EXCITED | about finding a painted rock on one of my walks with Jon. If you follow Kim’s blog, you have learned about the art of rock painting. Jon didn’t know the story behind it and I had to tell him what these painted rocks are all about. I think it goes back to the Kindness Rocks Project, where people started painting rocks and left them for others to find and collect in an effort to spread joy and kindness. Photos of the painted rocks and hints of where to find them are commonly shared on social media.
The rock that we found had a message on the back on what to do with it: “Spreading Joy One Rock at a Time. Keep or Rehide. Post pic at SactoRocks on Facebook“. I posted a picture in the group and while we currently still have the rock, we are planning to rehide it at some point.
ROCKING | a new Power Zone Pack workout shirt. As you know, I do a lot of Power Zone Challenges, and every challenge usually offers a shirt that you can buy. I am never really interested in the challenge shirts (because there are so many and I won’t buy a shirt for every challenge), but when the Power Zone Pack came out with a Power Zone Pack Shirt with the Power Zone Bar on it, I had to have it because Power Zone Training is my jam.
FEELING | good about my workout routine. I’ve been sticking to my schedule and have been making some strides (no pun intended) recently. I improved on my 20-minute running distance test at the end of the Team Wilpers Summer Challenge, I finally (after 10 months) did a re-test on my FTP and managed to achieve a small increase, and my half marathon training (week 5) is going well.
HITTING | a few more Peloton milestones this month: Tanja and I will celebrate our 1000th ride this upcoming weekend. I completed 350 yoga classes, I am currently on a 160-week streak, and I reached 18k minutes on the platform for this year.
FRUSTRATED | that my work has a fitness reimbursement program but they’re not covering virtual fitness programs like Peloton at this time (apparently they’re looking into updating the policy but it hasn’t happened yet – even though they’ve been “looking into it” since the start of the pandemic). It’s kind of a bummer because I have been more physically active since I started the Peloton membership than when I went to the gym (and I have data to prove it).
EATING | homemade pickled cucumbers. You guys, they are so good and so freakin’ easy to make. They were cold and crunchy (they need to come out of the fridge, don’t debate with me!) and had a nice tangy, sweet-and-sour taste. Jon said they were possibly the best pickles he ever had, and he apologetically added that he was sorry but that it looked like I’d have to make them again. Haha. Nothing to be sorry about!
DRINKING | coffee + water. It’s pretty simple around here.
THINKING ABOUT | the climate crisis. Devastating fires in Hawaii, Washington (State) and Canada recently. A hurricane (ok, tropical storm) hitting Southern California with major flooding (oh, and did you hear that there also was an earthquake right at the same time?). Oof. Mother Nature is telling us something. There have been so many news stories lately, it’s hard to know “where to look first”. Everything seems urgent and dire. I listened to a climate scientist the other day on the news who said, we have to find ways to adapt to the weather changes that are already happening, but it’s not too late to make impactful changes for the future. So, why not do that. I am sorry, but politicians and rich people can’t “buy” themselves out of the impacts when the planet becomes uninhabitable. How about we do something about it now?
ANNOYED | by the Safeway App. I don’t know about you, but I use a few different apps to save money at the grocery store. The Safeway App is one of the convenient ones, because not only does it show you what is currently on sale at your local store (discounts you automatically get with your loyalty number), but it also has special deals/coupons (ForU Deals) for items you buy regularly. I take the time to go through the list every week, then add the coupons to my loyalty card in the app and then the discount is supposed to be applied at check-out. It’s only that this hasn’t been working for a few weeks now. The ForU coupons never get applied and I have had to get the store clerk to manually apply these discounts to my purchase repeatedly. It’s super-annoying – and time-consuming – to employ the store clerk every single time (although I will do it without fail – it saves me money!) and they really need to fix the app.
WATCHING | 90-day Fiancé. It’s such a nice kind of “turn-off-your-brain”-entertainment. I’ve been pulled back into the latest season while zapping through the TV channels, and while I know that some (most?) of this must be scripted for dramatic purposes, it’s kind of fun to just “roll your eyes” at some of these couples. I also might be rooting for one or two of them.
BUYING | a new runner for our hallway. Our wood floors are pretty slippery, so we have to have a rug in the hallway, but we were using this boring (gray) roll runner from the local hardware store (cut to size) that we also use as stair treads. It did its job, but wasn’t anything to write home about and the rubber backing recently started wearing off. Since it’s not exactly cheap either, I decided to replace the hallway runner with a nicer-looking rug this time.
STOKED | about the new kitchen floor. Yes, I promise I will shut up about it soon, but I had to include it one more time for the Currently in August edition because it was definitely a highlight for this month to finally get those terrible tiles replaced. I mentioned before that when we moved into this duplex, the kitchen was my least favorite thing about this place. This was a hard pill to swallow at the time because the kitchen is really important to me in my home. I am so happy to say that these new floors have really made me love this otherwise old and ugly kitchen a little more.
What is currently going on in your world?