So often in life, we have a plan A. And when it doesn't work out, you need to abort mission and switch to plan B. I have a couple of recent examples on the topic (UK/US translations where necessary.)
While (UK: whilst) visiting our friends in a town near London, England, our friend gave me a free pass to a large community gym. Being Type A so that I could make a Plan A, I checked the fine print which basically said "Just bring in this coupon and in no time you will be sweating your azz (UK: arse) off".
Sadly for me- The self-dubbed 'Gym Gypsy'- this was a flagrant lie (UK: a load of bollocks.) When I arrived at K2 Crawley with a bottle of water, a towel, and that eager 'get me to the weight rack' look on my face, I was turned away. Why? Apparently I was supposed to call (UK: ring) ahead to make a "30-minute induction appointment (US: 'so that you don't get hurt and sue us') with a consultant (US: salesperson)" I refrained from bellowing out in my finest California accent, "WHAT?! Are you KIDDING ME?! I only have an hour to get my SWEAT ON and then I have a very important bloggie date in Brighton!" This snafu called for a side-trip to Plan B. I high-tailed it out to the running track that I happened to spot out back.
|What would I like to do with this pass? Um, how about "use it, thanks?"|
|A shockingly clear and sunny day in Merry Ole England|
|"One man's trash is another girl's treasure...."|
- Disused street sign. Plan A: to help people negotiate the many crazy and dangerous roundabouts (US: Eek, WTF!?) Plan B: T-bar rows.
- 22 kg Umbrella stand. Plan A: to help prevent spectators from getting wet. Plan B: Perfect amount of weight to hold for front squats, sumo squats & stiff-legged dead lifts.
|22Kg- that'll do nicely!|
|Umbrella Stand Front Squat|
|Umbrella Stand Sumo Squat|
|Umbrella Stand Stiff-Legged Deadlift|
- Kegs of Strongbow Cider and Fosters Lager (empty I assume?). What are they doing at an athletic center (UK: centre) I ask you? Plan A: to get many hooligans drunk. Plan B: faux 'bench' to use for pushups and tricep dips.
|Kegs? At a Fitness Centre?|
|Strongbow Tricep Dip|
|For the un-initiated, Strongbow is an Apple Cider...and NOT your granny's apple cider either, unless she happened to be the Queen Mum.|
|Australian for "I need to do some pushups, mate"|
|Notice in the background: A group of Mums and a trainer...I named them "Mums with great bums"|
Now onto the other plan B: Brighton Bloggie Bash: Who could it be? Someone that I met before in London.
Tamzin! of Salad and Sequins. She is a super sweet and fun girl who just got her Personal Trainer's license AND got a job at fabo gym in the sea-side town of Brighton.
Our plan A was to bring our sneakers and do a power walk around Brighton, but we opted for plan B:
We ate veggie burgers and wraps at a vegetarian restaurant in "the lanes"...
|Veggie sausage wrap and Sweet potato wedges? Um, yes please!|
We sipped Americanos (I was just being patriotic) from Starbucks...
|This served as 'dessert' for the time being. Notice the English magazine Tamzin gave me.|
We strolled around Brighton in flip flops on a gloriously sunny and slightly windy day...
|Tamzin in front of Brighton Palace|
|In front of Brighton Pier|
And of course we had to go back to plan A... for Asian market. I think that all food bloggers love Asian Markets. No?
|Buying seasoned seaweed and green tea noodles!|
Tamzin's sweet recap of our afternoon here.
Then it was back to plan B again: as in Bye-bye Tamzin...I'm Back on the train to London under Blue skies.
Today, plan B was Brilliant!
Q: How do you deal with last minute changes? Do you try to plan things out ahead of time? Do you love Asian Markets?