I’m currently reading M Train by Patti Smith. A while back I picked up a second hand copy of Just Kids, and loved it. I loved the story of Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe, I loved the way she wrote. I loved her tales of meeting Warhol, and William Burroughs, so I really wanted to read this book too.
It isn’t disappointing. It makes New York sound like an amazing place to live. The artists, the cafe’s the music scene.
Yes, Glasgow has these too, and I know I’m romanticising NY in my head, but…..
This weekend I’m off travelling for three weeks. Thailand. Phuket, Chang Mai and Bangkok, then a stop off in Dubai on the way home. I can’t wait. There’s changes at work, and I need to switch off from them.
I’ve picked up a travel yoga mat, and I’m going to have some me time. I’m taking Lord of the Flies, and The Godfather to read. I’ve not read LotF since I was at school, so I’m looking forward to that, and I’ve never read The Godfather.
I’m planing of having a digital detox too, so I won’t be posting anything until I get back.
On Saturday we were out for a meal with a friend who runs the karate club I go to (although I’ve not been since September as it doesn’t feel “right” for me at the moment. Hopefully it will again), and a filling dropped out. Problem was, I only realised when I bit on it, and broke off a second one.
Managed to get an appointment yesterday and got them fixed, so everything is ok tooth-wise again.
Last night while lying watching tv, my throat started to feel scratchy. I tried nipping it in the bud. First with Lemsip, and then followed that up with a hot toddy (whisky, sugar and hot water, with some cloves popped in for good measure.)
Seems to have helped a bit. It’s still not right, but it isn’t as bad as last night, and there’s no discolouration in my phlegm, so that’s good.
I’m basically in a state of meh today. I booked into the lunchtime yoga class as usual, even though I’m not feeling it today. Hopefully this will snap me out of the funk I’m in. I was planning to longboard into work today. The weather is stunning and I’ve no excuse other than I don’t have any enthusiasm today. Hopefully the good weather will hold out for a bit longer.
In two weeks I’ll be off to Thailand for three weeks, and I can’t wait.
I’ve got a travel yoga mat ready to go. Rolls up really small but is actually heavier than a regular mat, but really grippy. My wife is using one on top of her regular mat which has lost it’s grip, and loves it.
I picked up what was going to be be one of my books to take, M Train by Patti Smith. The other was going to be Dirty Kids: Chasing Freedom with America’s Nomads, BUT I usually take books to read that I don’t mind leaving behind/passing on, and I don’t want to do that with these, so I’ll have a look in a charity shop and see if anything catches my eye.
I’ve been looking forward to this trip for months. We’ve got 10 days at Phuket, where I’m hoping to take some more surf lessons, after taking some in Bali last year. After Phuket, it’s on to Chang Mai, Bangkok, and finally a couple of days in Dubai on the way back.
I’m hoping to come back a calmer person, and be able to blitz the piles of dvd’s etc that I still need to clear out. I’ve been slacking on the downsizing front lately and need to get back on it.
I also have to get in touch with the tattooist to arrange to get more ink when I get back. I’m planning to go and see him before I leave to talk over the design, and book a date for getting it done.
So the Introduction to Ashtanga course I’ve been doing for the last six weeks has finished, and I loved it. It’s given me a structured practice that I can do at home, but I did miss not going to the class last night, so I might have to find a guided class that I can go to. Despite what the teacher said, I don’t feel that I know the routine well enough to go to a Mysore class, and I don’t want to be constantly asking “Does “X” come next or is it “Y”?”, so yeah, I think a guided class is the way forward for the moment, and as luck would have it, there’s a guided class on a Tuesday evening that would fit in time-wise, with finishing work.
Yoga aside, the weather has finally got reasonable enough that I have started cycling to work again. As well as being healthier for me and the environment, it’s healthier for my wallet to the tune of £57 a month, so that’s a good reason to do it.
Next thing I’ve got to look forward to is our trip to Thailand in a little over a month. We’re away for three weeks, and are taking in Phuket, Chang Mai, and finally Bangkok, with two nights in Dubai to break up the flight home.
I’m hoping I can try surfing again in Phuket. I took some lessons in Bali last year as it’s something I’d always wanted to try (I used to skateboard, and I snowboard intermittently) and I finally got to try it and it was as amazing as I’d hoped. So I really want to do it again.
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So that’s week four of the Introduction to Ashtanga and I’m loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the vinyasa flow class that I’ve been going to regularly, but this is giving me some structure that I can use when I practice on my own.
On Monday night I went to see Warrior Soul at Audio in Glasgow. I’ve seen them twice before, once waaaay back just prior to their debut album coming out, when they supported Metallica. I remember thinking back then that they blew Metallica off the stage, and Monday night just reinforced that. They were outstanding.
So if anyone isn’t in the UK, in Scotland, were were pretty much snowed in for the most of last week. Huge dump of snow. Transport ground to a halt and police were telling people not to drive.
On the plus side I got 3 days off work that I never expected, and went into the snow covered Pollok Estate with my camera (pics to follow once I sort them out). We even went sledging in Linn Park, which was great fun.
Tonight, I’ve got the first of the Intro to Ashtanga, course that I’ve signed up to. It’s the same teacher that takes the Vinyasa Flow class that I go to on a Thursday. I’m looking forward to this. A bit of variation never hurt anyone.
Before Christmas, I had a brand new experience. A corn on my foot. On the toe next to the pinkie toe on my left foot. I tried corn plasters, and after a fair bit of pain and hobbling about, after about a week, it fell off.
Well, a couple of weeks ago it came back with a vengeance, so this time, after some cajoling from friends, instead of resorting to corn plasters and limping, I made an appointment with a podiatrist, and this morning, she sat me down, took a scalpel to my foot, et voila, no corn, and no pain.
It actually feels odd not to have that burning stabbing in my toe. It’s also a relief.
That’s my foot all good to go now, so I can now start to ease myself back into running again, which I’ve really missed. I can also turn up at the yoga class and not worry that people are grossed out by my mutant toe 🙂
Been feeling pretty run down this week, so I haven’t been to the gym, and I’ve not done as much yoga as normal.
I’ve got a corn on one of the toes on my left foot and I woke up on Tuesday to an eye with a sty in it, that was so big my eye may as well have been closed over.
Like I said, run down.
Today the sty in almost gone. On the advise of a pharmacist, I boiled some water, allowed it to cool to the warm side of tepid, and soaked some cotton wool and just lay back with my eyelid steeping. It’s worked, and the swelling is vastly reduced to the point it’s almost healed.
The corn is another story. I’ve self referred the podiatrist at the local health centre to get is seen to, as I previously used corn plasters, but it just came back, so I need to have it treated properly.
It’ll probably take a while to get an appointment, but if it gets to much, I’ll just pay someone to sort it out.
That aside, things are pretty good. I just finished reading Siddhartha by Herman Hess, and really liked it. It’s a great read, highly recommend it.
Anyway, I’ve got a yoga class to go to tonight, so onwards and upwards.
So we’ve got the trip for this year booked, and I can’t wait.
We’re off to Thailand. Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok, with 3 days in Dubai to break up the flight home.
I’ve been to Bangkok before for a couple of days on the way to Bali, and I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I really loved it. It’s a fantastic city. I’m looking forward to a three weeks of superb food and of course, there’s going to be yoga by the pool, and in the case of Phuket, on the beach. Can’t wait.
In the meantime, having done a reasonable dvd cull, I’ve moved onto cd’s. The downsizing continues. We have to avoid stuffication.
I got an email from the teacher who takes the vinyasa flow class that I go to every week. Starting in March she’s doing a six week introduction to Ahstanga yoga, and thought I might be interested and would benefit from it. So this morning I signed up. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been to a workshop that she recommended at the same studio, and loved it.
I’ve got 4 days left to run on the free pass for the gym/spa that we’ve been using since the 2nd. I’ve been using the pool and doing 20 lengths every evening before chilling out in the jacuzzi and the steam room.
I don’t usually get swimming that often these days, unless I’m on holiday, so I’ve been taking advantage of the free pass to swim every day.