Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday? Friday? Where are you?

I've been remiss. No Friday moment. Booo. Friday was the last day of my week of moments. It should have gone out with a bang. The thing is, I didn't take a picture of anything all day long. Not ONE moment of picture taking. Still, to be true to my plan, I will try to recreate a moment that could have been photographed -- were someone there to photograph it.

Friday Moment: Nancy's arms are very weak.

Mike's cousin Blaire is here from out of town this week. Somehow the two of us got to talking about work outs and the like. I was telling her that I could see myself enjoying lifting weights, etc. more. Don't get me wrong. I don't want to be a body builder for crying out loud. But, I think I'd enjoy learning how to work my muscles more. I'd enjoy becoming . . . I don't know . . . stronger. (You should see me when Mike needs me to help lift something around here. I nearly start to weep I hate it so bad. Badly?).

Anyway, turns out Blaire has gotten very into lifting, so she took me with her to the gym Friday night after Mike got home to have me do one of her lifting routines with her. I felt like I was holding my own for a few minutes, but then . . . I wasn't holding my own. It mostly started with the push ups. After about one second my face looked like the face I drew in the picture below (only much more red . . . and sort of shaking). I don't think Blaire really believed I could be as weak as I was. She kept showing me different tricks to make it work better -- thinking I could surely do a few more if I just got the proper technique down. Unfortunately changing my form was absolutely not going to get me one bit further. We mostly did upper body on this work out though, and I fancy my lower half might have done me a little more proud. Running really doesn't do much for your arms. Anyway, I quite liked it -- sissy as I was. It felt good.And, for neglecting Friday, I will add two extra moments from the past week that didn't end up in any of my posts.

Extra moment ONE: Goodbye to our little cart and TV.

Well, not GOODBYE goodbye. They are just going to the basement for now. But we have had this little 19 inch TV and its tiny little rolling cart for our near 11 years of marriage. Mike found a steal on a used armoire the other day, and we got a new more normal sized television to go in it. As Mike took this old TV out of the way, I told him that it was a momentous occasion. There is something very sentimental about the belongings from our first early poor days of marriage. Mike going to school full time and working delivering pizzas and the like while I had already quit working to be home with Abe and Daisy. Plus, this particular TV has a little extra meaning because Mike waited out all night before a store's grand opening when we were engaged because the first ten customers got a television for one dollar. And, there was a time when we really needed that cart because our apartment was so tiny that there was no counter space whatsoever for a microwave or about anything for that matter. We had to take the doors off a closet in our "living room" to put Abe's crib in because there was no place else for it to fit. Anyway, this little set up that has looked so sadly out of place in our current home of ultra high ceilings, reminds me of those times, so I'm quite attached to it.Extra moment TWO: Goldie reads to Penny.

It is not always that Penny will just let anyone serve her needs. Sometimes (well, often times) she will absolutely refuse help from anyone but mom. BUT, when she does let her older siblings be of help to her -- getting her a cup of milk, helping her out of her crib, reading to her, etc., well, it is very nice for me, and also just very cute. Look at those girls.Well. That's that. The end of this week of stuff. I don't know what that means exactly or where that leaves us. I guess just back to hoping that all on my own little schedule I am inspired to be sentimental or clever or interesting. Ha. As if THAT could happen. Then again . . . maybe it will . . . time will tell. Time will tell.

13 comments:

Mary Elizabeth Liberty said...

And will we be treated to another week of moments in the future? I loved it, bravo.

marzee said...

Upper body stuff is hard for me too. I had a teacher who once talked about, "Levi's ten". Her name was Levi - and she did 10 sets of 10 exercises everyday - which was her way of staying in shape. Not such a bad idea. So- i've been doing something similar - though 10 sets isn't enough for me. . . . so, I do 12!! Wowzas! JK - well, kinda. Anyway - way to go with the workout.

Annnnddd - I loved your artwork. Seriously -you should just do a post with artwork that explains some event. You're awesome!

marz said...

PS - I don't know why Blaire is so disappointed in the picture. I mean - she ought to be impressed that rather than do a push-up, you've chosen to levitate. I know I'M impressed.

Nancy said...

Marzee! You little smart alec. I burst out laughing when I read that last comment because yes, I did think, after I drew it that it looked like maybe I was flying rather than just behind her. Levitate. Ohhh I'm still giggling. Oh, and also, my sis-in-law used to be huge into yoga and meditation and my brother always joked that her main goal in life was to levitate.
P.S. Maybe you need to email me your list of 12.

marzee said...

I don't really have a list of 12. I do 3 types of crunches (about 15 each way), girl push-ups, hanging over the side of the bed (upside down) push-ups, feet on the bed tricep push-ups (crab style), and some stretching. My arms are looking better - and abs stronger. I let cardio take care of my legs.

I haven't been consistent about it - but am trying. I even went to the fitness center on campus today and ran on the treadmill for an entire 15 mins! (Yeah - I wanted to get an hour of exercise in - but I was called to pick up Action on my way there - fever. So I had to backtrack. I only got 15 mins. of exercise in before I had to jet to class. At least I did something though. Oh - and I got to shower naked with some stranger. Yay college!)

jami said...

i'm apparently a little blogger slow, but i love this idea of posting a picture a day for the week. i've just recapped your week and i love the pics ... what great images and stories ... :)

Anna said...

Never mind Friday. What happened to sunday, monday, maybe tuesday...

Perla said...

i hope to goodness that one day i will start blogging again. do you think i will? who knows. anyways, i missed 9 posts of yours somehow. i'm reading them now. why no pic of the new get up and tv? and you forgot to mention that while mike camped out for the tv you got some really good choc chip cookies and a recipe to boot. mmm...maybe i should make some cookies.

Nancy said...

Hmm. Shan. Yes, PLEASE do a little week of posts where you capture a moment each day. Not that I want to force you into blogging again, BUT, when you said that, I thought to myself, "Why yes, I would love to see a little moment from around mom and dad's house each day." You don't even have to write anything if you don't want. Just a picture a day maybe? YOu might have some good moments to catch living with our parents again and you might like having them on your little blog to remember this short spell of time later. We were there for about 6 months and now I can hardly recall it.

Anonymous said...

wednesday...

Nancy said...

Anonymous? Anna, is it you?? Anna! ANna!? ANswer me!! Is it you, I say! Or, maybe as fun, is my blog now haunted?

ANyway, I paid my dues. I finished up a full seven days of moments. Wednesday is totally on its own now.

But who know . . . maybe Thursday . . .

Anonymous said...

Ha ha, Sorry about that. I forgot to type in my name, so it put me as anonymous. It WOULD be cool if your blog was haunted though. Oddly, now that I think about it, I do, In a way haunt it. Every few seconds I check to see if there is a new blog post...would that be considered haunting?

Anna said...

Ooh. um. sorry. again.the last two anonymous comments were mine. Anna's.......sorry.

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