Random Fall Thoughts: Boots, Hot Tubs, and Fitness

In the past, I kept my blog strictly ‘business’ – that is, I only posted about technology related things. But I quickly found myself wanting to post about plenty of other things (in addition to technology) so I figured that there was no reason to limit the subject matter of the blog. The result is random posts like this one.

I’m trying to do better about “Well this item (sweater, boots, comforter, etc) isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but it’s on clearance so I will buy it” type of purchases. I’m trying to buy higher-quality items but fewer of them. Let’s see how long this lasts!

The first step is shoes. I’m done buying cheap plastic shoes that just fall apart and make my feet sweat. Unless there is good reason not to, I am now specifically seeking out leather shoes. In the spirit of fall, I purchased 2 awesome pairs of boots. First up:  The FRYE Women’s Phillip Studded Harness Tall Boot in Cognac. 
Frye Boots
I can’t really explain why, but these boots are just so me. They’re perfect. When I saw them available in my size on an Amazon Warehouse Deal, I had to have them.

I also purchased a staple: a pair of black riding boots, the Ariat Plymouths. I got these on 6pm.com and was very happy with both the price I paid and the quick delivery. The Fryes do seem to be slightly higher quality than the Ariats but they were also twice the price, so it’s what I expected.

Ariat Plymouth

To protect my “investments”, I bought some saddle soap and some mink oil. I’m going to try to keep both pairs in good shape  so they last me for many years to come.

In other fall happenings, I’ve closed the ‘cool pool’ and have turned it back into a hot tub for the winter. Yes, I made my hot tub into a pool for the summer. I looked it up online before I did it and apparently I’m not the only one who had this idea. The “pool” was great, except that this summer was extremely rainy and cold for the most part, so it didn’t get much use. Back to a hot tub it is!

Also, Tim and I shut down our pond for the fall. This involves yanking out all the plants, cutting off all the vegetation, and sinking the roots to the bottom of the pond. The pond looks rather naked now, and I think the koi are confused. Then again, they’re koi, so don’t they always look confused? We also have to put a big net over the pond so that the leaves from the maple tree don’t blow into it. If there were to be lots of leaves in the water and the pond would freeze over, the gasses from the decaying leaves would be trapped under the ice and would kill the fish. “Today you learned….”, right?

I think I need some fitness goals so I can keep up my exercise motivation through the colder months ahead. I am considering running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon with my friend, but I’m still not 100% sure. I did a 10k in June and after I was done with that, I swore that 6.2 miles was long enough for me and I felt no need to ever go any further. My opinion hasn’t really changed, but maybe signing up for it would be a good motivator for me to continue running. Meh. We’ll see.

I also want to be able to do a chin up by Spring. I’ve never ever been able to do a chin up. I blame it on being so tall. But Tim can do one, and he’s 6’5”, so there’s that. I still can’t do one, but I’m a lot closer than I ever have been. I guess I either need to lose more weight, gain more strength, or both. Since I’m no longer actively trying to lose weight, I’ll have to depend on the ‘gain strength’ part to meet this goal.

Well that’s all I have for now. Happy Fall!

So, what do you think ?