Wednesday Gym Day

This morning, I was slow to get up and get ready for the gym. I reserved an elliptical for 10am. I arrived around 9am I walked on the treadmill for a little, then did the stair master, until it was a quarter to 10am. I approached my reserved elliptical, and I was so worn out from the work that I did before that I didn’t last the whole 30 mins. I did about 20 mins. I may change things up when I go again on Friday.

After the elliptical, I did strength training mostly arms, since I did so much with my legs already. I was still super sore. When I was leaving, the gym I almost forgot to drop my dirty towel in the basket. The staff approached me and reminded me to drop my towel in the basket. I apologized. I said, “We will get there.” She said, “sooner or later.”

Social Distancing?

Andrew and I went to the gym yesterday, and they had every other machine roped off with a sign defining social distancing and trying to eliminate the spread of germs. I thought it was a good idea. There were very few people at the gym, but I tried to be considerate of my time on the machines, so others could use them. I think we are all in this together, and need to remember to be kind to one, another.

After the gym, in the late afternoon, Andrew and I decided to go to Primanti’s for green beer. Typically, one would not be able to find a parking space at this location, or a space at the bar. However, we were able to find both ,a parking spot and a space at the bar. We opted for one of the high top tables in the name of social distancing. We ordered our green beer and seemed to be the only ones who were drinking it. Until one girl at the bar was like, “hey, they have green beer!” It seemed as though everyone forgot that we should celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Recently, I found out my nationalities through a 23 and me test. I am British and Irish mostly. Also a mix of other nationalities, but mostly British and Irish, so I have to have at least one green beer. We ordered our sandwiches, and enjoyed just getting out for a bit. We were going to be inside for the most part of the week next week working from home. We still plan on trying to go to the gym, as long as it doesn’t close.

Also, I am over going to the store. It is barren anyways; no bread, no milk, no toilet paper, and no organic meat. We went this morning to see if they restocked their shelves. we bought fresh spinach and plan to freeze some, and some organic vegetables. We also managed to get the last bag of frozen organic chicken. It is madness.

I hope everyone is staying safe, using common sense and washing their hands!

Gym & Siesta Key

After CMU today, I went to the gym and hopped on the elliptical.  I only did 30 mins, but I kept my hooded sweatshirt on to keep the heat in. I did some reps on the hip abductor and then went home. I needed to get home in time to watch Siesta Key.

When I got home, I threw some chicken thighs in the oven, and then Andrew walked in the door. Finally, I got to sit down drink my protein shake and watch Siesta Key.

I love Laguna Beach and The Hills type “reality” tv. It’s my guilty pleasure. I could binge-watch those types of shows over and over again. Of course, at the end of the episode, they show the scenes for next week and they always leave me hanging.

After Siesta Key, I got a shower and then got ready for bed. Andrew stayed up to watch the State of the Union. I totally forgot it was even on.

Wednesday

This morning, I posted my original discussion post for my online class. The original post is due by Friday 6/28. The post is based on Neil Postman’s novel The End of Education. I liked Postman. It was an interesting read. I wanted to get my discussion post submitted  early and stay ahead of the game. I am going to start reading the next book, which is called Seeking Common Ground Public Schools in a Diverse Society by David Tyack. The discussion post for Tyack isn’t due until next week, but I will start it this weekend after I finish the book. I also want to start writing the first draft of our paper that is due next weekend, as well.

After work, I went to the gym and it was packed in there. It wasn’t that comfortable in there either temperature wise. I did the treadmill for a mile, then did some strength training and called it a night.

When I got home, I made my sausage keto stuffed peppers, and got a shower, then put on some pjs and watched The Handmaid’s Tale. Season 3 is everything so far! I am so hooked. This episode had me shook to the core!

Spoiler Alert: I am going to talk a little bit about the episode. I really don’t want Nicole going back to Gilead I am hopeful she will stay in Canada. Then commander Blaine being a member of the Gilead crusade and never telling Nicole! I was a little shocked, but not really, when he said his new post was at the front, why else would a driver be going to the front!? I like June (Elizabeth Moss is a bad ass). I do think it was brave of her to record that recording for her husband and tell him that Nicole was conceived out of love and how she loved Nick! I just can’t. I love this show!

Tired and Not Feeling it

After work today,  I went with Anthony to the gym.  He didn’t get home until about 7pm. I was dressed for the gym but laying on the couch. I thought seriously about not going. I drove to his house and then parked my car. I got into his car and we drove to the gym.

On the way, we talked about work, my grad classes, the group paper and he gave me some advice, this guy he is talking to, and etc. When we arrived at the gym, we played some basketball for a bit, then went towards the cardio machines. I was just not into it. I was so tired and ready to go home. We waved to Drew, who was in the weight room lifting weights. Then, we hopped onto the elliptical. I typically treadmill it up before I do the elliptical.

While we were on the elliptical, we watched John McCain’s casket arrive at St. Andrew’s base. We watch them transport the casket, into the motorcade. It is so sad for his family. Megan McCain couldn’t stop crying it seemed. Cindy McCain looked stone-faced. I can’t imagine losing my husband or burying my dad. Anthony had me laughing for a bit.

At one point, Drew came over to say hi. He said to me, “I haven’t seen you smile this big, at the gym ever before.” I agree with him. Typically, I am not a happy camper at the gym. It is nice to have Anthony there with me someone to talk and laugh with while working out.

After we finished the elliptical, we did some strength training, then it was time to go. We drove back to his house, and I got into my car and drove home. When I got home, I was happy to see Drew. He could tell that I was just ready for bed. We hung out for a bit, then I went up to get a shower and lay down. We try to go to bed at the same time, but I am usually in bed and asleep before him. Tomorrow was Friday and it was about to be Labor Day weekend!

Sunday, Drew’s Parents for Dinner

This morning, we took it easy. We drank some coffee and watched Smallville. We are on season 3 now, Clark meets Lois for the first time. I am such a sucker for Superman, especially Tom Welling. After Smallville, we got ready and went to the gym. I was going to try to get a really good work out in and run again. I am really trying to get back into it, without thinking about it too much.
The gym was a bit packed, I wasn’t sure how long I was going to stay, but whatever. I went to it. I got on a treadmill started out at a 3.5 speed on a 3.5 incline for about 10 mins, then I turned the incline down to 0.0 and increased the speed to 4.5 and started to run for at least 4 mins. I used to be able to run for 7 mins, but it’s not happening as of late. I can’t wait to get back to that. I did another walking session back at 3.5 speed and a 3.5 incline and walked for 10 mins, before kicking it back up again and running again. I did this for about 30 mins, and then I got off the treadmill. I used to do an hour of cardio, but I have been talking to a few people and they said, that all you need is at least 20-30 mins of cardio anymore than that is ridiculous.
After the treadmill, I did some weights. I did the lat machine three sets of 20. I was sore the last time I did this, and I like that feeling. After the lat machine, I did the hip abductor. I looked over and saw Drew in the weight room lifting weights, he looks so in his zone. I am struggling so bad getting back into this.
After the strength training machines, I went home to get a shower and get ready to go to his parents. I put on some comfy beach pants that I got at Old Navy. I am so in love with that store. I paired the striped blue and white pants with a white tank top. I was just going comfy. When Drew got home, he got showed and then we were on our way to his parents.
When we arrived, his dad was already cooking on the grill and the dinner was almost ready. It has been a while since we were over there for dinner. His dad made steaks, potatoes, hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, some cheese spread with cut up pastrami over peppers, baked potatoes, and sweet potatoes. I was ready for a steak. I was so sick of hamburgers and hot dogs. We talked about work, school, grandma, Tommy and Megan’s new dog waffles; I can’t wait to meet him. For dessert, we sang happy birthday and had cake, chocolate covered pretzels, and because they know I am not a fan of chocolate cake they bought me a piece of vanilla cheesecake. I am so hormonal and thanked them for the cheesecake, but told them I am going to have a small piece of cake today.
After cake, Drew opened the gift he got Bose wireless headphones. We are not too sure what happened to his other headphones. The cake was so good. It had pieces of chocolate chips in it, so yummy. I got up and went into the living room and laid on the couch. I was so full. I ended up falling asleep.
While I napped, Drew helped his mom set up her Fitbit. We gave her his old one. After he finished setting it up, Drew came over and kissed my cheek to wake me up. He is so sweet. He said, “Want to go soon?” I said, “Okay.” I smiled and got up from the couch. His mom packed us up at a doggie bag to take home. I love when they do that, because it is helpful to us. The leftover food will help with his lunches and dinners for a couple of days. It seems like Drew had a great birthday weekend, now to get home and start a new week again.

Barre

This morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to go. We were on our way to the car and I said, “That is the smell of the promise of a new day!” He said, “Get in the car.” We both laughed. Somehow, some way I became a morning person and I am not sure why. I don’t mind mornings. It is weird. I never was this way as a kid, or even in high school. I was always moody in the mornings when I was younger.

When we arrived in Oakland, we stopped at Starbucks. I ordered a venti, iced caramel macchiato with an extra shot of espresso. Then I said, “And whatever this Ray of Sunshine wants.” She smiled and took down Drew’s order, and wrote on the cup his name and the words, “Ray of Sunshine.” I laughed. I told Drew what was on the cup and he laughed. I was hoping they would call it out, “Andrew Ray of Sunshine”, but they didn’t.

Today, Nancy is back! I am so happy to see her. She looks like she doesn’t want to be here. She says she is tired from the weekend and having two days off. I bet she is ready to just hang out and do whatever. Nothing too really exciting is going on today.

After work, I met up with Drew and we drove home. It was a bit of a long drive home. There was some traffic. After we got home, I got changed, kissed Drew goodbye, and went to the gym.

When I arrived at the gym, it was dead for the most part. I got on a treadmill and did five minutes of cardio before class. I like to get a little in before I start barre. When I was finished, I cleaned the machine and then walked into the basketball court area, where the class was being held. I grabbed a chair, a mat, weights, and a stretchy band. There were only 2 other people in the class. I liked it that way. I set up in the middle of the floor.

Next, to me, there was an 8-year-old girl, who was going to take the class for the first time. She thought it was going to be ballet, so she started doing little twirls up on the balls of her feet. I felt bad. She was also deaf and a little slow. I was hoping the instructor would be nice to her and go easy on her, but at the same time, I wanted to be sore the next day have a good class. Is that wrong of me?

When class got underway, we started our piles and leg work like always. Then, Chris, the instructor kept correcting the little girl. I felt so bad. We did the typical leg lifts with the chair, some arm works with the band. It seemed as soon as the little girl figured out what to do, we were on to the next exercise. It was hard for her to keep up. Of course, we did some ab work on the mats.

While we were laying down on the mats, I glanced over at the little girl and she smiled at me and gave me a thumbs up. I was touched. She looked at me to mimic my positions. She was trying so hard to keep up. I told her that I was sleepy in sign language. She said she was too. I do not know much ASL, but this little girl inspired me to learn.

After the class was over, we were putting our stuff back, and cleaning our mats. The little girl approached me and gave me a high five. I high fived her and said, we did it. She smiled and gave me a thumbs up. She asked me how old I was. She signed me her age. I signed her my age. She was shocked. It was cute. She was cute.

When I was getting ready to leave the gym, her mom was sitting on a chair waiting for her daughter. I said she is so cute. Her mom was a little deaf too, but she seemed to be able to hear bits and pieces. She said, Thank you with her voice and in sign language. The little girl was trying to get my attention, so I looked back at her. She said, “Goodnight” to me in sign language. I looked at her mom. Her mom taught me how to sign goodnight. I had so many things in my hands; my phone, keys, earbuds, and water. I tried to sign using what hand motions I could with how much I had in my hands. She smiled and gave me thumbs up. I said, Goodbye to Chris and then I was on my way home.

When I arrived home, I packed up to go to my parents, and then I got a shower. It is so much to pack up to go over there for a few days.  I put all my stuff by the stairs. I got a text from Drew’s mom asking we could pick up Aunt Tootsie and bring her over to his parents for dinner on Sunday? I said I would ask Drew when he got home from the gym. I told her that I am just meeting him at your place because my mom and I are getting pedicures in the morning before heading over.

After I sent the text, I called Drew and asked him if he would be okay with picking up Aunt Tootsie and taking her to his parents on Sunday? He said, yea no problem. I said, Steve and Maryann may pick her up, but they haven’t confirmed if they are coming to dinner yet or not. He said, not a problem. I texted Drew’s mom and told her that I just spoke with Drew and he said, he can pick her up if need be. She said, thank you. I thought to myself damn he is way easier going than I am.

Staff Apperciation Picnic & Barre

At 12pm today, Nancy, Wynn, Georgia, Nicolette, Brian, and I all went to the Staff Appreciation Picnic. Pitt closes down Bigelow and the picnic is in the street; food tents,  t-shirt giveaway table, Popcorn, nacho, and ice cream stand, character drawings, etc. Roc the Pitt Panther was walking around. I got a selfie with him and the chancellor. The chancellor remembered who I was from the Jazz Seminar and Concert. I thanked him for the picnic and he said, thank you for all you do.  I had to head back to the office around 1:30pm for a schedulers meeting. We were going to get this fall schedule settled once and for all. I had no desire to do anything after the picnic

After work today, I got home and got ready to go to barre class. When I arrived at the gym, I got 5 mins of cardio in. I increased the speed and started to run for the first time since the start of grad school.

Typically, I walk first before I run, and this time I ran. I didn’t care, blasted the metal music in my ears and away I went. After 5 mins were up, I cleaned off the machine and went to class. I grabbed a chair, a mat, and two-pound weights. I was glad we weren’t using stretchy bands today. I can never work with those right. When I saw the instructor, I wanted to ask her what happened on Sunday, when she didn’t show up at the studio, but I figured I would wait until after class.

Barre was intense, we did some ab work, and I was struggling a bit. I was still so bloated, so that didn’t help and I feel like I have no abs, or strength in my stomach. I need to get that under control. I am 5’3″ and 160 pounds. No shame with my height and weight I just need to be healthier. I have no desire to be 110lbs and a size 2 again, but I do what I can, and I eat in moderation and when I do I try to eat the right thing,s  but that time of the month for me is so real and hard sometimes.

After Barre, I cleaned off my mat and put away the chair and weights. I asked the instructor about Sunday and she said,  I am so sorry you went all the way out there. She said, the girls who are regulars weren’t going to be there, because one was on vacation and somewhere not able to attend, so I just went to a client’s house and trained her instead. I feel bad.” I said, “Don’t worry about it, but I should I have texted you. I went to breakfast with my parents.” she laughed and apologized again. I said, “But you will be there this Sunday?” she said, “Yes, I will be.” I said, “okay, I will see you then.” I didn’t care really. She should have texted me, and I should have texted her. It’s cool.

After the gym, I went home and got a shower. I turned on the Handmaid’s Tale. New episodes air on Wednesdays. I am addicted to this show. She got caught trying to escape on a puddle jumper. Yes! I knew she was going to get caught. I was rooting for her to make it, but this is the handmaid’s tale. She is a handmaiden. I love it!

Cleaning/Laundry/Prepping for Easter

Today, we had a chiro appointment at 11am. I adjusted easily. Drew made another appointment next Saturday. I will make one again later. After the chiropractor, we went to the gym and got a little work out in. I was able to get a little running done on the treadmill, but then my head phones died, so I did some weight training and then left. I can’t do the gym without music in my ears.
When I went home I got a shower, got dressed, and then went to my parents. I dropped off the ham, my mom was going to heat it up before we arrived tomorrow. All we had to do was make the deviled eggs, easy! While I was at my parents. My mom read my first ever paper of grad school and she liked it. They were proud that I got a B+ on my paper. When I found out the grade, I almost screamed with joy, but I was at work, so I did a sigh of relief.
After I left my parents, I went home and we decided on tacos for dinner. I didn’t want to make dinner until about 6pm. We did some laundry and some cleaning. He took the garbage out and vacuumed. We got a lot done today I was proud of us. After we ate dinner, we watched the office, until it was time for bed. We had a long day tomorrow.

Barre Class

After work today, I went to the gym and instead of doing my normal treadmill routine, I noticed that my barre instructor was in the large gym getting ready to lead a class. I knew it was barre, because I saw the chairs, and the mats. I walked in and put my stuff in the back and grabbed a chair, a mat, and a stretchy band. I figured why not. I love this class, and I haven’t done it in awhile, since I got a full time job.
When the class began, she noticed me and smiled. We started with piles, and Relevés my thighs were screaming.  Then I remembered I have to dress up nicely tomorrow for the visitation which means heels. I like the ballet part. The abdominal work out, not so much. I am not a fan. I was a little rusty, but glad to be back.
At the end of class, I talked to my instructor. I asked her what she charges per hour, and she said, $55. She can come to your house to train me, the gym, or at her friend’s dance studio.  I said, I will definitely talk to my husband. She gave me her number. She also told me to keep coming to barre twice a week. She teaches it at her friend’s dance studio on Sunday’s at 9:30am. She said no bread, no pasta. I am going to do this. I can do this. I don’t have much to lose, it just I need to get back in shape and get toned up. No excuse not to.
After barre, I hopped on the treadmill, and Drew came over to talk to me. He thinks $55 an hour is a bit steep, but I told him that trainers can cost $80-$100 an hour, typically. He sort of agreed with me, but wants us to wait until after England. I understand and agree with him. We spending a lot of money for this trip to England. Then I realized I had to stop at Wal-Mart. He offered to go for me, even though I had to pick up mascara. He just wanted me to send him a picture of what kind I needed. He is the sweetest. I am one lucky girl