30 Before 30 Bucket List

Hey, you guys. I’m still here. I haven’t been busy, just boring. It occurred to me this week that I turned 10,000 days old and my 27th year of life is flying by. Is it just me, or does time seem to be speeding up? 27 is such a weird age. I can’t figure out if I’m an adult yet or a child still. I went to a kegger on a MONDAY (am I 21?), yet had conversations like, “Wow, I can’t believe May is half over already.” (Am I 51?) I know I already have a travel/life bucket list, but…

Look at my pretty new blog!

Guys! Look! I redesigned the blog! LOOK AT IT. In an ongoing effort to remain as transparent as possible on here, I should note that “redesigned” simply means I purchased a theme and then filled in some blanks. Regardless, I think it’s much more aesthetically pleasing and hopefully it doesn’t make you want to run away crying like the old layout did to me. My favorite new feature is my little social media bar: Are you following me on Twitter or Instagram yet? Why not? I’m tweeting out Deez Nuts videos and Instagramming pictures I took in high school (but I…

I…Have a Medical Condition: My Silent Struggle with Misophonia

I’m not going to die from it…but you might. I wanted to share with you that I have been self-diagnosed with misophonia. In case you haven’t heard of it, misophonia means “hatred of sound.” And boy, do I have a case of that. A serious one. The other night, I got a little tipsy off pinot grigio as I am wont do to, and started researching volunteer opportunities because what I really need right now is to be working for free. That story is irrelevant, however I had to go to the library to print off a paper because of it so…

DO NOT Miss the Galata Bridge & Galata Tower

Since my post titles automatically capitalize every letter, you have no way of knowing that I put “DO NOT” in all caps and the rest in small letters because that’s how serious I am about not missing this part of Istanbul. <—Which is why I told you there, just now. I’m so, so serious. I had thought about going to the Galata Bridge on my own as I had heard it was worth visiting, but I never made it on my own time. I really had no intention of going to Galata Tower, assuming it was enough to see it towering (lol)…

Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace–Better than Topkapi??

Merve took off work one day while I was staying with her so she could show me a little bit more of her awesome city, which was super nice of her. (Among everything else she did for me while I was there.) She was pretty intent on showing me Dolmabahce, her favorite palace! I had definitely never considered Dolmabahce Palace slash had never even heard of it. It’s pretty overlooked by tourists in favor of the more popular Topkapi Palace. I didn’t go to Topkapi, but I did get in line for a ticket so that I could get away from a Turkish…

On a Budget: Romantic Chipotle Dinner

Since my only income is coming from those who take pity on me (this could be YOU–message me for details), I have had to get a little crafty with my food budget. A few weeks ago, there was a special at Chipotle (omg I live somewhere that has a Chipotle finally but it’s like, the worst option in this delicious food Mecca) where, if you bought a sofritas burrito/bowl/tacos/salad on this particular day, you could bring your receipt back in and get a free burrito/bowl/taco/salad of your choice. The catch is that sofritas is made from gross tofu, and I…

2015 Chinese New Year Resolutions

I made it back to Chinatown yesterday as the sun was blazing, so I was able to capture a much nicer photo to celebrate the Chinese New Year that occurs tomorrow. Happy Year of the Goat, everyone! Or, as was brought to my attention, the Year of the Sheep! Your preference, I guess. I choose goat because I raised a herd of pygmies briefly (like, I might’ve milked one once in an effort to save a newborn), but look at me with this adorable baby sheep (that’s a “lamb” for all you city kids)! I do challenge you not to…

Reflecting on the Year of the Horse

It’s that time of year again, folks! The Chinese New Year is upon us. The Year of the Goat begins Thursday, the 19th, so I thought I would take this time to reflect on the past year and see where I fell with 2014’s Chinese New Year Resolutions. The Year of the Horse. If you recall, I’m a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to setting New Years Resolutions. (Well, I’m a procrastinator when it comes to all things, and in my unemployment, I’ve been reminded that you have to turn those negatives into a positive, so you should know…

Roadtripping Iowa to Oregon: By the Numbers

Happy Friday…TGIF, amiright? Just kidding, I feel like I’m on vacation everyday since I don’t have a job. A vacation where I don’t leave the house because I’m too afraid to spend money. I thought I’d give some #funfacts about my trip thus far. Well, it was a trip. Now it’s just life. Days in Portland: 8 Miles traveled: 1,945 Hours from departure to arrival: 44 hours Hours into the trip my phone died and I didn’t have a phone charger: 4 Number of times my mom told me I use too much data: a bajillion Age I should’ve gotten off…

I moved!

Guys. Hi. Big shit poppin’, little shit stoppin’. I have been gone so long, I had a slew of plugins to update and I don’t even know what any of them do (not that I did in the first place.) If you follow me on any social media platform, and I know you do because only my friends and family read this, you’ll know I’ve left the farm for greener pastures. It’s hard to find a place greener than Iowa (except right now with all your snow, suckasssssss), but Oregon could very well be the place. And that’s where I…