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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »