At our last Power Bar class we were told that our Club has been sold. It has been on the market for a long time but sales have fallen through because a major fault line runs through the land (the same one that our house sits on!). We have been promised that everything will stay as it is until September but after that who knows. It will be so sad as many of the members have been there for years - we've been there since we moved here seven years ago, and everyone will disperse to different gyms nearer their homes. We don't know where we will go. We will have to do a tour of the gyms near us. There will have to be choreography based step classes and weight classes. A hip-hop class would be a bonus. Pilates would be good, and a swimming pool, as well as the cardio equipment. Wherever we end up it will not be as convenient as the Racquet club which we could literally throw stones at from home.
Actually I have to confess that I haven't been to a step class or a pilates class for a while now. I don't know why. There are a couple of annoying people who insist on carrying on private conversations during class, which I think is extremely rude and disrespectful to the instructor, and distracting to everyone else. And then there is a couple who keep using their cell phones in another class (no one is that important!) and also in that class there is someone who does different exercises to everyone else which is again very distracting as they are usually at the front. This maybe shouldn't be enough to put me off, as there are plenty of other really nice people who go and I really want to support the instructors. I think I have also been a little disheartened because my foot still hurts and exercising makes it worse and even when I was exercising I didn't seem to lose any weight. I haven't been on the scales for weeks - I am sure I will be horrified when I eventually do.
Anyway, to top it all off, our favourite teacher, Andrea, (whose classes I have been going to - I haven't dropped everything!) is going to quit. To be honest I don't know why she is still there. She moved about twenty miles away last year, and has three little children. She is an excellent instructor and on her way to our club must drive past five or six others any of which, I am sure, would jump at the chance to employ her. We will miss her, especially as I was hoping she would teach hydrotone in the pool again this summer.
This evening we are going to the Indian restuarant with some friends from Gary's work. They lived in England for a while and miss British Indian food as much as we do. We should have a great evening.
Yesterday, Gary and I went to the Monsoon Thai Bistro for lunch. Gary went there for the first time last week with someone from work and liked it. At lunch time they serve food in "Bento" boxes which are like a posh wooden version of a plastic airline food tray with different compartments with different things in. There was rice, noodles, a spring roll thing (I apologise, I am not at all up with Thai dishes) that was very minty (and reminded me of my Grandma's garden), a salad, and a main item. I chose pork tenderloin for my main item, and Gary chose beef in a red curry sauce. Mine was very nice but didn't seem very Thai, just grilled/broiled meat with plain vegetables.
On the knitting front, I have finished the left front of my Vogue Top and have finished the ribbing part and started the diagonal shaping for the right front. I had a bit of a dilemma here because the only instruction for the right front was to do the same as the left front but reversing the shapings, which is fair enough but - the first row of shaping is casting off 5 stitches which can only be done at the beginning of a row, so for the right front has to be a row earlier or later than the left one on account of it having to be at the other end. The next bit of shaping, a bunch of two stitch decreases every other row at the same end, is supposed to start on the very next row, which on the right front coincides with the cast off row (being a row later). So should I have a) cast off an extra two stitches (I have only just thought of this possiblity!) and then continue with decreases every other row after that, b) done the first decrease on the next row, and then carried on decreasing every other row from there even though it would be on different rows to the other front, c) done a decrease on the next row, and then another on the next and then every other row, so the decreases would be on the same rows as the other front, except for the first one, or d) done the cast off a row earlier and then started the decreases on the next but one row.
I don't suppose it really matters in the grand scheme of things, but at the time I opted for c). I may well go back and do a) or even d) instead which both actually sound much neater. I will have to look and see where the matching cast offs are on the back and see how they will best fit together.
"The Da Vinci Code" movie premiers today. I guess we will go and see it on Sunday, although our paper did not give it a very good review. "Over the Hedge" got a much better review and I am tempted to go and see that instead. Maybe even wait for the Da Vinci Code DVD to come out, if it's as bad as they say.