extra, extra: read all about it

I realize it’s May 4th, and I have yet to publish my May Challenges but I promise to deliver that tomorrow.

In the meantime, May the Fourth be with you.


the hairy dude

Can’t believe I just did that, considering I have never watched ANY of the Star Wars movies.


Sure I know the characters: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, the hairy yeti-looking dude, but this knowledge has been gained through pop culture osmosis.

People think I’m a freak for never having experienced the Star Wars phenomenon, but I now consider it to be a personal streak.

It’s a streak I’m not planning to break. #Winning

Enough of that, Nanc, if you’re not going to write about May Challenges, what are you going to talk about in this post?

Well, bits and bobs, really. But first, the biggest news of all!!!

I’m so excited I can barely breathe. I’m in a tizzy! untitled

Remember during the month of March how my friend, Andra Watkins, was destroying her feet by walking 15 miles per day in a journey to cover all 444 miles of the Natchez Trace?

Well, she was doing that in conjunction with the publication of her book, To Live Forever, An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. If you recall, she was also running a contest for her readers, incentivizing them to help her promote her book.

I would have helped her promote this book with or without a contest, because a) she is fully awesome in every way; and b) her book is a wonderful read! (Have you read it yet??? Why not?? Buy this book! You won’t regret it!)


Andra just announced the winner of the contest on Friday.




I am over-the-moon excited! Not only do I get to visit a beautiful part of the country that I’ve never seen before (my only South Carolina experience thus far is Myrtle Beach), but I also get to finally meet *in person* someone I have come to consider a friend! How lucky am I? #Winning

So, now, onto the other bits and bobs.

Hmm… I shouldn’t have led with the big news, now it’s all going to be a big let down. Humpphh.

I went shopping at Sail yesterday. Sail is to me in Toronto what REI is to me in Vegas. It’s my Mecca. It’s where I hunt for all manner of hiking supplies.

There was a moment, though, when I realized that shoe porn used to mean this to me:


And now it means this:

hikingAnd I wondered…who is this person, and what have you done with the real Nancy??


I’m growing.

And I managed to score a great pair of Salomon hiking shoes marked down to $74.99 from $124.99! #Winning

Finally, I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love Spark People. Their site offers great (and free!) exercise videos  as well as nice tools for tracking both food and activities. What I recently discovered is that they also have a fabulous recipes site. Since I’m not always on my laptop, I was thrilled to find out that they offer it as a SparkRecipes app for the iPhone.

You can easily sort on recipes by category (breakfast, lunch, appetizer, dessert), by ingredient or by dietary requirement (gluten-free, sugar-free). I’ve already made a couple of their recipes, including a banana peanut butter oatmeal, which was delicious! #Winning

In other news, I spent 9 hours moving my youngest from one university house to another. He and his roommates were living in absolute filth.

I wish it looked this good

I wish it looked this good

My son had an English cucumber, of undetermined age, in the mini fridge in his bedroom. It was nearly liquefied.

There may have been maggots. Okay, maybe not maggots. But other equally nasty things.

I can’t unsee that. The image has been permanently burned into my retinae.

It still haunts me. #Scarredforlife

And on that happy note, I bid you adieu.

Tomorrow brings the May challenges.

Keep moving!

xoxo nancy


116 thoughts on “extra, extra: read all about it

  1. I found a green, hairy egg in the fridge of one of the apartments I lived in here. I also had an apartment so damp (in Dublin) that when I came back from a long weekend away, my shoes had turned green and furry.
    But enough about green furry things! Congratulations on your win! How exciting!

  2. Congrats on the trip to Charleston! Most envious!!!

    … and I learned a long time ago that it’s best not to go into any living space occupied by only young men. Ewwwww. A stack of pizza boxes almost as tall as me – doesn’t anyone take out the garbage? … and that was the least most offense thing….

    • Joanne, the first thing that greeted me as I entered his room: every piece of clothing he owns strewn all over the floor. And he is a worse clothes horse than I am, so believe me when I say it was a LOT of clothes. I filled 5 jumbo garbage bags with dirty clothes.

      • Maybe we have the same son? – tall lanky guy, green eyes, very curly hair?
        My youngest claims it is easier to find his stuff on the floor than hanging up or in a drawer. Seriously.
        I’m glad to know it’s not just because I was a bad mother 🙂

      • Tall, lanky, brown eyes, straight hair. 🙂
        He does it because he can. He knows mom and avoa (Portuguese grandmother) will take care of everything. I’m at fault, really. 🙂

  3. Read this earlier but my dumb iPad wouldn’t let me comment.
    That cucumber looks familiar… I (recently) allowed a bag of baby carrots to congeal into paste and then powder in the corner of my office. Also- this reminds me to check my mini fridge because I’m pretty sure I bought some fundraiser cookie dough last December and its stiiiiiill in there.

  4. I’ve never watched a Star wars movie either, and can’t see why I would in the future either. Nice to know there is somebody else out there too!


    Why is this true!!



    Ok…now that is out if my system…yeay shoes! I love hiking shoes! I found my best ever walking boots that fit my odd shaped feet, and wouldn’t let the paramedics cut them off my feet when I broke my leg…no matter how much it hurt they were not hurting my shoes!!

    I just bought some new (to me) dancing boot shoes 😀

  6. Hey Nancy! CONGRATULATIONS on winning the trip! How wonderful to go and meet a friend you admire and appreciate. We all know you will have a wonderful time AND be writing about it so we can all follow along.

    Now about that Star Wars business–or lack thereof. Hmmmmm…. I happen to think you are pretty amazing so I can only wonder how AWESOME you could have been hahahaha! Who know? One day when you’re about 105 and nothing else is happening you might change your mind. Gotta keep changing just like you gotta keep moving! ~Kathy

    • My biggest worry is that one day I’m stuck on a really long flight, with no entertainment, no books, no magazines and the only movie playing is Star Wars. I might actually cave… 🙂

  7. Oh dear, Charleston? As in Charleston, SC?? Yes, bring some sensible footwear, Nancy, but also bring some fat pants. You cannot escape this fantastic destination with nothing less than an extra ten pounds on your person. You must eat your way through the city. And it will be worth it.
    But perhaps it’s Charleston, WV, in which case I’ve heard the Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals committee puts on a pretty good meeting. Fingers crossed for SC.

  8. Can’t wait to see your next search results post with all these “key” search terms It sould be really “interesting”. Glad you won the trip! Should make for a fun time. Yes, I read the book and throughly enjoyed it. I discovered Keen hiking shoes and boots several years back and will wear nothing else now when out with Maggie exploring. Even wore them to church this morning (now that should really throw your stats).

    • Oh Pat, you should see some of the creepy search terms I’ve seen in my stats the past few weeks. They’ve grossed me out!

      Keen are awesome – and I love them for the high-cut boots. Lowa are the gold standard. I almost bought a low-cut pair yesterday. Except they were $199 for a low cut shoe. 😦 Common sense prevailed. 🙂 I’m pretty happy with the Salomon’s I got. They’ll do just find for local hikes. When I get to Vegas I need to buy heavier duty ones for the challenging hikes I’m planning in the southwest! 🙂

  9. Congratulations on all the #wins.

    I haven’t seen any of the Star Wars films either even though there is at least one on TV every bank holiday. In fact, I think I scrolled through the tv this evening to find one on and immediately dismissed it to watch something else, as background noise.

    I love SparkPeople too. I’ve used it on and off since 2008 and love it. I only use it to log my exercise most of the time but will also log my food when I want to concentrate of weight loss. I love Coach Nicole’s exercise videos and find some of them really hard! They can be very deceptive. 😀

  10. Gosh, with all that winning going on, I sure hope you have a trip to Vegas planned soon. Congrats on all….well, except that cucumber. Were they making their own antibiotics 🙂

  11. I was originally shocked by the Star Wars revelation. But I think im more concerned about the cucumber.

    Not how it looked mind you. But the fact that you referred to it as English. I thought cucumbers were the same everywhere?

  12. I am so excited you won the trip!!! Are there really this many people who have never seen the Star Wars films though? I saw the first three “back in the day” and thanks to Ryan have had to listen to the second three over and over and over for years… yes, he is wearing his t-shirt today. 🙂 Thanks for the link to Spark People, it sounds like a great page to visit!

    • I honestly thought I was alone in my boycott of the franchise. 🙂 Who knew that two other bloggers would be in the same boat. That said, I believe they’re both from the UK, and maybe the phenomenon wasn’t quite as huge over there?

      I’m not sure how I went unscathed during my kids younger years. Maybe there was a dark period in the early to mid 90’s when they didn’t produce any new films? That could be it. After that, they could watch on their own and I wouldn’t have to participate. 🙂

  13. So happy for you for winning!!! Yippee!!!!!!! Love that Andra and am jealous that you get to meet her!! I’m with you on the Star Wars thing, #nothappening! My condolences on the cucumber scarring you for life.

  14. My brother had a real twisted thing for Star Wars when we were growing up. I gave him my Princess Leia barbie doll when he was, like, twenty-seven, AND HE PROBABLY HAD SEX WITH IT. I only watch Star Wars to lust over Harrison Ford. I watch any movie he’s in, no matter how ridiculous, to lust over him to this day.

    I’m really glad you’re excited about the trip. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • People tend to be VERY passionate about that movie series. I wondered how many I would piss off by admitting I’ve never watched a single scene. 🙂

      Need to get an email out to you today to figure out timing for the trip! YAY!!!

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  16. Congrats on the win! I only hope the police are ready for the combustion that will be you and Andra meeting.

    I had a pair of Salomon ski boots way back when that I still use. Didn’t know they made hiking shoes.

    • I only ever knew them for their ski gear, too, Guap – but apparently they are very respecting in hiking boots/shoes now, too.

      And, yes, Charleston will never be the same. 🙂

  17. Congrats on the win! I need to put her book on my to-read list. Was the walking part of the actual book or??

    • The characters in the book walked some of the Trace, and of course the real Lewis & Clarke travelled the Trace, too. Andra is, apparently, the only person of either sex to walk the full 444 miles in modern times! Pretty incredible!

  18. Congratulations on your trip! And the shift in shoe porn. Now you’ll be able to walk when you reach my age. As to your findings at your sons place, I think I win in that department….I (stupidly) entered a house where my son lived with 3 other college guys…the place was full of such liquidified treasures. Not only the kitchen…

      • Let’s say we’re even 🙂 I remember the guys needed to replace the garbage disposal after grinding beer capsules and other such stuff in it…

      • The house mine was in was such a dilapidated piece of crap that – in fairness to them – they didn’t leave it in much worse state than when they moved in 2 years ago. But the filth… the food, the booze, the junk…everywhere. I’m getting itchy just thinking about it.

  19. Congrats on the win, Nancy! You get to meet another blogger face to face AND experience Charleston too! Charleston is one of my favorite cities and I know you will enjoy it. You can spend hours walking and burn off all that awesome food! 😀

    I am with you on Star Wars…I did see the first one a million years ago, and that was plenty.

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