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Yoga with Adriene Find What Feels Good Roadshow – Philadelphia

For almost 2 years, I’ve been practicing yoga with the Yoga with Adriene videos on Youtube. I LOOOOOOOOVE them because I can practice in my home, for free, whenever I want. When Adriene announced that she was taking her Find What Feels Good Roadshow to Philadephia, I screamed SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

Which is how I found myself at the Fillmore in Philadelphia on a sunny September Monday.

I won’t lie, I was apprehensive. I went there on my own and didn’t know anyone. Also, the class was billed at being 90 minutes long and I had never done a yoga video longer than 40 minutes. In reality, I had nothing to worry about. Everybody was lovely, and the class was paced so that we all made it through with minimal whining.

After the class, I waited in a VERY long line and got to meet Adriene and she was as lovely as I imagined. She is doing a little tree pose. I look like a person who just did 90 minutes of yoga and couldn’t lift my leg.

This is a picture from the event — I’m at the bottom, circled in white. You can see my foot!

Empowered with positivity and a rekindled passion for fitness, I celebrated the only way I know how. Buying a bunch of swag and having a healthy snack.

If you have the chance, see Adriene when she comes to your town.

NFL Draft Experience 2017

The NFL Draft Experience was in Philadelphia two weeks ago and was only a 20-minute walk away from TNP. Who knows when this could happen again, so on that Friday some of my coworkers and I took a walk to see the action. We had an absolute blast, and I don’t even like football.

Welcome to the NFL draft experience!


I said, WELCOME to the NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE!


I could have spent an entire day there. There was so much to do — field goal kicks, 40-yd dashes, contests, a huge line to see the Superbowl trophy (insert jokes about the Eagles here) and rings, and even a frigging ZIP LINE but I had to go back to work so I couldn’t wait the extra half hour to risk life and limb.

Me and a giant Detroit Lions helmet. A nod to Michigan-born WM.


My coworker and me with Swoop, the Eagles Mascot.


Guys, we need to talk about Swoop. When we were settling in for the picture below, he was gyrating and catcall-whistling at us. But I didn’t mind because at 44 I take whatever I can get, even if it’s from an anthropomorphic eagle.

The heads outside of House Lannister.


Carson Wentz’s stuff. He’s a football-thrower in town.


I effing love chips, okay?


I’m sure there was a tribute to the gloriousness that is football pants (second only to baseball pants), but we didn’t have time to search for it. Lunchtime ended too quickly. We bought some swag from the NFL store and walked back to the office.

And proof that the draft should be in Philadelphia every year …

Friday 5: Gimme one reason

Random alley taken from my work shuttle. Only tangentially related to this post.

Random alley taken from my work shuttle. Only tangentially related to this post.[/caption]Oh, sweet, glorious weekend. By the time I got home from work yesterday I was calling myself Old Woman Russell.

I hit the sofa with my Surface, opened this draft, and passed out. I’ve been nursing a pain in my side/back all week and although Dr. Google says it’s kidney disease I’m going to go with the fact that I did heavy yardwork earlier in the week. I’m a side sleeper too so every night while it should be healing I’m rolling over on it and tweaking it more. Yay middle age!

Here’s the Friday 5 that I pasted into this very space last night and fell asleep on. The theme is “Gimme one reason.”

1. What makes you unreasonably irritated?
TNP is situated on a very busy street in Philadelphia. Because it’s a city, there are police cars. Because there are police cars, there are sirens. I can handle sirens. But some police continuously restart the siren as they drive. So there is a BWOOP-BWOOPBWOOBWOOP-BWOOP noise the whole way down the street and that makes me very stabby.

2. What are you unreasonably particular about?
The elevator buttons at work spin around, so I spend every elevator trip spinning the floor numbers back to upright.

3. What’s something that’s unreasonably complicated?
Trying to obtain a long-form birth certificate from the state of Pennsylvania.

4. What are the best reasons for working in your field?
There will always be doctors and nurses. 🙂

5. What are some good reasons for the most recent silly purchase you made?
I’ve really tried to tamp down on the silly purchases. We are still paying off the A few months ago I bought a fuzzy sweatshirt from Target that says “weekend” on it. It is so soft and comfortable, and, let’s face it, weekends are worth celebrating!

(Blogged while watching a TinyKittens live birth in the other window. The kittens are adorable. Turn off the chat if you want to have any shred of confidence left in the intelligence of your fellow human beings.)

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