supercheesegirl: (lost - team sexy)
This reminded me of all my LJ slash-writing friends: I ship it!
supercheesegirl: (poetry - it's crazy!)
My wonderful husband's first chapbook of poetry has just been published. If you are so inclined, you might consider purchasing one! (Sample poems are available on his website, if you want to check out his work.)
supercheesegirl: (hit that)
We are officially buying this. (Hint: it is a house!)

Feeling a little overwhelmed (F is feeling financially overwhelmed; I'm feeling time-managemently overwhelmed) but excited. Our house is beautiful, yo. We will shelter under the brand-new roof and store goods safely in the french-drain-equipped basement. We will walk to the train station and bike into Swarthmore for the farmer's market. We will plant a tree out front and a garden out back, and we will have picnics in our backyard and cook meals in our large kitchen and perhaps raise small Fritzlings there. Wow.

love poems

Sep. 17th, 2010 11:37 am
supercheesegirl: (heart - paper)
check out this fabulous article about modern love poems in Marie Claire! My friend Jill wrote one of the poems cited, which is super-cool. I loved the Frank O'Hara poem, but my favorite is the Brautigan one, which actually made me cry here at the office. You should go read it right now, I mean it.
supercheesegirl: (conan the barbarian)
I'm going to be bowling in the "The Dude Hates Cancer! Charity Bowling Event"! If you, like the Dude, hate leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancers, you can click here to donate to the cause!
supercheesegirl: (iClaudius)
So last night I re-installed iTunes. Then I uninstalled it, then re-installed it again, uninstalled it, re-installed it, uninstalled it, and re-installed it. The winning version: 9.0! Apparently the latest versions of iTunes include some sort of files that stay on your computer even after you uninstall it to prevent you from reinstalling a much earlier version (two of those re-installs were 6.2 and 7.0, and the installation seemed to go fine until I tried to start up the program and got an error message saying that iTunes was missing some files and needed to be re-installed--and no amount of clicking "repair" would correct it--hence the installation party). Silly me, here I thought that when the system asked me "Would you like to completely remove iTunes from your computer?" and I clicked "Yes", that it would then completely remove the program and leave no files behind. But the 9.0 install went fine, and I was able to plug in an old version of my iTunes library so I didn't even lose my playlists, and then (the true test) I plugged in my ipod and they connected beautifully! My ipod now contains new music from The National and Dawes, and one edited yoga playlist and two new ones. And that's pretty much all I've been trying to do for the past two weeks, so, score. Thumbs up to, which wins the Rox Prize for Most Useful Website Ever.
supercheesegirl: (me - R & F engagement)
Last post for today: there's an article about my wedding in today's Philadelphia Inquirer! Here's the link to the story online!
supercheesegirl: (me - R & F engagement)

Jenn says that if we get 25 or more comments on this post, we'll get a free 16x20 print, so please comment and tell her how fabulous we the pictures are!
supercheesegirl: (me - R & F engagement)
Our top 200 or so favorite wedding photos so far are up on Flickr:

We haven't seen the professional photos yet but I'll post that link when I get it.
supercheesegirl: (me in LOVE)
In case you didn't catch it on Facebook, we had an engagement photo shoot this week. The pictures are pretty amazing.
supercheesegirl: (buffy happy)
This is my absolute new favorite thing: a beautiful song, puppets, archaeology, and mummies, all together! You should all go watch it immediately!
supercheesegirl: (lost - crazy!desmond)
In honor of tonight's season finale, I present to you:

The Brotha Compilation.

And also, hilariously,

Three seasons of Sawyer's ridiculous nicknames for people.

(This makes me wonder how anyone has ever understood anything Sawyer ever said.)
supercheesegirl: (yoga - cute lotus sunburst)
I just read a really smart blog post about stupid yoga, smart yoga, and life. The writer has met David Williams, the first non-Indian to learn Ashtanga yoga back in the 1970s. He talks about how yoga is about enjoyment, not about competition.

I think this is a pretty interesting topic. Yoga originated as a practice for spirituality and stilling the mind. In the US, though, it's often treated as simply a good physical workout. I have definitely seen, and occasionally been guilty of, the sort of competitiveness that the blogger describes. But I also was lucky enough to have good teachers, teachers who made good adjustments and paid attention and told us over and over again that if it hurts you're doing it wrong. I am happy to say that in 6+ years of practice I've really hurt myself only maybe twice (the one time I accidentally punched myself in the kidney a few years ago, and when I lost my balance and fell on my head last week).

For people who treat yoga as just a workout, though, it's hard to fault them. It *is* a good workout. The physical benefits of a regular yoga practice are just out of this world, no matter what age you are (and I think practicing good balance and flexibility becomes more and more valuable the older you get). I recommend yoga to people all the time for the physical benefits. I wish my dad would do some yoga--his knees are a mess and maybe it would help. One reason I love yoga is that I love seeing my body get stronger, seeing my strength increase and my abilities stretch farther. It's really neat to catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror and think, "Holy cow, that's MY body doing that!" I've always been completely unathletic, so this is an aspect of yoga that I really enjoy. But it's not the only aspect of yoga that I enjoy.

In the NYT article about competitive yoga, the Bikram people make the point that getting people in the studio is the most important thing and if the workout gets them on a mat, then they're far more likely to find the spiritual benefits as well. They have a point. But I will make a statement and say that I really don't think yoga should be a competitive sport, much less an Olympic level sport. Olympians strive and strive for victory--that's what we love about them!--but how often do Olympic level athletes injure themselves in pursuit of their sport?

When I was a kid I knew a girl who was training to be an ice skater. She'd chosen the path as a small child, and pursued it so strongly that she was at a rink two hours from her house at 5 AM so she could practice before school. She had to be homeschooled for a time to fit her skating schedule. She was really good, but she got injured when she was a teenager and never quite bounced back to the same level. (She eventually went on to skate in Disney On Ice as the Little Mermaid, which is pretty awesome, and then I think she went to college for marine biology. Not an Olympic destiny, but not an unhappy one either.) Anyway, what I'm getting at is that calling yoga an Olympic sport would mean children would be training for it the way that they do for things like ice skating and gymnastics. The spiritual benefit of the yoga just would not be there for an Olympic level yogi. It would not be yoga anymore, it would be just a series of poses. Ultimately Olympic yoga would become so far removed from the original intention of yoga as to be something completely separate. That is not the yoga that I practice.

Part of me wouldn't mind exhibition-style yoga. It's the part of me that used to love watching my teacher Gene (a 63-year-old bald hairy little italian man) demonstrate poses for us. Yoga can be impressive and surprising and beautiful. I would kind of like to sit and watch people do yoga. But I think that a yoga exhibition like that would be very difficult to separate from a yoga competition. I don't want to be a part of anything that says one person does a pose better or worse than another person does it. I believe that one person does the pose, and another person does the pose, and both poses are beautiful. There's no comparison needed, or even possible, because the two practitioners are different people with different bodies and abilities.

I also read David Williams' Open Letter to students about his view of yoga practice. I think I would really love to be a teacher like Williams. Yes, there's a part of me that wants to be a yoga teacher so I'll stay in great shape and bounce back well when I decide to have a child. And yoga teachers are hot. You know they are. Mostly, though, I want to be a yoga teacher because I love yoga. I'm the kind of person who falls in love with something and gets excited about it, like a little kid wanting to show everyone he meets this awesome thing. Yoga is my awesome thing and I want to share it. I want to help people take better care of their bodies and stay healthy. My former teacher Gene told us about the classes he taught at a retirement home, and how much the yoga helped those elderly students. I watched my grandma gradually decline and lose her sense of balance until she could barely walk. I was a kid--I don't know how much of that was medical in nature and how much was a result of her sitting in a chair all day. How many grandmas could be helped by yoga, could stay mobile and live on their own longer? How many people have serious injuries that could be helped through a gentle and dedicated daily practice? How many businessmen and housewives and ordinary people need to give themselves a little time to reconnect with their spirit? This is what I want to do. This is what I feel the spirit of yoga is about.
supercheesegirl: (conan the barbarian)
Week 4 of jogwalking = success! I was out for 30 minutes this morning, and I jogged the entire time! I jogged really slowly, much like someone's elderly speedwalking grandma, and went even more slowly on the uphill bit, but I kept jogging! For 30 minutes! I also discovered a park I hadn't found before, and then jogged through it. I jogged through our downtown, too, and discovered that the coop and the little breakfast place both smell amazing in the morning. We need to go to that little breakfast place sometime soon.

Now I need to share with you my new favorite earworm: Narwhals!
supercheesegirl: (star trek - aieee)
Remember my friend Dave the physicist, who wrote that Slate article about time travel and movies?

His new book is now up on Amazon! A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty is due to publish in March, and it's available for preorder. Check it out!


Jul. 21st, 2009 09:17 am
supercheesegirl: (monsoon - alice)
Discover your aura colors.

Surprisingly, I'm not green. I'm violet and yellow, with scores significantly higher than for any of the other colors (9 and 7 respectively). I scored 5s and 4s with several of the tans (logical, sensitive, and environmental--why are there four tans?) and blue and green, but the violet and yellow descriptions are the ones that really match me well, I think--the tans and blue and green have some things that describe me, but the violet and yellow seem pretty spot-on overall.

Violet and yellow descriptions, for future reference. )

I'd be interested to hear what you think, and what your aura colors are!
supercheesegirl: (brock Yeeaaahhhh!!1!)
F gives a tour of the new apartment:

(Hang on to your seats--the way F handles that camera, the video's like a roller coaster ride...)
supercheesegirl: (brock Yeeaaahhhh!!1!)
This is incredibly hilarious and I almost wet my pants.


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