One of the leaves we’ve turned over in recent times is that we’ve become People Who Exercise. For such a long time I thought, well, I can quit smoking (and I did that!); I can change what I eat (and I did that too!)… but I won’t ever be a person who exercises.
At this point I’m not certain what changed, but one thing that helped: my husband brought a stationary bicycle into the house. It’s a good little machine, not fancy / no electronics. It lives in the bedroom, and most nights when the girls are asleep or near-asleep, I ride, and watch a show or two. One long show and one short. Usually, I re-watch one episode of Star Trek (right now, Voyager season 6) and then I first-time-watch one episode of The Big Bang Theory (now most of the way through season 7). The watching makes the riding easier for sure.
I love my new strong legs and better endurance. I am not quite as fond of the numb-butt effect, but that is temporary. I’ve tried to counteract it — I even wear two pairs of fancy padded bicycling shorts, and I have a fairly cushy seat. Still get numb butt.
Anyhow, I’ve been watching The Big Bang Theory, because of Wil Wheaton. I’m a fan of his and started out watching strictly to see his appearances, but the show does make me laugh even when he is not on it.
In somehow-related news, my 7 year old daughter started second grade at a new school yesterday. She had been nervous about changing schools all summer long, and so it was wonderful when she woke up on the morning of the first day all happy excited and dancing.
After school she had many positive things to report (there was significant prompting), including: it was fun to be in the same class with a long lost preschool friend; the librarian is the same one that she loved at her old school during kindergarten; her bus number is 905; she has a locker; and she made friends with another little girl in her class.
Now you have all the background (I think?) to appreciate the funny coincidence I experienced at the end of my ride tonight, during the credits.
There is a main character on The Big Bang Theory named Amy. Like one of my sisters is named. There was another character on the episode I watched tonight named Emily, like one of my other sisters is named. The Emily character was played by someone called Laura Spencer. My name is Laura, and the name of my daughter’s new friend is Spencer.
I checked the cast and crew for that episode to see if there were any Annas (Anna being the name of my other sister) but the closest I got was an Ann. Pretty close!