Sophomore Boy A: Do you go trick-or-treating, Ms. H?
Me: Okay, seriously? You're too old to go trick-or-treating.
Sophomore Boy B: What do you do for Halloween?
Me: Turn off my lights and hide. Look, Halloween isn't a big deal. You know what the big deal is? November 1. When all the candy is half off.
Sophomore Boy A: That's cheating!
Me: The joy of being an adult is that you don't have to work for your candy.
Boy, was today interesting. As part of #sacredsanghaonlineyogastudio, we’ve been looking at the eight limbs of yoga. In keeping with the theme of pratyahara, @carriehensley_com suggested we do this week’s practice with our eyes closed. I know from experience that I can’t be trusted to do such a thing. Sure, I have good intentions, but the second I start feeling any bit of a wobble (which is, let’s face it, all the time in yoga), I open my eyes, am surprised by what I see, and fall over. So I blindfolded myself. Whole other experience, let me tell you. #yoga

Boy, was today interesting. As part of #sacredsanghaonlineyogastudio, we’ve been looking at the eight limbs of yoga. In keeping with the theme of pratyahara, @carriehensley_com suggested we do this week’s practice with our eyes closed. I know from experience that I can’t be trusted to do such a thing. Sure, I have good intentions, but the second I start feeling any bit of a wobble (which is, let’s face it, all the time in yoga), I open my eyes, am surprised by what I see, and fall over. So I blindfolded myself. Whole other experience, let me tell you. #yoga

I have to fill my cup before I can be of service to others.

themysticmama:

Remember that. Fill your body with nourishing foods, hydrate, focus on your breath, carve out time to quiet your mind, smile, think positive, be grateful for everything and follow your bliss. I can say these things and feel people rolling their eyes, but honestly, it will change your life. Positive thinking doesn’t save you from bad days and make your life perfect, but it helps you overcome them and see how great life really is.

Take care of yourself.

I’ve had a sore throat for three days that nothing seems to help. Not ibuprofen, not allergy medication, not gargling with salt water.

I don’t feel bad in any other way. I’m not used to throat ailments that don’t involve my tonsils or any other symptoms.

I’m on Day 2 of 21 days off refined sugar. I was moderately successful when I did it in the spring, and my secret weapon was to have lots of other food around. (Like, LOTS of other food.) So for the next three weeks I’m letting myself cook whatever I want, and I pulled all my favorite recipes. #cooking #recipes #food

I’m on Day 2 of 21 days off refined sugar. I was moderately successful when I did it in the spring, and my secret weapon was to have lots of other food around. (Like, LOTS of other food.) So for the next three weeks I’m letting myself cook whatever I want, and I pulled all my favorite recipes. #cooking #recipes #food

The wonders of abdominal massage

My friend lent me this book called Unwinding the Belly, which had been given to her by her massage therapist. My friend had extolled the virtues of abdominal massage before, but it wasn’t until I read the book that I was like… this is cool.

I have some stomach issues that definitely impact my daily life. I’m not sure which are physical and which are psychological at this point (twelve years later), but the fact is that my stomach and I have a delicate relationship.

As I read the book, I messed around with some of the techniques, being mindful of the fact that nothing like this should just be done all at once. (I was very proud of myself for that.) Sure enough, there were parts of my stomach where I felt like I’d been kicked with a steel boot and parts where the pressure could be felt in other parts of my body.

My friend was telling her therapist that she’d made a convert out of me, and as it turned out her therapist was going to be in my town for a reunion. She offered to come over and do a little introductory session in my living room. I can’t even believe how that all worked out.

She left twenty minutes ago, and I’m still reeling from it.

Holy. Crap.

At first it was just weird. I mean, how often do we touch our stomachs? How often does anyone touch our stomachs? But, you know, it was a massage, and that’s great. Can we talk about how great it is when a massage therapist works with your breath? Amazing. Then stuff started loosening up. You know that feeling when you’ve been lying in pigeon for awhile and your hip just drops? Imagine that in your belly.

An hour later, I swear I can feel individual organs in there instead of just a condensed ball of stuff. She said my stomach was lodged under my ribcage; it sure felt like it was. I actually feel like I can breathe into my ribcage, which is something I’ve always struggled with in yoga. And I just feel… good. I can’t wait to continue loosening stuff up on my own.

Now I just have to resist the urge to fill all this new-found space I feel with food.

It was a sad backbending day, but I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. It was an interesting mental practice—a lot of thoughts went through my head, but I don’t remember any of them. Excellent. #yoga

It was a sad backbending day, but I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. It was an interesting mental practice—a lot of thoughts went through my head, but I don’t remember any of them. Excellent. #yoga

Notes

  • Went home this week for the first time in three months
  • My parents forgot I was coming
  • But that’s because my aunt was there
  • The bad news was that I had nowhere to sleep
  • Thank goodness for generous friends with spare bedrooms (and spare bottles of wine)
  • My favorite bra broke, and I am still really sad about it
  • No time for yoga
  • Organizing all the boxes in the living room made up for it
  • Seriously, my legs are just now not hurting
  • Found a dusty bottle of my favorite wine that isn’t made anymore in the living room and claimed it as my payment
  • Had the best Indian food of my life
  • Feeling guilty that I found a place that eclipses my favorite Indian restaurant from college
  • So much yummy coffee at all my favorite places
  • Coffee shop owner gave me a bunch of her old yoga books
  • Didn’t argue too much with my mother about getting rid of stuff
  • Finished a book from one of my favorite authors
  • Reading a book on eating mindfully just makes me hungry
  • Returned all the smut I’ve been reading to the friend I borrowed them from
  • She gave me a whole new bag
  • Ran into my brother’s best friend’s little brother at Jamba Juice
  • Slept in my own bed last night
  • No sugar as of today
  • Looking forward to an in-house massage because my friend’s massage therapist who gave her Unwinding the Belly is actually from where I live and is visiting this weekend
  • Need coffee

Reblog if you’ve been told you have a nice ass.

bexmaddy:

fatmaninalittlesuit:

I have been called an ass before - if that counts? 

I’ve been called a nice smart ass, does that count?

I’ve been told I’m a smartass with a nice ass. Kind of begs a lot of questions.

(Source: born-to-be-wildd)

Former Student: I have all A's so it's all right. And I only have three midterms.
Me: Which you are studying for?
Former Student: Ummm... Of course. What else would I do in all the time I don't have class?
Me: You're giving me grey hairs here.
Former Student: It's all right. Your hair isn't that dark so they won't be too noticeable.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine… #coffee

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine… #coffee

Anonymous said: Ooh, what is this historical mystery starring Oscar Wilde of which you speak?

It is called Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance by Gyles Brandreth. I picked it up with my aunt at our favorite mystery bookstore, M is for Mystery in Menlo Park, so I’m certain it’s amazing. But I haven’t had a taste for mystery in a long time, so it deserves a home on a more deserving bookshelf.

All right, getting up off the couch was worth it. White bean and arborio rice soup. #cooking #soup #anythingwithpinenutsisallrightbyme

All right, getting up off the couch was worth it. White bean and arborio rice soup. #cooking #soup #anythingwithpinenutsisallrightbyme

Tagged by @bexmaddy to #stopdropandyoga. Forgive the laundry. Saturdays are for cleaning. I’m tagging @billiemoksha and @andrea_delaflor! #yoga

Tagged by @bexmaddy to #stopdropandyoga. Forgive the laundry. Saturdays are for cleaning. I’m tagging @billiemoksha and @andrea_delaflor! #yoga

I’m cleaning out my bookshelves.

It’s really hard.

I need someone who can answer questions similar to the following:

  • "Will I ever read a historical mystery starring Oscar Wilde?"
  • "How terrible of a person am I if I give away a personalized book?"
  • "If I bought a book in grad school and still haven’t read it, how likely am I to read it?"
  • "What if it was recommended by my favorite professor?"
  • "No, you don’t understand, my FAVORITE professor?"
  • "How many cookbooks do I need that I don’t actually cook out of?"
  • "How many languages do I need Harry Potter in?"

Coffee and Broadway soundtracks. I can do this.