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 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 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 52: Pretending to Be a Newscaster

We visited a museum that boasts a faux news studio. Everyone and his/her dog could pretend to be a newscaster, reading from the teleprompter and all.  Although the place was mobbed by a gaggle of 12 year olds, I–an old lady by their standards– clawed my way to my rightful place in line patiently awaited my […]

Day 50: Binge-Watching Corrupted Politicians

What better way to celebrate the half-way point to my 100-day challenge by experiencing another first: binge-watching an entire season of a TV show… After all, after my taxing time on the beach in Puerto Rico, I need a rest. I devoured the second season of Netflix’s House of Cards, the devilishly sinister Kevin Spacey, […]

Day 46: Swooning Over San Juan

Not all of my posts are major wins and, admittedly, some of my “experiences” barely qualify as such. (Really? Sending James Franco a message and figuratively putting Seth Rogen over my knee? Wearing bright red lipstick?) This one, however, I think truly counts. Day 1, Puerto Rico, first stop Isla Verde, which is very resort-minded […]

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 43: Signing Up for an Acting Workshop

I’m bitter. You may recall how I submitted an application to be an extra.  All I got back was a bogus email that was sent to thousands of other wannabes. Did I mention that I’m bitter? I just don’t understand why I haven’t been discovered. I mean, isn’t there always a need for the less […]

Day 42: Jumping on the Travel Bandwagon, or Puerto Rico Bound

Hot Warm on the heels of my Iceland-ticket-buying high, I snatched up tickets to go to Puerto Rico this weekend.  I figured it would be good for my recovery to soak in some warm, beach-y weather before heading to a place that has frozen water as its namesake. In light of my promise to try new […]

Day 36: Learning Led

Right after my surgery I bought a little travel acoustic guitar, figuring I could teach myself to play while I was stuck in the house. I also ordered a $275 pair of running shoes. An umbrella with a built-in light. And expensive tea picked by monkeys. (Which I’m pretty sure is just plain wrong, as […]

Day 35: First Day of Training for a 5K

Spinal cord surgery and all, I had my first training session on pavement for the 5K I hope to do someday. A friend—enlisted  pretty much against his will to be my partner in crime—summarized the situation in this way after I ran shuffled about ten steps while he looked on: “Ummm….” (Note: It was uttered […]

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 27: Buying Tickets to Iceland!

Well, I’ve gone and done it: I bought tickets to Iceland. If you’ve been following this blog, you’re probably thinking, “Nah-uh! I don’t believe it!” But I assure you, it’s true: I. BOUGHT. TICKETS. TO. ICELAND! Still shocked that I’m making one of my dreams a reality, I can’t even think of what to put […]

Day 25: Using Powdered Peppermint Patties

I’ve stared at this container of Gold Bond Body Powder for I don’t know how long. I swear, it’s made it through about six moves. I’ve never actually seen my husband use it, though it sits prominently displayed on his side of the sink like one might display a coveted Disney family photo on a […]

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 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 19: Applying for a Job I’m Completely Unqualified to Do

TV Cooking Show Needs Actor Ever dream of having your own TV show? [Yes! Yes, as a matter of fact, I do!] We can get you on the air with your own TV cooking show. Do you and your talent have something to say to the rest of the world? [No! No, as a matter […]