Livin’ the dream

At the end of my yoga teacher training we did an exercise in class where we pretended like we were all getting together a year later for a reunion.

As I type this I realize our reunion would be about now …

We talked about what we did. The idea was if we said it as if it did actually happen it would make it more real. We were advised to write a letter to ourselves to read in a year, which I did.

I wrote to myself on May 9, 2014 with instructions on the envelope that I could open the letter today or later. I opened that letter today.

I addressed the letter to: Dear Ann–now a yoga teacher. Check! DONE

I stated intentions in class and in the letter (with some edits) to the following:

Getting back to my basics

As I type this post it’s raining outside and I am sipping my coffee. I just finished my home yoga practice. (I started working on this post yesterday morning.)

I won’t type long and will finish this post later as I really want to get to reading my book.

When I was a little girl I read all the time. I read so much that my vocabulary was quite advanced (much more than it is now) and I was three reading levels ahead of my grade.

In 7th grade we got to pick a book of our choice to read and write a report on it. I read Jane Eyre. I wouldn’t read that book again until college in one of my literature classes.

I still enjoy reading. It just doesn’t happen as often. But every once in a while I get into a kick and read like crazy.

I feel like I am back in that. Sometime last week after I had unloaded our books onto our book shelf I realized there were so many books I hadn’t yet read.

I grabbed a Beverly Cleary book. She wrote the Ramona books and (Ralph) The Mouse and the Motorcycle books among … Continue reading

Yup, I wear tight yoga pants

Last month a woman wrote a blog post about why she decided to stop wearing tight yoga pants in public, which Yoganonymous reposted.

Now she has clearly stated that this is just about herself and she is not telling anyone else that they shouldn’t wear tight yoga pants in public.

During a conversation with her friends they talked about “leggings and how when women wear them it creates a stronger attraction for a man to look at a woman’s body and may cause them to think lustful thoughts.”

Yes, tight yoga pants can entice men. But so can a woman’s voice. And a woman’s laugh. Her boots. Her glasses. Should we stop speaking, laughing, wearing shoes, seeing …

Yes, all of my yoga pants are tight. They were designed that way. And I believe the main reason was so you can see your body. It enables you to be able to check appropriate alignment of yourself. Knees are a big concern and must be in proper alignment so you don’t hurt yourself.

Tight pants also helps your teacher be able to easily check your alignment and make sure you are safe in poses.

(There was even one day in … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Dry shampoo part drie

I have done two reviews in the past on dry shampoos, which you can read here and here.

Today I am posting No. 3 (drie in Dutch) review.

If you have been a reader of GFG! even for a short period of time you probably know that I have a smell sensitivity. I get what I call mini migraines when I come into contact with certain smells.

Anything perfumey or sweet or unnatural will trigger my ragging headaches and nausea.

If a product I am reviewing has a perfumey and/or sweet and/or unnatural smell it won’t get a high score.

What I wonder is why would someone want some smelly thing lingering in their hair when they could also possibly be wearing perfume and smelly lotion?

Anyway, yea, smells, unless fresh and/or natural are bad news for me.

Today I am reviewing four dry shampoos.

Like in the past I will review least favorite to favorite.

The Dove Hair Therapy dry shampoo has a super sweet smell.

The spray has a white residue, which can be brushed out or slept on if using the night before. The dry shampoo works. But that smell. Wow, it is sickly super … Continue reading

And GFG! is back

I’m baaaack!

Years ago Curt and I were in the Philly area visiting his brother and family along with Curt’s parents and grandma. Some of the family went on a canoe outing. Our nephew James was about 4 at the time. As we got closer to the canoe spot James started to recognize it as he had been there with his dad before. We walked into the place to rent our canoes and James slams the screen door open and says, I’m baaaack!

And so is GFG!

What a whirlwind the move has been. All went well. Movers packed the truck up in three hours and were gone sooner than I had planned. Curt and I took off soon after the truck left and got a few hours on the road.

The following day, which was a Friday, we made the rest of trek to Portland.

For a few days it was like we were on a mini vacation.

The movers arrived last Tuesday. They unloaded our stuff in about three hours. Right after they left the unpacking frenzy began.

Except for pictures hanging on the walls and the books on the bookshelf we are pretty much moved in.

I love … Continue reading

And GFG! is back on break …

And not a Ross/Rachel kind of break.

Earlier this week I wrote about how I needed to take a break from the blog to focus on packing and the impending move.

I posted a farewell post yesterday and am now back on break.

Have to get a few last minute things done before the movers arrive in a few hours.

I promise once we are set up in our new place in Portland I will be back with regular posts of my new adventures.

So don’t be a stranger. Feel free to peruse the blog and find many past posts for your reading enjoyment.

And if you want to read the top two posts on GFG! …

Almost every day multiple people read about removing toothpaste from clothing. (Thanks to Monica P. for asking that. It’s my top post. I regularly check my stats to see what people are reading and looking for.)

The second most read post asks, should you drink alcohol when you are sick? Because that one was so popular I reposted it the last time I was sick.

You can also find me on Facebook: personal page and GFG! page. And you can find GFG! on Twitter.

I will … Continue reading

Bidding farewell to the Bay Area

As the last boxes are being packed and the movers will be showing up in about 24 hours I am bidding farewell to Oakland, the East Bay and the Bay Area.

Curt and I came out here in 2005. He in February and me in March.

We first lived in Berkeley and for the past eight years have been in Oakland.

It’s been a great 10 years.

We have made so many good friends who we will miss terribly. Thanks to everyone who has made our time here great.

I have developed an amazing yoga community. I have some pretty awesome yoga teachers.

I know I can find all of that in Portland. It will take time.

This move is bittersweet for me. But isn’t that the best way to go … before you jump the shark?

For years Curt and I have been talking about moving back to Portland and settling there.

Curt has already lived in Portland twice. We met while working at a newspaper in Salem, which is about an hour from Portland.

I have never actually lived in Portland. But I spent enough time there to know I want to settle there.

We left Oregon in June … Continue reading

GFG! is taking a break …

And not a Ross/Rachel kind of break.

As GFG! and The Husband get ready for the big move this week I need to focus on the last bit of packing and all that comes with it … including the stress and OMG! Am I going to run out of time before Thursday arrives? UGH!

There will be one farewell post (likely posted on Wednesday) before we jump into the Subaru and drive up I-5.

And I promise once we are set up in our new place in Portland I will be back with regular posts of my new adventures.

So don’t be a stranger. Feel free to peruse the blog and find many past posts for your reading enjoyment.

And if you want to read the top two posts on GFG! …

Almost every day multiple people read about removing toothpaste from clothing. (Thanks to Monica P. for asking about that. It’s my top read post. I regularly check my stats to see what people are reading and looking for.)

The second most read post asks, should you drink alcohol when you are sick? Because that one was so popular (used to be No. 1) I reposted it Continue reading

Respecting the trademark

Before leaving my job in September I was a patent and trademark paralegal.

A big part of my job was educating fellow employees on proper trademark usage of our word marks and logos.

Once something is trademarked it can last forever as long as the owner uses it and protects it. If you don’t protect your trademark you can lose your trademark and the word can become generic and available for anyone to use, such as aspirin.

I recently took the SPINNING® teacher training (and after taking and passing a test I became certified). To prepare for my day of teacher training I read the SPINNING® manual ahead of time, as advised.

While I was reading the manual I discovered that SPINNING® is a registered trademark. Before I read that manual I had no idea it was a trademark and assumed it was a generic term for indoor cycling. (Indoor cycling is the generic term.)

I also just recently found out that Mad Dogg Athletics, who owns SPINNING®, recently had their European SPINNING® trademark canceled.

According to this article from INTA (International Trademark Association), the Cancellation Division found that SPINNING® had become the common name in the trade in the Czech Republic market as a type of exercise training and the … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Spotify

A little more than a month ago I took the SPINNING® teacher training. Soon after that I took the test (and passed), which made me a certified SPINNING® teacher.

One of my indoor cycling teachers has been my mentor and personal cheerleader through me becoming a yoga teacher and now an indoor cycling teacher.

One of the things he recommended was Spotify for my music for classes.

I have a good and varied selection of music in my iTunes library. But as a teacher of any sort of exercise class you need to keep it new and fresh. Buying songs regularly can get quite pricey.

I had heard of Spotify but had never used it. (It is now on my iPhone, iPad mini and laptop.)

You can use Spotify for free. But there are ads and you can’t play your music offline (meaning, if you aren’t on wifi you can’t play the music). Neither of those work for teaching an exercise class.

If you want to play your music offline, you have to hit the available offline button on each device for each playlist, including your song library.

Spotify gives you a free week of premium (no ads and you can play … Continue reading