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Tuesday, June 01, 2021

As I mentioned in a previous blog, and is probably unsurprising, given my current weight situation, I am not a big fan of most physical activities, and the two that I have relied on over the years--elliptical and weightlifting--became unfeasible during the pandemic.

Things are looking up! I'm fully vaccinated, and I'll be fully inoculated on Saturday. But....I don't think I'm ready to commit to a gym yet. I think it won't be until after I'm ready to just leave my house on a whim with no planning. I want to be as easy on myself as possible when it comes to this transition. I am really extroverted; I've been known to say I get "drunk on crowds," because I do. But I don't know. I kind of enjoyed being here in my house with my little family, and my TV, and my fridge... I don't want to go back to the office AT ALL. I love most of my coworkers, like most of the ones I don't love, but I just don't want to come back to the office fulltime. I like my commute just fine, but I also like having the extra two hours a day to walk my boy to and from daycare. I'm just sort of weird right now, like, I don't know who I am or what I want. I know all this is very normal, so again, I'm trying to be easy on myself.

But I digress.

So, anyway, yeah, I don't exercise enough. I was doing my best to go for walks for recreation, and not just for dropping off the kiddo, who takes his time, rescuing earthworms (he throws them in the grass and then says in high-pitched voice, "Gracias, Matthias."), picking flowers, and jumping in puddles.

But now, Brood X is here, and I just canNOT deal with these bugs. I don't want them dive-bombing me. I don't want them sticking to my clothes. I don't want the tree sap they're eating dripping on my head. I don't dislike them--I'm actually fascinated at this miracle of nature--but I just don't want them near me.

So I'm stuck inside for now, trying to figure out how to either exercise or not feel guilty about not exercising.

My husband has mentioned a few times that the boy is going to be using a tricycle, a scooter, a Playskool truck in the not-too-distant future. He mentioned he wanted to buy a bicycle for himself, so they can use their wheels together. I said, "That sounds fun, but I can't do it. I can't do a bike."

But over the last few days, something has been coming together in my head, and today, I bit the bullet and committed to it.

I bought roller skates.

I LOVED roller skating when I was a kid. I had a pair that were way too big; I don't know why, but I just wore them as tight as I could and did the best I could, and it was fun. I imagine it will be a rude awakening to my legs, too, which they certainly need.

They'll be here in a couple weeks, and I am still not going out there to be tormented and disgusted by cicadas, but by the beginning of July, I think I'll have a plan in place to do some real exercise that I will enjoy. And I'll have wheels to keep up with the boys, too.
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    Love that you're going to rollerskate! emoticon
    48 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/8/2021 12:19:23 PM
    I've never been able to roller skate - I just lack good foot-eye coordination at the best of times! But it sounds like a good plan and I hope you have fun!
    50 days ago
    emoticon Awesome. Have fun!
    52 days ago
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    Roller skating will be fun. It will also be great exercise. Sorry that you have to return to work. I wouldn't like that either.
    54 days ago
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    54 days ago
    Oh, wow -- that's so awesome that you bought rollerskates!!! So much fun - and what a workout your legs will get! Good for you!! emoticon
    54 days ago
    What a delightful idea to go back to rollerskating! Hope you'll have lots of fun!
    54 days ago
    Have fun with your skates when you get them that sounds like a really neat idea!
    54 days ago
    I'm really confused about Brood X. I need to do some research on cicadas. I remember loving to find and play with the discarded shells in my childhood in Georgia. They were everywhere, but I got the impression they came every year, as they do here in Japan. My small brain can't do all those 17-year calculations, so I'm just going to have to study it. The other day on YouTube, I saw a CNN reporter being crawled on by a cicada in front of the Capitol Building, so that gives me an idea of how ubiquitous they are. He cursed and panicked and asked the camera crew if there were more on him.

    That reminded me of the cockroaches in the town where I grew up--you couldn't walk on the concrete sidewalks at night without seeing them dart back and forth and you couldn't help stepping on a few. I swear I am not exaggerating. I may have told you this before, but it really was like a nightmare or horror movie. I don't feel that way about cicadas, but cockroaches freak me out.

    You surprised me with your announcement about the roller skates. We LOVED rollerskating, too, with our own skates around the block, but the best thing was when we were taken with our church group to the nearest big town, where we rented skates (so different when they're attached to the boot) and skated for a couple of hours in an indoor rink. I wan't very good at it, though, and I was so jealous all the time of the people who could twirl and all that. It was very fun despite my jealousy. After that, we would go get hot fudge sundaes at Shoney's. What a memory!

    I hope you have a great time with your new skates!
    54 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/1/2021 9:45:11 PM
    Congratulations on your roller skates! It will be fun and you can feel like your younger self.
    55 days ago
    How totally cool to open up to the potential joy roller skating can offer!

    I've been so envious of folks on skates breezing along in the park...but I'm a total klutz and have only done minimal skating back in middle school many decades ago, lol.

    Regarding your enjoyment of weight lifting: home alternatives abound! Resistance bands are relatively inexpensive and don't take up a lot of room. And then there are SO many body weight exercises that can challenge us much like weight lifting.

    It's super to hear from you!

    Keep 'er Sparkin'!

    55 days ago
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