#GoTheDist 2015: January totals

my final January totals are: 285,009 steps 117.62 miles walked 81.54 miles biked I’m most proud of the biking goal because it represents a return to the gym which was something I really wanted to do. 13 gym visits. Also ahead of pace to get my gym reimbursement. Re: steps, to hit the 3.4m goal, […]


sometimes I should try that listening thing

“Why are you beating yourself up? You know you always bounce back.” ~ @FatGirlvsWorld, #GotheDist fearless leader This was the end of a two-day freak out during which I was worrying about not hitting my January 2015 #GoTheDist steps goal due to the impending  Juno-pocalypse. After a slow start to January with some sub 5K […]


Review: Bleachers

After Rake left they named it after him. Neely was gone by then, of course, long gone with no plans to return. Why he was returning now wasn’t completely clear, but deep in his soul he’d always known this day would come, the day somewhere out there in the future when he was called back. […]


Steven A. Shaw vs. Food

This originally started as a review of his first book Turning the Tables, which I realized two-thirds of the way in that I had indeed read it. My LibraryThing confirmed it.  Oh well, it was still a good and quick re-read and I needed the “T” for the challenge. And then I read Asian Dining […]


Review: Kid Me Not

Now, listen—if you put a baby in front of me, rest assured: that baby is gonna get cuddled, spoiled and adored. But even as I’m loving on that beautiful infant, I know in my heart: This is not my destiny. It never was KID ME NOT: An anthology by child-free women of the ’60s now […]


Review: The Story of Sushi

The author has no affiliation with the California Sushi Academy. He paid for all sushi consumed in the course of his research This book made me crave sushi for the entire week that I was reading it. I’m a sushi fiend so this isn’t surprising, but it was a little odd when I was reading […]


GoTheDist: 2015 week 1

I hate you Mother Nature. I’m probably not going to get 285K steps this month due to the polar vortices/Alberta clippers/whatever you want to call it. I’m OK with that because: I’ve been to the gym 4x this year including 3x while sick and am en route to obliterating my bike goals I’ll get as […]


Review: 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived

On the one hand, I’m thrilled that I’m finished with one book and actually reviewing it less than two days  in to 2015. On the other hand, I’m tempted to call this book at least 91 people too long, although that’s probably not fair. I once overheard  someone I work with say that a website […]


#GoTheDist: 2015 goals

And I ran out of room in that post… 2015 goals: Steps: 3,400,000 steps Miles Walked: 1,500 Miles Biked: 400 and some explanation: I really wanted my steps goal to be 300,000/month but I’m really not sure that’s attainable in shorter months and don’t want to fall short of my goal. I actually think 3,500,000 […]


#GoTheDist 2014: Complete

Despite starting 2015 with a day of complete sloth, I’m very proud of myself. Totals for December: 269,271 steps 110.97 miles walked 31.99 miles biked Totals for Q4 826,110 steps 340.76 miles walked 31.99 miles biked Totals for 2014 3,262,378 steps 1355.08 miles walked 200.09 miles biked Nope, the bike didn’t get over 200 on […]


2014 Year in Review: Bookworm Edition

I fully accept that I’ll never be as good as Liz at book reviews, but I want to do better in 2015 than I am in 2014 which is five finished reviews and 27/30 Tumblr drafts that were unfinished book reviews. So for 2015 I’m “stealing” Sally’s year end template and will keep that as […]


mini goals met

Who says a  week of sloth at the beach isn’t a wonderful thing. Sometime during the week I: destroyed my 2014 reading goal. At 52 as of today with one in the works and other likely to come. And then 7 unfinished. Good run in 2014. Miles: beat my personal and #GoTheDist Q4 goals, My […]


2015 Alphabet Soup Challenge

43 books read as of December 12, 2014 and with a week’s vacation to come, I’ll do well by my 2014 goal, even if I cheated with fiction. Liz’s post got me thinking about a 2015 goal and I wasn’t sure where I was going since without the Bosch series, I don’t really have a […]


#GoTheDist 2014: November

Skin of my teeth. My tiered goals for November were: 250/275/300K steps and 100 miles. November totals*? 255,599 steps and 105.71 miles. Never stressed so hard for 250, although July was close. But I did it. Thanks to some temperate weather days. *Subject to minor additions as I putter around the apartment Totals for Q4 […]


#GoTheDist: October 2014

sometimes I swear 31-day months are harder to get steps in than 30 day months. I think it definitely has to do with the perceived cushion of the extra day. Final numbers: 301,135 steps 124.04 miles walked Whee! It wasn’t easy. I set a mini goal of not ever falling on the wrong side of […]


Review: The Hotel: A Week in the Life of the Plaza

An at one point travel and tourism blog with a look at a hospitality book. What is this world coming to? In truth, this book is equal parts tourism/hospitality and NYC history. The opening of the Plaza in October 1907 at a cost of $12.5m was AN EVENT with the likes of Mark Twain was […]


#GoTheDist 2014: Q3 down

where on earth has 2014 gone. Seriously. Q3 goals: 850,000 steps 375 miles walked 35 miles biked September  totals 316,214 steps 136.02 miles walked 4.4 miles biked Q3  totals: 887,280 steps 370.75 miles walked 28.96 miles biked That’s not bad at all. I didn’t realize I was ultimately so close to the mileage, but I’m […]


#GoTheDist 3.2

or nearly… I’ve finally found the sweet spot between my #GoTheDist goal being a challenge, but an attainable one. I knew that July would be bad, and it was. But I set two goals and I made one of two. The goal was 250K steps and I ended up with 260,908. Mileage goal was 117 […]


2014 revisits 2004

while looking for something else on my ancient LiveJournal, I found this “travel itinerary” from August 18, 2004. Nearly ten years on, time to revisit it. Walk El Camino de Santiago in Spain. Still on the list, although I’m not as passionate about doing it as I once was. It’s now more of a curiosity […]


#GoTheDist Q2 nearly went

because I know if I wait until tomorrow, this won’t happen. With two days left in Q2, the numbers are great. June: 328,083 steps 134,89 miles walked 14.24 miles biked Final June (they got better) 350,613 steps 144.15 miles walked 14.24 miles biked Q2:  932,746 steps 383.38 miles walked 35.33 miles biked Q2 Final: 955,276 […]


#GoTheDist? Pfft Bridge The Dist

after a renewed interest in bridges of late, I have been on a mission. By borough I have crossed as follows: Bronx to Manhattan: Macombs Dam Bridge  in May 2013 Manhattan to Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge: more times then I can count, also via bike Manhattan Bridge: June 2014 Williamsburg Bridge: Summer 2013 Manhattan to Bronx: […]


Then and now: Eldridge Street Synagogue

“I made a couple of calls and believe the sign will be safe,” she said. And so, for the moment, would be one other vestige of the Jewish Lower East Side. In reading In Chinatown, Remembering the Origins of a 126 -Year-Old Synagogue I did what I always do and go down a rabbit hole of research. […]


99 places to go

well at least that’s the challenge I saw upon reading Daniel Smith’s 100 Places You Will Never Visit, one of the titles I’ve finished in a recent reading marathon that is bringing my 2014 total toward respectability. I’ve been to one, and if I can get there on a whim (albeit with a tour group), […]


#GoTheDist 2.2

About halfway through May I realized that 300,000 steps for the month was doable after just missing it. And then I became a woman on a mission to make it happen. I wasn’t sure if I had since I was away from my spreadsheet but after entering Weds-Sat… I MADE IT! May Totals: 305, 841 […]


Lower East Side Then and Now

for all the tours I’ve done with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy, I had only done a mini tour of the Lower East Side. It was time to fix that, so I joined this weekend’s tour, the Lower East Side Then and Now. Among other things, I was excited that it included Bialystoker, a […]