Prepping for the swim

I am currently charging my swimming mp3 player. My towels and swimsuit are drying. I sync’d my Garmin watch to the app, so it’s empty. I have most of my change of clothes packed. Once I put the clothes, towels and music into the swimming bag, I’ll be all set. Except, I forgot soap in my shower bag. One day, I’ll get to the gym with everything I need. Today wasn’t that day. Maybe it’ll be tomorrow?

Feeling Accomplished

This morning, I got up early and went to the gym to swim.  I did a short swim, since it’s been so long since I have been in the pool.  I got in the hot tub after the swim, but I found that they had turned the temperature down, so it wasn’t a decent soak.  I went into the steam room, and enjoyed that until the steam kicked into high gear and scared me.  I felt like I was in Stephen King’s, The Mist.  Loved that book, but it scared the crap out of me.

After I showered with the low pressure water, including getting the shampoo out of my hair completely, and fully shaving my legs for a change, I got dressed and went out to the car.  I realized that I had too much time on my hands before I had to be at work.  I filled up my windshield washer reserve.  I vacuumed my car, but barely.  Then I headed to Starbucks in search of coffee.

I got to work without spilling the coffee, and I remembered to park in the new spot.  We will get ticketed if we park where I used to park.  After warming up the machines at work, and treating a few patients, we had a break.  I called the bank that has been emailing me over and over again.  “Your account has a low balance.”  “You seem to have forgotten the answer to your challenge question.”  I don’t have an account with that bank.  The person I spoke to told me that I could fix it easily by changing my email address.  No.  Just stop emailing me.  She said the only way to do that is to pop my head into the local branch and tell them what’s going on.  Ok, where’s the closest to me?  Sorry, we have no branches in California.  Great!

My doctor is changing practices.  I have been trying to get myself into the new practice, and bring my medical records with me.  It’s been one thing after another.  The old place won’t help me because they aren’t affiliated with the new practice.  Ok.  The new practice can’t request my records, I have to have the old practice send them.  I finally got the old practice to send them, but, because the doctor isn’t yet at the new practice, I can’t have them sent until I have an account at the new practice.  I called the new practice back to find out about getting an account set up.  They can’t accept the medical records until the doctor actually starts working, in August sometime.  They did set up an account for when the doctor gives them her schedule.  I hope things will smooth out once the doctor moves.

I got several blog posts posted.  I had started writing them a while ago, but I finally got around to publishing them.

I also had lunch.  Accomplishment!  Next I’ll be starting my after work list.

At the gym… Fitbit and other challenges

Today’s goal was to hit the gym.  I wanted to swim, but I was just too blah when I got there.  I had to change the billing card on the membership, so I had to go.  I ended up on the treadmill for a short while, trying to catch up on my fitbit steps.  I stayed on the treadmill until my foot started to hurt.  I didn’t even make it a half a mile on the darn thing, but I met my goal.  I went to the gym.  Baby steps.  I also got some of my audiobook, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, done.  I have about 4 hours left in it, and it’s due back on Wednesday.  Hopefully, I’ll make it.  The bookclub for that one isn’t until mid-July, so I can afford a little time on the waiting list, again.

My other goal was to find my shower bag for the gym, so I can actually swim before work.  Found it!

I was supposed to go to the pharmacy and to the post office, too.  I only made it to the post office.  I forgot about the pharmacy.  Hopefully, I’ll make it tomorrow, or one of my kids will.

My swim bag is packed for tomorrow, except for socks.  Best laid plans…

The garbage, recycling, and compost are out.  We only had one minor incident there, involving a man walking by and ogling my daughter.  The dogs took offense, and the man went off screaming.  They are just noisy dogs.  The guy didn’t know they are big chickens and their barks are worse than their bites.  At least the dogs keep it interesting around here.

 

Futuristic Library

Futuristic library

I love the photos of this library.  My first thought was of benches in the library.  They are beautiful, but, I have a feeling it would be like the locker room in the gym.  Someone would be sitting on the bench right where the book you need is shelved, just like people in the locker room sitting in front of the locker where you put your belongings.

The original article is linked above.  A lot of the comments went way off topic, so I didn’t include those.

Photos of the New Futuristic Library in China with 1.2 Million Books

China recently opened a new futuristic library that contains a staggering 1.2 million books. If you enjoy architectural photography, Dutch photographer Ossip van Duivenbode‘s images of the library will be a feast for your eyes.

The new Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China, was designed by the Dutch architectural firm MVRDV to look like a giant eye.

The five-story, 360,000-square-foot library features shelves spanning from the floor to ceiling — many of the shelves double as stairs and seats in the beautifully designed space.

The “books” above the actual bookshelves are actually painted onto the building to look like full shelves that continue up to the ceiling (creating the floor-to-ceiling illusion).

The Tianjin Binhai Library was built in just 3 years and opened to the public on October 1st, 2017.

 

Second day of Spring Break

When I realized that I’d have time off school, and would have some evenings to myself, I started making plans with friends and family.

After work today, I wandered over to my sister/friend and her sons. We had lunch. We had a relaxing afternoon with the dogs and cats and kids. We had a group activity of removing a sock from the vacuum cleaner hose.

They had to go off to ice skating lessons so I wandered off to the gym. I took a brief nap in the car. The gym was near where I was meeting another friend for a movie, so it was a new gym to me. I found out there was a pool, but I hadn’t expected it and left my swimming stuff in the car. I found the women’s locker room and locked my bag and car keys in a locker. I went in search of a treadmill.

I did my mile on the treadmill and made progress on my ARC book. I went back downstairs to retrieve my stuff. There was one person in the locker room. Sitting in front of the locker holding my things. Eating a yogurt. Very slowly. I don’t really understand this phenomena. Entire locker room. One person. In front of the locker you’re using. It happens all the time. I tried to open the locker. I got a very dirty look. At least I didn’t have to change out of my swimsuit with her sitting there.

I wandered over toward the movie theater. With all the driving, I made progress on my audiobook. I may finish it tomorrow. I got out of the car and walked around the mall a bit. They are getting a Koja here! Small things excite me.

I got our tickets and sat in the lobby to read. A woman approached me to ask if I was in the movie club. No. But that sounds like fun. (Like I need something else to do.) We chatted for a while since we were both waiting. I got another book recommendation. Red Rising. I don’t know how this always happens. But, I always add to my book stack and my to be read list.

The movie, Gloria Bell, started. It was very odd and disjointed. My friend and I both hated it. Thankfully, it was only a $5 movie. I got to see my friend, so that part was good.

Also, I really might finish my audiobook tomorrow. Less than two hours to go!

General bewilderment

These people in the general bewilderment lane are doing it right. One of the things that annoy me about pool swimming is the walkers. The walkers don’t need a full lane each. Especially when they are chatting with their friends in the next lanes. All walkers can go in the same lane, so the swimmers can actually swim without going around the obstacles.