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Two Pieces of Ice

Summer is plugging right along.  Can it be June 15th already?  I guess so.  It’s also my dad’s birthday if anyone’s interested in sending well wishes his way.

In my yoga world, things are rocking right along.  I totally dig my summer schedule.  I took an awesome Kundalini class on Saturday.  If you live here you know how hot it’s been.  The air conditioning at the studio was out.  Let’s just say it was rather hot.  I dug the class but I also hated it.  Nothing but Kriyas but I hated it in a wonderful way.  Can’t wait to do it again.  But this Saturday, I’m opting for a meditation class. 

We’re holding the Yoga Mala on Saturday afternoon.  This will be our first time we do the 108 sun salutes outside and it’s going to be 93 degrees.  I am excited to take the event outside.   I think we’ll have a huge crowd.  I taught my free class this morning and the group never ceases to amaze me.  I thought it might slow down for the summer.  But nope.  It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  I love the energy on Tuesday mornings.  I think it might be one of my favorite classes of the entire week to teach.  And guess what?  I receive the least financially for doing so.  Things are cool like that sometimes, that’s for sure. 

I teach on Tuesday nights as well.  Cool gang at the YMCA too.  After my class I dropped in at a friend’s house up the street.  She’s going to France tomorrow so we had a drink to celebrate.  A drink of Ricard, or Pastis to be exact.  She brings this back from France, and this time, she’s bringing some for me.  If you like anise or black licorice you have to try this.  Except I don’t know where you can get it around here.  So I guess you can stop by my place in a few weeks.  We sat on her deck with a glass of this and two pieces of ice.  Perfect ending to a great day that’s for sure.

I got my Volvo back.  My car I must say handles better than it did before my accident.  Guess I needed to wreck it.  I would highly recommend St. Louis Street Auto Body Shop to anyone in town.  Go there.  They’ll do it right.  I’m going to sent them a thank you card.  Believe it or not, I was way relieved to get rid of that 2010 Pontiac G6 the insurance company gave me to drive.  Every time I closed the trunk I felt like I was slamming a metal lunch box.  I love my car.  End of story.

Kids are staying busy and that’s a good thing.  Jordan signed up for an off season track team here in town.  He has meets on the weekends and lots of training during the week, plus he’s working too.  Lauren is volunteering at Wonders of Wildlife and spending lots of time with her friends.  I feel we’re busier now than when school is on.  I kind of miss the idea of the school schedule.  Things get kind of crazy with late night dinners, sleeping in and having to be here and there.

Wishing I had a couple more pieces of ice……….


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Meditate on This

Some days, we were just meant to stay home and today was one of those days.  It was a cool morning and the sun was gorgeous.  I was on my way to a meditation class and took a detour since I’d left the house a bit too early.  Bad idea. 

I totally clipped this lady as she pulled out of her drive way into my path.  No one was injured.  Just my car, her car and my feelings.  I never even saw her.  I never even braked until it was over.  No skid marks.  It was THAT fast.  She got a ticket.  Anyways, I will need new rack and pinion steering, a new wheel, a tire and probably a fender and a bumper, unless they decide to sand and fix.  Who knows.  Until a business day, I shall wait. 

Every day when I leave the house I always say how much I love this car!  Maybe that’s a really bad thing to say.

And nope I wasn’t about to pee my pants, though I look like I’m about to.  I was just freezing to death, my hair was still wet.  Don’t you just dig those Merrell clogs with white socks?  I’m thinking about all the times I took the kids to school in my pajamas and didn’t have an accident.  That would’ve been worse than clogs with white socks.  Drive defensively.

Happy Mother’s Day!


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The Week In A Nutshell

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*I love the birdfeeder that my biological father made.  It’s in the front yard, and I have a perfect view of it through the picture window from one of my flea market chairs.  I cannot wait until the wintertime to see what other sorts of birds stop by.

*I taught a yoga class yesterday for someone that has the swine flu.  It’s at a studio down the street from my home.  Convenient indeed.  Felt good to help out and start a week earlier than I planned.  I’ll be teaching a Saturday rotation there.

*I love my new car.   It feels really good to have waited for something for like 10 years and to now finally have it.  During those 10 years, I drove two different mini vans.  One was gold, the other one blue.  My new car is silver and I was over being picky about the color.

*I’ve already paid $500 towards the Volvo loan and my first payment is not until December 2.  We pretty much live debt free with the exception of our house payment.  I don’t feel guilty about borrowing this small amount for the car at all.  We only use credit cards for plane tickets or wholesale yoga supplies for the boutique.  I think we’re unAmerican.

*I went to yoga this morning, not to teach, but for myself.  I meditate here at home almost every single morning.  I like the early darkness and the quiet of the house before anyone else gets up.

*Lauren and I made a run to Target today for a birthday gift.  It was 11:30 a.m. and the place was jam packed.  What’s up with that?  I thought the world was broke.  We checked out these awesome chairs my sister is buying.  They’re green and blue and made out of one piece of wood.  Very sleek, modern and comfortable.

*Our son has been invited to a track meet that will take place in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.  I want him to go.  Of course I want to go with him!  Hopefully, we can figure out how to send him.  We will get all the details this coming Sunday, Nov. 22.  The G.I. Joe’s are going on e-bay soon.

*We attended a choir concert last night.  Our daughter sang in that same Children’s Choir for 4 years and lost interest.  Our niece is still in it.  She sang a solo from Phantom of the Opera.  She looked beautiful and was simply amazing.  She also played her  flute a couple of times while the other choirs sang.  She’s 15, very smart and very talented.

*My sister totally hates her new job and says it just might be the most jacked up company in the world.  On the other hand, her husband is working on a massive resort in the Bahamas that’s being built by Tiger Woods and his bud.  Water features galore.  He’ll be busy for awhile.

*Frank has not had a day off since September 22, that is, until yesterday and today!  Finally, someone wants to work.  What did he do on his day off?  He went deer hunting.

*I’ve been working on serious organization around here.  Our office is full of crap, mine and Frank’s.  I finally purchased a nice book shelf for the hallway and now all of my yoga stuff is in one location.  I am so totally happy.  Yes, simple pleasures rock out.

*In my organization spree, I found several books that I need to read.  Winter weather and tea, oh yes.

*Today was the first day to drive the new car in the rain.  The head lamps have windshield wipers.  Cool.  I wonder if they really make a difference?

*Ghiradelli brownies are totally dangerous, and one should never, ever make them.

*My husband is addicted to watching Star Trek on the computer and I wish he’d put the head phones on.  I love sharing this small office space and bumping chairs often.

*My daughter informed me that the new Volvo commercial features the Twilight cast.  Funny.  She’s totally into the new car now, at first she was sad to see the van go.

*We’re not doing anything for Thanksgiving.  The last few years, we’ve held the dinner at our place.  We’re not having any company.  We’re just going to walk next door.

*I’ve fallen out of love with my hair dresser.  I’m not liking the hair style enough to maintain it, so I’m going to bolt.  Now, what kind of cut do I get?  My hair gets really heavy on the top and it’s driving my crazy.  Of course, my family says, “Let it grow long!”  Riiiight.  I teach yoga.  I need easy, short and low maintenance.  That includes NO flat ironing.  I need blow dry or toss wet and go. 

*My sister got a great haircut one time when she visited here.  I think I’ll go there.   She said it was the best haircut she’s ever had.

*I’ve had my hair professionally colored once and that was before we got married in August of 2004.  Some of my gray hair is not silky and straight.  It’s kinky.  I figure I’ll be the 50 year old yoga teacher with a white fro.  Check me out in seven years.

*Tomorrow is my last class at Jordan Valley Community Health Center.  They’re wanting a winter intersession and I hope the Y will pay me to do it.  I so love that new group, it’s close to home and the space is nice!

*This week is also my last week at MSU.  I’ve done an intersession for them for years.  Otherwise, they’d be without yoga until the end of January.  That would really suck.

 *I have not taken a bike ride or a walk in a few weeks.  Now that it’s raining, I want to!

*I’ve been blogging for a year and half now.  The post I did about the Christmas trees around the world and Hot Yoga have been the most popular.  Who knew?


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Stimulating The Economy Volvo Style

Since 1998 or so, I’ve wanted a Volvo S70.  Volvo only put out this body style for a few years.  Some people think it’s totally ugly.  Eleven years later, I still think it’s totally cool.  Back in 1998 or so, this car retailed for around $27,000.  Back then, I could’ve purchased it but I thought that was silly when $27,000 could buy part of a small dwelling here in Springburg.

I go through these phases of endless internet searches for Volvo S70s that leave me strung out, red eyed and ignoring my family.  I bring myself back to reality with my yoga practice on being happy with what I have and that would be a 2003 Ford Windstar mini van.  I’ve owned it since March 2004 and it’s mine free and clear.  On Wednesday I found a Volvo S70 that looked awesome on the internet, so I made a call and the dude on the line sounded decent.  Since the kids were out of school today, I decided to get someone to teach my morning yoga class and drive to CLAREMORE, OK to check this car out.    

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Since Frank is living at the mall these days, I went alone.  The weather was great for a road trip.  I figured all I would be out would be some gas money and the $70 for that check I borrowed from the bank in case I didn’t need it.  Whatever.  Small change compared to what settling for what I’ve already seen and regretting it later might bring.  I arrived at 10:45 a.m.  and tried not to pee my pants as I looked at the car staying completely emotionless.  But inside I was like OH MY GOD this is the nicest Volvo S70 I’ve ever seen and it’s a 2000, not a 1999, not a 1998, and OH MY GOD it really does have 48,700 miles on it.  And the seats are NOT cracked.  At all.  I drove it and it was perfect.  Shit.  This is really going to suck because I know he’s not going to give me crap for my hail damaged van, plus do I have enough money in my yoga checking account to buy this car when I need more than what I got from the bank?

McDonald’s.  That’s where I went after he told me to go and eat some lunch because I’d already been there for almost two hours.  I sucked on my sweet tea and gazed out the window at this car knowing I could have it.  I was happy but also sad knowing he probably wasn’t going to budge because if I didn’t take it today, someone would take it tomorrow on a sunny Saturday in Claremore.  I returned from my rush of fat and sugar to ask him if he would take XX amount of $$ and my van.  Nope.  Sorry.  Ok then.  How about XXX amount of $$ and my van?  Nope.  Sorry.  Hard headed he was, because duh, it’s the nicest S70 in the freaking midwest.  I tried the, “But it needs a new keyless remote and I will need to have a wing on the back because it’s so grandma-like and the door panels have a tiny problem (like they all do) and it has no sun roof and it’s priced like a GLT and it’s an SE.” 

None of this crap worked, none of it.  Amazing.  That totally sucked for me.  I wouldn’t even take the water he offered me because I thought I might throw it up.

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I’ve never wanted an Audi, a BMW, a Lexus or even a Mercedes, only a Volvo.  At 2:45 p.m. I caved.  I whipped out my yoga check book (thank you everyone) and gave him the extra that was needed to seal the deal.  He went down an entire $50 after I asked him to at least take off what it would cost for the divorce I was in for when I got home.  After it was over I told him it was the nicest S70 I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot) and that something had to be terribly wrong with the car because it was too good to be true.  Nope, it’s just a good, clean, well cared for S70.  I also asked him if he had an extra room at his house that I could stay in until my husband decided to take me back.  I drove it home.  I finally took that bottle of water.  Done deal.

It’s mine.  I love it.  I don’t think I’ve felt this way about a vehicle since like 1986 when I had my Mustang GT.  When Frank checked it out tonight, he was like “WOW” very nice car.  I still have a home and a husband.

Now all need is a Namaste sticker for the bumper.

What can I say?  They’re boxy, but they’re good!!