Tuesday, November 12, 2013

overflowing

My plate, that is, not our toilets.  For someone not working full-time, my schedule is a black hole between subbing, volunteering, errands and clean-up.  The mountain of crap I have to take care of feels daunting lately.  I'm in that discouraged place where I'm tempted to pitch in my towel and head for the nearest exit.

But who'd do the laundry or make meals if I left? 

Ah, the martyrhood of motherhood.

Shed Yoga was a success--seven students got all stretched out Saturday morning.  I did learn that I should boost the heat when I go to bed Friday night so it's not quite so chilly for a yoga session, but we did fine considering the 56 degree temperature.  Word's out now, so hopefully more students show up this Saturday.  I can't recommend yoga enough for one's health.  Flexibility is a big deal for maintaining range of motion and preventing injury, no matter what kind of lifestyle you have.  I'm not into the hippy-dippy-incense-burning-lute-playing-spiritual side of yoga, but the whole "being still" aspect is healthy for all bodies and minds, too.  Our instructor did a fine job offering modified poses, too.  Yoga is a tiered kind of activity, so you can practice it at any ability or experience level, and we had all ages from athletic teenager to more sedentary 60-year-old in the shed.

Basketball season continues, my greenhouse is still lying in parts inside the garage waiting to be assembled, and I'm thankful it's only November, which means all I have to do this month is give thanks and not presents.

In other news, I'm reading Dan Brown's Inferno.  It's this month's Bumble Book Club pick and my very first experience reading his work.  My impressions thus far:
* His writing is formulaic as hell.  It's like reading the script for National Treasure, which is fun, but I think it would get old after the second or third book.
* His writing isn't great--more "telling" than "showing" and completely lacking in figurative language.
* The story, however, is good.  Some books you do read only for the story and many readers only care about that aspect of a book.  The entire plot takes about a day to unfold.
* There's a LOT of stuff about history and literature and religion and architecture, interesting stuff, but a bit overwhelming.
Would I read this author again?  Doubtful.  But I would consider grabbing an audiobook by him if I was taking a long trip somewhere.  I bet he translates wonderfully to that medium.

Spill it, reader.  Do you "yoga?"  Do you read Dan Brown?  Are you thankful it's November and not that other month?

21 comments:

  1. LOVE yoga. My favorite Wednesday lunchtime "Easy does it" class has become my new quality time with my dear friend Betty. Awesomeness.

    I read the one about the church that was made into a movie with Tom Hanks.

    November means I must get cranking on making things to give next month. Also, I have exactly two weeks to get my jeans to fit again or all hope will be lost until at least February. Which means, no pies or cupcakes will be made or purchased for two weeks. I mean it.

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  2. I'm newly into yoga in the past year and I adore it.

    As for Dan Brown, his stories are interesting if one is willing to really and truly suspend disbelief, but too much of him (as in, more than once every five years or therebouts) is just too much.

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  3. I tried yoga a few times. With my degenerative spine I have zero flexibility and I can't even do most of the modified poses (on that note, I'm seeing a spine specialist on Thursday).
    I looked into joining a new yoga studio near my house. The fees for 3 months of yoga is the same as the annual fee for the local therapeutic pool, so I think that's my plan for the New Year.

    November rocks down here in the Sunshine State...temps in the 70's. The grown-up kids are probably disappearing for Thanksgiving. The Teacher kid wants to go camping and the Karate kid may be having Vegan Thanksgiving at his girlfriend's. I REFUSE to Christmas shop until December but I'm knitting a lot of gifts!

    The only Dan Brown I've read was The daVinci Code. None of his other books made my TBR list.

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  4. I tried yoga a few times. With my degenerative spine I have zero flexibility and I can't even do most of the modified poses (on that note, I'm seeing a spine specialist on Thursday).
    I looked into joining a new yoga studio near my house. The fees for 3 months of yoga is the same as the annual fee for the local therapeutic pool, so I think that's my plan for the New Year.

    November rocks down here in the Sunshine State...temps in the 70's. The grown-up kids are probably disappearing for Thanksgiving. The Teacher kid wants to go camping and the Karate kid may be having Vegan Thanksgiving at his girlfriend's. I REFUSE to Christmas shop until December but I'm knitting a lot of gifts!

    The only Dan Brown I've read was The daVinci Code. None of his other books made my TBR list.

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  5. I do yoga. And I do love it. I wish I could take more classes each week.

    I felt exactly the same way about Dan Brown. Once was fun . . . . but once was enough.

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  6. Yoga is the best, I agree; warmer is better though. I loved it in Key West when Ronnie could get the studio up over 105 degrees and we knew going out into the 90 degree evening after class was a breeze !~! I'm still a heat-seeker and worshipper.

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  7. Shed yoga is a great concept! I took a string of yoga classes a few years ago. I was recovering from a scary illness and needed something to help tame my anxiety. It really did help. I'd like to get into it again, and yoga studios have popped up all over town like mushrooms, but I'm leery of joining a class and having it be full of snooty, entitled, lululemon-wearing twits. That would seriously ruin it for me.

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  8. I do yoga once a year at my church's annual women's retreat.

    I read Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. That was enough.

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  9. I wish it was APRIL...late April or May...our first snows on the ground this week and Oi.... sheesh!

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  10. I am looking for a new yoga class that takes all levels into account and they are hard to find! My friend taught my last class, but she moved to California. Yours sounds perfect - wish I could come :-)

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  11. I wish I could come to yoga. I keep saying that....sigh.
    I have decided it's harder to work part time than to work full time, because of all the crazy juggling. I'm hoping it will ease up next year when my twins go to school normal hours (instead of preschool w/ all this drop off/pick up business) but right now I'm really struggling w/ working/kids/volunteer obligations. Sheesh!

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  12. I have done yoga a few times and loved it. The classes just don't work with the schedule, though. I'll be much more into it once the kids are all in school. Between yoga and swimming laps, I will be one fit lady. Eventually...

    I am not into Dan Brown or any other author from that genre. I have enough excitement in my day. When I read, I want to relax.

    I would prefer if it was May or June. A perpetual May, June, or October would be lovely. :)

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  13. i do yoga and i do read dan brown. i like the story line and love the historical stuff but his writing is painful. sorry dan.

    totally relating to the overwhelmed sensation..... i ran out of dish soap this morning and i swear it's the end of the world. i can't add another errand/task/to do to my life! i can't.

    except i just did.....

    yes, i'm glad it's november.... counting the days till thanksgiving break...

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  14. I read two of Dan Brown's earlier books and must say that I enjoyed them, but you must take everything with a grain of salt. Not all of his 'facts' turn out to be quite true.

    I take a yoga class once a week and only availability and location prevent me from taking more. That's why I also take a Tai Chi class.

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  15. I read Da Vinci Code AND Inferno. With Inferno, I kept my iPad nearby and would Google the different locations. Then I could see exactly what he was talking about. It made the book more pleasurable.

    I tried yoga a few times (in my living room watching a video). I have a lot of problems with my feet - and they hurt me the most while trying the different moves. One time I actually fell over! I really should try it again, though.

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  16. I don't do yoga (except the restorative propped up kind) -- I really need some remedial yoga for worse than beginners I fear, I read Dan Brown with no apologies. I've been sick so someone else has to do the cooking. I wonder how long I can keep that going?

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  17. I read Digital Fortress and Deception Point and liked them both. I think I read The DaVinci Code too.

    I was hoping to do yoga after my hip replacement --ah, arthritis. I will likely have to wait until after the second hip replacement. However, I just had my second full-body massage, and I can highly recommend it. Well worth the money!

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  18. I read DaVinci Code when it came out. Very formula written. Basically, you chase something down, almost catch it, then something else appears to chase down. Repeat 100 times and you've got yourself a best seller!

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  19. I read all the Dan Brown books, they are easy to read and fun!
    AAAAARGH, the martyrdom of motherhood.

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  20. I do yoga once or twice a week and I love it. It is therapeutic in so many ways. Glad your shed yoga is going so well!

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  21. Yeah, the crap-ton of motherhood and life in general is wearying at best sometimes. I'm grateful for the good things that keep my perspective in check, such as toilets that are not overflowing! :)
    I know I should do yoga -- my husband does -- and sometimes I have (in the privacy of my own living room) but I don't do it often enough. I had to give it up in 2012 when my feet were in pain and I am just now to the point of being able to try it again, one year post-surgery. Reading about your shed yoga here and on facebook is keeping it in the forefront of my mind.
    I started freaking out about "that other month" a week ago. Now that the day set aside for giving thanks has passed and we are 1 hour and 40 minutes away from the first Sunday of Advent (and that other month), I am freaking out a little bit more. I hate shopping so I bought a bunch of supplies for homemade gifts... not that I have time to make them in the next 3 weeks. What was I thinking?!? My plates are spinning but I'm a terrible juggler.

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Spill it, reader.