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kitgordon ([personal profile] kitgordon) wrote2013-07-10 10:14 am

in the swim (at last)!

When I retired on May 31, I also gave up my University Rec Center membership; since we couldn't officially activate our new health insurance until July 1, my exercise program became walking almost exclusively (not necessarily a hardship when you have a lovely three mile walk around a lake just a block from home). But yesterday we joined the Uptown YWCA as a Health Partners benefit (all their facilities and classes for $25 annually!), and this morning I walked there and went for my first swim since the end of May: it was absolutely lovely. I didn't know if I'd be up for my full 3/4 mile, but it was not a problem. The facilities are wonderful, and membership also gives us access to their other two sites, one in downtown Minneapolis and one in midtown (east Lake Street, not far from the Midtown Farmers' Market and South High School). So I can now vary my routine somewhat, and Bob has joined as well, so he can do his regular workouts there once his LA Fitness membership expires.

I finished Cassandra Clare's "infernal devices" trilogy and thought she brought it to a satisfactory conclusions, though I'm not sure about the epilogue (interesting, since I loved Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo epilogue--unlike others--but then DD is a genius, and Clare hasn't come close to that level, though I've enjoyed most of her books, this series more than the modern "mortal instruments" one, which feels as if it has gone on a bit too long). I've not begun the fifth Flavia de Luce novel by Alan Bradley, Speaking from Among the Bones, and it promises to be as delightful as the previous four. And then I have the third of Daniel Abraham's Dagger and the Coin series, The Tyrant's Law, to leap into next. Last night we started watching the BBC mini-series, To the Ends of the Earth, based on the trilogy by William Golding, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Sam Neill; it looks promising, but Bob's bedtime beckoned, so we only saw about 30 minutes of it. More tonight perhaps.