When I woke up, I contacted fachless -- or actually I think she called me. At any rate, we'd made tentative plans the previous night. She had to attend a rehearsal with cscott that morning, but she'd offered to steal her parents' van and help me out with My Big Purchase afterward.
Here's the thing. For quite awhile now, I've been wishing I had a treadmill. I think a big part of it is that I have a gym membership that my sister roped me into, and I don't use it nearly enough. Meaning: hardly ever. I like exercising, but I hate going to the gym. No, that's not quite true: I don't actually like exercising. I like being strong and physically active. I like having a fit body, one I can easily use for skating, dancing, and other fun playing, and I know that exercising makes that happen.
On the too-rare occasions when I go to the gym, I use the treadmills a lot. When I was doing physical therapy for my knee, a treadmill was a bit part of it. I know that jogging makes me sweat like crazy, more than just about anything, so clearly it makes my body work hard. I also really enjoy walking.
Winter in Michigan is challenging for things like walking and jogging. Not impossible, but it's way too easy to talk myself out of going. (Summer kinda does that too sometimes, actually. I'm too good at talking myself out of things sometimes.) But when I watch movies or television or whatnot at night, even when reading sometimes, I find myself feeling really lethargic. Often I'll get up and do situps, squats, and dance moves in front of the television, just to feel myself moving.
Anyway, I've been thinking for awhile that if I had something that made exercising in my own home easy and convenient, I'd use it. I've been mentally going back and forth on the idea. If I use it, it's completely worth the money. The worrisome thing is just: what if I don't use it enough? That's a big and expensive item to waste.
So on December 30th after work, I went to Sears. Just to check things out. I tried out several models, and then I noticed a cluster of Clearance Treadmills in the corner. They looked lonely, standing in a circle facing in, like a herd of gazelles. I wandered up, and I found one that was marked down -- a whole $321 down from its list price. The sales guy told me that these had the same warranty as new ones, that they were just opened boxes or returned items. And they were marked way down!
After debating with myself for awhile, I decided to take the plunge and buy the lonely little gazelle. Er, treadmill. I spent less money, yet bought more treadmill than I'd been originally considering! I decided not to have it delivered though, hoping I could find somebody to help me pick it up and save some money.
That's where Fachless and her parents' van come into the story. Upon hearing of my exciting purchase, she immediately was kind enough to offer to help. Thus it was that, early New Year's Eve afternoon, we went to Starbucks.
Well, we did! But only because we knew sherdeb would be working there, and it was near Sears. After filling up on tasty and free caffeinated beverages, we attacked Sears with a vengeance.
Okay, not really. In reality, we just waited politely in line, asked the nice big men to put the huge box into the back for us, wished them a Merry New Year, and headed to Olga's Kitchen.
No, it's not that we're easily distracted... okay maybe we are... but we were also just hungry. And it was past lunchtime. At Olga's we met thatguychuck, and we all feasted on Americanized Greek food. Yum, I love Olga's.
Then finally the three of us headed to my house. My wonderful friends helped me maneuver the treadmill into the house, down the stairs, and into the basement. (Oh who am I kidding -- they did the majority of the moving themselves! What cool friends.) Once we got it down there, we put the whole thing together and tried it out. It worked! I have my very own treadmill!
Interestingly enough, I don't think I got my clearance floor model. I was supposed to get that exact object I'd been trying out in the store, but I think I got a brand new one. It had lots of plastic wrap all over it, and the bags were sealed. I'm not sure if my sales guy made this "mistake" on purpose (was he was really nice guy, very helpful), or if it was an error somewhere along the line, but I'm not complaining!
That was probably the most exciting part of the day, at least for me. When complete, Fachless headed home. I went for a 2-mile run/walk on my new toy, then Thatguychuck tried it out for awhile. Eventually we stopped playing around, ate some dinner, and headed over to Fachless's place. Sherdeb was there, and the four of us relaxed by the fire, chatting, catching up, and half-watching hockey followed by I Love The 80's.
Around 10:30, Thatguychuck and I wished the girls a Happy New Year and headed to a second gathering. Long-time friends of his, this time. Neither of us were in a Big Party sort of mood; we just wanted to welcome in the new year with our friends. It was nice we were able to do that in two different homes. At the second (LJ-less) gathering, we talked, watched cartoons, and watched the ball drop. then we played Lunch Money, a strangely vicious-yet-funny card game.
I enjoyed having somebody to kiss at midnight. 2006 is starting out very well, if a little scary with this whole New Relationship Thing. I hope it only continues to get better. Also, I hope I succeed in using my new treadmill a lot!