I had a moment today struggling with a dumb travel wallet. Which one, you ask? This one: Why do I need it? Because there are no pockets in ANY moisture-wicking active clothing for women. None. Often us women feel lucky to have pockets in our normal clothes. I also didn't bother practicing wearing it under... Continue Reading →
The scallop shell
The scallop shell is the symbol of St James' Way (the Camino), not only a way for pilgrims to self-identify when they attach a shell to their pack, but used as a symbol to mark guideposts and directional arrows along all 12+ routes. In the Middle Ages, the custom was to wear a scallop shell... Continue Reading →
T minus 2 days!
There is too much going on right now to really sit down to reflect and write careful blog posts, so here are just some random updates as I prep for Monday: The Camino Campaign jumped up to $1,056 as of this morning! Thank you so much to everyone who "pledged" to walk with me. Please... Continue Reading →
Purple people eater
It was time to color my roots once again, but I also have little more than a week before I'm on the road. So... Yeah... I'm typing this out right now waiting for the purple to process (and yes, it's 11:30 pm-- see my post last night at 11:30 pm about not having control of... Continue Reading →
T minus 12 Days!
I can't believe I'm flying to London in 12 days. I also can't believe that I've been so incredibly busy with work that I haven't posted an update in almost a month. I am now on the other side of that monster work event (a big success, thanks for asking), am trying desperately to get... Continue Reading →
It’s still happening…
I am now completely consumed by this work event on March 3, but I am still thinking about Camino prep. I just haven't had the time to write extensive updates but I assure you I am still going. A good friend helped adjust my pack and figure out what all the straps do; another good... Continue Reading →
The last of the solid planning (and how to kill “Zombie Jen” )
The prepping and planning has really moved along in the last three days and I have lots of "new thotz" to share, but alas, work vs. daylight hours vs. body need for some sleep means I only have time to dash out a quick update tonight with the most solid bit of planning that has... Continue Reading →
First piece of gear acquired
The trip still feels so far away, but it is quickly becoming a reality and no longer an abstract concept. Plane tickets purchased at New Years. Guide books bought and sufficient initial research completed. Sports bra that fits and isn't trying to choke me to death bought. OK. Fine. But the dirty secret is that... Continue Reading →
Uh oh. How to prep when I can’t even get enough sleep?
OK, I'm not panicking just yet... but I have encountered a little problem in preparing. Part of the appeal of walking the Camino is taking a break from everyday life, stopping to smell the roses, so to speak. In addition, one should prepare one's body for walking 480 miles straight -- up mountains, down mountains,... Continue Reading →
Pilgrim’s Progress: The first sin to go
Vanity. Vanity is the first to go. If I were walking the Camino for solely religious reasons, this entry would be far more introspective and philosophical than what I'm going to share. I would hope I could even write something inspirational, transcendent. Instead, I'm writing to share the startling realization I had last weekend. An... Continue Reading →