Currently . . .

I got this idea from Erin who got it from Katie. I like it, so I’m gonna do it too. :)

Sitting here in my PJs listening to music, blogging, and on my way to staying up too late again.
Friday Night

(just finished) MOCKINGJAY for the 4th time or so. I have a stack of new (to me) books to start, but I’ll probably try to finish 7 CLUES TO WINNING YOU and the one about that girl with the Hungarian uncles with the towers in their garden.

Reese's Dark

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 soundtrack.

Monthly newsletters for Moksha, retreat center stuff for Moksha, teacher training homework

Do that stuff.

The LEGO Harry Potter Wii games.
THEY ARE SO FUN. Probably helps that I have the invincibility cheat. I think I’d be way more frustrated with the game if I didn’t have that. I like to focus on solving the puzzles, not staying alive. I’ve completed both games, but I have to play Years 1-4 again because I screwed it up and caused a glitch. I’m actually OK with this.

1.) Wanting to play video games instead of doing my work.
2.) Not writing at all.
3.) Sleeping all day and staying up all night.

The fact that I tried Mysore last week and actually liked it.

Nothing at the moment, but I will be making myself a big cup of Tang shortly.

Nothing, but I am kind of hungry.

How do I get more readers for my blog without attracting any haters?

My upcoming Disney World trip! It’s in 16 days!!!!!

1.) When the cats poop, it takes no time for the stink to fill up the house. But it takes forever for the air fresheners/incense/sage to cover it up. And the stink still sometimes manages to break through all that.
2.) That my computer is so old that as soon as I turn it on, all four gigs of memory get sucked up. It’s four years old, and it’s a MacBook, and it still runs OK… but when you’re running on 10mbs of memory all the time, things get bumbled up.

Getting a MacBook Pro. The least expensive model, swapping out the hard drives, and upgrading the memory to 8gigs on my own. Tf I get the computer at Microcenter, that will save me hundreds over just getting the next level model. The only thing is that I’d have to get a new Snow White decal because the one on my computer now doesn’t come off. (OR I could get a Mickey Mouse one….)

Taxes. Thank God I have a few more months before I have to deal with them.

Aidan being here in just a few days! :D

My June Disney trip. I’m taking my mom (who has never been) and Aidan, who is soooo excited.

Publish this, have a snack, read, and go to bed.
Or replay LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4. KIDDING. I plan to do that all day Saturday. ;)

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Sunday Stealing (16)

1: Do you notice a persons eye color?


2: White, milk, or dark chocolate mocha?

Dark chocolate, please. Followed by milk chocolate.

3: If you could get a free tattoo, would you do it? What would it be?

Well, the reason I haven’t gotten one yet is that I can’t decide what to get. But if I could get one free, that would be cool.

4: Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

I grew up in the city of Cleveland. I liked it OK when I was a little girl, hated it when I was a teenager.

5: Your favorite adult as a child? (and not your parents, if they were your favorite)

My uncle Ervin.

6: What kind of smoothie sounds really good right now?

One without bananas but with other fruits.

7: Most embarrassing moment from your elementary school years?

Didn’t really have any.

8: Most embarrassing moment from your middle school years?

All of them. Middle school sucked.

9: Most embarrassing moment from your high school years?

No comment. ;)

10: Have you ever fired anyone?


11: Have you ever climbed a tree more than twenty feet off the ground?


12: Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing set?

Yes on both counts. :D

13: If you could have any pet in the world, illegal or not, what would you get?

A giraffe.

14: What’s your favorite place to relax?

Somewhere warm with a nice book.

15: What’s your most favorite part of your personality?

Um…. uh…. I don’t know.

16: Madonna or Lady Gaga? Neither? Both? Who cares?

Madonna. I like Lady Gaga too, though.

17: Have you ever watched the Superbowl all the way through?


18: Have you ever watched any major sporting event live?

Yes. I’ve been to an NBA game and a MLB game and a soccer game.

19: What’s the most delicious food you’ve ever eaten in your life?

Hmm. That I don’t know. Nothing really stands out to me.

20: Margarine or butter? Which did you grow up with?

Butter, please. Grew up with margarine and only had butter for special occasions. If it was up to me, I’d choose butter every time but Adam likes to get those tubs of vegetable oil margarine things.


In My Yoga Life

Me Doing Mermaid Pose
I haven’t posted much about yoga lately. One might think I haven’t been doing much. You’d be sort of right. When it’s very cold outside (like now, it’s a balmy 12F), I have no interest in leaving my bed, let alone my house. But there are some days I have things to do, so I dress in layers and do it.

Have I mentioned that I hate winter?

Teacher training ramped back up in January with my therapeutics apprenticeship with Gabriel Halpern. Gabriel’s an interesting teacher and he has an interesting style that I’m not used to seeing in the yoga world. He’s definitely of the “tough love” school, but the main underlying thing there is the love. There is also chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

We had two days of orientation, where we went through all the different poses we’d be working on with our students.

Yoga Teacher Training: Customized Yoga Apprenticeship Orientation
gabriel uses jaylen to demonstrate a pose to us
Yoga Teacher Training: Customized Yoga Apprenticeship Orientation
graham dances with mr. skeleton
After the hips and knees orientation, where we practiced on each other, my hips were so open that I was able to comfortably get into Padmasana (Lotus Pose) for the first time since I was a little girl.

On January 17, I met my person and she is wonderful. I get to work with her every Thursday, showing her poses and making sure she feels OK. During the week, I keep in touch with her by sending her information and poses and dharma stuff.

In January, I also started my workshop management position. My first workshop was a doozy! It was a detox. I had to cut up fruit, heat up oil and put it into cups, make tea, tape the floor and set up mats inside each taped rectangle, greet people, and then actually attend the workshop. WHICH WAS AMAZING.

The first time I did a detox was in the fall of 2010. It was fun but hard! There were definitely points where I fell into Child’s Pose. I just couldn’t do everything. But this last time? I told people that I’m either getting stronger or the detoxes are getting easier. I doubt that Amber is making it easier. I think I’ve just gotten stronger.

In the middle of January, I taught my thesis workshop. I called it Your Yoga, and it was about being creative in your own yoga practice. I had five attendees, and I played music, led an asana practice (with a segment for the students to do their own thing–being creative!) and we talked about yoga. Most of the students were beginners, so it was fun to tell them about what yoga IS and how it can relate to their lives and change their lives.

Tonight, I head out to work and attend the Shatki Gong Healing given by The Starnes Sisters. I went to one in the fall and LOVED it. Also, I love their fashion sense. It’s fabulous.

I still have non-contact stuff to do for teacher training. I’ve got to write up my thesis, do my book reviews, teach one more private lesson (free–any takers?), do a write up about the private lessons, and decide on a final exam. I also need to attend more workshops and special events–but being a workshop manager makes that quite easy for me. :)

So, that’s my yoga life for now. ‘Til next time!


Sunday Stealing (15)

The Meme From Suburbia

I know I’m quite a few days late. I’m catching up on articles in my Google Reader and saw this today and couldn’t resist.

Oh Hi
I think I look sorta scary here. :O
*evil laugh*
1. What were you doing 10 years ago?

I was a new mom. Aidan was just turning one month old. So I was probably rocking him to sleep or something.

2. By this time next year, I …

…will be a certified yoga teacher, a year older, and the mother of an 11 year old! I will have gone to Disney World ten times and will probably be preparing to head out for #11.

3. Do you think the United States will elect a female President in your lifetime? Do you think this would be a good thing?

I sure would like to see it. Truthfully, I thought that would happen before ANYONE of color got into office so….

4. Which fictional, TV show character you would shag anytime?

The Doctor from Doctor Who I think. But only certain incarnations. Or Maybe Captain Jack Harkness. But of course, only if I weren’t already married. :)

John Barrowman and Me
I mean HELLO!

5. Who is your greatest enemy?

I am. I get in my own way ALL THE TIME.

6. Tell me about your most recent trip of more than 100 miles?

I went to Cleveland, to visit my mommy for Christmas. :)

7. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?

Dictionary. I love dictionaries.

8. Do you have a nickname? What is it?

My nickname is Ronni. My real name is Ronica.

9. What are you dreading at the moment?

Eh, nothing really.

10. Do you worry that others will judge you from reading some of your answers?

Nope. If they judge me, it’s their thing, not mine.

11. If you find an outfit you love, but the size on the label is larger than you want, do you buy the outfit? Why or why not?

I’ll buy it if it fits and looks awesome.

12. Even the biggest slackers are anal-retentive about something? What are you anal-retentive about?

My music files! I have to have them properly tagged so they look nice in my iTunes! I’ll spend hours getting them right.

13. Out of all the books you read as a child, which one had the biggest influence on how you are today?

Ohh, great question. I think Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You (But Only If You Let It), Amy and Laura, Little House in the Big Woods, and By The Shores of Silver Lake all had huge impacts on me. And Ramona and Her Mother as well. Plus tons and tons more. (I read a lot when I was little. HECK what do I mean “when I was little”? I still read a lot!)

14. Which Golden Girl would you want to spend a night on the town with?

Oh my God. This is so hard. See, I can see Blanche ditching me for some guy. Sophia is feisty, but I don’t know if I could handle her level of feistiness. Rose would get on my nerves, as much as I love her. So I think it would have to be Dorothy.

15. What is the one product you would never buy in its generic form even if the generic is half the price?

Granola bars. The generic ones always macaroons in them and I don’t like that.

16. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?

Who said I ever stopped? :)

17. What is the one smell that turns your stomach without fail?

Spoiled anything.

18. If someone holds out a carton of milk to you and asks you to sniff it to see if its spoiled, do you?

Yes. I’m the only one who can tell in my house.

19. You have a completely free day and $2000.00, What are you doing?

Probably transferring the $2000 to my savings account and playing on the computer or reading all day. Or booking a Disney trip. Ha.

20. What is the most used item in your home?

The computers. Hands down. Followed closely by the couch.


More of That


I scroll through my Live Journal and Facebook posts and I see people doing a lot of what they love to do. I get so caught up refreshing tumblr, or staring at Facebook, or sleeping. The Internet sucks me in and the next thing I know, another day has gone by. I get so caught up in silly things that I forget to do the things that bring me really deep joy. Except reading–I ALWAYS remember to read.

I need more of these things in my life:

1. Drinking hot tea and drinking cocoa.
2. Writing.
3. Spinach. I want and need to consume more spinach. Mmm spinach.
4. Taking pictures. LOTS of pictures.
5. Dancing.

What joyful things do you wish you had more of in your life?

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