September Life Update

I have a few blog posts that I want to write, but right now it feels more like time for a general life update. September was quite a busy month. I started grad school, turned 25, made about 9 custom Cthulhus (including some fun new types of crocheted Cthulhu and Chefthulhu) + more for regular sale, and was just all around busy.

The month’s ending rather well, I think. I’m surviving library school and enjoying it so far. I feel like I’m learning and I feel like I’m becoming more of what I want to be. While the first half had an overwhelming number of social engagements, the second half has been much better and I’ve been able to enjoy the ones I had.

I had a really good birthday. A group of lovely friends gave me a gift card to Bliss Spa in downtown DC. It was a great experience…the first time I’ve done a real honest-to-goodness spa day. I felt relaxed, at peace, and was able to enjoy it thoroughly. Sometimes this kind of thing makes me tense up, which is why I’m even happier it went well than a more relaxed person might be.

Since ProfX’s birthday was at the end of August, our birthday present to ourselves was the complete Battlestar Galactica series on DVD. We loved watching the library’s copies over the summer and knew that we’d want to watch them again, just like we did with Buffy. So we did it as a joint birthday present & Cthulhu kicked in a third as well.

Also, I discovered Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan novels. My mother was a huge fan, but when I was 14-ish and wanted to read hers she said I wasn’t quite old enough. Somehow I never got around to reading them again. But when doing housecleaning back home, I ran across them and decided to bring them home with me. So far they’re absolutely fantastic. Wow. It’s like a sci-fi braingasm. I am so happy I decided to read them and a bit sad that I won’t be able to talk to mom about them. Apparently there’s a new book coming out this fall!

The first season of Big Bang Theory, which I reserved back in June or July, finally came in through the library and we blew through it last weekend. It was a great Cthulhu-making show, but not as good for weight lifting. Turns out all that laughing is counter-productive. BSG’s much better when you’re lifting…you want to be able to beat up/out-fly/or outrun Cylons. Or humans.

And September leaves us pondering our GeekFit. Our apartment complex management is shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover that after at least 3 years (that we’ve been here) without replacement, the 4 pieces of equipment in the fitness center are in terrible & dangerous shape. Clearly, the 2000 residents of our complex must’ve been mistreating it, because surely normal wear & tear with no maintenance would’ve left them like shiney pennies.

They left a rather snarky note on the door to that effect (remember, these are the people who left this cheery eviction notice on every door in the complex). While we’re hoping that this will mean new fitness equipment, the sign didn’t promise any and made it sound more like the grown-ups would be having a meeting to discuss whether we get more toys after our old ones broke. It’s not like we’re paying for this or it’s on the tour or anything….*rolleyes*

So ProfX are contemplating buying ourselves an elliptical. After at least 2 years of regular gymming (completely regular on his part and reasonably so on mine once I started working regular hours), we think we’re responsible enough to keep doing it. It’d be nice not to have to make the trek 3 blocks (big complex) to the tiny smelly room that’s freezing in the summer and sweltering in the winter. And we could watch tv while running, or just listen to music like we normally do.

Right now we’re playing the fun & exciting find-the-money game. I was not expecting to be purchasing fitness equipment any time soon. But even if the fitness room reopens, it may be worth it. And if the room doesn’t, none of our other options are that viable. No gyms nearby. Campus gyms would work but cost a little $ and would take enough time out of our schedule to dissuade is from going. The scariest part is buying the right one. Online reviews are helpful but also overwhelming.

I’m hoping that October will be a little less crazy and I can write more. I have stuff in my brain that wants to be written, just blog posts…but still. However, if Cthulhus keep rolling in, then between work & grad school, I may be one busy Ruth.


  1. Andrew says:

    Just remember to buy used if you do get an elliptical. There are lots of people out there who aren’t sticking to their fitness resolutions looking to unload their exercise equipment for dirt cheap!

  2. Rosalind says:

    An elliptical is a chunk of change for sure. I have a pretty decent upright stationary bike that I’ve had for 3 years now and me and hubs use on and off enough to justify the $500 price. I’m also big on bodyweight workouts, so I’ll do push-ups, squats, crunches, etc. to the tv on a regular basis.

  3. Spring says:

    Good to see you updating again! I’m also glad to hear your Cthulhu sales are doing well. Maybe they can buy you that elliptical. :)

    (I still think a pirate Cthulhu would be cool, heh.)

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