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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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!… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

Welcome back, NYC’s High Bridge

A year to the day after I finished my “last major bridge crossing“, I got to walk across the one that has teased me for most of my #GreatManhattanLoop – ing.  After 40-45 years (depending on who is counting) and some $61m, the High Bridge reopened this week. “The High Bridge is the city’s oldest… Read More »

Ambitious June #GoTheDist goal

I was so antsy while away to see if I’d hit my stretch goal of 310,000 steps. Well, I didn’t. I blew it out of the water. May totals: Steps: 359,946 Miles Walked: 147.9 Wow. Easily my best month ever. Thank you, mostly, to the Great Saunter and its 50K+ steps. More than made up… Read More »

exploring New Amsterdam

aka another beautiful Sunday with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy on their Colonial New Amsterdam tour. Until they added some new public tours this spring, this was the last one I hadn’t done so I was pleased to see it offered in the spring as I generally don’t do tours in November and December.… Read More »

Review: Life on Foot by Nate Damm

It’s been a while since I read a walking book. I’m going to take a gander that the Saunter inspired it.   I can safely say that the walk Nate Damm covered in his Life On Foot: A Walk Across America book is one I’ll never undertake. But I loved reading every word of it.… Read More »

19.5 miles of the Great Saunter

as I’ve touched on before, the Great Saunter was the idea behind the #GreatManhattanLoop when I first started walking Manhattan. Due to a combination of not being in town on that Saturday and knowing I wasn’t up to that distance, I walked the Loop in segments before finally finishing in May 2013. In May 2015,… Read More »

Second Hand Rose

The Lower East Side Conservancy Tour‘s meeting site, “the former Yiddish Arts Theater (now a multiplex)” is Second Avenue in a nutshell. And while the tour of the Jewish Rialto is one I’ve wanted to do for about three years, it felt even more timely in light of the recent fire. The arts & culture… Read More »

Q1 #GoTheDist in the books

so… remember that mileage I planned to pick up in April or May or maybe Q3? I did. In March! My March totals: 365,682 steps 151.93 miles walked 64.55 miles biked HoLY SHIT. This is my best month ever and one of only two above 350K steps. That was about 11,800 steps/day and included 31… Read More »

Q1 Update: 2015 Alphabet Soup Challenge

With one quarter of the year about gone, I’ve read 24 books! Yep, my no crap before Memorial Day went out the window, but oh well, it’s reading. I’ve also left 17 unfinished. I’m in very good shape to knock out the challenge with only the following letters remaining:   E J L O Q… Read More »

Confessions of a Designated Fat Taxi Driver?

aka a two-in-one review because I started and finished two books in the last three days Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver by Eugene Salomon and Jennifer Joyner’s Designated Fat Girl. Two very different subjects but the right level of reading depth I was in the mood for this weekend. I started with Joyner’s… Read More »

#GoTheDist: February 2015

Well I knew February was going to be a challenge, and it was. But two strong days on the last two days of the month made it better than I hoped/expected. February Totals: 276,898 steps 114.9 miles walked 75.44 miles biked Q2 totals 561,907 steps 232.52 miles walked 156.98 miles biked I’m a little off… Read More »

Winter Wonderland rescues February

The shots of the frozen Hudson have been awesome this winter. I got a few I liked last weekend on the train, at sunset and on the Intrepid but decided this weekend was likely my last chance to go exploring with a warm-up coming this week. Coupled with a prediction for snow tomorrow, I realized… Read More »

Fire Inside: Oklahoma City

I’m reading The Fire Inside by Steve Delsohn after reading about it in an AskMe that was recently linked in Meta Talk.  I have no interest in becoming a firefighter, but it got me thinking. I knew it was somewhat dated as it didn’t cover 9/11, but it was only when I went to add… Read More »

book’em messy shelves

  AKA two friends’ organized shelves make me feel guilty. I really don’t read dead tree books all that often and I had some that I’ve long since replaced with e-books.  Speaking of books, I’ve upped the ante on the A-Z challenge. I’m going to try for two loops through the alphabet. With 11 books… Read More »

#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,… Read More »

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… Read More »