Epic Fail

img_0087-1It’s not too often that I have one of these, but when I do, it’s a doozy.  In my family, it’s referred to as a ‘Grammy moment.’  Why?  Because my older sister, while watching the Grammy’s on TV a few years ago, suddenly realized that the award is, in fact, in the shape of a gramophone.  “So that’s why they call it a Grammy,” she mused aloud.

My Grammy moment was years in the making.  A few years ago, I wanted to try a standing desk (another fail, but that’s a separate blog post).  I also wanted a manual treadmill to place underneath it, but couldn’t find one that worked.  Instead, I found a standing elliptical.  It looks something like this:

Image Credit: workwhilewalking.com

I could stand at my desk and walk at the same time.  Great, right?

Not really.

My balance is not always great and I would find myself leaning on the desk to keep my balance, which meant that working on the computer was difficult.  Using a mouse while using it?  Nope.

Now, I’m old, and I have bad knees.  So I prefer using an elliptical to a treadmill, because it’s easier on my joints.  But I spend a lot of time in front of the computer sitting and I wanted a way to get some activity at the same time.  I tried putting the machine under my desk, but I couldn’t use it, because my knees kept banging into the desk.  Sigh.  Another useless purchase.

So the machine sat in the floor of my office, near my analog work space, in the vain hopes that I could use it while doing analog work.  Just FYI – walking and writing don’t really mix well.

Fast forward a year or so.  A few days ago I saw an advertisement for an under-desk elliptical machine.  It mentioned that it’s a great way for people who spend a lot of time on their computers to get some activity in.  My husband had recently rearranged our living room and it left enough space that I thought I would drag the machine into the living room for use while watching TV.  I could use a kitchen chair or something, I thought, to get me high enough that it was comfortable to use.  I ended up on our large stepstool with a cushion.  It wasn’t exactly comfortable, but at least I felt I could get some use out of the machine.  My husband came home and saw it.  He had questions and I explained about the ad I saw and that I wanted to use this machine since it’s basically been a paperweight for several years.

I told him I really wanted to put it under my desk, but I couldn’t make it work because I kept banging my knees.  He looked at me and then said, “Why don’t you just turn it the other way?”

Umm, what?

He took the machine and rotated it 180 degrees.  Suddenly, it was the right height to use it with a chair, the couch, MY DESK.

Two years as a paperweight, because it never occurred to me to TURN. THE. MACHINE. AROUND.

That’s why they call it a Grammy, folks.

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