Monday, July 31, 2006
Nothing will ever replace reading a great book, the paper, the print, the smell, and your imagination are all you need to escape from reality for a while.
The power of a book is amazing but why not mix it up and get some fun books on tape?
It was great day, we ate lunch at the museum, which is always wonderful and when we were done walking around we went out for cake and coffee (tea for me). Conversations with these two women are always great and filled with laughter. Jan amazes me with how many places she has visited around the globe. The stories of her journeys and her zest for travel are inspiring. Angela and her energetic go-get-em attitude rocks my world, she puts my anxiety to rest and reminds me of the power of positive thinking.
If you have a day with nothing to do, check out your local art museum, it won't let you down. I promise you will see at least one thing that will amaze and perhaps inspire you.
Friday, July 28, 2006
I thought of this quote a while ago and it comes to mind now while I watch the fog engulf the city.
"The fog is the icing that holds the layer cakes of the city together"
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
PS - I wore my helmet too!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Seasonal Fruit Crisp Breakfast Bowl
1 Stone Fruit or whatever fruit is in season
1/2 -1 Cup Yogurt* Plain or Vanilla (however much you want, really)
1/2 Cup Granola cereal (your favorite kind)
1 Tbls. shredded coconut
1 pinch ground nutmeg (fresh is best)
1 pinch ground cinnamon
In a bowl layer ingredients in the following order; granola, yogurt, fruit, coconut and spices. If you need a little sweetness, add a fine drizzle of agave nectar, maple syrup or honey.
Make a cup of your favorite tea, sit near a sunny window and enjoy the beginning of your day.
*Wholesoy & Co. plain flavor is my favorite and made from organic soy beans to boot! It is not grainy like some of the other soy yogurts.
Remember, there are really no rules when it comes to what tastes good. Have fun, add some berries, banana or frozen fruit when you can find what you want in the fresh produce section. Add some nuts, seeds or whatever else you want, the options are endless.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
With all of that said, I am buying a suit of armor for next weeks lesson!
Not really, but I am buying a helmet this weekend and some gloves for riding.
PS -If you feel like you need the totally play by play on this, call me and I will reenact it for you.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Some people set resolutions/goals for themselves at the beginning of a new calendar year, I tend to set those kinds of goals/resolutions on my birthday. This year was a little rough, probably due to the fact that I have already dubbed it "The Year of Katie". No pressure there, right? I decided I would just hold my breath and jump and see what happens. Life is too short to make excuses for things that I have always wanted to do. So this year, if I feel like doing something, I am going to try like hell to get it done! We will see what happens either way, it is "The Year of Katie" no matter what. I started off my year with a spa day, I got a massage and shirodhara* treatment which was awesome. I highly recommend pampering yourself on your birthday it renews your body and your spirit.
*A controlled flow of warm oil is gently poured over the "Ajana" or third eye chakra. The oil then streams down the "Sahashra" or crown chakra, which magnifies the senses, disperses negative electrical impulses that accumulate in the forehead from stress, reverses imbalances within the body, rejuvenates the face and renews the sweetness of life. Shirodhara is one of the most unique therapies available for reducing stress and enhancing cellular intelligence and immunity.
Benefits of Shirodhara Therapy
· Eliminates diseases of head and disorders affecting neck, eyes, ears, nose and nervous system.
· Helps overcome stress and its ill effects on nervous system
· Helps relieve insomnia, fatigue, tension, anxiety, anger, chronic headaches, rheumatism, hypertension, asthma, hair problems and stress
· Gives great mental relaxation
· Invigorates the body and mind and stimulate cognitive memories.
· Disperses negative electrical impulses that accumulate at the skull and hairline from stress.
· Renews the sweetness of life.
· Rejuvenates the entire face and softens worry lines.
· Opens the third eye.
· Heightens the senses.
· Increases intuition.
· Activates the pituitary gland.
· Increases spiritual awareness.
· Regulates mood and depression disorders.
· Activates the memory & stimulates the 6 & 7th charka which regulates our breathing patterns
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Well, I am going to keep this one short today. Yoga tonight and then off tomorrow and Monday for a long weekend.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
I have great memories of 4th of July's gone by of my family playing in the pool all day, lounging in the sun, maybe Grandparents would come over and hang out. Regardless of who was there, we would always barbecue burgers and dogs and have my Mom's apple pie and ice cream (sometimes we would even make the ice cream!).
I will share a funny 4th of July memory. It was 1993, the year I came out to California for the summer (I thought I would stay forever, but didn't). My Mom and Dad let me have my boyfriend at the time spend the night with me in the backyard in the tent we used to camp in. At the crack of dawn my Dad started pumping Marine Corps band patriotic tunes out of the speakers in the backyard and came out attempting to play a trombone he had purchased at a garage sale while marching around the tent to wake us up. I was probably cranky and embarrassed at the time, but I think we all ended up having a good laugh in the end.
Things have changed so much since that last summer at my parents house. I moved out and came back at the end of that summer but nothing was as permanent as it had been before. I didn't stick around as much and went off and did my own things with my friends most of the time. I moved out again a couple summers later and have been in San Francisco now for 10 years. The summers here are cold and foggy and I find myself longing for the hot sun and humidity of the Midwest this time of year.
I miss the Independence Days of the past, before I was independent.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Tran Quang Ha - Vietnam (will be 2 in September)
Brooke Payton - Oklahoma, USA (will be 11 in February)
I get letters from Ha's mother since he is so young and Brooke writes me herself with help from the people at her after school program. If you ever want information, email me and I can tell you more. It is a great thing to do and so much fun getting letters from other parts of the world.
- My health - although not great all the time, I can still get around and do all of the activities I want to do.
- My parents - what great role models they are. They have overcome some obstacles at the same time keeping the family together and are still so much in love to this day.
- Tim - he balances me out when I get out of control - everyone should be so lucky to have someone like this in their life.
- My brother and sister - the two of them are so cool, they both ROCK my world.
- Harvey, Willie, Dewfey, Marley, Bay-Lee and all of the other cats in my life. Everything is on their terms and that is how they are comfortable - we could learn a lot from animals.
- My friends - some of my biggest cheerleaders and also some who test my limits. You all serve a purpose and have helped make me the person I am today, I love you all, thank you. I couldn't pick a better bunch of people to surround myself with. You can never have too many friends!
- Books and Music - need I say more?
Gratitude is a great thing to recognize, I think it is important to think of at least one thing a day that you are grateful for. Maybe add a gratitude section to your journal or something.
COMMENTS WANTED - please comment on this posting and let us all know if you keep a journal and if so, how often do you write in it? Perhaps we can learn from each other and inspire each other to write more.