now that you’ve given it a good review…I wasn’t sure if we’d want it or not.

    I read “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver and saw that she had a sequel to it called, “Pigs in Heaven”, so I read that one, too. It was a bit disappointing. Not sure what exactly I expected but I just didn’t really like the way the story played out.

    Are elephant ears what we call funnel cake down here? If so, yum! and yes, I *need* to have one, too this summer.

    Good luck with that puppy! 😉

  4. The Girl who Played with Fire is actually much better than Dragon Tattoo. So, I wouldn’t worry about not liking it as much

  5. My summer food treat if cotton candy. If we go to a festival I HAVE to get some. I treat myself to one bag every summer. Nothing but tooth rot but oh so good in the tummy!

  6. I love Joshua Radin. Given your love of Jack Johnson, I’d say Joshua Radin is a no brainer for you! His first album is the best! Also his contributions to the Garden State and The Last Kiss soundtracks. He does beautiful duets!

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