Irish Butter Diet

have you heard of the new intuitive eating diet? that's the diet i've been on! only i've been calling it the Irish Butter Diet. I have eaten more butter since moving here than i think i've had in my entire prior life. there were a few years there when i didn't even eat it. This Kerry Gold stuff though, it's fantastic! I've noticed that when my butter consumption goes down my general consumption goes up - so i try not to let that happen. :)
in Irish Booze News - gavin and i went out to dinner the other night with the teachers at the yoga studio - and sophie, who is a student and has helped out administratively a lot. She said that after my ashtanga 3 class the other night she was walking home with Michael, one of the other students - and they happened, not too surprisingly, to pass a pub. Fancy a drink? indeed. 5 PINTS of guinness later she wobbled her way home, taking the occasional break to lean against sign posts, scaffolding, buildings, etc. she is a bit smaller than me - and i don't think she quite has the tolerance to support that kind of indulgence. there had been a jagermeister promotion in the pub that night and michael had somehow overextended himself as well. funnily enough, they had both been prominently featured a couple of weeks before in a newspaper article on the local yoga scene. hah! i'm not sure whether to be impressed or embarrassed - did I, innocent that i am, drive them to the drink? or perhaps twas just the season :)

life, universe, everything...

finally back on line! we've moved out to blackrock, about 15 minutes from the dublin city center by train, a much more pleasant place to be - we're about a ten minute walk from the irish sea, the air and streets are cleaner and i'm in love with our back garden. i have big plans for composting, just as soon as i get me one of them bins....
my fabulous sister has got a website for me up and running! i will post it as soon as i have provided her with some content for it, right now it's just empty space.
breic will be three in a week and a half. astonishing. sort of poor financial planning to have both kids birthdays and christmas in the space of two weeks, especially as i'm feeling a bit gung-ho about it all and want to get them every present in the entire world. :) I want to get breic an easel and an arts and crafts sort of mishmash. and a box to put it in, i suppose. i've gotten him the CUTEST little red drum imaginable, and a pair of maracas for seirid. forming a family band, we are. seirid started walking about a week ago. he's getting too fast for his own good and has been aiming for the stairs for quite a while now. breic helps out by yelling "seirid's going to fall down the stairs!" (as seirid heads for the bottom on the way up) and runs and tackles seirid around the ankles, to protect him from himself. helpful child. Breic has also of late mentioned a few times the need for another baby. ? unprodded by me, i must add.
i'm doing a full week of a contact improvisation workshop starting Monday, it seems like a scene is starting up here. week before last i did a few classes of a shadow yoga workshop and just LOVED it. I did a couple classes before and found it intriguing, i really started getting into it this time. one of the two main teachers is coming to dublin in may, looking forward to that. i really like the use of full uddiyana bandha in each posture. it looks a little distressingly bizarre but feels great :)
cheers!

life, universe, everything...

finally back on line! we've moved out to blackrock, about 15 minutes from the dublin city center by train, a much more pleasant place to be - we're about a ten minute walk from the irish sea, the air and streets are cleaner and i'm in love with our back garden. i have big plans for composting, just as soon as i get me one of them bins....
my fabulous sister has got a website for me up and running! i will post it as soon as i have provided her with some content for it, right now it's just empty space.
breic will be three in a week and a half. astonishing. sort of poor financial planning to have both kids birthdays and christmas in the space of two weeks, especially as i'm feeling a bit gung-ho about it all and want to get them every present in the entire world. :) I want to get breic an easel and an arts and crafts sort of mishmash. and a box to put it in, i suppose. i've gotten him the CUTEST little red drum imaginable, and a pair of maracas for seirid. forming a family band, we are. seirid started walking about a week ago. he's getting too fast for his own good and has been aiming for the stairs for quite a while not. breic helps out by yelling "seirid's going to fall down the stairs!" (as seirid heads for the bottom on the way up) and runs and tackles seirid around the ankles, to protect him from himself. helpful child. Breic has also of late mentioned a few times the need for another baby. ? unprodded by me, i must add.
i'm doing a full week of a contact improvisation workshop starting Monday, it seems like a scene is starting up here. week before last i did a few classes of a shadow yoga workshop and just LOVED it. I did a couple classes before and found it intriguing, i really started getting into it this time. one of the two main teachers is coming to dublin in may, looking forward to that. i really like the use of full uddiyana bandha in each posture. it looks a little distressingly bizarre but feels great :)
cheers!

time, teaching, learning

well the birthday's been had, i'm officially Older. I had a very nice day, my parents relieved me of my parenting duties for the afternoon and i went out to lunch with myself (a dazzling conversationalist), did a little bit of shopping for clothing, went and got a MASSAGE, possibly the best massage i've ever actually paid money for, and sat in the steam room for a good while. very nice.

I went to an iyengar class on monday night and did a lot of backbending, the subsequent emotional upheaval not entirely unexpected, i suppose... I don't go to people's classes very often both because the teachers usually don't know what to do with me, and i intimidate the other students. these things i'm used to and i can expect... the bad parts for me are that I enjoy learning from other people! - and i get much farther (in terms of asana) in other people's classes than i do in my own practice. I work on those same postures fairly regularly at home, but in a class I can go so much farther into them. part of this is that my time is more limited at home, especially as seirid has not been napping much, and my focus is less - if i had a designated space, that would help. My grand point being though, I need to find a teacher. The classic refrain: "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." officially then, i deem myself ready (I have felt ready for a good long while now). I have considered taking a break from teaching, to refocus - but right now my own classes are my best learning opportunities. and i would miss it so much... so as mentioned, looking very much forward to this upcoming teacher training....

in answer to all who have asked what a blog is: a web log, online journal of sorts. and why, you might asked (as i have), does she feel the need to blog, suddenly? hmm. at least partially to become more comfortable with the written word. I've always liked writing but have always been kind of uncomfortable with speaking the written or extemporaneous word and my ability to craft such - typical dancer thing, i think. my 5th chakra must be out of whack (i'm sort of prone to laryngitis, if anything's injured it's my neck, etc). Teaching, strangely, seems exempt from this, I must balance out better when i teach. :)
So anyway, word crafting in a public forum... will help me (I plan) find confidence in my words as concrete form. the other forms of artistry i participate in are temporally based - once they're over they exist only as memory. we'll see how this goes :)

LA

The whole LA hurricane possibility is preying on my mind this morning. here's to dissipation....

blathering

finally! i'm blogged! I must be so hip. :) I mean, so behind the times. heh heh
my current status: very much looking forward to my upcoming yoga teacher training with david swenson. astanga's not 100% (or even 25%) my thing, but this will be the first immersion i've done since my original teacher training 5 years ago. far cry from my "retreat twice a year" ideal. that ideal has been highly impractical for many reasons - so - anyway, looking forward to this.
I'm considering beginning to teach contact improvisation here. there are a lot of teaching venues available and it is not currently offered in Dublin. I'd like to get some practice in myself, first, though, as i haven't done it in a few years. luckily, there are two days of ci classes offered at the dublin fringe festival. the fringe festival here is huge! many interesting performances, and even more interesting to me, classes. An old friend of gavin's, nick jones, will be performing there with his NYC based pirate puppet show, I heartily recommend it to all (I will be seeing it for the first time :)
oh and i turn 29 TOMORROW.

cheers!