December 12, 2009

Best of 09 – Best Change to my Living Space

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December 13 What’s the best change you made to the place you live?

I’m typing on it right now! A brand spankin’ new PC just delivered today! My old one was *so* 2004!  Big fancy flat screen monitor, whisper quiet cpu….I need a minute.

Beer to my right, blog feeds to my left. Rain outside. High Tech Inside!Seriously, though. What a difference.

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Best of ’09: New Food

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December 12 New food.  You’ve never had Mexican food until you’ve dined at Mexico DF in San Francisco. If you live in the Bay Area, RUN, don’t walk to this place. If you don’t live nearby, pray that someday soon you will be in the area and be able to savor this incredible, gourmet Mexican food.  All the food is so fresh, with real authentic choices like you’d get in Mexico (I’m told), as well as the California spin-offs. I’m not a food writer so I don’t even know how to describe it. Something like 5 different ceviche to choose from. A tequila bar (I was 5 months pregnant so the world was spared the antics of “Her-Tequilaness”. But they have world’s best Mexican hot chocolate as a stand in.) Pulled pork (pause  for drooling). Really, any part of the pork you’re into… tongue tacos, anyone?

Best of 09 cont….Dec. 7 through 11

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December 7  Best blog find of the Year: Have to say this is super tough since I only just starting reading blogs a few months ago and there are soooo many faves. Since my mommy brain is mostly fried, I am loving the humor these days so my fave in that category is Aunt Becky at Mommy Wants Vodka. Pure hilarity!  Haven’t found a favorite Yoga Insights blog yet, but have a whole new list of blogs as of yesterday and looking forward to reading them. Really love Gwen Bell because of her insights, and also for this Best of ’09 thang which has helped me get started blogging! thanks!

December 8  Moment of peace. My 2009 best moment of peace hasn’t happened yet. But I have a plan – keep reading. First, some context (and venting).  I try to make regular moments of peace for myself amidst the yoga teaching, mothering, wife-ing, householding, entrepreneur-ing. I am the kind of person who can get a gazillion things done during a couple hours. But, now I have an 8-month old. It has been 8 years since I had a little baby in the house. I knew things would be different, but I forgot how little time I would have to Get Things Done. Now, I’m lucky if I have 10 minutes to check email while eating my breakfast, while holding my foot over the glowing blue button on the CPU that The Crawling Baby is obsessed with pushing. I’ve been trying to get to writing this post for 3 days. 

OK, now for the Plan for the Moment of Peace: Every year on the Winter Solstice, I build a special Yule fire – adding big branches of rosemary, lavender, and little things that I’ve saved throughout the year that it’s time to get rid of: dried roses from my glorious bushes out front, little prayers that I’ve tucked under into my altar… Last year we didn’t turn on any electric lights (or tv, or computer) when the day darkened. We just filled the house with candlelight and firelight. I’ll try for the same thing this year although not sure how it will go with a lot of candles and The Crawling Baby. Maybe the fire will have to suffice. In any event, I plan on cozying up with hot chocolate, my kiddies, my fire, and my brimming Yuletide Spirit to celebrate the Season of Peace.

December 9 Challenge. Giving birth the old-fashioned way. ‘Nuff said.

December 10 Album of the year.  I’m always hunting for great Yoga music. I like Classical Indian or ambient music that has a classical Indian flavor. The Album “Anjali” features acoustic guitarist Michael Mandrell and Indian music master alchemist, Benjy Wertheimer. Mellow and intriguing, great background music for massage or meditation, but also great, almost shamanic, for asana practice. Not too trippy/New Age-y. Student tested, teacher approved.

December 11 The best place.  Hmm. risking cliché, The Present Moment is the best place, Always.

December 7, 2009

Best of ’09

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Thanks, Gwen Bell for this idea to help us reflect positively on our year. It’s been a big one! If all of you want to post your best of ’09 also, visit her blog for the instructions.  

Posting for a group of them for Dec. 1-6 since I am making up for lost time here!  

December 1 Trip. My best trip this year was definitely the birth of my son, Jozef, on April 21st. What a ride!  It had been 8 years since I gave birth to my daughter, and although I knew I could rock it out sans medication, I had forgotten (conveniently) just how intense it was.  But, after a relatively quick labor (sixish hours) of riding the waves of an unmedicated birth trip, the little guy surprised all of us by peeking his head out while I was standing up. Peek is maybe not the best word since it sounds all sweet and gentle. Out of nowhere as a contraction came along I was overtaken by a huge force and looked like one of those olympic weight lifters in a mega-vein-busting squat. Jozef was charging the gates! You should have seen the midwife, she had apparently just been standing around chatting with my sister while I was laboring and then when I did the crazy Goddess of Birth squat she leapt into action – hustling to get this whole blue paper suit on (what were we delivering? nuclear materials?) Then she told me to get on the table. All I remember is that I kept repeating “I don’t know how I’m supposed to do that! ” as this baby/my body is NOT STOPPING PUSHING! Somehow I was hoisted to the table and a few minutes later, Voila (easy as that, she says), I have my beautiful little guy cuddling up to my chest as I kiss his warm, wet head. 

December 2 Restaurant moment. For sure my best restaurant moment was the day before Jozef was born. I am 85 months pregnant and it was a super hot day out. Something about the heat, and probably being constantly hungry, had me craving for Indian food for lunch. So, the hubby and I head to our favorite Indian lunch place and order up the works. As we are waiting for our food to arrive, I am overcome by a feeling of LOVE.  I reach across the table and touch dear Szymon’s hand and tell him (feeling all romantic and sentimental), “I hope we will grow very, very old together.” Now, the smell of Indian food and chai and mango lassi can very easily drive me into a mystical fervor and day of the week, but this was different. Like I was on, as Aunt Becky says, The Drugs.  Since I was just a few days out from my due date I realized that my body must be getting ready for labor by turning on the Serotonin Factory. I’m telling you, I’ve never had Indian Food that tasted SO GOOD!  It was like eating Heaven. 

December 3 Article. Speaking of Serotonin you have to read this Article: The Brain-Gut Connection” on AltMedAngel.  It goes into the answers to these three questions: Why do we get butterflies in our stomach before a performance? Why does indigestion produce nightmares? Why are antidepressants now also being used for gastrointestinal ailments?

I’ve read about this topic before, but this article had some great information that I’ve never read before. I’ll post more about this topic another time.

December 4 Book. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. My friend, Kim, who has forever been the one to turn me on to the good read, gave me a thrashed copy of this book that had already been passed around to everyone else and finally made its way to me. Since my father was a young boy in Germany during WWII, I felt like a had a small window into his experience. He told me many stories that were similar to the characters’. Such a vivid, touching book that managed to make even the dark places humorous.

December 5 Night out.  My favorite night out was at my friend, Ashley’s wedding. It was an absolute fairytale wedding. She rode up to the aisle in a freakin’ cherried out horse-drawn carriage!!  As her Maven of Honor (because I’m obviously not a maid any more, but too Hot to be a Matron), I got to unload two Spectacular Speeches at the rehearsal dinner, and reception. I’m just So Talented! 

December 6 Workshop or conference. I didn’t do much workshop-attending this year as mostly I was pregnant or maternity-leaving or being a human pacifier. But, in September I led a 4-hour mini-retreat for the Fall Equinox. We honored the past year, and the passing of the long days by practicing traditional Sun Salutations. It was a great beginning to my 09/10 Mini-Retreat Series. Updates on that soon!