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 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 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 57: Writing a NYC Haiku

Reflecting off glass, His taxi passes by me– My tea, I savor. _________________________ 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 me imagine anyone would be that bored–check out the […]

Day 56: Ridin’ the Rails

I’ve ridden the train before, but never in such a last-minute, devil-may-care manner. After some serious reconfiguring of schedules which required no less than 37.5 phone calls (ok, so maybe not quite so devil-may-care. I cared a little),  I–without rhyme or reason–bought a ticket on the spot and jumped slunk onto the next train headed to […]

Day 32: Deciding to Train for a 5K

On the heels of my obsession with the Silver Linings Playbook film–which features miles of footage of Coop running not only to get in shape, but to help gain some control over his life–I’ve decided I need a goal to help me maintain motivation in my recovery. I feel like I’ve stalled a bit, and […]

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 20: Saying No

Talk about empowerment. I decided I was going to say, “no” for an entire hour of the workday, no matter what was asked. Even if it was something I really wanted to say, “yes” to. My first “no” was whether I would be willing to re-write something that was the responsibility of another team member. […]

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 […]