1. While I can’t say that I particularly enjoy biking to keep my cardio up while I’m still forbidden from engaging in impact exercise, I will say that it has helped me get SO much reading done! I used to be great about reading during my commute, but that habit has fallen more and more by the wayside as time goes on, since I usually opt to either play on my phone (in my defense, it is easier to scroll through my phone one-handed while using my other hand to hold onto something while standing on a moving train than it is to try to read a book–and even more so, turn pages–one-handed under the same circumstances) or do nothing at all. Because I find working out on cardio machines (including, but not limited to, stationary bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals) unspeakably boring, I’ve brought reading material with me on all of my bike rides, and suddenly I’m blowing through books like never before! Turns out 30-45 minutes of dedicated reading time three times a week does wonders for making progress on your library materials. On Monday, I made it all the way through Act One of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in one bike ride.
(Technically, this isn’t “library material,” because I borrowed it from a person, not an institution, but same concept.)
I’ve enjoyed Cursed Child, but reading a play is a vastly different experience from reading a novel. Short lines of dialogue broken up into quick scenes makes it easy to get through quickly, but the lack of narration obviously means you miss out on a lot of the details you’d get in a novel. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to finish the book, though 😉
2. On my way home from that bike ride/reading session, I took a walk through my neighborhood to make sure I hit 10,000 steps for the day (a much bigger challenge, now that I’m not running!). It was Halloween and early evening, so I wasn’t at all surprised to see trick-or-treaters out and about, but I was quite surprised to discover that apparently, at least in my neighborhood, it is more or less standard practice to fill a bowl with candy and leave it unattended on your porch. This is my third Halloween in my neighborhood (though admittedly the first one when I was outside during the trick-or-treating witching hour), and I had never seen this before! Is this standard practice in Chicago neighborhoods? Back in my day, you had to ring a stranger’s doorbell and endure the awful social discomfort that comes from begging an adult you’ve never met for candy (or maybe that was just me who got nervous about that sort of thing.). You didn’t get candy without putting in at least a tiny bit of work! I’m sure it’s a lot easier for the homeowners to not have to constantly get up from their seat to hand out candy–or maybe they ALL have babies and/or dogs they didn’t want disturbed by ringing doorbells?–but it was still a huge surprise to see this. In an admirable display of self-control and acting my age, I did not raid a single one of those free-for-all candy bowls, even though I wanted to. I so wish trick-or-treating were acceptable behavior for 26 year olds.
3. Last Wednesday evening, Erin hosted an event at Shoe Drop’s first brick-and-mortar location in River North. Despite the fact that my footwear at the time was distinctly un-polish-able (“my footwear” consisting of one running shoe and my boot), I really enjoyed myself! For those unfamiliar, Shoe Drop is a Chicago startup that allows you to drop off shoes that need repairing at locations around the city, including stores or Pressbox locations. Shoe Drop will pick up your shoes, take them to their repair facility in the West Loop, do whatever needs to be done to bring your shoes up to your standards, and bring them back to wherever you left them in the first place. How’s that for convenience?
I don’t invest much in my non-running footwear (or, you know, wardrobe in general. There’s a reason I’m not a fashion blogger.), so shoe repair has honestly never crossed my mind. However, if I did put down a good amount of money for shoes, I certainly understand why repairing broken heels or weatherproofing your footwear would be a high priority, not to mention significantly more cost effective and less wasteful than throwing away your original pair and getting a brand new one. Shoe drop also repairs leather bags and belts and offers sneaker cleaning, so if you choose to invest your money in those sorts of items instead, they can still help you out. Big thanks to Erin for hosting!
Have you read Cursed Child yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts, but I definitely don’t want to hear your spoilers!
Have you ever had shoes repaired?