We went to a cookout yesterday that was with a few friends from our school years. Three of us actually had the same kindergarten teacher and one of the three is married to the daughter of that teacher. The stories and the laughter was just what I needed. Laughter really does make you feel good.
I really want to get a picture of the teacher and the us with her, but I never have a camera. I need to start carrying one with me for these events. I am so glad we have reconnected. It really is the simple things in life that make us happy.
I had to run back out this evening to run an errand and my timing was great. I saw quite a few balloons in flight during the first launch of our annual Balloon and Spedie Fest. The weather is always a big factor on whether they will go up. On my way back home I parked in the local Lowes parking lot so I could get some pictures. I saw one balloon behind the store and at one point didn't think it would make it over the building, but it did and then landed very close to where I was parked. The landing line they throw out for the chases to stop the help land the balloon fell out of the basket and so the chasers had to run after the basket and bring it back down. It was pretty exciting.
Here are a couple of pics I took – the green one was just going by and the other one you will see landed in the parking lot. As I drove back home I saw many more landed in parking lots and even a side road. I think the heat made many come down sooner than they expected.
I joined a gym at a local hotel yesterday so I could use the pool. The gym is very new and is not like any hotel gym I’ve seen before. It is in a separate building from the hotel and connects via an enclosed walkway. It has separate rooms for classes, like spinning, yoga, and other types of aerobics. Then there is the workout area with machines of all kinds.
My surgeon said water exercises would be the best thing for my rehab, so I decided that was what I should do. Swimming laps doesn't interest me, but an aqua class does. Today they had a gentle aqua class geared for people post surgery or with other issues like arthritis. I had to juggle my schedule around a little, but my boss is nice enough to let me work early to make up my time. I loved the class – it was perfect to start the process of working out again. The best thing is that once I get in better condition I will be able to take the more cardio aqua classes. I’ll start with the gentle and move up to aqua cardio when the doctor gives the ok.
They also offer an aqua zumba – now that sounds like a boat load of fun too!