The relentless heat and sun have burned a few holes in my semi-cheery disposition, and the result has been a whole lot of cranky going on around here. So much so, that I’m thinking of making myself a pair of cranky pants, like katewares did.
Nah, they look too hot. Maybe I’ll make a cranky flag to wave instead. At least it would create a breeze.
It’s not so bad when the cranky hits later in the day, like when I’m tired or have an accumulation of irritating experiences (real or imagined) to gripe about. Fatigue and other people’s idiocy (real or imagined) will wear on even the sunniest of dispositions. What’s not so good is when the first minor hissy fit of the day occurs at 7:06 a.m. when I’m fresh and perky, and I haven’t even talked to anyone. Not the way I like to start my day!
I actually started out this morning in a good mood, eagerly anticipating an early strength-training workout. The mood lasted all the way to the gym. When I got there, I could see through the windows that, of the dozen or so people in attendance, six of them were in MY AREA, the little bit of floor space I use to do most of my workout. To make matters worse, the guy I think of as Elastic Man (he stretches forEVER) had apparently arrived early and had appropriated the stability ball for his forEVER stretches! (He’s a friendly guy, just a stability ball hog.)
I sat in the car for a minute, watching them all rolling around in MY AREA, and I could feel my previously good mood go *poof!*. I told myself to just go in and do a different workout, just to get it out of the way, but my heart wasn’t in it. My workouts are more than just physical exercise to me. I get an emotional and mental boost as well, and in my then-cranky state, I realized I was going to be missing part of the equation.
So I promised myself I’d come back later in the day and went home, where I stomped around the neighborhood for about an hour. I forgot I was wearing workout pants without a pocket, so I had to carry my tunes in my hand, which was irritating, but by the time I had a couple blocks behind me, I was happily singing along. (Current favorite walking song: Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”.) Bad mood gone. So gone that I was able to laugh at a few of my cranky memories of the week. Some still make me feel cranky. You’ll have that.
The dark cloud morning turned out to have a silver lining. (Funny how often that happens!) When I returned to the gym around 2:30 this afternoon, it was almost empty. MY SPOT was MY SPOT again!
I’m thinking of painting a reserved sign on the carpet. Think anyone would mind? Think anyone would pay attention to it?
Another silver lining was the little treat I allowed myself post-workout:
Jetty Punch smoothie (bananas and strawberries) from Tropical Smoothie Cafe with a whey protein add-on. Bonus: It was “happy hour” and my smoothie was 50% off!
In between workouts, I ran a few errands and got a few things done around the house, including the completion of a very complex project I found on Pinterest:
Bulletin board + push pins = jewelry organizer. I had the supplies on hand, but I hadn’t managed to assemble it until today. Nothing like a heatwave to inspire!
I also scrubbed down the master bath, using the tub/shower cleaner“recipe” that calls for hot vinegar and Dawn detergent. My tub has never been so white and shiny! How very appropriate, as I plan to sit in it for the next hour and pretend I’m floating here:
Do you get cranky in hot weather? Or do you have coping tips you’d like to share?