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12 Things I’m Loving Right Now

I know that “The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things” but lately I’ve been trying to focus my attention away from this endless winter, and on all the things I do really love and appreciate in my life.  This post is about things.  Objects, food, technology, yoga apparel and gear.  All the things that I am really loving right now.

So here goes:

Kashi Frozen Pizza, especially the Mushroom and Spinach one.  It is saving me on nights when I come home late from class and just want a little snack and a glass of wine while I watch The Biggest Loser.  The crust is really thin, it’s light, has good ingredients, and I like the eco-packaging.

Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice.  I even posted about this on Facebook the other day.  I can get it at Wegmans, and they also sell it at Wal-mart, surprisingly. It’s a little pouch of microwavable rice that I put stir-fried veggies on top of for a satisfying lunch.  Cooks in 90 secs. It is wicked good.

Nourish.  This is a powdered meal substitute that I drank when I was on the Clean Program.  I am not on Clean officially anymore, but I love this stuff.  It’s filling when I don’t have time to eat.  I like the chocolate.  I make it with Almond milk, put in frozen blueberries and some flax seeds and buzz it up in the Vita-Mix.  It’s spendy, though.  Still, I would be lost most days without it.

IPad.  I love this thing with my whole heart and soul. It’s ridiculous how much I love this wondrous piece of technology.  I let G take it to Florida with her on spring break and I’m totally jonesin’ for it!  Love IT. If you’re on the bubble about getting one, think you don’t NEED one, think again.  I have the older model, and this link is to the new one.  I love my “old” one and they are being sold cheap on ebay now that the new ones are coming. You won’t regret this splurge.  Guaranteed.

Zen Timer. I am in love with all things gizmo.  I love my Ipad. I love my Touch, I love my MacBook Pro.  I love this app. I use it every single day to time my meditation. I use it in Yin Class. It’s really great.

Sudoku Daily.  If you love sudoku, electronic sudoku is so wonderful you’ll think you have died and gone to heaven.  This is a free app, and while it is not as good as, say, the sudoku game on The Daily (for the Ipad), this is a great app for your touch, your phone, wherever you play games.

Timex Marathon. I have been wearing this watch for years. When the band breaks I go buy another one.  I am stupid when it comes to wrist chronographs. I don’t need lap times or splits.  I want a watch with the date and time. I want a timer and a stopwatch.  I want to read it in the dark if I have to. I want everything to be intuitive to program.  I never have to consult the manual.  This watch tells me how to set it.  I love this thing. Not pretty, but it gets me there on time.

Kor Delta Water Bottle.  This is the bottle that is going to cure me of my hatred of drinking water. It is so beautifully designed I want to pick it up and sip it every time I look at it. I have ordered 2 to raffle off at the end of the Yoga Challenge in April.  This is what happens when design meets function.  True love.

CVS Lens Wipes. Without these I wouldn’t be able to see.  I like them because they are not really WET.  They do the job with just the right amount of moisture. I use them on my glasses, my spendy sunglasses, my Ipad screen–everything. They are individually wrapped so not eco-friendly, but they fit in my purse and go everywhere.  Love them.

Kickbooty Yoga Pants. These are the best yoga pants I have ever worn. They make my ass look amazing.  I love them. Period.

Manduka. I love my Manduka mat. I practice on the Pro.  But I recommend this Pro-Lite mat to all my students.  Can’t go wrong. Not too tacky, not too slippery, really easy to clean.  To my mind, the perfect light-weight mat for toting to class.

750 Words This site is just the most rockin’ writing site in the world.  If you ever tried to do Morning Pages, a la Julia Cameron, this the online version.  No Artist dates or any of that other hoo-hah, just 750 words of brain clean-out every day.  Like taking a shower.  I feel clean and refreshed when I’m through. Plus, Buster gives you BADGES!!!!

Okay, there’s my list.  What are YOU  loving lately in the world of “things?”  Would love to hear!

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750 Words Freakout– Reconsidered

I was all in a dither yesterday because 750 words went on the blink. I kept pushing “force save” and cursing and gnashing my teeth and getting up from the chair, then sitting down again, checking every 2 minutes to see if the site had saved my words.

I was freaking because my streak of 95 days was in jeopardy.  The site refused to save any of my words after 748, and if you don’t get to 750 words, your day doesn’t count.

Yesterday would have been Day 95, today, Day 96, and on Day 100 (this coming Thursday) I would have earned my Phoenix Badge (!!)

Here’s a picture of all the badges I have so far:

750 Words Screenshot

Pretty impressive, no? (Yeah. I know. I is da bomb.)

Thing is, I am ridiculously and shamelessly motivated by these stupid badges. Stickers, badges, stars on spelling tests, trophies, plastic Beethoven statuettes–you name it, if there is a little prize to be had, no matter how cheesy, worthless and meaningless, I will go after it, doggedly.

So, yesterday, after sitting all morning fretting about my lost Phoenix badge, I finally gave up trying to make the computer do the right thing, and drove to Wegmans for my weekly food shopping.

On the drive I pondered long and hard this fixation with doodads. Didn’t I subscribe (at least in theory) to the Zen concept of “detachment from outcomes” and to doing a thing “for its own sake”?  Isn’t this a central tenant of the Bhagavad Gita, of Pantajali’s Yoga Sutras, of every wisdom tradition known to man?

So what if my words didn’t “count”? I wrote them. I know the streak is intact.  I know I did the work every day. I know I am becoming a better writer as a result of daily practice, as a result of the site.  What do I care if the site stutters? What do I care if there is an algorithmic tic that stops counting at 748 words?  I wrote over 900 words that day.  That’s all that matters.

When I got home I sat down and wrote a note of thanks to the creator of the site, Buster Benson. He does this site for nothing. Doesn’t charge a penny.  And most of the time, the system works flawlessly.  On the site’s status page it says that Buster knows about the glitch and is trying to fix it and will make it right with anyone who’s streak got messed up.

Aww… What a guy.  But even if he can’t fix it, and my “streak” comes to an end, I’ll be there tomorrow morning, writing my words.  I’ll just rename the site 748 words and…problem solved!

As for the badges?  Eh.  I don’t need them anymore.  They’re cute and all, but they’re not real. They’re just little pictures on a screen. But my words–ahhhh, those represent my thoughts, my inner landscape, the workings of my mind.  And to get into the habit of visiting that country daily, and create relationships with those inhabitants, now that’s the whole point of 750 words.

Thanks, Buster.

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I need a change

I need a change. I need a change of season most of all, but in lieu of that, I decided to change themes here on WordPress.
Even if you don’t care for it, indulge me here, people.
I want to hear what I sound like in brown stitched leather.