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Quitters

We’ve all probably given up something at some point in our lives haven’t we?  I quit my childhood swim team.  I quit playing violin….heck I even quit a couple of marriges.  But I’ve never just up and quit a job without any notice. 

As a business owner in what seems now like a previous life I hired some folks who I thought, would be more than great employees.  It was always disheartening to get that phone call, usually while I was out of town – that the new employee decided to just not come in.  There’s so much complaining about lack of work these days that I  just really don’t get it.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve thought about just quitting a job before.  We all most likely have.  But I’ve never acted on it.  Office Space is one of my favorite movies and I do love the line in the movie where the main character says, “I didn’t quit.  I’m just not going to go in  anymore.”  Love it.

I am still cleaning at the movie theater and on occasion it’s a pretty brutal job.  You may’ve read why in a previous post.  It’s a workout and I am happy say that I have lost 13 pounds and I got paid while doing so.  I am training people now and so the company hired a girl that had cleaning experience.  I trained her at an office building on Thursday evening and then she was supposed to train with me on the following day – a Friday – at 5:30 in the morning.  I received a text from her about 4:36 a.m. stating that her alternator in her car was out.  I pulled over in Kaliedescope’s parking lot and responded with a text that asked her where she lived.  I waited.  And waited.  And waited.  No response.  Quitter number one.  Not a big deal as I had someone dependable working with me that day.  So the company hired another person.  Quitter number two.

This time it was a dude.  He was a cleaner with a different company and was keeping that job.  He had great references.  I liked him.  We actually cleaned the theater together several weekends before he decided to, um, just quit.  Spiderman had just opened at the IMAX.  I missed the serious disaster because it opened on July 3rd and I only work on the weekends.  For that week I was thankful.  But a lot of people didn’t see Spiderman on opening night and if you live here, you know that it’s been super hot so the movies have been super busy.

On a still busy Spiderman Saturday morning at 5:00 a.m. I found myself all alone.  No. Way.  This isn’t happening?  Or is it?  I texted my partner, the guy, and got no response.  Then I was pretty sure that it was really happening.  Have you ever tried to get a hold of anyone at like 5:00 in the morning?  It’s not that easy.  Especially for people that clean.  We work some weird hours and sleep some weird hours as well.  The theater was a complete disaster and I’m not just talking IMAX here.  It takes two people a good 4 hours or longer on a day from hell to clean the place and to make it worse, 10 o’clock shows were scheduled to happen.  Oh happy day.

I started thinking.  And running.  And thinking.  And working.  I rounded up ALL the trash by myself first like we always do.  Then I back pack vacuumed the IMAX after I got the trash out of there of course.  Not only were the waste receptacles stuffed, running trash left in the theaters can take quite awhile too.  After that I cleaned the small bathrooms at the IMAX and headed east with my back pack sweeper still in place.  I decided to back pack all the theaters first and if I had to I would clean the big bathrooms while the place was open.  Not good because they were bad but I had no choice.  I was halfway through the theater cleaning when I got a text from a co-worker (around 8:30 a.m.) that had just trained for the theater the day before.  He asked me if I still needed help.  I was about to cry and laugh at the same time and I said yes!  He arrived quickly and vacuumed the front common area.  Then he cleaned the bathrooms and mopped the concessions and the bathrooms too.  After that he got all the trash to the dumpsters.  I was busily back packing away.  We walked out of that place at like 10:20 a.m. only after I apologized to the manager.  I let her know if things weren’t up to par, I was totally sorry. 

I think work ethic is hard to find.  I am thankful that I have that instilled into me.  Thanks mom and dad!  I am always on time.  I am quick to learn things and I do a good job.  I know there are a few things that I will never quit.  Red wine, yoga and a job (not without notice of course)!


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Retreat Reminiscing

IMG_1290This past weekend I brought one of my favorite yoga teachers to town.  This marks the third year Thomas Fortel has visited our area and it’s been a real treat every single time. 

We’d originally planned to meet at OTC so we wouldn’t disrupt our meditation group that meets on Saturday mornings.  But I had a last minute change of heart.  Our group was smaller this year and the space at OTC was gigantic.  And we didn’t just have one space reserved over there, we had two.  The other space was reserved for our catered lunch. 

We moved to the studio with no regrets.  The feeling at the studio was amazing and everyone agreed.  We settled in on Friday evening with pranayama, soft spinal twisting and restorative postures.  That evening pretty much set the tone for the rest of the weekend, which was slow, steady and quiet.

On Saturday we enjoyed over a full hour of meditation and breathing.  This is the total treat of the whole weekend.  The quiet and the focus that happens when meditating in a group field is amazing.  When the lights come up, everyone is so relaxed.  Eyes are wet and black with mascara that’s left the lashes and bed hair is abundant.  And the best part is that no one cares that they look this way.  After that we eased into an active asana practice for a couple of hours.  We took in some partner work, inversions and vinyasas. 

 After our active practice we enjoyed a catered and extremely healthy lunch.  Candi Davis, caterer extraordinairre, served us some wonderful yogi wraps, quinoa salad, white beans with butternut squash and fruit with an assortment of hot teas.  We took in gluten free brownies and raspberry oatmeal bars with our tea as our after lunch sweet.  She brought all glass dishes, cloth napkins and real silverware and carted it away afterwards.  It felt very good knowing we had no trash or extra clean up on our part.  I have her number if you want it.  She really puts her heart in the meal and you can taste it. 

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On Sunday we all arrived at the studio happy and a bit sad to know this was our last day together.  We engaged in that quiet group field again for over an hour.  After that Thomas stepped it up a notch with a very active practice including inversions followed by a much shorter relaxation.  As always, there were a couple of people that showed up that I’d never met and that’s always really cool.  It’s work getting all of this together and happening.  It takes more than just me and I am so thankful for the help that I receive in order to make this event and others happen.  View more photos here.

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There’s something about really diving in for more than an hour or two that soothes the soul.  I’m still receiving positive feedback and I would really like to thank those that chose to spend their weekend in this way.  Thanks Thomas, for giving us a wonderful retreat and we know we’ll see you next year if not before.

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Kirsten and Thomas on Sunday at the end of the retreat.


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Truly Amazing Friends

100_3499Some days, you really do wake up and realize you are surrounded by amazing friends!  That happened to me this weekend.  My friend Michelle, gave me two bottles of Pinot Noir.  Not just any old Pinot Noir, but Pinot Noir she had made herself!  I met Michelle I don’t know, four or five years ago when she came to my yoga class.  In fact, her entire family attended my Family Yoga Class for quite some time and they’re all awesome!

I made myself wait to open it, almost a week!  Saturday, I taught a three hour workshop on the Psoas Muscle and I was more than ready to relax.  My husband was working out of town and my kids were gone.  It was time to pop the cork.  This was and is (I have one more bottle) some of the best wine I’ve ever had.  Really smooth, hints of grapes and beautiful color.  Though she told me it was cloudy (sulfite free) I didn’t really notice it and I didn’t really care. 

She needs to open her own winery!!  

I arrived home Sunday evening after another three hours of yoga.  This time to my family and chaos.  I’d been at the Spring Equinox Yoga Mala where we did 108 sun salutes for charity.  Shortly after walking in the door, I poured myself another small glass of that great wine.  My friend Sylvia called and wanted to drop by.  She had a surprise for me.  I met Sylvia when our kids started Kindergarten.  Her daughter Emily and my daughter Lauren are very good friends.  Sylvia is an artist and a damn good one!  Her signature is to cover her pieces in this tiny little iridescent glitter.  Her work is whimsical with lots of animals, faeries, glitter, gardens and what nots.  I love her stuff!  She made me something for my kitchen.  A sock monkey character she’s named Dr. Woo Hoo. 

100_3497Dr. Woo Hoo is a pretty cool dude.  He’s an adventurer and this time he ventured into my kitchen cooking up a storm.  This is adorable!  She brought this to me framed with a nail taped to the back so we could hang it immediately.  I had to include a couple photos of the detail work, it’s amazing.  She did this with colored pencils and crayons.  Can’t say if I used colored pencils and crayons that I could make something like this.  The frame is gorgeous, and the orange carrots and the blue colors just bounce off my chocolate kitchen walls.

 

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I poured her a glass of Michelle’s Pinot Noir, then I broke out a  package of sheep’s cheese and some crackers.  We admired her work and enjoyed the wine.  What awesome people I know!  Thank You!

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