Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Cue



Feeling in a bit of a daze but I'm sure that a lot of that has to do with the weather. 

Over the last six weeks, I feel like I've had to get my act together in a hurry because of the holidays falling on the weekend or bad weather. I think that I've done a pretty good job of figuring out what to cook but I'm running out of ideas. Made Cheesy Chicken Fajitas and used the remainder to make a salad yesterday.



All of this cooking is wearing me out but also makes me think of this poet whose book centered around her brother's death. She wrote: He had washed his last dish.

I'm still here so I guess there are more dishes to wash etc...

Went to 11:00 a.m. yoga and saw one of the women who went on the yoga retreat. It was such a moment of delight because she's a nice person and because it brought up such nice memories...

The teacher at the helm of today's class is new and I totally liked it when she (Tracy) said No one needs anything from you for the next hour. You don't need permission to relax but it's nice to have a cue. 

Also liked it when she had us do bee breath (minus the fingers in the ear)...

Wish that I could remember the name of the woman who wrote the poems about her brother's death. Recently someone announced, indirectly, a death in the family on social media and I wanted to leaving a comforting remark. Later on I pulled out You Don't Miss Your Water, a book of poetry by Cornelius Eady. Most of Eady's poems in You Don't... deal with the death of his father. 

Fetchin' Bones

My father's a sealed tin of dust, riding in the trunk of
my rental car.

My sister and niece are in the back seat, and I 
choose not to inform them of this.

Later, I will meet with my cousin at the church
where the memorial service was held.

I will set the box on the curb while we talk.

I am carting around the rubble of the man who
loved to call me stupid, who made my sister feel like
nothing, who drove my mother nuts.

I have done this in order to shave a few dollars off
the funeral costs, I tell myself, as a small part of me
gives in, fans the smoldering pleasure.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Things I Know For Sure

Went to a new class, Pound, yesterday and after class went to a grocery store next to the gym.  I don't normally go to Lucky's but it was definitely convenient. Unfortunately, they didn't have a couple of items on my list so I moved on to the next store which also didn't have ground turkey and I ended up going to Trader Joe's anyway...

Bread Choices at Trader Jacques

"Eggs, Bread and Milk"
Agencies were calling "it" early last night -- schools, libraries, yoga studios, recreation centers etc. A state of emergency was also declared but I knew that my place of employment would not close even if Icepocalypse was on the horizon.

By the time I got home, I didn't feel like taking a bath so I didn't. Even though I knew my job wouldn't be closed, I felt like there would be an early dismissal. I also reminded myself not to grouse about having to report to work. The parking lot had a modest amount of cars -- all the peeps who didn't want to surrender a PTO day to dangerous weather. Of course, we groused and then we got a message that we could leave right before 10:00 a.m...

I cleaned up a bit, took a bath, practiced yoga and cooked and, now, I feel like I'm in a time warp. More ice tomorrow and I'm still sore from the Pound class -- even my inner thighs.




As I pulled sweet potato fries out of the oven, the cookie sheet connected with my upper arm a little and it made me think about Turia Pitt -- cannot even imagine...




One more -- a school district responding to a comment:

Weather forecasting is not an exact science but considering all the environmental factors the meteorologists are right far more often than they are wrong. And in this case....ice...we won't take any chances.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Messages

Made it to yoga on Monday and Tuesday without incident and I feel so accomplished.

Jill, this woman I met in January of 2015 at our friendly neighborhood yoga studio, messaged me to see if I was going on Tuesday then she messaged me again to say that she'd managed to get to the studio early and that she was going to do a double-header.

When I got in line to sign in, I saw Jill behind the curtain which made me smile.



Did I tell you that I love what one photographer calls the side-story? One of the things that I remember about Jill from 2015 is that she brought a book and she is still bringing books. I don't think she ever gets much reading done because people usually inquire about what she's reading.

Jill
I was literally leaping after Monday's yoga class and was also in a good mood after Tuesday's practice and, yet, I was on edge this morning and somebody that I work with doesn't help my mood. The two words that pop into my mind when I think about this person are acerbic and loud-mouthed, ugh...

I don't normally watch the Golden Globes but two of my aunts were watching on Sunday and, therefore, I watched. Was not expecting Meryl Streep's impassioned speech about what's-his-face and it is still hard to fathom how this person is president-elect -- what a nightmare.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

What I Hadn't Considered

Nature is resting according to the Chin Twins and I must be resting too because I couldn't convince myself to roll out of bed this morning -- not for yoga or Zumba.

Think that I finally ate breakfast around 10:00 a.m. and I was so out of it that I forgot to use a very ripe avocado to make the much talked about avocado toast to accompany my omelet.

Decided to go swimming and thought about going for a mile but what I hadn't considered was that it was the first time back at the pool and the lifeguard was chatty then I spotted Chatty Kathleen and I spent half an hour, well, chatting.

A mile was an ambitious goal anyway since I hadn't been swimming in weeks. I got in 22 laps so I'll count it as a victory.

Went to Target afterward and thought that I'd finally cash in on my Cartwheel perk. I wanted to get Champion apparel but was so frustrated by all of the tight options. I ended up getting a water bottle that makes me smile when I look at it. I also like the Peaceful Warrior tanks that Target carries.

Thumps Up

Thumbs Down

Thumbs Up

Oh yeah, my favorite tweet from yesterday:


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

That Extra Step

The Not-Frosted Windows
As far as resolutions go, I have my default ones of being more compassionate to myself and to also get my health regimen in order.

This year there's a third element. Instead of fully saying what I mean, there are often times when I say something a notch below what I really feel. I'm going to work on that this year -- taking that extra step. Here's the perfect example. I went to my first January yoga class yesterday.

I put my mat in the back where I tend to like to practice. I saw Jill, who I hadn't seen since October, and she was up front. She told me that she doesn't mind being up front and she knows how it feels to be new and unsure etc. Then she said And it's cooler up front by the door. Sold! I moved my mat and Jill helped me to bring my other yoga props to the front of the class. It was a full house. My first thought was "F... this; I'm not doing yoga in January." Instead of saying what I was thinking, Jill was the one who said I hate yoga in January. Why didn't I just come out and say that?

Of course, we talked it out and discussed how we both came to be at that studio because of a January special and that we know that it will thin out etc.

I also thought to myself how this is the perfect opportunity to practice "real" yoga -- the yoga of patience, the yoga of finding calm in the center of a storm. The yoga of focus. Of sharing. Of forgetting about personal space. Of being a better person in less than ideal circumstances.

If you attend 25 yoga classes this month, you're entered into a drawing to possibly win a year of yoga. I'll come close but not close enough as I don't have the stamina for 25 January classes...

Here are a couple of cute articles about yoga:

A Skeptic Fact Checks...

Yoga for Beginners...


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Inside Of Me

I got caught selling drugs in an intense dream that I had last night.

I have been thinking about money but I also think it was a conversation that I had with a colleague about her ex-boss who got caught embezzling that set the stage for that dream.

When I got discovered selling drugs, I told myself -- You thought you had money problems; now you really have problems...

Before yoga on Monday, Alison handed me a necklace. I had forgotten all about the Shiva Lingams that we'd picked up at the Crystal Festival back in September.

When I saw the necklace, talisman popped into my head. Alison told me that she could adjust the placement of the charms and put them all at the bottom but I like them where they are...

I am finishing up Downtown Abbey, Do Your Om Thing and I just finished watching Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. I have enjoyed them all.

Still thinking about Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds. Am I surprised? No. My great aunt and her daughter died hours apart. Life is beautiful, very weird and hard etc.

I feel like there's a little minimalist inside of me. Now, I just need to unearth that little one so that no one needs to deal with my clutter when I'm gone.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Holidaze

Float Center Lobby
My days are all  messed up.

Went grocery shopping last night since I did not want to shop on Christmas Eve. Did part of my shopping at Target and when  I got in line this woman matter-of-factly told me that her husband is ornery and that he contests everything. "I'm telling you this so you won't get angry."

And sure enough, he did exactly what she said he was going to do so I moved to another line...

I don't usually go to yoga on Saturday but there was one class being offered and it was at 10, a feasible time. Class was jam packed and a good look at what January will be like.

Annie's reminder of the day -- the real gift to our peeps is true love and presence. Roger that, Annie...

Hadn't planned on it but I when I saw that this floating place had evening appointments, I booked a float for today. I had gotten a group coupon package which was going to expire on Dec. 29th and I knew that I wouldn't be able to get one in next week.

I am so relaxed and sleepy right now.

On Friday one of my coworkers gave our little department some cookies and coffee -- such a sweet gesture. She also gave me an eco-friendly blanket that will work great for yoga. When I got the studio the props are already there but when I practice at the gym, I take my own props. I wasn't expecting a gift from my coworker but...