October 3, 2016

Right in My Own Backyard

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:15 pm by Jenn

Who knew?  Who knew that there were so many interesting things to do in and around Upper Marlboro?  Not me that’s for sure.

I did a search on geocaching.com the other day and came up with 23 caches within 3 miles of the 20772 zip code…23 in my little town!  23, many in the same location so it makes for a fun day of exploring without a lot of car time getting from place to place – perfect for a day with a 7 year old.

On Wednesday my sister, Zachary and I set off in search of 5 caches.  We decided to start off with the two closest to home and work our way in to town where we had errands to run.

The first two caches took us to Mt. Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park.  This park is less than 2 miles from my high school and I never knew it existed.  The area was BEAUTIFUL and I was surprised to learn that this had actually been the first county seat of Prince George’s County.  In that time, 1696 it had been called Charles Town.

We were pretty lucky and able to find the first cache (GC1j308) easily.  The second one proved to be more difficult and we had to log that one as a DNF.  It may have been there, but as I’ve said before – I’m a city cacher and not really fond of traipsing through the woods in search of plastic boxes!

The best part of this park was that we ran in to some of the archaeologists who were out there working that day and we were able to visit the site they were working on which they believe to be a house or tavern.  There were two groups of two (four people) working.  The first group was working on the interior of the structure and the second two were working on the outside.  The two on the outside were finiding nails, bricks, window cames, shells and glass.  They were collecting their finds in plastic bags to take back to the research center.  It was really fascinating to see and they were so awesome to let us disturb their workday to be nosey and ask a TON of questions.  Zachary has since decided that he wants to be an archaeologist.  He thinks it’s pretty cool to be able to dig in the dirt and get paid.  I agree.

January 6, 2014

Have you seen my mojo?

Posted in Journal at 4:15 pm by Jenn

Somewhere between a new house and a new baby I seem to have lost my blogging mojo…or maybe just my time.  Who knows?  Certainly not me.  I still have lots to say, just no time to say it.  I have several FUNNY blog posts inside of me, just ready to be put out there for the world to read.  I hope that 2014 affords me some time to put them out there!

I just took a look at the blog stats for “Learning to Walk in Stilettos” for 2013. I still am amazed at what seems to attract people to this website – Alien Invasion and Neuschwanstein Castle being my two personal favorites.

With a new baby I have plenty of baby stories to tell, but honestly I don’t want to turn this in to a baby blog.  I want to keep it interesting and funny, and well, there just isn’t anything really interesting or funny for that matter about puke and poop.


2013 in review

Posted in Journal at 4:05 pm by Jenn

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 30, 2012

2012 in review

Posted in Journal at 3:58 pm by Jenn

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

October 12, 2012

We’re Active!

Posted in Journal tagged at 1:48 pm by Jenn

Scott and I received good news last week.  We are FINALLY active with our adoption agency.  Our profile is up online and our print profiles are being shown to birth parents.  I’m anxious and excited to begin this next chapter of our adoption journey.

Lots of preparation is underway as we wait for a “match”.  We started cleaning out the office and are working on converting it to a nursey.  Time for a fresh coat of paint and a crib.  We raised enough money in our baby bottle fundraiser to pay for a beautiful crib and we are so thankful to everyone who contributed to that fund raising effort. 

If any one reading this blog knows of anyone who is considering placing a child for adoption, please have them take a look at our profile.  We can’t wait to be parents!

October 9, 2012

Z-Coil Buyer Beware

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 7:32 pm by Jenn

A little over two years ago I invested in four pairs of Z-Coils to help relieve the chronic pain that I felt from plantar fascitis. I loved the shoes and wore them religiously to work.  About 6 months ago my work shoes started hurting my feet and I stopped wearing them and went back in to tennis shoes for work. 

Normally I would have taken my Z-Coils to the store to have them checked and had new coils put on but the store that I purchased them from went out of business about a year ago.  There haven’t been any Z-Coil retailers near me for quite some time.  A couple of months ago I did manage to find one fairly nearby but the hours were very unreasonable and didn’t fit in to my schedule at all.  Today I searched again and found another retailer but she wanted to charge me a $75 fitting fee, in addition to the cost of the new coils.  Um, no thank you.

One of the main reasons I purchased Z-Coils in the first place was the fact that they came with LIFETIME adjustments.  Today all of a sudden those LIFETIME adjustments seem to have expired.  Apparently not all Z-Coil retailers have to honor that LIFETIME adjustment, it’s up to them.  Now they don’t mind telling you that when they are trying to sell you a pair of $250 shoes. 

I called Z-Coil Customer Service and they were less than helpful.  Not only did they tell me that they couldn’t do anything for me, they didn’t even offer to help me find a retailer that would adjust my shoes for no charge until I told them that this is what they should be doing for someone who had spent money on their product.  HORRIBLE service and for that reason I will no longer be recommending these shoes to family, friends or co-workers. 

So basically as I promised Z-Coil that I would, I’m blogging about my experience.  Buyer BEWARE!  Z-Coils are great shoes and have helped my foot pain tremendously.  If you are interested in purchasing these shoes, do your homework, you won’t be getting any help from the company if you run in to problems down the line.  If your retailer goes out of business you are basically stuck with a $250 pair of shoes that you will be servicing yourself unless you can find a retailer who is willing to help you out.  Oh yeah, Z-Coil will be happy to sell you the replacement coils.


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