Best Way to Spend a Lunch Break

Now don’t write me off as some hipster/hippie/new age whatnot but the best way to spend a lunch break may be a yoga class. Today I went to one of Black Swan Yoga’s 45 minute lunch time yoga classes. It literally turned my entire day around.

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, feeling unsettled and out of sorts. I got to work and continued to hate life. Then I decided I’d try one of the lunch time yoga classes I’d heard about. This is something I’d always wanted to do in my old position but was unable to because of the nature of my job. But today I changed and ran over and spent 45 minutes completely and utterly disconnected from the office. Those 45 minutes allowed me to reset the way a normal lunch break never lets me. I highly recommend it if you have the opportunity!

My next goal is to start swimming laps on my lunch or after work, maybe at Deep Eddy Pool but I’m such a bad swimmer that I’m pretty intimidated. Guess I better just get over it! Wish me luck!

Welcome 2012!

The last year has treated me very well. I moved to Austin in December of 2010 and while my time here has had highs and lows, it has been overall, an overwhelming success. I have a good, steady job. I’ve made some great friends. I have too many roommates but my rent is reasonable and my house location’s is optimal (read: close to multiple sources of beer).

But we’re entering a new year and the goal is always to do better, so it’s time to lay out the New Year’s resolutions for 2012:

1. Be more honest. Not just honest but forthcoming. If I am uncomfortable with something, or lacking something, I need to bring this topic up. I can’t just wait for it to become too much.

2. Fitness, fitness, fitness! Where did all my yoga time go? Every since the boy came back from Alaska, I have replaced morning yoga time with morning cuddle time. I also noticed I now rush home from work to make plans with him rather than puruse possible yoga class options. I went to my first yoga class of the year yesterday and really enjoyed it. Yoga combined with bicycling will hopefully bring me back to the fitness level I’d like to be at.

3. Write more. This is a resolution every year. I’ve let this blog fall to the wayside, my romance novel stopped at 15 pages and my daily journaling is nonexistent. Time to pick up the slack.

I also am going to take better advantage of living in Austin. This involves joining a Bookclub at Bookpeople and finally using my Groupon that I bought for Brass Ovaries Pole Dancing. Watch out y’all!

Inspiration Station

Side Note: I truly feel and have felt for some time that any word that ends with ‘tion’ should be followed by the word “station”.Example: Exploration Station, Inspiration Station, Hydration Station, etc. This might not be an admirable habit but it is one I can’t shake.

When a new project is started, the starter often needs to be inspired. He or she needs a muse or those parts of life commonly referred to as “the little things” to keep a mind in focus.

With this theme in mind I have the last 24 hours basically ignoring my pursuit of employment while dedicating myself to all things inspiring and joyful. I kicked this off last night with a viewing of Dead Poet’s Society… on VHS.  Nothing like Robin Williams spouting poetry to adolescent boys to stir the soul.

Today started off with a call from Nelli from Madrid. A little telephone TLC always sets the heart at ease. (Also this was made possible not by Skype which does not accept the 3G network as a form of wi-fi but Viper which lets iPhone users make calls for free, around the world! All you have to have is 3G or wi-fi. Easy peasy.)

I followed this with some yoga today. Thank you Dido at Castle Hill Fitness.Making the body feel good is definitely step number 1 to inspiration.

I finished my day of starting a blog, doing yoga and hanging out with Frank Two with a little gastronomical experimentation. I took some beef stew meat  (courtesy of H-E-B groceries), and started cooking it with garlic and onion. I added some kale, cooked it down with some lemon juice and seasoned it with salt, pepper and chili powder. As soon as I put it in my bowl  I added some goat cheese crumbles. Might not be the best recipe ever but for someone who needed a little iron and to get rid of the wilting kale in the fridge: perfection. Oh, this meal is not complete without a glass of red wine, must be on sale for sake of wallet. Done and done.