camino de santiago · goals

Day One of my 40 Days of Walking!

Ok so you know this is going to be about Camino stuff. I started training today! My plan to get myself started is simply to walk at least 3.2 miles a day for the next 40 days. Once I get that accomplished, I’ll move on to adding mileage and a pack and all that stuff. I figure I have 2 years, I can take my time. 🙂

Day One is complete:

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So here’s the fun part – while browsing on the fitbit site, I googled “camino” in the community section, just to see if there were any fellow trainers hanging out. I was so surprised to find this neat-o torpedo site that actually syncs with your fitbit and compares your mileage to where you would be on the Camino! You get pics and everything, of just where you would be on The Way. It’s my first day using it so I can’t give an absolute review, but the idea is genius and is just one more little push to make sure that I’m training a little every day. Take a look: it’s called Walking 4 Fun – I’m pretty jazzed about it. I haven’t put my steps in for the day yet, so here’s what my walk looks like:

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Since this is my first day of semi-unemployment, I have a lot to accomplish today besides walking. Operation Declutter is well on its way. Have a great day, you guys!


camino de santiago · goals · pics

Lunchie words

Lunch hour. That means time to learn more about the Camino. I don’t think I’ll run out of material to read/ponder any time soon, and that makes me happy. Today I’m looking at the first leg of the actual Camino de Santiago, which is St Jean Pied de Port to Roncevalles. I’m thinking I want to start slow and get acclimated, so I’ll stop after just a few hours of walking that first day. More than likely I’ll have a little jet lag so I don’t want to take on too much. First stop for me, I believe, will be Refuge Orisson. It’s just a few hours’ walk from SJPDP, and here’s the view, courtesy of :


Gah the pic is too small but it’s time to go back to workles. I’ll fix it later. I’m excited! That’s the gist.

goals · work


I might be back.  Haven’t quite decided.

If there were any regular readers before, they’ve long lost interest at this point, so I’m probably just talking to myself anyway…which oddly reflects real life. But I’m not complaining.

Update: I’m working full time now, benefits and all…which has completely killed my social life, since I’m still hosting trivia 2 nights a week and attempting Supermom status.  Next up: a new couch and a good vacation.


goals · the girls · work

Okay then…

Wisdom from my Starbucks cup o’tea (Berryblossom White)  this evening:

You can learn a lot more from

listening than you can from talking.

Find someone with whom you

don’t agree in the slightest and ask

them to explain themselves at

length.  Then take a seat, shut your

mouth, and don’t argue back.  It’s

physically impossible to listen with

your mouth open.

-John Moe, Radio host and author of Conservatize Me.


I start my new job tomorrow! More money, weekends off, way more time with my girls, and lovely people to work with. I’m really excited. Oh. and I get to actually sit down.  Hope that doesn’t affect the derriere…

church issues · goals


a day off. nice.

I’m officially over this whole OooRetailWillBeFun thing. Selling makeup was fun for a bit, but the scheduling has been horrific. This Christmas was supposed to be my holiday with the girls, and I think I had a total of 36 hours with them. Whirlwind 4 hour drives to North Florida do not exactly make for meaningful family time, ya know?
So I’ve applied for a few Instructional Assistant positions with the county schools, and I’m awaiting a phone call from a friend-of-a-friend who may have a job for me as well. I can’t wait to get out of retail world and be a real mom again.
The ex had the BethyGirls for New Years, and I went to Cinci to see my favorite male. We went to a fabulous shindig at Shadowbox in Newport Kentucky, and for New Years Day enjoyed an IronChef marathon and some yummy chili with J5’s mom and brother. (hi!) God made some pretty snow for me too, thrilling for my native Floridian self. It was a great trip, just way too short.

My only New Year’s Resolution is to get myself back to church. Yes, I know, you can have church anywhere, and God is with us all the time, etc etc. But I miss it, and I know that I have to present some sort of alternative to the BethyGirls. If they have to choose between something and nothing when they grow up, they’ll choose something. I plan on at least giving them an alternative that doesn’t make them think that the world around them is evil and scary.
Because it’s quite the opposite.

pics to come, as soon as I unlazy myself and make a slideshow. wonder how long that’ll take..?

goals · mind blurbs

Funny thing happened on the way to soccer practice…

It’s amazing how, when timed perfectly, one conversation, one look, one inflection of speech, can delete years of self examination… the years spent rediscovering one’s self worth, the years spent remembering that life can be lived without asking permission, without the constant question of “am I  good enough?”

It seems that the psyche is easily triggered to go back to that time, that instead of recalling liberty, it opts to retreat to times of weakness and submission.  At the slightest provocation, like a mental rewind, insecurity and fear creep back.

It’s happened before, and produced depression and paralysis.

Not this time. This time it will be used to kick some proverbial arse.

Let’s move on, shall we? I think we shall.

goals · vids

Defunked, I do believe. (not defunct)

Hi folks. Bootstrap time again.

Which means a list of all the crap I didn’t get done whilst funking.

and none of it will be interesting to you. ha. but look, you’re sucked in, aren’t you?

here goes:

  • pay ticket that is probably past 30 days, or possibly just send a random check for 200 bucks to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  • do the online driver school for the ticket I got on Easter… 
  • realize that I really need to drive more carefully before I’m broke.
  • take Annie to the groomer, since our week at the beach was also a week at the beachhouse with fleas. yay. I now have a matted, itchy shih-tzu with skin problems. woot woot!
  • finish cleaning my downstairs. I’m on a roll, finally. 
  • go for a walk with the girlies.  briskly.

I can’t think of anything else at the moment, but if I get that stuff accomplished it will be considered a Day of Miracles.

While doing all of the above things, I expect I’ll be listening to Aqualung. They’re fabulous, and my new favorite. Here ya go.