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Friday Faves: Proper Gym Etiquette

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Happy Friday Loves.  Last night during my workout I witnessed several gym faux pas’ and I didn’t know what to do.  On one hand I should really just mind my own business, get through my workout and go home to relax.  However the germ-a-phobic in me says that I should say something to the person who committed the faux pas as well as the person who uses the machine after them.

What would you do?

Having a gym membership is a contract.  We agree to pay a monthly fee and abide by the gym rules and in return we get access to the gym equipment, services and classes.  It seems pretty easy right?  So then why is it that grown adults can’t be bothered to wipe down their machines after their workout, take a quick shower before they come to the gym and wash their hands so they don’t spew their sweat all around the public place?  I mean is that really too much to ask?!

Can we all please have a little bit of gym manners!

Wipe down your equipment

This is proper gym etiquette 101, is it not?  It’s right there in black and white in the gym membership agreement.  Why is it so hard for people to do this?  After running longer and faster than me on the treadmill next to me this man simply stretched out his legs and walked away from the machine.  Of course this was after the leaned up against and touched his incredibly sweaty hands and other body parts all over the machine.

At first I thought he was just going to get water or get the paper towels and disinfectant to clean the machine… but then he didn’t come back.   So what’s a girl to do?  I wanted to walk over to him – Oh Yeah he continued working out on weight machines – and tell him to clean his machine, but that’s really not my place.

Don’t take up more space than you need

There is nothing worse than someone who is using one weight bench and places all their belongings on another bench.  Why do people sprawl their stuff all over the gym as if it was their bedroom?  This is gym behavior that I will never understand.

Come to the gym in some form of clean

It’s extremely hard for me to concentrate on running when the man on the treadmill beside me smells like a cow’s bottom.  It’s distracting and all I can think about is how gross he is.  Instead of focusing on my posture and listing to my music all I do is pray to the higher powers that none of his stank splashes over on me.

I know it’s a gym and a certain amount of sweat is bound to occur during a workout, but if you smell before you even get to the gym imagine what your body odor will be like after a 45 minute workout.  Totally. Gross.

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4 Tips for Planning a Budget Friendly Family Reunion

family reunionIt’s been years since you’ve seen your dear Aunt Gertrude and cousin Jeff. To get reacquainted with your dozens of cousins and other relatives, you have decided it’s high time to host family reunion. While you have relatives galore, you budget isn’t quite as large. Fortunately, it’s easy to plan a family get-together that won’t break the bank.

Hold the party at a public park

One way to save money on a family reunion is to skip the pricey rented venues and make reservations at a nice city park. Most parks have play equipment for the kids, covered picnic areas and benches, and even other recreational amenities like horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts, barbecues, tennis courts and swimming pools. Many city parks can be reserved for free or for a small fee. Once you have decided on a date and city for your reunion, get on the phone with the local parks and recreation department for help choosing and reserving a family-friendly park where everyone can gather for the afternoon.

Find deals on lodging

Unless your entire extended family lives in the same city, chances are good that at least some of your relatives will drive or fly in for the reunion. To save money on lodging, think outside of the hotel box and look for more roomy and affordable options. As the Dish blog points out, rental homes and cabins can be more budget-friendly than a hotel. Since these accommodations also typically include a fully-stocked kitchen, you can save even more money by cooking at least some of your meals. Depending on how many people are traveling to the reunion, you can either all share one large rental home, or speak with the property manager to see if there are nearby or adjacent rentals available that a large group of you could rent, possibly for a lower group rate.

Consider a cruise

While you might think of cruises as spendy luxury vacations, Budget Travel notes there are plenty of cruise lines that are extremely affordable and are well-equipped for large family groups. For example, Cruise Line is a discount agency that can accommodate family reunions, and if lots of young kids are coming, a family-friendly company like Disney Cruise Lines might be your best bet. As long as you are not traveling over a holiday, it’s possible to find 3 or 4 day cruises for around $450 a person. When you consider that this includes room and food, and plenty of activities, it’s a pretty good value. Plus, a short cruise is still long enough to reacquaint you with all of your distant relatives before you arrive back at your port.

Delegate food and beverage assignments

If you are meeting at a park or another local venue, ask everyone to bring along a dish so there is plenty of food to share. To make sure that you don’t end up with 35 bags of Doritos and 25 2-liter bottles of Coke, ask your relatives to bring something based on the first letter of their first name. For example, Anne through Clark can bring a salad, Doris through Fred can donate some hot dogs and buns and Gladys through John can spring for the fruit or chips. If everyone chips in on the food—yes, that is a poor pun—it will save you from spending a lot to feed everyone.

 

Millionaire Matchmaker: Superficial or Super Smart?

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When it comes to this reality TV show about love and money I am completely torn.  On one hand it’s nice that there is a service to help you find your one true love if you don’t have the time or the patience to do it yourself.  On the other hand I have to wonder what type of person goes on a reality dating show to either a) showcase to the world they’re a millionaire or b) be the type of person who only wants to date someone with money.  I just don’t get it.

Do you watch the Millionaire Matchmaker?

I am sort of drawn to the show because the matchmaker herself Patty Stranger is a festinating person.  Truly.  She puts her personal life and lifestyle out there for everyone to see.  She was single, engaged and now she’s single again.  Through all that she still believes in love.

If you’ve ever had your heart broken you know how hard it is and how long it takes to feel whole again.  Sometimes we never do, sometimes we cope and move on to continue living our lives but there just may always be a little piece of us missing.

Would you ever use a dating service?

I would love to know how you met your spouse.  I met Nick at a party during our first year of college.  I followed him around until his friend eventually introduced us.  Sure I should have been insulted he didn’t notice me all night, but I’m persistent.

If I was single I’m not even sure how I’d meet someone, maybe a dating service is the way to go.  I am so set in my ways and so busy with my multiple jobs that I don’t think I’d put the effort into meeting someone – they would definitely have to find me.  I definitely wouldn’t be out at clubs on Saturday nights hoping to find my one true love.

How strong is a relationship based on money?

Maybe people meet on the Millionaire Matchmaker and truly do fall in love.  Maybe.  But I can’t help but wonder how strong can a relationship be when it’s built on a foundation of green paper?  The millionaires are there to meet beautiful women and handsome men who are strictly there to meet someone with money.  How superficial is that?

I would think the question of does he/she truly love me or is it really just about the money? would always be on my mind.

The relationships are honest

Even though they might be superficial at least the relationships are honest.  Both people are going into it knowing exactly what they’re getting in to.  The millionaire knows that they are looking for someone who wants to date someone with cash and the contestants (is that what they’re called?) know they are strictly looking for a mate with money.  Maybe that’s the way to do it – complete and total brutal honesty.

Although if it were me I would still make the gold digger, oops I mean the contestant , sign a prenupt.

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3 Must Reads for Summer

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Good morning Loves.  Summer is almost upon us.  In just a few days (June 21) summer will officially be here and soon enough our lives will become carefree and full of fun.  I know I’m not in school and I still have to work full time during summer, but there is something about the warm months that make me stress and worry free (well less anyways).

Is it the same for you?

It’s almost like the sunshine of June, July and August bring out a completely different me.  I worry less about my responsibilities, I don’t stick to my usually rigid schedule and I take on lighter reading material.  Usually I love crime fiction but during the summer months there is something about romance, love and travel that I become obsessed with.

Whenever someone sees me reading a book that’s out of the ordinary for me and asks why I’m reading it my answer is always the same “summer reading”.  I am not in to romance novels or Fabio or anything like that, but I love a good feel good story.

If you’re looking for a good book to read this summer check out some of my faves:

 

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper TownsI just purchased this book at Barnes and Noble last weekend in NYC and I’m already completely obsessed.  I have set my PVR to record all my favorite TV shows because I can’t put down this amazing book.  It’s part teenage love, part mystery and completely engaging.

As I read I feel like I’m eating lunch in their high school cafeteria, walking down their halls and driving around their suburban subdivision.  I feel like I’m sitting in the living room listening to their conversations and I can’t wait to see how it ends.  I’ll let you know.

 

 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp ObjectsYou may know Gillian Flynn from her bestselling book Gone Girl but I have to tell you that her other two books are far superior.  Dark Places and Sharp Objects are the other two titles and although Dark Places was fantastic, Sharp Objects is by far my favorite.

Just when you think you’ve got it figured out you’re wrong and in true Flynn fashion there is a major twist in the middle and a big shock at the end of the story.

 

 

 

Sunday at Tiffany’s by James Patterson

Sundays at Tiffany'sThis book tells the story of a young woman growing up in NYC who finds herself with the support of her best friend.  It’s a roller coaster of emotions between sadness, excitement and pure love.  To be honest I was extremely emotionally unstable at the time and I burst into tears at least twice while reading it.

I am also not sure what happened in the end, but both of the scenarios my brain created are O.K. with me.  If you do read it please let me know what you think.

 

 

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