Thursday, April 30, 2009

Scattered Yoga, Anyone?

Okay, I love yoga. It actually feels good when you work out. Especially after a really long run and/or a stressful day.

I sort of expect the same things out of my yoga instructors as I would my massage therapists. PEACE AND QUIET. But somehow in Elko they're not trained for that. How can you get a good peaceful relaxing massage when your massage therapist is talking her head off about her personal life? YOU CAN'T!!

Just like going to Yoga. If you're instructor laughs like a hyena (sorry that's mean), its not relaxing. Or if you're instructor talks her head off about her personal life, its not relaxing. OR if you have an instructor that doesn't have a clue what they're doing? That's just pure chaos. lol

So I've been going to the gym with a friend. We've been awesome about going between 3-5 times a week immediately after work. Last night there was a yoga class, so we went right after our workout. The instructor talked her head off for about 15 minutes and to be honest I didn't listen to a word of it because I had my eyes closed and was trying to relax and breathe. Then I could hear her walking around the room and she asked if anyone has ever done yoga before. I was the only one that raised my hand. So she came up to me and said: "Well, just so you know I don't really teach or practice any particular method or sequences. I'm just scattered." Great. This should be fantastic.

So she led us through the cat poses, chair pose and then the warrior poses but not fluidly. A lot of the people in class couldn't follow one of her "sequences" because she was missing steps in between and just jumped from one to the other. Really it was rather comical. Though I'm pretty sure that even though its yoga, you could probably hurt yourself doing something stupid like that. Oh!! And before the Savasana? NO stretching!! I'm serious.

The best part? The aerobics/yoga room is not even fully enclosed. The wall does not reach the ceiling so you can hear all the weights and loud music. Which meant, the instructor felt the need to turn up the volume on her music, which meant we couldn't hear her so she had to yell. Pretty relaxing eh, eh?? ;) lol

Anyway, even though I spent an hour through the most hilarious yoga session ever, it was still an hour of yoga and it still felt really good. At home I usually just do 30 minutes, so a full hour was still awesome despite all the funky quirks :-)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wardrobe Re-Fashion

Now this is gonna be tough for me. Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm a shopaholic. Moving to Elko has been torture and only cost us MORE money for shipping and handling and return fees :-) See!? It's so much cheaper just to have a mall nearby :-) Plus, all the power shopping? I've said this a million times, and I stand by it. Power shopping = burning some serious calories!! Hello!! 3 inch heels with 10 (or more) lb shopping bags, and hitting what, 30+ stores?? Yeah, duh! That's way better than just walking a mile.

SO anyhow, I just took this pledge. :-)
2 month pledge

"I pledge that I will refashion, renovate, recycle pre-loved items for myself for the term of my contract. I pledge that I shall create and craft items for myself with my own hands from fabric, yarn or other mediums for the term of my contract." For 2 months!!!!

AHHH, wish me luck. I think this would be easier if I didn't just break my sewing machine :-) ha! Oops.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


How does one even try to begin to summarize the life of another. I feel really strange blogging about something so personal, but also want to share with the world.

Mike's dad passed on April 5th. I just spent 2 weeks with the Warren family, most of it in New Jersey. Mike came home for a week and is already back to Iraq.

My father in law was really quite a character! He was a pretty intense person and really left a huge mark on everyone he came across. I can't imagine that anyone that's ever met him could forget him :) He was hysterically funny when he had no intent on being funny, found passion in motorcycles and photography, was insanely abnormally proud of his sons and bragged to everyone he met about their successes, loved his grandchildren and really was very gracious and loving in his own ways. We didn't (don't) have children for him to brag about but he would talk about the dogs instead. :) You will never meet a prouder man in your life. He was fiercely loyal to his family, friends and beliefs. He either loved you or he didn't, there was really no in between. I'm not really sure why, but I had the privilege of being one of the ones he really loved. We had a special relationship and I will miss him immensely. I'll miss his laughter. He usually laughed hysterically at things I wouldn't normally find funny but his laughter was contagious. He would get that twinkle in his blue eyes and you just knew he was happy. Those are moments I will always remember.

I'm the newest member to the Warren family (with the exception of one grandchild) and have spent the least amount of time with him and I'm so very grateful for the few good years I did have. And in those few short years, the memories just keep flowing. I'm so glad I at least have that. My blog about him here will never do him justice.

His last year of life was a rough one and though he had days when he just wanted to throw in the towel, he kept fighting. Even if he didn't have the energy or will, he did it for his boys. That's all he ever thought about...his boys.

I miss you dad, and hope you know how much I loved you. You fought hard and your boys are proud.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Please Please Please Pray

I know that I haven't posted in awhile but I'm pleading with all friends to please pray with me for my father in law. He has been in critical condition at the SLC ICU for over 2 weeks now. He had a heart transplant and everything that could possibly go wrong has. His liver and kidneys quit functioning, they had to cut out his colon and part of his small intestine and he already had to have additional surgery on the new heart. Right now he is hooked up to machines and in a medically induced coma. They're going to try doing brain scans sometime this week to test his brain functions....the biggest fear now is that he's suffered brain damage as a result of the initial surgery (23 hours).

Please please please pray for him and all of our family. This is a very trying time for everyone. What a testimony this could be if they knew he had a bunch of prayer warriors and pulled through! Please ask your churches, prayer groups and friends to include him in their prayer as well. It would really mean more to me than anything.

Thank you so much