Frank said…#88

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I was stretched out on the futon, relaxing with my legs across Frank’s lap when the NPH Heineken commercial came on the TV. He starts humping the side of my calf…

Me: What? Huh? What the? Why are you humping my leg?
Frank: It’s between me and Neal Patrick Harris!
Me: But he’s gay.
Frank: Then I have what he wants, don’t I?
Me: Touche.

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Coffee er LUNCH date…and August’s challenge let’s #makeaugust a good one!

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Last year’s birthday post. It was an epic party.

Happy Friday to you and you and you, and YOU! What did you have for lunch today? I had veggie soup and gf crackers.

Soup and crackers aren’t very inspired, but what can you do? I was tempted to just have a cupcake that I brought in, but I’m trying to hold off for now. I might want one later tonight after all.

So, how are you? Did you survive the week? I assume that if you’re reading this you did at least physically, but what about mentally?

July’s over. I did #julyoga as many days as I could and I enjoyed it. July had it’s rough points for me, but it was over all alright. How was July for you?

Captain Obvious would tell you if July is over then, today is August 1st. August 1st means that today is my brother’s birthday and that it’s time for a new challenge. I have a private one that I’ll share the results of when it’s over but I wanted to do something public for people to join me with if they wanted to do so.

I decided that because my cooking, crafting, and other wise creative endeavors have been sorely lacking this summer, I’m going to work on making something new every day.  It could be something food related, digital, textile, or really anything. The idea is to get my two normally busy hands and brain to get back into the swing of making things.

I might even take it to be a little less concrete some days and try to make someone smile, or their day, memories or mischief.

If you’d like to join along, you can certainly do so and if you’re feeling brave please share what you’ve “made” with the hashtag of #MakeAugust. Please also add a more specific hashtag of WHAT you made. For instance #someonesmile, #someonesday, #someonelaugh, #crafty, #yummy etc.

I’m also going to continue working on my yoga and making progress there. I think I’d like to more resemble girl in the striped pants, doing the funky back bend. I haven’t tried to do that yet and even if I could bend that way, I’m sure it wouldn’t look so graceful. Maybe some day?

I’d also like to make sure that I’m living and reflecting the traits that are listed there.  Most of those Bes? I’m pretty good with…I try like hell to embrace fearlessness, honesty, generosity, bravery, poetry (maybe not with words), openness, freedom, happiness, and to inspire myself and others. I don’t need to be a yogi, but I’d like to be thought of as the other traits and along with yoga, that takes practice.

It might seem like a tall order to #MakeAugust, but I think I’m up for it. Would you care to join me? If you’d like to guest post about what you’re doing/have done or post it on Instagram or Twitter, make sure you use the hastag so I see it!

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Thursday Thirteen – Thoughts I’ve had about #julyoga

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image from google, words added by me.

So I did it. I did yoga (almost) every day this past month. I missed a couple of days because my body said no and one because I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until the next morning (Basically that never happens!)

Some nights it was the very last thing I did before settling in for the night, sometimes it was at lunch, other times it was a yoga of some sort class…but I did it.

  1. Some days I really didn’t want to do it, unless I hurt, I tried 10 minutes and often it extended into at least 20 minutes. I almost never felt worse after doing it. Most times I felt better about myself and the world around me. (Go gentle endorphins!)
  2. I really hate being in a “mirror” spot because it’s incredibly distracting. It also makes me hyper aware of the fact that I’m often the biggest person in the room. I try to focus on what I can do, what I need to work on, and how strong I am rather than how big I am.
  3. I can in fact clear my mind to nothing. It lasted 5 seconds at most, but I did it more than once. On the days I couldn’t, that was okay too.
  4. Unless “the girls” go away there are some poses that no matter how hard I try, I will not be able to achieve. Same goes for my tummy. I try anyway.
  5. Modifications are our friend, but it feels damn awesome not to need them.
  6. Mean girls are everywhere, even in yoga class, and it makes it even more challenging to let go of your day.
  7. Forgetting my hand towel really just sucks. My hands sweat way too much.
  8. Speaking of sweat, wiping it away and counting breaths does help let go of what’s bothering you. Specifically if you give each wipe of the sweat a specific thing.
  9. I can in fact, do hard things and be stinkin’ proud of myself when I do them.
  10. I actually like (hopefully) hot yoga best I think. This was a far cry from almost passing out and hating it the first few times I did it.
  11. It’s a heck of a workout and really takes some effort. I didn’t change anything else really, but I’m seeing more definition and a less fluff.
  12. I’m both more and less flexible than I thought I was.
  13. I like yoga more than I ever did before and while I might not go every day after today, I’m going to keep it up.

Did you do #julyoga this month? Do you have thoughts you’d like to share?

I’d like to add a little more if you have a few moments…

I think what I have taken away most from this month of yoga is that really it’s up to me to be there for my own reasons. Each class starts with the quiet assigning of an intention for that day’s practice. Mine started with “Make it thorough without falling over, throwing up, or passing out.” It morphed into other more focused thoughts such as, “Accept what’s going on at work and with so and so.” and “See if you can push the flexibility today.”

The other mental practice that I liked a lot was that it wasn’t “wrong” to be out of the moment and to be “doing it wrong”. It was okay for my brain to wander (it’s favorite activity!) so long as I acknowledged where it went and brought it back to the focus of that moment.  I was able to do some sort of inspired soul searching (that I’m still working on) and take some time out of being a little upset with myself for the focus problems.

I got a lot out of this month and I’m very glad that I tried. I’ll never be perfect with yoga in my poses or myself, but it’s not about perfection. It’s about showing up and practicing that day.

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I don’t have anything I’ve recently made for you to see, but here’s a look at what I want to make soon…

If you were hoping for something tasty I’ve made recently, I’m sorry to say, you’re out of luck. Mostly we’re eating a whole lot of well loved but repeat dishes. I just haven’t felt like getting creative or finding something new. (You can see some of our favorites over here though.)

Just because I haven’t felt like trying to make new things, doesn’t mean that I haven’t been pinning like a fiend. It’s one of my favorite things to do when I can’t sleep.

My lunch today (soup and cherries) didn’t speak to my soul so I was looking at some of my pins. It might have been a mistake because now I’m totally hungry again or at least my eyes are.

Do your eyes ever think they’re hungry when your body isn’t in the least? I’m hoping it’s not just me here, but I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.

Here are some of the links that made me particularly eye hungry. I didn’t include photos, but you can click through to see them. All links are to the Pinterest Pins and there is no particular order to them.

How about you? What are you eying to make in the near future? Alternately, what would you like to try off the list above?

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Progress on the house is coming along…slowly

People keep asking me how progress on the house is going. The answer is SLOWLY now.

After the huge crazy push to get moved in, carpets torn up, walls painted and floors down, we’ve had a lull in house progress. Don’t get me wrong, we’re still making progress, but at a much slower pace than we were working at in the beginning.

Frankly, we needed a break. It’s gotten to the point though, that I think I’m so overwhelmed with what has to be done still that I just freeze and am having a hard time deciding what to do. When this happens, nothing gets done. (Please tell me I’m not alone here…)

It’s time to kick it up a notch though. Sorry, Frank!

Sunday I (mostly) finished painting the bonus room. I say “mostly” because Daddy-O seems to like to do the window trim so I’ll let him do that down the road when he feels like it. Also we’ll eventually replace the switches and outlets, but I’m not sure if that’s something I’ll try myself or if I’ll wait for my uncle to help. I’m pretty sure I’m fully capable, but we’ll see.

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Sorry for the crappy shot, I’m not so good with the panorama yet.

That’s the panoramic photo from the middle of the futon from last night. As you can see, we’ve started slowly bringing boxes in again and unpacking. There is tons more to bring in and shelves to put it all on other shelves that need to be built etc, but it’s a start. It’s also not likely the final set up. I figure that’ll happen – um – never.

I’ve been saying it for several weeks now, but this weekend I HAVE to paint the dresser so it can come inside and be used. Not that I’m a super neat person, but sometimes I do like to have all my clean clothes in one place so I’m not left searching for my favorite pants. Also, I have this current desire to be a grown-up and have a respectable, company can drop by and it’s not horrible, home.

Today at least.

That means tonight after (hopefully) hot yoga I’ll go home and bring in another couple of boxes to unpack. Tomorrow I don’t have much planned after work so I can do some more and ask Frank for help with what he can do too. This weekend after swimming (weather permitting) I’ll do some spray painting and if it doesn’t cooperate, I’ll make some curtains.

A couple boxes here, a few boxes there…it’ll all get done sooner or later. Hopefully sooner because I’m a getting a little antsy and an Antsy Court is not a Happy Court. I’ll check in Monday and let you know what I actually got done and post photos over on Instagram as we go.

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Reading more: Seduction

Quite some time ago now, I read Seduction: A Novel of Suspense by M.J. Rose A copy of this book was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through my partnership with the now defunct Red Letter Reads. The opinions are my own.

From Amazon

A gothic tale about Victor Hugo’s long-buried secrets and the power of a love that never dies . . . In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, still grieving, Hugo initiated hundreds of séances from his home on the Isle of Jersey in order to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published.

Or so it has been believed . . .(continued)

Truth be told, I was a little nervous about this book at first. It seemed long, it had spirituality, history, and  fantasy – three genres I’m not necessarily a fan of reading, and it took a little bit to get into Hugo’s journal passages. It ended up being a good thing I was on vacation when I read it though, because I stayed up late several nights in a row reading this book.

While I felt the stories wove together in a beautiful way, there were pieces of the book that were jammed into the overall picture. It could be more my lack of knowledge regarding certain historical eras than the writing itself, but some of the connections could have been further explored and explained for the historical non-buffs in the crowd. I enjoyed this book enough to download another by M.J. Rose, look forward to reading more and have already told some friends they should read it.

Is this something you’d like to read?

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Things that made me smile this week…#30, 2014

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I’m back at it, listing out the things from the past week that made me smile and that I’m am thankful for. It’s important to remember the things that are good to help ease the sting of the bad.

What can I say? Some weeks are better than others and I’d like to have reminders of the good for when it’s not so good. I re read that statement and it makes me feel like I’m implying that life isn’t good. It mostly is. (Knockonwood!) I just want to make sure I’m documenting the moments that shine for me so when they don’t I can find good things quickly

It’s been too long since I’ve done one of these, so in no particular order, what has been good lately:

  • Finding myself again
  • Completing 2 scarves
  • Cocktails on the deck with friends. (Mojitos, Root2Beer, and Nectarine(?) Orange with Lime Popsicle for ice with rum.)
  • Getting the green room painting done and rearranged.
  • “Comfort” food (Chipotle chicken burrito bowl, grocery store sushi)
  • Coffee with hot chocolate for a double pick me up when I haven’t slept.
  • Getting settled in my new office
  • Keeping up with #julyoga (and a fricken great Tuesday class!)
  • Some free new books from NetGalley (even though Red Letter Reads seems to be no more, I still get free books to read through NetGalley.)
  • Constant Comment Tea.
  • Getting plans sorted out for CAR’s wedding in Chicago!

How was your week?

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Frank said…#87

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

I was watching a segment on Kiera Knightly on the Sunday Morning show..

Sunday Morning Show: You can’t pick up a magazine without seeing her in the cover. (Shows covers of Glamor, Cosmo, etc)

Frank: That’s crap! I don’t think she’s on Popular Science!

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Coffee er Afternoon Tea Date

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Thanks for stopping by for tea! What kind are you having? I went with Constant Comment with one sugar and a splash of milk. It’s an old favorite. Do you have a favorite tea?

I’m sorry if you had a hard time finding me for our afternoon tea date. I had to move my office to the colder and ittybitty office side of our work building during the internal restructuring of our office.

I’m trying to be a good sport about it and thankful that I have the job that I do, but the situation kind of sucks. I don’t even have enough floor space to do a plank unless they turn my desk back around so my back is to the door. I don’t do that though – have my back to the door. Freaks me out a bit. It was once suggested that it’s the little bit of mobster in me, but really think it’s because I’m nosy.

Maybe “curious” is a better word. People seem to respond better to it. Which is better to you? Someone being nosy or being curious? How about skinny or svelte? Cheap or frugal? slightly wet or moist?

Are there any words that are seemingly innocuous but have a bad visceral reaction for you? “Ain’t” is one of those words for me. I just hate it. Moist is another one of those for me. I just cringe when I hear it.

Unless it’s about cake or quick bread…then it’s all good in my book. Not to mention delicious! Even chocolate chip cookies can be moist. Nothing else though.

Speaking of which, I think I’m going to go get a cookie to go with my tea. I hope you have an excellent weekend and find something delightful to do. My to do list is not delightful, but getting it done will let me relax a bit!

 

 

 

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Thursday Three – Things I did to kick this slump in the butt

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It’s been a bit of a rough week. I think I mentioned that before? Good news is that I’m starting to feel a little more like myself.

Yesterday was certainly better than the day before and today’s a slight bit better than that.  (This Buzzfeed post about – achem – not manscaping (NSFW by the way) was a lovely addition to my morning…just don’t read the words. You’ll thank me for that helpful hint.)

Because each slump comes from it’s own place, it can be hard for me sometimes to kick it in the butt and get back to happy, bright, smiley me. (I was recently told “You were a ray of sunshine during some really dark days for me, thank you for that.”)

This particular slump was escorted back out of my life by doing the following:

  1. Going to Warm Yoga. (It wasn’t really hot this week but it was warm enough that with some effort I had a really gross sweat going on. Every time I had to wipe my face off, I thought, “Goodbye bad feeling of ____________.” and gave each drop a bad feeling. Gross, right? But it worked.  Also, while I was there I did some really hard (for me) things and I was so stinkin’ proud of myself that I had this ridiculous big stupid grin on my face.
  2. I stopped looking at the snarky sites and found some happy news. Sounds silly, but I spent some time reading some upbeat, happy bloggers. Sure the snark can be funny, but I found the negativity influencing my own already dark thoughts. When I woke up yesterday morning I said, “Today I find the good in something or I’ll think about it tomorrow.” And I did. Sometimes it took some serious effort on my part or walking away and coming back to something, but each good thought was a little easier.
  3. I picked up a crochet hook and a ball of yarn and made something. Just a quick double loop cowl, but it was something I KNEW I could get right. It also helped that the soft feel of yarn through my fingers, the pretty shade of blue made me smile, and I had about 8″ left over.

Sometimes getting out of a slump takes some effort, but when I work for it, it usually ends up okay.

What do you do to get out of a slump?

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