Monday, July 9, 2018


When I traveled to Jamaica in February,  my aunt D was bummed that we didn’t wait until her spring break so I told her that I would go somewhere with her and her choice of “somewhere” was Las Vegas.

It’s kind of funny because she doesn’t strike me as a Vegas kind of person but here we are again and we arrived via a nonstop flight that required me to get up at 3:00 a.m. I don’t sleep much before I fly so it worked out and, to my surprise, the plane was packed.

My cousin C, who also came along, scared the daylights out of me because she suddenly didn’t feel well and I thought I might have to signal a flight attendant. It’s very scary, though, to be in the air and  someone is not feeling well because it’s not like you can call urgent care but, if you luck out, there might be a nurse or doctor on board... Somehow, I remained calm and I tried my best to pour supportive and healing energy into my cousin. Thank God, she’s feeling better...

Since we arrived in Vegas so early, we went to Valley of Fire State Park. The signage is not the best and I struggled to find it even with a GPS. There are not many exits around that area and it cost me eleven miles but a gas station clerk directed me to where I needed to go.

I am proud of myself for not giving up or getting frustrated and it turned out to be a very nice, “off the grid” experience.

Rams. Wish that I had rolled the window down...

Monday, July 2, 2018

Show Up

During one of last week's yoga classes, there were five of my yoga training classmates present. Four of us were practicing and two were observing. I was, energetically, bouncing in my seat because I wanted to grab my iPod to take a picture of the observers who looked very compelling to me.

They agreed that I could take their pictures and post it on social media which was very nice of them.

One of my classmates said that she missed us and, for emphasis, Seriously, I missed you all...

Had a packed Saturday and rewarded myself by going to the pool. Did a repeat of the pool on Sunday and only stayed for an hour then went to chitchat with the 'Fugee for a short period of time. The plan was to go to yoga but I think that the heat must have gotten the best of me because I felt so tired and ended up resting in bed instead of practicing yoga. I was headed to a restorative class so I ended up doing my restoring at home...

This morning I needed to talk with a contractor so I looked up the number and dialed and was dumbfounded when a woman answered the phone.  Still, I had the presence of my mind to say I was looking for Daniel; I must have the wrong number.

Hey, it's Daniela; it was another contractor who happens to be a yoga teacher. We exchanged greetings and she immediately asked me how my first weekend of training had gone and then she eloquently launched into this spiel telling me that I will really enjoy myself and not to stress out about the required reading -- that we'll discuss the texts in class. Pay attention to how you're feeling and journal. You won't fail -- as long as you show up.

Can't remember everything that she said but it was such a sweet conversation and just the best way to start the day.

Thursday, June 28, 2018


The calm before...
Feel like I'm more in tune these days  as far as picking up on people's vibes and I'm also better about following my instincts.

Is it because I'm doing more yoga? More reading? The sunshine?

Decided to go to restorative yoga after work since there was no climbing scheduled. Also had my eyes on the pool.

Yoga was yummy and then the tornado siren came on. Thought I heard it then this woman told the teacher that she needed to go because her kids were at home alone. Class also ended early. Raced home and exited my car right before the downpour started.

We elected not to stay at the studio because it only has one level and the wind was shaking the windows so that the we thought it was hailing at one point. There was no indication on the weather app that bad weather was on the horizon. Otherwise, I would have headed home.

Since the weather hemmed me in, I siphoned debris out of the fish tank then finished reading my second yoga book. When I told the 'Fugee that I had planned on coming to the pool, she responded hahahaha...

Also, this weather makes it feel like Friday. Gonna be in for a rude awakening in the morning.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Comments and Notes

How much down time is enough? Don't feel like I had enough of it this weekend but what's new?

A new coworker made my day. She walked somewhere for lunch and was approached by someone who offered to lick her toes for $1 dollar. My husband does that for free she responded. I laughed in earnest. I've heard about this guy but it's been years since someone that I know encountered him...

I'm on my second yoga book, The Bhagavad Gita. I go with the shortened nameGita; otherwise, I tie up my tongue.

My kitty stickers were getting in the way so I went and got sticky tabs that I like much better. It was cool that the first book that I read was also available on Amazon Prime so that I could make electronic comments and notes.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Super Funny

When I went to deal with a down payment for yoga teacher training, saw one of my fellow yoga peeps, Deena, who likes to "give me the business" when she doesn't see me for a while.

Deena told me how she sets a goal of 20 yoga classes per month; otherwise, she slacks. As she told me that I wondered why she hadn't signed up for training but I, who'd only been to two classes in the last two months, was preparing to undertake an almost year-long training.

Life is "funny" that way, I guess.

Another time when I dealt with a payment, I handed an envelope to the studio owner and the lead trainer, Stacy, said What is that? Your resignation letter? For some reason, I found that super funny. Another comment about seeing me later because I probably had some wall to climb was equally funny...

Recently finished Trevor Noah's book, Born a Crime and really "enjoyed" it. Enjoy gets quotes because it was an intense book. From now on, the books that I will read will have the work yoga somewhere on the cover and a lot of them will be intense too. I will say, though, after taking four yoga classes in one week, I felt much calmer.

It was nice to have my weekend back. Went to Zumba, shopped, cleaned the living room, washed loads of clothes then had pool time with the 'Fugee and that was just on Saturday...

At work today, the staff celebration committee hosted and Eid celebration. To my surprise, my coworker to my right started to put henna on someone. I didn't know she had skills that. I asked her to put a design on me. She kept apologizing because the tube was not cooperating but I had no complaints because I don't apply henna at all and I can't draw.

I can see why henna is used ritually at wedding parties etc.; it's a bonding experience. I had such a nice time talking with coworkers that I don't see regularly. I asked one intern who is super calm and happy if she meditates and she said “No, but I pray.”

Someone made baklava happen. I didn't have any though...

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Sweetest Message

I am not the type of person who comes up with a five-year plan. I do, however, have shorter and softer plans and goals.

Still, yoga teacher training was not in my vision for this year but that's what I was doing this weekend. And, wow, it's been a good but very long weekend. Training started on Friday at 5:30 and went until 9. Saturday and Sunday was another 15 hours or so. I finished grocery shopping around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and I finished cooking around 8:45 p.m. today.

During lunch today, I headed to this juice place because three people were sick and I picked up something along the way or maybe before then and I wanted to try to nip it in the bud.

Walked into the juice place and this young woman was at the bar. How are you, friend? she asked. Next, she wanted to know my birthday and said that I had the same birthday as her father. She then went on to tell me that she had a hangover (You don't even know..., she said) and I asked her what she was drinking to combat it. Hugs, she answered. So, I gave her one.

Also wanted to pick up cilantro at the international store. It was the one item that they didn't have at the regular store. When I saw how Rooster had covered its egg, I walked myself over and took a picture.

I got the sweetest message from the 'Fugee. Good morning my favorite student. It helped me relax as I was extraordinarily nervous about the practice teaching that we had on the agenda. Wasn't expecting practice teaching on the first weekend.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

At This Stage

One of my colleagues will be out of the office for a month so I decided to take a few more days off. Used one of the days to do routine car maintenance. Also stopped by this place because their website said that they run diagnostics on tablets to determine if the battery is gone which was not really the truth.

Also went to exchange a pair of earrings because one of the posts was too thick and made my ear throb. Felt bad about doing that because I had already exchanged a pair of earrings that I decided was too small but I convinced myself that, at this stage in my life, it's important to get what I want. 

With the other day off, the 'Fugee and I explored downtown a bit by eating breakfast there then hanging out in City Garden and walking to the Arch grounds. Whoever is responsible for the new grounds did a really good job; there's such a sense of openness. I, however, don't want to know the price tag.

A Lime Bike at City Garden

Statue of The Scotts at the Old Courthouse
I also wanted to see Amy Sherald's exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum so from downtown we went to the museum.

Sign, embellished, outside of the Contemporary Art Museum

One of Sherald's pieces to the left...
At some point last week, my left knee was bothering me as well as my right foot. The foot felt like it was going to snap in half or something. In the morning, I dreaded putting my foot on the floor because I knew that I was going to feel all sorts of intense sensations. Interesting, right? 

Magically, on Thursday, the knee and foot issue resolved itself. Thursday was also the start of my time off from work. 

The flower earrings that I wanted...