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 »


Three New Items. Two Vegetarian, One Not. Two Delicious, One Not.

May 30, 2020

I can’t wait until I can get a haircut. I want one so badly.

In other news… even in a pandemic, I’m finding new-to-me products that pique my curiosity. I don’t go out of my way to explore and find new items in the supermarket, but if I happen to see something I’ve never seen before (typically in endcap displays or near items I buy regularly), chances are I’ll buy it and bring it home. Wanna read about my latest new-to-me purchases? Read the rest of this entry »


The Saturday Morning Workout That’s Been Kicking My Butt

May 25, 2020

All I wanted was a simple post-workout photo, and JJ photobombed it!

And then, seconds later, JJ landed a kiss right on my lips, complete with tongue! Read the rest of this entry »


I Wouldn’t Say I Cheated On My Most Recent “Chopped” Cooking Challenge… But I Did Stretch the Rules

May 17, 2020

My office does a fun “Chopped”-inspired cooking challenge, where they provide a list of three secret ingredients, and we use them to make a dish over the weekend. I’ve done it twice before (read the posts here and here)… but this time, I had to stretch the rules a little bit. But I ended up with a delicious late night snack, since that was the category.

Crunchy carrot chips! I’ve been wanting to make these ever since Read the rest of this entry »