Simple Things

Sometimes it takes a while to get things right, that or I am now just old and prefer to carry little plastic purse like I’m 92 years old.  All I need is a plastic bonnet that folds up to the size of a quarter.

To be serious however. I first bought a little blue bag for $1.50 at Daiso (Japanese dollar store) to take to Italy and Portugal to carry my phone and sketch book.  Yes a little plastic purse.  It was PERFECT!  I used it every single day.  I could see what I needed through it, it was small enough to stuff in other bags and by the time I got back It was well worn (it is still in use however).

So I bought another one the next time we went and last week I found the perfect use for it.

After years of different bags for the gym, gym bags, mini gym bags, drawstring bags, backpacks they are all too big for my purpose at the gym.  I would lose my log or pen in between sets.  They would sometimes get in my way, or if hanging off a machine was just too much.

So last week I broke out my little $1.50 plastic purse.  In it fits my gym log, pen, phone, keys and card to check in.  I can hang it off the handle.  I can see everything without digging around and yet I don’t have to carry everything loose from machine to machine.

My little old lady purse is PERFECT as my new gym bag.


The “new normal” schedule

I will preface this blog with I LOVE a routine.  I am happiest in a routine.  I get more done in a routine.

The school year has started so has our “new” schedule.  Yes I said “our” no I’m not teaching and my schedule is technically the same, but it isn’t the same at all.  After seven years the one thing I have come to accept, acknowledge and adapt to is our ever changing routine.

We are currently back in class.  So every day is a different schedule.  Even small things change like I need to grocery shop differently.  I actually need fewer groceries, but also a different kind.  Breakfast is still the main meal cooked at our house since we both work nights.  But now even less “meal” food if you will is needed.  More meal prep, but a different kind.  Lori gets home at 10-11pm, sometimes she has already eaten, often not but only something lite at that hour is wanted.

On the face of it you wouldn’t think my schedule changes but it does.  Yes I still go to work at the same time.  But the mornings need to shift.  Every day has a different class schedule or meeting.  Which means a different departure time.  Which means a different breakfast time.  And since our time is limited I generally take every moment I can get.  We now have classes being taken and homework and writing to fit in as well.  So far this week its been light, but the 4am alarm to get up and “work” has started.

Today was a two class day (both teaching), so an earlier departure.  I made Lori breakfast and we caught up on the last few days.  It was too early for me to eat and I left for the gym at the same time she left.  But it got me there later then I like and a stop at Sprouts after for eggs, fruit, squash and cauliflower had me home closer to 11 a.m.  By the time I made my breakfast, put together dinner, made two quick phone calls it was time to get ready for work.

By the time we fall into this new routine and it starts to feel effortless, winter break will be here and it will all change again.  Just not as long as the Summer break.  School will then start at the end of January and that schedule will be similar to the current one, but not exactly. That brings us back to Summer where we have hours together every single day and it is divine.  More projects, more walks, less gym however.  I don’t seem to manage to get to the gym at all in the Summer.

My gym membership had ended last Winter.  It was during peak at work and I didn’t deal with finding a new one.  I pieced together yoga and walks through Spring but that even fell off come Summer.  I joined Planet Fitness at the end of July to get in on a deal.  I went for the membership that I can bring someone every time if I want.  It is still cheaper then the last membership I had.  There is no pool, but I never used it in any of the years I was a member before.

I hadn’t gone all month though, until school and the newest routine started.  Already this week I have gone a of couple days. The one thing I can say about the gym, any gym, is I love the gym.  I feel so perfectly at home at the gym.  I know everyone has that “place” where they feel at home.  The library (although that is a close second), a campus, the stage, the bar, the beach, the couch….. mine is defiantly the gym.  Just a couple workouts this week and I’m wondering how I let so much time go by.

Just another priority to fit into this Falls routine.  Life is beautifully packed and thankfully I go with the flow so much easier then my younger self.

Gym shopping

My two-year pre-paid membership to the (was new at the time) super-sport 24 hour fitness about 4 miles from my house is about up. When I was there today I asked what my last day was and it is January 27th.

I’m comfortable at 24 because I’ve been a member so long and I have a friend who I sometimes meet at midnight there.

There is a brand new LA Fitness going in about 1.5 miles from our house.  I could effectively walk to that one.  There is a special to buy in prior to opening….but that is supposed to be next week.  (For the record, they don’t look that close to opening and the parking lot is all still building materials, a half built Panera and zero pavement in where cars would park.)

There is also Planet Fitness near us, several in fact.  Not quite as far away as 24 hour but not as close as the new LA Fitness.  Planet Fitness certainly has a $10 option, however the option that lets you use all facilities and get personal training is nearly as much as the other gyms.

There also doesn’t appear to be any spin or other classes at Planet Fitness.  Although with the bigger membership “black card” I think they call it there is some personal training and it looks as if I can bring a guest anytime.  Which could be a nice thing, no need to buy Lori a membership if when she goes it is generally with me.

I have my yoga punch card at Purple, maybe I can just go to more yoga.  Or the new piLAtes studio opening even closer than the new LA fitness.

Guess I have five weeks to figure in out and right about the time all the “new years” specials will be going on.

–Anyone out there go to LA Fitness or Planet Fitness that could give me a recommendation?