Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A few new favorites...

My co-workers and I love the new honey latte from starbux! Deliciousness - though perhaps not so nutritious. They start with a honey syrup and a shot or two of espresso, followed with steamed milk and topped with whip cream and drizzled with honey. Decadent and Delicious!

I finally found a foundation with a good finish and texture that has a high SPF sunscreen. Shiseido has a 42 SPF sunscreen foundation and it is my new favorite. The woman in Nordstrom sold me on it, because it was what she was wearing and it still looked fresh at the end of the day. Plus it is thin but not too thin and watery. Really it is so good as a foundation and then to add on a serious sunscreen is so fantastic.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Paul class - aka my triangle is getting better

Paul is one of my favorite Bikram teachers. He is really tough. Lately, he has been on vaca for about a month and I usually only make it to one of his classes per week, so last night was my first night back in his class. I could barely walk after the class because my muscles were so spent. Today, I am so sore, but in a good way.

William and I have talked about what makes Paul such a good teacher. I think it is that he really watches you during the whole class. And he will generally correct people in between sets of savasanas by demonstrating the proper way to do it. His demonstrations are amazing because he is just so muscley, you can actually see each muscle working the way it is supposed to in the posture.

Last time I was in his class he told me to reach for the floor in the triangle, so I did and was surprised that I could touch. Last night he came over and corrected my arm positioning, which is nice since you can't really see if you are doing it right when you are looking up at the ceiling rather than in the mirror.

Long story short, Paul's once a week class really helps me take big steps and Jim's classes help me really practice all the little things to get me ready for Paul's class.

I may have mentioned this before, but I am no longer using the ball at all (help prop to protect one's knees) in the fixed firm pose. I can sit between my knees and my butt now touches the floor!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Knitting - dishcloths (again)

It has been far too long since I have been really active on my blog - which is a shame, because I really enjoy posting.

Recently I have decided to admit (to myself) that I just love knitting dishcloths because they are quick and easy, they travel well (as knitting projects go - i almost always have one on needles in my purse) and there is never any guilt associated with not finishing one for a month or two if you get busy.

However, how many dishcloths does one girl really need - not that many, so I have decided to start swapping them with other people who also love them on a site called Swap-Bot. It is actually really cool because unlike my previous swaps, these are quite simple - just dishcloths - so I don't have to find the time to shop for other goodies to include in the package.

So imagine my surprise when I received a swap package that was so thoughtful and touching it nearly made me tear up - and we are talking dishcloths - not generally an emotional type of gift. This lovely lady, Timiae, hand-dyed the cotton yarn then made me a dragonfly dishcloth and an "om" symbol dishcloth out of this yellow cloth that she said reminded her of Buddhist monks' robes, which is why she calls the color 'meditation'. And if that wasn't enough - she included a hank of beautiful cotton that she dyed for me to use in a project of my own!

I took pics, but it will be a while before I download them onto my other computer and then post them. If you look on Timiae's blog, you can see pics of both the dragonfly and the om dishcloths.