Gym Classes and Noise Level

I’ve been going to gym classes for the past six months or so and I’m fighting a losing battle when it comes to ear protection.  They blast the music to the point where the ground is rumbling and then to make sure we can hear the instruction, they then turn their microphones even louder.  I’ve tried every corner of the class, asking instructors to turn it down, speaking with management, and even wearing ear plugs. As much as they have helped to make it less painful on my ears, the classes are still deafeningly loud, even with earplugs.  I’m considering cancelling my membership to save my ears.

I read a Reddit thread not too long ago about the one thing people would tell their younger selves.  An inordinate amount of responses had to do with not being stupid in their young age about their hearing.  We’re already surrounded by a constant barrage of noise pollution all around us.  Traffic, sirens, television, the hum of fluorescent lights.  I want to be physically fit and strong, but I want that without sacrificing my hearing.

Revelation from Hawaii

On my first day in Hawaii, the Big Island, we hiked from South Point (the southern-most tip of the U.S.) to Green Sands Beach.
Green Sands Beach
It was about a 3 mile hike there and I lamented that I belonged on my couch in fronna the TV! Why am I here in this sun and dusty dirt road!? We went on to hike 5 more trails and I realized how much I like being outdoors. I don’t belong enclosed in walls for hours a day. Even outside, I’m surrounded by tall walls of buildings and pavement and concrete beneath, so I still feel enclosed. So all this time, we train ourselves to adapt to this way of being. Breathing exhaust and stale air and crated. And it doesn’t even have to be in Hawaii, although it was unimaginably beautiful.  I just have a newfound appreciation for outside. Trees. Dirt roads. The sound of water. It makes me feel more connected to the world. To people. To my body.

Mahalo National Parks.  You have preserved for us all the most spiritual places on earth.

It doesn’t fit!

As a nod to ringing in the Year of the Cock, I am cleaning out my closet. I’m ridding myself of the most obvious – jeans that no longer fit! These are ones that I’m never going to squeeze myself into ever again without doing major organ damage.
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When I first started working, I measured my work hours in the pairs of jeans I could buy. I was making maybe $10/hour and that was about a pair of jeans on sale. For a really fancy pair, I might have splashed out for a $20 pair. Whether it’s because of my slowed metabolism due to aging, or from the all the squats and Warrior threes, or one too many beers, 6 out of these 8 pairs do not fit me anymore.

Bullet Journaling

I had an entire free day today due to the inauguration and how do I spend my time? Well, it started off innocuously enough. The usual. Cereal. Peppa Pig. Then I ventured onto YouTube. And saw a video on bullet journaling. Don’t Google it. I’m here to tell you to stay away from it. I wasted an entire morning and the better part of the afternoon drawing grid lines.
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So yeah, this is supposed to keep one more organized. You basically make your own yearly/monthly/weekly/daily planner with a blank journal. You can track anything from personal finance, to mind/body activities like meditation or gratitude journaling. I’m using it as a way to track some of my expenses and my activities like feeding the shrimp or watering my plants. I feel a little bamboozled by Pinterest/YouTube. This is the kinda’ thing one can easily track on say Excel. Or Google Calendar. Or any myriad of online whatever. And the videos get into not only layout but tools which include markers, crayons, color pencils, stickers, pens, washi tape. It’s scrapbooking and sketching a planner. I highly don’t recommend it. The only reason why I spent all day even after I quickly realized this wasn’t for me was because I drew out a month of grids. So now that January was on there, I had to complete the rest of the year. Illogical.

Happy 2017!

In the Hindu religion, the god of destruction, Shiva, is also considered the auspicious one. When I first learned what he represented, I thought it was odd to celebrate destruction, but later someone explained to me that it’s a good thing because where there’s destruction, there is also creation.

So, with 2016 essentially blowing up in our faces, I am looking towards 2017 as a rebirth.  I’m rethinking what my life plans are.  Reconsidering my goals and even re-prioritizing what’s important to me.  Many things that were important to me aren’t anymore.  I know I can’t shift old gears instantly, but I’m at least aware of them. I know less about what I want, only that I want for fewer things.

For now, these are a few of the things I want:

  • More meaningful conversations
  • A stronger body
  • Finding and doing more things that I enjoy
  • Closer relationships with my friends and family

The 7-year Scarf

Or maybe it’s the 8-year scarf – is finally complete!

Scarf

This scarf project has seen me through 2 cats who loved to play with the yarn and needles when I tried to knit and spent many years in the closet. Most of the time, I knitted just 1 or 2 rows then put it down for months, or over a year, at a time.

When I picked it up this month, I started to experiment with different stitches that I learned from YouTube and was not very good at keeping track of them. Did I just knit or purl? So you can see an odd patch. Anyway, it’s finally done and I plan to wear this for the rest of the season!

And… dun Dun DUUUN!!
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I can manipulate my sister into buying me a fancypants phone and have her thank me for accepting it.

Me: The apple phone is too expensive! Did you know I can go to target and buy a smart phone for like $100?  And then slip in that sim card and be done.

Sister: You already received your phone!  It’s your phone! Tada!

Me: I know… but it’s too dang expensive for me to use. and it’s returnable. 😛

Sister: Well it’s a phone computer navigation camera Try it!

Me: $1000 is just over the top.

Sister: Try it first before you decide. You’ve never even had one.
In 3 years, you can buy yourself a cheap phone if you want, but I think you’ll enjoy having this one. And you might use your iPad less, so you don’t need that anymore so savings!

Me: gah i can’t believe a $1000 phone only lasts 3 years!!! that’s $300 a year. I could just get a new phone every year at that rate.

Sister: Anyway, just open the damn thing and start using it. Think of it as a present. I won’t buy you one next year no matter how much you want a present for any reason!!!!

Me: hahaha… u know, i was excited about a new iPhone. they are beauts. but i just got stickershock. I mean… it’s like I love tesla’s but you just bought me the tesla x and now i can’t take it out of the garage.

Sister: You have a case, put it on, stick the sim in and take care of it.  let yourself live with it. If you try it and don’t think it’s worth the money, you can decide for yourself with the next phone. Or you can sell it on the secondary market. It wasn’t $1000, it was like $850. The thing(s) you spend the most money on should be the things that you carry and use the most. Your phone stays with you all the time.

Me: U know what? I’m going to use it. fer serious. This will be the fanciest thing I have in a long time. My last fancy thing that I would’ve never gotten was the pelikan pen which I use all the time.

Sister: Thank you.
I mean, do I steer you wrong? Do I tell you to buy things that aren’t nice *and* worth the money? I try not to!
And this is a *present*!!!!!!!!!!!

Me: that’s funny. you thank me for accepting the phone u bought for me. we’re so ass backwards.

Sister: omg, a new phone it’s like a counseling session!!!

Taylor Swift Album 6 Watch begins

  • It’s October 2X.  All but one of her past albums have come out October 2X, every other year.  (Fearless came out in November.)
  • She’s performing in Austin today.  Perfect opportunity for publicity.
  • Her Instagram has been a little busier than usual.
  • She had a whirlwind Summer fling.  Many muses to draw from.

Get excited!  I am.  I have been waiting for this since we went to her concert last year.

Haircut

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I’m glad I got a haircut since it has been 11 months since my last one. And it was nice catching up with Christina. It’s a little shorter than I’d like, but in a way, that works out better because I get more ideal length time when it gradually grows into it.

Joined

I’m running out of stuff to do and have been feeling restless lately. Like I need to find something I can get into. I’ve pretty much reached the bottom of the barrel of YouTube and Netflix. Most days, I just have something on for the background noise and can’t be bothered to pay attention. The fish tank is pretty self-contained. The plants don’t like being over-tended. So I joined a gym. Maybe this will help me kill some time and provide something stimulating.

Again with the shopping hobby. In preparation for this new endeavor, I got a water bottle (lost the old one).

These headbands. (I’ve used them for a while now and they’re only ok. They have to be clipped on to stay, otherwise, they slide off.)
Savvy Coconut Headbands
And a locker lock.
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