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Yoga with Adriene…and Dogs

January 19, 2021

For the past few years I’ve kicked off the year by doing Yoga With Adriene‘s 30 Days of Yoga program. Last year was the first year that I gave up early – I was sick from Christmas Eve through the end of January and I didn’t have the stamina or lungpower to make it through.

It wasn’t COVID. But it certainly sounds suspicious!

This year’s theme is Breath and and so far, so good! Every year the first week is pretty rough and every year I can’t help but mentally kick myself because if I actually stuck with the practice all year long, I would be in much better shape. And if I had been consistent with yoga from the first class I ever took, I’d be doing headstands and crow poses with ease.

But I am me. So each January I start anew.

A few things that help me stick with a 30-day program…

1) Formally carving out the time. I print out the calendar and put it into my planner. This doesn’t seem like that large of a step, but knowing how long each practice is helps me to figure out when to do it. And coloring the box each day is a tiny reward. My workday (ideally) ends at 4:30pm, so I created a recurring 5pm “yoga” meeting in my phone AND make sure it reminds me at 5pm.

printout of a 30-day calendar
Taken a few days ago but you get the idea.

2) I make a ritual out of it. I roll out my mat and set up my blocks intentionally and I have a little lavender oil rollerball applicator that I use on my forehead before I practice. The scent reminds me of ye olde in-person yoga classes.

yoga mat and block
my twice-yearly feet pic

I bought this mat it because it was pretty but it turns out that the design really helps me with posture and alignment.

3) And I make sure to bring some helpful friends to get me through.

The plan is to finish the 30 days in January, and then transition to alternating a day of yoga with a day on the Total Gym or the stationary bicycle. The goal isn’t to lose weight, but just to feel less old and achy.

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Life, Pets

Friday 5 and Happy Birthday Murphy

January 15, 2021

Today this noble knob turns 4.

murphy on the bed with piles of folded laundry
I used to have a no dogs on the bed rule.

In his 4th year, Murphy learned compassion. If one of us is sick or blue, Murphy is RIGHT THERE. Lying on top of our chests when we’re burning with fever. Licking our faces as we sit on the bathroom floor in the middle of the night. Snorfling close if we’re sad.

Murphy loves: Ollie, us, fresh tomatoes, tiny animals, chicken nuggets, my mother, cold coffee, clean laundry, and the TV program Vikings.
Murphy hates: His own farts, strangers, noises, not being with us, hot coffee, dirty laundry, and when we stand with our hands on our hips.

He has very big feelings about everything and is extremely active and ON. And as Ollie sleeps longer and deeper every day, maybe year 4 is also when Murphy will learn to be a big brother to another dog who can match his energy level.

(remembers Murphy as a puppy)

Or maybe not.

Friday 5 time! This week’s theme is Groovy, rad, lit.

the word JAWN, styled like the Wawa convenience store logo
A teeshirt design by SouthFellini.com
  1. Which slang term from your youth, no longer in common use, do you remember fondly?
    Grody! It’s such a great substitute for disgusting because it has elements of “gross” and “odor” in it. I also fondly remember the word dope, which was another word for cool.
  2. What slang do you still use, ‘though it’s no longer in common use?
    I still say cool beans, even though I don’t hear it anymore, and “cool” is such a tepid word on its own.
  3. Which current (or sorta recent) slang terms do you particularly like?
    I love the word yeet which can either mean ‘to throw’ or just be an expression of joy. Yeet!
  4. Which slang terms, past or present, do you especially dislike?
    Tribe when it’s not being used in the traditional way. I read a lot of “I found my tribe!” online when really, they found some people with the same interests. Tribe means a lot more than just “my girls!”
  5. What slang terms are specific to your geographical region?
    Jawn, which here in the Philadelphia region can be a replacement for any noun. I blog up in this jawn a few times a week. Check out this jawn!

This weekend we’re taking Christmas down FOR REAL. And planning the garden FOR REAL. (last week I was vaguely overwhelmed) I’m planning on making a King Cake and sinking deeper into Children of Blood and Bone. I guess we’re at the point now where any book featuring young people is YA?

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Covid-19 Journal: January 2021

January 14, 2021

As predicted, US cases are surging because people continue to put their own personal freedoms ahead of public health. We’re at 393,000, which is more than the current population of New Orleans. This, which was unfathomable 8 months ago, is now, ‘oh, ok.’ Vacations are still happening, pro sports continues to push forward, and the celebrities who were ‘in it together’ with us when things were tough in April have all gone back to their own lives.

screenshot of coronavirus stats - 393,624 deaths.

And the news is screaming about more contagious variants and mutations. Hooray.

TNP is closed until at least April. I feel like we won’t go back until September, and even then we’ll likely all never be in the office at the same time again.

WM’s district was going to start hybrid schooling in February, but the county health commission shot down their plan. Now they’re remote until May. At that point, why bother?

But I’m in a much better way than I was 3, 6, and definitely 9 months ago. Why?

Doritos. And hope.

We have FDA Emergency Use Clearance of 2 vaccines, and 2 other ones look like they’ll be cleared in the next month or two. The first frontline healthcare providers are receiving their second doses, and it’s nice to see the photos flit by social media. Two more vaccines are in their Phase 3 trials, and should also earn their emergency clearances in the next few months.

New Jersey opened up registration for vaccines. Even though I won’t be called for a long time (even my asthma doesn’t bump me that far ahead) it felt good to just put my name down. And to know that many of my loved ones will be vaccinated first due to jobs and risk factors. Many people don’t want to take the vaccine, and in most cases I don’t understand. I’m not going to wear my mask forever to protect those who get their medical advice from MLMers on Instagram.

screenshot of a vaccine registration confirmation

And in a matter of days we’re going to have a new administration, one that sides with science. With people who have experience rolling out initiatives and programs.

Apropos of nothing and everything, the president was impeached AGAIN yesterday. Half of all impeachments belong to Donald Trump.

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