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Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at

Friday, March 11, 2011


Dancing.
Actually, I guess this would fall under "I wish I could" period. I took a few belly-dance classes and some two-step lessons but that's as far as I've gotten. I'm just not that coordinated or creative. I can follow a routine but, if I'm left to "be myself", I can't. I need structure.

  
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WOODHEAT 3/12/2011 9:38AM

    I can dance and do - a lot, but then again, I wish I could run like you!

Life is good!
Wood


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ETTEZEUS 3/11/2011 11:06PM

    Me too!

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CARILOUIE 3/11/2011 7:12PM

    AAAH I am a HORRIBLE dancer. I don't even enjoy it! I bet if I would take lessons I might like it. But they'd have to be private lessons. I wouldn't want anyone at all to see me.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 3/11/2011 10:22AM

    You'll just have to shake your groove thang in the privacy of your home then. lol

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LIZZYP609 3/11/2011 7:12AM

    HA! I don't dance either! LOL This white girl as no rhythm!

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SEYSARAH 3/11/2011 4:41AM

    This blog made me giggle..a dancing bear..fun stuff..belly dancing huh...well just got another idea from you and it sounds like great fun!

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Day 21 Ė A picture of an exercise you canít do, but would like to try

Thursday, March 10, 2011

(and then try it if you want to)

1.Start in mountain pose.
2.Crouch down, with your heels flat on the floor or a folded blanket.
3.Spread your knees wider than your hips, and move your arms in front of you.
4.Bend your arms slightly, and bring your upper arms against your shins.
5.Keep your lower body tucked against your arms as you rise up on the balls of your feet, moving your weight forward.
6.Round your back completely as you continue to rise on an exhale, bringing your lower body up off the floor.
7.You should continue to rise until your knees are resting against your upper arms, just below the shoulder, back arched, arms slightly bent.
Do not practice this pose if you are pregnant or have problems with carpal tunnel.

For more instructions on crow pose, visit Journal.
www.yogajournal.com/poses/%3Cem%3EYo
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Beginner
This is a challenging pose, but you can advance in levels by using props such as a block or bolster to support your lower body as you build strength in your arms. Remember, keep your back arched and your body tucked.

Advanced
Straighten the arms. Extend one leg out, and hold for a minute. Change legs and repeat.


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My record for holding this pose is about 15 seconds... I'd like to improve that, but just not right now.

  
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MKKAYA 3/15/2011 12:24AM

    I have tried it and ended up in a big crash on the floor!! LOL

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/10/2011 1:49PM

    Wow! These are pretty tough for sure.

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TKAYSMILES 3/10/2011 12:52PM

    Great job for 15 seconds. I can't do this one at all!!

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SEYSARAH 3/10/2011 12:02PM

    Great pics of a challenge for just about anyone!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 3/10/2011 11:52AM

    I could totally see me doing a face plant if I tried this one out. I think even 15 seconds is a great accomplishment!

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HPTEAGUE 3/10/2011 11:13AM

    I had gotten pretty decent at the beginner version, but whenever I tried to straighten my arms, I would fall! Good luck to you!!! I know this pose, amongst others, will be very challenging since I haven't been able to do as much as I was doing during my pregnancy...

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NYARAMULA 3/10/2011 1:44AM

    I can't see myself doing this, never tried. But perhaps I will take the challenge and give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Although, I've never wanted to fly south to Mexico or east to Hawaii - I've always, ALWAYS wanted to go to Australia. I can't wait until I can take the whole family there.

  
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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/9/2011 6:29PM

    I've been and it is gorgeous. I'd love to go back there. Nice choice.

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JOANN562 3/9/2011 12:25PM

    Oh, can I come too? ;-)
Sounds wonderful!!

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SEYSARAH 3/9/2011 12:19PM

    Wouldn't that be a trip of a lifetime? Me too!

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TRUEART2 3/9/2011 11:16AM

    Me too!

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ETTEZEUS 3/9/2011 8:14AM

    Me too!

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LIZZYP609 3/9/2011 7:04AM

    Yea, me too! I have always wanted to go there!

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Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011


In my last year of high school, Canada decided to switch from dollar bills to dollar coins. Seeing that I'd already been called nickel, dime & quarter for most of my life.... it didn't shock me when I started getting called "Loonie", too. Thankfully, it didn't really stick.


I've always loved pigs. They were my favourite animals at the petting zoos. I have beanie baby pigs, banks, a hat, and a pencil sharpener - among other things. I married into my last name in 1995. When the boys were conceived, I often called them my little piglets.. but "Miss Piggy" became my permanent nickname when, in Kindergarten, one of Colin's little classmates couldn't pronounce Pigott and came out with the alternative. The teacher was horrified, I was not. I like it. Now the only person that calls me by my nickname is Amanda, my good friend and co-worker. End of story. emoticon

  
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ETTEZEUS 3/8/2011 8:38PM

    Ah ha!

(that's it....just, ah ha.....LOL)

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LIZZYP609 3/8/2011 7:06AM

    Awesome! that is funny.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/8/2011 2:29AM

    Ha ha, great stories! Thanks for sharing.

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SEYSARAH 3/8/2011 2:19AM

    I needed to read a light-hearted blog tonight and so appreciate yours! Thanks for sharing and reminding me..it's fun to not take ourselves so seriously!

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Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity

Sunday, March 06, 2011

.....and the reasons why it is the biggest.


When I was in grade 4, about 7 or 8 years old, my school went to the pool for swimming lessons. Even in the beginning, I wasn't really fond of water and I was pretty short - about 4' tall - and the shallow end was 4' so instantly I had an issue. My lifeguard/instructor told me that I had two choices: get in or she would throw me in. Needless to say, the rest of the "lesson" didn't go so well. It was almost 10 years before anyone could get me into water again. I was 30 when I took my next set of swim lessons. I did okay I suppose, I'll never win any medals but at least I won't drown without a fight. The only really, REALLY good thing is that I didn't pass my fear on to my boys. Logan is one step away from "Junior lifeguard" and Colin loves the water almost as much as his brother.
Kind of takes the edge off the insecurity.

  
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TOBEARUNNER 3/9/2011 11:50AM

    Is that Centennial Pool? I took lessons there as a kid too, taking the only school buses us city kids ever got to take! :)

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 3/7/2011 4:28PM

    I "learned" to ski the same way, courtesy of my uncle. I swore I'd never ski again.

People who threaten others like that should be pushed into their "own pool" of their fear.

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GEOGIRL 3/7/2011 10:56AM

  I'm a totally water phobic so congrats on being able to get back into the water and not passing your fear onto your boys. I've taken adult swimming lessons twice and I still hit panic mode as soon as I know the water is over my head. I'm so not a water person!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/7/2011 9:12AM

    Great job on not passing it on to your boys. That is something to be very proud of. And, for getting into the pool again on your own...big high 5s and hugs for that!

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ETTEZEUS 3/7/2011 12:17AM

    I don't mind swimming in a pool but I hate swimming in the ocean and not knowing what is beneath me in the water....I'm guessing you won't ever catch me doing a tri.....LOL

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LIZZYP609 3/6/2011 8:14PM

    I totally understand! That is one of only 3 fears I have in this world...spiders, heights and water. Good for you to be able to over come them enough to take swimming lessons...I haven't been able to do that, though I have tried. I too haven't given my kids my fears, that makes me feel awesome!

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HEALTH4LYFE 3/6/2011 3:30PM

    Hopefully that method of teaching has gone with the wind... or has been thrown out with the bath water, as they used to say.
Way to go emoticon on supporting your kids and having them be none the wiser about your struggles with the water. And if Logan does become a life guard, perhaps you can feel more secure when you are in the water with him and you won't have to drown. emoticon

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SEYSARAH 3/6/2011 2:25PM

    Kudos for having a healthy attitude around your kids...turnng an unpleasant life episode into something you can be proud of..in this case being able to encourage the boys in swimming is tremendous..you're a great mom.

So what if you will never be the great swimmer..there's a huge amount of stuff you are superb in.

The method of sink or swim years ago thankfully is no longer the way to teach..I'm sorry you had to go through that.

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BLACKROSE_222 3/6/2011 1:11PM

    Wow, that's an amazing story. I never understood that method of teaching (if you ever want a small laugh, Bill Cosby has a pretty funny routine on teaching his children to swim - Couldn't find it on Youtube, but if you ever come across it...), as it just teaches children to fear the water AND the instructor. I'm very grateful to my Aunt, as she was the one who got me into swimming at a very young age - and made sure I stayed there.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/6/2011 12:44PM

    Oh, Penny, I totally understand. I still don't really swim. I have taken adult lessons, both group and private and it's still an issue for me. My kids both love the water -- my daughter is at swimming lessons now. It's a huge deal for me to ensure they don't fear water the same way I do. When they get a little older, I want to take more private lessons. I will beat this fear, I will!

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