#GoTheDist: April 2016

April is the new March, weather wise. But still, a good month. 336,662 steps (topped April 2015’s 319,965 and am on pace for the million steps) despite some lower days than I’d have liked 138.48 miles walked (topping April 2015) 33.33 miles biked (again topping April 2015) I’m happy with that as a start to […]


my inner Japan, 2016

You can take the girl out of Japan, but you can’t take the Japan out of the girl. Specifically, the love of cherry blossoms ingrained in me in April 2002 in Himeji and then again during April 2006 in Hiroshima. This El Nino’ed winter meant an early and short peak for this year’s blossoms. I […]


2016 Q1 in Books

  I’ve nailed 2016 steps wise, how about books? Specifically my #2016TBR challenge. Through the end of March I’ve read 30/75 books which Goodreads designates as 11 books ahead of schedule. Of those, 25 count toward the TBR challenge. I’m pretty happy with both of those numbers and I’ve since finished another that counts toward […]


SVU Set Visit

No,  it wasn’t an April Fools’ joke. On Friday, April 1, 2016, I was able to visit the set of Law & Order: SVU No,  it wasn’t an April Fools’ joke. On Friday, April 1, 2016, I was able to visit the set of Law & Order: SVU as a result of a Kickstarter and […]


One in a million: #GoTheDist 2016 Q1

or more precisely, one in 1,008,946. Yes, I hit more than one million steps in Q1 2016. For comparison, I hit 927,589 in Q1 2015. Nope, Leap Day didn’t do all that. An insane March did – even more insane than last year‘s. March 2016 totals 394,098 steps 161.93 miles walked 67.51 miles biked I […]


#GoTheDist: February 2016

Much like I had a mega day in January 2016 and February 2015, I had one in February 2016. A 30K day, to be exact. That helped me counter a few lower days and one 1500 step day (sick day). Thanks to that day, February went gangbusters. February 2016 totals: 313,153 steps 128.84 miles walked […]


January in steps, miles and pages

So there must be something about an end of month rush. Last year at the end of February I did a mad dash of exploring NYC and yesterday? More of the same.  I needed 14K for my stretch goal and came home with 16K January, you were amazing. 301,695 steps 124.2 miles walked 85.14 miles […]


#GoTheDist January: Bike Edition

So I had a silent goal of some bike mileage for January. I didn’t touch it in my goals since I wasn’t confident it was actually going to happen and didn’t want to put it in writing. I started with my same goals from January of last year and… Goal Total Have To Go Average […]


2015: it’s a reading wrap

my final 2015 numbers thanks to another beach author binge: 102 read with 38 unfinished. Wow, just wow. I didn’t finish the A-Z challenge but that’s mostly a product of not wanting to read what I’m told to read so 2016TBRPile challenge it is. While I hope to read more, my goal is 75 due […]


Final #GoTheDist 2015

so as I mentioned at the end of November, I was in a good place for December. December totals: 275,357 steps 113.17 miles walked 6.13 miles biked The one I’m most proud of? The last one. I actually went back to the gym. Baby steps. I hit a stretch goal steps wise and that felt […]


#GoTheDist 2016

wasn’t I just writing out the goals for 2015? For more reasons than this challenge, this year has gone by in a flash. It’s somewhat bizarre to be writing up 2016 goals before wrapping 2015 but a) I’m traveling for the next two days and b) I’ve already been overthinking 2016 way too much. I […]


2016 reading challenge

At least the one I’m planning on at this moment.  Level: 50+ Married with Children I think the reason I’m struggling with finishing the A-Z challenge is an issue I’ve had since high school. I hate being told what to read. If I have to read something, I won’t. That’s why I end up avoiding things […]


2015 Home Stretch: Reading

so I realized today that at the end of 2014 I said I wouldn’t read 54 books again. About that. I’ve read 88 so far. That is, in a word, insane. 11.5 books this month is going to be hard with work eating the first half, but I’m going to push hard. I really want […]


2015 Home Stretch

so I added October’s deficit to November and… topped that by 18K! And then I was setting up my December goals and went to check Jan-November against my 2015 goal and realized I hit it 50K steps ago. Woot! November 2015 totals: 275,413 steps 113.17 miles walked Q4 totals to date: 568,397 steps 223.57 miles […]


#GoTheDist 4.1

While I finished the month strong-ish, it wasn’t quite enough to hit my September goals.   292,984 steps walked 120.4 miles walked If I’d realized I was that close I’d have taken 16 more steps for 293K. I actually realized about midway through the month that 300K wasn’t happening but, when I came home from […]


Q3 update: Alphabet Soup reading challenge:

77 books read so far in 2015. Could 100 really happen? 21 in Q3 and I’m currently in the middle of 3 so very possible. 35 unfinished puts me over so technically I’ve started more than 100 books already. On the A-Z front, I have no idea so let’s see. I was missing the following […]


GoTheDist 2015: Q3

How on earth is it already October?!? How have I still not finished the photos from my trip? Despite some amazing steps while exploring the National Parks, September was the challenge I knew it would be. My totals: 309,764 steps walked 126.38 miles walked I should be (and am) happy that I hit 300K on […]


Southwest Day 2: Cortez to Taos

Ahh mountain air. Crisp, cool and slightly damp mountain air. Such a nice change from Swamp York City. My hotel in Cortez was only minutes from Mesa Verde so after a nice breakfast (Holiday Inn cinnamon rolls for the win!) I was on my way. To be honest, I’m glad I didn’t know what the […]


Exploring the South West: Day 1

1,297 photos, keeping 1,142 and 2.4GB of photos. Oh visiting a beautiful place.  This trip came about partially on a whim, partially driven by books.  There was a Jet Blue fare sale and an expiring flight credit, but there was also Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series which put Mesa Verde on my radar.  As I […]


50 before 50

Have I seriously never posted about the 50 before 50 aka visit all fifty states before I turn 50 challenge? Maybe because as of last year, I didn’t think it was going to happen: But 2015 has been very good for my progress: With this past week’s trip to New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado (amazing! […]


sometimes, not making goal is OK

about that 333,333K July step goal and second attempt at one million steps? Not happening. And that’s not my usual pessimism speaking either.  I realized it back in July but thought I might have a chance at making it up in August. That’s a no. July totals: 310,076 steps 126.97 miles walked August nearly final […]


Review: Orange is the New Black

The 63rd book I finished this year was certainly among the most intriguing. I never had much interest in the show of the same name, and only added the book to my library wish list after watching Pablo Schreiber as Lewis in SVU Season 15. Some 700 people later, my turn came up in the […]


Review: Daniel Silva’s The English Spy

AKA, Daniel Silva, you make me absolutely crazy but I love every word you write. Oddly, this is the first one in a few books where I’ve read the book as soon as it came out. Usually I save Allon for my December beach reading binge, but I couldn’t wait. A lot of that came […]


Q2 update: 2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

I fell off on my challenge updating, but as I briefly noted earlier, I’ve read 56 books this year. Together with the 23 I didn’t finish (or saved for later as a friend said), that’s amazing. I’m slightly ahead of my Q1 pace and have the following letters still to go: O Q U X […]


about the million step goal?

On June 2, I set a “kind of ridiculous but possibly attainable June goal” of 320,089 steps. On June 27, I beat that goal, although I didn’t realize it until June 29. FInal June totals: 347,231 steps 143.14 miles walked 42.68 miles biked Final Q2 totals: 1,027,142 steps 422.97 miles walked 85.43 miles biked I […]