Exercising, Painting, Maude, and Hillary

I want to talk about a few different things:

  1. Exercising – I don’t know why but this weekend, I just totally stopped exercising. I want to say that I didn’t have the time and that’s partially true. On Saturday, we painted the bedroom and that was a huge workout itself. On Sunday, we were both just ready to RELAX. I forgave myself that bit of sloth because I never said I wanted to do a marathon 7 days a week of exercising. Truly, I’m counting “exercising” as having gotten my fitbit steps (8k a day). I get it pretty easily so long as I exercise at least once for a half hour a day. However, I don’t want to move the steps up too fast and sideline myself. I also didn’t exercise yesterday because I worked from home. Typically, at work, I get a lot of steps going to meetings, etc. Yesterday, I was at my kitchen table all day which lead to no steps AND I didn’t exercise.

    The problem with not exercising is that today I woke up groggy, foggy-headed, achey, frustrated, with an overwhelming urge to sit down or to go back to bed. I overcame it but just barely. I find that once I’ve forced myself to exercise, I always feel much better. By then I’ve had my coffee, my blood is flowing, my body feels loose, and my brain is fired up. Now that I know that this is a gift I can give to myself every day, I have to remember to see it that way.

  2. Painting the Bedroom – Here’s the before and after pictures:

    We haven’t decorated yet but it’s a huge improvement. I’ll add more pictures later once we have.

  3. Maude – I’m kind of sad because I’m finishing the series, Maude. I have two more episodes before I’m done. I know I can rewatch it whenever I want but there’s such a delicious pleasure in experiencing something you love and that also fundamentally speaks to you for the first time. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Bea Arthur fan. No one does a double or triple take like Ms. Arthur. For my whole life, I was a Dorothy Zbornak fan but honestly, I think Maude Findlay is my role model.


    Here’s a weird tidbit for ya: when I exercise, I watch Maude. Every morning for the past few months, I’ve been exercising in front of the TV to at least one episode of Maude per morning. It’s awesome because not only am I exercising, I’m also laughing my head off AND getting to experience inspiring feminist culture. I’m gonna miss her when it’s over. I don’t know how I’m going to find something that hits ALL of those points but it’s a hardship I shall overcome.

    Another weird thing is this: I started crying a bit watching Maude today. I don’t know why. I think it’s because the series is nearing its end but also I think that the character, Maude, gives me hope for my own future. I love that she is political, involved in social justice causes, that she’s engaged with her local community. I love that she speaks her mind and holds just a few dear people close to her. I know she’s a TV character but these are things I want for myself in my life. The other thing is that she has a daughter. I’d love to have a daughter as well. I’ll need to have her this week if I want to see my daughter into adulthood!

  4. Hillary – Today we get to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primaries! I’m going to go get ready so we can GTFO. Last night, they called her the Presumptive Nominee after several super delegates pledged their vote to Clinton. Of course, the Sanders campaign is still crowing that they’ll flip the super delegates to him even though she’s received at least 3 million more votes than he did. It’s crazy logic but I guess you got to do what you got to do when you’re in the fight of your life. I like Bernie but he’s making a mess of things and I hope today’s primaries make things definitive and calm things down so we can reconcile the party. I’m so excited to get to vote for her!


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