Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Velveteen Doggie

Crash finally made it out to Betty's for a grooming last weekend. We love taking him there. They are so awesome with our little guy. He's a bit of a special case but they all love him to pieces and he gets great treatment!

He hadn't been in since September and looked like a total hobo! He even had dreadlocks in his beard!

Before:

After:
(I love that curly-lipped smile. Like there's a little Elvis in him.)

Now he feels like a velveteen doggie. So slick and no matted spots or dreadlocks. 


Prancing around!

It looks like he lost ten pounds! We were starting to think he was a bit of a chunk!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hoop Love



A few weeks ago we finally got around to making hula hoops for Jason and I! We love them!

If you're interested in making your own, here are the materials you'll need:

 3/4" poly tubing
3/4" internal coupling
Ratcheting PVC cutter (optional but makes things SO much easier)
Colorful tape (I used the colored duct tape)

Follow these instructions.

Jason and I took the hula hoops out for a spin last weekend. The weather was perfect.

One arm in the air!


 Two arms in the air! The Hula Vortex!


Vortexing!

Then we went to Cooper Mountain and hiked around. The sun was absolutely glorious!


I love the shadows.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Dog Trainer

Not your normal dog trainer here - our dog IS the trainer!!

Jason was on the floor doing some stretching and yoga and Crash thought he could help out. He climbed right on Jason's back and stuck around for the ride. He didn't even "bark" orders! (teeheeheee)

It was adorable and hilarious! I had to make a gif.




I can't stop laughing at this!!!



Thursday, January 16, 2014

ROAR!

Sometimes we find inspiration in the most unlikely places - like Katy Perry. But I have to admit, this song and the concept of "roaring" is pretty appealing.

As I get older, I find that it doesn't get any easier to be heard. I have to work hard to exercise my Visuddha or Throat Chakra (5th Chakra). Exploring our Visuddha can allow for much healing.

It's not healthy for us to hold in our roars.

This song pretty much sums up my intentions for 2014 - exercise the 5th Chakra!

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar




"Roar" by Katy Perry

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready 'cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

[Chorus]
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

[Chorus]

Ro-oar, ro-oar, ro-oar, ro-oar, ro-oar

[Chorus]

You'll hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You're gonna hear me roar...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Lizards and a kitten

This makes me smile and laugh. That kitten is sooo silly! The lizard seems totally unaffected!


It's sunny today and yoga started back up yesterday.

Feeling pretty good.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Looking at Sunnier Days

The weather this week has been abysmal so far. Gray, cold, and drizzly. So I thought I'd take a look at sunnier days (to remind myself they exist).

The weather was really nice this past weekend. I spent most of the daylight hours staring directly into the sun.

It felt great.

Saturday, I accidentally discovered Cooper Mountain Nature Park as I was driving around following the sun. I was literally pointing the car at the sun and just driving toward it. Weaving in and out, up and down the roads. Clouds were forming behind me and to the sides, threatening to engulf the giant yellow ball. When I looked in the rear view mirror, it was dark and ominous behind me but crystal clear blue and all sun in front. It felt like I was pulling a dark cloud blanket behind my car. I followed the sun up, up, up until I came to the Cooper Mountain Nature Park. It was fabulous!


Of course it's a little barren this time of year, but the elevation and overlook was a sight for sore eyes. I can't wait to come back in the spring/summer and see the foliage blooming! There are tons of gravel trails, benches, picnic tables and a sweet play structures for kiddos.

Jason and I went back on Sunday and did some more exploring in the sun.

It felt great.

We played with the listening horn:




Basked in the sun. (I love how the sun is moving through Jay's luscious locks!)


We also went to a nearby school and flew our remote control helicopter. (Piece of advice: buy the chopper with a "hover" option. This one just goes straight up and, unfortunately, straight down. Hard) 
 


 It was such a beautiful day.


Then we came home to this adorable overload:


It was a nice weekend. This coming weekend is supposed to be terrible, reaching EPIC terrible on Saturday.

This weather makes me wish I was a "snow bird". An RV on Lake Havasu, AZ sounds wonderful right about now!

Friday, January 03, 2014

I Shall Be Released

I was listening to an  internet radio show that Jason and I recorded at Kill Radio around 2008 and this song was on it.

Such a great song - the very end of it always gives me goosebumps.

"I Shall Be Released" performed by Nina Simone and written by Bob Dylan.




They say everything can be replaced
They say every distance is not near
So I remember every face
Of every man who put me here

I see my light come shinin'
From the west down to the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

They say every man needs protection
They say that every man must fall
Yet I swear I see my reflection
Somewhere so high above this wall

I see my light come shinin'
From the west down to the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

Now yonder stands a man in this lonely crowd
A man who swears he's not to blame
All day long I hear him shouting so loud
Just crying out that he was framed

I see my light come shinin'
From the west down to the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

Thursday, January 02, 2014

2014: Day 1

New Years Day, I woke up feeling bad, sad, mad and everything in between. I had a fast and furious dream in which a procession all of my anxieties were actualized in the worst ways possible. My mind raced through my subconscious and touched on all of the things that I try not to think about.

It wasn't a visual dream, just feelings. It's like I was presented with the worst possible versions of my worst fears, not to deal with them, but to experience how the AFFECT of processing the situations. Each one passed by so fast, there was no way to work through understanding or ascertaining how I would manage such a situation. I just had to take the blow and then look toward the next assault and brace myself for the worst.

I was being struck with the FEELINGS of processing these awful ideas. All of them at once. It was a marathon of shattered hopes, worst fears, broken promises, betrayal and love lost. It was a true night terror.

I woke up around 6:15 am and whimpered to Jason "I had a bad dream and I don't feel good." He snugged me tight and rubbed my back while I tried to go back to sleep but every time I drifted off, my awful marathon night terror picked back up. A series of devastating feelings and sadness. I laid there restless and upset for about an hour. Since the nightmare wasn't visual, it was really difficult to pinpoint what was happening in my brain and why I was feeling so bad.

 I got out of my nightmare bed-prison and took a shower. Trying to literally wash away the cobwebs in my head and bring myself back to reality. Night terrors are awful because they stay with you even after you wake up. They affect you in a way that is so hard to put a finger on, it makes it difficult to shake them.

I was convinced that lack of sun was my problem. It has been weeks since I'd seen the sun. It was beginning to do something weird to me. I take assloads of Vitamin D so it wasn't that (depression).

It was that I had lost my horizon. When I don't see the sun rise in the East and set in the West for weeks on end, it feels like up is down and right is left. How am I to know where we are in the day if I can't see where the sun is? It feels like a perpetual gray undetermined time of day. It's like sleeping in a room with no windows or lights. I open my eyes but there is no horizon to tell me what is up and what is down.

I told Jason that we needed to look on a map and find somewhere that had sun and drive to it. I was serious.

Then, it was like the Gods heard me, parted the clouds and gave me sunlight. We were eating lunch and low and behold the blue sky broke through and the sun peeked out of the clouds. We decided to hurry to the tennis courts and get a little sunshine.

The whole time we were getting ready to go and driving the 2 miles to the courts, I was crazy worried that the sun would go away before I could get out and feel it on my face. There was a huge bank of dark clouds moving its way across the sky so we knew the sunshine would be short lived. We rushed to the courts.

The sun stayed out for about 30-45 minutes. It felt so good. I couldn't stop staring directly into it. I was regaining my horizon. Eventually, the dark clouds pushed through the blue skies, but that was beautiful too.



We played and watched a family launch a model rocket. Jason and I both made model rockets and (attempted) launching them when we were kids. We held our breath, knowing that these things can be tricky. The rocket only launches half the time and then, if you're lucky, the parachute deploys half of those times. It was a good day for the little family. Four attempts, 3 launches and 1 parachute deploy. I hollered and clapped for them. I remember how it felt.

We headed home and worked on the front flower bed. There are tons of tiny bulb buds starting to poke through so we cleared away the dead stuff, adjusted the gnomes and added some fresh soil. It's going to be a magnificent Spring with flower fireworks galore. Something to look forward to.

We had a lovely evening. Jason whipped up a wonderful dinner - grilled steelhead, roasted garnet yams with onions and leeks, roasted broccoli, and sauteed portabello mushrooms with onions on the grill.

We finished off the day with a magnificent sunset to the West. I could actually see where the sun was landing at the end of the day and it gave me great comfort. Like all was right in the world again.


I feel like I was able to regain my horizon, shake the night terror, get some air and exercise, beautify my surroundings and have a lovely dinner with my best friend in the whole world.

It started out rough, but yesterday ended up being a pretty good first day of 2014.