it's all unraveling

Wow. What a week. A lunatic is running for president. A man who, a week ago, was gathering a group of women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault, eager to back to them and get justice, is now denying any allegation brought forth upon him? 

All I know is that he's completely lost Virginia, is losing Utah, and at present, Texas is polling as barely red. WHAT?! And this is all based on polls that assume registered Republicans will vote as they normally do, which we all know is NOT going to happen.

Phew. Not that I have given myself a pep talk, assuring myself that this disgusting man CANNOT be president, let's watch Michelle Obama crush it at life:

Mike Pence's response to this speech was, in his words, "confusion." SAY WHA?!?!

I voted early yesterday. 23 days until election day. Let them pass quickly please.

Q1 2015: music, books, and tv

Can you believe that we're a quarter of the way into 2015?

How is that POSSIBLE?

paper cut book sculptures by  Barbara Wildenboer .

paper cut book sculptures by Barbara Wildenboer.

January, February and March were cold, snowy, and good for consuming things. Here are my highlights.

TELEVISION

Better Call Saul 

Do I dare say it? That this show has hit the ground running and might be filling the Breaking Bad shaped hole in my heart?

The Jinx

Finished this show last night. Wow. That's all I have to say.

The Great British Bake Off

I've raved about this show before, but seriously, it's amazing. Here's a taste of it's greatness.


I wish I could say that I've watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and loved it, but I started the first episode and was definitely not in the mood. Will try again. 

I have to say that this season of GIRLS has been dreadful. Anyone else out there think so? Where is it going?! No plot and no real character development. When will I put myself out of my misery with that thing...I need an intervention.The only reason I watch it now is for the soundtrack, which I have to say is fabulous.

MUSIC

Here are some songs that I PLAYED OUT. Like on repeat all day, every day.

Just Kids // Mat Kearney

Love Me Like You Do // Ellie Goulding

What Kind of Man // Florence + the Machine
I'm a Ruin // Marina and the Diamonds

BOOKS

Leaving Before the Rains Come // Alexandra Fuller
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
The Imaginarary // A.F. Harrold

I've blabbered about the first two picks enough, but The Imaginary. OH MY GOODNESS. It's kids book, but not so much. Scary, scary, scary. Read it.


You can listen to my Winter 2015 playlist on Spotify here.

Looking forward to lots of fun stuff this spring...aka the MAD MEN final season.

Happy reading, watching, and listening.

a norwegian tunnel video

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What a whirlwind of a week! I'm so thrilled we've seen so many new students at the studio, but it makes for busy days. I've been making peppermint towels around the clock and it is amazing. I'm still reading the second Elena Ferrante novel, The Story of a New Name. For those of you out there who've read it, DID YOU EVER FINISH!? I love it, but every single night this week I've sat in the tub reading away and I still have a over 100 pages left...

I also found a random video on the computer from a time we drove through a super long, super creepy tunnel in Norway and thought I would share...this video could be a lot longer...that tunnel was LONG. Not sure we'll ever get over Paul Simon's The Sound of Silence coming up on the iPod at that moment. Shuffle is psychic sometimes.

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back to work

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Yes, I know the blog looks different again. I wasn't 100% happy with the last look, so I think this is it. Thanks for your patience.

Back to work this morning. Let's do it!

This song will indeed brighten your Monday...I can't stop with it...Walk the Moon is so 80s and I love them for it.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRVgptW7bYg[/embed]

 

 

 

Screenshot 2015-01-03 13.57.53 Ahhhh Norway. This timelapse of daily life in Scandinavia from Damp Design is so good. Andrew emailed it to me the other day.

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Have you ever been somewhere and seen something that is impossible to capture on film?

I'm assuming the answer is yes.

Lately I've been feeling a little nostalgic for the days of living abroad.

Probably because I know now that we will not be moving...ever again probably? GULP.

I'm starting to forget things about Asheville, Norway, Edinburgh, and Austin. The little things, places, foods, bus tokens, etc. Makes me sad is an understatement.

While I love Pinterest for finding new recipes or style inspiration, my favorite use for it is to create curated boards that mean something special to me.

For a little while, I've been sporadically pinning to a secret board called "places that shape me."

I don't want to forget where I've lived.

So I began pinning images that make me remember. Most of them are places I would frequent often, things that stood out, my actual apartment/house, or general landscapes. This pin board is still a work in progress...I'm always trying to pin little things as I remember them. If you're looking for a new and fun way to journal/scrapbook, I suggest giving it a whirl...it's a really fun experience! I have loved finding old haunts via Google image searches. We live in a truly crazy world. I'm grateful.

http://www.pinterest.com/graylin_porter/places-that-shape-me/

I've recently made that board public, feel free to take a look.

 

thankful thursday: poses 41/52

IMG_20141010_212307 I'm thankful for Tiffany Cruikshank + Yogaglo for getting me into this crazy pose. A variation of Grasshopper. There are many interpretations of this pose...baby Grasshopper, full Grasshopper, or the odd variation above.

This class on Yogaglo and this class will get you there. If you're not on Yogaglo and you'd like to try this pose, I suggest the following articles and tutorials. It is a massive twist and insane hip opener, but also requires a decent amount of strength. That troubling and puzzling thing in yoga when a pose becomes doubly hard because it takes a ton of flexibility AND strength. Also, it's one of those really rare poses that is actually much harder to get into than be in.

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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHAa1zXHFNc[/embed]

Baby Grasshopper

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BaZTJLubrY[/embed]

I'm thankful for the internet and its resources! Without it, crazy poses like this would not be possible!

fall 2014 soundtrack

fffe73c244e0bf400f491fc97635d8b7 I don't mean to join the chorus and go on and on about how much I love fall, but sorry, it just kind of happens. It's happening! And along with boot & scarf weather, football, PSLs, and candles, there is also always a ton of great new music released in the fall. I've bee obsessed with the following five songs.

You can find my current seasonal playlist here on Spotify. 

Let's be honest though, I'll just be listening to Alt-J's new album on repeat when it comes out in a week.

Four Walls // Broods

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Georgia // Vance Joy

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0XRlNZbQFE[/embed]

Promises // Ryn Weaver

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Ndm3U-QbuIU[/embed]

Every Other Freckle // Alt-J

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUZBFLPRUUM[/embed]

 Carolina // Kimbra

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw45jWmjM0Y[/embed]

Illustration above is from Morgan Davidson in Florida. So great! Her instagram is amazing as well.

Poses 35/52: Svarga Dvidasana

c84bac94bdb5b573b0688d0c1bb322ddBird of paradise! I saw the above photo for the first time way back when Pinterest first got going. It's been making the rounds ever since. It's amazing. So amazing I had to get out my paint and turn it into a little project last year

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Bird of paradise is one of those poses that looks insane, but is actually somewhat accessible...it just may never look like that. HA!

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This photo was taken June 2013...haven't snapped a recent one of my BOP in awhile, curious to see my progress. I try to practice it almost every day. But then again, I love to balance on one leg and most don't so, you know. Do what you want!

Again, Ekhart Yoga comes through with a free 10 minute sequence to get you there.

 

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv2BE0UEz5c[/embed]

I also discovered Stacey Welu and her YouTube series, Asana Diagnostics. AMAZING tricks and tips!

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this week in the elementary library...

cover-lennon We'll still loving our picture book biographies in third grade. This week it's time to learn about...The Beatles. WAH!

I love this biography of John Lennon, John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier. The illustrations are strewn with lyrics, which is always nice.

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To enhance the experience, I've been showing Ed Sullivan clips along with other fun Beatles videos.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sclfhlScwkk[/embed]

I love my job, but a little part of me dies every time a kid says gleefully that Big Time Rush (who? what?!) is better than The Beatles. HA! They were trying to get me and they did.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55ssSDV9LWc[/embed]

this week in the elementary library

Morris I have posted about this before, but I can't help myself, I've got to share it again. This week in the library we broken in our new Smartboard by watching The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. I show this to all grades every year. They all love it--it's just 15 minutes of perfect. Watch it here:

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VljJIQuPDSE[/embed]

 

 

heavy things

8d7f8feb73cd9308146785b71c578e1a Ugh.

Yesterday when scrolling through my podcast feeds I saw that Lauren Bacall died...on Tuesday. And I just found out on Saturday?!? What's going on!? Oh wait, I know, Robin Williams also died, things in the Middle East are insane, Michael Brown is dead and this is now going on. 

Things are always in shambles, but lately it's a little bleak. On top of all this global sadness, our old boy Mr. Forrest/Bagel is having real trouble walking and seems to be in real pain every time we go to pick him up the past couple days. It's tough not to get down. All this puts things into perspective I suppose.

Here's a great little video from classic Sesame Street featuring Robin Williams. Thanks to Mom for sharing it originally. Hilarious, sweet, and appropriate for the times.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p47bGlZuDA[/embed]

It's supposed to rain all day today. I'll be honest, I'm looking forward to staying inside hanging pictures and reading. Have a great Sunday everyone.

Poses: 29/52: Sirasana A

10569975_1388923278021209_149601908_n Yes, that's me...doing half lotus in a HEADSTAND. I know, I know, I can't believe it myself. It was a year next month that I finally started headstanding. So crazy. So happy. I will never ever tell a student that fear is not real....because it IS. It held me back for many years. However, I'm glad it did. Because now that I'm not as scared, I've got all the other pieces of the puzzle. My core strength is there, shoulders, balance, etc. So it's play time....near a wall of course. C'mon, I'm not totally cured yet!

I've never really followed yoga celebrity Tara Stiles. This week I listened to an interview with her that I really enjoyed and I liked her approaches to headstand.

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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6wtHly7ZNQ[/embed]

Headstanding is so rough. Yes, it's considered "the king of all asanas." But man, it's so scary! I have mad respect for anyone who is scared of it...because it is scary. Also, it's not safe for everyone. I think it's important to be very cautious with this pose.

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photo sources: 1, 2, 3

Real quick--in other news, we now have official Yoga on Capitol Avenue studio shirts available!

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These are super soft, American Apparel tanks and tees. Tanks are $15, T-shirts are $20. Even if you've never been to my studio, live out of town, etc... but like the shirt, send me an email at yogaoncapitolavenue@gmail.com and I'll give you all the info!

 

life is better with...jason mraz

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IlPnNAWI28[/embed] I know, duh right?

Jason Mraz. I didn't use to care one way or the other, but with each new album he grows on me. I kind of love him I've decided. I mean, he's a yogi and lives on an organic avocado farm. What's not to love?

I can't stop playing this song off his new album. It's just so good. Yeah I know it might not be edgy, super cool music, but in my opinion, it's just good. Period.

life is better with...BBC's Human Planet

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EWyDLILbvY[/embed] We started watching this the other night. Oh. MY GOODNESS.

We loved Planet Earth from several years ago and although this one isn't narrated by David Attenborough, it is still INCREDIBLE. Human Planet was originally broadcast in 2011. I'm not sure why it's taken us this long to watch it. We started with the episode on Jungles and my mind was blown in just the first few minutes. I can't wait to get through the rest of the episodes---seven whole hours of awesome awaits. It might sound silly, but these mini-series really affect me in some strange way I can't quite explain. It's because they are so insanely well made...I'm in awe of it all.

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It's been a busy few days. Loads of family things for the 4th.  To add to that, this coming week and weekend looks crazy already! Closing on the house, studio birthday party on Friday, bookclub on Saturday, and you know, we could be moving that weekend too. Doubtful, but possible! EEK!