On #vegan, plant based pleasure, #tanning & other things

  • The lemon rice & Sriracha fried tofu I made last night was a hit! It was a much better meal that I’d had at the seriously over-rated Pok Pok the day before. Seriously. I kept track of what I was doing for future reference. Like I said to Charlie I guess it’s good I have lapses occasionally, because they confirm to me that non vegan food isn’t generally any yummier or more satisfying. Quite often there’s a point where I’m a bit grossed out as well, like when I get a bit of fat or tendon or something. Ewww.

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  • Even though I didn’t even crack 300 with my burn from yesterday’s workout, I feel it in my hamstrings today. I got up early to maybe-exercise, only I won’t cause I’m going to retail. Doesn’t matter if this’ll be a 4-day week.
  • 1-day per week of retail is just about perfect. I wouldn’t mind low-wage, menial work so much if it didn’t seem bound & destined to come with verbal abuse & shoddy treatment. For $10 an hour, they should be happy you show up in clean clothing & are polite to the customers, especially if a company isn’t invested enough in you to even provide a regular schedule. (New Jersey just passed the $15 minimum wage btw.) I really think I’d like grocery store work much better, because there isn’t this pressure to aggressively sell, sell, sell. Anyway, I have to leave 90-min before start time today, since it’s Friday and I can’t hitch a ride.
  • I will apparently never get into biking OR driving in PDX. I could still borrow a mountain bike, but it’s a really heavy bike which is NOT good for things like climbing the massive hill. Also it’s a little too big for me, and you kind of want to feel as secure as possible if you’re going to attempt riding along a sidewalk-less, shoulder free, windy road. I also never went to get my learner’s permit for driving. The vehicle is part of the problem here as well. My sense of space is distorted. I always think I’m larger than I am, and this includes when I’m in a vehicle. Fuzzy is too damned big. Never mind that, where am I gonna drive to? I don’t earn enough money for gas & insurance, never mind paying for parking.

    And not that I have any social circle or friends I see even semi-regularly here, a car would not help me with something like happy hour. There is no way I’d drive after even a single drink. I’ve been spoiled by spending adulthood in a city with real public transportation. (I don’t miss the F train after Sandy though… The subways were great, for my spot in the East Village anyway, up until maybe five years ago.)

  • I’m tan! I have accomplished my summer goal. My back & arms especially are nicely browned. Yes, yes… I burned my boobs just a bit yesterday though, especially the right one. Also my butt cheeks because I was trying (successfully) to expose more of ’em. I’ve taken to laying out topless during the week, when the kids are both at work. There’s a nook of grass to the left of the house, just south of the greenhouse, that’s completely secluded.
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#HIIT with skipping & legs, #asana #yoga

I wrote a great HIIT but the yoga was only so-so. I should’ve probably done suryas and standing somewhere in there. Meanwhile C has been working all day on the vegan chili. I’d found the recipe awhile back & said I was gonna make it, but the idea of cooking for a large group of people put me off, I guess. Plus because Wednesdays & Fridays are the most annoying days for me to get to my retail gig, that’s when I’m normally scheduled & this is a super labor intensive dish. I’m impressed with the amount of effort he’s willing to put into it! He went out for the ingredients in the morning & has been busy since.

Funny but after that super intense heat wave, PDX has remained steadfastly chilly. We have some days in the 80s coming up, which means the area I exercise should be at least 70. I’ll try doing more of a vinyasa practice again some time soon.

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30min HIIT, Skipping & Squats, my routine

  • (10/50) with Skipping
  1. Squat narrow, 40lbs, A
  2. Squat narrow, 40lbs, B
  3. Squat wide, 40lbs, A
  4. Squat wide, 40lbs, B
  5. Elevated side plank, bottom leg lifting
  6. Other side
  7. Elevated side plank, bottom leg lifting
  8. Other side
  9. Floor side plank, top leg lifting
  10. Other side
  11. Floor side plank, top leg lifting
  12. Other side
  13. Single leg squat, 35lbs, right
  14. Single leg squat, 35lbs, left
  15. Wall sit

Asana (and exercise & stretching goals)

I read something recently where some teacher & blogger described “asana” as that which you do chiefly for the sport value, you know, the poses of social media and attainment. The author believed that people who advertise their classes as “asana” mean that they are workout oriented mainly. Even though my main goal in practicing any form of stretching is mainly to keep steady in the flexibility part of the trifecta / tristhana of fitness (with strength & endurance being the other two legs), the reason I call the yoga part “asana” interchangeably with “yoga” is that my ashtanga background means I’m very used to Sanskrit terms. Except for handstand, updog & downdog of course! No one’s gonna use a sentence when they can use a word. This is the age of communicating in emoticons after all.

  • Back bending intervals in (15/30) for a 22:30minute set. A lot of this is resting too!
  • Urdhva D to stand
  • Drop backs – 5
  • Ticks – 1
  • Finishing, sarvangasana to 5min sirsasana
  • Bhujangasana 1min
  • Marichyasana A 1min
  • Eka Pada Sirsasana 1min
  • Yoganidrasana, 1min each side
  • Parighasana (ballet lets) 1min each side

 

Page of Wands, King of Cups, Queen of Disks

I’m getting going slowly today, but that’s ok. There’s absolutely no need to rush anything, in my new slacker-artist existence in PDX.

Morning Musings

Had a nice Tuesday. Worked on my illustrations, composition revisions and catalog updating, & got in a good workout. Then Charlie and I went shopping at the two Goodwills downtown, first the more ghetto one on Burnside & then the fancy one on 10th Ave. I felt so Portland authentic! Had never once shopped in a thrift store. It’s just too hard to find my size, generally, but if one is not in a hurry… He got me a few shirts at the first stop, and then a very cute jean jacket at the second. I hadn’t realized how old, yellowed and worn my current one is looking, compared to a fresh, dark wash. My old one is from the Gap and I got it late 20s / early 30s.

After that we went grocery shopping and I made us a vegan dinner that we enjoyed with some wine. We took Henry and Rocco for one of our meandering, cat-style strolls. Sir Henry controls the pace & progression, pretty much.

I really can’t complain that jam night is here again, which it’s going to be a majority of Wednesdays now. There will be beer anyway! lol. OK, I better get cracking at “stuff”. I will try not to put in my contacts and then head straight to Twitter.

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Card 1, within: Page of Wands

Last seen, June 11 in the 3rd position. Initiators of spirit.

Page cards in the present position represent you starting life over again. The Page of Wands shows you with a new idea of taking control over your own destiny. It is a powerful card in the present position, a clean slate with momentum in your favor.

General: In general, this card indicates that things that you started some time ago are starting to come to fruition. It can also show a need for new things – new adventures, new approaches, and new ideas. The Page brings us positive energy. We must supply the follow-through, however.

Spirituality: This can be a very creative time for you, and a good time for you to actually become childlike… dream, play, be inventive. You never know what your creations during this time might come to, and at any rate you will enjoy yourself and this play will deepen and enrich your life.

Keywords: Divine inspiration, faith, enthusiasm, great heart. Messenger and message of God. Miracles. Strength of hearth and faith is sometimes far more powerful than strength or age of body. Follow your heart courageously, fearlessly.

  1. What new territories or ideas are you checking out? Content creator for social media
  2. Who is calling you?
  3. Who is enthusiastic about your endeavors and looks up to you as a mature adult?
  4. What actions are you risking to take?
  5. What are you all fired up about?

Card 2, without: King of Cups

Keywords: Master of your subconscious, knowing the self enough to not be a slave to it but to learn & derive power from it. Connecting to the source. Intoxication. Good sleep.

Introduction: The King of Cups speaks of balanced male and feminine energy; he holds all the positive qualities of both masculine and feminine. Often he indicates a literal man in your life. Usually, when he represents a ‘live person’, he’s referring to a very kind and loving man, who will generally have hair on the lighter end of the spectrum. Know that you are supported by the universe, in ways seen and unseen, when he appears.

General: In general the King of Cups represents kindness and compassion. There is an element of pure and true love in your life no matter what your situation when he appears. Nurture yourself, and allow others to nurture you, when you receive this card in a reading.

Questions to Answer:

  1. What feelings are you keeping under firm control?
  2. In what ways are you a care – giver or counselor?
  3. Who cares for you deeply?
  4. How have you established yourself creatively?
  5. In the second position:

    You have someone – a family member, a partner, an angel – that you can fall back on.  But more than financial or physical help, this is the strong shoulder to cry on, the caring ear that can listen to your problems.  This man can help heal your wounds.

Card 3, advice: Queen of Disks

Last seen June 12, 10 & June 8, in the 2nd position, June 7 in the 1st position, May 27th in the 2nd position & many other times.

The Queen of Disks creates a safe physical environment. Keywords: Safety, stability, prosperity, Physical and financial security. When you have been nurtured into a place of happiness or are bettering a person, yourself or a situation, expect the Queen of Pentacles to appear in your Tarot reading.

General: This card can indicate that you will be spending time, money, and energy on your home, getting it to be more comfortable.

Work: You are likely to make great headway now. A woman with dark hair and/or eyes may play a significant role in your working life; if so, know that she is an ally for you.

In the present position, the Queen of Pentacles signals that you are either enjoying a time now of being taken care of or are happily taking care of someone.

Finances: The Queen of Pentacles is an excellent omen when it comes to money. Your prosperity level is very likely to be increasing. Don’t hesitate to spend some of your new-found wealth. Saving is important, but enjoying your life when you have the means to do so is also important. Share what you have when you can.