Good Old Days

Good Old Days

“Never thought we’d get old, maybe we’re still young
Maybe you always look back and think it was better than it was
Maybe these are the moments
Maybe I’ve been missin’ what it’s about
Been scared of the future, thinkin’ about the past
While missin’ out on now
We’ve come so far, I guess I’m proud
And I ain’t worried ’bout the wrinkles ’round my smile
I’ve got some scars, I’ve been around
I’ve felt some pain, I’ve seen some things, but I’m here now
Those good old days” – Macklemore

If you know me, you know I love music and listening to the words, and in this moment, these are resonant. Life is hard. Sometimes it’s really fucking hard, regardless of what we post on Instagram. We experience the most profound pain and heartbreak and loss. For me, there is no way to get through these times except to really go through them. Reflect, hurt, cry, feel, move through, heal.

There comes a point in my grieving process when appreciation for the beauty of my life comes back into focus. The words of this song were a powerful reminder of exactly that. I am able to reconnect with the moments I cherish, like holding Oliver’s hand while listening to a song we love in the car. Like the leaves turning on a perfect fall day in Magnolia. Like cooking in the comfort of my beautiful home. Like the deeply meaningful relationships with the people in my life, my friends, my parents and family, that love me fiercely and support me, in good times and bad.

I’m still working my way out of a painful time and my goal is to do so with integrity and vulnerability, that’s about it. I’m not exactly sure what the good old days are, but I know my life, even during the worst days (well, maybe not the worst, those days just plain fucking suck), there are moments that I want to take in and hold close to my heart because each one is fleeting. Maybe the good old days are just all of the days. Even with the pain and the heartbreak and the loss.

Life goes on. I can get through just about anything. I’ve got some scars, I’ve been around. I’ve felt some pain, I’ve seen some things, but I’m here now. Those good old days.

 

 

ClassPass, you just get me

My name is Lynne and I’m a workout-aholic. As I mentioned in “How many gym memberships does one person need”, you know I like to mix things up. The problem has been the cost to maintain all of these different memberships, which has been running me around $280 per month.

Enter ClassPass. What is ClassPass, you ask? “ClassPass is an alternative to a gym membership. You get access to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. For $99 a month, ClassPass members get unlimited classes to use at studios in the ClassPass network. While a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle.”

Sidebar, does it seem like there is a new business like every day designed to make life easier? Instacart, Munchery, Postmates, just to name a few. I love them all. Does that make me smart or lazy? Hmm… Read More

Spice Things Up

My spices have been giving me mild anxiety for some time. I had them semi-organized on a lazy Susan, which fit almost all, but the setup wasn’t ideal. I also had a growing number of bags with bulk spices, which were sometimes labeled and sometimes not. It was messy and I had a hard time keeping inventory of what I had and what I needed. On the topic of bulk spices, I have been leaning this way in the past few years. They are fresher, more cost effective, and you don’t end up having to buy a jar of something when you only need a little bit. My other big complaint with my spices in the store bought containers is that when I cook, I can’t fit a tablespoon or a teaspoon in to measure out what I need. So I end up having to tap it out of the bigger dispenser and 1) make a mess and 2) waste some. Over it.

I also need to preface this post by saying that I am not crafty. At all. I’m not good at it and don’t enjoy it. But, I can manage a little DIY project to get my shit in order and make it nice and pretty. I took a little trip over to Pinterest for some inspiration and found exactly what I was looking for. Super easy! Read More

How many gym memberships does one person need?

I remember the days when I had a gym membership. At one gym. A typical workout would include the elliptical or treadmill, perhaps a class. I remember when my gym started charging extra for these classes, which was annoying, but I paid up anyway. I am pretty sure the monthly dues were less than $100. That seems like a long, long time ago.

Currently, I am straddling 3 different “fitness studio” memberships. That’s the correct term, I believe. They are certainly not gyms, no way, I think that’s probably an insult. And they are rampant, popping up all over the place. I can count 10 that have opened in the past 2 years, in Queen Anne and Ballard alone. It reminds me a little of the 90’s bagel craze, but way less carbs. Read More