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50 Days of Adequate Books (More or Less)

I have a stack of books taunting me. Most of them I bought with every intention of reading, some were gifts. I need to make a decision on whether or not any or all of them are read-worthy. My plan is to read the first 25 or 50 pages and decide whether or not I’m interested in reading the rest. I’ll donate or give away the ones that don’t capture my attention and start plowing through the remaining stack once I’ve evaluated them all.

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K is for Kayak


I spotted my first kayak of the season today. It’s a more telling sign of spring to me than crocuses. We’ve been avid kayakers for quite a few years. We rented one year and bought a couple at a tent sale the following year. We try to go most weekends, mostly local flat water. There are plenty of local tributaries to choose from.

We go mostly for the exercise, quiet and wildlife. We regularly see turtles, ducks and blue heron. On occasion there are mink and foxes.

Can’t wait till its warm enough to get back out there.




Gotta have ’em.

Unfortunately, I’m not terribly good at reaching them. My initial enthusiasm soon gives way to …meh…

Although I seem to be doing pretty well at this blog challenge, maybe in part because of my interest in reinvigorating this blog that I have allowed to go fallow.

Maybe because daily posting has made it part of a routine — a habit (seriously, I’m typing this on the kitchen counter while I make dinner).

I have recently stumbled across a couple of resources that talk about creating habits or systems that you put in place and work at daily, rather than these big ass goals that are waaaayyyy out there and obviously not something I need to worry about today. After all, I’ve got shows to binge watch and the internet isn’t going to read itself.

The first resource I want to mention is Gretchen Rubin’s book, Better than Before. She talks a lot here about forming positive habits.

The second is this blog by James Clear, Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on this Instead.

So, this is the direction I’ve been taking lately.


F is for Fashion

I’m not a particularly fashiony person, but I seem to have developed a bit of a style. In the winter, it normally involves leggings or skinny jeans, boots, cardigan and some sort of tank or tee.

Like this or this from Pinterest.

I like to think that I would be fully prepared in the event I need to do yoga at the drop of a hat.

The summer is tougher. Especially because I don’t like open-toed shoes. I did discover maxi skirts last year which I like.

There are some interesting schools of thought lately, such as trimming down to a capsule wardrobe or employing the Project 333 system.

I’ve even seen some articles about wearing the same thing every day. Here and here too.

Something to think about.


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E is for Everest

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know my obsession with all things Everest. And now the 2015 Everest season is upon us. Everest season? What’s that, you ask? Well, because of the extreme altitude and weather conditions, there is a very tight window in which in can be summitted with any degree of success — usually mid-end of May.

Any earlier and it’s too cold and windy, any later and the mountain is just too unstable. The chances of avalanche increases as do the odds that the Khumbu Icefall will shift. The Khumbu Icefall is the glacier where sixteen people died last year in the deadliest season ever recorded.

Several guide teams have elected not to mount an expedition this year, among them Peak Freaks, who have been guiding Everest Expeditions for more than two decades.But the Nepal Ministry of Tourism reports that 287 individuals have received Everest climbing permits for 2015 so not all guide companies are displaying this level of caution. And a new route has been established through the Icefall for the 2015 season.

Facts about Mount Everest:

  • Elevation: 29,035 (8850m)-found to be 6′ higher in 1999
  • Name in Nepal: Sagarmatha (means: goddess of the sky)
  • In Tibet: Chomolungma: (means: mother goddess of the universe)
  • First successful ascent: May 29, 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary, NZ and Tenzing Norgay, NP, via the South Col Route
  • First Solo Ascent: Aug. 20, 1980, Reinhold Messner, IT, via the NE Ridge to North Face
  • First Ascent by an American: May 1, 1963, James Whittaker, via the South-Col
  • First Ascent without oxygen: May 8, 1978- Reinhold Messner, IT, and Peter Habeler, AUT, via the South-East Ridge
  • Fastest Ascent from South: Babu Chhiri Sherpa 34, NP-16 hours and 56 minutes (5-21-2000)
  • Youngest person: Temba Tsheri (NP) 15 on May, 22, 2001
  • Oldest Person: Sherman Bull May, 25, 2001 -64 yrs
  • First Legally Blind Person: Erik Weihenmeyer May, 25, 2001
  • Best and Worst Years on Everest: 1993, 129 summitted and eight died (a ratio of 16:1); in 1996, 98 summitted and 15 died (a ratio of 6½:1)
  • Highest cause of death: Avalanches-about a (2:1) ratio over falls
  • Most dangerous area on mountain: Khumbu Ice Fall-19 deaths
  • First ski descent: Davo Karnicar (Slovenia) 10-7-2000
  • Corpses remaining on Everest: about 120
  • Fastest descent: In 1988, Jean-Marc Boivin of France descended from the top in just 11 minutes, paragliding.
  • Largest number to reach the top in one day: 40, on May 10, 1993

If your Everest curiosity has been “peaked” (heh- yes I know it’s piqued) here’s some more information.

Here is a National Geographic quiz to test your Everest knowledge.

Additional Everest Resources.

I may use some other letters to update on this year’s season. Because it’s my blog and I can do that


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D is for Downtime

Saturday with no major obligations means a little time relax. Today that meant…

…a little reading…


…watching a little rugby (sporting many layers and drinking a venti latte)


…some quality Spenser time…


…dinner = Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Chicken Burger, Wegman’s 7 grain salad and a Southern Tier IPA.


All together not a bad day. Tucked a little decluttering and a few errands into the day.I didn’t make it to the gym, but my Fitbit seems pretty pleased with me.

Hope everyone has a great Easter. I’m already planning Monday’s post :)



C is for Creativity


Creativity intimidates people. They treat it like some mystical, esoteric elixir bestowed upon us grudgingly  by some penurious muse — the purview of artists and writers alone.

That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Creativity is everywhere and within reach of everyone.

  • A dad who finds a way to coax a reluctant child to sleep.
  • A woman on a tight budget who creates tasty meals from her pantry.
  • An entrepreneur who identifies an under served market.
  • An six-year-old who amuses himself with a couple of sticks
  • And of course, writers like you and I.

Here are a couple of interesting notes about creation and criticism from Martha Beck and fear and creativity from Karen Thompson Walker and a Psychology Today article on Albert Einstein.

Pay attention over the next couple of days. Try to identify at least three creative things you do. Any time you use non-linear thinking to solve a problem or reach a goal. Share what you learn in comments if you like.


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