Overcrowded Gym

I went to the gym today for the first time since the new year. You can certainly tell that everyone made a resolution to get fit. It was extremely overcrowded. I was walking on the track and I think every treadmill was taken. Thank goodness I hate treadmills, so they can have them. The pool was a sea of bodies bobbing up and down. They cleaned it over Christmas and it was closed for 2 weeks. I’m taking bets on how soon until there will be a band-aid floating around and any other unknown disgusting item that ends up in the pool. And try to get a shower… forget it. I also thought it was amusing when I checked in and there is a new sign on the desk with a scanner for members to check ourselves in. Really? Now the crabby ladies behind the desk literally have nothing to do except fold towels. They may as well just hire robots.

I probably over-did it a little. I had an appointment with my trainer, then I walked for a half hour, then I did an aqua cardio class for 45 minutes. As Banya said on the Seinfeld show when he gave Jerry his jacket, “yep, I’m huge”. Ha ha! Well, far from it, but it’s time to get back on track after a few months of not doing much. My workouts lately have consisted of cleaning the house. After busting my butt today, I’m taking the rest of the day off.

Concert Tickets

Today I tried to buy tickets to a Rolling Stones concert. I logged on to Ticketmaster and was entered into a “waiting room”. That was a first, I’ve never seen that before. Well, there were 2,000+ people in line ahead of me. Terrific. So, I waited, and waited, and waited in a virtual waiting line. I guess it was better than a real waiting line. It took an hour before I was at the head of the line.

It was finally my turn. Hooray! I hope all the good seats aren’t gone. I realize I don’t have my pre-sale code, so I run full-tilt into my den to find it. Run back and log on. Only to find out that the decent seats are priced at the low, low price of… wait for it… $395.50. Oh, hell no! All the way across the stadium, in the third row off the field were a couple seats for $275. But, by the time you pay the fees, two tickets would be well over $600. Plus hotel, that’s a $1,000 concert. Nope. No can doosville. The cheap seats were even $150.

Seriously, haven’t the Stones made enough money at this point that they don’t have to charge these gigantic prices for tickets? They’ve been touring since before I was born. I think they are pretty much set for life, and so are all their kids, and grandkids for that matter. They could take a lesson from Garth Brooks who did his entire tour two years ago where every seat was something like $65. I don’t remember the actual price, but I had a kick ass seat for not very much money.

Anyhow, I digress. In other news, I saw the weirdest thing in the locker room at the gym today that I can’t resist sharing. It was one of those things that you can’t help staring at, and you just can’t look away. I was getting dressed and ready to leave. This woman near me had taken off her tennis shoes and put on some boots to go outside. Then I watched her take an alcohol wipe and wipe off the bottom of her tennis shoes. OK, not terribly weird. She was putting them into a bag. Maybe she just didn’t want to get the bag dirty. I get it. But… then she took the same wipe and wiped off the boots she had just put on her feet! She was going OUTSIDE! Into the slush and snow! They are going to get dirty!!!!! I’m sorry, that’s a little bit strange. Oh well, who am I to judge. Her house is probably super clean. Much cleaner than mine.

Pool Rules

I attended my favorite aqua cardio class today with trainer Dalfim. He sure is a charmer with those old ladies. During “Macho Man”, he jumps up and does splits in the air. Today he did a couple push ups and he actually pushed himself off the ground about a foot and clapped his hands. WOW! I would have had a broken nose if I tried that. He really woke up the crowd and those old women were smiling and batting their eyes at him like they were in love. Ooo la la! It was hysterical!

I have a list of pool rules that I think everyone must follow, but especially if you are over the age of 70.

  • No speedos – I think this definitely applies to everyone, but seriously if you are over 70 and your gut hangs several inches over the speedo, it’s a definite no.
  • No make-up – Really ladies? Make-up in the pool? You’re gonna get wet and it’s going to smear down your face. Get over it and go without the make-up.
  • Don’t fix your hair and expect it to stay dry – once my husband came to water aerobics with me and jumped in the pool and a lady bit his head off and said “some of us don’t want our hair to get wet”. Really? You’re in a pool!!!!
  • No white swimsuits gentlemen – For the love of Pete men, you can see right through it (if you know what I mean). There is one VERY old man who comes in every day in white swim trunks. When it gets wet — ARRGGHH!
  • Ladies, if you are a little heavy on the bottom (front and back), PLEASE get a full coverage swimsuit. And when it starts to stretch out, please look in the mirror and get a new one. Everyone can see everything that hangs out of it. Some things you just can’t un-see. I’m getting a little grossed out at the pool.

Now, I’m not perfect, but I don’t think I’m grossing anyone out either. At least I hope not.

Bits & Pieces

Life is beginning to return to normal in bits & pieces. Yesterday I had my first personal training session since last spring. I simply never got around to it in the fall and now they are going to expire, so I have to kick it into gear. I also feel like I’m putting on a few un-needed pounds. I went to water aerobics today also and it felt good to actually be at the gym two days in a row. My body is responding and I can feel the difference.

Yesterday I also talked to my uncle, my mom’s oldest brother. I interviewed him for the book I am writing. It was interesting for me to hear some stories about her as a child and young adult, before I was born. I am already up to 50 pages, with much more to add. I still need to talk to her younger brother and hope to have time to call him tomorrow.

Today’s grand adventure was taking my daughter to the doctor for her annual physical. She was not very cooperative. The paper gown was itchy. She has excema and didn’t want to show the doctor, yada, yada, yada. She was mad as a wet hen when it was time for the shots. Tetanus and flu shots. She was really ticked! I told her she won’t have to worry about the tetanus again until she’s 20.

On the way to the appointment, she asked where she had to get the shots. I said, “in the doctor’s office”. Ha ha! I’m such a smart ass. “Disco Inferno” came on the radio, so I cranked it up and sang along as loud as I could. I thought I would try to cheer her up to take her mind off the impending shots. She told me I had a mental problem. Ahhh, kids. They don’t appreciate good music.

Busy Day

Today was a busy (and somewhat normal) day. I went to the gym (yeah me)! I didn’t even make any attempt to chicken out. I’ll admit I wasn’t happy with the lady who said she hasn’t seen me for months and went on and on when I told her my mom passed away. She eventually said “I assume you don’t want to talk about it”. Nope, I sure don’t.

I did a bunch of scrapbooking this afternoon and got quite a few pages done. I got all the pages finished from my vow renewal and it turned out really cute. I’m anxious to get myself caught up, so I can start working on the pictures of my ancestors.

Our holiday cards and calendars came today from Shutterfly. I’d like to think I will be early and write out those cards, but I will do them on Thanksgiving as usual.

Tonight a builder we have been working with came over to show us a proposal to build us a house. We decided we had better compare a couple builders before we made a final decision. The guy who came over tonight was too expensive by several thousand dollars, so we are going with the original plan, which is the house we like better anyhow. Now the goal is to sell our house in the spring so we can get this whole thing done!

So Irritating

What do you do when you are annoyed with literally every single thing? Besides cry? I am so annoyed with Hailey’s school, I can’t even stand it. I would like to pull her out and home school her. I’m really starting to debate whether I want to build a house in that city and get stuck there until she graduates after all. The middle school is a brand new school, but honestly they just took the old middle school and moved everyone to the new school. They are so unorganized it seems as though these people have never run a school before. First of all, they are making these poor little 5th graders grow up way too fast. Too many rules forcing them to act the same as the 8th graders. They have to carry around these gigantic 3-inch binders, a Chromebook, along with all their folders and notebooks, and art box, etc, without a backpack. All the other grades were given a nice carrying case for their Chromebooks, but nope, not the 5th graders, they just carry it in their tiny arms along with all the other loads of crap. I finally bought Hailey a messenger bag to carry it in. I said I dare anyone to tell her she can’t carry the bag. I’ll fucking slap them if they do. My biggest gripe about their lack of organization is that they have all these great clubs after school, but they cannot manage to let anyone in on the big secret as to when the meetings are until the day OF the meeting. They tell the students in the morning announcements. And the kids can’t use their phones during the school day to let their parents know they want to stay after school. Those are the kids who have phones, mine does not. Tell me how this makes sense. I drive 20 minutes one way to pick my kid up from school. I’m already sitting in the parking lot for 10 minutes before the bell rings. IF she had a phone, she can’t even use it until the bell rings. So, she’s supposed to wait to tell me she wants to stay after school when I’m already sitting there waiting for her?!?! I don’t think so. I’m not driving all the way back home and then turning around an hour later and coming back. And I’m sure as hell not sitting in the parking lot for an hour. There is nothing near the school to do to kill time either. Wouldn’t it make just a wee bit more sense to actually send out a list of the activities and when they are going to meet AHEAD of time so parents and students have some advance notice? Oh wait, that makes too much sense. What am I thinking? UGH!!!!!  My other serious annoyance with this school is the gym teacher. She told the kids that they will be going outside for gym unless it is under 35 degrees. Seriously?! Well, I guess I’ll plan on my kid being sick all year. Also, if they miss a class, they have to make it up. Wait for it… it gets better. They have to make up the gym class at 7:20 in the morning, before school starts. It will be a cold day in hell before I bring my kid to school 40 minutes early for GYM class. I’m sorry, but who makes up a gym class. It’s not math or science. These people that go to college to get a degree in gym. Give me a break. “yeah, I went to college to get my Bachelor’s degree in phy ed. I’m a stud”. Whatever. Move out of your hometown and get a life. Grrr, I hate this school.

The other thing that I am super annoyed with is my health club. They keep adding all these new classes, but do you think they can add any classes that I’ve been looking for? Nope. Now I don’t expect them to add anything just for me, but there are a ton of people who do the aqua classes that have been literally begging to have more aqua classes added. The guy who taught about 60 classes a week quit a full year ago and they never replaced him. It has been a YEAR. They keep making up excuses, but they aren’t making any attempt to replace him. It’s really pathetic. They keep announcing new classes left and right, but it’s all HIIT, spinning, guts and butts, etc. I don’t want to do that shit. I’m a middle aged woman. I would like to do some kickboxing or Tai Chi, or even some NIA, but they think spinning and Zumba are all the rage. They really only give a crap about the clientele who are aged 25-30. They don’t care about the “older” crowd. But, I’ll tell you what, when I am there in the morning, there is not one single person there who is under 40. Maybe they ought to listen to us.

My last annoyance (for today anyhow), is that we have spent months and months working with a builder for a new house. They finally came back to us with a few changes that we were really excited about. Then they gave us the price. No longer excited. Way too high. We are back to square one and looking for other builders, new designs, and hoping we find someone with the same quality. We are frustrated and tired.

Adventures in Swim Lessons

Today was the first day of a new season of swim lessons for my daughter. She hates swim lessons. At least she hates the idea of swim lessons. She grumbles about it for weeks prior and drags her feet until my husband is walking out the door without her. This year her lesson is a full hour later than it was last year and she STILL could not get herself ready on time. Seriously?! I went in her room at 9:00 and she was playing a computer game. I told her she better get ready and have some breakfast because she had to leave in an hour. [Insert grumble.] “OMG, last year you would have had to be in the car by this time!” Once she gets there she is completely fine and she loves the instructor. She loved being able to swim in the deep end this summer and I want her to be a strong swimmer, so she’s going. I don’t know why she has to make such a big deal out of it. She is my little drama queen, that’s for sure. I’m putting her up for an Oscar. Surely someday she will make her way to Hollywood. I just know it. Anyhow, by the time she finally made it downstairs, she literally had 15 minutes to eat breakfast. Yepper, she ended up taking part of it in the car with her. Ugh! My husband takes her to the lesson (thank goodness), and he is standing there staring at her wondering if she is going in her stocking feet or if she is ever going to put her shoes on. She is an artist at delaying getting out of the house. She has absolutely no concept of appointments. I often wonder if she can actually tell time or ever even looks at a clock for that matter.

They get to the gym, which is where I am a member. I have a gift certificate that I got several months ago. I have been saving it to use for swim lessons. I told him to make sure he uses it (even though he nearly walked out the door without it). Of course, the girl at the desk has no record of Hailey’s swim lesson or the instructor or anything. That place is THE most unorganized gym in America. I swear! This happens every single time we start a new session. Luckily, they let her go take the lesson and I have to pay next time I am in. (I have been sick all week otherwise I would have taken care of it this week.) Do you see now why I say there is never a dull moment around here? Truly, I’m not kidding.

Later on I found out about the locker room… Hailey went in to use the bathroom. Oh no. I put my face in my hands as soon as she started talking because I knew no good could come from what she was possibly going to say. There is a Zumba class prior to her lesson. Thankfully her lesson is no longer during the class because the old ladies always run into her and get mad because there is a kid in the pool. As if she isn’t entitled to be taking a private swim lesson during their class. Those old ladies are only supposed to take up 2/3 of the pool and swim lessons are supposed be open for 1/3 of the pool. I pay a lot of money for those lessons, so those old women better stay out of her way. Anyhow, back to the locker room… Hailey goes into the bathroom, and an older women is using the restroom with the door wide open! Oh my gosh! WHY would anyone do that?!!!!!? Hailey rushed past her and used the bathroom. She also saw another older lady with a towel wrapped around her waist, whose bottom was covered up in the back, but not in the front, if you know what I mean. And her breasts were touching the towel at her waist. Hailey said “you know how you told me you can’t un-see things?” I told her not to go in there anymore and stick to the private bathrooms from now on. She’s much too young for the locker room after an aqua Zumba class.