Interviewer: What is the craziest thing you ever did to get a guy to notice you?

Amy Poehler: I had no idea how to get guys to notice me. I still don’t. Who cares?

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welcome back!

That welcome back was for myself.  I’m welcoming myself back to blogging.  Please indulge me.

If Utts has to apologize for being gone for a little while, I should be writing a sonnet about it.  I’ve been a bad blogger.  I’ve been remiss.  I would ask for your forgiveness, but I know you all understand.  Sometimes life just gets really busy, and you have a hard time carving out any of that extra free time that you somehow had a lot of before.  But I am going to find the time, especially because I love this blog so much.

I love Utts, I love this blog, and I love anyone who’s reading this.  That’s right, I love you!

So I’m coming back to blogging.

and i will

So what’s new with you guys?

A few things I’ve learned:

1. Did you know a Republican hasn’t won a presidential election without Bush or Reagan on the ticket since 1928?!
2. That being said, OBAMA!
3. Say, “raise up lights” out loud.  Keep saying it.  Now say, “razor blades” in an Australian accent.  Yea!
4. You can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to every cup of milk!  Thanks to my roommate Cat and Smitten Kitchen for that tip.

What have you learned lately?


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Matilda,  by Roald Dahl is my absolute favourite book in the entire world. The opening lines make me laugh every time I read them.

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” 

I still have my very first copy of this book

From when my handwriting looked like this

If you haven’t already had the pleasure of reading this most wonderful book, it’s about a young, brilliant girl who reads Oliver Twist and Jane Eyre when she’s four and half and has halfwits for parents. At school Matilda has on the one hand, Miss Trunchbull, the meanest principal in the world of fiction and on the other, Miss Honey, the loveliest teacher there ever was. Miss Honey has always reminded me of my real life middle school math teacher, Ms. Shepherd. 🙂 (For anyone who has read this book and was taught by Rachel, I think you know what I mean.)

This book is full of adventure and magic and wisdom. You already know I’m a big fan of all three of those. Like all children’s books it is sometimes dark and scary, but mostly wonderful in the end. Read it when you’re having an awful day, when you’re having a perfect day, either way, it will make your day.

This is what I imagine when I think of the best time.


PS- For anyone who has already read this book can I just take a moment to say, BRUCE BOGTROTTER’S CHOCOLATE CAKE. Anyone? 

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It’s been way too quiet on nosurefooting for far too long. I know we’ve promised many times to return to blogging, but we’re doing it now. PROMISE.

I’ve been studying for the GRE the last couple of months and finally took it on Monday. I definitely thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown at the end of the test when they show you your scores on the screen. I was hoping for anything in the triple digits. I had a vision of myself sitting down on the floor of the test centre, weeping and screaming about how unfair the world is and the mean people who work there telling me I had to leave. I didn’t cry and I scored in the triple digits.

There’s apparently a list of 3000 words you can learn for the GRE. Riiiiight. I most definitely did not learn even a 1000 words for the GRE but was reminded of this list of untranslatable words Mags and I found last year. I’m sure you’ve seen many of these words floating around the interwebs by now but these words and their meanings made me want to learn all these languages. I sort of have German down, only 11 more to go.

Untranslatable words make you think how expressive other languages are as compared to English. BUT, Maggie sent me this the other day and I actually laughed out loud. Bitte, the German word for “please” can really be used for all these scenarios.


Words make me happy. Many words coming your way from this moment on. 🙂 


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abandoned blog, abandoned homes

Here at nosurefooting we really love abandoned things- buildings in Paris, mining towns in the Namibian Desert and things forgotten in Goa. But we didn’t mean to abandon our blog or our few faithful readers, whom we hope, will come back to us. 🙂

Kevin Bauman began photographing abandoned homes in Detroit, his hometown, ten years ago. 100 Abandoned Houses started in Brush Park, formerly a wealthy, affluent suburb that now lies almost entirely abandoned. There’s something so sad and eerie about things abandoned, but as always, something so beautiful. Read more about the project here. Buy prints here.

Look at that red. Look at those CARS.

Come out come out wherever you are. 

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Candy Chang’s public art projects make you want to make public art. Remember her other work?

Her latest project, Confessions, asked people to share their secrets in a studio in Las Vegas. With Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and the Internet jam packed with a constant stream of everyone’s business, Candy approaches our voyeuristic fantasies in the most creative and simple way- share your confession, turn it into an amazing piece of interactive art, set it free.

Yeah, is there anyone who doesn’t do this one?

Who doesn’t love a good secret?

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