Hi there! It’s Thursday, and I’d like to welcome you to my very first edition of “Thinking Out Loud,” which is a chance to share a few unrelated thoughts with you. Being that I’m a writer by trade, I usually don’t have a problem coming up with what to say on this here blog, nor do I have a problem stringing together thoughts and sentences to create a full story. But I wanted to do something different and share a few things in a non-traditional way. And watch out, this isn’t all fairy tales and rosy pictures, I’m getting pretty real up in here.
To keep with the random theme, here’s a shot of me after teaching a super early morning BODYPUMP class this week. I’ve been subbing this class for the last few weeks, and those people do not let me turn the stereo up very loud, which is why I tend to prefer teaching evening classes. Nonetheless, as you can see from the sweat stain across my middle, we were all able to feel the burn from those 800 repetitions in class.
Now for the random thoughts …
Completing my Christmas shopping in just two days
I went from having done no Christmas shopping to completing it in a matter of two days. Lucky for me, I live near all the major flagship stores in Union Square of San Francisco, so I can walk to the shopping mecca and have at it with all the good brands. I did a combination of online and in-store shopping this year and will be bringing and/or shipping all of the gifts I’m giving to Florida, where Dave and I will spend Christmas with my family for a whole week. No, I can’t share with you where I bought gifts or what I bought, because hopefully all of my loved ones will read this post. And if they aren’t reading this post, that’s a bigger problem. Mom, Dad, Brother, Husband, are you out there? By the way, I stuck to my December goals and kept my gift-giving under more of budget this year.
Busting at the seams and looking for a new place
When I say that Dave and I are outgrowing our little city apartment, I’m not joking. Our drawers and cabinets are completely full and every nook and cranny for display is full of a trinket or some household item with no other place to be stored. And our closet. Don’t get me started on that. Not only do we need to do a good purge and donate a ton of stuff very soon, but we also need to move to a bigger place, which has a second bedroom. And now to the honesty part. Lately, we’ve both had serious moments of frustration in this little apartment. For me, it’s the fact that an oven pizza box does not properly fit in our small freezer. Yet, we buy one oven pizza a week for Dave. Therefore, every time I put one in or take it out: I jiggle it, I fight with it, and ultimately, I get frustrated and scream at it. It’s not pretty. I mentioned briefly last week that Dave and I are starting to house-hunt. And when I say house-hunt, I mean rent. For those of you who don’t live in the Bay Area, you’re lucky. This is the most expensive area in the nation to rent and live and finding a good place to lay your head at night is not easy. The competition for good places in good areas is fierce, and the price is super high. We’re just starting to get into our search and hope to have a new spot secured in early 2015. Well — not hope to have a new spot secured, that would be need to have a new spot secured. Our current lease is up at the end of January, and we already extended it for a few months, so that makes January 31 pretty much a hard stop for us. We seek space, my friends. We have loved our little Nob Hill apartment, but it’s so very much time to move on to bigger and better things.
Counting down the days until Florida
If you’re anything like me, you get a little lost in your excitement about the near future. As in, I can’t even think about anything other than going home to Florida for Christmas. I’m dying for some warmth and family time, like now. We leave next Saturday, but I’m so wishing it was sooner than that. Obviously, I have obligations and things to take care of here in San Francisco, but my mind seems to have already hopped on the plane. Good news is that the trip will be here before we know it. And I’ve got several grooming appointments lined up before my return, so I can get my hair and nails done. My Florida people do not need to know what a sweaty mess I walk around looking like day-in and day-out here in the busy city working a few jobs in fitness. Well, I guess you guys don’t need to know that either. But it’s true.
Cutting back on TV
True story: I used to watch every single season of “The Real Housewives” and nearly every series on Bravo no matter the subject. I also used to watch “Hart of Dixie” and a few other fictional shows on a regular basis (all of this watching was done by myself, as Dave doesn’t even like to hear these shows on in the background). Fast forward to today, and I’ve cut back significantly. While unfortunately, I’ve been sucked back into “Vanderpump Rules,” I’ve been taking many of the Bravo shows off my set-to-record queue, and I’m better for it. I don’t miss TV or those shows at all, because I realized I didn’t really enjoy watching most of them anymore. Part of me wants to know the latest drama, but we all know it isn’t real, nor relevant in my life. Dave and I watch a couple series together in the evenings when we’re both home, but that’s only a few nights a week, so it doesn’t amount to much. I’ll never hate on anybody who watches a lot of TV, because I get how easy it can be to plop down in front of something that doesn’t require you to think, but I’m pretty happy with my cutting back, and I think I’ll try to whittle it down a little more.
Being a better writer and speaker
In last week’s “Friday Favorites” post, I shared a link to an article I came across on LinkedIn about “40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb.” So many of you clicked on this link, that I figured it might be time to do a whole post on words and grammar. While that sounds very boring, I promise you, if you take away even one tip, you’ll be better for it. Honestly, I love the fact that my readers care about proper English, and I want to support that fully. You guys are so awesome! Nonetheless, expect something along those lines coming soon, and don’t be scared to read it, I’ll try to make it fun.
Crossing our fingers for good party weather
Tonight, I’m supposed to be going to Dave’s Warriors’ employee holiday party at a sports club in Oakland, with bowling, karaoke, bocce ball and other fun games. This is the first time that significant others have been included in the festivities, so it’s a big deal. I’m hoping the weather holds out so the party is not cancelled and so my venture on public transport isn’t too difficult, because we’re supposed to have one of the worst rain storms that the Bay Area has seen in five years. In fact, as of Wednesday night, many schools were closed and companies were asking workers to stay home in light of the pending torrential downpour and wind. It’s not looking good for the par-tay.
There you go. Those are my thoughts, all wrapped up into one random Thursday post.
I hope you all have a great day, and I’ll be back tomorrow for the weekly “Friday Favorites.” See you soon, friends! And to all my Bay Area people: If we do in fact get all the bad weather that they’re predicting, then stay safe out there.
By the way, I’m sending some thanks to Amanda for hosting this fun link-up.
Questions of the day
What’s on your mind today? Are there any TV shows you’ve given up? Have you gone to any holiday parties yet this season? Tell me a random thought.