Monday, February 8, 2016


Me On Friday
On Thursday went to Zumba and wore a foot brace but, for Saturday's class, I took the brace off and I haven't put it back on since then. The brace is off but I'm still treating my ankle with kid gloves.

It's hard to get back into the swing of things but I did thirty minutes of exercise after work -- light walking and line dancing then I went to yoga. I've been doing pigeon on my back but decided to give it a try the "regular" way. When I went to scooch my left foot over, my ankle protested a bit -- just enough to let me know that it is not totally healed and, on the other side, my knee was not happy so I switched positions and did reclining pigeon. I am at the point where I'm much wiser about listening to my body.

I'm still thinking about what Joy said during Sunday's class about Imbolc -- about being halfway between winter and spring and how now is the time to plant seeds or to get back in alignment with whatever New Year's resolutions that may have fallen by the wayside. It's the seed planting that I'm mulling over. Indeed, what kind of seeds do I want to plant? What do I want to see come into fruition?

Went to watch the third and fourth quarters of the Super Bowl with my aunt Alice and she was surprised that I had my hair in braids since I had sent Chiquita a picture of my afro on Friday. I explained to my aunt that I tend to wear braids up until Tuesday and then I give my head a break.

Told my aunt, who was surprised that I swim in the winter, that it's much easier to swim with braids. I also told her that the building is usually nice and toasty. But what about when you get out of the water...? Um, you walk as fast as possible and hope that the shower water is warm.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Good Question

Checked in with Patti to see if she wanted to climb yesterday but she needed to help a friend out. I still could have gone climbing but wanted the extra time to chill out.

Patti and I got into an email conversation which started with her talking about a TED podcast, Rethinking Death, that she'd listened to.

She straight up wanted me to finish a starter phrase that she'd heard during the podcast -- Before I die, I want to...

Me: What kind of question is this for a Wednesday?
Patti: It's a good question for EVERY day...
Of course I had to download the podcast and a lot of it made me think about Caitlyn Doughty's book Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory and my tour of Bellefontaine Cemetery.

A few of my answers to Patti:

1). More stamps on the passport

2). More yoga retreats

3). Diving competence

4). More dedication to self-care...

How would you finish that phrase?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Set It Free

Took a short walk yesterday and tuned into my first podcast in months. It was The Moth episode with Lynnee Breedlove and Jama Jack. Didn't make it all the way through but I enjoyed the pre-show banter about resolutions. This woman said that she was going to let go of hope so that she could embrace it more or something like that and the host said "If you love hope then set it free..." LOL

Of course, now I have that song by Sting in my head.

Went to yoga last night and there were about 20 of us in class but we all had space to stretch out. Jill moved her mat to my area and said I hope you don't think that I'm weird but I was in the other class and wanted to move my mat. We had a nice conversation about weirdness.

Several of us also discussed  how many classes we'd taken during January. I assumed that Jill had gotten in 30 because she did it last year but she has a new cat and bonding with the cat was her priority.

I asked another woman and she said that nothing had changed about her schedule because she took her normal classes and she regularly gets in about four to five classes a week.

So, yeah, I'm used to getting my yoga buzz on and I'll try to get in about three classes a week.

Went swimming tonight and got in 20 laps. Love my Tuesday night p.m. swim session even if the water is cold.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What Happenened To Your Mat? Or Month-End Review, January

My tally of activities is pretty simple because it was, mostly, a yoga affair. Being on my mat over 15 times was a great way to start 2016 and many thanks to Joy and Annie for doing free yoga in the month of January again. It was nice to connect with so many kindred souls.

The woman practicing on my right today had me cracking up. When I returned from getting props she asked me what happened, in the funniest way, to my mat. You can see the underbelly and chunks are missing. She's probably concerned because we have the same mat but I've had mine for about two years, I think. At any rate, it's time to get another indoor, quality mat...

I feel like my ankle has turned a corner. It hasn't been doing that stinging-achy-swelling thing -- knock on wood. I'm looking forward to being more active.

Joy said a lot of interesting things this morning during class but the one that I turned over to inspect was Lighten your load.

Climbing, 1 x
Swimming, 3 x's
Yoga, 19 x's
Zumba, 2 x's

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Had buyer's remorse last night. Went climbing and it was not a productive outing. Between being out of shape and being overly cautious about my ankle, I wondered about the wisdom of renewing my membership at the climbing gym but this too shall pass.

Went to yoga after work and cannot believe that January  and free yoga at our friendly neighborhood studio is coming to an end. The woman who practiced next to me will have, by Sunday, 30 classes under her belt  on her mat which makes her eligible for the free year of yoga drawing and she's not the only one. I think Joy said there were over 30 people on track.

Wish that I could have gone to 30 classes but it would have made me nutty trying to, say, hit yoga after work then go swimming. In the end, I don't think it would have been a peaceful experience for me running from one place to the other...

As Shonda Rhimes says, TGIT.

Monday, January 25, 2016


As the 9:30 a.m. yoga class emptied yesterday, I spotted this woman whose book, mat and wallet were in the same color family. We ended up talking about the books that we're reading then another yogi ran up to us and joked that she had been planning to introduce us. I'm putting Kristin Hannah's book on my to-read list. In addition to getting book recommendations, I'm enjoying the camaraderie at our friendly, local neighborhood studio.

Went to class this evening and it's still very nice to go to yoga on Monday night. It's my prize -- the carrot that I dangle in front of my eyes.

Class was enjoyable but I enjoyed savasana more. Guess there's a reason that it's called the most important pose. Class closed with the usual Namaste and there was a nice, sacred silence for about 10 seconds when this woman, who likes to ask questions, asked one. I wanted to say Hush!

Part of me feels like I should have more patience after practicing yoga for 60 minutes and part of me wanted her to just hush. Couldn't her question have waited for, like, a minute? She wanted to ask Joy about something she'd quoted which turned out to be:

Before you speak, ask yourself: Is it true, is it necessary, is it kind...Buddha (???)

Guess it's a good thing that I didn't speak out loud.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Putting Two and Two Together

As I got ready for restorative yoga on Friday, realized that I didn't need to put my sports bra on because there's not much movement in a restorative class. I had packed the sports bra out of habit and it was nice to leave it in the bag.

After class I looked through the Yoga Buzz 2016 calendar with local yogis that was sitting at the desk of our friendly, local neighborhood studio. One of my yoga mates asked if I knew Elle of YB. For some reason, I was surprised by said yogi's friendliness and as we talked, I put two and two together and realized that I'd seen her on Instagram a few days ago.

The picture that I saw of Lizzie was jarring and the exact words that floated into my mind were Why tempt fate?

Lizzie told me that she is a veteran acroyogi and that being elevated felt like standing on the ground. This (restorative yoga) is what I find hard, she said...

So, the 'Fugee's birthday was Thursday and her niece's birthday was yesterday so there was a combined celebration today. We had such a nice time and no one really touched any electronic devices except to take photos. It was a refreshing gathering full of laughter.

The 'Fugee's niece is a good cook and she makes superb kuglice (coconut-coated roundness pictured below) and, wow, Eastern Europeans sure know how to put food on the table.

Turkish Coffee and Kuglice