Five Things I'm Loving Now--April 2019

Hello, April! It’s about time that we are starting to see some days that are regularly above 50 degrees, isn’t it? My yard is still mostly brown, the buds haven’t broken yet, but it’s clear that spring is here, and with spring comes the thing that’s number 1 on my list this month.

  1. More daylight. Along with most everyone I know, the “spring forward” last month was kind of a P.I.T.A., and it took a couple of weeks for me to get used to the the time change—just like it does when we go the other way in the fall. But, I feel like I’ve gained so much by having that extra daylight at the end of the day. It means I can get home from work, get my clothes changed and get the dogs out for a walk and get back home with plenty of daylight to spare.

  2. Rowing. Yes. I know I have some fellow Orange Theory fans who love the days when the rowing segments are super-short. I, on the other hand, go to my other fitness facility on other days just to get on the rowing machine. Awhile back—two years or so ago—I was going (intermittently) to Anytime Fitness, and I’d get on the rowing machine once in awhile. At the time, the most I could do was spend a minute or two on it without getting completely breathless. I’m still not setting any records, but thanks to Orange Theory and my other workouts, I’ve become markedly stronger and have a lot more endurance. When I go to the gym on my own, my first workout segment is often a 2000 meter row. It feels awesome to be chiseling off a few seconds of my time nearly every time I row.

  3. Hover Capri from Skirt Sports. I just tried this product for the first time last month, and I have to say that for the type of workouts that I do—multiple things in one setting—it’s fantastic. In my opinion, there are two big things going for this skirt/capri: First, the capri fabric is super light, so when transitioning from rowing to strength exercises to running or biking, I never feel constricted. Secondly, the skirt is made in more of a “wrap” style with an opening that allows for great freedom of movement. I’m probably not describing it very well, so here’s a picture of it (as seen on the Skirt Sports website). My Skirt Sports ambassadorship affords me amazing discounts and the ability to pass some of the love on, so if you visit the website and decide to make a purchase, use the code SSA489Joy to take fifteen percent off a regularly-priced item.

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4. I don’t think I’ve had a list yet where something food-related didn’t make the cut, and this month is no exception. Thumbs up to a new (to us) purveyor of fresh seafood, Maine Bay and Berry Co. They have been in business for a couple of years, but their new location just down the street from us prompted us to check it out. Their fresh seafood comes in on Fridays at 1:30 p.m., and we’ve been in the past two Saturday mornings. On our first trip, we bought large fresh sea scallops; this weekend we got two whole branzini and grilled them. Both were outstanding, and we’ve pretty much concluded that we’ll be eating fish or seafood every weekend for the remainder of the spring and summer.

5. Last on my list for this month is a thing that’s not a “thing” at all, but I’m loving the lucky streak I’ve had at the charity bingo event put on by Centre County PAWS. This organization is one that’s pretty easy for me to give my money to because of the great work they do in our community, but it was fun in both November and this past Friday night to win some cash. In the long run, between buying tickets, chances, extra games, food and booze, I probably actually lost money, but it’s a fun evening out with friends for a good cause, so I call it a win. And let’s face it, it’s fun to yell “BINGO"!

Here’s hoping that the rest of your April is full of sunny days, delicious eats, and good luck!