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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I am thankful for vacation.
I am thankful for vacation.
I am thankful for vacation.

It has arrived at last, none too soon I might add. Work has been very stressful and frankly, I am exhausted. I have been going to bed around 7 or 8pm every night and I still want a nap every day. I am hoping to catch up on my rest over break and to get some more energy to take me through until Christmas.

Right now, I am at the yoga studio but early in the morning, I am off to visit my mom in warm, sunny Arizona for five days. I am so glad to be getting out of town. I'm selling my house and it is constantly getting shown so I often do not have space when I want it. I am looking forward to interruption-free vacation.

Oh, by the way, check out this week's Carnival of MS Bloggers, I have a poem there.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Aerial Yoga Teacher Training

Today I completed my level one teacher training for aerial yoga. Come by and check out the pics on my Firebird Yoga blog.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

After the darkness there is sunshine

It seemed I dwelled in shadow. Work ended but the shadow it cast was long. I felt sick in my soul. How could a place that looks so nice from the distance be so cancerous inside? It seems to suck the very souls and humanity from those who enter its doors. I have seen horrors this year that I could hardly even have imagined. Yet I keep going back, to fight another day. I am not ready to give in and let apathy and negativity destroy a large part of my world.

I came home and let sleep obliterate all things. I awoke from the fog of an afternoon nap, still sick in my body and soul. I tried to forget but in the end, I just cried, and cried and cried. Then I slept again, awoke and cried another deluge that seemed unending. Then I slept again. Eleven hours later, I awoke and the sun was shining. I bounced from my bed singing, spent an hour on Wikipedia, studying and writing and then wrote about Nataraja, Lord of the dance, developed a yoga flow in his honor and went off to teach. Where yesterday there was only sorrow, today there is creativity and light.

I came home and wrote some poetry, posted this entry and now I'm off to take yoga from someone else. This should be fun!

Today I am grateful for the calm after the storm.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I dream of weekend

It's almost all I can think about. One more day, one more day... My formal teaching observation is tomorrow but I am unconcerned, I just want it done and the work week to be over. No crazy weekend plans but I am ready to just lay around and chill out. Then, two days of work and five days off. I'm so ready--

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Graduate School Part Deux

I have decided I want to embark on another round of graduate school. This time I thought I would focus on the pursuit of a frivolous masters degree that will in no way serve a definitive career track (LOL). I now see that is the only way for me to do it. I have decided to apply for an online MFA in Creative Writing at Naropa in Boulder.

Today I looked over the application process. It is lengthy and involved and the suggested deadline is January 15th. Piece of Cake, right? Then I looked at what is involved. There is the ususal application and transcript stuff. There are the letters of recommendation and the two to four page essay and technology assessment. Still, not bad. What, 15 pages of poetry? I got it. 30 pages of fiction prose? Uh, oh. I write poetry but I usually write non-fiction, not fiction prose. What the heck will I write about?

At first I thought, "What am I getting into?" I became fearful that I would not measure up at all. I didn't know what to write. I decided to tackle the essay first. It got easier as I wrote. Five and a half pages later and I was done. Now to edit. That was harder. I needed most of what was there. Then I had a brilliant idea, adjust the font size. Snap, now I have three and a half pages. I think it will work.

The poetry just needs compiling and editing. Now, the 30 pages of fiction. I got the suggestion that I write historical fiction. Great idea, I think I can make that work. What topic? That's hard. I need an interesting woman to write about, someone who's inner life I can really imagine. I was taking a walk and it hit me... Now I know what I will write and so the story begins--

Today I am grateful for this challenge opportunity to stretch myself creatively.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

In case the Spoon Theory fails you...

Joan from a Short in the Cord just sent this great link to me. It is the Spoon Theory for all the lushes in your life. I love the Spoon Theory but The Beer Theory really works for me. Check it out!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

All the Blogs are Updated!

It was a long and busy weekend. Really, busier than I hoped for but good. I have just finished updating all four of my blogs so drop by and check out my latest work.

Be sure to check out Poems from the Blue Plane and get smothered by love. Denver Refashionista offers advice on "Age and occasion appropriate dress" this week. My Firebird Yoga site offers a rationale for "Pushing in Yoga."

While you're browsing, be sure to visit the sites of some of my "Followers" on this blog. It's also worthwhile to check out all the links to great blogs featured on this page. Wherever your surfing my take you, "Calabunga dude!"

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Walk MS Rewind

Last year was the first year I participated in Walk MS. It was a great experience and my ex and I raised about $850.00. This year I am excited to be helping out again...

A few months ago I participated in a photo shoot for the walk at a request from my care manager at the MS Socity. Today I ran into the woman who posed as my "mom" in the shoot and she informed me that my photo was featured in the campaign for the 2010walk. Wow, I am humbled to be this year's face. Anyway, I guess I am in the brochure and my photo is on page four of this month's "Momentum". Crazy... I am truly honored to "represent" for this community.

Denver Refashionista
Nadja Tizer

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Neurologist Visit 11/03/09

I went to the neurologist today for the first time in a year. The visit went very well. He says I passed all the "tests" and that the yoga is working for me. He also said I do not need another MRI for a while unless I change medications but that so far, the Copaxone seems to be working well for me. Unfortunately, he is retiring but he gave me a referral so I feel satisfied.

I have still been feeling a bit strange lately but we think it is a potential UTI, rather than an exacerbation. My symptoms include, back pain, abdominal cramping, urgency, inflammation, full body soreness, painful joints, dizziness, nausea and blurred vision but the biggest issue does seem to be the back pain and urgency, so I think we have nailed it down. I should know by tomorrow and if we are right, I can start antibiotics or whatever he suggests. If it is not, he will send me to a specialist. Either way, I am optimistic that relief is on the way.

Today I am grateful that my appointment went so well. Next Tuesday, female doctor, week after neuro opthamologist (is that how it's spelled?) and then on with my life. Yay!