Fall Cleaning

I have spent all morning doing laundry and cleaning. I don’t know what has come over me. I have cleaned out my sock drawer, underwear drawer, and junk drawer. The best part, besides being more organized, is that I found some “I love you mom” notes from my dear son. These notes almost made all the work worth it.

I have read so much recently that it is going to take several posts to get through everything. I will start with Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz’s 2 books, Pour Your Heart Into It, and Onward. I want to begin with the disclosure that I have been a huge Starbucks fan since the very first time I entered one. Shultz’s books both outline the Starbucks culture. They are one of the only large corporations to offer healthcare coverage to workers, or partners in Starbucks speak, who work as little as 20 hours a week. They are paid higher than average wages and they can receive stock options, hince they are partners, they share in ownership of the company. Shultz also has a very clear vision of what the Starbucks experience should be. Each store should foster a love and knowledge of fine coffee and the baristas should interact with and know their regulars. Starbucks should be the “third” place, a place to gather and find community. I highly recommend both of these books.

I am also amiss on keeping up to date on all of my knitting/crocheting. On vacation, week before last, I got to visit WEBS, the yarn Mecca. It was all I had dreamed it would be and I scored some great yarn, including 2 skeins of Socks That Rock. I can’t wait to cast on. While on vacation, I made a scarf, hat and fingerless mitts out of Noro sock yarn. I made the Noro scarf from Ten Secerts of the Layed Back Knitter, which is a great book. I made the fingerless mitts out of this book as well. The hat I freestyled. I cast on 88 stitches, did about 2 inches of one by one ribbing and then I did 5 repeats of the Monkey Socks lace pattern, decreased and that was that. I have received lots of compliments on it. I am currently working on Stepping Stones from Clara Park’s new book, A Knitter’s Book of Socks. This pattern is fairly easy and quick. I hope to have pictures next time I blog.

Peace,
Laura

Add a comment October 22, 2011
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Day 4 of Liquid Protein

My doctor has his patients do a liquid protein diet for 2 weeks prior to surgery.  I am about to go crazy.  If we could do something like this, we would not be having the surgery.  Our problem is that we like to eat and we need help controlling the hunger hormone and restricting intake.  This will be easy after surgery, but this 2 weeks before is awful.  I will get through it though because I want to lose the weight.  Today I went to the Galleria to look at clothes that I have dared not look at for over 10 years.  I don’t even know what the styles are because I would not even buy magazines like Vogue or Lucky or Marie Claire.  What was the bother, I could not wear anything that the showed so why torture myself with all of the cute outfits.  Well now I need a crash course and I have about one year to get back into the swing of things.  Can you believe what I just wrote?  I have been out of fashion life for 10 years.  Why did I not do this sooner?

Peace,

Laura

Add a comment June 19, 2011

Starting a new journey

Hello all.  I am about to start a new journey in my weight loss battle.  Tuesday, June 14, I will be going in for pre-op for a vertical sleeve gastrectomy.  In this procedure I will have about 85% of my stomach removed and it will become a sleeve shape.  Nothing is rerouted like in a gastric bypass so there is no malabsorption, just restriction.  I should lose about 75% of my excess body weight in the next 12-18 months.  This has been a very tough decision, but I feel that it is the right one for me.  My joints are beginning to break down and I really don’t want to start getting replacement parts.  I hope to faithfully blog my progress.  The first stage is a 2 week liquid protein diet to shrink the liver to make it easier for the surgeon.  I am all for making it as easy as possible for the surgeon.  I will have the actual surgery on June 28th.  Here is my beginning picture:

Peace,

Laura

Add a comment June 11, 2011

Christmas is Past

I started my New Year, New You today. I have started a new diet and I just completed a great yoga practice on my great new Giam Mat that you can plug an IPod into and play a practice. I did Kimberly Wilson’s Tranquility To Go practice. It was great. More later.

Add a comment December 27, 2010
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Merry Christmas

I am so sorry that it has been so long, but school and work were a rough combination. Good news is that I have completed on more course towards a Masters in Literature. I really enjoyed Victorian Literature and I will miss getting together every Saturday and discussing great works and that era in history. I made an A so yea! Next semester I am taking Shakespeare. I love Shakespeare and I love the professor who is teaching it. I already know who some of my classmates are going to be and there should be some great discussion. What a great seqway into my next topic; How close have I gotten to my 52 books in one year challange.

28-Idylls of the King
29-The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes
30-Selected Poems of Christina Rossetti (I love her, if you have not read “Goblin Market” you have to)
31-She
32-Dracula
33-Dracula-The Undead
34-A Room of One’s Own (This is a critical piece by Virginia Wolff (sp). If you are a Lit major or just a feminist, you must read this.)
35-Committed
36-Metatropolis
37-Metatropolis-Cascadia

Well it looks like I have got alot of reading to do in a short period of time or I am not going to make it. I am not throwing in the towel yet.

In the next coming days I am going to work on my goals for the upcoming year. Stay tuned.

Add a comment December 24, 2010
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Book #s 26 and 27

Book number 26:  After going to see Eat, Pray, Love, I had to re-listen to the book which is read by the author Elizabeth Gilbert.  If you have not read this book, you must.  It is a true must read.  Book number 27 was Silas Mariner by George Elliot.  I love Elliot, and this was a sweet story, but I did not get any great philosophical insights out of it.  Maybe it was just me.  I start school on Saturday so from now on it will be all Victorian Literature.  Sorry, but that is what I am taking so that is what I will be reading.

Hopefully later this week I will have a new crafty project.  I designed a messenger/book bag yesterday and have started cutting it out.  I really want to have it ready for class on Saturday, but we will see what the week brings.  I will give you a hint, the main color is green.  If I like it, I will offer the pattern at www.hippieista.etsy.com .

Peace,

Laura

Add a comment August 24, 2010
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Dinner Tonight

I made the best soup today in the crock pot.  I don’t think that I could live without my crock pot.  I don’t get home until around 6:00 and I am not going to cook then, so at least twice a week I let the crock pot do it for me.  Tonight was my own version of Taco Soup:

Hippieista’s Taco Soup

1 pkg regular or vegetarian Italian style meat balls

1 pkg frozen mixed vegies

3 tlbs Ortega Taco Seasoning

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can water

1 can pinto beans

1 can Ranch Style or Vegetarian baked beans

Put it all in the crock pot and cook on low all day long.

Place tortillas chips in the bottom of a bowl, ladle on soup and top with grated mexican blend cheese or soy cheese and enjoy. 

It was very yummy.

Peace,

Laura

Add a comment August 18, 2010
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Kimberly Wilson Sighting and Book #25

Last night I attended Kimberly Wilson’s talk and book signing at Barns and Nobles.  It was so much fun.  Kimberly, a lifestyle, entrepreneur, read from her current book, Tranquilista, and instructed us on how to build a lifestyle business.  What is a lifestyle business you may ask?  It is building a life that just happens to include how you make a living, how you are creative, and how to be a “do-gooder” (give back).  I started following Kimberly’s empire building several years ago through her podcast, Tranquility de jour, when I searched for yoga on iTunes.  Her first business was the well known yoga studio Tranquil Space in Washington DC and she has since branched out into an eco-fashion line, TranquiliT, writing books, Hip Tranquil Chick and Tranquilista to date, and a non-profit foundation, Tranquil Space Foundation.  She coaches, teaches, holds retreats, offers e-courses and seasonal telechats to help all who are interested in getting their creativity flowing.  I am sure that I will be blogging more about her in the future, but here is a picture of her in the scarf that I knit for her as a reminder of her Texas Book Tour.  Check her out at www.kimberlywilson.com.

On the 52 books in a year front:  I finished book 25, Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton.  This is a serial magical mystery that is centered around knitting.  This is the second book, Casting Spells is the first, in this series about a small, hidden town in Vermont where all of the residents either have magical powers or are from a realm us mere humans cannot enter.  The sorceress heroine owns a knit shop and there are loads of modern knitting references, think Ravelry, Noro and so on.  I love it.

Peace,

Laura

1 comment August 12, 2010
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Book #24

Well I may not be able to do yoga everyday for 365 days, I did not practice yesterday and I have not practiced today, but I am going to read 52 books in 52 weeks by the end of this year.  I finished my 24th book this evening, What Diantha Did by Charlotte Perkins-Gillman.  I listened to it via www.librivox.org .  I enjoyed the reader very much.  This book should be required reading.  It is one of the best femist books I have read.  What Diantha Did was written in 1910 and all working women are still Dianthas and more than a few husbands still hold Ross’s beliefs.  I just don’t understand how we went from women not working and having cooks and servants to clean that house and do the laundry to women having careers and having to keep house as well.  Where did the disconnect happen?  Maybe I will research that one day.  I just know that I think a business like Diantha’s would do great today.  I will say no more, you must read or listen to the book to find out what I mean.

Peace,

Laura

1 comment July 31, 2010
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Happy Salmon Kitty

Happy Cat

I have made it through day 4 of my 365 Yoga Practice challenge.  Yea!.  This is a picture of one happy kitty.  I cooked some salmon tonight from a recipe I have never used before and I used frozen salmon because it is hard to get fresh at our grocery.  I have never used frozen, I have only ever cooked salmon when I could get fresh.  It was nasty.  That is the only way my husband and I can describe it.  But, as you can see the cat loved it.  I am not sure how much he has had, we just gave him a little and then I think my husband gave him a little more, but he sure looked pleased when we returned from finding edible food for ourselves.  I had to take this picture and share.

Namaste,

Laura

1 comment July 29, 2010
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