Fit Five Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date May 2021

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It’s that time of week again! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying this new link up with your FIVE amazing hosts – me, My First 5K and MoreRunning With Attitude, Runs with PugsZenaida ! Feel free to join in on the fun!

It’s also that time of the month… the Ultimate Coffee Date for May!

Want to get together for a cup of joe (or tea) and have a little gab session? Join in the monthly Ultimate Coffee Date! What would you tell ME if we were having coffee? Linkup is open now and stays that way through the weekend.

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5 Random Things I Would Tell You

If we were having coffee…

I would apologise to you for maybe not being so happy chappy. As you know things here in The Netherlands are still not great and the hope of possibly getting the vaccine in May is already starting to dwindle. Currently being vaccinated are those born between 1959 – 1962. I’m 1968… So yeah. Next month maybe?

In the meantime cafe terraces are now open and, incredibly enough, the weather has been awful but there are plenty of people sitting outside eating and drinking whilst wearing thick jackets and scarves! How desperate can you be? (checks for judgmental tone; yep, it’s there…)

To be fair the sun was shining here and it’s not tooooo crowded… still, no thanks.

Oh and Eurovision is opening up for 3,500 people. Of course you have to test negative to get in… but testing is a snapshot of that moment. Count me out. Remember when I was so excited that The Netherlands won in 2019?? I REALLY wanted to go when we were hosting in Rotterdam. Not anymore. Thanks, Covid!

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I officially work for another company now, as of May 1st. Yet, this entire week I was still doing the same job, with my same team with the added stress of a new daily process procedure (we work with strict timelines based on financial markets opening and closing times). I learned that most of my colleagues do not like change. I get it, it’s not always fun, but the discussions were vigorous this week…

So. Much. Stress. I really didn’t want to leave my team when they were having so much trouble and at each other’s throats.

As it is, I don’t really know when I transition to the new company, but I think 1st of July is the goal for being fully independent.

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you, funnily enough, I was reminded by Facebook that I started my new job after leaving Starbucks, 7 years ago yesterday. I saw a few photos I posted, one of them being from the inside of the bike parking.

Nothing really out of the ordinary, right? Only I noticed the person in this photo…

is my current manager (still the old company)! When I started I wasn’t even in the same department, so I didn’t know him until I actually began in Treasury 5 years ago. I ended up on his team and then when the company originally split I was asked where I wanted to go. I had no idea how to decide so I just said “I want to go where Marco goes.” And that was that!

You probably think, of course, it could happen, him being in this photo, but it should be noted. that there were over 600 people working in the building at that time, so it’s kind of weird that the only person there was my current manager. Fate, right?

If we were having coffee…

I would ask you if your weather is also on drugs and needs an intervention? This week was so bad AND it even snowed in Brabant yesterday for a short time! SNOWED.

Just. Stop.

I cannot remember the last time I wore gloves in May. I can tell you the last time it actually snowed in The Netherlands on May 6th – 1935 !

If we were having coffee…

I would tell you that with all the walking I’m doing, my legs and feet are really feeling it. I’m still getting regular massage but I’ve been thinking about something additional for home since I’m struggling with foam rolling – especially my calves.

Introducing …

…my new Fit-Gun Air-C Pro massage legs! I’ve been wanting to get something like this for a while and finally bit the bullet.

I’ve only used them twice so far but I feel like it’s going to be a good addition for keeping the legs fresh.

Side note: I also started using a small electric blanket in bed and it’s really been helping my restless legs. Of course I have to turn it off after a bit but it’s been helping with sleep in general. So maybe these two things together will be a real match made in heaven?

What would you tell me over coffee?

I know many of you reading are vaccinated. I hope my frustration is understandable since we have hardly made a dent in our population with the vaccine. As Corona-Exhausted as I am I can’t help but feel that we are rushing things for the sake of getting our lives back. What advise would you give me or others to keep holding on and staying in and safe until we get our shots?
Do you have any fun gadgets to keep your body in optimum shape?
Would you say you do well with change, or tend to resist it?
Is your weather still whacky?

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  1. Darlene says:

    My friends and I had gotten pretty desperate. We sat in parking lots in down coats with blankets just to brunch together after a run.

    Wacky weather here too. Snow flurries, heat, cold, wind, rain, hot again. I never seem to be dressed correctly.

    I have a massage gun and love it. After my marathon, I used what you bought. It was offered free at two places. I think it saved me from any DOMS.

    I hope you get your vaccines soon. It really lifts your mood.

  2. Laurie says:

    I know what you are saying about people sitting outside at a restaurant in questionable weather. Yeah…I don’t think I would do that either. I am fully vaccinated as of today. Maybe in the near future, I will eat inside at a restaurant, but for now, I will sit outside if weather permits.

    We are running a trail race tomorrow. It is not snowing, but it is rainy and cold as I write this. Hoping for at least an end for the rain.

  3. Wendy says:

    Wacky weather here too, but you are from Chicago so you can DO THIS!!! Hang in there.

    Good luck with the new job…I hope things are better for you soon.

  4. Lisa says:

    Even though I’ve had the vaccine I still question things with how we are opening up since our numbers are still kind of high. I just get nervous because my son is not vaccinated and probably won’t be for a long time. Schools are filling up more and more and there are plenty of people getting COVID who are vaccinated, but not getting very sick. So I don’t know…I want to get back to my normal life but I’m definitely not ready yet.
    Hope the new job goes well!

  5. Coco says:

    I totally get how you are feeling. I just had my second shot but know I’m not protected yet. At least in this area most people are still being cautious, but I think those days are numbered. I’m not sure how I’ll cope when people stop wearing masks,

    I hope your work stress settles down. Too funny about that picture — it was a sign. ;-)

  6. Jenny says:

    Yes, your situation is hard. Everyone is SO SICK AND TIRED of Covid, and being vaccinated really gives you hope. I guess I would say… hang in there. Your turn will come. It’s really a shame that the vaccine isn’t more available worldwide, as opposed to only certain countries. But it will happen.
    Sorry about your weather- snow in May??? Everything sounds crazy right now, but it will calm down soon. You must have beautiful summer weather there.

  7. I understand how you are feeling. Sending hugs to you. Same with the weather here. Mother Nature cannot make up her mind. However, I am happy we don’t have snow. Yay on the massage legs! I’ve been wanting to get something similar but haven’t yet. I have a massage and love it!

  8. Well, I am open to change (and not being stagnant), but I do not like it being forced on me…if that makes sense? So sorry for all the stress. Our weather seems to be on an alternating pattern of warm vs. cold…but we have avoided snow for the most part LOL I recently acquired a Theragun Mini (for the Dick’s running campaign) and I LOVE it. It works kind of like a foam roller, but has a much more “direct” pressure for tighter/smaller spots.

  9. Of course your frustration is understandable, you know how frustrated I was. Fingers crossed that June is your month!

    That’s too funny the photo of your manager. Good luck on the job transition. I once worked for a company that went bankrupt, then got bought — I think I missed one day of work — but the experience was still very stressful, even though the $$ I made weren’t that much. So hugs.

    No snow here, thankfully, but it does happen at this time of year, and it’s not exactly Spring-like most of the time. Although we did manage to eat outside on our deck yesterday (lunch, by the evening it had clouded up and cooled down).

  10. We have had a wacky few weeks of weather as well but I still like to get out there. Sounds like things are still a little dicey over there. Hang in there it has to get better! Good luck with the new job

  11. kookyrunner says:

    I vividly remember seeing photos go people ‘enjoying’ outdoor dining in NYC in December, with snow on the ground, and I had the same thought – how desperate can you be?? I guess I’ll never understand it since I’m an introvert by nature.

    Sorry about how stressful things have been at work lately. I hope they get better soon!

  12. I’m really sorry things with the vaccine continue to move slowly. Hopefully you’ll be able to get yours in June.

    I can so relate on the stressful work situation – I hope things improve soon. That kind of daily stress can take so much out of you!

    That Fit Gun looks like a great new addition! I was eyeing a similar type of product recently. I’ll be curious to hear what you think after you’ve had it for a bit.

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  14. Marcia says:

    That’s really frustrating about the vaccine there. And that so many are gathering like that. Those massage legs look fantastic!

  15. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    I know it is tough to hang in there while waiting to get the vaccine – I am still feeling in limbo though I had my second shot a little less than 2 weeks ago. I still don’t know if I’ll feel comfortable once I’ll officially “fully vaxxed”. I have pretty much accepted that masks are here to stay (at least for me) and enjoy time outdoors, though we had a recent drop in temperatures (thankfully no snow!). I think surrounding yourself (virtually) with people who want to do the right thing is really helpful.

  16. Laurie says:

    Sorry about the conditions (pandemic-wise) in the Netherlands. It is the same here. The funny thing is, the people who complain about masking, social distancing, and don’t plan to get vaccinated are the same ones who complain about opening businesses back up to full capacity again. How do they want to do it – magic? Ugh!!! Sorry for the rant.

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