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10.06.2010

you turn 25 and get creative. (or you turn 25 and find life is still hard and you must get a bit savvier about it).


laundry in the shower (yup, that's right)


time is slipping through my fingers.

i leave in the morning and am gone for the day.

and that's it.

there's one job. and then another. and then this exercise class on top of errands and meetings and on and on.

and i couldn't be happier to be busy.

even if my schedule is up-in-the-air at best. even if there's no time to run to my apartment in the middle of the day. even if i'm just slightly, just a wee bit overwhelmed. and feeling stretched in one hundred directions. even if i'm tired. very, very tired.

truly, i'm so thankful to be employed and engaged and active.

but it was tonight in the middle of my third-ever physique 57 that i though, oh. my god. i stink. that smell, that smell! is that me?!

upon natalie's suggestion (and encouraged by her gorgeous figure) my friend victoria and i have signed up for the newcomer's monthly unlimited. and we're determined to get our money's worth. and to strengthen our bodies, yeah, yeah.

so we went tonight. together. had to schedule ourselves for an "open" class (which means all levels) as opposed to a beginner's class (our level). we were assured by the receptionist we'd be fine. we could simply choose the easiest level of each position.

now let me be very clear here: this was the first physique class i was unable to laugh through. nope, no laughing. it moved passed the ridiculous to the holy-mother-of-what-have-i-gotten-myself-into. i was sweating bullets after five minutes. my legs were shaking violently at ten. and twenty minutes in i thought if asked to stand on only one leg, one more time, i might actually collapse. it was the first class in which i wanted to cry. a beginner is not an open class prepared for! (at least not this open class, at least not with my lackluster natural ability {not to mention i'm tall and i think that just makes everything more difficult--more body to deal with, more natural weight, and don't even get me started on flexibility}).

but because i have a partner in crime (vic) i returned home tonight knowing i'd have to return tomorrow and those stinky clothes simply would not do. unfortunately i only have the one pair of new balance black spandex.

so i got creative. gathered up my socks and pants and bra, plugged the bathtub, poured a little detergent in, dumped the clothes, and proceeded to take a nice, long, hot shower. walking and stomping on the clothes all-the-while.

and as i did so, i thought, this is how i know i'm twenty-five and really living the dream.

or the life.

or something. i'm livin' something.


22 comments:

Brittany said...

livin' something. ain't that the truth. way to be brave and do something so hard!

AbbieBabble said...

When you come up with new and creative ways to do laundry, you're definitely a grown up. Again, happy 25!

Wisdom + Understanding said...

Meg I'm sorry to have missed wishing you - happy birthday, 25 sounds awesome and I wish you more joy than you've ever known this year! ;) I wish there was physique in Toronto, sounds like the exact kind of kick-in-the-butt I need physically!
xx

heisschic said...

i do the same thing! wow- i feel mature. i'm like, 2 months ahead of my time.

btw- let me/us know what you think of the work-out. maybe do an 'in review' at the end of the month? i've just started working with a trainer and doing yoga... but i like looking into new things.

wilybrunette said...

@heisschic

for sure, for sure i'll keep you updated all along the way!

Katie said...

oh my goodness! I did this! See: http://collegekatie.blogspot.com/2010/02/college-laundry.html

so that makes us basically twins.

leah jane said...

brilliant i say - completely brilliant! despite having a washer & dryer i do believe i am going to give this a whirl!

thereflectiveself said...

You're cute Meg! So glad to know I'm not the only one who worries if I smell while working out!!

Ashley said...

love it! time management at its best!

I'm tall too. (5'9") I always feel awkward when trying to do stuff like that. Like all the short girls are looking at me funny.. i'm so stiff. haha!

Sara said...

I think it means your 25 and SMART!
ha

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Happy belated birthday! Haha you're just getting more creative the older you get :)

Brittany said...

happy 25th. i think the something you are living is marvelous.

Charlotte said...

But here's the big question - did it clean your clothes?

christine said...

Been there, done that too! Flexibility is the spice of life.

I'm interested to see your review at the end of the month and to see how you feel then. :)

Keep it up!

Laurie Ruth said...

Oh my gosh I had to do this once in St Thomas. Our washing machine was broken for almost 2 weeks and I was dying! I laughed the whole time, hope you did as well!

beth said...

happy birthday sweet meg. it sounds like you are rending, scrubbing, coming clean... i hope this year is filled with amazing sweat and cleaning of sweat. it is the only way to live.
you are inspiring.

trytoliveinalovelierlife.blogspot.com

Extreme Cloud Watcher said...

Livin' something can beat any dream or other lifestyle if it's something you enjoy. And laundry in the shower seems a perfect way to do that :).

Autumn Lynn said...

My room mate last year never went to the laundry mat. To save money she washed everything in the bathtub or sink - because we didn't pay water in our apartment's utilities...however, I think the stomping and showering part is pretty brilliant.

jess said...

looovvveee that during your business you found a way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone!!! FYI if you ever need something to dry x-tra quick you can stick it behind the fridge and it speeds up the process...

Happy belated 25th birthday.. Good luck with physique.. pretty sure I would want to die/cry in one of those classes as well!

Caitlin said...

awesome.

kerrie elaine said...

happiest birthday, to a creature of absolute beauty, you sweet cupcake girl. xo

Roxy Te said...

Physique 57! I've been dying to try it. I'm weirdly obsessed with Kelly Ripa, and I know that's her workout. You should take some before and afters!