Two gym memberships

I’ve been a member of 24 Hour Fitness for several years, but as if 2016, the closest one I live to is the location Downtown. Despite it being on of the larger gyms, it gets ridiculously packed during peak hours, and that’s usually what time I go, shortly after work! It’s hard to find weights and equipment available, and if you do, there’s usually someone lingering around waiting to use them.

Another thing that makes it a hassle is the parking. It’s hard to find parking downtown and the designated parking area for the gym is the parking structure next door. It’s two levels and can be very hard to find parking during peak hours. I’ve driven around for twenty minutes looking for parking a few times.

The gym is also in the same area as Golden 1 Arena! If there’s an event there, it gets even more packed and the traffic in that area is awful! The combination of this hassle would discourage me from going to the gym. Especially on days where I was already lacking motivation.

What even keeps me at that gym?! The Les Mills/Group X instructors!! I’m not leaving that gym because of them and their classes! Body Combat, Body Pump, Yoga, Grit, Cycle! They also have Turbo Kick, but I suck at it. I should try it more often.

But I did discover there’s a new Planet Fitness just a couple minutes from where I live, and it’s only $10 a month! I signed up! I’ve been a few times and it wasn’t packed, so it was easy to use the equipment I want!

The only downsides is they don’t have any loose Olympic bars. I guess their theme is to make the gym comfortable for everyone so they don’t encourage meatheads lifting a million pounds, groaning, and slamming weights on the ground. I get it…it can be annoying.

They have Smith machines, instead. I don’t like using Smith machines for squats because I can’t get the form I want and it feels awkward. But I don’t mind doing lunges with it. I can still do plenty of workouts with what they do have there, so it’s a win for me! I like that I can get a decent workout during the hours I’m most likely to want to work out, and it’s super close to home!

Cooler weather is here!

It’s Fall and the weather has been much better! I am already making plans to get outdoors and take some pictures soon!

I haven’t been writing on my blog as much as I should be, and I guess you could say I’m kind of backed up right now. I went on vacation recently and haven’t written about that. I also have a lot to say about a bag of old film I never developed from about 11 to 12 years ago. I should’ve started writing about that along time ago and now I have too much to say, got to make time for that.

My birthday is also in a couple days and I really don’t have any plans, but I do have a lot to say about where I am in life now.

Here’s a picture of my cat!

Summer

Triple digits for the next few days. It’s wretched! I guess my plants like it, that’s the only good thing. But I don’t want to go outside when it’s hot. I don’t want to go to the gym after work, I subject myself to a miserable commute when I do. Not to mention all the nature I’m missing out on from hiding indoors. And I don’t want to go outside and take any pictures. No outdoor photography.

I’m writing this to remember when Autumn comes and the weather cools. I will take advantage.

Just a few plant updates

Here are a few images of what I have in my window and an Ogre Ear plant I have outside that is doing well. I have been trying to take cuttings from plants outside to grow new ones. I have a new spider plant baby growing, but I would like to obtain a variegated spider plant. My vegetable plants aren’t doing too great, some better than others. Nothing fantastic to share. The tomatoes are doing well and I haven’t seen a single tomatillo. I got more secondhand pots and have been trying to repot some plants that could use a little more space in their pots.

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I finally have a Monstera Deliciosa! I wish I could say it’s going to grow big and get a lot of leaves, but there’s not much room for it. It’s in the brightest room of the house and has to be elevated so my cat does try to rub his gums on it and take bites! I had to put some bamboo sticks in it because the leaves were leaning too far to the sides. I love it, but I want it to thrive.

And then I have this stupid Monstera Andansonii that I got in March, put in water, and waited for it to root. Nothing. I waited a little longer and noticed the nodes at the bottom of the stems hadn’t changed a bit. After waiting more, I decided to stick it in soil, figuring that would make it grow faster. I started to pay attention to other plants so I wouldn’t be so impatient. A couple months went by and I said “Hmm” and gently pulled the plant out of the soil…only to see nothing! Matter of fact, the nodes seemed to have disappeared! I was about to throw the thing away, but decided to give the upper nodes a chance. I put it in water deep enough to reach the upper set of nodes, and the damn thing rooted! It’s even growing a new leaf! I am not sure how to plant it in soil now. Maybe I will have to plant it sideways or sacrifice the other leaf.

I threw a tiny arrowhead plant cutting in the glass with it for now.

 

Crystal Glycerin Soap Bars

Crystal Pure Glycerine Soaps

I had been pissing and moaning about how my face has been so sensitive to certain soaps lately. If I use the wrong soaps, my cheeks and nose turn red and sting. It also gets super dry when healing. It’s been getting on my nerves. Even some of my go-to soaps have been irritating my skin.

But I’ve discovered I’m safe with these Crystal Pure Glycerine Soaps! I bought a whole case of them! There’s 24 of them! I decided to review each one as I experience them!

Sunflower – It’s light and sweet! It’s like getting up early on your day off, showering, putting on a robe, and drinking hot tea on a lawn chair. ☺️

Aloe Vera – I really like this one. It lightly smells like aloe, but not in a yucky way. It has a clean, sweet scent.

Strawberry – It’s…alright. It has an alcoholic drink smell. 🤨 So basically I am washing myself with Strawberry Hill.

Lilac – I dig it. It has a distinct smell. I guess that is supposed to be lilac, but I don’t remember how lilacs smell. I’d have to do a nose-to-flower-to-bar sniff test. But it smells clean. Not bad! EDIT: Okay, next day I noticed my nose and cheeks are kind of burning and the fragrance of this soap is a bit strong. I might have to set this one to the side. 😕

Gardenia – I waited a day before writing my review on this because the last flower smelling bar snuck up on me and burned my face! This one seems safe! It does smell like Gardenias, I know and love that flower! It’s not overwhelmingly fragrant, but I think it leaves my skin smelling like it for a while after I shower. I like this bar!

Vanilla – It’s nice! It smelled more like vanilla when it was dry, but not very strong when I used it in the shower. But it’s pretty light and pleasant!

Mango – It’s not bad! Smells more like a nectarine, or a nectarine Jolly Rancher.

Baby Powder – It kinda smells like baby powder, but mostly just smells clean. It’s a pink colored bar. It’s not bad, I guess!

Lemon – It smells like a lemon cough drop mixed with lemon-scented furniture polish. I guess it washed like standard soap.

Pineapple – When I first opened the package, I smelled it and it smelled delightfully like pineapple! It was a great pineapple showering experience. After that first shower, it just became the pineapple soap. I think it was extra extravagantly pineapple on the first use because my senses were seeking the experience. But my point is, it’s a good soap.

Lavender – I’m a huge fan of lavender so I was excited to try this! It has a great lavender smell! It’s an enjoyable bar!

Coconut – I always love coconut. It has a great coconut smell, and it’s a fun bar. The more I use these soaps, the more it’s becoming a “experience the first usage and then it becomes a typical Crystal Pure Glycerine Soap” kind of thing. But I like them.

Fresh – This has a stronger smell than the rest I’ve tried so far. And it smells like a man’s deodorant. The blue kind that is almost transparent, which is funny because it’s a blue bar. I think this is more enjoyable for anyone who wants a “man’s fresh scent deodorant” smell.

Plumeria – This has a good scent, similar to the Gardenia bar, but more flowery. Maybe they used the same the same  flower base. Let’s be thankful diarrhea isn’t a flower!

Sandalwood – This is so musky. It kind of smells like nag champa. It’s one of those few bars that has smelled strong from beginning to end. The others smell fragrant in the beginning but the scent doesn’t seem too strong to me the more I use it. It’s a very masculine smelling soap.

Peppermint – It was pepperminty the first time I used it, then it just made suds.

Peach – It smelled like peach for a minute. Then it just smelled like, “Hey, I’m a glycerin soap!”

Orange – It smells like Tampico orange drink. Usage after usage. And it lathers nicely!

Carnation – Oh this definitely smells like Carnation. I really like the scent and it lathers nicely, too. Probably one of my favorites!

Tropical Rain – Hmmm this is one of those transparent pink bars, and it smells like fruit and flower, and tries to make you think of morning dew. Or maybe it’s just what the name is trying to imprint in your head. It’s a “whatever” bar.

Grapefruit – The bar smelled like grapefruit, but it doesn’t particularly stand out when being used. But it’s not a bad soap.

Original – This is a white/cream colored bar. It has some standard perfumey fragrance to it, but it’s not bad! It’s nice and sudsy!

Green Apple – I was hoping for Jolly Rancher smell, but it is a simple green apple smell. No complaints!

Rose – The bar smells like like a strong fake rose smell, but the lather smells much lighter and I imagine the scent it leaves on your skin is very subtle. Not a bad bar!

And this concludes my Crystal Pure Glycerine Soap bar reviews! I would buy a box again! Not bad for the low price! I should order one soon!