Throw a little Disillusionment into the mix.

Let me tell you a little story from my recent ski weekend just because I’m totally ok with making an ass of myself and maybe you could use a little laugh.  I was skiing with my much younger cousins and we were cutting through the woods.  A branch hit me in the face(I’m really tall- 5’9- they are not), I was disoriented, hit a tree, and got stuck.  My six- year old cousin skied ahead of me (she’s been skiing since she could walk, and is probably better than most adults already) to catch up with the 8- year old and the 13- year old (also incredible skiers).  Before I tell you the next part, let me just say I had on a hat and helmet over my ears, I’m realllllly hard of hearing and she skied over a little hill at the base of the mountain, supposedly out of range and I HEARD HER CLEAR AS A BELL yell at the top of her lungs, “SARAH! MIA! WAIT!!!! JENNY’S STUCK IN A TREE!!!!”  Yeah.  I will also say that she was within earshot of the chairlift, too.  *THUD* Can you say humiliating??  I will NEVER live that down.

Anyway, on with our regularly scheduled programming.  On Wednesdays, I often teach classes at a bead store in Brookline Village called Abeille.   It’s an amazing store with a gorgeous space and my friend Lisa, the owner, is constantly adding new inventory, classes and coming up with all sorts of cool stuff- it’s not just beads- there’s sewing, card making, paper crafts, etc.   The studio space is incredible.  If anyone is in the Boston area- you should definitely check it out.  Even if you aren’t crafty there’s really something for everyone.  Consider this my official review.

Last night I taught a PMC class- silver clay.  You shape it just like clay, then when it dries, it’s fired in a kiln and the moisture and binder burn out in the firing process, leaving real silver in its place.  It’s very cool.  The best part of last night’s class was surely that none of the students made me want to scream and throw clay in their hair.  On the contrary, one of them turned out to be a food blogger and we ended up realizing that we shared similar opinions about food blogging(we really are everywhere!)!

I was going to the store after my day job and so I knew I’d need a little boost(especially because there’s always a chance I will end up with above mentioned bad apples), so I stopped off at Starbucks for a skinny latte and ended up picking up a Kind Bar– almond and cashew.

HOLY COW.  I’m very very picky about bars.  There are very few that I like- PURE Bar- I’m looking at you.  I had never tried the Kind Bar before, so I figured I’d give it a shot.  I was NOT expecting love at first bite.  I took my first bite and a sense of nostalgia washed over me, but it it took me a second to place it.  Then it hit me- It tasted like a rice krispie treat!  I absolutely LOVED it.  I would definitely eat this one again.  According to the KIND bar website, Starbucks will be handing out free samples on the 5th, so if you happen to be near one and haven’t tried it- it’s worth a shot!

I headed out a bit after eight and knew I had no food in the fridge and that I needed to grab something quick so that I could get home in time to park it in front of the TV.  I stopped off at my favorite Turkish place that I haven’t been to in FOREVER.  I ended up with two delicious dishes- the shepherd salad and baba ghanoush, which made an appearance again this afternoon alongside some multigrain wasas for a lovely little snack.

It’s very filling and I was able to watch the State of the Union completely satisfied.  I love listening to Obama speak- there’s something hypnotic about him.  But Michelle Obama continually amazes me.  What a woman!

Tuesday I started my first grad class and while it went well and I LOVED it (it’s SO REFRESHING to use my brain for critical thinking and analysis- yes I am a dork.  You know this.  Haven’t you seen my first video yet?)  I did, however, realize that I missed a lot of dialogue because I couldn’t hear it.  So, I called the appropriate resources yesterday and get this: I’m going to have my class captioned!  It’s called CART transcription and basically, it means there will be a woman sitting next to me with a laptop and a stenographer’s keypad thing who will be typing EVERY SINGLE WORD that is said, which will appear on a laptop in front of me.  I won’t miss a beat!  It’s much less distracting than sign language interpreting and much more conducive to note taking.   I’m really excited.  I never had this as an undergrad and it’s sad that I think that if I had sought these resources, I probably would have gotten more out of my education.  Oh, well.  With age comes wisdom, yes?

Maybe you’ve noticed that I haven’t spoken about my yoga challenge yet.  I’ve been putting it off.  Christie brought something very disturbing to my attention this morning.  It seems as if the man who wrote the book we are following (and who I understood to be a protege/partner of Baron Baptiste’s) is now embroiled in a nasty legal fight with Baron and things have gotten quite bad.  This article claims many disturbing things, that, if true, COMPLETELY fly in the face of the principles and philosophy that I have been studying- the foundation of my yoga practice, if you will.  I am understandably shaken.  If Baron Baptiste isn’t practicing what he preaches, then is he a sham?  I’m not really sure.  I keep saying that it’s NOT Baron that has made the changes in my life- it’s me.  Everything has come from ME.  He has just been helping me find the will and power to do it.  I read day five this morning.  I’m not ready to comment on it yet.  I plan to go home and read it again after work and see how I feel. It’s a lot to process.

I’d like to end this on a positive note and say that I ate breakfast this morning!  It seems so simple and basic and, well, DUH! to many of you, i’m sure, but eating breakfast has always been a challenge for me.  I opted to grab some granola, banana and skim milk.  The granola was a little too sweet for my tastes, but it was a hearty breakfast and kept me satisfied until lunch.  Let’s see if I can get a breakfast eating streak going!  Yay!

Before I leave you in peace, one last thing- check out my new product review: Yogitoes Premium Yoga Towel!

So tell me, what’s your favorite kind of cuisine?


About annenglish

I often think my the right side of my brain dominates- I live to create things. Color is one of the things that brings me great joy and in everything that I do, it is a theme that takes on great aesthetic importance. I am a jewelry designer, metal artist and writer (wanna-be.) During the day I work in an office, and while I like it, I spend my days dreaming about the next thing I want to make. As a result, I am the post-it queen- design ideas are always strewn about my desk, waiting for me to gather them up and take them home at the end of the day. Oh, yeah. I'm also a tremendous slob, which is unfortunate because I love to cook and washing dirty dishes is my least favorite chore to tackle. I'm a healthy food enthusiast and amateur chef. Cooking is a tremendous creative outlet for me- experimentation is my hallmark...whether it's surprising color combinations or flavor combinations.
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8 Responses to Throw a little Disillusionment into the mix.

  1. Kat says:

    Baaaahahaha…”Jenny’s stuck in a tree!!” Glad you weren’t plagued with any lasting brain damage or facial scarring. 🙂 That’s so awesome about the CART transcription! I hope you get a lot out of grad school!!
    PS – I did yoga this morning. I had a crazy notion that I should go for it, and in my ear, I heard your Bostonian-accent-free voice saying “GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GET ON THE MAT.” Actually, you were a lot more polite than that, but you were pretty forceful, so thank you.

  2. Kat says:

    PPS – I’m trying to save money for a dSLR camera, so you’ve got some nerve telling me about this PMC stuff, because now I’m gonna blow my camera money on more jewelry-making stuff. 😛

  3. Kind Bars are one of my favorites! It taste like a praline candy to me 🙂

  4. FoodCents says:

    Ohhh I miss skiing the trees. What a great story, it’s OK to laugh because you were OK and “all up in ‘dat tree….” (PS: glad you wear a helmet, gotta’ protect the ol’ head.)

    That is great to hear about your class, I hope it helps and allows you more peace and such.

    I want to come take that class, how freakin’ cool.

  5. Meghan says:

    Cheers to you for even skiing! I am too afraid to do downhill because I am so clumsy!
    I took a class with Rolf Gates once, and it was pretty amazing. Too bad to hear about the legal troubles!

  6. abbynormally says:

    I really want to try a Kind bar! I eye them up everytime I see one!

  7. Sigh, I love and miss KIND bars very much. Please eat some for me.

    That PMC stuff sounds amazing, I want to learn more about that for sure!!

    Glad we got the Baron/Rolf thing sorted out and I think I feel pretty good about our decision. As a matter of fact, I am off to do day six right now.

  8. lisa says:

    Jenny, we are so fortunate to have you as an instructor at Abeille. It’s nice to find the mention. Thanks.

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