The best laid plans… and all that

Monday, February 27, 2012 Permalink

Help, I’m stuck!

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It’s true. Though not really. The sad reality of my situation is actually that I’m stranded. Though not on a desert island with George Clooney sort of way. (Perhaps he didn’t get the memo!)

I am stranded though. High and dry. Literally.

You may recall (from my weekend non-post) that I decided on the spur-of-the-moment to head to my hometown and treat my mother to a surprise visit. And frankly, who wouldn’t be tickled pink by my presence. After all, I’m excellent company! Hee hee!

Joking aside, I had to drive through some heavy rain as I left my current hometown on Friday enroute to my childhood hometown. And, after my arrival the heavy rain tracked me up the coastline, in a stalker-ish kind of way. Or like a bad smell. Or… well, like a storm cell.

I commented to my mother that I hoped it wouldn’t cause flooding or result in the road ‘home’ being cut before my planned return on Sunday.

“Oh no,” she said knowledgeably, “the rivers won’t rise that quickly.”

Well, guess what? They did and I’m stuck.

All is not lost however. I’ve had more time with my mother. And, I’ve inadvertently had to have an extra day off work – giving me a longer-than-expected weekend.

I contacted my boss who was undoubtedly concerned for my safety (not!) and devastated that I had to take an extra day off (not!). But after I got over the guilt of having to take an (unplanned) day off work – as if I’d somehow contrived for this to happen on purpose – there was one thing that still played on my mind.

bertrand russell 01And, it wasn’t the concern of being perceived as a slacker at work. No, not at all. After pondering on it for a while, I’ve realised my main concern about heading home later than expected is that I will be bloody well missing my favourite exercise class of the week – faux Zumba!

It does occur to me that it’s a tad self-centred of me to be worrying about that while others’ businesses and houses have been inundated with flood water… but we ARE supposed to prioritise exercise. And I figure that’s what I’m doing. So, although it’s selfish… I have to admit it’s a nice change, that I’m more worried about my fave gym instructor thinking badly of me, than my much-esteemed colleagues. Good to see I’ve finally got my priorities right!

*PS. Both of my blogs are undergoing a facelift, and a move from to Debbishdotcom is there already if you’d like to visit and check out the FABULOUS new banner!!!! I can’t wait to see what the Diet Schmiet one will look like!

  • Kek
    February 27, 2012

    Ha! I’d be jumping for joy about missing work… But missing a training session is a whole other story. O_O

    • Debbish
      February 27, 2012

      I’m usually guilt-ridden about the work stuff Kerryn. I hate the notion of people thinking I don’t pull my weight, or slacken off. It’s ridiculous… even on a sick day I worry about my return in case I’ve been judged in my absence. AND… I’ve just successfully applied for the job I’ve been acting in (found out last week) so am mightily relieved I can stay in my current workplace for the next year. I should feel ‘secure’ about my place there, but still don’t!

  • Marion
    February 27, 2012

    Hi Deb! I also hate workouts when I’m with others. My husband absolutely hates when I exercise in his presence!

    Not exactly related but–Sometimes the two teens come with me to the gym, and then exercise right by me, and then act bored the whole time–all while saying “I’ll try not to kick you in the face when I’m doing this exercise.” They also say things like “Your butt looks big when you do that exercise.” “Thanks peanut gallery,” I answer. Why on Earth do they feel like wasting 2 solid hours of their lives to bug me at the gym?! It’s so amusing and annoying at the same time.

    I hope you enjoyed your extra time off.

    🙂 Marion

    • Debbish
      February 27, 2012

      Thanks Marion. I enjoyed the extra (unplanned) day with my mum, so that was nice.

      I’ve never exercised when with others not exercising – if that makes sense. I’ve walked with friends or gone to a class with others etc though. Classes are my fave thing, and I’ve realised I’m not so great at exercising alone!


  • KCLAnderson (Karen)
    February 27, 2012

    I have always found it difficult to doing any sort of meaningful exercise (except walk) when I am away for whatever reason, although these days I am finding it hard to exercise at all!! Even at home. I am on the longest exercise sabbatical ever…good news is, for whatever reason, I’m losing weight (as evidenced by the way my clothes fit, not on the scale, which you know I don’t step on).

    So are you home yet?

    And yes, I noticed the new banner on your other site and love it!

    • Debbish
      February 27, 2012

      Karen, I did go for a walk while away – which was good.

      Yes, I am back home – I left as soon as the floodwaters had receded yesterday.


  • Julia @ Boyfriends Make You Fat
    February 28, 2012

    The new banner of Debbish is fantastic!

    • Debbish
      February 28, 2012

      Thanks. Can’t wait for the Diet Schmiet one to be finished!

  • Vicki
    February 28, 2012

    Good to hear you made it home safe and sound x

    • Debbish
      February 28, 2012

      Thanks! It was good I didn’t try to leave earlier as I would have just gotten stuck!

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