Morning Meanderings…

I think it has been a long time since I really just meandered all over with this ongoing version of me “unplugged”.  So hopefully you will stay with me today as Coffee Cup and I just rattle on about all things in my head…

First of all I know I have many of you out there who tell me you LOVE LOVE LOVE this morning post.  And with that I give a sheepish thanks… I love doing it.  You may be wondering why I don’t do it on Sunday or Monday.  I do two memes a week – The In My Mailbox hosted by Story Siren and The Its Monday What Are You Reading, formally hosted by the wonderful J Kaye’s Blog and now hosted by me.  When I do these two meme’s I try not to post anything else on the blog during the day so these posts can take center stage.

  • The In My Mailbox not only gives me a chance to share what came in my house bookish, it is also an online record for me to keep track when books did arrive.
  • The It’s Monday What Are You Reading meme is the day I really get a chance to connect with other bloggers and see what they are reading currently and what they have finished up on.

Both of these posts are very social for me.  I like to connect with fellow readers, and have conversations through the comments left here and through their blogs as well.

The rest of the week, hopefully I can Morning Meander.  🙂  Today I am “gyming” it up again.  I am getting back on track and didn’t miss a work out all weekend!  I am still alone this week, Al will get back late Sunday night so that gives me  another week here of a lot of down time and reading time.   It’s funny because after spending three weeks with Al pretty much consistently every day I thought I would really enjoy this break.  I mean, owning our own business really puts us running most of the time in opposite directions.  During season (end of March – end of November) we hardly see each other at all, maybe a couple hours a night but between long hours and office work… there is not a lot of “us” time.  When there is a lot of that – I get a bit stir crazy because I am so used to being independent.  Now… I am missing him and ready to have him home and snuggling on the couch watching Survivor or Amazing Race together.  *sigh

Currently I am spending my mornings filling the wood stove ( a chore I take over when he is gone), doing a little morning devotion time, hanging out with the Coffee Cup, working out if I am super ambitious and then to the office.  Late afternoons are running errands if I must, and doing any house related tasks that await me.  I eat dinner and settle in usually with my laptop, a book, and a movie….  not to all be done at once, but instead to give me choices at my fingertips.

I have bunches of reviews to catch up on…. I don’t know why it takes me so long to write them when sharing with all of you is one of my favorite parts!

Anyway… enough rambling by me…..  I have “oatmealed” up…. had my coffee and if all went as I had planned in my head last night…. I have made my way to the gym at 5:30 am for a spin class which I hate but thought if I did it super early no one I knew would be see me suffer through the horrors of the stationary bike.

Hopefully I will have a book review of every day this week to help push me forward and get caught up!  Enjoy your day and I would love to hear what is your favorite way to work out?  (I can always use tips!)

37 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings…

  1. It’s been cold down here in Georgia – but thankfully I’ve been able to get some walks in!

    I really enjoy your morning posts as well – it’s fun to touch base with you and it’s a good way for me to spend my morning coffee/tea time. =)

  2. While I’ve been a little “off the wagon” lately, for years my favorite mode of working out is using fitness videos at home. This has been especially helpful as a mom of two boys and no budget for a gym membership. I can work out when I want, in the air conditioned/heated house, and I don’t have to worry about how I look to fellow gym goers. It’s easy to get a large variety of routines, so the body doesn’t get “bored” and is always challenged.

    If you’re interested in learning more about fitness videos, my favorite website is If you join the site (free), there’s a great community there. They have a Video Exchange area that has allowed me to get alot of low-cost or even free videos over the years. As a result, I have over 200. I don’t know what is more addicting, the workout videos or books!

    Thanks for sharing with us your notes about working out. It encourages sloths like me to get up and get moving!

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic

    1. LOL Laura – I have a couple friends that keep me going. I try to coordinate with them so we can catch up while we work out whenever I can. I am more apt to go if I know someone is dragging themselves there to meet me. 🙂

      Thanks for the great info on the online work outs! Wow- 299 videos!

  3. I like to walk (outside or treadmill). If I’m able, I’ll catch a yoga class at my athletic club but really I prefer fresh air. And I’m really looking forward to Spring (I’m in the snowy North).

  4. Good morning, and thanks for explaining the absence of “Meanderings” on certain days. I’d often wondered about that.

    Sadly, my exercise routine was again interrupted, and this time, not just from my laziness! Had surgery on my foot yesterday, so I’m stuck to the house with my feet up. Nothing too major, but annoying, a little sore, and definitely feeling the “stir-crazy” thing!

    Should be up and running again in a couple of weeks.

    Meanwhile, enjoy your routines and your alone time…there is a lot to be said for that. And then you’ll appreciate him even more when he returns!

  5. I do enjoy your morning rambles. With my concentration this year on helping myself out, I’m working with a personal trainer for the first time in my life. My husband and I decided that would be best as I really need someone to get me started right and also to push me a bit. I’m the queen of excuses. Anyway, I see her two times a week and it is going well. I am a puddle after it is over, but I find that my outlook is more positive and I think I even have those happy things, what are they called? Oh, endorphens? 🙂

  6. I am not a morning girl and going to the gym has never worked for me. Years ago I started using the FIRM exercise videos and i just love them. It seems that I can only manage to fit them in 3 times a week though. When I first started using them that was fine, but as I am now over that 40 mark I don’t think it’s enough. So now I do get up a little earlier on the days I know I won’t be able to do the FIRM workouts and do Denise’s Daily Dozen exercises. And then also use the treadmill throughout the week. Really trying to get in shape for when we go to Mexico the end of March!

    1. I do too Hannah….. but I do Group Power three times a week and then elliptical and tread mill with my two friends when they have time. Spring will put me back on my bike (YES!) and my rollerblades!

  7. Yes your morning ramblings help me start my day lol. I feel for you and the spin class. I did spin for about 3 months but I could never get used to the dang seats and I was tired of my bum being sore lol.

  8. I don’t care if it was the best class in the world, there’s no way I’d be there at 5:30 in the morning (but that’s just me). I’m amazed and awed by your dedication. 🙂

  9. I would be so lonely without my husband but I know what you mean about needing a break. There are days when I REALLY need a break , haha. Good job on your workouts something I’m going to have to do asap but my brain just won’t get into gear!
    Hope your week is good!
    Natalie :0)

  10. My cousin and I like Nordic walking. can’t wait until it’s nice enough to start walking around the lake again. I miss that walking time with her.

  11. I don’t think I have a favorite, because I have to keep changing it up constantly or I get bored. I do, however, like my “Fat Burning Pilates” DVD because it’s the only one I have that I feel really, really works. I also have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill. At the moment I like it, but ask me in another month and I might hate it again. Congrats on staying on track!

  12. I love walking and biking, but another thing I absolutely love(I can hear the “what”‘s and “are you kidding me”‘s
    clear through the computer)…Building Strength With Susan and Moving With Susan by Susan Powter. I know, old, really old, but I came across these a few years ago on Ebay and remembered hearing about her, so bought them more for a joke and found I love them. She does a full body strength workout in BSWS and I literally got totally addicted to step aerobics with her MWS. I speed through the front (leotards and all) right to the warm up and love every minute of it. I have all The Firm DVD’s and steps etc. and tons of other workout dvd’s, but these two are my favorites.

    Go ahead, laugh all you want. I can take it!!

  13. I am a big fan of Jillian Michaels. When it’s not winter in Chicago, though, I thoroughly enjoy pulling out the jogging stroller and going for a run with the toddler through our neighborhood. I’ve met so many people that way – just passing by while they’re out in their yards and saying Hi.

  14. I will jump on the bandwagon and say that I also love your a.m. meanderings, although I’m pretty late commenting today. I had to work this morning so no computer pretty much all day!

    I know what you mean about reviews. I have been finished with Shutter Island for two days now and I just can’t get inspired to write the review. Sometimes I just need to muse on it for awhile and other times, and in this case, I’m trying to think of how to write the review without giving anything away. I think it’s going to be a short review…LOL!

  15. Spin class at 5:30 am. Sorry, but there is no way. I am a night owl and if I were to get up at 5, it certainly wouldn’t be to go to the gym. I do need to develop an exercise regime, but it won’t start before 7am. I just lost my job, so that will be doable.

  16. Afraid not. Our old director retired and two board members wanted the library to be run their way. I’m a leftover from the “old library”, whose programs by the way have gotten regional and national recognition, and they didn’t want me around. They want a very sterile place and gave me a task that couldn’t be done giving them cause to fire me. It is a shame, 10 years of work for the former director and 8 years of work for my children’s department wiped out in two weeks. It is a case of different visions for what a library is and what its role in the community is. I’ll be carrying on some of the activities on a volunteer basis for a time. Luckily, we don’t need my job financially to survive. I will miss it, but most of my programs were cancelled 2 weeks after the former director retired.
    Sad, but the patrons are the ones who will be affected. They hired a new director who is a nice person, but has NO library experience. She is a neighbor of one the board members and won’t stand up to them. I feel sorry for her. She is trying her best, but the learning curve is too big. They went from 6 employees to 5 (our Senior Program person retired and it was added to my job). Now there are 4 employees and none have collection building experience. They had the adds for 2 positions to replace me written before they fired me.

    1. Oh Pat! I am so sorry to hear that, truly I am. They are making a mistake. From all you input here I know you were good at what you did and have valuable knowledge that people appreciate.

      Perhaps another opportunity around this same line of work will present itself. A book store maybe?

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