Yoga: Day 1, Sort of

Yesterday was the first day of the 21-day Yoga Challenge from Yoga Journal. I had a long day and didn’t get around to logging onto the challenge website until after work, after dinner and after my hockey game. Finally at around 9pm I dragged the lap top upstairs and logged on. Nothing. I got 9 seconds of video in 3 minutes. I tried the other laptop (PC vs Mac), and still nothing. I guess everybody else waited until 9pm to do their first day of Yoga as well. Darn. I’ll try again tomorrow. This time before my 9:15pm hockey game. I’ll let you know how it goes.


Ikea Prints

We ran over to Ikea this weekend to check out the sofas and area rugs and grab some fabric. While we were there a couple prints caught my eye. I try not to buy mass-produced art, but both of these are inspiring. I”ve wanted to do a poster like this with the numbers and letter of my address.

And as for the Picasso sketches, I love them. So simple. It makes me want to sketch. Maybe I should.


Friday, Already?

shot at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, June 2009 — (thought you’d like something green)

I know, I know, but this week went really fast! I picked this new book at Crafty Planet. A brought home pile of delicious fabric at Treadle Yard Goods. And last night I picked up my sweet little sewing machine from the shop after it had it’s annual service. I spent most of one day on the couch with a sorta sick toddler and another evening with Dog on my lap while I caught up with Top Chef All-Stars. I know, so busy! And this weekend? No big plans. A couple hockey games, a Yoga Class and a Sunday Brunch Date with Husband while the In-Laws baby-sit. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll start sewing again.

What are your plans?



Here they are. Nothing special, nothing fancy, just some (hopefully realistic) goals for the year.

1. Create
For me. I spent a huge chunk of time last year making things for other people. Some of who I don’t even know! This year I’m going to focus my creative efforts on things for myself, my family and my friends. I got close to burn out and still have a lot of cool things to make on my list. I’ll share them with you as I go.

2. Write.
Do you know I have a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing? Weird, huh? Sometimes I forget I have it too! I mean, It’s been years (21 months actually) since I’ve written anything. Huh… who’s 21 months old, any ideas? But she’s getting older now. And I have a story to tell. Or two. And I need to tell them.

3. Yoga
I love Yoga. I love how it makes me feel taller and calmer and cleaner. I love that it can be gentle and low-key or that it can really kick my butt. I hope to get to class more often, and start a home practice. Starting with this. What’s your favorite pose?

4. Budget
This is the hard one.  That’s all I’m going to say. Any tips?

5. Triathlon.
I used to work out every day. EVERY Day (capital letters). And not just a walk with the dog, but usually an hour long cardio class or the stairmaster and weights. Or an hour on the bike or at the rink. I worked out. A Lot. Then I wanted to have a baby so I cut back. And I had a baby. Then I ran a 5k (I hate running). And then I stopped again. All I did for the last year was play hockey occasionally and walk the dog. And sometimes I went to Gentle Yoga. But I want to work out again. So my goal is to do a Sprint Triathlon in August. (really!) So, back to the Gym I go. (And I need to learn now to swim!) Who’s with me?

So, now that I’ve out this all out there, I’ll keep you posted on the first of each month on how each of the four are going. Thanks for the support!


Merry Christmas to Me

I ran up to Crafty Planet over lunch yesterday and started to spend the lovely gift certificate I received for Christmas. Again, I drooled over all of their fabrics, but instead opted to pick up Amy Butler’s Style Stitches. I love bags and purses and figure I should just start making my own. I’ll head back in a few weeks (after I’ve chosen a few patterns) and pick up some of their lucious fabrics, maybe even some of the new prints by Ty Pennington! Really… It’s beautiful!


My Word of the Year(s)

I’ve been hearing a lot about picking a “Word of the Year”. I guess it comes with the whole New Year and New Year’s Resolution thing. I started to think about what my word for 2011 should be when I remembered that I had chosen a word for 2010 and never released it into the word. That word was Embrace. As in to “Take it all in, slow down, and Enjoy the Moment”. A year ago at this time Daughter was 9 months old and growing up really, really fast. This year I feel like she’s growing up even faster! I think I Embraced a whole lot of 2010, at least of her. And what now, for 2011?

How about “Play”?

I think it will work nicely. Don’t you?


A New Year

We woke up on New Year’s Day to a light dusting of snow and it seemed to clean everything up just a a bit. Just like a new year should.  I love New Years Day. I love to put away all of the Christmas stuff, clean the house and start to organize for a brand new year. And this year is no exception. Over the last few weeks I’ve been reading about (and thinking about) new year’s resolutions and a few programs to help you clean everything up just a bit.

The Martha Mag Whole Living is having a 28-day challenge It sounds intriguing, but a whole lot of work.

Bon Appetit is having a Food-Lover’s Cleanse. Again, intriguing, but a whole lot of work.

Yoga Journal is having a 21-day challenge. This I think I can try. So starting next Monday (January 10th) I’ll be doing Yoga every day for three weeks. I can’t wait.

I’ll be posting about my Resolutions and other New Years Renewal tricks all week. Stay tuned!