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Wow.

Yoga last night was pretty full on. I was having issues with poses that I didn’t have issues with before, my balance was a bit wobbly, I was totally knackered by the end of the class.

Afterwords I felt incredible. The post class buzz was amazing.
Yes, I’ve done better in other classes.
Yes, this was probably the worst practice I’ve ever had.
Yes, I probably need to push myself a bit further out of my comfort zone when I’m practicing at home, or I’ll never improve, BUT at the end of the class, despite it all, I felt great.

When you’re not having a good practice it forces you to concentrate more in the moment, so from that point of view, I’d say that even a bad practice is a good practice, but you might not realise it at the time.

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Mindfulness meditation

Recently I picked up the book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. and am half-way through my second week of using it.

The book comes with a cd of guided meditations, and the idea is you do meditation 1 twice a day (if possible) for a week, and then for week 2 do meditation 2 etc for 8 weeks.

I didn’t have too much trouble with the first week, as it was similar to the meditation that took place at the meditation group they used to have in my work.
This week, week 2, that’s a whole other story. I’ve nodded off a couple of times, and the chatter in my head seemed to be really frantic compared to week 1. Last night I completed it without nodding off/zoning out, which I’m taking as a positive, but it did highlight the amount of seriously random thoughts that I have rattling about in my head. At least last night I managed to notice them, acknowledge they happened, and just let them pass on their way to wherever it is they’re headed.

I do feel a lot more relaxed for doing this, and immediately after a meditation, I feel amazingly calm, so it’s doing something good.

If you’ve fancied trying mindfulness meditation this seems to be a good book/cd to have a go with. The reviews are good, and I’m finding positive results. Try it and see.

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Halloween fun

On Saturday night we had a Halloween party to go to. It was held by a couple we know who got the same pub quiz as us, so that meant we couldn’t wear the same costumes that we wore to the quiz (Freddy Kruger and Dias de los Muertos)

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So, with that in mind, we went as a zombie saloon girl, and the Joker (Heath Ledger version)

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Party was fantastic. We really had a great time. Need to get the thinking caps on for next year now!

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Busy few days coming up

Busy couple of days coming up. Tonight after yoga, I’ve got to rush home and get ready for the pub quiz Halloween night. I’m going as Freddy Kruger. (I love my horror movies).
Tomorrow we’ve got a leaving do for a colleague, but I’m having to slip away about 6.00pm as me and my wife are going to a spa she got a pass to, for a swim, jacuzzi, steam room session, so only a quick drink at the party.
Saturday is another Halloween party, at the home of one of the people who runs the quiz, so it’s I can’t repeat the costume. My plan is Heath Ledger’s take on the Joker, when he’s blowing up the hospital. I’ve got the nurses’ dress on order (thanks eBay) and it’s supposed to arrive tomorrow. If there’s a problem my plan B is old jeans/t-shirt, lots of fake blood and scabs, et voila, zombie.

I’ll get some pics up over the weekend hopefully.

The partner of the girl who’s having the party is coeliac, so last night I made him my famous (on my FB at least) coeliac friendly lemon drizzle cake.

Should be a good weekend.

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Some much needed “me” time

I don’t usually get much chance of “me time”.
When I’m not working, my wife and I are always doing things together. In the house I’ll have a soak in a bath to get some “me” space, but then there’s the cats, and nothing if freakier than a cat sitting staring at you when you’re trying to relax in a bath.
Yesterday I took a day off, and had some “me time”. Karen didn’t want to see the new Bladerunner movie, and I did, so up and out for the first screening of the day, and with only another 3 people in the cinema, it was bliss. I got to immerse myself in the moment with no cats trying to get my attention while I was trying to watch something. I came out of the cinema feeling happy, content, and relaxed.
Back home I played with the cats for a bit, before me and Karen went for a walk up Glennifer Braes, and had some “us” time.

All in all a pretty perfect day.

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A sense of accomplishment

Last night at yoga I (finally) managed to do Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel pose), which even as a kid I couldn’t do. (back then we called it the crab).

I really felt as if I’d accomplished something. The class teacher, Susan, knows I’ve been trying to get this every time it comes up in class, and when I got it, she asked “How good did that feel?”
It felt great.

It’s a small thing. In the grand scheme of things it’s a nothing. It’s not world changing or anything, BUT it gave me a sense of accomplishment, and a great wee confidence boost, so it HAS changed my world in a small way, for the better.

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Wee update thingy

The recent (relatively)painless dvd purge has got inspired to do the same thing with clothes. Specifically t-shirts, of which I have a ton. I’ve got a lot of band tour shirts (some dating back to the 80’s) which I keep but don’t wear, so really, what’s the point. Wear the damn things or stick them on ebay or the charity shop.
So that’s the next step in my plan. T-shirt cull.

Got yoga tonight straight from work. Think I need this class tonight, as I’ve not been feeling happy lately. I’m not on a downer exactly, but my mojo seems to have buggered off since it started getting dark earlier, and I’m struggling to motivate myself to do things I enjoy. Time for a mental re-boot on the mat.

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That was a pretty good weekend.

On Saturday, we had our monthly games night, where we played Settlers of Catan and Cards Against Humanity.
It’s only the second time we’ve played Settlers, but we’re starting to see how it could be a pretty brutal game where it comes to doing over the other players.
Fortunately by the time Richard realised how much I’d scored on the board and potentially what I had in my hand, I was only one round away from winning, and took the game without the others realising I was about to win.
It’s important to try and work how close others are to winning to decide if and how you’re going to trade with them.
Great game.

Yesterday we headed out of Glasgow to climb Dumgoyne a wee volcanic plug of a hill. It might be relatively small, but it’s pretty steep.
We’ve climbed this three or four times in the past, and the views from the top are stunning, but this time we got about 3/4 of the way up, and met the cloud coming down. It wasn’t a good idea to carry on, so we headed back to the car.

Once off the hill it was into the car and up to Aberfoyle for a coffee. We lost Mia en route, as she doesn’t seem to understand that “road closed” and “diversion” means she has to follow the signs, so while we arrived in Aberfoyle, she got lost, ended up back at Dumgoyne, and just headed home.
From Aberfoyle, we decided to stop off in Drymen, seeing as we had to pass it thanks to the diversion.

Finally we headed home to some well deserved dinner and some Netflix.

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Great weekend

Just had a brlliant weekend.
It was my wife’s birthday, and I’d booked a meal and a hotel in Largs for her.
On the way there we stopped off in Ayr for a wander and some lunch, and then headed to Loch Doon castle (on the shores of Loch Doon), where we met Bob, who played the clarinet for Karen and recited some poetry.
Bob and his friends where doing a spot of wild camping and have been working the festival circuit. It was a fantastic surprise. He was a genuinely nice guy and Karen loved being serenaded.

Dinner in Largs was really nice. Tinto Tapas does great food, but like all tapas places in Scotland, missed the fact that tapas should be small cheap plates, not small expensive plates. £4 – £5 a plate is pretty standard for tapas here, and it’s not cheap when you consider the size of plate you get for that.
Tinto do 3 for £10 as long as you’re there before 7.00pm, which we were, so it worked out great value.

The hotel – Wood House Hotel – was really nice. Seriously comfy bed, and a really nice breakfast the next day.

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Wee bit of yoga on Ayr beach.

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The great clear-out continues. (and some yoga)

I need to up the stakes as far as the “Great Ongoing Clearout” is concerned. Last week we headed to my mum’s house and managed to take a load of books I had stored in her loft, to the PDSA charity shop. I need to have a thorough rake through stuff I’ve got in cupboards in our house and see what’s mine that can go.

I buy a new t-shirt that I like, fine, but I seriously need to get rid of some old ones otherwise I’ll be found dead one day under a landslide of clothes and books.

I’ve got a kindle ffs! But the problem I have is that when I hit the charity shop to drop stuff off, I inevitably browse the book shelves. That’s fatal to me.

I’m stufficating and I need to be brutal and just clear stuff out. Why am I hanging onto a 10 year old Saxon tour shirt that I never wear? It makes no sense.

Yoga last night was excellent. I really enjoyed it. Susan is a great teacher, and I really enjoy her vinyasa flow class. The previous class that I went to was an Iyengar class, and while I did feel the benefits, the stop-start nature of the class made it a little boring. You got into a nice headspace, and then *POP* stop there, next pose.
I know it’s a good system for correct alignment, and the fact that props are used make it accessible to people who may have limited range of movement, but (touch wood) at the moment, I’m getting far more from the flow class than I ever did from the Iyengar. It’s horses for courses, and what suits the individual. It’s all good.

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