A few years ago, I wondered if I became invisible when I went to the gym. The beefy boys were talking above and around me, but never to me.
And then I got busy with my workouts and life and forgot all about it. But now, I think I’m invisible again. What else could explain why some guy would almost knock me over yesterday as he rushed to spritz water on a paper towel for some woman on an elliptical, smiling as he told her, “You’re working out awfully hard.”
Meanwhile, I’m huffing and sweating my way through 120-pound squat-rows, and trying to regain my momentum after having to abort one of my rows as he brushed behind me. Maybe it’s my fault for being 55 and not blond. Of course, I also don’t need rescuing by a stranger with a wet paper towel when I work out “awfully hard”, so there is that.
As you can see, I’m not truly invisible, just blurry. I don’t usually do gym selfies because a) I’m usually otherwise occupied, and b) selfies aren’t my thing. (And not because I’m fat!) I wouldn’t have taken this one, but a friend was teasing me because ONE TIME I rolled my hair before I went to the gym (it was super flat and stringy that day) and challenged me to prove it was only a ONE TIME thing. When I realized I had the weight area to myself for a second last week, I snapped up the camera and put her in her place, if a bit blurrily.
I have been a wee bit invisible in blogland off and on the past few weeks. Between pet sitting, work assignments, home assignments, and projects, my cup runneth over lately. Items of note include:
I finally found some interim shades for my made-over dining room chandelier. While these weren’t exactly what I was looking for, at $0.50 each, they’ll do nicely for a while. (Note: I did go back and reinsert the missing candle tubes after I saw this photo. )
It only took me 8 years to figure out how to change the rear wiper blade on my car, but I did it thanks to a helpful video. I didn’t know I was supposed to unsnap the little piece on the right before lifting the wiper to remove the blade. I kept trying to just lift the blade like I do on the front wipers and that didn’t work. Youtube to the rescue! Two-minute project, once I found the missing step.
My big bike accessories were scattered on shelves and hooks around the garage, but I’ve now given them their own central spot. I’ve got a shelf and extra bin that will go below the window right next to the rack to hold the little bike extras that are in the storage room.
I also finally got my paint and accessories up on shelves in the storage room. It had been stacked in the kneehole area of a work station, and whenever I needed to find anything, I had to pull out a bunch of cans to find the right one. Now they’re up and spread out and while I was at it, I labeled the room info on the front of the can so I can see it at a glance.
With the paint nicely organized, I found a few colors that will work on current projects. No new purchases required! One project in particular was my sad, sad front porch lights….
They’ve looked like that since I bought the place, but to be honest, they were way down the priority list.
Work in progress. Don’t worry, I’m not leaving it like this. I painted the one on the left with a copper paint I found at Home Depot on clearance, and while I like it on the fixture, I don’t love it on my brick. So I painted the other one with leftover black paint to see if I liked it better. Not really, but at least the fixture shows up. When I put it up to a Facebook vote, most people liked the black one better. Most people in the neighborhood liked the copper-colored one.
I hope to replace both the door and the fixtures someday in the future, but for now, I’ll probably just paint the copper fixture black (after first trying a black “wash” over it to tone it down) and give the security door a little spruce up. Maybe I’ll paint the doorknob and keyplate copper.
Lots more going on besides, but those were the things for which I had photos. I’m eating well and goodness knows, I’m getting plenty of exercise in addition to my workouts.
In other words, life is busy, but good. Even if I might be semi-invisible from time to time.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! What projects are you working on these days?