Thursday, June 23, 2016

I've Got The Look

Yesterday I had outdoor swimming and outdoor yoga on the table but I felt knackered after work and knew that I wouldn't enjoy the hot yoga. I also took outdoor swimming off the table as I did not feel like rushing to the pool after work so I regrouped and went to the indoor pool for open swim at 7:00 p.m.

Today, outdoor swimming was back on the table. As I hit the pool area, this woman looked at me as if I had the answer to her prayers. You have rubber bands, she said. I did not. I have these situations and I learned about them the hard way. See, I cannot be bothered to put my hair in braids right now. The quickest thing to do is to section my hair and to band those sections. It's my new swimming hairstyle which Alison thinks should also be my Zumba hairstyle, not.

At any rate, I took one of my hair bands off and gave it to the woman. I never feel like I look approachable but apparently I do look approachable.

Pool 'do
Thoroughly enjoyed my 30 minutes in the pool or, as I like to call it, post-work Rx. Went to Zumba at 7:30 -- trying to fit in all the exercise that I can right now...

The Pool

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Shift in Perspective

Agreed to go to a yoga event (weeks ago) with Alison then realized, almost simultaneously, that I'd agreed to an event on my aunt Girt's birthday so I let my aunt know that I was up for doing something up until about 5:15 p.m. yesterday.

We had a birthday breakfast in Illinois then went back to my aunt's so that she could open her gifts. She was very pleased with the TV that she got. One of aunt's TVs is out of commission and the one in the living room was hanging on by a thread. I know enough about my aunt to know that she would not buy a TV unless it had completely stopped working. 

Can I now get a Fire Stick? was one of the first questions out of my aunt's mouth...

Around 5-ish, left for Forest Park where the St. Louis Science Center's Planetarium resides. The Planetarium served as our yoga studio for the night.

There was a star show before yoga. The organizer, Elle, asked everyone to refrain from using their phones because light takes away from the star show and, of course, the narrator had to ask a couple of times for people to turn off their devices.

I wasn't expecting it but we did yoga in the dark with the Planetarium stars above. It's kind of freeing in one way because people can't really see what you're doing. I was totally acting goofy and had to resist the urge to reach out and tickle Alison...

Even less light while practicing.
More goofiness ensued after yoga. Alison and I don't usually break into poses after events but with the Planetarium all lit up, it called to us and we had a magical play session. Guess that's what happens when you have a yoga buzz.

My Version of Triangle Pose

During practice I liked a lot of what Elle had to say but I was really moved when she said Your life is not a problem to be solved. While I know that life can be brutal, Elle's statement made me think from a different angle.

In honor of International Day of Yoga, I'm posting a video of kids trying yoga. Enjoy.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Until It Feels Right

It's been 46 days since I last bicycled. I know because I have a "bike wheel" reminder on my iPod.  I'm continuing with Zumba on Saturdays until it feels right to ride bicycle again. A part of feeling right is also about the temperature. Summer Solstice is upon us.

Prior to yesterday, I mentioned to Alison that Claudette hadn't been around lately. Claudette is from St. Catherine, Jamaica and she is a Zumba friend. She showed up yesterday and said that work had been getting in the way. Before disappearing from the gym, Claudette said that she was five pounds away from where she wanted to be but she has now gained back what she had lost plus more Join the club, Claudette, join the club...

After Zumba headed straight to the circus. Taking my aunt Girt to Circus Flora is part of her birthday package. I never tire of the circus although I did think that the matinee would be less than two hours so I scrapped pool plans and attended to the rest of my Saturday agenda.

There's this woman that is a huge Zumba fan and she asked me if I was going to the Los Hombres Zumba event. Told her that I already had plans but I definitely admire her dedication to getting her dance on.

The ear candy that caught my attention during Saturday's Zumba class was Jennifer Lopez's Ain't Your Mama. It's kind of funny that the version of songs that I find sound different than the ones played in class.

Friday, June 17, 2016


Embedding this old Instagram post is kind like having a flashback of a flashback.

I instantly fell in love with Mary Oliver's Wild Geese. Reading this poem is like taking a breath since it puts me at ease and makes me feel connected.

The first two sentences also make me think of yoga which also puts me at ease. Seriously, I do not have to be good in yoga and I do not have to do a headstand or wheel pose and I don't have to execute a perfect Warrior I and I don't have to be thin etc. etc...

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -- over and over announcing your place in the family of things. #WildGeese #MaryOliver #Poetry #PoetryGram #FBF #Negril 🇯🇲 #Yoga #YogaGram #Balasana #ChildsPose #YogaJourney #YogisOfInstagram #MindfulLife #Namaste
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Break

There's been no climbing for over a month now. Patti's been busy and says her work-life balance is out of whack. Of course, I could find someone else to climb with or climb by myself but I'm enjoying the break.

I wrote out a soft agenda for after work plus checked out the schedule of classes at my gym. I decided to hit the city pool which meant that I had to move swiftly because the pool closes at six. Went home and cornrowed half of my hair, put the other half in ponytail holders, changed into swimming gear, applied sunscreen then headed out the door.

I love water therapy...


Decided to go to an 8:00 p.m. Zumba class -- possibly the latest class that I've ever gone to. Almost changed my mind but the alternative was to sit around the house so I went and I'm so glad that I did. Experienced a male Zumba teacher for the first time and I loved his class. The routines were cute and easy to get used to. I spotted a few familiar faces but, in general, everyone was friendly so I felt right at home.

I've never heard of Meghan Trainor but I like the version of her No song that was played in class which is different from the YouTube version below.

Monday, June 13, 2016


As I prepared to leave the house yesterday, I instinctively put on one of my Life Is Good t-shirts but I took it off because I didn't feel right wearing it.

It also doesn't feel right that one person can distinguish the lights of 49 people...

I walked to work this morning even though the humidity was already impressive. Finished listening to an On Being episode, The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into, with Kevin Kling who was born with a withered left arm; just to make life even more challenging Kling is left with a paralyzed right arm after an accident.

Learned about Krista Tippett's new project, Becoming Wise, while listening to Kling. I downloaded the Matthew Sanford episode, Compassion for Our Bodies. Sanford became paralyzed (waist down) after an accident at the age of 14. I love what he said about the body's ability to heal.
Your body, for as long as it can, will be faithful to living.
I listened to a lot of wise words today including Sharon Salzberg's.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Agendas, Questions, Etc.

City Pool
I have started several blog posts over the last few days only to abort them. I'm in a good place. Find myself going with the flow more often and I'm starting to look at all of my agendas as malleable. However, I'm still struggling with chores/activities and the time that I have to do them in.

Two of my yoga buddies went to see Shakespeare in the Park last night and I wanted to go until I realized that it was also the night of Game 4 of the NBA Finals so I decided to hit the pool for a brief spell then watch the game. I felt a bit shallow but I really wanted to see the game and, also, it was a tad bit hot...

Woke up softly, futzed around then went to Zumba. My neighbor was outside working in his yard and wanted to know if I was going biking. Told him that I was not going because it was 1). It's hot and 2). The Komen Race for the Cure was happening.

My neighbor's question reminded me of a colleague who recently spotted me using the elevator. She questioned if it was actually me. After my ankle sprain, my knee on the "good" leg started acting wonky. Going upstairs is fine but going downstairs was not. The knee feels much better but I want to baby it for a while longer.

Another agency used my work place on Friday and ordered a boatload of Panera Bread food. When my colleague Katie was offered a cookie, she said that she was going  to eat the heck out of it but was stunned when she went to add the cookie to her food log and discovered that the calorie count on that candy cookie is 420 calories. I would have never guessed that amount. We wondered what in the world could be in that cookie...

Went to the city pool today. The energy is usually frenetic but I wanted to be outside and near water. When one of the lifeguards spotted me in five feet of water, he wanted me to do a deep-end test. Part of me wanted to protest since I wasn't actually in the deep-end but I remembered what happened last week and did what was asked of me.

Here's part of a conversation that I overheard while sitting on the edge of the pool:
Why are you going that way?
Because, bi..., I can't swim. 
Guess the non-swimmer had escaped the gaze of the lifeguard...

In the video below, Alisha reviews a few moves for our next dance number. She definitely makes Zumba fun.