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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

#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… Read More »

#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… Read More »

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… Read More »

#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… Read More »

#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… Read More »

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… Read More »

#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… Read More »

#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:… Read More »

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.… Read More »

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),… Read More »

#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… Read More »

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… Read More »

9/11 Remembered

The new museum must help those unborn or unaware on 9/11/01 to understand an awful time. That means telling stories. ” ~ Rick Hampson (with audio) The rest of the photos are here. I argued with myself about attending tonight’s industry preview of the 9/11 Museum, which opens to the public on Wednesday. I nearly… Read More »

#GoTheDist 2.1, Went!

Totals for April: 298,822 steps 123.44 miles walked Personal Q2 goals, you are well in sight. As is the official #GoTheDist goal of 350 miles walked. If I’d realized how close I was to 300K steps or 125 miles walked this month I’d have figured out a way to get them. But this is still… Read More »

Review: Jeneration X

So I realized something sad when I started to read Jeneration X, Jen Lancaster’s 2012 “chapter” of her non-fiction series: I think I’ve outgrown it. This is equal parts sad and odd because a) I used to love her non fiction titles and b) I’m at least a decade younger than she is.  At some… Read More »

Overthinking Tourism in the South

“The crowds continue to visit the dead. They walk through the gates at Auschwitz. They take the boats to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. They hike through battlefields and slave auction sites.” ~ Katia Hetter First off, Charleston and Savannah are amazing. AMAZING. I am a history nerd and I fell in love with… Read More »

#GoTheDist Q1 in the books

while I hit my official #GoTheDist goal (2 a few days early, I did not hit my personal goal. My personal Q1 2014 goals were: 700,000 steps 300 miles walked and 75 miles on the bike. Totals for March: 242,500 steps 100.84 miles walked 17.82 miles biked Totals for Q1 2014: 593,712 steps 250.93 miles… Read More »

Invisalign is the new Weight Watchers?

Over the weekend I was kicking myself for missing my Weight Watchers anniversary, but then on the way home today I realized that I got my Invisalign very close to my WWversary. Now what on earth do braces have to do with WW (which I haven’t followed since Dec ’10 anyway)? I’m down 4 lbs… Read More »

Henderson Place

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve walked past these buildings on E. 87th or East End and wondered what relic they were… and then I spotted the sign above. I finally had a name to research. And what better time to do so then on the brink of celebrating the 50th anniversary… Read More »

neighborhoods: mini cities in their own right

as I was taking advantage of today’s brief flirtation with spring, and sitting, reading on one of the many Finley Walk benches, I plotted several errands I needed to run. One of them was on 96th St. and it felt so far away-even though it was only 10 blocks from where I sat. I wasn’t… Read More »

Review: This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

    Yesterday, I was in Chelsea for lunch and I found myself thinking of the Chelsea and decided to find it. When I did, and posted the photo (and the one above), I remembered this unfinished review and blog post from earlier this year. Time to remove the “un”. “In 2001, he died of… Read More »

#GoTheDist: Feb 2014

I knew February was going to be down due to three+ days of lost tracking, but it actually wasn’t as bad as I feared. February 2014: 69.miles walked (165,667 steps), 16.69 miles biked. Great, no. Good? Yes. For the record: February 2013 20.52 miles walked 54.15 miles biked Definitely walking more than I did, still… Read More »