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 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 54: Writing a Fiction Amuse-bouche

Elton John. Sir. Past his prime; curdled milk.  Bloated, sweaty, warbling. Has been? Never been, as far as I’m concerned.  S*Q*U*A*R*E. Tiny Dancer is a cheese grater on my gray matter. A friend knows this well and upon entering his apartment he rarely fails to cue Reginald Kenneth Dwight. (Yes, Sir Elton’s real name is […]

Day 44: Sending a Message to James Franco

This is a two-fer: (1) I followed the advice of readers who commented; and (2) I sent James Franco a message with links to my website. And guess what? He. Did. Not. Respond. What the…??? Shocking, I know. Downright scandalous! But..I can’t believe James would ignore me like that. It’s just not possible. Personally, I […]

Day 41: Volunteering with Kids at a Homeless Shelter

I’ve volunteered before, but not as someone who chaperoned a group of kid volunteers. Sort of meta-volunteering, for lack of a better term. The kids had Valentine’s Day cards and gifts to present. At first, the children were shy around each other; tentative, not sure what to say or do. Then the kids from the […]

Day 38: Writing Alternative Endings (#1)

This is a follow up to my “Alternative Ending” post. ———————– I sat on the floor across from him, the raised edges of the cold parquet floor tiles digging into the backs of my thighs. I dared not move. Our shoulders were mirrored hunches, eyes lowered. I twisted my fingers nervously around the laces of […]

Day 29: Having a JFC! Moment

Found out this morning that a far-flung friend, “B,” had a stroke and is in an induced coma. They don’t yet know the extent of the damage. Now, I’m not 23 (as I’ve stated several times throughout this blog), but I’m also not a part of the geriatric crowd. Certainly I’m aware that this can […]

Day 24: Wearing Bright Red Lipstick

This “new experience” seems especially daring because I wore it during the day. I might have been able to get away with it late on a weekend night, but no… I donned it in full natural light. At one of my usual coffee-work spots. Before noon, even. When I ordered my drink, the guy behind […]

Day 23: Cutting the Coffee Line…On Purpose

“Good morning, Pooh Bear,” said Eeyore gloomily. “If it is a good morning,” he said. “Which I doubt,” said he. “Why, what’s the matter?” “Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.” “Can’t all what?” said Pooh, rubbing his nose.  “Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go round […]

Day 18: Hovering Over Iceland

I’m on an airline site, hovering over the “confirm purchase” button. (Yes, that really is my finger). By now it’s pretty apparent from past posts that I really want to go to Iceland. Well, fares are lower than they’ve been for quite a while (I know this because I signed up to get fare alerts, […]

Day 15: Becoming Peeta’s Pen Pal

A few days ago I wrote a blurb about trying to track down an old friend. To maintain confidentiality I referred to him as “Peeta.” Well, guess what: I. Found. Peeta! If you read my original post, you’ll see that I sent an email to the company where I thought he worked. I guess the […]

Day 7: Paying a Stranger’s Way

Know what I’ve learned? A wind chill factor of -11 degrees FEELS. REALLY. COLD. This morning on the way to the subway, I wobbled like a Weeble down the street because of the sheer volume of clothes I piled on. With all my layers, my arms stuck out straight to the sides. I must’ve resembled […]

Day 5: Letting a Complete Stranger Choose for Me

Sometimes it’s nice not to have to make your own decisions. Today, while standing in line for my coffee, I started to feel overwhelmed by the choices. Really, couldn’t it just be small, medium or large …and regular or decaf? I realized this was an opportunity to try something new.  I turned to the elderly […]

Day 3: Walking Barefoot in the Snow (And Having a Neighbor Yell at Me)

Wow, my first two-fer and I didn’t even have to work at it… It snowed a bit last night, and I’ve never walked barefoot in the white stuff. Until today. Now I have. It’s cold. What a revelation, eh? It actually felt kinda good, too, for the first 6.3 milliseconds. Invigorating. It didn’t give me […]