Month: July 2014

A week’s worth of Thought Questions: #113-#119

Tea cup and journal photo by Carli Jean Miller.

(Photo by Carli Jean Miller via Unsplash)

I pretty much slacked off all of last week and didn’t answer a single Thought Questions. Oops! Today I have quite a few to catch up on. Given that summer is getting so busy, I’m going to start answering these in weekly batches. I’ll have another batch with seven questions up tomorrow! I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too! 

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Happy Monday everyone! To celebrate the rebranding/relaunch of my blog, I’m giving away a $25 e-gift card to Sephora. All  you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter widget below! Here are a few quick things you need to know about the giveaway:

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Blog every day in July, #6: Things I’ll never do, like ever


What’s on your “big fat nope” list? I like to tell myself “never say never”, but to be honest, there are quite a few things I will never do.

  • Deep sea diving. No way.
  • Caving. I don’t like small spaces or the dark, so putting them together would just be way too much.
  • Going to a nude beach. Just no.
  • Tanning salons. As bad as cigarettes, in my opinion.
  • Eating meat!
  • Decide I don’t love reading. I just fixed up the porch and I can’t wait to sit out there with a good book and some coffee!

Tell me, what things will you never ever do?

Blog every day in July, #4: Independence Day



Happy Independence Day to my American readers! Even though I’m an American, there are a lot of things about America that I find really strange. When I talk to my friends from other countries they confirm that these things are indeed weird to someone coming from outside the U.S., and they don’t understand why we Americans find them perfectly normal. Understand, I do love my country and appreciate freedom; I just scratch my head over certain things that seem to be very American in nature. Things like…

Our riotous jingoism.

Don’t jump down my throat people, I’m not saying I don’t love my country. But sometimes people get a little crazy with it, like every other country in the world is waaaaay down on the totem pole and we’re sitting at the top, unrivaled in our glory. Because ‘MERICA.

Stephen Colbert waving American flag

The bizarre (and frankly, kind of gross) food we eat.

Deep-fried Twinkies, bacon-wrapped chicken, dill pickle-flavored potato chips…if it’s possible to make a fattening and/or strangely flavored food even more so, we’re game. It’s like we’re all playing a game of Heart Attack Diner and we’re desperately trying to level up before someone else does.

Reality TV.

Is this catching on in other countries? It’s like a national obsession. And don’t get me started on the reality “celebrities”.

Our cars.

Not only do we have to drive everywhere–and I mean everywhere, including a few blocks–we have to have the biggest cars available on the market. And then we complain about gas prices.

Monster truck

We want everyone to speak English, but we can barely speak it ourselves.

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Those are just a few of the things I can think of off the top of my head. Anything very American that you find strange? Tell me in the comments!