Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Well, I'm busy cooking 24 vegan cupcakes, and one dog food cupcake topped with a dog biscuit heart is in the freezer getting nice and solid. The children are excited about celebrating Stella's birthday tomorrow.
Stella couldn't come in today because I took my class bowling Fun, fun, fun! But....no dogs allowed in the bowling alley.
Here's the vegan cupcake recipe:
4 C flour
2 1/2 C sugar
6 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1 C vegan margarine
2 C soy milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C soy yogurt
1/2 C applesauce
1/2 C silken tofu
I blended everything except the flour in my BlendTec, but I'm sure a mixer would work just fine. Then mix in the flour.
Put in cupcake liners in a cupcake pan, and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Makes around 3 dozen
Vegan Buttercream Frosting:
3 C powdered sugar
1/2 C vegan margarine
1/4 C soy milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Mix it all up and smooth it on the cooled cupcakes.
Tomorrow, we it up!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I had my first Anat Baniel session - it was different from anything I have done before. I knew it wasn't Alexander technique, but somehow I imagined similarities. It is really hard to explain what we did, so I'm attaching a link to a video from the Anat Baniel site so you can check it out if you are interested in the details.
Happily, my teacher was not annoying - the one on the video would have driven me right out the door. After all of the arm and hip work on the right, I found that my right arm and right leg were considerably elongated. The most interesting thing we did came after working the right arm and left while lying on the left side. When we moved onto the right side to work the left arm and leg, we did all of the same movements, only in our minds - no actual physical movement. This took a good deal of mental focus. After practicing the movements in our minds only, we did each movement only one time with the left arm and leg. The results were quite remarkable! I have signed up for a six week session and will keep you posted.
Another rainy day, but I got my walk with Stella in nonetheless. We had a great time walking through the field and the woods behind my house. We both got to get fresh air and exercise, but Stella managed to go two or three times farther than me, running joyously around the meadow.
Even though I cannot play the guitar right now, I was able to get together with my friend and sing. She played guitar, we both sang, and it worked out very nicely. It felt funny at first to sing without playing, but I found it freed me up to concentrate on my harmonization.
In all, for a rainy Sunday in a long run of gray and rainy days, it was a very pleasant Sunday.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I have to admit to considerable self indulgent sulking today. First of all, the sunny weather predicted for today that I was really, REALLY, desperately looking forward to never transpired. Just another bleak Ohio day under a thick, relentlessly gray sky. The perfect recipe for deepening seasonal affective disorder.
Then, when I smashed my finger, the rest of what I had anticipated for my day was smashed along with it. I felt shocky and sick, so I didn't go to yoga. I had to cancel my guitar lesson and my plans to play music with friends because I can't bend my finger. My day seemed shot before it even began. Maybe, on some level, I needed a down day and a bad mood. However, I finally got tired of myself and decided to change tactics.
I threw a pork roast into the crock pot with heaping portions of vegetables and some wine, drank 2 cups of water, put Stella on her leash, and went out for a walk under the gray Ohio sky. Over the course of three miles, I had some good reflection time and Stella got to pee and poop, so by the time we got back, dinner was cooking along very nicely and we both felt considerably better.
I don't need my first knuckle to sing, so I can still make music with my friends (or by myself for that matter.
I thought of the accomplishments of Django Reinhardt, whose hands were permanently disfigured in a fire, but was a masterful guitar player in spite of that. I just have a boo boo compared to that.
By the way, Django was born 100 years ago today.
The skies might be dark, but the air is crisp and fresh. Plus, we do get more daylight than Fairbanks this time of year.
A walk with a poodle is just plain good for the soul. Poodle's and mine.
I'm looking forward to my home strength training and yoga practice this evening.
Life has its set-backs, but life is good.
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