Sunday, June 27, 2021

Where the Crawdads Sing


Have you read the book, "Where the Crawdads Sing"?  If not, it would make for a great summer read.  You definitely should read it before June 2022 when the movie releases.  Then when you watch the movie, you can think of me!  Why?  Because part of it is being filmed right here in Houma, Louisiana.  On a sad note, I applied to be an extra back in April but never got a call.  Boo.  

A section of downtown has been transformed into 1950s storefronts. Veronica and I were out shopping and decided to stop to see it up close.  Picture overload below!  But we don't see this sort of thing often and it was pretty cool. 

Filming should begin sometime this week.  Reece Witherspoon is gonna be here! Several blocks will be closed to all traffic, so it's going to be a nightmare getting anywhere for the next few days.  I'd love to go watch, but parking will be scarce and I'm not sure if they will allow anybody to hang around on edge of the set.  

Just remember next summer when you see the movie and Kya the Marsh Girl is running barefoot through town, remember it's my town and you saw it here first! 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Wordless Wednesday ~ A little bit of Disney fun at home

My latest Disney touch is a wall collage made of photos from many of our trips to Disney World over the years.  It's not perfect, but I'm happy with how it turned out. 

These are older and have been up for years, but there's mice in my dining room ~ oh no!

AND behind the hall bathroom door. 

Actually the mice have taken over the hall bath completely! 

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Let's go to the gym

Over the years, I've been a member of almost every gym in town.  Eventually I'd grow bored or aggravated for some reason that caused me to switch to somewhere else.  About three years ago, Planet Fitness opened here.  With their cheap rates and brand new facility, it was a hard deal to pass up.  As soon as my contract was up where I was, I jumped over to Planet Fitness.  That was 2-1/2 years ago.  I have my complaints but for the price, it's tolerable.

This visit happens to be on a Saturday.  I don't usually go to the gym on the weekends.  With it being summer and no school, I've decided to make a change and make an effort to go on the weekend.  

Our Planet Fitness has been a mask free zone for patrons throughout this whole pandemic ordeal.  There was a brief period of about two weeks where they were policing masks.  Then they gave up.  Until recently, only the employees were required to wear them.  Now, it's nice to be greeted by a smiling face upon check-in!  All the tables and chairs were gone for months, but in the last week or so they were put back out. Of course, there's plenty of cleaning stations, hand sanitizer, and plexiglass dividers.  

Let's get started!  I usually do a 10 minute cardio warm up.  When my foot was hurting, I made friends with this seated stepper machine.  It's actually a very good full body workout that you can do sitting down.  It's low impact and there's no pressure on your knees or feet. 

There's plenty of TVs, but I bring my iPad.  

What am I watching??  Well, a while back there was a (terrible) reality re-boot of Beverly Hills 90210.  I decided then to re-watch the series I loved back in the day to pass the time at the gym.  I'm on the final season, season 10 and I have about 5 episodes left.  I'm already wondering what long running TV series shall I watch next?!?  LOST keeps popping into my head for some reason.   Or maybe the X-Files?

Side note - did y'all know numerous people used to call me Scully?  I can't imagine why...

hmmmm who's who??

Anyway, I try to mix it up, but after my warm up, today I head over to the ab section. I usually do about 100 various crunches with a 10lb weight on the incline bench and the roman chair. 

I used to be in much better shape, but I had to stop lifting heavy weights.  It seemed I was always nursing an injury.  My left shoulder bothered me for months.  Then my right elbow, which it sill hurts from time to time. Tennis elbow probably.  My right knee, and my left foot...    always something.  The max I do is 30 lbs now.  I like the 30 minute express weight circuit.  It's pretty self explanatory. Each station is numbered.  Start at number one. Green light means go.  Red light means stop, and move to the next station.  No one - and I mean NO ONE- pays any attention to the lights or order.  They jump right in out of order or sit on the machine through several light cycles.  It can be somewhat annoying for those that want to follow the circuit.  I could complain to the front desk, but I hate to be that person. 



Nobody uses these steppers - including me

Most of the same machines that are in the 30 minute circuit are out on the main floor anyway.  The only difference is the yellow machines are 'fixed' where both sides must move together.  The purple machines on the main floor are separate and made to be used tandem if you choose. You can move one arm, both, or alternate if you'd like. 

Weights done!  Now let's get back to Dylan and Kelly.  Or were you team Brandon and Kelly??  I never could choose because they both were a good fit at different points in the show.  But at this point, Brandon is gone, and Matt in season 10 is SO boring, so Dylan it is. 

RIP Luke Perry

My final 20 minutes of cardio is on the ARC Trainer today.  I love the ARC but I stopped doing it when my foot was hurting and was only doing the seated stepper.  It still hurts, just not as bad.  So I'm back on the ARC, which is a cross between a stepper and an elliptical.  It is quite a challenging machine and took me quite a while to build my endurance.  Sometimes I do the elliptical, but I find the motion puts pressure on the ball of my foot right where the neuroma is, so I probably shouldn't. 

That's my red bag on the floor.  Which, that's one of the silly PF rules - No bags allowed to be carried with you but nobody pays attention to that rule either.  Including me. 

And.... 20 minutes later, my weekend workout is DONE!  

My shirt says "You know what I like about people?  THEIR CATS."

I'll be back to do it all again tomorrow!!