I have found the magic bullet…

8 Nov

to slay my werewolf, and that bullet is called…audiobooks!

My hairy, toothy, monster is the 6:30 a.m. call to the gym which typically involves 30 minutes of mind-numbing treadmill time.  I loathe it!  It makes me spend all of my lucky penny, birthday candle and first-star-at-night wishes on wanting Zumba to be offered everyday at the Y (AND to only have about 15 students MAX in class – some classes are SO crowded you can barely move across the floor).  But, so far, that hasn’t worked.

I tried a good music mix, “F**k You” by Ceelo, “Bad Romance” by Gaga, etc. and that still didn’t work.  The seconds  d r i p p e d  by.  I’d been talking about downloading a book for weeks and just never got around to it.  Well, this, as it turns out is what I needed.

From iTunes I bought “The Kitchen House”, by Kathleen Grisson – recommended to me by my friend Gail.  It’s about a seven-year-old Irish orphan named Lavinia (in 1790) with no memory of her past who arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant with the kitchen house slaves. The story follows Lavinia as she becomes deeply bonded to her new family, and is also slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. 

I let myself listen to the 1st chapter last night so I could get in to the story, and now I can only listen to it when I go to the gym!  Boy, did it make the time fly this morning.  I was in Lavinia, and Belle, and Mamma May’s world instead of at the Y.  The one problem is, part of the story I heard this morning was very moving, and I started to get teary on the leg press machine.  (Maybe people will think I’m working so hard my eyeballs are sweating.) But, a small price to pay for such wonderful entertainment.  It’s like being read to, which is so great.

To make the morning gym trips even easier to handle, I’ve also split up the workout into 15ish minutes of cardio, and then 15 of weight machines.  It’s really the treadmill that I find to be the big, hairy, drooling, stinky beast!

Woohoo! Can’t wait to hit the gym 6:30 Thursday morning!  Wow, did I, Kendall Leeper-Bassford, really just say that?

2 Responses to “I have found the magic bullet…”

  1. Dani November 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Agreed! Treadmills suck!

  2. Diane November 10, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    I need this bullet to slay my rowing machine! The book sounds great.

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