January 10, 2011
The kickboxing and slam classes I attend have tripled in size since January 1, a common happening thanks to all who have a resolution the get fit for 2011. This creates a stir amongst the regular attendees who have gotten used to having their particular space on the mat. Location means a lot to those who work out; some prefer standing closer to the instructor while others, usually those who don't want to be called out about not putting out, stand in the back. The newbies disperse all over the place and usually land on someone's else's spot. We regulars joke that things will get back to normal by February, because a lot of people don't stick with it. However some of us don't handle this change that easily.
Theresa is a kickboxing fanatic. She always dresses in vibrant colors and works it and whips sweat around this studio with amazing passion. When a hot club song comes on she starts doing cartwheels. You would think being so seasoned that she'd roll throughout these crowded workouts easily. Yet, anytime anyone is in her spot (right side of the mat in the second row) she tries to crowd them out. When it doesn't work she will literally ask them to trade places. Her forcefulness can usually make anyone move.
My spot is in the middle of the mat a little to the right. I don't really mind if someone is in my a space, yet I have taken precautionary measures to avoid this by showing up extra early for class. This will only last a few more weeks.
She Prep Buzz Words
- Ice Scraper
- White Sale
Right Now She Could be
- Packing for a business trip
- Stenciling a border
- Designing a kids birthday invitation
- Trimming her bangs
She Could be a
- Dry Cleaner
- Theater Manager
- Box Office Ticket Agent
- Insurance Claims Operators
Here are some cool products that will aid in her quest to be greener in 2011
- Tasty Lunch Tote: by Built NY, keeps hot foods hot and cold foods cold for four hours.
- Use instead of a vinyl lunch bag. Get your own at www.builtny.com
- LunchBots Pico: a thin stainless-steel container that is made with no chemicals. Use this instead of a plastic container. More info at the site www.lunchbots.com
- Fresh Snack Pak: a safe plastic, as deemed by the EPA and FDA, that's washable and reusable. Use instead of plastic bags. Information at the website www.freshsnackpacks.com
She decided to wait until the holiday return rush was over before she attempts to return her own goods. Here are some tips to make sure her returns are handled smoothly:
- Make sure all tags and packaging and the original box are included with all returns, otherwise she could be subject to a 15-percent restocking fee. Even if a tag has been cut off, bring or send it.
- Bring a receipt, otherwise a credit might only be offered and possibly at a reduced price.
- Make sure you ship items back to the correct address. The return address on the box is not always the company's return address.
- Call ahead to make sure a replacement size or part is available before you attempt the return, plus make all returns as soon as possible.
- For more info or to check return policies for specific stores, log onto the website www.ConsumerWorld.org.
Here are the Top-5 habits she could be trying to break:
- Nail biting
- Forgetting to floss
- Raiding the refrigerator right before bed
- Too much sun time and not enough sunscreen
Right now skinny jeans and gladiator shoes are fashion "dos." What will we say about them 10 years from now?
Yahoo Shine published its Top 10 worst fashion items from our last decade:
- Harem pants
- Carrie Bradshaw's flower accessories
- Hobo-Chic (Mary Kate Olsen's style)
- Leggings as pants
- Overpriced destroyed denim
- The Juicy Track Suit
- Visible Thongs
She can sign up to get free product samples at these sites:
- In a poll of 1,000 U.S. adults, about 6 out of 10 people have never built or made a toy or put together furniture. Sixty percent would not attempt a household repair. In summary, this survey found that we take a hands-off approach to being handy, which may lead to problems when today's blue-collar workers retire.
Here are some ways she can save on her heating bill:
- Lower thermostat by at least 5 degrees and wear a sweater
- Close blinds at night
- Have utility company do a home audit and suggest any necessary changes.
- Get a furnace checkup to see if a newer model would be more cost effective
- Seal leaky windows
- Insulate air ducts and hot water pipes
- Install a programmable thermostat
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