A quick wrap-up this month! ‘Tis the season to prepare for colder weather. I started wearing gloves this month on days when the temperature got down to about 5 C. I wore my light-weight puffer jacket most of the month or my new “Leonard” jacket with layers under. My new boots didn’t need any breaking in and I could wear them regularly from Day One. We didn’t get snow flurries until this week, but since then it’s been raining for a couple of days. We normally don’t get snow that stays on the ground until the last week of December, and most often have a green (actually brown) Christmas. I had the snow tires installed on the car this month, where they will live until April.
Rom and I were in Toronto for 6 days/5 nights and I packed the least amount of clothes ever: 2 pair jeans, 1 pair leggings, tunic top, sweater, 2 long-sleeve T-shirts and 2 scarves. Short boots and a pair of sneakers. I prefer dressing up more when I am visiting a larger city, but I knew it would be colder than at home, and I had no plans for formal events. Except for wearing a bulky jacket to a concert (rather than a pleather biker-type jacket), I was happy with everything I brought. Oh, the misery of looking uncool!
I have accustomed myself to going to the gym this month – I joined in October. It is still strange for me to be in that environment. There are 6 TVs tuned to different channels and the radio is loud. The machines are close together. It hasn’t been crowded yet, although I expect that will change in January when they get a rush of New Year’s resolution memberships. To be honest, today was the first day I was using a machine next to a grunting, sweaty man and I didn’t like it. But I try to feel respectful of everyone who is there because we all just want to be healthy and not judged by our “before” bodies and habits while we try to get into our “after” shapes!
It also feels strange to get in the car and leave the house when it’s still dark, and go to this jarringly brightly-lit, noisy space. I like it, though. I have done home workouts in my basement for so long that I welcome the hustle and bustle. I’ve had to scrape frost from the car windshield a couple of times in the mornings. I wonder how I’ll fare when I have to shovel snow? That is probably enough of a workout so I don’t need to leave home!
I got my swimming mojo back. I’ve been going once a week and can swim 50 laps again (25 metre pool) and it makes me feel fit. In the cardio room I have been using some machines that are completely new to me, including a lateral elliptical (made by Octane) and an AMT (made by Precor). Lots of geeky fun!
The Just-for-Me Book Club is underway! I have read The Secret River, recommended by Lucinda Sans, and Keep the Aspidistra Flying, recommended by Thrift Deluxe at Nine to Five. I have lots to say about them so that will be my next post!
This month I also read Certainty by Madeleine Thien and Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, both of which were very, very quiet books, but I was in the mood and enjoyed them greatly. For the most dramatic contrast possible, I also read How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, which had me in fits of giggles, but it had some educational feminist content too, and an ending I agreed with 100%.
I forgot to mention that last month, Rom and I watched the Woodstock concert movie, which Rom had never seen and I had seen many times, but not for ages. It was fun to see it through fresh eyes. We also watched La Cage aux Folles which neither of us had seen before, and it was a pleasant surprise!
I am ready for a blanket-book-and-cat sort of December. Just add a cup of tea and I’m all set.
How was November for you?