Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yoga teacher training?

My yoga studio is offering yoga teacher training this year from June-October (8 weekends over 5 months plus 4 Wednesday night classes). It's something I've been interested in for a while, but I'm still trying to decide if now's the time or not. I could wait until next year, and do it either in Frederick or at the new Leesburg studio (Jan-Jun '12). For reference, Frederick training runs 8 weekends 6:30-9:30pm Friday, 8-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday plus 4 Wednesday night sessions from 6:30-9:30pm; Leesburg training runs 9 weekends 4-9pm Friday, 8-6pm Saturday, 8-4pm Sunday.

Pros:
* Cost in Frederick is cheaper - $2100 versus $2750 for early registration. I am not sure that the Leesburg studio has the yoga class requirement that Frederick does, or if they include the cost of classes in the full price. But even assuming that Leesburg does, Frederick tuition + a 6-month studio membership is still cheaper than Leesburg.
* Getting to the Wednesday and Friday sessions is a 5 minute drive from my office, compared to a 45 minute drive to Leesburg during which I would stress the entire time about traffic or delays possibly making me late.
* I wouldn't have to adjust my work schedule to accommodate the weekday sessions in Frederick, whereas I'd have to leave between 2:45 and 3pm to get to Leesburg in time for the Friday sessions.
* I KNOW I love the teachers and yoga style in Frederick. I've never taken a class at the Leesburg studio; I might hate it there.
* Frederick training isn't as long - 172 total hours versus 207 hours in Leesburg.
* As of right now, all the required weekends are open on my calendar (see caveat below).

Cons:
* I would have to commit financially before we move. There's still a fairly big unknown up ahead with selling the condo. I know we could afford it, but I still hesitate.
* Taking the training in Frederick means more driving - driving home afterward and getting home at 10pm on the Wednesday and Friday session dates, and leaving at 7am for the Saturday and Sunday dates.
* One of the training weekends is Aug 19-21, which means I'll be in class the weekend of my 30th birthday. Another of the training weekends is the same weekend as Beth Moore's event, although I have not committed to this yet.
* It does kind of mess up my planned yoga studio memberships. I bought a 3-month membership which ends right around the time we plan to move, March 21st. I had planned to use the 10-day 10-dollar new student special in Leesburg, and then get a 6-month membership in April. If I do training in Frederick, I would want to have a 6-month membership running from May-Oct, which leaves me with a month-long gap.

They sent out an e-mail tonight saying there are currently 6 spots left, so I should probably decide within the next week or two (early registration is March 15th). Thoughts?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Date day

Despite my lame night, today was good. I was glad to sleep until 10am today after my 90-minute interlude last night. Took a shower and went to IHOP for brunch. They have yummy new flavored coffees; I got a swiss mocha. And a veggie omelet (with pancakes on the side).

We went to the Newseum after brunch - it was pretty neat, though I'm glad we didn't pay full price. It would have been $43 for both of us! We had a groupon where they were $10 each. Came home and had dinner, and watched Despicable Me - which was awesome!

My final certificate class (Managing and Leading Biotechnology Professionals) starts tomorrow. It's a lot of group work again, so hopefully the rest of the group will be good.

Work, bible study, church, two yoga classes this week, and then a quick trip down to Sweet Briar for Dr. Orvos's memorial service. And then it's almost February, good grief. We got our plane tickets and rental car for Boston in April, since Steve's wedding is now less than 3 months away!!

Bleh

Yep, it's 2:45am. I just canceled my 9:15 yoga class because I've been up for at least the last 45 minutes. I think Zantac is making me have more heartburn. I bought it because I was having heartburn about once a month (consequences of approaching 30?) but in the past 2 weeks I think this is about the 4th time I've had to get up in the middle of the night. Tonight I even took the Zantac about 45 minutes before bed, but to no avail.

Of course we have no Tums in the medicine cabinet. I had some yogurt a while ago and am sitting up on the couch (I might have tried to sleep, but the damn building alarm is beeping again). Possibly starting to consider baking soda in a glass (they used to do it back in the day).

Might have to go for a diet overhaul. Possible culprits today? I had a Chipotle burrito bowl for lunch (salsas and barbacoa beef); Domino's pizza (tomatoes, garlic, onions, plus fatty), peppermint candy, soda (caffeine + acid in the carbonation) during/after the party. I'm pretty sure at least one other time, hot and sour soup was to blame (I thought I'd be okay having it at lunch, but it turned out not to be the case). I love hot and sour soup :-(

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

3x as much as my wedding cake

I just watched an episode of Ace of Cakes where a 5 year old got her birthday cake. This place has a $1000 minimum order.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Really??

Erich Pratt, of Gun Owners of America, is quoted in the NYT in response to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's proposed legislation that would ban large-capacity ammunition magazines (such as the one Loughner used to fire 30 rounds without reloading): “These politicians need to remember that these rights aren’t given to us by them. They come from God. They are God-given rights. They can’t be infringed or limited in any way. What are they going to do: limit it two or three rounds. Having lots of ammunition is critical, especially if the police are not around and you need to be able to defend yourself against mobs.

Mobs?? What kind of crazy neighborhood is Mr. Pratt living in???

Also, I'm pretty sure the 'right' to large-capacity magazines is neither God-given nor enshrined in the constitution. And that even constitutional rights can be subject to reasonable limits.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

But who's counting?

67 days until spring!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snaked by the radar

So this morning I checked the weather and it said that we'd be getting 2-4" of snow, starting at about 2pm, with the heaviest stuff coming between 7-10pm (well within my normal commute time). We were listening to WTOP this morning and every few minutes they'd interrupt with another school closing early. I canceled my 6:45pm yoga class and we both worked from home today.

Well, we've had about 9 snowflakes so far. According to the latest radar, we're not supposed to get measurable accumulation until 9:30pm. There would have been plenty of time for me to go into work and then go to my yoga class, and still get home before any impactful snow.

You're welcome, DC Metro area.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Weekending

Went to yoga class on Friday - it was the first $5 flow of the new year, and there were 31 people!! I guess yoga falls victim to the 'January crowding' phenomenon that strikes gyms. I hope people stick with it though! We ordered pizza for dinner from Papa Johns.

Saturday was my dentist appointment. Now, I wasn't having any trouble with this tooth, but there was a spot on the x-ray that, as it turns out, they had been 'watching' for over 5 years and finally thought it was time to do something about it. So I got a filling. I didn't sleep well the night before, so I came home and slept on the couch for about 4 hours - by then the novocaine had worn off and I was able to eat some soup. I still can't chew on that side of my mouth though :-/ M and I played two rounds of Through the Ages during/after dinner - I won both (one under the 'leadership' of Aristotle and one under Leonardo da Vinci).

Today was church, and then just hanging out this afternoon. I went to an afternoon yoga class and then to Starbucks with Donna. Had to keep my right shoulder in check, because I think I slept on it wrong sometime over the past day or two. I just made a jazzed-up cranberry bread for bible study tomorrow night: took a boxed Pillsbury mix, and added walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest. I didn't have any eggs so I used Just Whites that I had in the pantry (hope it turns out okay). It smells pretty darn good!

On another note, I found a website called Nutty Guys based on a Groupon. I ordered chocolate toffee almonds, butter toffee almonds, cashews, pistachios, boston baked beans, and dried dates. The butter toffee almonds were AWESOME. I'm interested in another order sometime (probably after we move) for more almonds, and maybe to try some other things - dried pineapple, apples, apricots, yogurt-covered cherries, and sunflower seeds all sound good!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Strike that, reverse it

I was in the middle of writing a rawr-y post about Peapod, because they delivered an order tonight and 1/3 of our groceries didn't make it. I called and waited on hold for about 10 minutes, and got a credit for like $35. While I was writing the post though, the driver came back with the two missing bags. Then I had to call and wait on hold again to tell them not to credit us because we got all our stuff.

I have to go to the dentist tomorrow morning for a filling :-( More or less planning on chilling the rest of the day. Yoga class with MG on Sunday afternoon.

I am loving the studio membership! I also signed up for a workshop next month entitled 'Yoga for your Moods.' Since I've dealt with disorders in the past I am very excited to see how to integrate specific yoga postures into my current mood management (as opposed to just a general practice, which DOES help, don't get me wrong).

We are going to Blacksburg next weekend for McHugh time and a Hokie basketball game. The Cassy's birthday, and a trip to the Newseum the following weekend. Down to SBC the weekend after that for a former professor's memorial service. Probably to mom's the weekend after that for dinner/Alyssa's b-day/seeing the newly remodeled bathroom. Whew!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Ha-ha funny

Read the unfunny article first: House Republicans Outline Budget Cuts. Actually, it's kind of funny, but not ha-ha funny. I say this because a) they don't *actually* outline the cuts. They just say they're going to cut $100B from the federal budget, except for the sacred cows of defense and national security. Except when you take those things out, everything else would have to be cut by 20%+ in order to amount to $100B. And what are they going to cut from those programs, exactly? The same tired line of "waste, fraud and abuse." Which, now that I think about it, I actually do find ha-ha funny at times, because every time I see it, I remember this one interview with a Republican't where they were asked "Tell me, exactly, what you would cut from the budget - and don't say 'waste, fraud and abuse.'" After a very long (4-second) pause, they replied "Well, we're going to cut the waste, fraud, and abuse." Oh, and there's a b). You can't have an a) without a b). So b) If you are so adamant about eliminating waste, fraud and abuse, don't you think you'd have a better shot of actually finding $100B worth of it if you looked for it in the largest part of our budget?? I'm pretty sure the DoD is not meticulously tracking every penny while the DoE is lighting cigars with $100 bills.

Once you're done yelling at your monitor, you can read Dave Barry's 2010 Year in Review, which is unambiguously ha-ha funny.

Monday, January 03, 2011

I ain't sayin she a golddigger

I was just reading an advice column letter about engagement rings and the guy wrote, in part, "I have further been informed that as I go out and purchase a new ring, a 'three-months' worth of your salary' standard is now appropriate."

What the heck??? I thought it was ridiculous at two months!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Back in '11

First post of the new year! We're back from a fun night at the Bauers. Getting some Chinese food in a few hours (hopefully...we tried to call a couple nights ago and no one ever answered the phone). Will my fortune be indicative of the year? Stay tuned!

Update: My fortune was a bit Engrish-y. "You have a potential urge and the ability for accomplishment." I guess that's good?