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Yin {yawn}, John Irving’s latest, what’s waking me at 3:30 a.m.


Well, I’m finally getting a little exercise again {other than gardening and yard work}. I’ve hiked Pilot Butte 3 times in the last 2 weeks and also got myself to a yoga class today. It was “yin” and it’s basically a bunch of stretches, each held for a verrrryyyyyyyy long time. Not my favorite—I prefer the active vinyasa type classes, but it was probably a good way to ease back into it. I got to thinking, why am I letting the summer slip away without keeping my fitness level up? I really have no excuses, except that this step-mom thing is more time-consuming (mentally and physically) than it seems like it should be. 

Yesterday, I finally got myself a late birthday present: the kindle version of John Irving’s latest novel, In One Person. I finished up my Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine first, since I was pretty near the end, and this week I’m going to dive into the novel. John Irving is one of my favorite authors of all time and way back in the early days {96ish?} I maintained one of the only Irving fan sites on the internet. I wish he published more frequently, but then again it makes it pretty special when he does.

The last few nights/mornings I’ve found myself wide awake around 3:30 a.m. {even after going to bed around 1 or 2}. Our bedroom window faces east and we’ve been leaving the windows and curtains open to keep it as cool as possible. A sliver of an orange moon has been flanked by two very bright, colorful planets—they must be Venus and Jupiter. Apparently, I’ve hit it just right: Venus is brightest mid-July and according to this site, “For a real treat, get up early to see the waning crescent moon joining up with Venus and Jupiter on the mornings of July 14, 15 and 16.”  It would be annoying if it weren’t so beautiful. Moon, Venus, Jupiter—I forgive you. Alas, my phone did not capture a decent picture of them through the glass, but not for lack of trying. See some photos here.

February show is done, kids do the fitness center


Short night last night, but the All Things Vegan February show is done and aired today locally. I hope to post show notes and the archive of both the January and February shows within a few days.

Now that another show is out of the way, on to the bazillion other things that need my attention. I took the kids to the fitness center this evening. The twins both did some lap swimming and rec swimming. It was so fun to see my step-daughter zipping along in her lane—she was on swim team back at her mom’s and seems to enjoy it and have a knack for it. And it’s good to see my step-son active as well. They both have daily P.E. at school, so are getting exercise in, but extra activity certainly doesn’t hurt. My oldest step-daughter and I are going to try yoga together sometime this week. She came to one of my classes years ago and enjoyed it, so hopefully we can find one that fits into both of our schedules.

I was able to watch the twins swim quite a bit and also do the elliptical for a while. It’s so nice to have somewhere to go during the cold winter months—I haven’t had any equipment available to me for years. Last year after I injured my knee and it was healing, I so could have used a stationary bike. 

Finally: Yoga!


Something good happened! I managed to get the family a highly discounted pass to the local community fitness center. I used to go there 10 years ago when I moved back, but I haven’t been able to afford it for a long time. I can’t wait to take the kids there. It will be good to get the twins near a pool again—at their mom’s they were on a  swim team and it might be something they’d like to continue. Of course, there are extra fees for the swim teams, but we’ll cross that road when we come to it.

Tomorrow morning—yoga, 9:30. {Smiles.} I haven’t made yoga a priority for a long time either (financially or time-wise).

View from the top


View from the top of Pilot Butte on another beautiful summer evening. Hiked up by myself for once. We may have had a long winter and a short mild summer, but the days have been just right lately—and the evenings magnificent.

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Pilot Butte - Sunset

Walking to slow the mind?


A Year of Mindfulness: 52 Weeks of Focus – Week 12

How often are you mindful while doing the simplest things in life? Simply hanging out and paying attention to breath is powerful – but more often than not, the brain takes over – list making, judging, rehashing, thinking, thinking, thinking. Foiled again by the monkey mind! Gahhhh!

This week’s focus for #mindful52 is WALKING, a mindless activity that you can bring active awareness to – thus being mindful! Maybe it’s the yoga teacher in me, but I’m most comfortable in bare feet. Lucky for me I teach and practice yoga in bare feet and work from home in bare feet. Unfortunately, I am often guilty of being mind-less in paying attention to my feet throughout the day. Just thinking about this week makes me GIDDY! I’m uber-excited about this exercise in mindfulness!

Now that things have slowed down a little, I need to get back into regular exercise as I’ve really let things slip over the last few weeks. Walking is a great way to ease back in, and mostly all that I’ve been able to do since I injured my knee a while back. Now that the weather is getting nicer (except for the snow a couple of days ago), I should be able to start walking Pilot Butte regularly again, which has really helped keep me in shape the last few springs and summers. And Ruby loves to come with. Maybe once in a while I’ll give myself a break and not multi-task by listening to podcasts. Maybe.