Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stoke Your Soul

Good morning!

I've calmed down since my last post...eeek.
I went on a mini-vacation Fri/Sat to visit one of my closest friends an hour and a half away. We met (at my current office) 6 years ago (or so). She recently took a job elsewhere and moved farther up the line/away from me :(

Friday night we ate at a yummy pizza place filled with hippies and families. The lively atmosphere, giant stone-oven, natural/organic ingredients and beers draws the crowd. We had a good talk over a sausage/mushroom/kalamata olive flatbread. My friend enjoyed an IPA and Magic Hat #9 (she'd never had MH before! I recommended that one from my drinking days that happened to take place mostly in VT). Saturday we hit some shops and a nail salon to get (much needed, in my case) pedicures. My current color? Boathouse: a bright, orangey/pink color sure to add some energy to these rainy days of late.

And now it's Sunday and I'm waking up with my coffee, boyfriend, and cat. What to do today? Organize? Cook? Library? I've done my share of shopping these past couple weekends. Though I need new clothes, especially as a new season falls upon us, I have started to feel a little loose when it comes to budgeting. Is it a stress outlet? Is it a by product of changing my environment and so wanting to really go head first into change?

Whatever it is, so be it...but how do I get back to center?
Meditation! This morning, as my bf goes off to church I will sit down, get quiet, and go inside! It's a bit gloomy outside, which may limit any sort of walking meditation I'd want to engage in today, so the eyes closed, legs crossed (or in my case, sitting on a yoga block) version will do!

Many blessings for your Sunday!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Vacation Hater (Pity Post)

If one more person posts about their vacation plans, I'm going to scream!

Beware: this post is a serious whine fest:

I've never needed a vacation like I need one now, and it totally (in a jealous, bratty kind of way) pains me to hear about everyone else's plans to go tropical/mountain bound/cruising, wish them a fabulous time, and see the tans when they get back.
You know how it is. I know everyone needs a vacation as bad as I do, and we all work our butts off. It's a question of how long I can hang on for while they all let go...

Mind you, I do have Bhakti Fest coming up this Fall. I didn't forget. I know I need to be patient and wait my turn. I'm quite sick of 'waiting my turn', however. This insignificant example of waiting for my vacation is just representative, I suppose, of 'waiting' for other things in my life. It's like playing duck, duck, goose, and never getting to be the goose.

And, through my complaints, I do realize that I'm pretty damn lucky to be able to go on vacation at all. Even a day OFF is a vacation enough; I don't mean that like, I need a trip or a beach or a tan, I just need OUT of the daily grind for a few days.

Ugh. I'm so cranky. Grad school is k-i-l-l-i-n-g me.