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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I am now over five weeks away from my tummy tuck surgery and back to my regular schedule which includes teaching a 6:30 AM yoga class on Tuesdays. It's been over 5 weeks since my alarm went off at 5:30 and I have felt it late this afternoon.
In addition to the hour long yoga, I had a once a month meeting with my yoga discussion group which is wonderful, but very intense. Then DH and I went to get our flu shots, a quick lunch and off to teach my first yoga classes to 3-6 year olds and 6-9 year olds at a local Montesorri school. Getting home at 3:00 was my first chance to get on Spark and I felt like I had to be superwoman and answer everything... finally my fatigue reminded to be human and rest. I am feeling a bit better now, but glad I have only one yoga class tomorrow.
I wish stamina came back as fast as feeling good!!!


Wish I could capture the magic

Monday, October 18, 2010

This past weekend DH and I attended his 45th college reunion. I attended the same college two years behind him. In fact we met only 6 weeks before he graduated. The weekend was magic and I can't quite figure why or how to explain it. Weather helped, it was one of those glorious fall weekends with just the slightest nip to the air, but blue sky and plentiful sunshine to keep things bright. We had an informal get-together Friday evening with just his class-mates and spouses... all of whom are Cornell grads as well. There is something about having gone to a college of 1200 students, being taught by full professors, being challenged to do and be your best, but being accepted as part of the community no matter what your GPA or social group was. The campus is on a hilltop and the entire campus is part of the National Registry of Historic places. I don't ever feel as if we are trying to recapture our youth, we are relishing in shared memories of events, people and places that steered and influenced who we all have become, from multi-millionaire entreprenuers to school teachers. The best part of all was the wonderful conversations that we shared. I loved being asked by a classmate of DH who is a philosophy professor, "What is is that brings joy and love into your life? What did you have to give up to have it?"
As I said... magic, pure magic.

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MRS_TOAD 10/19/2010 8:44AM

    I am so glad you had a magical weekend. What great memories!

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LESLIEJEAN43 10/18/2010 7:24PM

    Thanks for your answer, CarolJean. Great replies.

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CAROLJEAN64 10/18/2010 4:31PM

    I initially answered that my husband filled that part of my life, but Peter didn't accept that. He wanted something beyond that obvious answer. So I told him- "Teaching at risk high school students and that I gave up opportunities to make lots more money."

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PLAYBLUES22 10/18/2010 4:24PM

    Sweetie sounds like you were on top of the world emoticon

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LESLIEJEAN43 10/18/2010 2:39PM

    It sounds like a wonderful weekend, but what I want to know is how you answered those questions....

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

We did lots of smiling and laughing this weekend at Dh's 45th college reunion. It reminded me of the power of laughter. I am a trained laughter yoga teacher.... yes there really is such a thing. Google laughter yoga and enjoy watching the YouTube videos that come up.
I was reminded good laughter is for us. It increases the oxygen to our brains, it is like taking our internal organs on a jog and it is aerobic activity for our respiratory system. Measurements have shown that 1 minute of hearty laughter has the same aerobic effect as 3 minutes on a rowing machine. So take a chance. Go to a private room with a mirror, look at yourself and laugh as deeply and fully as you can for a minute. You will feel GREAT!

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CITRUSPINE 10/17/2010 4:58PM

    That is great that you laugh and also have classes for laughter. I checked for yoga laughter classes around here but there are none. Guess it is not too popular yet! You are in a great profession and good for you! Not everyone can laugh at work.

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The Power of Community

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I have been glued to my TV for most of the last 24 hours watching the miracle of the mine rescue in Chile. As i listened I realized something about the importance and value of community for us as humans. Those 33 men were not just 33 individuals but became a community--- the commentators talked about the doctor, the spiritual leader, the preacher, the leader, the joker, the story-teller, the videographer, the organizer. We can achieve great things when we come together and share our many individual gifts and talents. Even the rescue itself was the result of the efforts of many nations. City of Hope- what a perfect name for the rescue city.

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MRS_TOAD 10/15/2010 9:25AM

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. They are individuals with gifts and talents, but it was those exact gifts that when brought together into community that allowed them to survive under such extremely stressful conditions. Perhaps this is why SP works so well. Individuals sharing their gifts and creating community.

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SHANTISHANTI 10/14/2010 10:54AM

    Miracles happen every day, we just have to believe in them. I sat with tears in my eyes as I watched each man come to the surface. Their "community" must have been truly powerful, they each served a purpose, they each helped the other stay strong, their bond is neverending.

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SCIGEEK 10/14/2010 5:22AM

    I am so glad that the media has taken hold of this story and kept it in the limelight. So often in our daily lives the news is filled with murder, mayhem and horrific stories, in short, focusing on all the "bad" in our lives. This story is one that started out horrific, can you imagine what it was like being trapped, in the dark, with no immediate rescue at hand? Instead this story is one of hope (you are right, it is a great name for a rescue city!) and I love how the whole world has been pulling for these guys. Wish we had more reporting on things like this. I really believe there is a great deal of "good" being done around the world but because "good" doesn't attract viewers like murder and mayhem, it often goes unnoticed.

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A Real Shower

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Remember that song from your childhood: "Playmate, come out and play with me and bring your dollies three. Climb up my apple tree. Holler down my rain barrel. Slide down my cellar door and we'll be jolly friends forever more." I remember my mother talking about using rain water to wash her hair because it was so soft. Well, I discovered all that was true this afternoon. I decided to walk for my cardio to include a walk through the park and then to the store for a sweet potato for tonight's supper. Half-way to the store it started to rain, so I turned around since I was only a little over a block from home. When I turned around I saw a sheet of rain heading towards me. I decided to just relax and enjoy in impromptu shower. I used to love the rain when I was a kid, so why should be any different now? I arrived home soaked to the skin. DH met me with a large bath towel and I had to strip all the way down as I was wet through, but my hair is real soft.


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