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The Energy of 11 Year Olds

 

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Lauren will be 11 on January 28th, to be exact. 

Last year for her birthday, I went temporarily insane and let her have 7 girls spend the night.  We don’t have a huge place, no basement, one living area, 3 bedrooms and an office.  We had kids camped out in her bedroom and some on the front room floor.  It was wild  (putting it mildly) and I will never, ever do that again!  So of course this year, she wanted to have another sleep over.  No way.  In lieu of that, we had one of her best friends from her home elementary school spend the night last night.  It’s amazing, how well they play and how quiet they were, until ELEVEN at night!  What’s with that?  So until around 1:30 a.m. we had quiet shrieks, giggles and footsteps up and down the hall.  Exhausting.  I’m old.  Word to those who don’t have kids yet.  Do it when you’re in your twenties.

The weekend after next, she will have one girl from WOLF School spend the night.  Then we’ll have a few girls from her home school, over for lunch and cake.  Growing up, we always had birthday parties.  It seems now, people just don’t do it.  I’ve talked to so many parents who just give me a weird look when you say “birthday party” I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s old school and not cool anymore.  Maybe kids just stay home with their parents and have dinner or something, I don’t really know.  We’ve even asked kids to come “gift free” or make a donation to the Humane Society ’cause we sure don’t need anymore crap around here.  Don’t get me wrong.  Kids always come to the birthday party when we have one, it’s just that not many other kids have one theirsevles.  I’m thinking next year, we won’t have a party, but will do something as she is getting older.  Like have a friend spend the night, go to the movies,  or go to the pottery place and make some cool stuff.

So I guess the question is, what’s up with the birthday party banning?  Anyone?

 


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What’s the Difference Between 0 and 9?

I say the wind, that’s what!  It was 9 degrees this morning.  It’s supposed to be 0 tomorrow morning.  I wonder if 30 below feels different than 0?  It probably does, especially if the wind is blowing!  Luckily enough for us, there is no wind today.  I arrived at the studio extra early this morning in order to crank up the 4 space heaters we use as supplemental heat.  It tends to get a bit drafty this time of year as we’re located in the lower level (ok, the basement) of the building.  It seems, a lot of other places offer yoga in their basements as well.  At the YMCA, I’m in the basement.  When I was at the City, we were in the basement.  Our basement has no windows, it’s nice because it gets good and dark for relaxation.  But windows can be nice in basements, if they’re in the form of glass blocks.  Anyways, people actually showed for class at 9 this morning!  Nice to move, get warm and rest with loads of blankets!

Our daughter, is on a field trip today with her school.  They headed out to Springfield Lake for Eagle Days.  Let the eagle watching begin!  I wonder how they’re doing?  The high is supposed to be 15.  She wore long underwear, fleece lined wind pants, wool socks and a pair of my old Ugg boots.  On top, she had on three shirts, a hoodie, a coat, a hat, and gloves.  I’m hoping she was able to turn her head if the eagles weren’t sited dead on!  She had her camera and binoculars.  Do eagles really fly in this type of weather?  I don’t know.  I’d be staying hunkered down in my nest!

Our son will have track practice, as he does, 3-days a week after school today indoors of course during this kind of weather!  We’re heading out to an indoor track meet this weekend in Joplin.  It’s his first indoor meet.  These meets require an entry fee and are not school sponsored, so you have to get yourself there.  There are no discus events (his main thing) because the place isn’t large enough but he’s going to run in two events instead.  There will be lots of coaches there from different places, so I suppose scouting will be in order.  He’s excited on trying for an athletic scholarship and frankly, so are we!  He just purchased his first vehicle last weekend, I can’t believe it.  He had saved almost $1,500 and spent $900 of it on an older model Dodge Dakota pick up, long bed, with a camper shell.  He did pretty good, it needs some seat covers and minimal carbeurator work (hello Frank) and that’s about it.  It will be nice that he will be able to drive home from practice.  Right now, I have to wait until he calls and could be anywhere from 4-5:30.  He has a driving permit now and will be able to get his license in April.  You now have to hold your permit for 6 months first.  Not like it used to be.  I tried for my license on my 16th birthday, like every one else did!  He’s been busy splitting wood to sell as he can’t really squeeze a job in with sports.  Hopefully though, this summer will bring work at a clock in type of location. 

I’m thinking it’s a pot roast in the dutch oven kind of day!


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Teach to Inspire

It was a relief to see the kids return to school.  I was scheduled to lead a class of three hours yesterday and I needed some time without kids to plan.  The class was at the new Yoga and Education Training Centerlingams in our town.  My good friend and teacher, has a very dedicated group working on their RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certification.  I of course, was flattered that she asked me to be a part of the training.  I’m scheduled for one Saturday a month, for three months for three hour workshops.  Cool.

Her theme for this month was Leela, which basically translates to playfulness and fun!  The workshop I headed up yesterday at her place, was fun.  It was on teaching yoga to children, of all ages.  I don’t have any experience with teaching a yoga class to children with physical disabilities, but I have taught a few to kids with mental, or behavior oriented disorders.  What a challenge with a big reward.

When I have to teach a workshop, I like to plan, plan and plan some more.  I like to spend lots of time planning and organizing and preparing.  This week, it just didn’t work out that way.  Though the kids were in school there were other demands.  A yearbook planning meeting at WOLF School, kids coming over to play and a breakfast meeting at the YMCA yesterday morning.  I had in my head what I wanted to do, I just needed it on paper.  I got my handouts on the computer and printed them out.  Some day, I will put all the Sanskrit words in my spell check!  How annoying to have every other word you type show up as a typo. 

I always worry if I will run short, that I won’t have enough information for the duration.  Low and behold that never happens.  I can usually go on for hours, and for that, I am thankful, except I almost forgot to take a break yesterday!  I was able to teach this class without too much stressful planning.  I offered what I knew very well with confidence.  I feel thankful, to be at a place where it feels so natural to share what I know.

I chose not to bring kids to the training class.  #1 they would’ve been a distraction #2 that would’ve been a good idea, as they would have total true experience of a kids yoga class #3 focusing on teaching to kids while being distracted…..not such a good idea.  We played with asana for about an hour, bringing in animal sounds and creative names for poses.  We sang a few Native American Indian songs, we counted to 10 in Sanskrit and named some different body parts in Sanskrit as well.  We looked through the books that I brought in.  I passed around my Lingams (pictured above) as a touch and feel philosophical part of the training.

The new center is beautiful.  I haven’t even been able to squeeze a class in over there for myself yet!   Though yesterday went very well and was well received, I was exhausted.  I slept in this morning, taking care of myself in a restful way.  I know that the exhaustion I was experiencing was in a positive light and that it too soon, will pass.


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Littlest Pet Shop Fiasco

Our daughter is about to turn 11, tween central.  She’s still into toys, mainly Littlest Pet Shops and Barbies.  Over the break, she wanted to blow her holiday loot (of course) on something I refused to get her for Christmas.  That would be the Littlest Pet Shop Fitness Center.  

fintess-center2Never mind we already have around 5 buildings for the 250 + pets she already has!  I will say they are cute, they are inexpensive and they do not take up much space.  This Fitness Center was a must have for it came with a kangaroo wearing boxing gloves and a guinea pig.  They suck you in with these special edition pets. 

The cost for this piece of painted plastic?  $47.97, not kidding.  We got it home New Year’s Eve day.  She got it out of the box herself, it took about an hour.  One of the doors, was missing the little pegs in order for it to swing.  Major disappointment.  On top of that, it was much lighter in weight than some of the other smaller buildings she already owned.  It cost $47.97, we’re taking it back. 

Out we went, the same day/evening to return it.  They let us open the new one, to make sure the door would attach and we brought it home.  Again, one hour to get it out of the box.  This time, the spinner that allowed the pets to leap over the hurdles, would skip and not turn.  Also, it featured pegs, instead of magnets so the only pets that could use this fitness center piece of crap, were the two pets that came with it! 

How would our other 250 pets be able to work out?  lps2 

 

For those of you that are LPS uninformed, all the pets have magnets in their feet.   All of their building also have magnets, so everyone can join the party.  This was a horror to discover no magnets!  Were they now making pets without magnets?  Pets with holes in their bums to fit a peg?  I did what any person would do at this time of grief.  I phoned a friend, my sister.  Wow.  She’d bought the same Fitness Center for her daughter and it has magnets! 

I informed Lauren we would be taking this back on Friday, January 2 as I had the Mala on New Year’s Day.  She was not a happy camper, but she survived.  Friday came.  We drove to the store, got our cash back and this time, she decided to spend $10 on a Littlest Pet Shop (stuffed animal) V.I.P.  which is like a Webkinz. 

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You get online with your animal, build a room and enjoy Pet Shopville on the computer.  She chose the turtle, she had $40 left, she was happy and so was I.  Needless to say, when we arrived home she headed to the computer and discovered that SOMEONE had TORN the tag offf with the CODE that you NEED in order to get online!!!!  I on the other hand, by now, was more than ready to ban all LPS toys from our home by placing them in our burn barrel and breathing in the toxic smoke! 

Within an hour, we were having lunch at a Chinese buffet, laughing about it on the way to the return counter once again.  I left the kids in the car (15, 14 and 10) while I stood in line for 20 minutes to get the $10 back on Friday, January 2 while the stores were still packed with holiday spenders.  Since I had all these kids with me, we headed to UU Church to pick up 303 lbs. of food that we collected at the Mala and delivered it to Ozarks Food Harvest. 

Early evening, I took Lauren out again, in search of that thing she needed to spend her bucks on.  We left one store empty handed.  The shelves were bare, people had spent their gift cards and she didn’t buy something just to be buying.  I was proud of her.  We then stopped at Toys R Us (my idea) on the way home.  She browsed for an hour, I was about to drop dead. 

She decided on a Barbie Disco Cruise Ship/Airplane combination.  “Look mom, it’s the last one, marked down from $74.99 to $39.99, that’s good isn’t it?”  It was the size of the LPS Fitness Center, but weighed a ton more.  Thank you Mattel for quality! 

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Yoga Mala and More 2009

100_3230The New Year’s Day Yoga Mala was quite a success, as always!  At the beginning, my daughter counted 63 people.  There were more that rolled in, so I believe it’s safe to say we had around 70 for sure!  Beth and Eric did a fantastic job with the live vibration.  They are an amazing team for sure!  I chanted the second set with Beth and it was so much fun!  We took in $78 in cash and I dropped off the food that was donated today, and it weighed in at 303 lbs.  Wow.  That’s a lot of food.  We had several people with cameras running around, so as soon as I get the rest of the photos, I’ll have something up on the web site, and of course get a newsletter out to the world.  I’ll leave you with these photos for now.

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After the Mala, we headed up the street with fresh flowers (that I forgot to bring to the Mala….shhh…don’t tell anyone) and a bottle of wine, to have dinner with some friends, L & M.  They met in Europe a few years ago.  M is a British tour guide who still travels the world.  He happened to be the guide for the tour L was on with her students.  Thankfully for us, they fell in love, got married and made their home base here so we can enjoy his accent, sense of humor and the amazing food they prepare together for us! 

We started our meal with a tomato, mozarella and avacado salad drizzled with something out of this world.  I’m sure it was something simple like olive oil and lemon juice and basil, but it’s always way better when someone else makes it!   Why is that?!!  Next up, they served us beef burgundy with some awesome potatoes that had a bit of a mustard flavor.  Good stuff, and of course, they served it with a great bottle of wine that made it even better.  For dessert they whipped fresh cream, made the best coffee ever and we enjoyed a lemon curd patisserie for dessert.  Thanks guys for one of the best meals ever and of course the company rocked as well. 

What a perfect start to the New Year, first Yoga, then Family, Food and Friends.


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Happy January 1, 2009

We stayed in as we usually do on New Year’s Eve.  Hubby ended up working late, to be expected, all hell usually breaks loose about the time he’s supposed to leave, and it was also a holiday.  Nothing new.  We ordered some pizzas, downed some cokes, had one brandy and watched a movie.  Pretty boring stuff.

This is the first year in a long time that my sister wasn’t here for New Year’s!  It was kinda weird.

Today is the New Year Yoga Mala.  All afternoon.  I’m excited and I’m also glad Lauren will be attending as well.  There will be other children there and she asked if she could run the camera!  Awesome.  I love it when kids take photos, you never know what you’re gonna get. 

I’m helping in the chanting department this time, so hopefully that will go well.  I love to chant.  In the dark, when the students are in relaxation!!  I’ll be fine, I won’t be up there all alone.  I’m thinking we’re going to have a HUGE turnout.  We aren’t asking for a cash, charity donation this time, just non-perishable food for the food pantry.  There will be live drumming with the chanting, so it’s extra special.  Looking forward to this afternoon!2008-94

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This will be the third time we’ve marked the New Year in this way.  We don’t have to do much advertising anymore, it’s just expected that we have it and I think that’s just plain cool.  We’re using the Unitarian Universalist Church this year, should be nice with big windows facing South!

After the Mala for me, (and work for Frank) we will spend the evening with some friends we don’t get to see very often.

More Mala details tomorrow!

Om mi try ya – na mah ha……..om rah vay ya – na mah ha………om sur yah yay – na mah ha…….phonetic chanting, great way to learn!