Archive for August, 2011

Sewing it Up


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You might think that I’ve been wallowing in self pity; it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and lately that has meant that I’ve been wallowing. But not this time. It’s been a crazy busy couple of weeks: I’ve been madly working on finishing my sewing project, trying to get ahead on my work work, and there have been a number of events to attend like ball games, luncheons and state funerals (but for the record I stood outside with the other constituents, I didn’t sleep on the street to get one of the 800 seats available to the public, and I certainly was not invited to attend). Not the mention that Cadie goes crazy for this lovely warm, breezy weather, and I’ve spent a huge amount of time sitting in parks and hiking through trails.

So as you can see I have not been wallowing, in fact, quite the opposite, fall is definitely on its way and I can feel my spirits raising even more. Soon I’ll be baking, shopping and bundling up in fluffy sweaters. Plus, as an added benefit all the bugs and allergens will soon be dead. Hurray!

So, to celebrate the fact that fall will soon be here I am going to challenge myself. I’ve joined the People for Good: http://www.peopleforgood.ca/index.php#Manifesto. The first thing I have to do is commit to doing good deeds for people for the next 7 days.

I actually joined this movement about 3 weeks ago, but I’ve been hesitant to start because I didn’t know how I was going fill my 7 days. But we have to start somewhere. Today I decided to keep it easy; I called my mother. She wasn’t there, so I didn’t get to speak to her, but I made the effort.

How would you fill a week with good deeds?

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"Tai-chi" exercises being perfoemed ...

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I’ve designated August as a gripe-free month. As I said yesterday, I’ve struggled and wallowed, and now I’m done. I really just want to focus on being happy, or at least not being sulky. Last November I was following a blogger in South Dakota who was also feeling blue. She decided to dedicate every Tuesday post in November to the things for which she was thankful. I know the holiday is still months away, but a good idea is a good idea. I’ve decided to dedicate all of my posts this month to the things I love, and for which I am thankful. Today I am going to write about my love of BodyFlow.

If you’ve never been to a Bodyflow class you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s an hour-long, relaxing love-in type of exercise class. We start out with some Tai Chi, then move into sun salutations, standing strength and balance exercises. Then into Pilates for the core. Coming back to Tai Chi and ending with a short meditation.

It’s the perfect combination of stress relief, physical exertion, focus and relaxation. I was really hesitant to try it. I argued that doing Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates was a waste of time. I don’t need to tone, I need to push hard and sweat a lot. I thought that was the only way I was going to reach my goals. But I tried it out on whim, and fell completely in love with it, and ended up getting a great workout in the process.

It’s fantastic to go in on a Tuesday night (Tuesday is the worst day of the week) and visualize my stress turning into a little ball of negative energy and then picture myself throwing it over my head and as far away from me as humanly possible. Then I take a deep breath and do it  all again.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that I love Yoga. I now have favourite poses (swan, crocodile) , and I have even been complimented on my form for my warrior two. Who knew I was such a graceful warrior?

I love taking a break from dog care and allergies on a Saturday afternoon to think about…well…nothing. I take the time to just focus on the movement  and my breathing and enjoy a fabulous exercise class.

So, today I am going to take time to enjoy and be thankful for my Tuesdays and Saturdays in Bodyflow.

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Moving On

Ready for the opening day

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So, you may remember that I was having a tough spring. I’ve had insane allergies, migraines and tough time at work, and some serious loneliness at home. All mixed in with my stupid insecurities and regrets. On top of everything else Cadie has kept me on my toes and go, go, go since late May.

I’ve wasted the summer, sitting here, wallowing in self-pity, waiting for someone to come along and save me from my misery. Meanwhile time marches on and I have to admit that I have taken my good luck for granted, and fallen behind on more than a few of my obligations.

My passport is now expired…so I can no longer leave the country. Oh well, I have nowhere to go anyhow. I haven’t posted anything since May. Yeah, sure I blog. And I signed up for an international craft exchange back in January. Only to wake up on Friday and realize that I have a month to think of an idea, pull together my materials, pull it all together and get it down to Florida.

I’ve decided what I’m going to make, but I can’t tell you what it is–those are the rules. Now I just need some help choosing 2 or 3 good fabrics. I’m really not good at making decisions about fabrics. I like all of them, and I think they’re all pretty cool. Anyhow, I’ve narrowed it down to 10 or so that I like, but I’m not sure which of these I’m going to settle on. What do you think?

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