Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Big Four-Oh!

Today's the day, I'm 40... Some people might find it a little upsetting to hit the next decade, but as far as I'm concerned every day above ground is a good day.  Plus I lovelovelove birthdays! 

My present to myself was starting yoga again yesterday.  It was fab.  And I bought a 30-day pass so hopefully I'll be able to go three or four times a week and really get in the habit of fitting it into my schedule.

I got mixed up on the class times and when I got to the yoga studio a class was already in session.  I'd left my water bottle in the car anyway, so I started walking back to get it.  As I left, I walked past a big semi parked on the street.  The motor was running and it was really loud, but as I passed it I could hear someone yelling.  I couldn't make out what they were saying and I figured it was just the truck driver yelling at someone.  But the yelling continued and I heard a "Hey!" so I turned around to see what was going on.  And a little bitty pixie of a yoga instructor had spotted me at the door to the studio and was hollering down the street at me!  She waved me back to the studio, told me where to put my shoes and purse while she found a spot and laid my mat out for me.  Clearly the universe wanted me in this yoga class today and there was no way I was going to miss it.

The class was awesome.  We spent most of the time on the mechanics of downward dog, which is my most-hated yoga pose.  But the instructor really broke it down.  We did alot of stretches specific to the pose.  She also showed us how to use a partner to check our form and for additional stretching.  So I straddled a total stranger who was down on all fours.  Seriously.  I squeezed her waist between my legs and she reached forward as far as she could.  When it was my turn to be squeezed I found out it was a really great stretch.  Of course after that we felt compelled to introduce ourselves... if someone's going to straddle me, I want to get her name so I don't feel so cheap.

Do you buy yourself birthday presents?  If so, what are some of your favorite ways to treat yourself?


Sunday, July 10, 2011

You Know You've Been Neglecting Your Blog When...

You can't find the USB cable to download photos from your camera.  Because it's been that long since you've uploaded any pics.  Seriously, I tried to find it, and I really want to get those pictures of the owl downloaded.  But since I'm here now, I might as well do this thing... blog blog blog!

Not only do we have an owl that hangs around in spring and fall, we also have a little family of foxes that has moved into the field behind our yard.  They've gotten so used to us and they're so bold now.  One day last week I was drinking my morning coffee on the deck and suddenly noticed the not-so-baby fox about 10 yards away.  He's about the same size as the adults, but he's very playful and his coat seems brighter and newer so I'm assuming he's a juvenile.  He hung out in that spot, nosing around for bugs and chomping on an occasional blade of grass.  He was there for several minutes before trotting away.  I'm going to have to take the camera out on the deck every time I go out there if I'm going to get a picture of the foxes though.  They're not skittish, but they do slowly trot out of sight after you watch them for a few minutes.

Ok, enough random rambling.  I'm going to work on finding that cable for the camera.  Stay cool!  It's already steamy here and it's barely after 10:00 a.m.

Friday, July 8, 2011

3 Months Later...

Hello World!  I'm still here.  Still sassy, still tubby, and still thinking of you.  Seriously.  I have a camera full of pictures I need to download, from the owl that hung out on the light-pole by the barn all spring to a step-by-step group of photos of my favorite Liz-original tuna casserole recipe.  Something will happen and I'll think "I should blog about that!" And then I don't. Before I knew it three months had passed.  So, I'm just popping in to say I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer.  I'll be sharing my backlog of photos and maybe a recipe or two in the coming weeks.