In The Middle

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Party Like a Rock Star

I never need an alarm to wake up on time.  I just KNOW when I have to get up, and I do.  I had good intentions yesterday.  I was to meet my good friend for yoga, have breakfast, talk Sante Fe.  I looked at the clock at 5:30 a.m. Then, I listened to my body and went back to sleep!  Too much snorkeling.  Too much hauling the rocks around the yard landscaping.  Not to mention, I picked up some great ones at Swan Creek.  I did finish grouting the table.  Too much elbow grease, tile is hard work, I am still sore.  Can’t wait to polish the dust off that thing later today (after 2 yoga classes) and see how it shines!  Anyways, she called me at 9:00, wondering if I was OK.  We talked for an hour and she had another student this morning!  How exciting! 

I’ve mentioned before, how many cool people I’ve met thru yoga.  Last night I went to a party with a good yoga friend.  It was an invitation only party (another yoga friend invited me) to a private showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Notorious at the Moxie, followed by goodies (including champagne) at a wonderful place down the street.  I’d forgotten how good that movie was!  And of course the food afterwards was fantastic.  It was also a chance to wear something decent and mingle with people I didn’t know.  It was fun.  Thanks for the invite and a super great thanks to the birthday girl who knows how to throw a party!

I’m liking this blog thing.  I like to write.  Finding it very therapeutic.  Kind of like yoga.  The cheapest form of therapy that I know!  I’m posting a funny, but very short video below.  My son loves this group of kids on youtube.  And, I must say, this one is pretty funny! 

Off to shower for yoga.  Got a new haircut yesterday, we’ll see if I can even come close to making it look like it did yesterday!

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Swan Creek

Swan Creek

My feet in about 2 feet of water at Swan Creek

I survived another Campbell Family Reunion in Bolivar.  It was fun.  Great company, good food and we all got to enjoy the pool at the hotel in between little storms.  We were all pretty burned out when we got home yesterday.  Especially me.  The laundry.  Just the stuff you have to do when you’ve been gone, if even for a short time!  Today I had planned on finishing you know, my table.  I started making two small landscape gardens by our deck stairs early this morning instead.  You see, I have a habit of buying plants for like $1 that need to be rescued.  It was time to get them in the ground.  The table would be later today.  That’s where my husband comes in and suggests that we all load up and go to Swan Creek. 

Swan Creek

Swan Creek

Just the thought of that, made me crabby.  I’ve been to rivers, I’ve been to creeks.  I didn’t feel like doing weeds, snakes and mud today.   I lost the battle.  Within an hour, I was loading the cooler in the 4-wheel drive with the kids.   FIVE MILES of the trip was down a gravel road that I wouldn’t have wanted to drive my van down.  Then, we arrived.  It was beautiful, honestly. 

Lauren Snorkeling

Lauren Snorkeling

No weeds, no mud, no snakes.  Just clear, pristine water.  You could see the bottom no matter where you were.  Truly amazing.  Instead of mud and grass at the bank, there were smooth rocks.   I snorkeled and felt as though I was in the big fish tank at Bass Pro!  I was the only one that saw a Gar, that was way cool.  The water felt great, and the crowd down there was dismal. 

Jordan
Jordan

When we got home at 6 this evening, we had dinner.  Then, I grouted my table.  Hope it looks awesome when I polish the grout off all the glass tomorrow!  And speaking of tomorrow, my good friend is back from Santa Fe.  We will meet at 7 in the morning for yoga!  I’d better get in bed. 

I didn’t use my yoga mat at the reunion.  I usually take it outdoors in the mornings, the weather didn’t permit that.  But, I did find some time to meditate on the bed before everyone else woke up.  Stretching will feel wonderful in the morning!
Sweet Dreams.


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The Yoga Sub, Projects and Family Reunions

This, has been a week.  My good yoga teacher friend, decided to take a little trek to Sante Fe, NM to take some classes with a great teacher.  I took from him once, when he came to St. Louis.  He has vast anatomy knowledge and had a way of teaching it that made everyone want to stay awake!  She’ll be back today.  Good deal.  I taught 4 extra classes this week.  I’m feeling 41, probably because I am.   Since I lost my great yoga job at the City, I haven’t been teaching in the evenings.  So, I subbed 3 nights in a row, on top of my normal gigs.  Last night at the Y were two classes, back to back.  Whoa.  The first one Level One, second Level Two.  I left there feeling like I gave the Level One class more than I did the Level Two.  I was drained.  Not just from the teaching.  My kids are way busy.  We had 3 swim parties and a sleepover, a trip to Silver Dollar City (not me, the kids) the laundry, the grocery store, the usual with extra running.

I didn’t ride my bike to class last night.  I rode it yesterday to MSU to teach at noon. #1- I’ve been saving some gas and it’s good for me.  #2 – I got a parking ticket that will cost me $23, wow.  I’ve never purchased a parking sticker for the summer, but I guess I will now!  To make matters worse, she was placing the ticket on my windshield as I walked up to my car.  That’s a drag. There were only like 12 cars in the whole lot, plus I’m only over there for like 90 minutes, sheesh!

My glass tile arrived yesterday.  In order to get like 3 sheets of glass tile, search ebay or the internet for other sources.  A specialty tile store here in town, let me know I had to order a case of this crap if I wanted some.  Puhlease.  They are a TILE store, they should have this stuff all over the place!  I’m thinking, remnants, returns, you know what I mean?  But no.  So, the glass tile I got from the internet shows up.  It’s gorgeous, shimmery, iridescent and, well, very yellow.  It was called Pale Ale, I’m thinking beer not lemonade.  I have to return it, not enough contrast for what I’m trying to do.  So, I think I’ll try this instead.

black iridescent tile

black iridescent tile

It actually looks like gray/black slate when the light isn’t hitting it.  It’s on ebay, and cheaper than the other tile I just ordered, go figure.  I can’t imagine doing my entire backsplash with glass and being able to actually afford it!  This stuff can run up to $30 a square foot, but you know, I teach yoga.  Not the highest paying career in the world.

Speaking of yoga, I teach in 45 minutes, so I’d better get with it.  After teaching, we are off for the weekend to Bolivar, MO to the huge Campbell Family Reunion – my husband’s side.  I will try to control myself while we are there.  All we do is sit around, talk and eat.  I do bring my yoga mat to this thing, every – single – year.  Enough said.


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Stormy Yoga

It’s been a weird week weather wise.  The weatherman called for sunny skies, 90 degrees, like all week.  Woke up this morning, to the biggest storm ever!  Thunder, lightning, sideways rain!  Nice, as my husband is on vacation and will want to piddle with all of his um, stuff, outdoors.  So far, we’ve had strange storms.  They just blow in from the east, not the west like usual and they really BLOW in!  They haven’t lasted long, but it did put a damper on our swim get together yesterday. 

Somehow, I volunteered to teach 5 extra yoga classes this week for a friend who is out of town.   I geeked and forgot my husband was on vacation, so we are sticking around the house.  They are all classes at the Y and they are quite large classes with a fun crowd.  I’m looking forward to it. 

Project update:  My mosaic table – haven’t touched it, still not grouted.  Our kitchen – haven’t touched it, but I did order my glass tile!  My husband decided to put a new chain and back tire on his motorcycle.  That’s important, we are saving gas as he rides it every single day to work.  He also decided to take an old windjammer windshield off of an old police motorcycle in our yard and put it on his Honda CB750-K.   OK.  This thing is huge, it’s old, it’s also white and his bike is red.  My thoughts were “he’s crazy”.  But, I’m not the one riding the bike with bugs in my teeth.  He started with this on Sunday.  It’s now pretty much finished and today is Wednesday.  He had to not only create his own bracket to put this thing on, but completely build one and weld it on.  He worked on it from sun up to sun down, it was 94 degrees.  Amazing.  He really can do anything that he sets his mind to.  But, he’s easily sidetracked.  Today, he will rebuild a computer for a friend, he stays busy!

We will finish the kitchen, the goal is October 1, my sister will be here then.  We are entering all of our funny little craft wares in a craft fair in Ozark.  We have cool hair barrettes, sculpey clay, these pods from a tree that we’ve scented and they smell really good, some little meditation drawings I’ve done and some jewelry!

Off to yoga, it’s a 4 class day!


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Unfinished Projects

Mosaic
Mosaic

Project #1

Above is the table I’ve been working on.  This table, used to be raw wood and was in a dog pen in the backyard when I first moved here!  Why the dog had a table, is beyond me, but she did jump up on it from time to time to view the deck!  We still have the dog, but no pen, she stays indoors now.  I primed the wood, painted it and had a new sheet of treated plywood cut for the top just a few inches larger than what was already on there.  Bad idea #1.  I bought an adhesive/grout combination, which worked great as an adhesive, but not as a grout.  I mean, it might be great for grouting smooth surfaces.  But I found, when I grouted with it on this uneven surface, too much of the grout wiped away and the entire surface turned white like a sticky caulk!  I also used a sponge, like the product said to.  Bad idea #2.  A sponge will shred when you drag it across glass leaving bits and pieces, so a rag is much better!  So, I will grout it again, with some tough grout that is not already premixed.   I really enjoyed making this, so much that I’ve already purchased some more diamond cut mosaics to cover a round piece of glass that has been lingering around our house for awhile!  I got the glass above at Pottery Barn in Sarasota, FL for 1/2 off and I still have some left!

Project #2 Our Kitchen

kitchen after

kitchen after

 

kitchen before

kitchen before

This is not my dream house.  I had that once, but that’s another really, really long story!  This house is in a great location, with a great yard and it’s big enough for the 4 of us.  It was also built in 1954 and hasn’t had much updating.  Last February, we completely tore out our kitchen.  I mean totally!  We even knocked out a wall and opened it up into our dining area.  I chose natural Hickory cabinetry and I love the variations in the wood.  One problem.  They were really heavy.  We have some very funny, creative pictures of what we had to do when I got tired of holding up cabinets.  Stuff like a cooler on top of a ladder, braced with a 2×4.  My daughter and I had painted the fronts of the original cabinets to brighten up the room.  I sort of miss our work!  I am really fortunate to have a husband who can do just about anything, and will actually do it!  But, it’s time to finish the kitchen.  I forgot to mention, it takes us forever to get anything completed.  Why?  Because we do it ourselves, around jobs, kids and without borrowing any money!  What we have left to do, are little things.  Install just one more outlet.  Tile the backsplash.  Finish all the trim.  Put knobs on the cabinet doors.  Install overhead track lighting, re-install my pot rack and put the front on the bar.  Those exposed 2×4’s are really looking pretty redneck.  Last, install new floor!  I bought the backsplash tile today.  Cool little ceramic 1×2″ subway tiles in neutral brown/tan hues.  I’m going to pop a few out every now and then, and replace them with two 1″ iridescent glass squares.  If I can get the trim off the window above my sink, I will frame the window with that little glass tile as well.  That will rock out!  I’m going to go and pry that trim off right now!


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Mosquitos, Mosaics and Yoga

Mosquitos are out, in full force.  We need to bale our yard.  The rain keeps coming and it looks like May here instead of July!  I’m covering a small patio table with beach glass.  It’s going to look pretty cool.  Spent the afternoon covered in bug spray laying out pieces of colored glass.  That’s the mosaics and the mosquito part.  The yoga part, another story.  I started a class a few months ago in a brand new “green” building in our city.  Beautiful studio, full of Pilates equipment.  Not enough space for a decent sized class.  Some people got a bad vibe from all the stuff.  Some people said it didn’t matter, that you can practice yoga in your bathroom.  True.  But in all honesty, if I’m paying $15 for a class, I prefer my room, well, roomier.  It’s been hit and miss, very sporadic.  I decided to drop it today.  Can’t pay to teach there.  I also make a trek all the way to the other side of town.  I prefer my yoga teaching in my little triangle, close to home.  Wait.  I now teach at four places close to home, so make that a square.  I’ll post a picture of my table top when I finish it.  If the weather stays this beautiful, it won’t take me long!


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Yoga, Business & Love

Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

It’s been a full week of yoga business this week!   To keep people informed, I put out an e-newsletter every now and then.  Sometimes more now than then, depending on what’s happening in the welllness aspect of our city.  There is so much more yoga in our town (as there is everywhere now) than there used to be, that I decided to promote all the studios, not just the ones that I teach at.  After all, we are all trying to achieve the same thing!  It’s been a great tool in bringing the yoga community together in our town.  I’ve met new people and actually gained some extra yoga gigs since I include everyone in my promotions in an unbiased way.  I like to teach a couple of special workshops a year, so I’m preparing for a psoas yoga workshop.  I’ve been bringing some of the info into the classroom on and off, it’s my way of preparing for something bigger.  I almost always try to teach with a theme of something or other.  It might be one particular muscle group, a focus on a body or mind blockage, etc.  I am also bringing one of my favorite teachers to town again this Fall.  I used to have to travel to St. Louis to enjoy his workshops.  He came to us last year and will do so again this year!  How exciting that was, to see these people, come out of the woodwork for a weekend of yoga and meditation!  I never intended to share my love of yoga, I just loved going to class and practicing on my own.  Somehow, I ended up in the front of the room and it now, feels very natural.  It takes a lot of work to keep the vibe alive.  A couple of years ago, I redesigned our studio web site.  I knew nothing about making web sites, but I feel it looks great!  In turn, a couple of friends asked me to make them a web site as well.  I spend a lot of time, making web site updates, writing and sending out e-newsletters and preparing to teach classes.  Lots of people are wanting to teach yoga, and I think that’s great.  At the same time, I feel they don’t know how much can be involved for how little you are compensated.  Do I have to do this web site and e-newsletter?  No, I don’t.  I do it because it keeps everyone aware, excited and hopefully wanting more.  I do it because I love yoga and if you are a yoga instructor, we are probably on the same page!