Monday, November 19, 2012
I was going to write this blog about prepping for Black Friday shenanigans (each year, I and a (thus far, different) friend go down and shop for 36 hours in Syracuse just for fun). Then I realized something: I am the ultimate girl guide. I am always preparing for something.
When I decided to get serious about losing weight, I prepared my body for controlled calorie intake by going vegetarian for a month (it didn't realize I was restricting because all of the foods were new and different and *weird*).
When I decided to try Ultimate Frizbee, I decided I would prepare by learning to run first.
Almost everything I do is preparation: I cook on weekends and non-busy evenings so that I'll be prepared for lunches during the week. I have all of my equipment in my car (belly dance belt, knee pads for pole dancing, shoes & chalk for climbing, an extra set of gym clothes, barre socks, and -- in the summer -- my softball bag & cleats) so that I am ready at a moment's notice to run to a class or to the gym. I file my hands whenever I'm in the shower so that my callouses don't tear while climbing.
When I realized that I hadn't prepared early enough for my Black Friday trip (I need my tires changed over and my oil done), I contacted my mechanic, set it up, and then went about getting rides to and from work. Before I had a ride scheduled, I figured out the bus schedule, just in case. I had options (take tires home and load car there and risk being late? Leave tires and overnight bag at the person's house where I cam collecting her and eating before the trip?).
Some of my preparations are reactive, or inspired by previous events (no pole class today? Aw! If I had my climbing gear in my car, I'd've gone climbing!); while others are forethought (I may not have time to get home and change before baseball if a) I get groceries and b) I meet up with my friend beforehand, so prep the bag with extra clothes and a snack).
Now if only my preparations and planning could be achieved without meeting specific goals: namely, getting to bed on time. I want to be as well-rested as possible this week. But I'm worried, because my Tuesday and Wednesday nights aren't really under my control. *sigh*
Wish me luck!