Monday, April 28, 2008

sunday practice

Slide into a pose

#1 Felt so great... put the sequence into a slide show ^above^. :P

#29 and #30 Can't find the site I was invited to join for fitness professionals. :S Maybe the url has changed? Sent out a few emails to track it down... and inquired about any advice they might have regarding making a video.

#63 There is nothing on the community calendar or website about a hazardous material drop off at our local park this year. Checked the Park District site and found my daughter on the front page. That was a nice surprise! There is a neighboring town we can bring that kind of stuff to... just have to haul it over there. Also found a cool link to living "greener" in our County... saved the page for future reference on #99

#76 Got mom's new address and wrote out a little card for her.

#90 Packaged a book to release through the mail... and forgot I can be marking that off as Karma Yoga #8!

On a roll here. =D

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Strangers and FRIENDS

#90 Registered four books including Strangers in Death by JD Robb on Book Crossing and put it on my reserved shelf for my new friend on Good Reads. I'll be "releasing" it to her on Monday and she's so excited. The other three went on my available shelf ...happy to share them!
Also brought a book into Bally this morning to release and leave on a treadmill before class... but when I stopped by to give them the heads up, my new friend at the front desk wanted it. hehehe Second time that has happened. I should be sneakier about it... but hate to think of the books being dumped or sitting in lost and found.

Both of these book sites have been so fun to participate in and I value the friendships being made!

#1 and #5 Stayed after my Step class for a Yoga class... felt a bit distracted by some foot pain but it was still worth it.

#42 Done! Added the Pilate's book to the "to read" list. That was an easy one. :P

Friday, April 25, 2008

Stranger than fiction

Just trying to figure our how people put videos embedded in here. :S
Great song... wonderful movie... one of my favorite scenes. :P

Cute quote...
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't." — Mark Twain


Yesterday I spent a few minutes outside practicing since the weather was nice and when imagining what to do an image of the backyard and doing a headstand came into mind. Things really do look different up-side-down. In fact, I could see a pop-up tent in a neighboring yard that somehow couldn't be located later while right-side-up. Also noticed a large bird like a hawk or an owl land in a treetop... not sure I would have seen him otherwise.
I crossed a few things off my list today... nothing terribly exciting, just managing some accounts. But it's exciting to go paperless by next fall. Do you think that should count as living greener?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

15 minutes early... work today. Yay! I don't know about you, but daylight savings time this year was a hard adjustment. Plus, I added a few things to my morning routine. Trying to get my own Yoga practice in then... it's not working out so well. :S With an onset of a nasty cold I was totally pushing the fluids and started using a Neti Pot (It's helped and I would recommend it if you suffer from sinus symptoms... if you try it: warm the neti pot up a bit first by running warm water through it... found out the hard way that the pot stays cool and if you just fill it with warm water it cools quickly and causes an instant headache. Also you must use the salt). Anyway, I got in the bad habit of arriving only a few minutes early and even twice being late. :S So finally I feel like I'm back on track.
Teaching four classes today I wasn't sure when I'd get that asana time in... I usually end up chatting with people for a bit between classes but I had no stragglers today and easily got it in.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

POOP! on my list

Focusing on lists reminds me of a funny story.
I had written a shopping list and was reviewing it before the girls and I headed out for the store. Everything seemed to be fine until I got near the bottom of my list where I had written "POOP".
I couldn't for the life of me think of why I would write this. I had (at that time) two cats, ginnie pig cages to clean, and one of the girls was still in diapers... or at least I was still wiping tushes... So my life certainly had enough poop in it. I was baffled, but finally realized I meant to write "POOL"... just wanted to pick up a little pool for the back yard to splash around in and cool off.

Well, there is no "poop" on my 101 list. I have it up and the page is looking how I want it. I added the url to the master list online.
Been waking up a little early to try and get everything done in the mornings and get to work a bit earlier... it's not on my 101 list, just a mental list. I've been stretching every morning using some poses from A Morning Cup of Yoga but I really can't call it Yoga since it's interrupted by too many thoughts and trips around the house gathering things I need or whatever.
It's been easier than I thought it would to add asana (#1 on my list) each day... just staying after class each morning to do it. But #3 will be really hard!
I weighed myself and have been eating pretty healthy. :D

Monday, April 21, 2008

Kimz's Big List

My list of 101 things to complete in 1001 days.
(want to create your own list? click

My start date: Monday, April 21, 2008
My finish date: Monday, January 17, 2011

Watch my progress (I will try to blog often)
Things I'm working on will be colored in purple
Items completed will be listed in red

Here we go...

Yoga Practice
001. Practice Asana (poses) daily for at least 10 minutes (68/1001) (???/1001 ugh!)
002. Practice
Raja Yoga daily for four consecutive weeks (0/28)
003. Get up early to practice asana first thing each morning for one week
004. Practice asana twice daily (morning and evening) for one week
005. Attend a class (other formats permissible) once per week (5/143...5 of 6) reevaluating This goal will continue at a rate of once per month (12/ 31)
006. Try
Bikram Yoga 2 times (0/2)
007. Practice 108
sun salutations during a Solstice (June 20, 2008, June 21, 2009 or 2010 December 21, 2008, 2009 or 2010)
008. Practice
Karma Yoga at least sixteen times, around every other month or so. (15/16)
009. Master the "
010. Master "
011. Find a mentor to begin an in depth study of the
Yoga-Darsana with
012. Practice each of the
Yamas for a full week (0/5)
013. Practice each of the Niyamas (click Yamas above for more info) for a full week (0/5)
014. Go to a
Power Yoga master class/workshop given by Bryan Kest
015. Attend the
Midwest Yoga Conference

Old Business
016. Close checking account
017. Discover amount to donate to
American Red Cross
018. Send bank check to Red Cross
019. Sell/donate/discard inventory and clean out that area of the basement
020. Purge paperwork
021. File away any necessary paperwork

Career Advancement
022. Complete Yoga (level two) certification in 2008 2009, Completed 3-29-09
023. Complete Yoga (level three) certification in 2009 or 2010.
024. Take AFAA CEUs during APEX, February 2009 (Midlife Fitness for Women)
025. Re-certify for AFAA April 2009
026. Re-certify for CPR AED November 2008
027. Re-certify for CPR AED November 2010
028. Re-certify for First Aid by February 2011
029. Check out John’s new networking site and possibly join (Face Book instead)
030. Get feedback from the presenters I know about making a video

031. Go out to lunch with
Pam and discuss creating a Yoga video/audio and bio/audition
032. Visit an aqua class
033. Consider adding aqua classes to my repituar (if so, ask colleagues for format tips, take CEUs, and possibly certify)
034. Learn how to spell repituar REPERTOIRE thanks Gail T ;)
035. Go to lunch with Diana, see if she would want to make a video with me (nix the video idea)
036. Find out if there is any interest in a bilingual exercise video or think of other ideas
037. Audition for classes near me at higher pay rates (3 leads 4/3)
038. Look into
NRG2GO or similar companies and possibly submit an audition video
039. Brush up on non-verbal cues and learn a little Spanish for Yoga cues (goes with #38)
040. Take a working vacation! Woohoo (contingent upon #38)
041. Read at least 16 of the books that are on
my "to-read" shelf on Good Reads pertaining to work (5/16)
042. Add a really good Joseph Pilate’s book to my "to-read" list
043. Look for better music mixing software and learn how to use it
044. Make music mixes
045. Make music for Jim
046. Review Capoeira booklet and add some moves to
Total Body Classes
047. Remember the "they don’t know what they don’t know" mantra for those times when I feel frustrated that participants are using poor form (just for total body... it's only frustrating since there is really no time to correct form... the whole class is timed out to music and there are only 4 reps of each exercise)
048. Check out newbies form before class

049. Refinish kitchen set
050. Reupholster chairs
051. Kitchen cabinets: clean/paper/purge/reorganize (3/25)
052. Bathroom cabinet as above
053. Paint kitchen
054. Refinish Door
055. Replace broken pane
056. Try a shoji screen look for the panes
057. Paint end tables and create mosaic tile tops (0/3)
058. Build additional shelf for entertainment unit and tile it
059. Buy and install a new curtain rod for bedroom
060. Try to paint a faux-metallic finish on bedroom shelf
061. Organize movies CDs and games
062. Reposition coat-hooks in mud room
063. Find out when the hazardous material drop-off is and take advantage of it
064. Mark our calendar for a weekend cleaning the basement (get help doing this and plan something as a reward)
065. Have a garage sale

Fun and Travel
Adler Planetarium
067. Wisconsin Dells
068. Tropical Vacation
069. Get new bowling partners
070. Stay an over-night downtown
071. Visit a casino boat

072. Start a date night
073. Start a family night
074. Read
Surviving your Adolescents (again) make notes, set date to return, return it
075. Set time aside for each of the girls each week (10/143)
076. Write a letter to Mom, quarterly (1/11)
077. Read
Giving the Love that Heals
078. Write cards or notes to people I happen to be thinking of (2/?)
079. Surprise hubby and bring him lunch

080. Open new account
081. Get direct-deposit
082. Pay off the living room set Sep 2008

083. Save for vacations

084. Read
6-pack abs
085. Lose enough weight to see my tummy muscles (I know they’re there!)
086. Get a mammogram
087. *Private
088. Consult with doctor about new orthotics GOT 'EM!

Karma Yoga
089. Donate children’s books (check out the camel thingy)
090. Set at least one book free per month through
BookCrossing (21/33)
091. Donate books to our local library
092. Donate shoes to Good Will
093. Pay anonymously for someone
094. Use Karma Yoga cards for other ideas
095. Offer to help with/do an item off someone else’s list (1/?... it's too fun to stop doing)
096. Do something nice for our heroes at the Police Department
097. Do something nice for our heroes at the Fire Department
098. Clean up all the garbage I can see at the highway exit ramp near work
099. Do at least 3 things to live greener (2/3)
100. Donate $5 to charity for each item not completed on this list
101. Make a new list?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Renouncing the list

Years ago I gave up making lists. They started to feel like such a burden. I wanted to trust myself to remember things and do the things that were important to me, rather then having to write everything down. It's been a great success!
It's been with a great deal of thought and a bit of hesitation that I've decided to create a list of:
101 things to complete in 1001 days. I'm very excited about all the things on my list and the idea of learning to use a list this big as a useful tool without it becoming a burden. I think I'm up for the challenge. :D
Wish me luck!
I need to figure out this site. :S
I'll be posting my list soon and hope to start on May 1, 2008