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Still coughing (productive cough, gross), but my throat isn't as sore, and energy levels are better. I usually have a sinus pressure headache by evening, though. [ profile] mckitterick started feeling a sore throat last night, poor guy.

I've determined our mysterious skin-nibblers are pin oak mites. I didn't get a single bite during the four days I spent indoors during my convalescence, but after my walk home from work yesterday, I have four. Two on my neck (ugh), one on my right side near the bottom of my ribs, and one just under my left armpit. I hope the one on my neck doesn't bruise like the one on my right arm, which is still a two-inch across discoloration two weeks later. They all itch so bad. Even the old, bruised one still itches occasionally. Lucky me, I get to walk to and fro across campus twice today, and then walk home. Can't wait to see what I wake up with tomorrow. I'll try showering as soon as I get home. See if that helps.

Despite my comparative non-compliance with the prescribed exercises this month (too tired to do them twice a day), PT guy Tim was happy with my progress. I tested negative for both labrum and SI joint/sciatic inflammation. We spent a lot of time (drumroll, please!) working on setup for deadlift. He showed me some small adjustments I can make to allow for tight hips and ankles that will protect my knees and back.

But before I start lifting anything, I'll be working on increasing my general stamina by...walking. PT guy Tim told me to limit walks to a half mile at first and pay close attention to my gait. When it starts to change/falter, I need to slow down or stop. I heard there was a small indoor track at the free (old, cheap) gym available to faculty/staff, but I've never seen it and I don't know if it's still open. Waiting on a call back about that. No way am I taking outside walks any more than I need to. If the indoor track thing falls through, I might just use my lunch break to walk around the upstairs part of my building (where I do my hourly walkabout). It's only 1/6 of a mile so gets kind of dull, but it's better than being eaten alive.

I'm also feeling a little more confident about resuming yoga after the all-clear. I won't be doing anything fancy. None of that wonderful prep for hanuamnasana for a while, but some nice, gentle hip-openers with basic strengthening poses will be good.

Movement in general will be good. Not being able to exercise/feel strong has a negative influence on my eating habits. I don't like to police my eating, but with an eating disorder, I do have to be aware of my eating habits. I let those slip somewhat egregiously over the last six months. I'm honestly a bit concerned about fitting into last year's winter clothes so it's time to reverse that trend before I switch out the seasonal wardrobes.

Current goal: Fitting back into the jeans I'm wearing in that icon.
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Something I forgot to mention in my earlier posts about Con*Strict was the vid show. I la-la-la-love fanvids, and this was my first con with a vid show. It's not surprising how group watching escalated the feels--just like watching a movie or a concert with a large, receptive audience intensifies the experience.

Here's one of the vids from the Con*Strict vid show, done by one of the attending members. It was my favorite for two reasons which are not difficult to determine.

More of my fave vids from the show )

Yesterday I wore one of my re-fashioned outfits (a dress made from pieces of four tee shirts) with a pair of bloomers underneath (just long enough for the lace to peek out from under the dress). I felt like I was in my PJs all day. I'm looking forward to having more of those in my closet. Also looking forward to the practice (from making my own) so I can start making them to sell. I'm going to need to invest in a small mannequin for that, so if anyone local sees one for cheap, let me know. This is not as outrageous of a request as it seems--Lawrence has some unlikely thrift and dumpster finds.

Speaking of style, I avoid wearing gloves as a fashion statement because I think they're a little fussy (it's hard to actually do anything while wearing them). Fingerless gloves would solve a lot of the problem, but they've always seemed so...pretentious. These might change my mind. Fuck pretentious. Those are JEWELRY. I mean, Christ, just look at those things.

One of the reasons I've never considered becoming a yoga instructor is that the market is so glutted here in Lawrence. A conversation with [ profile] ms_danson made me wonder about the possibility of doing a yoga podcast, though. I picture a website that has a basic dictionary of poses as well as individual pages on the site. Each page would have a list of images of the particular poses for whatever the focus of that page's series, and a link to listen or download a voice narration for the series. People could request a theme, goal, or focus for a series once a month or something. Doesn't that sound great? Now there's motivation to do a teacher training course. Someday. In my copious spare time with all my excess energy.

Energy levels are still shit, and the ridges in my fingernails are back. The index and middle fingernails have them now, too. The thumbnails look and feel like washboards. Ugh. So demoralizing. I see Dr. Jonah on Thursday and I'm going to talk about re-upping my mineral supplements that we started decreasing two months ago. I feel like earlier this summer my energy levels were better. I'm done with waking up tired. This regressing business is for the birds.

We shopped for phones last night. It was hellish. I think I'm going to wind up with a Galaxy S6. [ profile] mckitterick is price shopping because for what we want, it's cheaper to buy our own unlocked phones and get a month-to-month plan through T-Mobile (which is what some local friends did who are very happy with their service). I have to admit, these newfangled phones are awful pretty. And it will be nice to have a phone that doesn't randomly turn itself back on. Or refuse to disable the Mute function. But oh my goodness they're so difficult for me to use. Touch screens do not react well to my skin, and there's something about my electrical charge that makes things go a little nutty. When someone asks me to take a picture with their phone, it always turns off or goes to a different screen or something. Beyond that, though, there's my concern about having internet access 24/7. I'm honestly relieved that the Tumblr phone app is so bad because I see myself easily becoming That Person.

Tomorrow I am a panelist for the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute conference. Last year I served as a panelist on a university-wide presentation for graduate-level support staff and was in the pilot group for KU's new online catalog software (a nine-month project). I need to remember to put this shit in my end-of-year review. I don't think anyone (including myself) realizes how much I actually do around here.

Which...I guess I should do something now to prepare for tomorrow's presentation.
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I'm so excited! I love three day weekends, and I get to start this one a little early, even. Today is a half day at work for me. I'm off at noon to get my hair cut. It's getting pretty straggly and even though I like the wild rat-nest look, I want a healthy rat nest, you know? Right after that, I'm off to Warrensburg, MO, to pick up my entire hog that I bought this year (previously I've only bought a half). So. Much. Pork. It's kind of a long drive (about an hour and a half), but this pork is special. And their sausage blend has nothing in it I can't eat. AMAZING. And DELICIOUS.

I had a follow-up session with Star on Wednesday and my hips are already so much better. I had a few hours where I was just freezing that evening, and yes, we're having colder than normal weather right now, but I was inside and under blankets for godssake. I remember the same weird chill happened last time, too, only a day later. Things seem to be on an accelerated schedule this time around. Neat!

Although I've been diligent in my physical therapy exercises, my yoga practice has fallen by the wayside lately. I've been trying to stock up on time with [ profile] mckitterick before he takes off for his annual Month of Unavailability. He's at the local SF convention this weekend, though, and starting May 31 he'll be gone most evenings and weekends. I'll be using that time to re-incorporate my yoga practice. I'm looking forward to it.

I'm also looking forward to a month of not cooking dinners on a regular basis. I enjoy making dinner for us most nights, but it'll be good to have a few weeks of eating pre-prepped Bowl of Food in the evening instead of using that time to cook and then clean. It'll also be a chance for me to clean up my act eating-wise. I'm just gonna put all the nuts in a cabinet and consider it off limits. I might re-arrange the kitchen a bit so those items aren't right at eye-level, too. Just put all the snack stuff for [ profile] mckitterick in one cabinet and then let it become invisible to me. Oh, the weird little tricks I have to play on myself sometimes when it comes to food. Goes to show you never really get over an eating disorder, I guess.

The collection of Mad Max articles is going up on Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day, along with a Tumblr collection of Mad Max articles, gifs, and commentary. If you've got anything you think would make a good contribution, please leave a link in the comments!

Stuff it

Apr. 20th, 2015 09:52 am
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I've got a catch in my low back on the right side (pretty sure it's my SI joint) and it's making me buggy. Instead of my beloved progression to Hanumanasana tonight, I'm going to work on releasing my piriformis and then work on crawling. I am the worst at crawling, you guys. My mom tells me I didn't even crawl when I was a baby. But I think there's something in that movement that would help my back/hip mobility issues. So that'll be a lot of fun.

Woke up this morning super hungry--to the point where I felt a bit nauseated, shaky, and those other things that people describe when they're over-hungry. I so rarely experience this. I have an alarmingly efficient metabolism and my blood sugar is super stable. It was not how I wanted to start my day. I still feel a little wobbly, even after the banana I ate immediately after my shower and the chicken salad I just ate for breakfast. I could think of no reason I felt that way. We had an amazing (and kind of late) dinner, with protein and vegetables. OH MY BODY.

Speaking of my body (in a more positive way), I had a wonderful revelation about how to move deeper and evenly in Supta Padangusthasana B. I'm not gonna try to explain it, but it was an amazing thing to realize that I could, with just a small amount of self-analysis, figure out how to solve a body alignment issue with a few posture corrections and a different focus of energy. AMAZING. It was beautiful to have such a positive reminder of why it's called yoga practice. There's no ultimate goal to it--it will always be practice.

I finally watched The Eagle this weekend. One of the friends we saw it with pronounced it horribly boring and a terrible movie. I was plenty entertained by all the pretty (scenery, costumes, Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell), so I didn't think it was boring. If nothing else, the homo-eroticism in this thing is palpable. It was nice to see the movie for all that Marcus/Esca fic I read. Let's be honest, I'm never gonna get around to reading the books. Notably, Channing Tatum had way more chemistry with Jamie Bell than he did with Mila Kunis although perhaps not as much as he has with Jonah Hill.

In completely unrelated news (I promise): Does anyone know if there are taxidermy classes in the Lawrence/KC area? Found one! It's even accredited through the Kansas Board of Regents, good lord. I think that's a little more involved than what I'm looking for, though, which is probably a good thing. I do not need another hobby that takes up its own room.
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Progression to Hanumanasana

SI Joint Happiness

Utthita Parsvakonasana
Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (I do this with my foot in front, not the side)
Marichyasana III
Paripurna Navasana (Hold for three to five breaths, return to sitting, rest a moment, and repeat at least two more times)
Upavistha Konasana
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Sirsasana! Whoop Whoop!

Walked from train station to hotel, helped con vendors unload vans. Totally counting this as movement


Yoga for hangovers because yeah

Step up

Apr. 7th, 2015 09:33 am
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Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, April 7: Stairs.

Exciting news! I found a certified MovNat coach in Kansas City and contacted him about meeting with him for a few sessions to discuss my possible internal rotation issue, hopefully correct it, and also get guidance on how to develop better body mechanics. And then I can return to my beloved Andrew to start lifting again. RAWR!

Other exciting news! I went through that Hannumasana series again last night, but really took my time with it. Eight to ten breaths in each pose. And I very nearly got into the final pose on my right side (right leg in front)! I was only a couple inches above the ground. AMAZING. The left side I was a good eight to ten inches away, but man, that right side was incredible. I have never been able to do the splits before ever in my life.

And now I must wrap up all work business before I blow this Popsicle stand at 2pm. First to my appointment with Dr. Jonah, and then vacation.
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I forgot to post my Intentional Movement Report last night, so I put it up this morning and backdated it to last night. If you want to check it out, it's here.

I am not a fan of pre-workout static stretching. I know I get lessened results when I do it. If I need loosening up for a particular lift, I do myofascial release. But I do think static stretching can be used effectively in mobility work. After all, certain types of yoga can be seen as static stretching. Breaking Muscle posted an article about using static stretching for lifting heavy. I think one of the most important parts is the last paragraph: Having a thorough and regular stretching routine will keep your body more injury resistant, prevent compensation patterns or overuse of a muscle from occurring, and allow you to feel stable and balanced during your lifts.

Consistency in any exercise or movement program is crucial. A few weeks (months?) ago, I decided to focus my daily intentional movement on yoga and mobility. I've seen some fantastic progress in my regular yoga practice since then. It's been so impressive that when I return from Atlanta, I'm going to incorporate a more regimented program. I'll have three specific series that I'll do once every week, preferably on regular days. One day will be SI Joint Happiness, one day will be progression to Hanumanasana, and one day will be a yet-to-be-found/created series that focuses on upper body and core strength/stabilization. I'll do at least one myofascial release session a week and at least one free-for-all yoga day a week. Any additional days (if I get in more than five days in a week) will be one of those latter two options.


In other body news, I found the culprit for my abdominal pains. I forgot to take it yesterday morning and felt fine all day. Took it with dinner and within half an hour had slight gas/cramping discomfort that lasted until about 9am this morning. I'm decreasing the dosage to one scoop instead of two and only taking it at night for the next three days. I'm not going to bother bringing it to Atlanta at all. When I get back, I'll resume the one scoop in the evening until I feel fine with that dosage and then gradually work my way up to two scoops twice a day. One of the nice things about managing my health with supplements instead of pharmaceuticals is being able to play around with dosages so easily.

How's this Monday treating you all?


Apr. 2nd, 2015 09:39 am
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After reading this comment from [ profile] sherwood21 about Monday night's yoga/body experience, I got a little choked up because it just makes me so happy when someone finds a good place for themselves about their body--especially in yoga, but with any physical activity, really. And then I read [ profile] redheadfae's comment and I legitimately started to cry at my desk. Seriously, I am just barely holding it together here.

I love helping people discover joy and happiness in their bodies, y'all. I love it. Yesterday, [ profile] mckitterick and I had a conversation about livelihoods and careers and we came to the conclusion that I prefer doing something different every day. This I'm not sure when it happened. I used to love routine and schedules and knowing exactly what I was going to be doing when. I still want reliability, but the idea of focusing on a different aspect of my job (if, say, my job was something nebulous, like "helping people discover joy and happiness in their bodies") would be ideal.

These little insights are helpful and also terrifying. Because no matter how some things shift and change in my internal landscape, I am still risk- and change-adverse.

I also had a realization about my latest stomach issues. I think it's the new supplements. We're weeding and seeding my gut flora, so it makes sense that I've got weirdness going on in there. I'm sure most people don't suffer debilitating pain, but Special Snowflake Me probably shouldn't have been taken by surprise. Of course my innards are going to hurt when they start changing. It would also explain the sweet cravings which (unfortunately) I gave into by purchasing a fresh pineapple on Tuesday. I didn't even think about the problems that might cause! As you might imagine, I've also got some considerable swelling going on.

So the pineapple's going into a pitcher for infused water and that's it. I'm cutting out all fruit (dried and fresh) for the next three days to see if that helps calm things down.

I might actually have done myself a disservice with yesterday's smoothies, but oh well, live and learn.
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I had too much on my plate yesterday to write about my fantastic experience during Monday's yoga practice, so y'all get the story today.

I am pretty good at balancing on one leg. I've always felt pretty stable in Vrkasnana. My biggest problem is that my foot tends to slide down the standing leg because fabric isn't grippy like flesh and fuck if I'm gonna expose my legs all the way to my crotch in yoga class. But last night in the privacy of my room, I rolled my pants to my groin for the pose. Why have I never tried this before? I was rock-fucking-solid to the point that I could make all sorts of adjustments (open up the hips more, pull that knee back, center more over the standing leg, don't let the standing hip jut out) while comfortably standing in the pose with my hands overhead.

It was amazing.

Once I settled into the pose I just gazed at myself in the mirror. I looked strong. I looked stable. I looked competent. I looked serene. Yes, I looked fleshy, soft, and bumpy, too. But that soft and bumpy flesh held me in a one-legged balance pose for so long that I lost count of my breaths.

So fuck you, social conditioning. Fuck you for imbedding in me so deeply a shame of my soft, bumpy, and wonderful flesh. What I saw in the mirror last night was beautiful and made me proud of myself.

My thighs can hold up the world. Or at least my part of it.
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Breaking Muscle posted a wonderful article on healthy yoga practice. So much of yoga, real yoga, is the mentality, the breath, the mindfulness we bring to our practice. The importance of being comfortable in a posture is why it takes me about twice or sometimes three times as long to go through a series of poses with someone who is new to yoga. I spend a lot of time making sure they feel good and safe in each and every pose--including savasana! In my own personal practice, I know when and where I need supportive tools so if I need a block or a strap (and that varies from day to day), I know immediately to grab one and how to use it correctly. There's a lot more to yoga than stretching into poses.

Speaking of, I had a very nice yoga session last night. It'd been a week! Felt good.

What didn't feel good were the bizarre and way out of cycle uterine cramping and small spotting that hit about 7pm, followed the intense stomach pains that kept me awake from 2:00 to 4:00am. I'm still getting stomach spasms, and I'm afraid to eat anything even though I'm pretty hungry.

What the fuck, body.

Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, March 31: Birds.
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Last night [ profile] redheadfae took me as her guest to a yoga class at her gym. One thing I've learned about taking a yoga class--I never leave without having learned something!

Last night I learned a great flow, the details of which are a little fuzzy, but I can recreate something similar. Something like (I am going to use English instead of Sanskrit here because I am lazy at the moment) Down dog to Low Lunge to Triangle to Warrior 1 to Warrior 3 to Half-Moon. It was tough! I was sweating! I couldn't even wobble into Warrior 3. My balance was off and my glutes were just not having it after a serious roll-out session the night before. I'll definitely incorporate it into a future home session, though.

The other thing I learned is that I've been spoiled for good yoga teachers. Even at Yoga Studio of Lawrence, where I didn't like their general methods, I didn't think they were bad teachers. They just didn't teach in ways that communicated to me.

The instructor for this class was nice, friendly, and supportive, but she gave no individual instruction. I might as well have been following a yoga DVD. She didn't use any Sanskrit names for things which, okay, lots of people don't, but there are some accepted English names for things and she didn't use them, either, or used them inconsistently. The things I had particular issues with were she referred to Sun Salutation simply as "flow," which...there's a lot of flows, out there, lady, give this one its proper name and then (because we went through Sun Salutation a lot), she repeatedly had the chance to at least say the English name of Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), but chose instead to frequently use the term "Bottoms Up."

I'm all for having fun in yoga, and I remember dissolving into giggle fits with the other students during many of Gopi's sessions. But "bottom's up?" as anything other than (maybe) a one-off joke? Hmm. She mentioned the importance of breath at the beginning of the session, but there was no instruction on good breath practice and only once or twice did she remind people to breathe (during particularly difficult poses).

This was my first yoga class in a gym environment instead of a dedicated yoga studio, and I understand more completely now the complaints of modern American yoga practice. This wasn't yoga. This was stretching in yoga poses.

There was an Indian woman there who, when we chatted a bit after class, asked me "this was a good class, yes?" and I so much wanted to say "not really, no," but I have some diplomacy. I did my best to convey to her that she really should check out Westside Yoga studio by emphasizing that they are much more focused on the spiritual aspects of yoga and that they even host Kirtan sessions (she says she's been chanting since she was six).

[ profile] redheadfae offered to host me so we can check out some of the other teachers and classes on different nights, which I'm definitely up for. If nothing else, I'm interested to see if the other teachers are similarly disengaged from personal instruction with the students and/or have no focus on teaching yoga tradition. I really hope they're not.

Disappointing/Unsurprising Moment of Today: I started my period this morning, which means for April, it should arrive just as I'm checking into the 221B Con hotel.

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I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

I've reached a stage in my life where I need to not just deal with fear, but embrace it (within reason). If I want positive change in my life, I need to change things. I'm the one who needs to change. And change is scary, always scary (for me), but it's not always bad.

[ profile] mckitterick woke up early this morning and crawled into bed with me. Neither of us could get back to sleep, so we chatted and snuggled for a bit, but when the topic of a potential Big Change came up, I was all "Ahhhh can we not talk about this it's stressing me out and I'm not even out of bed yet. Stress does not belong in my bed!" And it's true, I don't allow stressful talk in bed, but I need to get past the levels of stress this particular topic evokes in me.

To do that, I'm starting to engage my smaller fears. Anything gets easier with practice, right? So if I regularly expose myself to change and new experiences, the Big Deals will be less stressful.

So for my first trick, tonight I'm gonna do my best to get into a headstand (Sirsasana) (with [ profile] mckitterick spotting me). I can do a teddy-bear headstand with no support, but tonight Imma try to get my legs up. I'm a long way from being able to do a handstand (my shoulders are more flexible than they are strong and they tend to pop out of joint in a handstand), but I'm strong enough to do a headstand. It's just the getting there.

Anyone else feel like trying something new and frexiting with me this week?
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Even if you aren't a due South fan, consider watching this one-minute clip of Leslie Nielsen delivering one of the best (if not the best, I mean how many can there be?) parodies of the St. Crispin's Day speech. One of my favorite things about due South (I mean, besides the stunningly beautiful people, the great acting, the charming and tightly-written plots, and the scarcity of problematic elements) is the way they inserted cultural references--sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtly, but always there. I'm sure I missed a lot of them, since it was a Canadian show and I'm not well-educated in Canadian culture or history, but there are so many that I was still constantly pleased and entertained by them. Due South, you guys. Such a good show. Side note: A friend of mine's write group used to study dS episodes for plot development because the writers always wrote an A plot and a B plot and pulled them seamlessly together at the end of the episode and it's an episodic show, so each one is its own contained 40 minute short story.

After reading article one and article two about the Seven Primal Movements (a sort of annoying term, IMO, but valid concept), I'm inspired to build some yoga sequences that incorporate all seven movements.

Shredded carrot ginger pancakes. I am so trying these (with coconut flour--we'll see if they stick together) with the oven baked jerk chicken this weekend.

I'm in a good place today. It's Wednesday, the week's almost half done, next week is Spring Break (so fewer people around and the office closes at 4pm), the leggings I ordered from Etsy arrived, and I slept almost all night last night.

ETA: And my day just got better when I saw on today's Link Roundup on The Toast not one, but two threads talking about shared hatred of Joss Whedon and his fake feminism. MY PEOPLE!

How are you lovelies doing?
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Today's Tumblr collection is Tuesday, March 3: Ravens & Crows.

I finished typing up (and formatting and linking) all the yoga stuff. For those of you who were interested to see the sort of series of postures I use for home practice, here you go. I use Sanskrit names for poses almost all the time. I know most of them, but even the ones I don't, I look up and use those names. I think it's important to remember and respect the culture that gave us yoga and not westernize it too much. Just a small (and, for me, easy) way to avoid another cultural appropriation trap. I also link to a page that discusses the pose. I use Yoga Journal when I can, both for consistency and because I like their format. I use their suggested series often, just didn't last week. But I'll often just link to those and mention how I modified poses for myself when necessary rather than do individual links. Last week my body knew what poses it needed and I went with it.

Last night I dreamed about my job and...stuff going on in my job right now. I don't normally ascribe meaning to dreams (IMO, they're just brain vomit), but this one was pretty blatantly pointed. On campus there was a guy that took care of a lion. He'd taken care of it for years (on campus) and everyone knew not to bother the lion, who roamed around freely, but always in the company of this dude. I was in Strong Hall (the KU administrative building), leading a student around and I noticed the guy was gone and the lion was looking mangy and unhealthy and just really sad. I found out that the guy had died and the lion had nobody to take care of him. I approached the lion to see if it would accept me, and it did! It loved me! It would only take food from my hands and it followed me everywhere, being all lovey and affectionate. But I couldn't walk this student around campus everywhere with a lion in tow, so I had to decide if I was going to take care of the student, or this lion. I opted to care for the lion.


I'm pleased that I slept well enough to dream last night. Woke only once (around 12:30) and was able to fall back asleep pretty readily. Today marks a week back on the previous levels of endocrine supplements. Hormones, man.

The new engine for the Chevelle arrives today. Yeah, remember when I said the engine was the only thing in the car that we were keeping? WELP. As [ profile] mckitterick puts it, he basically bought me a kit car when he bought me the Chevelle. Here's the post where he goes on in detail in the comments about the new vs. old engines if you're interested.

I need to remember this sequence of yoga postures when I resume CrossFit.


Feb. 24th, 2015 09:18 am
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I'm going to start detailing the yoga sequences I do in my home practice sessions and posting them on Sunday nights for my Intentional Movement reports. In case you're interested in following along at home, but don't have a solid background in yoga, please check out this How to Avoid Injury in Yoga article. I've practiced yoga for about fifteen years, and didn't feel comfortable practicing on my own without instruction until maybe five years ago. If you're new to yoga and you can attend a class, please do. I recommend Iyengar yoga above all other styles, mostly because it takes into account different body shapes and abilities. Even the most fit-looking person can have structural differences that doesn't allow them to move into poses as they're pictured. Iyengar uses props--blankets, blocks, straps, bolsters--to help support the body in a pose if needed. Heck, after fifteen years, I still sometimes use props in the most basic poses, like a block in Trikonasana or a strap in Paschimottanasana. I also like Iyengar because it emphasizes alignment and form. Psychologically and logically, that makes sense to me. Perform the pose in a manner that best works with your own particular abilities, structure, and body mechanics, instead of pushing your body into an idealized position. I am adamantly opposed to Bikram yoga for a variety of reasons. If you love it, great, but I'll never recommend it to anyone.

Does anybody want a charming Hello Kitty teapot, in the shape of Kitty holding a watering can? It's cute, but not terribly functional. It was a gift from someone a long time ago and I want it to go to a good home.

I'm trying to get a custom temporary tattoo made for my Moran cosplay and I've been going back and forth with this Etsy seller for (I am not shitting you) nearly a week to figure out the specifications she needs for the image. Finally, I sent her this yesterday:

Can you tell me the dpi, size, and image format you need to print the image as a 5" temp tattoo? So, like, 300dpi, 5" at widest point, in JPG? I think the best thing would be for you to give me specific numbers.

and she responded:

I'm not sure about what to say when it comes to dpi.That is dot per inch, and I haven't had to reference that. The things that work are usually .jpg or .png. The dimensions (px) (width & height) of the image in size 1000 x 1000 or more should be fine.

I...don't even know how to respond that that? Except maybe try to find a different seller who can do that size of tattoo. All the other people I found on my first search who do custom temp tattoos don't do them larger than 2"x2" and some don't even do color. UGH.

Today's Tumblr collection is Tuesday, February 24: Wonder Woman.


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