My Friend is Literally Running Around the World, and I Ran With Him For a Little While This Weekend

September 7, 2020

I ran into an old friend on Saturday. Well.. “ran into” doesn’t quite paint an accurate picture, because I drove 90 minutes to see him. I hadn’t seen him in a couple years, and this was my one and only chance to see him for the next couple years.

That friend is Ruslan Shakin, and he’s on a multi-year journey of a lifetime, literally running around the world. So far he’s amassed around 12,000 miles of running, by Read the rest of this entry »


It Took More Than 100 Miles, But I’ve Finished My Hiking Challenge!

August 30, 2020

Here’s the face of a happy camper, standing in a park in Richmond, Michigan:

How did I end up in Richmond? I walked there! It as the end of a months-long pandemic challenge – a quest to hike the entire length of a trail that spans two counties. And I made it! Read the rest of this entry »


The Cutest Little Farm Stand Is Only Five Minutes Away

August 23, 2020

I love food shopping. I really do. I love wandering aisles and checking out things I’ve never seen before – especially if those things are in the produce section. I love finding new-to-me varieties of fruits and veggies. I love stocking up on favorites, too, and lately, that’s been radishes. I bring a salad to work most days, for lunch, and just about every salad I’ve made in the past few months has included radish.

Last week, I heard about a farm stand in my new neighborhood, and Read the rest of this entry »


Video Content! How To Cut Up A Mango

August 9, 2020

Who wants to learn how to cut a mango? I made a video! I’m no superstar YouTuber or anything, but this video gets the job done. I held my smartphone with my right hand, and showed off the steps with my left. Check it out! Read the rest of this entry »


I Worked At “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” For Seven Years. This Is My Truth.

August 2, 2020

The past few days have been surreal. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has been all over the news, thanks to reports of a hostile workplace environment and sexual misconduct. It’s upsetting to see the names of people I’ve known for almost two decades attached to such despicable behavior. I’m getting bombarded with texts and messages from friends, asking what’s true and what’s not. “Was it really as bad as they say?”

I worked at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for seven years, and Read the rest of this entry »


My First Post… From My New House!

July 26, 2020

Hello, everyone! Greetings from my new home!

I moved in a few weeks ago, and between preparing for the move, and all the stuff that’s come after, it seems like I’ve been busy forever. Earlier today, my father and I removed the bathroom mirror in the above photo from the wall and rehung it ten inches higher, because that bathroom was not designed for Read the rest of this entry »


JJ and Fawns and Shrimp and What the Heck is That Bird?

July 5, 2020

There’s lots of animals to blog about, and I’m going to start with my favorite: JJ! I used my parent’s Jacuzzi to unwind after a challenging step workout, and JJ was very curious about it.

I think he would have gotten in had I let him! A week earlier, JJ decided Read the rest of this entry »


My First Race in Four Months!

June 28, 2020

One of the things I miss most right now is stair racing. Thanks to the pandemic, stair races are pretty much done for the time being, and I don’t know when they’re coming back… or when I’ll feel comfortable racing again anyway. I did have a race experience recently, though – with a bib and everything!

Good ol’ lucky number 41088! The race was Read the rest of this entry »


I Haven’t Blogged During the Past Few Weeks, But That’s Because I Bought a House!

June 21, 2020

Hey gang! It’s been three weeks since I’ve posted anything on here, and it’s because my mind and energy has been focused on a very exciting development: I BOUGHT A HOUSE! 

It’s a cute little ranch in a Detroit suburb called Troy, about 25 minutes from where I’m currently living. I picked up the keys last weekend. I’ll share some pics throughout this post, but I’m starting with the craziest part of the story: I made an offer on the house without ever stepping foot inside.  Read the rest of this entry »


JJ and I Have Hiked A 47-Mile Route Over the Past Few Months!

May 31, 2020

There’s some old railroads in my area that have been converted into hiking trails, and JJ and I have been hitting portions of these trails during many of our weekends over the past few months. It occurred to me recently that if JJ and I targeted a couple specific areas, than we will have cumulatively covered a continuous stretch of trail that’s 47 miles long! That became a new goal… and I reached that goal on Sunday.

Check it out: We’ve covered this entire 23.5-mile trail, twice! (There and back.) 

(Click on the map to see it bigger.)

Most of the trail is called Read the rest of this entry »