Ah Nike. Just do it. One of the greatest ad slogans of all time. Really inspiring actually.
Today, I just DID it.
I am trying to work on this: just making a decision and going with it. Not analyzing every little thing and then being so indecisive because I don’t want to make the wrong choice. Also, not whining and regretting things later. Just saying, okay I did ‘X”, it’s over, move on.
Today I decided: I am just going to frickin’ TRY the bus. See if I can walk to the bus stop, see what it is like to ride it to the pool. Decided this last night actually, and just went with it this morning.
It was a 3-hour affair to swim for 25 minutes at a pool that is 3 miles away. Yes, you heard me…three hours. It involved more walking than I would like. But I think I can do a different route next time that involves less walking. It wouldn’t be something I would do a lot, but it is an OPTION to get out of the house and go to a coffee shop or something when I am really going crazy.
I rode the Omnitrans system of San Bernardino County. The bus drivers were REALLY nice and helpful. However, the bus stop was farther from our apartment than I thought, which annoyed me, and on the way there, stupid Google maps that the public transit systems use (RTD in Denver uses it too) always tell you a route that really is not the best or closest, so I had to go a WAYS once I got off the bus to the actual Bally’s building. I was in a lot of pain by the time I got there. By a ways, I mean 4+ blocks, which is a whole lot for me! This was annoying because there were two stops closer that I saw on the way!
But I made it there, and on the way back I used one of the closer stops and asked the bus driver for directions, which were much more efficient and involved less walking than what I found on the website. So if I do that next time, the main walking will just be from the bus stop to and from my apartment. This is not something I want to do a lot AT ALL, but as I said, it’s an option.
*Also found out, after talking to the manager, that they WILL start heating the pool here at the apartment complex in two weeks. The pool is smaller than I would like, but that is an option too. I will probably vary all of these things and have B take me on the weekends, which is three days a week since he only works four.
NEW EXPERIENCES: Since I have been here, I have been to three new stores/places that I have always wanted to try. Some thoughts…
- IKEA: Had never been to one until last weekend. Wow. It is huge and crazy and cheap and they have a crazy restaurant inside that sells Swedish food AND daycare for kids while you shop! We thought it was crazy that they sell black chairs but no black tables (and very few brown chairs to go with the brown tables). The guy who worked there said that the black chairs go with the brown tables (uh, no…). We ended up buying a brown solid wood table elsewhere on sale that is MUCH nicer, but we will probably go back to IKEA to get a bed frame. However, I will not be going in next time because I cannot handle walking around a ginormous store like that!
- Trader Joe’s: Strangely, with all the natural foods stores and products in Colorado, we don’t have Trader Joe’s. So this was my first time going to one. It really wasn’t what I expected at all. I thought it would be just like Whole Foods but slightly cheaper, and look like the inside of a whole foods store, with the deli, etc. Instead, I found a pretty bare, decoratively-speaking, store with just rows of aisles. I also had no idea that they were so cheap because they basically only sell their own brand. I was disappointed to find that they sell hardly any gluten-free products! Wasn’t expecting that. But they did have a lot of other awesome stuff and the prices were great! Will definitely go back. 🙂
- The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf: While I had to wait an hour for the next bus to come, I found myself at a stop right next to one of these. Totally lived up to my expectations – awesome! Excited about that. I have worked at a lot of coffee shops, and while we all love Starbucks, I actually think their coffee is really poor quality stuff. You can notice this when you try their drip coffee (the espresso drinks are all so masked by sugar and other ingredients that they are fine, good even.) But The Coffee Bean was delicious! 🙂
Tomorrow, I am going to do a big summary and update post on my nerve pain/disorder – so that I can replace the link on my about page and for anyone who doesn’t know.
Also, pictures coming later today: engagement ring and photos of the apartment and new area. 🙂
What do you think of IKEA, Trader Joe’s, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf?