Day 76: Learning How to Photograph The Northern Lights

I sure hope that I get a chance to actually see the northern lights (fingers crossed).  And, really, just seeing them will be enough for me… just like Sean felt about the elusive snow leopard:  Sometimes it’s more appropriate and meaningful to take the photo with your mind’s eye. But I’m getting pressure from friends […]

Day 75: Packing for Iceland

On Thursday, I’m beginning the major goal of my “100 days of new experiences”– I’m heading to Iceland! Today is devoting to packing, and I can firmly say that while I’ve packed for many trips, I’ve never packed for Iceland… ________________________ Each day of 2014, I’m forcing encouraging myself to have at least one new experience (and […]

Day 74: (Water) Walking D(r)ead

  In tandem with my adventure-filled walks [otherwise known as The Walking D(r)ead], today I tried water walking. The main difference? You don’t sweat! Or, at least, you don’t know if you sweat, because it’s awfully hard to separate pool water from the water your body’s secreted. I know. Gross. The other difference? I also […]

Day 73: Baking Gluten-Free

I’ve been gluten-free for several months, now, but–not being a baker–I’ve avoided making my own stuff, instead buying off the shelf or from gluten-free bakeries. I decided it was time to stop being lazy  try something new and to bake a gluten-free goodie. I found a recipe for a Blueberry Crumble, which I followed except […]

Day 71: Playing with Week Old Kittens

Some “firsts” defy words. It did leave me wondering why the heck it took me so long to experience something so sweet… I should’ve followed Norman Reedus’ lead on this one long ago. _________________________ Each day of 2014, I’m forcing encouraging myself to have at least one new experience (and chronicling it to keep it […]

Day 70: Entering a Very Short Story Contest

Based on a bet-winning short story by Hemingway, “For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.” the Gotham Writer’s Workshop is sponsoring a Very Short Story Contest. Seems Hemingway was predicting the future, given the twitter-appropriate length of his missive. The contest requirements? Ten words or less. I should be able to handle that commitment, right? Let’s just hope […]

Day 67: Walking D(r)ead

Remember my post about training for a 5k? It’s hard to try to run in cold, icy conditions when you’re a gimp, so I figured I’d try to keep the momentum by walking. (When I’m ready to pound the pavement again I might invest in the Zombies, Run! 5k training app. It’s supposed make working […]

Day 66: Having an “I Shoulda Listened to Daryl” Moment

Well, Daryl and I (and a bunch of friends) had our moonshine date.  It was during the episode titled…sniff…”Alone.” Knife in eye = 1 shot Head lopped off= 2 shots. Each time Beth said something about how good people are = 3 shots. [Note: We quickly abandoned this one; otherwise we would’ve been out cold […]

Day 65: Learning Icelandic

Tomorrow is a big night, what with the True Detective finale and my moonshine date with Mr. Dixon. So I figured I should find a useful way to pass the time…and I realized, hey, wait a minute…I’m go in’ to Iceland soon! I don’t have to live my life vicariously through my TV and film “family” […]

Day 64: Dying Dark

You know what they say…Blondes have more fun, and and all that. Well, given that I’m rather proud that I’m not one to have too much fun, I decided there was only one way to go, hair-hue wise: Dark. My natural hair is best described as the color of diluted puke. You know, the brownish-orangey […]

Day 63: Attempting Poetry

tabletop, weathered oak a leather menu lands unopened i stare across at you, hunger absent save for an understanding of what went wrong. _________________________ Each day of 2014, I’m forcing encouraging myself to have at least one new experience (and chronicling it to keep it real). If you’re interested in why–though I can’t for the life of […]

Day 62: Making (Moonshine?) Snow Ice Cream

Growing up in a place where snowstorms were frequent, it never crossed my mind to try something like this. Snow was something to be grudgingly shoveled and tossed aside, not the subject of a Food Network episode…particularly because we had dogs frolicking and doing other things in the snow, if you know what I mean. […]

Day 61: Drinkin’ Moonshine with Daryl

After watching “Still,” the Walking Dead episode where Daryl dishes about his pre-turn existence (or lack thereof) and Beth expresses her fantasies about him being a prison guard, I became interested in their potent potable of choice: Moonshine. As much as I’d like to say I hopped in a pickup and drove through the deep […]

Day 60: Taking a Snow Day in the Sun

While everyone back home is holed up courtesy of the latest storm, due to a fortuitous work trip I’m enjoying my snow day among the palm trees. This is the first time I’ve been “stuck” in a tropical place because of weather; usually it happens the other way around, where I’m trying to get away […]

Day 59: Running on Empty

I’ve always secretly wanted tempt fate in this way…that is, as long as someone else was with me to walk to the nearest gas station. Anyway, running on empty wasn’t intentional. A friend and I were driving in the middle of nowhere, lack of cell phone reception, and mile after mile stretching before us without […]