this week in the elementary library…

September 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

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We’ll still loving our picture book biographies in third grade. This week it’s time to learn about…The Beatles. WAH!

I love this biography of John Lennon, John’s Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier. The illustrations are strewn with lyrics, which is always nice.

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To enhance the experience, I’ve been showing Ed Sullivan clips along with other fun Beatles videos.

I love my job, but a little part of me dies every time a kid says gleefully that Big Time Rush (who? what?!) is better than The Beatles. HA! They were trying to get me and they did.

August 2014

August 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

 

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Whoa. This month really took it out of me. It was crazy!

I apologize ahead of time…my instagram photos this month are basically all house pictures. It still doesn’t feel real. Andrew and I were saying to each other last night that it feels like we’re house sitting or staying in a hotel. It just hasn’t sunk in that this is our house.

1. I don’t recommend moving during the first week back of work at a school, while your yoga studio is seeing a major boom in attendance. It brings about insane behavior.

2. If you do have to do this, it does help to blast this power anthem on the way to work.

3. We’re all loving our official studio shirts. So fun! SO SOFT.

4. I ate a lot of chocolate chip cookies, mini drumsticks, and coconut chips this month. It was needed.

5. It seems that things are kind of falling apart around the world. If I’m being truly honest, August is always terrible. While tons of great things happened this month, every year it makes me lose it at some point. Not sure if it’s the heat or the anticipation of fall or what, but every year I have a meltdown.

Well, I can only come up with five this month because I’m ready to MOVE ON. The first week of September brings this three day weekend and then next weekend we’re headed to the beach for a few days. Much needed, can’t wait.

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Poses 34/52: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

August 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

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One Legged King Pigeon Pose. Whoa. This pose is major. Like, really. An insane backbend, ridiculous hip opener, bizarrely hard to balance, wild shoulder opener, and a CRAZY strong thigh stretch. I’ve avoided it for many years, but have been trying to focus on it more in the past month of so.

The other day I got closer than ever before…insta-evidence featured above.

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You can’t just learn this pose by itself…it requires a ton of yoga experience opening up a bunch of different areas of the body. However, Ekhart Yoga has a decent video giving some tips and tricks:

this week at the elementary library…

August 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Such a sweet book this week. This week I’m reading (among other bear books, Corduroy and Baby Bear) Otto the Book Bear to kindergarten.

It’s a wonderful celebration of books and libraries in general. Otto is a little bear who “lives in a book on shelf in a house.” He gets left behind and has to find a new home in the big city library. It’s just sweet and lovely.ottothebookbear
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how I’m dealing with the heat this weekend

August 23, 2014 § 1 Comment

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It’s haaaaaaaaaawt this weekend.

How I’m beating the heat:

1. I’m making a ton of my homemade skinny girl margaritas…adding fresh herbs and cucumber for extra crispness.

2. Dipping into my stash of ice cold lavender towels for the studio. Nothing feels better.

3. Wearing tank tops that are extremely baggy with my favorite sports bra ever underneath. Can’t believe my luck from last weekend when I found two brand new ones in my size at Sassy Fox. That place makes my life so much better.

4. Making spring rolls in a bowl…probably my favorite thing ever. Hope to post the recipe soon, but until then, this one is pretty dang close to what I do.

5. Having extremely short hair. It’s pretty amazing in temps like these.

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Poses 33/52: Light on Yoga

August 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

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It is important to acknowledge that the global yoga community was fundamentally changed yesterday by the death of BKS Iyengar. He was one of the, if not the most influential, individuals responsible for bringing yoga to the Western world. His book, Light on Yoga, is the foundation for virtually every single hatha yoga class.

This book is staple for most yoga teachers. However, one of my favorite Iyengar quotes is: “That’s a dead book. I’m a living teacher.”

He always considered himself a student first that was constantly evolving. If anyone owns a copy of this book, you know the crazy photos. See:

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finally

August 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

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A new album from Imogen Heap. I’m not sure why, but her brings me back to certain spaces and places like no other.

I have been a huge fan of hers since Garden State featured her band, Frou Frou, on its soundtrack. Ah, that soundtrack takes me back to college like nothing else. However, she also had a solo career. Her second album, Speak for Yourself, was on constant rotation for the year of 2006 when I saw her live at The Orange Peel in Asheville. While it was just her on stage with several towers of electronics, I still say it’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

I mean, this song. Overplayed yeah, but oh my, so good.

The music I listened to while living in Norway and Scotland is forever burned in my brain. On a typical day, I had headphones on at least 30% of my day. Waiting for the bus, riding the bus, walking to the bus stop, walking to class, walking to work, walking to the grocery, training for a half marathon.

You get the idea. It was a lot of listening to music while staring at everything around me. It was amazing. Imogen Heap’s next album, Ellipse, came out while we were in Norway. Every time I hear this song, I will always immediately be transported back to the summer of 2009, making this walk to work. Hopefully after clicking that last link you don’t lose too many hours to Google Street View Hyperlapse…I sure did. It’s about the craziest/most amazing thing ever.

Well, needless to say, I’m a little excited about her album that comes out today. Can’t wait to see what song I get hooked on next…it’s been too long!

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