Be careful when it comes to alarmists

It’s summer!

In Portland (and Oregon) we are in a heat wave. (It’s been much longer than the average heat waves. And we are at about 10 degrees warmer than normal. When you don’t have air conditioning that can be uncomfortable and downright miserable at times.)

In the townhouse community Curt and I live in there is a pool. I spend some of my free time at the pool. I love hanging out at the pool and working on my tan.

Yup, I love having a nice tan. But I do it smartly. I drink lots of water and I keep my skin protected with sunscreen. I wear sun glasses and a hat.

One of my favorite sunscreen brands is Neutrogena. I also buy Coppertone and Banana Boat.

I have heard from numerous people that their dermatologists recommend Neutrogena-brand products. (I did a Review Wednesday last year on Neutrogena sun screen.)

I use a body spray, a stick for my face and ears and lip balm with SPF.

A friend recently posted an article on Facebook titled, Neutrogena is the number one sunscreen to avoid, says EWG.

This conflicts with what experts have told many people I know.

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Conserving, preserving water

Normally when I write about water I talk about how we need to make sure we stay hydrated as part of being healthy.

Today’s post is about our responsibility as residents and citizens to protect this precious resource.

I grew up in the desert. So I’ve been mindful my whole life about water waste.

And I just left a state that is in now a drought (California).

Whether we live in the desert, a drought-dried state or in Oregon or Washington state we should be mindful of our water usage.

A friend on Facebook posted the other day that EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District) “says you need to use no more than 35 gallons of water per day per person in your house.”

Curt and I got our water/trash/sewer bill the other day and it made me start thinking about our water usage.

According to the EBMUD website, a Stage 4 critical drought has been declared and a community-wide goal has been set to reduce water use 20% compared to 2013.

The EBMUD website lists mandatory restrictions and other information on how to reduce water usage. And as my friend stated, it also asks that customers strive for 35 … 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.

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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.

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Celebrating sukha

Happy New Year!

Wow, another year has gone by.

2014 was a big year of change for me: entering into a new environment at work with many changes; completing my yoga teacher training; becoming a yoga teacher; teaching yoga classes; quitting my job; continuing to teach yoga classes; making the decision with The Husband to pack everything up and move to Portland; get certified as a SPINNING® instructor; get on the subbing schedule at my gym (for a month) to teach indoor cycling classes (one down, four to go); packing up the house and also doing a cleanse of donating many items and throwing a bunch of stuff away …

(And let’s not forget our travels: Visiting family in Tucson and Missouri. Our annual March Madness trip to Vegas with good friends. A trip to Amsterdam with a good friend while visiting more good friends. And the ultimate–my 40th birthday trip to Bora Bora.)

Many of the changes in 2014 were good. But some weren’t. I try to remind myself that everything happens for a reason.

Change is inevitable. I used to think I wasn’t good with change. But what I have discovered is that I take on the emotion of … Continue reading

Movin’ on up … to Oregon

If you didn’t take the chance to visit us while we’ve lived in the Bay Area unfortunately for you, it’s too late.

After being in the Bay Area for almost 10 years Curt and I are taking the plunge and moving to Portland in mid-January.

It’s exciting and scary. I have lots of good friends here and have established a great yoga community. That will be hard to leave.

Talk about a lot of big decisions and changes in my life lately. Totally taking myself out of my comfort zone.

It has been our goal for years to get back to Portland. It’s where we want to settle. We will actually be able to buy a house one day, which just isn’t possible for us in the Bay Area.

I love the Bay Area and all that it represents (except for earthquakes). I have made a lot of amazing friends and that’s what I am having a hard time saying goodbye to.

The yoga community I have developed is also something pretty special. I feel lucky to have made so many friends through yoga. And many of my regular yoga teachers also taught me how to be a yoga teacher.

But the … Continue reading