Monday, March 14, 2005

Yoga and Star Wars

I have done some fitness yoga the past couple of weeks and I have to say I enjoy it very much (and not for the reason you would think, which is the fact that I am surrounded by super bendy women). The session lasts an hour and the one I go to is every Sunday morning. The guy who leads it also has a running store, so I know where to go when I decide to replace my current shoes.

I had been thinking of yoga ever since I went to Israel and saw some people doing it on the beach when I was jogging in the mornings. Of course, they had a great place to do it, being on the Mediterranean Sea and all, but I am content to do it at the gym. Plus, it is fitness yoga and it is a nice workout. I am not very bendy myself, so I have troubles with some of the things that require you to be able to bend over and touch the floor with your hands. I have to cheat a little, but that will come in time, I hope. I have impressed myself with the ability to do this one pose called "Crow" which involves....well, it's hard to describe.

Last Thursday, the new Star Wars Episode III trailer was shown after The O.C. I set Tivo up, but Fox put it late enough in the broadcast that it cut off the ending, so I had to go track it down off the Internet. It is a very nice trailer and the movie looks like it is going to be really good. It definitely looks pretty dark and George Lucas is saying it will probably be rated PG-13, which would be the first Star Wars movie to be rated over PG. I am still taking Kieran, regardless.

A lot of Star Wars fans hate the first two prequels, but I actually enjoy them. I will say that Episode I is probably the weakest of all the Star Wars movies, but I think it was more of a setup movie for the rest of the story. So, it wasn't very action packed or wonderful or anything, but more of a necessary evil for getting to the juicier bits of the story like we will see in Episode III where Anakin finally turns to the dark side and starts exterminating all the Jedi.

Oh, I also have the backpacking bug bad right now, which isn't good since we still have some winter left to go through. I kind of feel ripped off this winter, so I figure we might as well just get past it and try again next year. I wouldn't mind if we suddenly had an unseasonably warm March and April.

Friday, March 11, 2005

sleepy baby

Thursday, March 10, 2005

The girl gets clean

So here is the girl doing her very favorite thing. She's adorable, isn't she?


Went to the orthapedist yesterday and all is good. Hip joint is forming well and her femur is continuing to grow. Since she is trying to walk, Dr. Dahl gave us the go ahead to order a lift. So we bought some shoes last night with plenty of growing room and I will drop it off today. It should be ready in a week.

We also went to the Pediatrician yesterday and her breathing is clear. No more RSV! Her ear infections are also gone so she got a clean bill of health. Nevermind the runny nose and sneezing she has developed today...

Kieran has a playdate today and I have to take my darned Driver's license test. Stupid test. I still have my New York license which expires on my 31st b/day - on Saturday. Yes, I waited until the last minute.

Monday, March 07, 2005

The Gods of Winter Hate Me

It's bad enough that there hasn't been a ton of snow here in a place that is known for snow and cold. I actually got teased when it snowed recently and collected a decent amount, though not enough to really get out there and try snowshoes or do some cross-country skiing. But then, I get a kick to the groin when it gets up to almost 60 yesterday, melts all the snow we actually managed to accumulate and then dropped down into the 20s the next day. It flurried a little bit this morning, but not much. So, I lost all the snow I had and I have none to replace it. The one good thing about yesterday's warm up is I got all excited about doing some overnight camping when it gets warmer.

I got my dividend check from REI and went and bought an LED headlamp with it. It was fun seeing all the gear. All I really need for hikes in the summer are a short sleeve non-cotton hiking shirt, a lightweight pot for boiling water (saw one at REI for 40 bucks), and a pair of low top hiking shoes that are breathable (my insulated hiking boots were murder on my feet in Alaska).