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Didn't get to yoga on the first or second day of school, it I did today. Hero's pose eludes me. It seems achievable only by the gumby-like bodies of toddlers. 40 minutes of flexibility training.

I'm cautiously feeling okay about my classes. My students seem intrigued by what we are doing. (My home room, meh.). If I can just get a handle on the schedule and the traveling, I think it will be okay.

In other news, there is maybe an OKCupid candidate on the horizon. He's an ER nurse and works 12s, and has his kids every other weekend, so it works well with my "don't do too much" nerves. He did send a pretty strong signal on the second date that he'd like to jump over several usual marker points (milestones? Hurdles?). I'm not sure I'm there yet.
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Today, I:

-got up at 5 and did my three miles
-attended inservice all day
-came home and loaded school stuff into the car
-swept my downstairs (crepe myrtles be cursed!)
-fixed my SCA device form and put it in the mail
-did my yoga
-ate dinner; made my lunch.

Must remember tomorrow is an 8am day, not 8:30.
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Yesterday was a bit of a frenzy!

I made a loaf of low carb bread, 12 hb eggs in the IP, salmon in the IP, made salmon salad with all that and some of the farm share veg. Ran the dishwasher, and later that night made two kinds of fat bombs (dark chocolate & nut and blackberry coconut).

I used some stevia sweetened almond butter I got in the July KetoKrate, and let me just say, I fucking HATE stevia. It tastes Soooooo Nasty. But I also hate waste, so into the fat bombs it went. They still have the nasty aftertaste, but I like dark chocolate enough that I think I'll eat them.

Today, I have lunch with dad, then a goal of more belly dance DVD practice, so I guess I'd better get to treadmilling now!
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-installed various sensors for security system
-figured out how to make it stop beeping
-swept the back patio
-installed "monitored by..." signs
-warped loom for a new piece
-checked school email; posted on teacher FB
-got alarm activated
-made casserole: oven roasted veggies, then mixed with smoked sausage and cheese, baked for thirty at 350°
-figured out some art stuff won't work, but came up with a solution
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This morning I got up and:
-ordered a home security system
-took care of my alarm system permit with the city
-made baseball plans with dad
-made lunch plans with mom
-contacted the university HR department about tracking down my retirement account with them
-ordered a few small things off Amazon (thread to finish a baby project, skinny blonde hair elastics which are impossible to find in stores, a side sleeper pillow, and a thermacare wrap)
-shared some school materials with a new colleague (which produces severe imposter syndrome)
-balanced my checking account with YNAB.

That may be enough. I think the rest of today will be crafts, chores-I-want-to-do, and either watching Castlevania or Star Trek.

But tomorrow, we HAVE to switch the closets, Precious. We HAVE to.
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Yesterday, I prepped and froze some eggplant, treadmilled, then washed a little laundry, but the main feature was a late afternoon burst of activity (post-yoga---- connection?):

Finished the woven straps for a wool bag for myself (a rarity)
Made & downloaded a playlist of songs we've been discussing for a tribal BD workshop in August
Patterned and sewed the wool outer layer for a Viking hood for an SCA swap
Started on the linen inner lining for same
Finally sewed the straps on the wool bag and then the linen lining into the bag
Folded a ton of linens I'd washed, dried, and thrown on the loveseat
Hung up a bunch of clothes, I'd washed, dried, folded, and left out
Hung up some new clothes I got in a 'buy 1 get 3' sale

However, I didn't sleep well. And I jerked awake this morning to the realization that I think I left something by my car Friday (I can't be sure...it's sort of a vague recollection, and maybe it's a weird dream? IDK.) and never dealt with it.

Today, I need to unload the dishwasher, maaaaybe do some baking, pack a bag to visit my sister, do another load of laundry (mostly underthings), and go by my parents' house either before or after a bday party. I have no idea how homemakers do it.
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Sometimes, you just want some carrot and celery, and a peanut almond butter low carb wrap for dinner.

I've probably not accomplished as much this week as I should have-- some trash was tossed, some straightening up was done, etc. Today, I spent two hours on the backyard, and then I boxed up some books and some VHS tapes for donation. Now, I'm about to cull my yarn stash and see what I just don't need. It's all very golden rule.

Today was also "rest day" (yardwork notwithstanding) so no yoga, dance, or treadmill. Tomorrow, I'm thinking treadmill and a dance DVD.
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And kept the room temp below 72°. Now, if the overall summer goes up, I'll adjust the main thermostat, but it looks good for not costing me too much.

I did tuck the bed into the corner of the room, and I don't think I like that aesthetic. I feel it looks juvenile, and that the more adult look would have the bed approachable from both sides (even if it doesn't get used that way much). So, moving the bed one more time is probably in the works. Luckily, it's on casters, and shouldn't be too much of a PITA.

I also have not switched the closet yet. I was using both in the big bedroom, and plan to keep the work & formal clothes where they are. The casuals will be switched with the crafting closet, and I expect another purge will be done, then, too. However, I'm not attempting that until after the Fourth.

Today, I've made keto blondies, keto BLT dip, regular cookies, and assembled (dry) the recipe for almond flour cheddar biscuits. Three family assemblages in three days, here we come. Not bothered with yet-- a pie.
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Okay-- all the furniture is where it should be, but it looks like a bomb went off.

Also, I hate this house and everything is disgusting. I threw away a great deal of stuff which was good, but just got revolted by the accumulated dust. Old construction, unsealed windows, bad housekeeping (that one is on me).

Tomorrow, I get to clean MORE and switch wall pictures and things. It's a good thing that I did this, I know. After I got all the stuff into the bigger room, I was "how did I live with all that crammed in the other?" But at the same time, I feel like a bum who can't get past living like a college student or something.

In the words of the children: FML.
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Got the move free joint vitamins; got the cookies mailed off. Also, got my friend married, and shenanigans (presents) achieved. A bright spot was going out to do an Escape Room with some gfs. Yaasss!

Today, I went to Target and got some new firm pillows to replace the poor schlubby ones I've abused. I also got a backdoor mat, and two little mat sized rugs for just inside each door (to catch dirt, etc.). Lastly, I got some curtain blackout liners and colored sheers for the plan to switch the bedrooms.

Tomorrow, I start cleaning and ourging the bedroom. This includes getting rid of stuff for donations. I'm hoping that maybe I can be ready to move furniture on Wednesday.
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Today, I:

-stalked the mail lady about a missing subscription box. Again.
-filed a return claim with the shipper
-walked only two miles
-mailed birthday/first apt care pkg to my kid
-dropped off slingbacks to get new heelcaps
-updated card info at library
-went to cvs and bought a ton of cold meds; forgot joint vitamins
-went to grocery store and bought a ton of groceries (truly. It's like I become a food hoarder.)
-made cookies (dough) for a friend

Tomorrow, I need to go get that Move Free (joint vitamins).
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Today, I:

-made yogurt
-made low carb bread
-moved an on-loan plant rack to the patio, arranged plants on it, swept decking
-stalked the mail lady about a missing subscription box
-walked my three miles
-made zoodles and marinara for dinner
-folded two loads of laundry (Haha, didn't put them away. Baby steps.)

Tomorrow, I need to go to the store for eggs, to CVS for Move Free (joint vitamins), and the post office to mail a package.
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Three rolls fancy wrapping paper
Workout pants
Crochet sweater
Hair brush
Trifold wallet
Basic black tank
Two new bras (in a new size; thanks, weird body)

Sadly, there was now love at DSW, and no purses were found either. On the upside, spent very little (except for the bras, damnit).
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Well, through a weird happenstance, I rant into my boss person yesterday, and learned that he'd run into my soon-to-be boss person and had learned from her the rough outline of my schedule for next year.

She's planning on using me in the morning, not the afternoon, so that means I won't have my beloved Level 2 class next year when I'm at my original school.

See, originally, we had thought she would use me in the afternoons, and I'd keep my Level 2s in the morning, then travel to the new school and see my new Level 1s. But, she is adopting block scheduling (Ugh), and needs me in the morning.

That means my original boss person has hired a new teacher, and she gets my Level 2 classes, and I get a handful of odds and ends in the afternoon. Yeah, I'm a bit thrown, and yeah, I am a bit resentful. But, I also recognize it's nothing I have control over. I just didn't expect that the transition would happen so soon, and that it would make me feel like I'm being pushed out instead of transitioning out.

I mean, I signed on for this, but knew I'd be working at this school for a few more years until the new school has a full load for me.

So, I think what I'm saying is that I've just learned my position in the heirarchy of teachers at that school has been decimated, and I'm at a loss as to where I do fit, new school or old. I applied for this new position to stop being a second fiddle, and now I feel like I might be a third fiddle or even an alternate.

It sucks.
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What if I switched my bedroom from the larger master, to the smaller bedroom?

Would it shift the emphasis of the bedroom to just sleeping? Would it give me the space I'm craving for crafts, sewing, computing, and have the loveseat sleeper for guests?

Food for thought.
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Watching "He's just not that into You" is painful, on levels of truth, bad acting, and how did I find myself watching this? (Oh, yeah: housesitting + entropy + introversion.)

We did buy the book when I was working at the boarding school, and made the girls read it. I doubt any of it sunk in. I remember being fascinated by the chapter that dealt with a three date...what do you want to call it? --test/rule/guideline. That if your date had not indicated that they were attracted to you physically by date three, y'all should both cut loose.

Mm. I agree. I really do. But I also struggle with not gaslighting myself, as being single for so long means I know how to be happy on my own. So, then known comfort wars with unknown discomfort.
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But, honestly, I think it's because I just didn't pull the trigger fast enough. Two of the three friends I was still reading on LJ are here, and I'm hoping there will be more.
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I was sitting here yesterday, thinking about the fact that I'm going to meet some friends for lunch today, and thinking, "Hm, is that okay? Should we be more somber, more observant? After all, it is 9/11(/11)."

And then I read this post from SB Sarah: http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/index.php/weblog/comments/comfort-in-common/ And I thought, "You know, I don't hold myself back to somber observance on Memorial Day. I don't hold myself back to somberness on Veterans Day." I observe and it is important to me to think about those days, and what they mean --I put out a flag on the former and a wear a poppy on the latter-- but I do not stop my life. I knew I wanted to observe. But I had gotten caught up in the idea, the media spin-storm of being told how I should observe...as SB Sarah said, of how I should feel.

And so, I got up this morning, later than is my norm, much as I was doing 10 years ago, and I came downstairs, made breakfast and turned on the news. I came into the middle of the reading of the names --it takes from 8am to 1pm to read 3000 names-- and the last moment of silence occurred, and I cried. I surprised myself by how much I cried.

I'm distanced from this event, though, a feeling that you'll hear others say. Distanced is not separated, however. That day, I was running late for a graduate class, and by the time I got to the library, everyone was very confused. The first thing I thought, beyond what am I seeing, was to call my father and make sure my cousins and our family friends were okay. It took us a long time to get through to them, but they were luckily fine. But distanced is not separated. We all know someone. All of us. Moreover, we all knew this was a thing that meant things would never be the same.

What I am feeling, however, and what I think is reflected in the comments on the SB post is this: the things that never should have changed: love, family, community -haven't. It's okay to be angry. It's okay to be sad. And it is very much okay to be happy.

And, if we're going to tell anyone how to feel today, let it be that we say to be happy, to make this country and this world a better place. We have a long way to go, but I'm still happy to be here.


"Happiness lies ahead for those who cry; those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives." -Attribution unknown
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Bellydance Extravaganza!

Donna Mejia is coming to Memphis, and in addition to 2 bellydance workshops (daytime), there will be an evening performance! Be sure to catch Donna in action!

Saturday, August 13

7:00pm

Doors open 6:30

18+ only

Rumba Room - 303 S. Main Street

$15 prepaid, $20 door



Two performances by Donna, as well as performances by local dancers:

-Memphis Raqs (tribal bellydance)

-Chris Reeder (tribal bellydance)

-Pyramid Bellydance

-Bridging Souls Productions (modern)

-Dark Delices (dark fusion bellydance)



Donna Mejia is a choreographer, lecturer, teacher, administrator, and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, and new fusion traditions in world electronica. Donna is amongst a handful of artists authorized to instruct the Brazilian Silvestre Modern Dance Technique (an esoteric, codified system of contemporary dance technique).

Donna teaches, choreographs and performs an emerging genre of dance that dialogues Arab, African and nomadic traditions with American hip hop and electronica. Presently based in Massachusetts, she lectures and teaches for colleges, private organizations and dance festivals internationally such as Jacob’s Pillow, and the Bates Dance Festival.

She taught at Colorado College for 10 years and was Director of the Colorado College International Summer Dance Festival for the last half of her term. For twelve years she served as managing director of the award-winning Harambee African Dance Ensemble of CU-Boulder. Donna was Guest Artist in Residence with the Smith College Dance Department for three years and continues to teach for the college.

Donna is the founder and director of The Sovereign Project: a nonprofit arts collective dedicated to a reverent connection to the body by addressing social repression, distortion, sedentary lifestyle and acts of violence.

Recipes!

Jul. 30th, 2010 05:19 pm
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Quinoa-Chickpea-Tomato-Cucumber-Olive Salad :)

2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 medium cucumber, seeded and diced (peeling is up to you)
a handful of olives pitted and chopped (I used morrocan oil-cured)
1/4 cup Spoon tomatoes, rinsed and stemmed (used whatever tomatoes you like and more, too)
1/2 cup Greek Vinaigrette (I used Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Greek Vin. "with Feta and Kalamata olives")

Add all ingredients together, add dressing, mix until well coated. Chill, then serve. Ridiculously high in protein and fiber! Tastes about the same as couscous salad. (Serving size: 1 cup as a side, 2 cups as an entree)



Breakfast Biscuits
1 pkg steam-in-the-bag spinach, thawed
1 cup soy crumbles/faux sausage
1/4 cup parmesano-reggiano, shredded
1/4 cup cheddar (you choose the fattiness), shredded
some spices/seasoning
7 egg whites
3 whole eggs
&
12 whole wheat biscuits (used the Joy of Cooking recipe)

•Make biscuits, remove from over, let cool, and split in half. Leave oven at 450. Lightly grease or spray a 12-muffin tin.
•In mixer/food processor, place spinach, faux sausage, cheese, seasoning, and blend. Add eggs and egg whites one at a time. Distribute mixture between muffin cups, bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and using spatula, remove "muffins" promptly, and let cool on plate/waxed paper/etc.
•Once cool, place one "muffin" between split biscuit, and wrap in square of tinfoil. Place all foiled biscuits in ziploc and store in freezer.
•To reheat, thaw (I get it out the night before and set in fridge), then unwrap foil and place in toaster oven for 10-15 minutes. I don't remove the foil, but leave it as a square for the biscuit to sit on. That prevents drips and heinous toaster burning incidents. (Serving size: 1 biscuit) Bonus, if you're running late, just toss the foil covered biccie in your bag and zap it at work.

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