I’m a bit delayed in posting this week, but the last few days of school are always the kind where you just want to close your eyes and feel your way through them. I’m almost on summer now! Just exams to grade and I’ll be done…
In the meantime, and to delay the inevitable, I thought I’d share some things that my weekend had in common. It’s not a recap in the normal sense, but all of the thoughts and things happened this weekend, so that’s the tying theme.
1. I don’t belong to a gym. I cancelled my gym membership in January after not using it since I started marathon training in September. I decided after the marathon not to go back, mostly because the gym had been bought out and the new company had cancelled Les Mills classes. BodyPump and BodyCombat used to be my go to classes. I also wasn’t doing a lot of (any) cross-training, which I obviously can’t say is true now.
Cross-training without a gym/pool is almost impossible. Luckily I’ve got a great pool and gym facility in my neighborhood that comes with our HOA fees.
|The pool and gym|
The pool is amazing, but as summer picks up and kids are out of school, it gets hard to swim laps. There are not lane lines, so I find myself swerving around rafts and vying for lane space with women wearing sunglasses and swimming perpendicular to the lines at the bottom of the pool (!!!). And the gym is small and kind of on the warm side. So I’m thinking of joining the YMCA with designated lap swimming space and a much larger gym area. Plus, and this is a huge plus, they have Les Mills classes. I’m just debating if it’s worth paying for it when I have this great space available to me for a free we’re already paying…
Do you belong to a gym? What do you look for in a gym?
2. We saw The Great Gatsby this weekend. I am embarrassed to say it, but I was never required to read this book and never picked it up on my own. I had been meaning to read it for a while now, but when Tim asked if I wanted to go see the movie Saturday morning I couldn’t hold of using my lack of having read it as an excuse. So I went in without prior knowledge of what to expect. We saw it in 3D, which only added to the Baz Luhrmann-ness quality of it. If you’ve seen Moulin Rouge, you know what I mean…everything happens in a very intentional way, but it’s hard to explain…
And what did I think? It was pretty good. It was a little long, but I enjoyed it for the most part. Tim is my film critic, and he said that it got a lot of negative reviews because it missed the point that Fitzgerald was going for when he wrote the book, so I think now I’ll really have to read it to compare. Did you see it and read the book? What did you think?
3. I have a new “most useful” app. Tim told me about the “Run Pee” app before the movie started, so I downloaded it since I brought a venti coffee and a large water into the theatre with me. Good thing since I went to the bathroom three times between before the movie started and when the movie was going on.
You start the timer at a certain place (for this one it told me to start it when the old Warner Brothers logo appeared), and then it tells you when during the movie are the best times to run to the restroom without missing much. The timer runs and it vibrates when it’s time for one of the breaks. During the break, the timer runs, and a little summary of what you’re missing comes up on the screen. Then, the timer resumes and repeats itself. I used it twice.
It was so convenient, and I missed nothing. Tim’s love of movies doesn’t appreciate when I lean over and ask him what I missed when something important is going on. This saved me from having to do that. I’ll definitely be using this at every movie from now on. This is probably only helpful if you can’t make it through a movie without a bathroom break. But if you drink as much fluid as I do, I’m certain this will help!
A few questions:
1. What are your thoughts on a gym membership? Do you use yours?
2. Are there any other movies out right now that you’d recommend?
3. What useful app do you turn to frequently that may not be the most well-known?