Thursday, July 31, 2008


Ecstatically happy to have completed #88! Got the new foot leveler orthotics Wednesday night. I could cry I’m so happy! It’s been almost three years struggling with foot pain and other related injuries up the spine. The old orthotics were like trying to get use to walking around with bricks in your shoes… these feel pillow-y and comfortable… it will still take some getting use to. The old ones pushed my foot out… with these I can now walk on the medial side of my upper foot… the bones are cracking like crazy trying to adjust and the muscles in my feet feel a bit tired… I’m very hopeful that they will be just what I need.
Let’s celebrate with this cool montage from Moulin Rouge…

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Yoga with an unfocused mind

Me, first thing this morning, talking to myself "I should practice Yoga outside today". It is beautiful out and it’s so enjoyable to have the sun shining on you… feel the breeze against your skin… be connected with nature. "I wonder if that free class at the studio is today?" Goes to computer to check the online schedule repeating the mantra "I will not play cards or anything else… I’m just looking at the schedule". Nope. It’s next week, (birthday party for my youngest that day so that wont work) but there is a 12 o’clock that’s level one and two with an instructor I haven’t met yet. Okay, reading through the bios real quick… she’s not on there. Humph. It’ll be $15 and I do have $20. Outside we go…
Takes the blue mat since the most favorite really sticky purple one has just been washed (also washed: the mat bag, gym bag, work-bag, and purse *of which I forgot to empty the cosmetic pocket*… but that’s a whole 'nother tangent).
Walking deep into the back yard to find a sunny spot "The grass is more damp than I thought". Hears rustling "A SNAKE!" he’s cute, follows him trying to get a little touch of his tail before he slithers under the over grown with weeds and unplanted garden.
Spreads out the mat and steps onto it for Mountain pose facing the sun… it bunches under the feet. Tries sunny spot number two "This is not working". Spot number three, same thing. "Forget the mat". Getting grounded on the lumpy grass is a bit challenging. Something bites me on the ankle "I’m sharing the outdoors with nature, right?" Forward folds and brushes off ankle. Tree pose ought to help and goes well. Adds a little half lotus and forward fold then tries to squat down and balance on one foot "That’s not gonna happen". Firmly plants hands and feet in plank position and plans on staying there a few breaths before lowering down. A wasp lands underneath "Okay, Down-Dog then… See? It works out". The wasp (or maybe another wasp) buzzes around right leg, lifts the right foot "I can flow with this". One ant crawls up the left arm another up the left leg… the leg one tries to crawl into the shorts.
Plan B the back deck… there is no sun yet. "The front deck will be sunny" (but it’s viewable from the street… I don’t mind being seen, especially by just the neighbors, and once one of them joined me… it was nice. I would just rather not be a spectacle). Kicks off the thorny looking Horse Chestnuts and spreads the mat out on the front deck, which is nice and sunny. "Ah, much better". Runs through Sun Salutations A then Sun B, a horn blares "I hope I don’t cause an accident". Next came Warrior One, Two and Revolved Warrior. Side angle feels great with a nice bind. Hangs out in Down-Dog "People must wonder if I’m real". Makes a tripod headstand then gets those knees up onto the elbows and pushes up into Crow. One more headstand tucking the front of the shirt in first "If I fall I’ll just round my back… or try and fall forward" (really I was scared and didn’t straighten up like usual). Savasana "Now I just look like I’m sunbathing… with shorts on and a T-shirt… time to blog about this". So went this morning’s practice. ;)

Sunday, July 13, 2008


The "Big Read" reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.

2) Italicize those you intend to read. (GREEN)
3) Underline the books you LOVE. (Can't underline :S)
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated. (BROWN... since I can't cross through... how are you people doing this?)
5) Gray out those you are unfamiliar with.

6) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations Charles Dickens
11 Little Women Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
13 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare William Shakespeare
15 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
34 Emma Jane Austen
35 Persuasion Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières
39 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
41 Animal Farm George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney, John Irving
45 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies William Golding
50 Atonement Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi Yann Martel
52 Dune Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
62 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
72 Dracula Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
94 Watership Down Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
100 Les Misérables Victor Hugo

Funny... I just checked out Jane Austen's Persuasion. Seven for me... ABOVE average (wink wink). Some in grey I've heard of... or recognise the authors... but don't know much about. If you have a rave review of 'em or some that are browned out... let me know so I don't overlook it! Looks like I have quite a bit of reading to do. :P
PS I've read some of the Bible... just not all of it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


For your listening/viewing pleasure as we catch up...

#65 DONE! June 14 was our garage sale… it was father’s day weekend. A really stupid time for our town’s annual garage sale! We should be spoiling our Dads/Hubbies not putting ‘em to work… but I don’t get to pick the date and hubby helped even though he hates that kind-of stuff and had other things to do. I happened to be off for floor refinishing at work and the timing was right. The weather was bad so we could only make one day of it… oh well. 65 bucks is better than nothing. Took the clothes that didn’t go to Plato’s closet… they picked through it and gave us 42 bucks for what they wanted. Another $21 from Once Upon A Child. We did a good job (this time) of really getting rid of (most of) the stuff that didn’t sell! Dropped off EIGHT bags of clothes, shoes (#92) and bedding to Good Will another THREE bags to Gingham Tree along with 2 boxes of assorted decorative type items. Some stuff hit the curb. Spent the money on hubby. ;)
#81 Can you believe I still don’t have direct deposit? After over two months! They’ve been paying me on this stupid pay card and just leave me hanging as to what the problem could possibly be. UGH! I’d been forbidden to call pay roll… the only info available was a fax number. DON’T THESE PEOPLE KNOW I’M ON A 101 MISSION HERE? ROFL! Anyway finally after all this time they gave me a number and direct deposit didn’t go through because of the temporary check affixed. Requesting a letter from the bank. :S
#88 Stumbled upon a place (right at work… went in for a $15 massage) that takes my insurance and has the orthotics I so desperately need! Do you think if you put it out there… you know? State your intentions like we are doing… that the universe guides you to what you need? Maybe we shouldn’t be trying so hard? Just put it out there and let it come. They are on order. :D
#90 Set "The Lovely Bones" free on a stationary bike… someone saw me and took it. She came to class (it was Rebounding Interval Training =intense) made it about half way through and said "Thanks for the book!" as she left… no journal entry though. :S
#98 DONE! July 1st cleaned up all the garbage I could see at the highway exit ramp near work! Two hours and TWO bags full (one of garbage and one recycling)! People hollered out "God bless you" and "Thank you" as they drove bye. Cool! Plus, I found a buck. :P Took my dollar reward and bought a HUGE Arizona tea and chugged it on the way home… so thirsty out in the hot sun.
#99 Been trying to go paperless for paychecks and bank statements… not quite there yet. Picked up these cute beach bags from the dollar store in hopes to use them as shopping bags. They are made of tough cloth that is sort of waterproof, but just a little too small for groceries. Oh well, my youngest kept one and I’m still using the others until I make/buy something better.
For the other stuff on the big list… just gonna do what I can. Trying still to hit that daily practice… but noticed others take "moon days"… whatever that is besides a day off I don’t know yet. As far as attending other classes weekly since there is no way I’m going to attempt that anymore… maybe once a month will suffice… with the option of doing a video at home. We haven’t hit "Date night" very hard lately and it’s still hard to make time with my oldest since she wants to sleep all day, be up all night and hang out with her friends/bf… understandable. ;)