I made an executive decision today. I’m NOT buying a damn bike since Jon is so opposed to it, but I AM joining a regular gym.

The (school) gym I’ve been using for the past couple of years is incredibly inconvenient this semester. I generally have to park very far from it if I want to be close to my building, nothing I do is anywhere near it and I never want to go at random times (like yesterday afternoon) because it’s just a pain in the ass to find somewhere to park. And the BS that’s required to go during any sort of sporting event? Irritating. I know – sounds crazy that I’m complaining about walking to a GYM to workout, but it’s not the exercise portion of the walk that bugs me – it’s the fact that it’s generally DARK and sometimes rainy and soon cold when I have to do the walk. My motivation level is already low given the crazy amount of stuff I generally need to accomplish on any given day – add in a LONG walk in the dark or especially the rain and forget about it. Not happening.

Cardio has almost completely dropped off lately and I can see that the gym is the problem. It has always been fairly easy to work the inconvenience into my schedule. Right now? Not so much.

Jon thinks it’s pretty prissy of me to join a gym just so I can drive to it and walk right in. I say WHO CARES. I will gladly exchange thirty effing dollars a month for some convenience. I’m thinking it’s better than spending that money on xanax and subsequent REHAB, right? I’m headed there if I don’t get the stress under control.

I need to shake it up, anyway. I’m hoping the novelty factor keeps me excited about it for at least a month.

We did some grocery shopping today. I don’t think Jon prepared a list ahead of time, but I think he had some meal ideas in mind.

2 whole chickens
1 Elk rump roast (which I’ve never had and hope it doesn’t taste awful because it was EXPENSIVE)
Pork sausage
2 Hot Italian sausages
1 Elk teriyaki jerky thing (for me)
2 Sauces
Swiss chard
Head of cabbage
Butternut squash
Yellow squash
2 Onions
2 Apples
2 Cartons of eggs

Not the best picture in the world, but this is pretty much what’s in our refrigerator at any given time:

Jon roasted both of the chickens tonight – one for dinner and one to store for salads for the rest of next week.

We also had swiss chard.

I was craving ice cream after dinner, so I created a concoction that I hoped would replace it – yogurt, walnuts, blueberries, a spoonful of natural PB, a spoonful of pumpkin and some melted chocolate.

It was ok. I’m not a huge fan of plain pumpkin (pie is a different story, of course) but Jon was adding it to his yogurt – had to give it a try.

It has been a spectacularly gorgeous day. We had the windows open all afternoon and I just loved it. I want the weather to stay just like today forever, please.