Our Thanksgiving was smaller than normal this year due to the flu.  It took out half the family in advance of our little get together.  But I still managed to eat enough.  We had six for a quick throw together dinner at my house instead of the thirteen that could have been.  We’ll try again after everyone gets well – maybe Christmas.    There’s always tomorrow.

Last-Minute-Shoppers    I’m not much of a Black Friday shopper.  I’m more of an early bird shopper a little at a time, slowly filling up the linen closet with gifts and checking them off my list.  I start sometime after the kids go back to school.  Boring I know but it gets the job done and I don’t stand out in the cold waiting to roll in the door with the throngs and possibly get a black eye all over a couple of dollars saved.  Where’s the fun in that?

My local YMCA always has a “Work Your Turkey Off” day on Black Friday and that sounded like a better idea than shopping.  Starting at 8:30 on Friday morning after Thanksgiving they offered Body Pump, Cycling, Boot Camp,  Zumba, or Yoga.  Each class lasted an hour each.  Everyone was welcome at no cost to members or non-members.  What a great opportunity!  Why go out in the cold and fight with shoppers when you could work out with friends?  I chose Yoga, 10:45 in Studio B.  It should be easy enough, much more so than fighting shoppers.

The instructor, Julie, told me that Yoga wasn’t for sissies.  She was right.  She seemed like such a sweet little person concerned about her students.  Did I saw students?  First of all I was the only person crazy enough to show up for class still digesting from the day before.  The room was dark and the music soothing.  So why were my thighs trembling and sweat running down my face in rivers?  Because Yoga ain’t for sissies!  I twisted and turned and stood on only one leg like a stork.  And then she gave me time for the Child’s Pose.  Ahhhhh.   Now back to standing on the other leg, now twist, now turn and switch!  download

When we were finished I lay on my back with my legs in the air up against a wall and the kind instructor put blankets over my bare feet and under my arms to warm them.  She talked her way through my body instructing each area to relax.  I’ve never fallen asleep with my legs in the air, but it almost happened.  When I finally did get up I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and that turkey hangover headache was gone.  Thanks Julie!

What did you do for Black Friday this week?


About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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  1. Maria M says:

    I think I’ll stick to Pilates.


  2. I’m so sorry y’allgot sick for the holiday but yoga will most definitely rejuvenate you.


  3. I always put up my Christmas tree on black Friday.:-) Your post makes me miss yoga. Maybe taking it up again needs to be one of my New Year’s resolutions!


  4. Dena says:

    I did go shopping on black Friday. Although I do buy gift through the year I have been known to put them away and forget about them until after Christmas. I took Pilates for awhile and the relaxing at the end was the best part.


  5. I’m with you with the shop-through-the-year method, Peggy. I like to have options in my ‘gift closet’ for unexpected occasions such as a dinner ‘thank you’ or something to send to somebody who needs a pick-me-up. And I want to like yoga when I grow up.


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