I have been thinking a lot about the blog lately, but my silence around here shows that I have not followed through with action. The past few weeks have been a challenge: I got pretty sick and had a lot of questions about what was going on and what the future held… luckily, with the help of a good and experienced doctor and her solid treatment plan, I am back on the road to health.
My road to health involves a lot of medicine (fortunately, most of them are vitamins and herbs), daily doses of yoga (which I was uncomfortable doing for two weeks, but now I am back!), amazing fresh foods (with no additives – sugar, dairy, gluten be gone!), quality time with family and friends (Stacey was in town! Quick trip to PA to see family! Jenna is coming tonight!), and copious amounts Olympic television coverage. That last ingredient is very important – if for nothing else than the inspiration factor. You could say I am kind of addicted to the Olympics… I have to force myself to turn it off in order to sleep… so much so that Kris and I are already planning our getaway for Vancouver, British Columbia in 2010 to see the Winter Games!
My knitting has faltered a bit: I had three false starts. Grand plans for new garments, and for some reason, things just weren’t flowing, and all of them ended up getting ripped. I even got 2 inches into a circular project before I noticed that it was twisted. Perfect for a moebius, not-so-perfect for a pullover. (I blame Michael Phelps and the gymnasts for this mistake. I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the TV.) Sooo, nothing much to show. I did start a new project last night while watching the men’s synchonized diving. So far so good on that one.
I have had quite the introspective temperament lately, and I feel the need to embark on a journey of sorts – some sort of personal expression. I am feeling the push in two ways: yoga and writing. I began to research yoga teacher training more seriously. I think that my short sickness made me value my yoga even more. There are several good programs in my area, I just need to choose the one that is right for me. As for the writing, I have been feeling a push in this direction for many months. This blog has served as a creative outlet for my writing and photography for over four years. As I continue to write for the blog, should I also pursue other outlets? How far should I / can I take this? What is the next step? Just a little of my internal dialogue for you.
If you read this far, thank you. I realize that this post is a little disjointed. I felt that a week of blog silence needed to be broken… and since my knitting and weaving are not getting anywhere, you get this stream-of-consciousness with some photos thrown in for good measure.
Photo 1: The featured asana, Upavistha Konasana (Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend), in September’s issue of Yoga Journal. It’s a great one for the spine and leg muscles.
Photo 2: Summer rainstorm on the way home from family visit in Pennsylvania on Sunday. It rained like crazy for three minutes, and then the sun returned.
Photo 3: Beautiful blue dragonfly in my parents’ flower garden.