Sunday, October 13, 2013

Wadjda Official Trailer #1

Definitely worth it!

Every Which Way But Loose (Eddie Rabbit)

This year I did not ignore Oct 10th - I just did not want to focus on it.
It has been a very long time since Oct 10, 1998. So much has changed - some for the better, some for worse - just depends on which you way you look at it.
Tonight driving home for yoga - I was relaxed. Focused. Pleased.
I scanned through the channels looking for the next song - and then I heard...
Every Which Way but Loose...
Yes, you know from 1978 sung by Eddie Rabbit...
Immediately, my throat got a little tight and my eyes a little misty - Instantly thought of mom.
I miss her more than most could imagine.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

MAT to mat

Getting back on the MAT.
Last week I left the MAT and one of the most important things I know I needed to do
is get back on to my yoga mat. I got home Friday morning and gazed at the schedule online.
I wanted to go but I was hesitant.
I was ready but not ready.
On Monday morning I checked in for class and found my self situated in the studio.
I felt nervously comfortable. The familiarity of the practice felt great.
But I was wobbly and my knee was sneaking forward in front of the other.
I completely forgot the how to do side twist but the instructor was gracious and loving.
no judging as much as I was judging myself no one in the room was judging me.
After class I confessed out loud that this is was my first guided practice in 9 months.
I know this is where I belong and more importantly this is where I find peace.
The other practices this week have been slightly less shakey but the shake is still there.
Thank goodness child pose is always available and the welcoming atmosphere of peace and love.
Glad to be back on the mat.

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

6th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Symposium

6th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Symposium

Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado

Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (MDT)

Colorado Springs, CO

Free Registration

The 6th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Symposium is a learning and networking opportunity modeled after TED Talks. The goal this year is to inform, inspire and involve the community to end human trafficking in our backyard. By hosting local speakers from all spheres of influence, we hope to provide the platform for others to imagine themselves in the fight to stop the trafficking of an estimated 27 million victims.

The Symposium will start a 9:00 am. Registration opens at 8:00.

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things I have learned in since January

things I have learned in since January

After living with 100+ degree temps for months 75 is freezing to me!
Perfect breakfast combination 1 packet of oatmeal and two scoops of peanut butter.
I can handle 3 Italian espresso's with 2-3 hours of one another! My Italian counterparts made amazing coffee with great pride!
A slight difference in Slovenian coffee, Turkish coffee and Italian coffee
Sometimes the nicest things happen when not expecting them (did not learn this over there but certainly experienced it)
Even ugly bare mountains can be peaceful and meaningful at times
I have the stomach for triage. I immediately fell into medic mode of which  I am not!
GSWs can be very clean.
Lettuce and Swiss cheese sandwiches quickly became my go to lunch favorite!
I was emotionally attached to either swiss or provolone and a little bummed if we were out..
That Bob's hot sauce that was on every table in the Farah DFAC is tasty on EVERYTHING.
Initially, I said I was not going to watch a lot of movies and I ended watching a ton.
I missed yoga incredibly...
I ate way too much ice cream in the evenings. I was an enabler!
I saved the book No Easy Day for one of the last books to read and I am glad that I did
I was inspired by the book Battle Ready - recommend it
I read three books that described Beirut / Lebanon and Palestine in great detail and I think I am smitten with the idea of going there
Somehow, I was inspired to take a vacation to Italy - Italy has never been in the top 20.
I increased my loans on Kiva and it has been pretty neat to watch the return
I can use this phrase in a sentence ll'invio tanto amore
Karzai never came to visit me... I had some things to chat with him about.
In Shindand the local workers made Mango Salad at the DFAC - it was probably the best meal I had the entire tour. I filled out a very enthusiastic comment card and quickly all of the workers knew me by my mango salad affinity.
I already knew this but..  some people I can have very easy conversations with and others are so painful...
The moon is beautiful there.
The red rocks that were barren jagged dirt hills - they pale in comparison to the mountains I can see everyday but I will miss them.
Downton Abbey was just as good the second time around - all three seasons.
The NameSake still one of my favorite movies.
I met some remarkable people and I will carry their stories with me for awhile.
I already knew I loved to go to the range but I really, really love to go to the range.
The simplicity is simple.
The complexity is complex.