October is my favourite month. This was a good one!
We had a special event early on – we travelled to our nearby smaller city overnight to see Jane Goodall speak. I thought it was the chance of a lifetime. You will know Jane Goodall from her groundbreaking work on chimpanzee research “in the field” in Tanzania. She is now an environmental crusader. Her institute focuses on helping people with sustainable living – with the side effect that they are then less likely to eat “bush meat” including chimpanzees. It’s a holistic model. Ms. Goodall was a very engaging speaker and didn’t flag at all despite being 82! Rom and I attended with my sister and her friend who volunteer with the Okala Foundation, another group that works with both people and primates, but in Cameroon.
We had some music lined up this month. For the Pop Explosion, we attended a free show with two local bands. It was in a microscopic venue with about 20 people. Cool! Also loud! On a much grander scale, we attended the symphony’s annual sci-fi show. A full orchestra played selections from Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and other film scores. It was wonderful!
In other entertainment, I got hooked on the TV show Girls and watched all 4 seasons that are currently available on DVD. It intrigues me that most of the characters are not always likable and relatable (at least for me) but I am still obsessed. My favourite is Shoshanna 🙂 I read Lena Dunham’s book Not That Kind of Girl last year and loved it. The DVD of Season 5 is yet to be released, and Season 6 hasn’t aired yet, but will conclude the series. The soundtrack for all seasons is super – look it up on YouTube or your streaming service!
Three special days in one month – Thanksgiving, birthday and Hallowe’en. I did lots of celebrating! I didn’t dress up for Hallowe’en, though. That’s what comes of it falling on a Monday. About 35 kids came round for treats. For my birthday I asked Rom to take me to my favourite authentic Neapolitan pizzeria which also has a great wine list.
My big change for October is that I finally took the plunge and joined the gym. Or rather, fitness centre. After a summer break, I started skating twice a week as usual, and it was just making less and less sense to me to pay $31/month for skating and still work out all the other days at home, when I could pay $51/month and have access to all their equipment and programs. I’ve been a member for 2 weeks now and have been going 6 days a week. It’s not an increase in exercise time; it just gives me more variety. I am trying out a routine in which I skate once a week, swim once a week, go to a circuit training class once a week, and go to the gym the other 3 days, where I have been using a stationary bike, stair climber and rowing machine. I am working out muscles I forgot I had! Have avoided injury and am building up some tolerance. I find the class the most challenging. The instructor will demonstrate 4 exercises and we’ll do 3 circuits of the sequence, then learn another 4 – I can barely keep up with the “choreography,” but I am determined to improve. My Jillian Michaels DVDs were a good start!
Fall has caught up with us. We had 3 big rain storms and the watering ban was lifted. The leaves were whipped off the trees and it is starting to look like November!
How was your October?