Monday, 11 December 2017

Blue Monday

What delights must lie behind a blue door!


I spotted this one in Cusco in the summer. I like the matching windowsill.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday Selfie

I was looking through Facebook posts last week for one my friend Vikki made one Christmas (never let it be said that I don't know how to procrastinate) and I came across this one of the two of us together. I saved it into my pictures folder and every time I open the folder up, it makes me smile.


I can't even remember where we were or what we were doing, but it looks like we were having fun. 

Strictly: My Dance of the Night

I missed watching this live, due to the carol concert, so I had to snatch it at intervals today. This was the bees knees.



I loved all of the lifts, but most especially the one at the end, obvs. I think Katya always does really interesting lifts. She worked so hard with Ed Balls that it is really pleasing to see her in the final and with a partner who dances well. The acting in this dance was really good as well. I think the character of the Argentine tango is meant to be between a gaucho and a hooker, and this version is sort of, drunk angry gaucho and woman he is pimping. Hmm. Maybe I'm over thinking it. Wouldn't be the first time.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Weeknote: 9/12

Knitting:
I have been picking away at the lace shawl and I'm getting into a rhythm with it. I really love knitting lace because it's like magic - I cannot understand how that combination of stitches results in that pattern. Alchemy.

Going to:
My 100th bikram! Woohoo!
Dinner with Team Humanities from school. We had a Christmas meal out on Thursday at the Canteen in Bristol, which does a really good meal and delicious local cider (ginger and chilli, this week). I had mussels and it came with a free bowl of soup. I am a fan.
With most of them same people, I've been to a carol concert this evening in Cotham, because N was singing in the choir. Mr Z came too and it was all very festive, and we went to a proper old man pub afterwards. Our colleague Z is pregnant and probably not coming back after her maternity leave, so we're doing quite a lot of hanging out at the moment.
I had the ski trip meeting on Wednesday, so now I am very excited about skiing.

Learning:
How to use a formula to get Excel to calculate an age on a certain date. It involves a lot of brackets. This is the formula: =INT(YEARFRAC(A1,DATE(2018,1,1))) where the date in the final set of brackets equals the date on which you want the age calculated.
Yes, I've been doing the ski trip spreadsheet.

Obsessed with:
My workload. ARGGGHHH!! Why did I avoid the mock papers last weekend? And the weekend before? Why didn't I use any of the three extra frees I had last week to actually mark something? This weekend is brutal, I have so much to do.
I cannot WAIT to break up next Friday.

Entertained by:
I enjoyed the end of Howard's End although it went very quickly.
I listened to a new podcast this week, thanks to Sib recommending it. It is the Joe Rogan Experience, episode 725: Graham Hancock and Russell Carlson. It is LONG and I am still only halfway through. It is very interesting though: it's all about a cataclysmic event that happened 12,000 years ago (possibly being hit by a meteor 100km wide) and the evidence there is that there was a significant human civilisation that pre-dates that, and possibly why 'the establishment' won't get on board with it. I am really interested in the topic but I am a bit over the academic posturing.

Feeling:
Fraught. Hurry up, holidays.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Bikram milestone

I made it to class number 100 today!











I nearly didn't go. My usual instructor was not teaching and it was a new-to-me person. I decided I didn't want class number 100 to be with a new person; but then I said it out loud and realised how stupid and unyoga it sounded, so I duly went. I forgot my contact lenses and it was a crowded class, so I ended up on the front row, for the first time. PRESSURE. And I have been feeling very giddy now and again for the past day or two, which came back in spades during any and all the backbends, but luckily I didn't fall over on anybody. Or at all.

The instructor had some kind of problem half way through and had to leave briefly; for a minute I thought the class was going to be cut short, which would have been ironic as I'd have got to 99 and a half, and who knows how that would have sat with my slightly obsessive brain.

I had to ask for permission to go on the front row (not officially, but for my own comfort) because there is still a lot I can't do. I think I will list here because, assuming I carry on going, this will be nice to look back on in the future. You may prefer to stop reading now.

  • I can't catch my foot in standing head to knee, or standing bow
  • I can't catch both feet in bow
  • I can't reach my feet in camel, or rabbit...basically I don't know how I even cut my toenails sometimes
  • I can't get my hands to meet over my knees in wind removing pose
  • I can't get my leg in the right place in tree
  • I can't get my arms in the right place for locust, let alone do the legs
  • I can't get a full wrap in eagle, or get my hands looking vaguely right
  • I can't really manage all the bits of awkward because it makes my feet hurt too much
  • My bum still does not touch my feet when kneeling
  • My hips still don't reach the floor
  • I still need to stick one leg out in the twist at the end
  • My head has not touched my knee for at least a year, in any pose

That's quite a list. But there are lots of things that have improved and some of them are quite subtle. I remember when I started and I couldn't do the simplest of things. Standing with my feet together was uncomfortable. It was basically impossible to breathe in through my nose for a count of six (I used to fake it). I couldn't kneel for any length of time. These are all things I have conquered, along with the heat and the necessity of showering naked in front of a changing roomful of women.

My particular successes are in anything involving long hamstrings or backbends - I seem to be able to do those OK. I was astonished to find, being on the front row, that I was backbending further than most of the other people in my eyeline. I could almost see the floor. Pleasing. I also think I'm quite good at triangle, now I understand how to do it, and balancing stick.


I like to practise it. I think my standing knee is a bit bent here and I need to lift my other leg from the glute, but it's all good practice. 

Monday, 4 December 2017

Blue Monday

Throwback all the way to summer 2016, when Tutt and I visited some of the Normandy D-day beaches on a long weekend in France.


Patriotic in three different countries, that picture is.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday Selfie

I do like a good plane selfie when I'm jetting off. Here I am in the summer of 2016, enjoying a glass of fizz before take off on the way to Vietnam. Tutt had managed to get us a very reasonable upgrade to Premium Economy and I was feeling very pleased with myself.


Had my own footrest and everything.