Thursday Things

1. This has been an incredibly uneventful week, meaning this post is going to be a random collection of nonsense. However! Tonight I’m going to a concert, I think I have a Friendsgiving on Saturday (still not 100% sure on the details of that, including whether or not it’s actually happening, whether or not I am, indeed, invited, or whether it’s on Saturday or Sunday. Three cheers for flying by the seat of our pants!) and Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction is going to be in Chicago for a book signing/demo on Sunday which I am FOR SURE going to (provided Friendsgiving isn’t on Sunday), because Sally is my baking hero, so in the future I’ll have plenty of fodder for slightly engaging posts.

2. I have long suspected I’m psychic (<– not really), and on Tuesday, I once again proved the powers of my mind. I’ve been climbing on and off for 11 months now (HOLY SMOKES does time fly), but I had yet to convince myself I should take the plunge and get belay certified at Brooklyn Boulders, mostly because I did not at all like the thought of paying $79 to get belay certified. Heck, I don’t even like the idea of paying $35 for a day pass + gear rental. A little while ago, I found a deal on Gilt City for belay certification at First Ascent, which I bought (and have yet to use, but will use sooner rather than later…hopefully before the end of this month), despite the fact that I have yet to actually visit First Ascent (though once I check out the scene, maybe I’ll go there more often, if for no other reason than to continue climbing without the risk of ex-boyfriend encounters 😛 ). As I was getting ready for work Tuesday morning, I was thinking about how I need to get to First Ascent ASAP and take that belay class, and then thought to myself, “I really wish Brooklyn Boulders would show up on Gilt City again and have Learn the Ropes on there so I can get belay certified at BKB, too.”

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Well, LO AND BEHOLD.

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PSYCHIC.

As a heads up, for my fellow Chicagoans inspired by my marathon season climbing dedication, BKB also has some killer day-pass deals on Gilt City right now, with three day passes for $49 ($16.33/day) or six day passes for $90 ($15/day). Ladies Night, the best deal otherwise available at BKB (and obviously only available if you’re, y’know, a lady) is $19/night, making both the three-pack and six-pack a better deal than…well, anything else BKB offers, including memberships (unless you have your own harness and shoes, that is, and plan to go climbing frequently).

So. Between the six-pack, my belay class (which includes two trips to BKB), the free day pass I won at Belaybor Day in September, AND my belay class at First Ascent (which includes two trips to First Ascent), I’m looking at 11 climbing trips in my future *insert a billion heart-eyed emojis here*. And I still have a few Trainology classes to use. And I have a month at another studio to use. So…yeah. I mean, I still have to join a regular gym so I have access to a treadmill if I’m going to do this whole half marathon training thing. But I may sub out some (um, most) of the Best Body Bootcamp stuff I planned to do with these other things. We’ll see. This is what I get for trying to make a plan!! Haha.

3. Who’s up for a little Thursday etymology lesson?!

Yesterday, Erin used the word “whelming” to describe the scarf in her outfit, and I intended to use the comments to complain about the fact that whelming is not a word. Well! You can imagine my surprise, then, when spellcheck did not flag “whelming” as a misspelled or nonexistent word. Curious, I took to Google, where I learned that the verb “to whelm” is an archaic word meaning “engulf, submerge, or bury (someone or something).” Who knew! This then led me to believe “overwhelm” is redundant, because how could you “overbury” something? If it’s already buried, isn’t that the end of it? That confusion led me to this website, which explained that “whelm” would be more appropriate to describe water coming up to the edge of a boat, where “overwhelm” would describe that water spilling over the edge into the boat. Someone on that site also noted that their only familiarity with the word “whelm” in modern language was from The Solid Rock, which includes the line “His oath, his covenant, his blood support me in the whelming flood,” which I definitely should’ve noticed before, because goodness gracious, I bet I’ve sung that hymn approximately eleventy billion times in my life, as it is one of a handful of hymns with remarkable staying power.

So there you go! Your word history lesson of the day. Doing right by my BA in English 😉

What are you up to this weekend? Because I have no relevant questions to ask based on the content of this post hahaha.

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