The Finale of “Missing Richard Simmons” Made Me Confront a Devastating Thought I’ve Tried to Avoid For Three Years

March 22, 2017

It’s over. The final episode of “Missing Richard Simmons” was released Monday – two days ahead of schedule – and there’s plenty in it that I’m still unpacking. I was knocked into a tailspin. My whole notion of who Richard is was shaken. Tears were shed. And I’m about to tell you why.

Before I go further, though, here’s a spoiler alert: Read the rest of this entry »


Avocado Eggs Have Gone Viral… But Learn From My Mistakes Before You Make Them!

March 21, 2017

I saw an article about a recipe that looked so good that I had to made it the very next day. Avocado eggs! And apparently I’m not the only fan. The instructional video in the article has been seen over 18 million times since it was posted last week… so avocado eggs have gone viral!

The recipe is charmingly easy: Read the rest of this entry »


I Love My New Stair Race Map AND My New Lego Skyscraper!

March 20, 2017

I realized the other day that I’ve now done a stair race in 17 different cities. SEVENTEEN! I think that warrants a new stair race map, don’t you think? Check it out!

(You can click on it to see it bigger.)

This is the version 2.0 of this map, which is hand-drawn. (Full confession: Read the rest of this entry »


The Simple Walking Workout That Wore Me Out

March 18, 2017

I don’t give myself a break from exercise after a race. No resting on my laurels here! Instead, I take a rest day on the day before, so I’m ready to go on race morning. That meant I was due for a workout the day after my hour-long stair race in Springfield, and I couldn’t skip it. Yes, I was achy and sore, but I gotta do what I gotta do. I decided to keep it easy and light… until I stepped on a cardio machine that had other ideas. Read the rest of this entry »


Good Eats, Paraffin Wax, and an Unplanned Medical Procedure: My Weekend in Springfield, Illinois

March 15, 2017

Springfield, Illinois isn’t a bustling metropolis, but it does have it’s own airport. It’s tiny – only four gates – and I flew there on small, 50-seater plane, where I had an aisle and window seat at the same time.

I’m a lot smaller than I used to be, but I’m still Read the rest of this entry »


This Tiny City Has a Great Big Monster of a Stair Race! (Climb Wyndham Race Recap)

March 12, 2017

I take photos after all of my stair races, but this selfie, taken seconds after crossing the finish line and collapsing onto the carpet, really captures how thoroughly punishing and draining a stair race is. This is after one hour in the stairwell:

(A volunteer gave me the sponge, which had been soaking in ice water, and it really helped cool me down.)

The race was Climb Wyndham, the Fight For Air Climb put on by the American Lung Association of Illinois. You might think an Illinois-based stair climb would be in Chicago, which is quite literally the birthplace of the skyscraper. But you’d be wrong: Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Biased, But Episode 4 of “Missing Richard Simmons” is The Best One Yet

March 8, 2017

If you’ve heard Episode 4 of “Missing Richard Simmons,” which was released Wednesday, than you know exactly why I’m biased. If you haven’t heard it yet, what are you waiting for? Learn how to subscribe on the official website – actually, you can listen there, too!

Guess what? You can also listen right here, because they started putting complete episodes of the podcast on YouTube, which means I can embed them here. I’ll embed Episodes 1-3 at the end of this post, in case you need to catch up, but here’s Episode 4:

So why I am biased towards Episode 4? Because there’s a big chunk in it about me. Like, three-and-a-half minutes worth! I talk about Read the rest of this entry »