And GO BACK TO WORK!!! I am a firm believer in the importance of vacations and their restorative powers. Far be it from me to begrudge anyone the joys of sleeping in on a Thursday, rolling around in the warm sand, frolicking in the surf, cooking out on the grill or any other way you choose to push aside your everyday cares.
HOWEVER, can y'all please spread it out? We know I don't get holidays. I work in the media. I resigned myself to that before I graduated from college and am quite okay with it. We usually console each other with delicious food and/or gifts. Since it is a fluke for me to actually get a holiday off (meaning the holiday falls on my regularly scheduled off days), I block them out. Every day is the same.
So when it's suddenly the 4th of July and there is no beer in my house and the BEER DISTRIBUTOR IS CLOSED (!!); or I just want to go into the mall at 11 a.m. without being surrounded by people; or I want to go to a restaurant which is closed for the holiday (WHAT HOLIDAY?!?!), forgive me if I get a tad bit incensed. Look, I've become very used to my schedule. I get off at 10 or 10:30 a.m. everyday. That means I'm accustomed to being to walk into just about any store or restaurant and get immediate, fast service. I've gotten to the point where I get annoyed if I'm forced to SHARE a salesperson. The horror!! It's one of the few good things about the schedule and you have to enjoy them when they appear.
Now the place where this whole holiday thing becomes the most annoying is gym. WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?!? I really, really enjoy being able to walk in and pick which elliptical machine and always get my favorite (the last one in the 2nd row, directly in front of the fan (which isn't why I like it) because it is equidistant between the 6 televisions and I can see all of the tvs, like at work, and swivel my head between ESPN, CBS, CNN, and Fox News. I wish 4 of the tvs weren't on the same 2 channels (ESPN & CBS) because then I'd be able to watch even more, but that's neither here nor there) or my second favorite (the one to the left of that, not quite equidistant, but still allows me to see all 6 televisions).
Yesterday (like most other holidays), I walked in and was accosted by the sight of EVERY SINGLE ELLIPTICAL BEING OCCUPIED BY A SWEATY OR FUTURELY SWEATY BODY!! Son of a!!! Since 4th of July is smack in the middle of the week this year, I found a similar situation on Monday, except one of my least favorite machines (at the end of the 2nd row, where you're passed by every single person walking to the treadmills AND can only clearly see 3 tvs, I mean WHAT IS THE POINT?!?!). I got on, then became so annoyed that before even starting a single revolution, got off, walked to the other side to the bikes and found not a single good magazine. I walked upstairs to the indoor track and began walking. Both days there were too many bodies. I decide to use the weight machines and free weights because I just don't have the patience. It was like going on a Saturday morning. Ugh.
I didn't even get to the full enjoyment of my new playlist! (Speaking of which, I'm always down for new music to workout to, so give me some suggestions!!) If you must go to the gym on your vacation, GO AT YOUR REGULAR TIME so as not to disturb me. Is that so much to ask?