Ta-daaaa! Even though I didn't have to assemble the elliptical, it has been some work to get everything together for it. Rented a truck & went out to pick it up as planned; it was a long drive, but the seller was nice, & my friend was so gracious & helpful. We wrestled it out of the truck & up a couple of small sets of steps into my condo, & then took the truck back to the lot. Dinner was yummy & my friend really enjoyed it--he has been living in a flat he bought this summer to rehab, & didn't have a stove till last week! By the time we were done it was quite late, & I couldn't ask him to stay to help me get the elliptical ready for USE. Anyway, I still needed some things: rechargeable batteries for the console, a charger, the pad to put under it, the instruction manual (the owner had lost the original copy). I ordered the various items & found the manual online. But the following days were very busy with prior commitments.
Today I took a sick day because of being very worn out physically & emotionally (giving some support to a friend with marriage troubles last night, mainly). So I read the printout of the manual while I ate breakfast, & this afternoon I put in the charged-up batteries & the console immediately lit up! Such a happy, relieved moment. I set up my laptop on the folded rollaway bed in that room--a good height--& watched the beginning of an interesting Argentinian movie while I did my first 21 minutes of elliptical exercise.
It's wonderful to have this set up, & I'm determined to use it regularly, alternating with the SP video that combines cardio with ST. I'm yearning for a more ordered life in which I'm again giving exercise the priority that it requires. There will always be conflicts among my priorities, because I care about several important things besides my health--my spiritual life, work, being debt-free, church, family, growing as a poet, cultivating friendships, working for social justice (especially in Colombia), spending time outdoors (including gardening), reading, art, music, film--& I'm just one human being. But that's the tension that comes with having a rich life.
I was nominated by a number of people to be an elder in my church. I did consider it seriously, as the time commitment has been lessened & I have some dreams about initiatives to start in the church. But eventually I realized that because of the extra work I have to do to pay down my debt, plus my commitment to the Colombia group (I'm currently secretary, so I have specific responsibilities), I shouldn't add eldership at this time. Maybe down the road. I hope to be done with the debt in about a year & a half.
In the meantime, I am rich. And I'm taking care of my health. So grateful.