May 25th, 2003

Health

Exercising and Swimming

weather: warm & cloudy
outside: 16°C
mood: okay
So, I have a swimsuit. Husband Guy and I stopped by the Swimco first. I didn't really expect to get anything there, but just in case there's a good deal. Anything that I thought looked decent and that I could wear cost close to $150. Unless I look in the Vomit Orange And Chernobyl Green, Bizarrely Birth-marked Leopard, With Interspersed Various Tropical Fish Print section... >K{

Then we went to Zellers (it's like a Walmart/Target, bargain basement type place). Inventory that doesn't get sold at The Bay ends up at Zellers. I picked out three to try on. *sigh* Next time, I'll know: if I want Husband Guy to be able to come into the fitting rooms with me and give me his opinion, I have to try stuff on in the Men's department. No Men allowed in the fitting rooms of the Women's.

So, the one I got was $39. Wahoo! That's hella less than $150. =) It wasn't the least expensive one, it's a notch or two above. It's a plain black one-piece with a non-uniform piece of mesh in front. It's still probably not the best quality, but for lounging around in a whirlpool and hanging around poolside, that's good enough. When I can swim more than one lap, backcrawl, then maybe I'll think about A Real Swimsuit™.

So, the point of all that was so that we could jump in the pool after working out at the Y on Sunday mornings.

One of my fears is that I'll take forever getting showered and changed, so people have to wait for me. If you know me, you'll know that I have A LOT of hair. As in, extraordinarily numerous follicles per square centimetre of scalp. I'm a freaking mop. Shampoo just will not rinse out of my hair and I stand there rinsing forever. I didn't want to go swimming after working out at all.

But Husband Guy begged and I decided that I'd just rinse myself as best I can, then dry off and change so that I won't take too long. I might smell on the way home, but at least I won't keep everyone. Husband Guy's cousin, C, came with us, so the two of us girls, hit the showers first. She said she takes forever too, so I didn't feel so bad. She shared her shampoo with me and I tried to shower very quickly.

We went to grab our stuff to dry off. C took one changing room, but another lady took the only other changing room(!)... *meurf*... =( I looked around and thought, ah, what the hell, I'll just use an open locker area. I picked a corner area where there was more wall enclosing it and went at it.

Ha-HA! I discovered that this is GREAT motivation for me to HURRY. I kept thinking, OMG, OMG, I hope I finish before someone wants to change here!!! It would be such a pain in the ass if they turned into stone or worse yet, Petrified, you see. Then what the hell do I tell the Y staff?

So, the guys didn't end up waiting too long. =)

eLouai

Word of the Day - "八婆"

weather: clear
outside: 11°C
mood: amused
Because I know ugly_boyCedric would appreciate this and all the English words have been really lame lately, today's term is:

八婆

"ba1 po2" in Mandarin; "baat3 po6" in Cantonese; "BAHT-poh" in more common Cantonese romanization.

It's literally, "the eigth Great Aunt" (think, large family = gossiping women). It means "gossiping bitch" and is considered rude/vulgar/offensive. It's more of a Cantonese term than a Mandarin term. I've heard of it referring to both a male or a female, even though it's a female title. It refers to someone who snitches, spreads rumour, doesn't grasp discreetness, otherwise speaks of things that are completely none of his or her business and/or just a jerk in general.

Sometimes, the modifier '' (M: "si3"; C: "sei2"; common: "say"; literally "dead", but equivalent to the adverb "fucking") is added in front of it to increase the offensiveness.

Example sentence: 隔壁的八婆最近很喜歡跟大姊聊天。

"Recently, the gossiping bitch next door seems to really like chatting with my eldest sister."

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