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End of the beginning

Sunday morning of a long weekend and I had no plans or desires to be anywhere but home. I’d been to mass the night before, nobody else was up and we had exercise equipment in the basement. I had no excuses left and time to myself, so it was finally time to work out.

I carried my pug down the basement steps and set him on a pillow. He was both my emotional support and witness for my Rocky routine. I set my IPhone on the ping pong table and started my playlist:

Rocky theme – It was natural to grab the jumprope first and start skipping to the beat. I quickly counted the revolutions, knowing I could easily put in 100, but maintaining until the end of the song was the goal. The song reinforced that I was “trying hard now” and belted that my body would be “getting strong now”. The lyrics”won’t be long now” were also inspiring, even though I had a long road ahead of me.

I hung the rope on a nail and put on my Everlast boxing gloves.

Eye of the tiger – I went head-to-head with my punching bag knowing I was my biggest rival. This was physical and psychological exercise. After a minute or so, I made sure I had quickfire feet going too. We were face-to-face, the bag was hanging tough and I was staying hungry. My reward for this workout was going to be a hearty homemade Sunday breakfast.

When the thrill of the fight and the song ended, I noticed white spots at the top of the bag. Figuring it was the start of molding from non-use, I panted my way upstairs to get Lysol spray for the bag and to prevent an impending heart attack, a bottle of water for me.

I sipped water as I looked out the cellar window. The outside temperature has been moving around zero degrees for a week now and our wood stove has been a lifesaver. It was appropriate that I moved my workout to the ski machine:

Hearts on fire – it’s been a few months since I used the cross country setup but the rhythm came back quickly. Exercise that involves arms and legs all at once are the most fun for me. “Time would not stand still” for me now. I was focused until I realized my heart really was on fire.

Starting was the hard part but now I was enjoying myself. Maintaining is going to be the challenge to get my body back in shape, in fact there’s:

No easy way out – I listened to this track as I worked with my free weights.

I saved my least favorite, abs, for last. I climbed on the ab machine and after 25 pulls, wondered who the hell named it a “glider”? I did as many as I could and then cooled down to Coach’s ‘motivization’ speech.

It was the perfect cool down. Next time I work out and it starts to burn, I am going to hear Mickey say, “I didn’t hear no bell!”

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

I am powerful beyond measure.

I need to believe it – on Sundays and every other day.

No more excuses – as my pug is my witness.

I have come out of the basement.

Front Window

My performance at the theatre tonight felt sublime. I had figuratively broken a leg. Although it wasn’t literally, I felt like James Stuart in Rear Window once I got back to my flat. I had to see if my neighbor was home yet? He had such a nice ass. I had a morbid curiosity if I could one day “love thy neighbor”? Well, I know I could. It’s more a matter of when and where…and for how long?! Reclining in my window seat I fantasized about it as I read my book on foreign travel. I imagined all the places we’d vacation some day.  When I realized all the apartment lights were on, except for my rear guy, I knew he was already asleep in our bed. I happily flipped through a fashion magazine instead.

Thanks for the challenge Emilia!

Picture it and write!


Season 8


I can’t get no satisfaction.  It’s like getting a stone to roll on a flat surface.

I believe in black and white miracles. I ain’t scared whether Jackson is right or wrong.

You marry fashion with music.

I want your ring…of fire to burn, burn, burn.  I’ll cash in on it every time.  

You’re the life of the party and I will take a good look…even if smoke gets in my eyes.  

That’s artistry and the best of the night.

Burn down our one night stand.  I’ll even take wild cherries.

And worn out spaces.  It’s kind of funny and sad, tears with fears, but the best dreams I ever had.

Brave and original.

We were born to be wild.  It’s a bonfire in my soul that sends me to Mars.

I want a chance for me and my G.  Be by my side.  

Brilliant and unexpected.

You  know how I feel;  freedom and greasepaint are mine.    

Duet.  Do it.

Shocking and sleezy.

Give me your love.  A whole lot of love. 

Take it easy and make it a slow ride.

Dude!  You’re in the zone.

Do U 2 feel the same?  I can’t keep holdin’ on.

I don’t want to be broken-hearted.  I can’t resist.

It’s talent.  Unbelievable.

Finally.  In the house.

I find it hard to take.  Tell me what’s my lesson?!

A journey.  Haunting.

It’s been a long time comin’…back down on my knees.

I know what  you want.  Every moment lasts forever. 

Iconic. Satisfaction.

I can’t come home right now.  Kiss me again…

You are my champion and I am your Queen. 

Happily ever after…