Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Extraordinary Machine

Today I went to back to-back yoga classes because this is the last day that Yoga Hillsboro is having classes for the rest of the year. They offer an AWESOME holiday all-class pass -- for $30 you get unlimited classes for 3 weeks and access to all workshops and special events. I managed to go to 3 Nia classes, 5 yoga classes, and 2 workshops. That's about $140 worth of classes -- SCORE!

So, today was the last day to hit up classes -- they had one at 10:30am and another at noon so I went to both! I'm pretty proud of myself for just getting there. The weather is terrible - cold, windy, rainy, gray and gross but I decided to take the train anyway. I could have taken Jason to work and had the car for the day but it seemed superfluous since the train picks up one block from my house and drops off one block from the yoga studio.

The hardest part about the weather and riding the train is what to wear. Being on the train isn't bad, but it's the waiting that's the hardest part. Standing in the rain and wind for what seems like eternity. Never really knowing when the train might arrive. I think I've finally figured out what to wear though. Here's a picture of me when I got home. I felt like a closet exploded on me!

It doesn't look like much but here's the list of clothing I had to wear to stay warm, dry and comfy (and do yoga):

Top to bottom:
hat
down jacket with hood (hood up)
heavy scarf
longsleeve t-shirt
shortsleeve tshirt
tank top
undies
yoga pants
lined windproof running pants
knee-high wool socks
snow boots
paper bag containing umbrella, thermos of tea, Jitterbug Perfume (book), banana

I always feel a bit like a pack mule when i do this. But I'm so happy I pushed through and went.

I was listening to Fionna Apple's "Extraordinary Machine" on the train and I thought it was perfect for the moment.

If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can't help it, the road just rolls out behind me
Be kind to me
Or treat me mean
I'll make the most of it
I'm an extraordinary machine




I certainly haven't been shopping for any new shoes
-And-
I certainly haven't been spreading myself around
I still only travel by foot and by foot, it's a slow climb,
But I'm good at being uncomfortable, so
I can't stop changing all the time

I notice that my opponent is always on the go
-And-
Won't go slow, so's not to focus, and I notice
He'll hitch a ride with any guide, as long as
They go fast from whence he came
- But he's no good at being uncomfortable, so
He can't stop staying exactly the same

If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can't help it, the road just rolls out behind me
Be kind to me, or treat me mean
I'll make the most of it, I'm an extraordinary machine

I seem to you to seek a new disaster every day
You deem me due to clean my view and be at peace and lay
I mean to prove I mean to move in my own way, and say,
I've been getting along for long before you came into the play

I am the baby of the family, it happens, so
- Everybody cares and wears the sheeps' clothes
While they chaperone
Curious, you looking down your nose at me, while you appease
- Courteous, to try and help - but let me set your
Mind at ease

If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can't help it, the road just rolls out behind me
Be kind to me
Or treat me mean
I'll make the most of it
I'm an extraordinary machine

Do I so worry you?
No need to hurry to my side
That's very kind
But it's to no avail
I don't want the veil of flowers, no
Everything will be just fine

If there was a better way to go then it would find me
I can't help it, the road just rolls out behind me
Be kind to me
Or treat me mean
I'll make the most of it
I'm an extraordinary machine

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