Today’s post is just a mish mash of random things that have occurred over the last several weeks. A total stream of consciousness if you will…
Last week, with the help of my next door neighbor, we dug up parts of the back yard and cleared some space for our garden (we are co-parenting). I took a trip to The Home Depot and bought 4 hybrid tomato plants, 2 strawberry plants, 1 zucchini plant, and 1 cucumber plant. The reason I chose these plants is I took a Gardening 101 class on Udemy, and the instructor said these were the least likely plants you could kill. Obviously he doesn’t know my track record!
I also bought two bags of a dirt mixture, and a big bag of mulch. Total cost: $35. Not too shabby. But wait…! My former neighbor had planted aloe vera plants that were small at the time, but have grown into ginormous beasts. They had to be cut back, and the only way to do that was with some bad-ass garden shears, which cost $35 as well.
I felt like Jason from Friday the 13th trying to hack away with those big, sharp…I don’t even know what you call them…leaves?. Anyway, it was a workout, let me tell ya!
I was all proud of my garden accomplishment, until I checked on my “babies” yesterday, and the strawberry and cucumber plants are in critical condition. Sigh…
Well, I should say biking to work. I’ve done it three times already, and I have discovered that the whole process requires a lot of coordination with remembering to bring things to change into, to bringing lunches, to finding the best place to shower and change. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’m figuring the easiest way to do things is to perhaps have some kind of kit in place at work in case I forget stuff like deodorant, socks, shoes…you name it.
The other option is to try and find cute, lightweight clothes I can wear to bike, but also wear the rest of the day. Anyone else have suggestions?
All in all it’s a total #firstworldproblem as not many people have the option of bike commuting to work and having two gym/shower facilities to choose from. Plus, a fully stocked kitchen in case I forget something.
The awesome news is I’m at $18,596 for my emergency fund, which is $1,404 shy of my 20k goal. And after this month I’ll be just $500 shy. Yay!
I did spend some $$ this month, however, on The Vacuum Formerly Known as Prince. 🙂 I have been co-parenting (apparently, co-parenting is my thing) my friend Dave’s vacuum for over a year. My old one died and I was too budget-conscious to buy a new/used one. And since I’m a little OCD with vacuuming (I usually can’t go more than 3 days without having those lines indented into my carpet), I usually kept the vacuum at my house (because Dave is kind of a slob – sorry Dave!).
Anyway, I realized that this is kind of ridiculous and I’m a big girl and should have my own vacuum, so I first searched Craigslist to find something, but was underwhelmed by the results, so I decided to buy a new one with my money from my “sh*t is getting old” fund.
After getting recommendations from friends, I settled on a Shark Navigator Powered Lift-Away. This sucker (get it?) is seriously purple, so Dave came up with the clever name for my new vacuum child, who will always be there for me to satiate my cleaning cravings.
I was watching Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on Netflix, and he was in Glasgow, Scotland. Apparently it has some pretty rough neighborhoods, but because gun laws are so strict there, they don’t have that kind of violence, but instead there are a lot of knife-related crimes.
So Tony (we’re tight knit like that) met up with a former bouncer who teaches knife self-defense classes. This guy is a bad ass, and it reminded me that I had always wanted to take some kind of self-defense type class, but never followed through.
(oh hey, I found the clip!)
Remembering I had once looked up details about Krav Maga, one Google search pointed me to a studio in my area that was offering two free intro classes.
I’m always nervous venturing into new territory, but I loved the class. I felt like I learned some really useful techniques AND got a good workout in in a short amount of time. And, I felt really empowered and kind of bad-ass (well, that was until I was super sore the next few days).
So, I’ll do the second free class and assess the situation. They do have really good Groupon deals for this studio, but we’ll see!
Have you ever tried Krav Maga? Do you name your vacuum? Do you think I’m strange? 🙂