In The Middle

Life, Family, Yoga, Stuff


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What’s Wrong with Plain Old Speedos?

Nadia then..........

 

 

When Nadia was about 14 she scored the first perfect 10 at the Olympics in Women’s Gymnastics. She was only 86 pounds and 4 feet 11 inches. That’s about the size of a really tall 4th grader! No person, especially such a small one, had ever scored a perfect 10!

In 1984 Nadia returned to the Olympics as a coach of the Romanian gymnastics team. In 1989 she defected from Romania in the dead of night, leaving behind her precious medals, her mother, her father, and her little brother, Adrian.

In 1994 Nadia donated $120,000 to the Romanian gymnastics team. In 1996 she married Bart Conners, another Olympic champion. They now live in Norman, Oklahoma and run a gymnastics school. Oklahoma, really?

This is the Olympics that I remember!  The scoring is even very different now.  A “10” used to be excellent.  Now, you have to have like 15.6225 or something.  What’s the highest score, a 20?  I don’t know.  I guess if it is, that makes Bo Derek a perfect “30” now!  I remember when everyone on the same team wore the same outfit.  Last night in the women’s gymnastics, one girl wore white and the other wore dark blue.  They were both USA, who knew?  And what’s with the swimwear?  Some sort of super suits or something?  What’s wrong with plain old Speedos? 


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Where’s My Kitchen?

My husband was on vacation again, all week this last week.  We didn’t get around to the garage sale, they kept talking rain, but we did clean a little out to prepare for when we do have one.  We also put a bunch of stuff on Craig’s List and got rid of it, so that was a good thing!  We spent another day at Swan Creek, he fished two other days and played with his stuff the rest. 

So, where’s my kitchen? 

I swore he was going back to work today.  I got home from yoga after a super long coffee break with the girl who led the class, to find him home.  Doing what?  Finishing off the doorway to the kitchen!  I’ve wanted that arch and it looks like I got it!  I would have no idea how to make this, but he does. 

He also installed the last, lone outlet.  Now, the backsplash can be tiled.  Of course, he really is back to work tomorrow, so that will be another day. 

New Arch

New Arch

In yoga land, life has been good.  I have been the sub queen for the last couple of weeks and if you count what I subbed for in July, it’s like 8 extra classes!  On top of the extra classes and finishing up the Teach To Inspire website, I was putting together a workshop on the psoas muscle that I taught on Sunday. 

So what better way to prepare for teaching that workshop?  Go to yoga on Sunday morning!   I had a great group of people and a big group at that to my surprise.  It was another lovely, sunny, and cooler August day.  I’m sure people could’ve been elsewhere!  So, if you showed up for that, thanks a million.  I had a great time and I hope you did to!

Off to clean the sheet rock dust.  He makes the messes, I clean up and put the tools away!


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Are You Watching the Olympics?

I’ve caught a little Olympics.  Opening ceremonies were really neat, but long and pretty techno.  It’s not like it used to be.  Not like I remembered it!  I don’t really like the commentators this year.  I think that’s part of it!  It also seems to be somewhat chopped up with lots of back and forth.  I guess most people like that jumping to keep them interested.  I don’t need that.  I love to watch the swimming and the gymnastics and I’ve even watched some field events with my son.  A good yoga friend sent me these wonderful photos of gardens in China, in celebration of the Olympics.  I chose a few to share.  Guess which photo is my favorite?  If you guessed the Geishas, you were right!  Enjoy!


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Karma, Karma, Karma

I don’t like confrontations.  Ask anyone that knows me.  It’s true, I just don’t.  But, if I have a problem with someone, about something, I will ask them if they have time to talk.  I wouldn’t ask them in front of a huge crowd of people.  I wouldn’t ask them in front of anyone.   I don’t get angry often, if ever anymore.  I feel it’s a total and complete waste of positive, vital energy that could be spent in a much better way! 

What goes around, comes around

What goes around, comes around

I do know, that when you post a phone number on a web site, it’s available to a wide variety of characters.  One can only hope, that those characters, won’t choose your phone number as an outlet for their entertainment, anger, stress relief, personal high or what not.  I do believe, that the way you treat someone is a reflection of how you feel about yourself, about your life and perhaps everything in it.  I also believe that people that treat people wrongly, will definitely receive some sort of bad luck down the road. 

If you’re not feeling good about yourself, try this.  Next time you’re at the store or wherever, give a total stranger a compliment.  Let them know their shoes are cool, that their bag is cute, that their baby is adorable.  Smile at a total and complete stranger once a day for a week and see how much better you feel about yourself and the world at large.

It’s too bad that some people can only feel good about themselves when they are making someone else feel bad.


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Cakes Gone Way Wrong

One of my best friends, is a cake maker.  Wedding cakes, birthday cakes, you name it.  She’s made a ton for us and in return, I made a little web site for her.  See Party Pizazz and click on the kid’s cakes!  She truly is an amazing artist and baker.  Her stuff is not only pretty and creative, it also tastes really, really good.

This cake, is not hers. 

We're off to see the Wizard........

We're off to see the Wizard........

I borrowed it from a hilarious blog, it’s called Cake Wrecks.  Check it out for a barrel of laughs.  It’s hard to believe that these are actually REAL cakes that went wrong, or I guess, to some people, they’re just plain OK!!


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Labors of Love, Art & Earth

My first mosaic, finished!!

My first mosaic, finished!!

I took advantage of the beautiful weather last night, (cooler with no humidity) to spray a couple coats of sealant on my table. 

My husband made the comment (teasing as he does), “The flower isn’t centered.” 

 I came back (in my mind) with, “Neither are you.” 

 I didn’t do any measuring, I just freehanded and stuck stuff into adhesive.  All I know is this.  I was very centered when I made it and that’s all that matters!

 

I had to wait an hour for the sealant to dry, before I could re-apply.  I was already coated in bug spray, so I thought I might as well enjoy the weather and our deck.  I’m really getting into this book.  It’s an old book, like 1970’s but it actually seems timeless, like it could’ve been written yesterday.  I love it so far. 

What I'm Reading

What I'm Reading

Then, I had a thought.  I had this book in my hand when I got pulled aside at the airport on our last trip  and searched.  Probably not the best book to carry on an airplane, but who knows.  Perhaps it didn’t have anything to do with it. 

Check out that great tomato from our garden!


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The Cat is in the Bead Box!

The church across the street is getting a new roof.  The banging is loud, the workers are worse!  I can hear almost everything they say from my front porch, the church is across the street and 3 doors down.  I like to get up early in the summertime, so I’m not really minding the wake up call.  What a job to be doing in this heat!  They start around 5 a.m. and are done by 1 p.m., can’t blame them.  The roof is very, very steep as well.  I’m thankful someone isn’t afraid to tackle it.

The class I subbed went great last night, small crowd but dedicated and very serious!  Twas odd teaching in the evening as I haven’t done that on a regular basis, but I will very soon – every Tuesday night!

I had lots of help in the jewelry department yesterday!  I don’t know how I got as much done as I did.  He likes to steal the beads and play with them!  I like the company of cats though!

Jackson the bead stealer

Jackson the bead stealer

Thought for the day:  If you have enough money for today – you will be OK!!!!