Saturday, October 15, 2011

And Now You're Up To Date

  • I went to see Moneyball the other night - what a great movie. Besides that it was a great story and the acting was very good, I appreciated seeing Brad Pitt aging somewhat normally. He must be around my age, and he has lots of wrinkles and was using reading glasses. (Or his character was - but he looked like he's getting up there.) I don't keep up on many celebrities, but they all seem to look 21. Even when they're 60. Great experience seeing the show. I might just see it again. 
  • I have a couple of free tickets on SW Air that I need to use up. I'm thinking it would be neat to go to NYC and attend a Moth Slam
  • I'm in the second week of a six-week online class taught by Brene Brown and based on her research around shame and vulnerability. It's fantastic. (You probably know and love her from her TED Talk.)
  • I've been keeping up with my jogging, which has been really good, but I am developing some issues with my gluteus medius and iliotibial band. (I've probably brought this on myself by running around a track all this time.) Therefore . . .
  • I went to yoga yesterday. Wow! It felt great - I haven't been in exactly a year (since I started my job). Today I am sore in all the right places. In addition to hip openers, we worked on our shoulders. What in the name of all that is holy is the dolphin? Seemed mellow enough at the time. I woke up this morning feeling like I'd surfed for about 20 hours yesterday. My paddle muscles are screaming
  • I'm also back to acupuncture for the first time since I started my job a year ago. I've only gone twice, but I'm back in love with it. What's better than acupuncture? Not much. 
  • I've decided to stay put in my apartment. To say that it's not the right time for me to move is an understatement. That will be a tear-stained check that I write out for rent every month, but I am very grateful to be still in my cozy place. 
  • On Wednesday I made 6 loaves of tuna salad sandwiches for the homeless center I was volunteering at last spring. I am not finding the time to volunteer there, so I asked to be added to team that provides the meals. It took about four hours start-to-finish, and I was reminded how much I hate tuna. But I set up my MacBook and played through a ton of podcasts and really enjoyed the afternoon. My turn on the rotation doesn't come around for another couple of months, so maybe the smell will be out of my nose by that point. 
  • By the way, this Moth podcast totally captivated me -- it felt so close to my own story of changing direction in my career and learning to surf. I love this one.
  • After yoga last night, I had an impromptu dinner with friend Kerri Anne. I was: sweaty, stinky, sloppy, tired, weepy, worn out, worn down, and used up. What a gift to be able to show that side of yourself to a friend and have it be ok. We had a really nice time catching up.
  • Last Friday night I had dinner with a friend from my school program (the one I'm no longer in) and his partner. It was really great to see this buddy again - he was one of my favorite classmates. I asked all about school and his student teaching experience, and as I listened to how he's doing, I became more and more grateful that I'm not in school right now. My god, his schedule. I told him how proud I am that he's sticking it out, and that he'll be so happy that he is powering through, and that's all true. But I am feeling more and more happy that I am not. It's not right for me right now. Yoga and movies and running and acupuncture and sleeping in and dinner with friends. That's what I need right now. I'm very grateful for what I have.


  1. Wow, THANK YOU for pointing me at Brene Brown and Tricia Rose Burt (and, indeed, The Moth). So much wisdom to tap. I was thinking about you during the Brene Brown - you already demonstrate so much of what she's talking about in her TED talk: the connection, the courage, the compassion... And I can see you standing up at The Moth with what surfing has brought out in you

  2. I didn't know you were taking that Brene Brown class! I want to hear all about it tonight. I'm glad to hear you're staying put in your apartment. That seemed like just one more stressepr that you do not need.

    Could you maybe make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches instead next time? ;-)

  3. Love love love TED talks. It doesn't even matter which one you randomly select... they're all good! Making sandwhiches and listening to podcasts for 4 hours sounds pretty zen. I may try it sometime.

  4. Can I take that training? So excited you are taking it and yes, please let us know how you feel about it in the end. I have a few clients I will really push in the direction if you have a positive experience with it.

    Good karma coming your way for doing all those tuna sandwiches. What a good human you are.

    Ditto about friends you can be raw with. They are a prize worth keeping close forever.

  5. I'm glad you figured out the apartment thing, even if it means staying put in a pricier place. That is a huge stress of your mind I'm sure.

    I also hate tuna with a passion so good for you for sticking it out! (I don't know that I could have, I'd probably be gagging the whole time.)

  6. I have NO IDEA what a TED Talk is but I just finished reading Brené Brown's "The Gifts of Imperfection" and immediately had to go right back to the beginning to absorb it further and tie it all together. What an amazing work.

    Now I'm in the mood for a tuna sandwich ... yummmmm.