Friday, March 8, 2013

Zen leads to uncertain endings last night

Yoga was surprisingly challenging yesterday.  The instructor always makes an effort to get us warmed up and bendy.  Sometimes her flow time is less as a result.  I do like that she does her own thing.  Typically, I lose focus after about ten minutes.  Not because of her flow.  Her music selection is awful.  It starts with acoustic coffee shop, followed by rap and concludes with country.  The rap at least provides a good tempo for the flow and that is what I prefer.  I like aligning the flow with music.  Maybe not the ideal reason to practice yoga but it works for me.
Yesterday, I sustained a half hour before being annoyed with the music.  I stayed til the end, too.  Sometimes, I leave early when this instructor is teaching.  The music makes me crazy.
Anyways, I finished yoga, found my zen and then headed into work.  A rep had left me some wine samples the previous day.  Of the five, there was one possibility for the next wine list.  I gave the other samples to one of my friends and headed home.  About three miles from my house, I drive my a stop light and notice a police car.  When I approach the next stoplight, I put my seat belt on.  I saw the officer pull up behind me and we both waited for the green light.  I turn left and drive, maybe 1/4 mile and he flashes his lights.  I calmly pull over.  I had opted to not try the wine before I left work.
He approaches my car.  Starts off with--do you know why I pulled you over...the light above your license plate is burned out.  License, registration, insurance, please.
I hand him my license and registration.  Ironically, I just received an update that my current insurance cards were available on line.  I had not printed them off.
I mentioned that to the cop and wait.  He looks my license over and asks if I am wearing my contacts.  Of course, I am.  I cannot see without them or glasses.
Regardless, I wait and consider the outcomes.  He could give me a ticket for not providing insurance information.  I wait and as it continues, I think, he is writing me a citation for the insurance.  Finally, he returns .  Hands me my license and says--you really should get your insurance information available.
Nothing about the burned out light.  Seems like a complete b.s. stop.  I am thankful that I didn't get a ticket for the insurance, too.  I am glad that I listen to my intuition.  I considered staying at work and sampling the wine.  In the back of my mind, though, I thought, I should take a night off and sleep in.  I chose to be responsible and thankfully, it worked out.
Today presents another opportunity to find zen (peace).  I woke up to rain and was inspired to be reflective today.  Day off and so ample time to do just that.  I might have a glass of wine later.  Happy Friday!  I guess the lesson for me is to always listen to your gut.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Denver delights

 Delicious!  Shari and I dined in Boulder to celebrate the anniversary this year.  Initially, we had decided on Bali.  As much as I liked the idea of Bali, the 46 hour flights did not seem that appealing.  And, once we got there, it wasn't like we were going to make out.  Bali is a spiritual destination which is why we were drawn to it or a honeymoon venue.  Obviously, that was not what we were looking for.
I digress.  We settled on Denver which always delights.  Food factor, wine and friends.  I have many options of places to dine and thankfully, my friends, are all supportive and agree to meet me at my favorite spots.
 Rachel met Shari and I to kick off the Denver adventure.  Of course, it fell on restaurant week which limited some of our dining options.  Places were packed and reservations were recommended.  We managed to have a few glasses of wine and catch up on life.  Rachel had vacationed in Iceland recently and excited to talk about it.  That is one place that I had not been to (yet).
After happy hour with Rachel, we met Lindsay and Sara Jo for a decadent dinner.  I knew that we were in for a treat when I called to extend the reservation.  The owner greeted me and told me he would be available to have a glass of wine as well.  I knew dinner would be fantastic and it was.  We overindulged with wine, food and conversation.  I felt so fortunate to see and spend time with Lindsay, Sara Jo, Pocketsize, Steve, Jenn and Shari.  I inhaled calamari, cheese and scallops.  I should have went running to sustain the wine and food from the Denver trip.  I managed to sneak in a yoga class which eased my mind.  I considered attending another class until I checked into the pricing at this studio.  $20 a class is too much in my opinion.  Plus, I needed to rent a mat and a towel.  They did offer $12 classes but they were lackluster.  The room wasn't hot enough and the flow sequence was lame.  I didn't envision attending another class.  It would cut into my wine venture in Denver.
I know that I need to update this and write more about my trip.  It was spiritual in the sense that we wanted it to be.  It reminded me of the beauty of Denver, my friends and how much I love that city.  It's home to me and I do miss it.
Phoenix has been an extremely positive experience.  I just don't have that love for it like I do Denver.  Keep in mind, I was in Denver for 10 years.  Of course, it feels like home to me.  I experienced true love there which is a lot of the reason I have such strong feelings for it.  Regardless, I am heading to yoga, shortly, and must conclude this for now.
Til then, happy Thursday!  It's been a wonderful week.