Day: August 2, 2017

365 Challenge: Day 143 – Jumper

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Jumper: (a) a collarless sleeveless dress, typically worn over a blouse, (b) sweater, (c) person who moves suddenly and quickly in a specified way, or (d) to push oneself off a surface and into the air by using the muscles in one’s legs and feet.

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As I put on my jumper to head out to dinner, a jumper dashed in front of me calling out to the jumper on the other side of the street wearing a jumper — and a romper. OK great, now it’s your job to figure out what the devil I’m talking about, ’cause I certainly don’t know. It’s 12:30 and I am wiped out from writing all day… now I need to write a 365 Daily Challenge post? Who made those rules up? Oh wait… I did… what a convef… wait that excuse has been used before… and I’m no plagiarist. But I am a procrastinator again.

What do I really mean by jumper, other than those very eccentric definitions above that I found on a few popular dictionary sites this evening. By the way, many thanks to Joanna from one of her earlier post’s today seen here, where Google gave her one of the worst definitions possible, which in turn gave me the idea for this post. And since I just told you in a recent award/tag that I’m always saying ‘Google That Sh*t’ — I now need a new catch phrase because that’s not gonna work anymore. Back to the word jumper…

I went to the gym this afternoon after six hours of writing. I was mentally drained more than usual for some reason. It was a weight day. I usually complete 2 exercises with 4 sets and 12 reps. Then I do 5 calisthenic-like exercises to get my heart rate higher before the next set of exercises. Repeat 4 times. Today included jumping jacks. I began adding them into the routine because I found it helped with stretching out my muscles and limbering up my body. {Keep your mind out of the gutter, please — another nod to Joanna!} I normally have the gym to myself around 5:00, as most of the building residents are eating dinner at that time. {Aside: does anyone know why they call in the blue plate special? I have my ideas, but I could be completely wrong}

Today, a woman about my age was also in the gym with her trainer. They kept switching back and forth in the same two general areas I was floating between. At one point, they were doing weights while I was on the other side doing my jumping jacks. 50 each session. I’m usually a tad out of breath when finished. As I come back to the weight area, they look at me and say, “we’re gonna call you Jumper from now on.”

I’m a friendly guy. I tend to be fairly curious. So I do the appropriate thing. Hit them both and leave. No! Just kidding. I asked what they meant. And I learned something today… the trainer says to me “You are awesome at jumping jacks. I’ve been training people all year and no one does them the right way and that speed. You’re a machine.” I nod. Of course I am. No. I’m not. What??? I smiled, laughed, thanked them, said I’d be so tired by the time I was done, my form would be awful. They laughed. I finished and left. Jumper. That was a new one for me. I’ve had a lot of nicknames in the past, but not that one.

Fast-forward to me getting out of the shower 20 minutes later. Mind you, I have done nothing all day but write and work-out. I pickup my phone to look at all the social media and blogging stuff I’d missed during the day. I met my promise and no one had to use a taser on me (see yesterday’s post if you are unsure what I’m talking about). 937 red notification dots all over the phone, basically flashing ‘read me’ signs. I’m throwing my clothes on, putting out food for Ryder, getting ready to meet friends for drinks and dinner — just dinner for me since I stopped drinking until I head to Fire Island for a long weekend in mid-August — basically jumping all around the apartment, trying to get everything done before I have to leave. I felt like one of those Olympic jumpers… all over the place, hopping over sleeping dogs, towels, shoes — WHY ARE THERE SHOES IN THE MIDDLE OF MY FLOOR (hint, I did not leave them there) — narrowly missed slipping onto my ass. Jumper. I am literally jumping around because I have too much to do and I can’t even slow down to walk.

And even right now, I’m jumping around from topic to topic. By the way, I am finally going bathing suit shopping tomorrow in between the eye doctor and getting my hair cut. It will not be the Matt Damon trunks I displayed a few weeks ago. Just forewarning you. I also refuse to spend more than 30 minute in the store searching for, trying on and purchasing said bathing suit. Maybe if there is an attractive salesman who insists on properly fitting me and assisting in the ‘try-things-on’ room (wink, wink). I’m TOTALLY joking! I will wear it for maybe 2 hours when I go to the beach in a couple of weeks. And I won’t go in the water, splashing and jumping around like a little kid. Not for me. I will read a book under an umbrella and ogle everyone walking by me — as one should do on a beach. Seriously? OK, enough jumping around in this post. Let’s get down to business…

What’s with these weird clothing names called jumpers and rompers. I read a few news articles in the last week indicating more men are wearing them. What is going on? You couldn’t pay me enough to wear something like this.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/health/male-romper-romphim-trend-trnd/index.html

 

Men's Grand Stand Short Sleeve JumpsuitRompers like this understated number have been available for years, but the trend is hitting the mainstream hard.  shjh.png

 

And yes, those are all called jumpers per the sites I looked up. Which is the real one? And once again, Google failed by directing me to pornographic sites of what a jumper meant in that world. Feel free to look it up in that sick Urban dictionary again. This time you can find the link. I’m afraid to copy/paste it in fear it will keep sending me these tawdry definitions. Seriously? Why is this word so peculiar AND why has it popped up so much today. There had to be a reason… maybe it was meant to be the 365 Daily Challenge word. And that’s why, my dear online friends, your word today is ‘jumper.’ Pick any of those definitions, as none worked for me. Maybe you’ll have better luck next time.

 

RECOMMENDED BLOGGER

  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Pirate Patty @ Books, Books & More Books. She’s been blogging for about two years from and her site is organized quite well — with over a 100 categories to choose from, including book reviews, author discussions, sports, life musings, eye-sight, humor, gardening and politics. We’ve shared several conversations on flowers, kidney stones and other semi-humorous topics, always finding something in common in each other’s posts. Down-to-earth. Interactive. Open-Minded. Friendly. Witty. Sarcastic (in the good way). All the attributes I enjoy seeing in fellow bloggers. Plus the books she reads are always entertaining, including unusual titles and crazy covers. I enjoy reading posts from her site each week, and so might you… go take a short trip over there by clicking the link in her name above and meet a new friend.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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TAG: What Makes Me Happy

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Many thanks to Misty @ Misty’s Book Space for tagging me on the ‘What Makes Me Happy’ tag. She’s built an amazing and fun site, please check it out!

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Without further ado, lets dive into what makes me happy.


List 5 Things That Make You Happy

 

 

  • Family & Friends
  • Writing & Reading
  • Delicious food and drink
  • Nature
  • Ryder

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List 5 Songs That Make You Happy

 

  1. Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas
  2. Lady Gaga’s Alejandro
  3. Nick Jonas’ Levels
  4. ABBA’s SOS
  5. Starship’s We Built This City

 

*** Told you I had eclectic taste ***

 


 

I TAG: If you have already done this tag or you don’t want to then feel free to skip it.

  1. https://bookfiendsite.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/www-wednesday-august-2nd-2017/
  2. https://runwright.net/2017/08/02/the-stuff-dreams-are-made-of/
  3. https://brizzlelassbooks.com/2017/08/02/review-before-the-tempest-by-tani-hanes-tanihanes/
  4. https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/whispering-pines/
  5. https://reactionarytales.com/the-tbr-tag/

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

What’s a Spoiler??

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My friend Mischenko has started an amazing conversation about spoilers in book reviews. You should definitely check it out… so many comments already from all her followers. Great perspectives in this post. Nice job! #spoilers #bookreview #awesomepost #reading

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Spoiler is typically defined as a person or thing that spoils something, but it’s not that easy is it? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about spoilers when it comes to book reviews. On Goodreads, there are people that will straight up lash out on others for including spoilers in their reviews, but just what exactly is considered a spoiler?

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I recently reviewed a book and compared my review to somebody else’s review on the same book and they had many labels for spoilers that I really didn’t consider spoilers at all. It made me reflect on my review writing and I’m questioning if I’m giving out too much information about the content.

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