Sunday, March 18, 2018

the three R's

The three R's--reading, relaxing, resting.  Best way to spend a weekend.  I have been trying to incorporate more reading into my daily life.  I think I have allowed other things to distract me.  Social media and streaming random shows have taken over my desire to read.  It is sad. I benefit more from reading than watching a show.  I remember my optometrist warning me of the harms of always being attached to my phone and/or laptop.  The blue screen that is scorching people's eyes and creating more cases of macular degeneration.  I believe it, too.  It is scary to consider and so I am trying to stop being so available to my phone.
I have a stack of books to sort through that I was given by one of my colleagues.  Chad is an avid reader and is downsizing some of his collection. I gladly accepted any and all books.  Some of been insightful while others are quick reads.  Perfect for the airport travel.  I need to select a few for my flight to Puerto Rico tomorrow.  I have a long day tomorrow.  Flying to Newark to spend five hours and then head south to Rincon. I will arrive in time to go to bed.  I am sure that I will be toasting the beginning of my trip though.  Bed will wait.  I might check out the ocean, too.
I asked my friends if they wanted me to bring them anything from the mainland.  Initially they said no and when I pressed them, they asked for decaf coffee from a place in Denver.  Apparently, it is quite good and well known.  I found the nearest location and made an inquiry into the decaf selection.  They had two pounds, only. I wish they had had more to bring to my friends.  One time, I was visiting friends in Phoenix and they gave me 8 bags of coffee.  When I went through security at the airport, they stopped me to sort through my coffee selection.  I thought it was sort of funny in hindsight.  At the time, I was irritated since it was only coffee.  To imply otherwise seemed ridiculous if you know how I live my life.
I am relaxing and resting my body.  Too often we go, go, go and do not take time to decompress or heal.  When I work too much or overindulge, immediately, I experience the start of a cold or laryngitis in the extreme form.  I have experienced this three times and it is not at all welcoming or easy to rectify.  I have found that apple cider vinegar is my best friend in this case.  So, I am taking the time to rest and heal.  My trainer told me my homework for the weekend was to abstain from drinking wine.  She said that I would be celebrating all week while on vacation and that I could minimize the effects if I took it easy this weekend.  And she is right.  I will be celebrating all week.  I almost caved last night.  My uber ride home was annoying and it would have been easy to toast the holiday with a glass of wine.  I considered it and then discarded the idea.  I hired a pool to minimize costs and regretted it.  There were so many people downtown that had been overserved.  The couple in my pool were kind and tourists.  However, we had another stop to make to pick another passenger up.  Traffic barely moved and when we finally arrived at the predetermined spot the guy was no longer there.  He was intoxicated based on his speech and said that he had moved on.  Oh, and sorry that I left and it took you over ten minutes to find me.  So, yes, I considered having a glass of wine when I made it home.  Did I mention that the driver forgot my stop and that I had to chase them down.  There was that, too.
At any rate, I am resting and gearing up for another day of basketball.  I have considered traveling to Minneapolis soon and of course, there is D.C. in June.
I could add reflect to my R's too.  Reflecting on life, choices and the present.  I am here due to choices I made.  Where I go tomorrow is based on decisions I made today.  We shall see.  I am thankful for the opportunities to begin again and enjoy life.
I have a friend who is celebrating a birthday today.  I hope he fully enjoys and toasts his life.  Cheers!  Keep resting, relaxing and reading!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ahh....March and other considerations

March Madness continues...I remember watching Thursday night and being shocked that the Wildcats were upset.  They just couldn't get anything going.  Last night, I watched the Orangemen typically show up for the tournament.  Being a KU fan does inspire enjoying Syracuse play.  Still, I can respect their program and know that no matter what they always show up and win in the tournament. I was not surprised that their zone was giving TCU issues.  I started flipping channels and noticed that the Retrievers were still in their game.  I continued to flip and noted that they were actually winning.  So, I adjusted my viewing and watched as they created history by upsetting the Number seed of the tournament.  Wow.  It was insanity.
Mad props to them.  They had nothing to lose and played loose and extremely capable.  I loved that their point guard's dad, proudly, held a gigantic sign of his son's face.  And continued to wave it around.  It was awesome.  Part of the beauty of this particular time of year.
I watched the first two games today.  I wish more of the games had been shown this afternoon as opposed to tonight.  I will be distracted and unable to watch them since I am working.  And, it is the day of debauchery for anyone that suddenly is Irish, lol.  I attended a yoga class this morning, and bars were already open with people imbibing and enjoying life.  I say, good for them!  A few of my fellow yogi's commented on it with dismay.  Who doesn't enjoy a beer or mimosa to kick off the weekend?  I say, cheers and enjoy!
I am packing for my upcoming trip to Puerto Rico. I think I will be taking summer clothes and camping out on the beach.  Of course, I am curious to what it is like down there. How they are recovering and how I can help?  My friends relocated their in December and I am happy for them.  It has been their dream for the last five years.  They worked towards it and planned their exit strategy.  I am happy to see and support them.
Moreover, it inspires more travel and opportunity.  Makes me think of where I would like to go next and how to make it happen.  Not going to lie...I am enjoying teaching yoga and building up that practice.  Traveling can interrupt that as I am seeing.  I had made plans to teach a friend and her colleagues a month ago.  Illness and scheduling has prohibited it.  I am more communication friendly and my friend, struggles, to text to solidify plans.  I am not the type of person to wait around.  I can fill my days with other things--seeing matinees, reading, writing, walking, taking care of the dentist that I try to avoid, trips, etc.  And, it if is a true day off for me, I might have a luncheon scheduled.  I am finding it difficult to keep myself available to her and her needs.  I think I am just going to have to be completely honest that I need more communication and expect it.  I guess that will be a conversation for when I return from Puerto Rico.  I would love to have the opportunity to teach a group twice a month.
I taught two friends yesterday and customized my flow for them.  I enjoy being able to do that and know that I could focus more on fundamentals and alignment and that would benefit both of them greatly.
I am off to enjoy the day.  Listen to music and catch more of the Madness.  I am hopeful for my team.  I want them to be the team that I know they are.  Play loose and dominate!
Cheers and enjoy your Saturday!

Friday, March 16, 2018

basketball and rambling

I love this time of year.  Every March, I find myself glued to the tv to watch college basketball and I appreciate being off the initial days to absorb all of the games.  It is not the same to watch games while working.  I don't want to miss anything especially when my team is playing.  And I yell at the tv (super helpful, I know).  I am a fan of my team and am not ashamed to say that.  I get a little out of hand and while working I cannot fully watch the game.  Thankfully my game was early yesterday morning and they were successful.  Survived the first round without being upset.  Although there was speculation that they would be the first ever number one seed to fall to a sixteen seed.  Thankfully, this was not the case.
I went to a sculpt class before watching the evening games.  I was a little lazy this week.  I skipped yoga on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday due to timing of the class or boredom.  I know I get in phases of boredom and irritation with instructors that I frequent their class often.  I have to break up with them for a week or two to remember why I enjoy the class.  This week, I chose to be lazy.  I did force myself to go to the sculpt class last night.  It was okay but the music selection continues to be dreadful. I want to ask the girl why she chooses her playlist when she is attempting to match the movement to the beat.  It never works and I get irritated which I was reminded of last night.
There was only one game that I wanted to watch and I alternated between it during the first half and other games.  I wasn't that invested in it since they looked good.  The beginning of the second half had a completely different vibe.  They looked defeated and as time dwindled, I felt that they would lose the game.  It was hard to watch and I can only imagine how frustrating it was to actually play.
Today, I will watch some of the games while teaching yoga.  I have a session with my trainer and I should figure out any and all items needed for my trip to Puerto Rico.  I leave on Monday to attend my friend's wedding in Rincon.  I am excited for some beach time and celebrating the wedding.  My friend's have been planning this day for over a year.  They had plans to marry in October and then the hurricane altered their plans.  They did choose to move to Rincon and make a life there.  I am excited to see their life there.
I am collecting items to promote my teaching.  I have a logo (I think) and need to stock up on props for clients.  I need to truly free up time to do this and start filling the time with clients.  Utilize my connections and do something for me.  I love connecting people and supporting friends in their ventures.  Maybe I could expend some energy and create that for myself, too.
I am excited for today and upcoming adventures.  I think I will be in Minneapolis at some point in the near future.  Then, there is D.C. in June.  And, I keep seeing ads for trips to Greece.  I am so doing that this year.  Maybe next.  You have to think...what is stopping you?  Fear of not having enough money?  Time off from work?  Opportunity to go?  All limiting personal beliefs that absolutely can be and should be handled and taken care of.  Life is to be lived and enjoyed.  I enjoy traveling and meeting people.  It is enriching to my life and history.  I can exchange post cards with my nieces.  Thereby creating a dialogue between us. 
I can learn of other cultures, food, languages and continue to learn and grow.  I think when we stop learning, we stop living.  I want to challenge my mind and strengthen my soul experiences.  I don't want to just exist.
I am fortunate that I enjoy taking photographs of my life.  Daily, I am reminded of memories and am so thankful that I enjoy taking photos.  I have created a memory book for my friends in Puerto Rico and think I could probably create one for Sara Jo, the Goddess and definitely Shari.  I still look through the first one I created for Brian.  I am so grateful that I wanted to do that for him for our anniversary.  I will always hold those memories dear to my heart.  It is not as breathtaking as it once was.  Now, I can look through and find joy.  Not just sadness.
Back to basketball.  Today will continue with sixteen games and will keep me preoccupied.  I should figure out my laundry situation and pack for my trip next week.  I tend to wait to pack and then re-pack.  The last few trips, I have definitely brought too many clothes.  I should keep that in mind when considering my clothing options.  Less is more!
Enjoy your day.  Find your passion and seek it!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Nashville delights no drinking involved...

Nashville was all about food, drink and music.  I overindulged and told my trainer at my way in this week.  She chuckled and told me that my session would reflect the fact that I chose to cheat instead of clean living.  I survived.  Barely.  I think my abs will hurt for days.
There was more to Nashville for us, too.  We did manage to check out the Parthenon.

She's a beauty, right?  It was pretty excellent and worth the $6 to enter.  We read some of the history of the building and the city.  Also, it was nice to get a feel of Nashville through a different medium than the food and drink factor.  And I do love Athena and greek mythology in general.  What a warrior goddess!

I asked Shari if she wanted to take a walk around the pond that is in front of the Parthenon.  Centennial Park.  It was a gorgeous day and I felt thankful that we could take the time to reflect on our trip.  From here, we returned downtown to check out famous watering holes.  I don't want to rehash more of the bar scene.  I can do that at a later date.  No, I want to focus on the reflexology treatment we received the previous day.  I have found that I enjoy exploring the spa scene in cities.  When we were in L.A., I found a Russian Spa with Shari.  I was so excited to check out the banya sauna amongst others.  They had a Turkish sauna, multiple dry saunas, a steam sauna.  Truly, one of the best maintained saunas I have experienced.  The massage that I received was one of the worst, however.  So, I will not note the name of the establishment. 
I found a great spa in Chicago with Maghan.  It was his first time to a Russian spa and so I insisted that he try the banya treatment.  He enjoyed it but the cold plunge was a bit much for him.  Red Door, Wicker Park, is awesome.  In Las Vegas, Jenn and I experienced a Korean Spa off strip that was delightful.  I loved how user friendly Imperial Spa was and hope to return next time I am in Sin City. So, in Nashville, I hoped to find a spa that would accommodate our needs.  A banya or a body scrub.  However, that has not caught on there that I could find.  Most spas were day spas and too clean in my opinion.  Finally, I extended my search to include reflexology and found the ideal spot.  Bucca Reflexology.  I called to make an appointment and the lady kindly set it up for me.  Three sixty minute treatments which included 40 minutes of feet with ten minutes focused on the neck/face and other ten minutes of chair massage.  It was amazing!  I cannot say enough about it.  The reflexology was perfect.  I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis the last ten months and sometimes, the foot treatment can be too intense.  I think we all melted into the chair and then had to be reawakened to move to the continuation of treatment.  I think Sara Jo was shocked at how relaxed she could be.  I told my airbnb hostess about it.  I insisted that she check out Bucca and add it to her lists of things to do in the city.  She was kind enough to compile a thorough list of restaurants, consignment shops and bars.  It was amazing!
One other thought about Nashville.  We had some of the kindest uber and lyft drivers.  All had something to say about things to do or why they had moved there.  Our guy that picked us up from Bucca was interesting.  I got in the car and was a little judgmental based on appearance.  He seemed too clean/conservative.  I told him that I lived in Denver and he mentioned doing a century ride here. So, I tell him that ironically, my brother in law was in Colombia currently, checking out cycling in Medellin. The guy tells me he was in Colombia in 1975. I thought--wow, this guy was in the country when Escobar was running it.  He became more and more interesting to me after that comment.  It was funny!  He told me he had traveled all over the country, hitch hiking and staying in cheap motels with his brother.  Oh, the good ole days.  I had a great time in Nashville and meeting some of the people.
If you have a chance, do yourself a favor and book an appointment at Bucca.  It's reasonable and amazing!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Beginning of the week

I woke up, three days last week, and chose to eat tacos.  Now, I want them daily, lol.  Definitely not happening today.  I managed an early morning yoga class and am trying to be more honest about my life on this medium.  I am actively planning yoga this week and spending time on me.  My life is full of possibility and opportunity.  Make it happen today.
I have a reminder that I just read about communication.  How it differs for people due to upbringing and meaning behind words.  An agreement is only an agreement if each party knows the condition of the agreement and the satisfaction and time for the satisfaction to occur.  I would agree with this sentiment.  I was raised to believe in principles and respect.  I hold them dearly to what I value in my life. I find it difficult to deal with people who are not similar beliefs and/or standards.  I have high expectations of myself and others you could say.  To my detriment at times, too.  However, I still believe, that ultimately, this is the way to live.  To be accountable for choices made.
I feel like lightening this up.  Today is a beautiful day to get outside and explore.  I had a lovely yoga session with the reminder that I do enjoy traveling.  My instructor said we should focus on what brings us joy.  Food, a person, your dog/cat, travel, places you have been recently (I think that was directed at me.  He knows that I spent last week in Nashville, lol.  And, I should be reflecting more on that.
I walked to work which allowed more reflection of life.  That and trying to not be wind blown.  Super windy this morning and cold.  It was misrepresented.  Sun shining and yesterday was gorgeous.  Today the wind kicked in and was chilly!  I did manage to walk to and from work.  I enjoy days like today when I am able to do that.  I can listen to music and reflect on life.  Thankfully, I have the ability to walk to work instead of driving and or dealing with parking downtown.  It does make a huge difference.  More and more people are moving to Denver and parking is becoming more problematic.  I detest dealing with that downtown or in Cherry Creek.  There really isn't many options in either area.  Sure you can pay to park or maybe find a metered space.  But I get super irritated and find walking more of what I desire.
I am hoping to do more yoga this week.  I have reached out to some of my people and know that I can and will make it work.  My one client has a bulging disk and so she is resting and trying to ease some of the inflammation.  My other person I teach, frequently, is in New Mexico for a stretch of time and my friends have been out of town.  I just need to hustle a bit and make it work.
Until later, cheers!

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Nashville.  What a lovely city.  I didn't really know what to expect outside of that is renowned for its music scene.  There is honky tonk downtown, more local driven in the Gulch and a few venues that host musicians nightly.  We didn't even make it to Broadway until our third day.  I was interested in checking out other areas of the city.
Our first driver from the airport was super helpful in suggesting places to check out.  He had relocated five years ago and had a bunch of ideas of how we could spend our time.  And, ironically, he won tickets to see a show while we were in his car.  That was interesting.  I have never seen that happen. 
Everyone commented on how East Nashville is now a great place to live and/or spend time in.  We were dropped in our airbnb and scoped out the nearby eateries.  We were steps away from a brewery, a tap house and a cafĂ©.  Perfect.  We ordered trout toast and waited for Sara Jo to join us.  Sharing a few beverages and figuring out the night.  I had made plans to dine at a spot in Germantown, another area that I wanted to explore while in Music City.  I found a nearby bar that offered craft cocktails and some wine.  When we arrived it was not busy but in the hour we were there, the place filled up.  Looked like a great option.
We walked a few blocks to our destination, Silo.  We shared ricotta dumplings, meatballs, deviled eggs and macaroni and cheese.  Everything was fine and the service was okay.  I noticed that I poured more of our wine than the server.  They were attentive to the water situation which I can appreciate.  I tend to be dehydrated most of the time.
We hired a car and returned to our area of town and concluded the night at the taphouse.  Very convenient and a great way to end the night.  Our airbnb hostess had thought of basically everything.  Coffee, creamer, water bottles, muffins, protein bars and a wine opener with red plastic cups.  Ironically, we did not touch the wine opener.  For the first time, ever, we did not find a local bottle shop to stock up the rental with wine.  I still have no idea how  nearby the market is either.  We relied heavily on cars to explore the city.
The next morning, I forced Shari to accompany me to a heated yoga class.  I felt it was a great way to experience a city.  And detox.  Every anniversary trip we have either gotten lost on a long walk or gone to a yoga class.  This class was not too bad.  Music was decent and it was packed. We were mat to mat which limits the opportunity to have an active flow. A little on the simplistic side but not terrible.
I think I ate more Mexican food than I thought would happen in the south.  However, nothing is more satisfying than enjoying chips and salsa after a night of imbibing.  It is the best way to rehydrate and I love it.  We did find three options that highlighted different aspects of what I enjoy about Mexican food.  One place had fantastic chips, one had better guacamole and the third had lovely margaritas.  I was happy in all circumstances.
I did experience hot chicken.  It was okay.  Not that hot and I wasn't that inspired.  However, it is off the bucket list!  I had a wonderful time and will reflect more on it later.  I need to organize and prepare for the day!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

days off, DIY and upcoming plans

Solitude is sometimes how I choose to spend my days off.  I originally had a lunch scheduled with a good friend of mine.  Our plan was to check out a new spot in Denver that I have heard mixed reviews of. I was determined to experience it for myself.  I woke up and had a touch of a tickle at the back of my throat.  I thought I could slam some apple cider vinegar to power through it or hydrate on water.  I did consider postponing the lunch, too.
While planning out my morning, I looked up how to deal with a slow drain in the shower.  I have been trying to pour toxic chemicals down it which does help and hinder the entire process.  Releases toxins that I do not need to be exposed to and can harm the pipes I know.  I looked up natural ways to tackle this issue and found some interesting suggestions.  Using a wire hanger.  Mixing baking soda and vinegar which one website proposed and another said absolutely not.  I saw hot water suggestions, salt and was about to embark on one of the methods when I remembered that I had poured something in it last night.  I went to flush the liquids out and saw that the drain was no longer a moat.  Seriously.  In the last month, I have been bathing in my shower and waiting for the water to minimize.  It's been annoying!  And I think about how much soap and hair have been blocking the drain.
After figuring out the shower, I did a quick maintenance of the bathroom and kitchen sink.  I really have no interest in calling a plumber or wading through water to conclude my shower.  Around this time, I received a text from my lunch date asking to postpone our lunch. Work needed her attention and I was more than happy to oblige.  I could agree to postponing without actually admitting I, too, wanted a rain check.
I broke my belt buckle yesterday.  And, this is no ordinary belt.  I have had it for twelve years and hope to get it repaired.  It is now a matter of where to take it.  A co-worker suggested a cobbler.  I tried to arrange an appointment but the cobbler I called said if it was the buckle they would not be able to help me.  If I had a problem with the leather, yes, they could do something.  I thought about walking to cherry creek to see a shoe and tailor as well as check out a few consignment shops.  I do need a belt for work.  I rigged a mock belt last night but it was not that fashionable or practical.  It was pretty awful and lame!
Originally, downtown seemed like a viable option--lunch date, available cobblers, I could pick up some money from work and do a later yoga class.  When lunch was no longer an option, I reconsidered my location options.  I would prefer to go to cherry creek and consignment shop, see a tailor and maybe push my yoga class til 5.  I kept going back and forth with how to utilize my time.  In the end, I chose to go to a noon yoga class and head to cherry creek afterwards.  I could do another load of laundry, too.  Around 2 p.m. the weather changed.  Cooler, a little windy and no more sun.  I knew I had made the right decision to wait to go anywhere.  I remained indoors and have been binge watching shows in the background while making plans.  I made dinner and will go to bed early.  I believe it is in my best interest.  I can shake the tickle at the back of my throat and get a good night of sleep.  My laundry is done for the week and tomorrow, I will teach a new student.  I think Alexis is more of a barterer.  I see a bottle of wine in my future.  And unless it snows overnight and into tomorrow, I arranged a body scrub/massage session at the Korean spa in southeast Denver. I am excited to detox in the saunas and relax.  Body maintenance is essential and I intend to check out this day spa monthly.
I do have plans for tomorrow and the upcoming week.  Soon, I will be flying out to Nashville and hopefully reconnecting with friends from Denver and Santa Fe.  Music, alone, will entice me and don't get me started on the food factor.  I am super excited for this adventure!