The first week in December was the last week that I went to the climbing gym in 2018. There was just too much stuff to do. Too many errands to run, too many people to see, too few hours to do it in.
So I thought that I wouldn’t be climbing anything.
Except… well, the smoke alarm from heck started alarming that its battery was dying.
Most of the smoke alarms in the house are easily reachable if you’ve got a stepstool. Just bust it out, up two steps, reach up, swap out the battery, and you’re done. Easy peasy. But not the smoke alarm at the top of the upstairs. That one is *AAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL* the way up there. Like, the first time it started beeping about a year or two after we bought the house, we had *NO* idea how we were going to deal with it. Call a guy? What the heck could we possibly do? It was, seriously, 15 feet off of the floor. Maybe we should just move.
So, all the way back then, I went to Home Depot and bought a ladder. One of those 20 footers that folds into a 5 foot ladder (that is four ladders thick) and we took 10 minutes to set it up the first time and then the ordeal of climbing it and reaching up and realizing that, no, I had to go up one more step first… no, two more steps… and freak out about heights and ladders and oh-my-gosh I’m not supposed to be up this far off of the ground.
Seriously, it was terrifying. I felt like the dad on a hackneyed sitcom.
Well, in the middle of the night, the smoke alarm from heck started beeping. (Why don’t these things start beeping in the middle of the day and you can come home to them beeping? Why do they always wake you up?) So I grabbed the ladder, set it up, and thought “oh, this is like climbing at the gym on easy mode” and shimmied up the ladder, swapped out the battery, shimmied down, and, get this, IT WAS EASY.
I felt like the dad on a Lifetime movie.
So it was then that I knew that, yeah, I was definitely going to get back to the gym. But only once January had gotten going again.
Well… it’s January.
So I went back to the gym. And it’s January so not only is it full of all of the people who can’t get to their favorite corners of The Big Blue Room, it’s full of all of the people who said “My New Year’s Resolution Is To Get Back To The Gym!”
Darn them all anyway.
So… what’s your New Year’s Resolution?
(Featured Image is “New Years Resolutions (1/52)” by Chris. Used under a creative commons license.)