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02-01-2006, 10:58 AM
Good morning everyone! :coffee:

Well after a few dull, dreary days of snow and freezing rain the sun is out today! :sunny: I feel invigorated! :cb:

I thought I could look forward to a nice quiet weekend but I've now been informed that one of our friends is coming over to shoot a cooking show using our kitchen on Saturday and DH is having the guys over for chili and football on Sunday. I'll be heading down to my mum & dad's for dinner on Sunday - I love watching the Superbowl but the noise level with all the guys in the house is just too much for me to deal with. Besides they need their guy time just as much as we need our girl time.

What is everyone else up to this weekend?

02-01-2006, 11:45 AM
It's gorgeous here too! It feels more like early April than February. :\

This weekend, I am planning on catching up on laundry and homework and then going to a Superbowl Party on Sunday. I was wibbling at first over what would be there to eat... Superbowl Parties aren't exactly vegan friendly, but I decided I'd just make something vegan and bring it along... I found a really yummy recipe for Sun-dried tomato hummus that should keep me from feeling too left-out!

02-01-2006, 03:48 PM
Alas no sun yet here, just more rain. We're getting out of town to Portland this weekend for a pagan festival/con. Since it's in a hotel, the hubby is even coming. (He's *not* a camper)

In other news... I'm going to be an aunt! I'm very excited. :dancer: I got the call from my sister over the weekend.

02-01-2006, 03:52 PM
Congratulations on your impending Auntiness! :cheers:

I walked up to the lulu lemon store today - :eek: Home of the very lovely but expensive yoga outfits and running outfits.

Let's see:

Pair of yoga pants $69.00,
yoga top $37.00
eco-friendly yoga mat$39.99

= I look great but now I can't afford to pay for the dammned yoga class! :lol:

I think I'll buy something from Walmart until I there is a 1/2 off sale at the fancy smanchy store ;)

02-01-2006, 06:03 PM
Congrats Tani! Being an aunt is wonderful!
Mauvais - That is way too expensive. Yuck. :-p
Hi incendiary!

I am around, but really tired lately and feeling kind of blah, even though it is beautiful outside. I went on an interview yesterday, but I don't actually want the job. While really thinking about the whole thing, I decided I may not like my current job all of the time, but I like what I do, and am good at it. :shrug:

That's all from me for now. :)

02-01-2006, 09:32 PM

= I look great but now I can't afford to pay for the dammned yoga class! :lol:


hehehehehehe isn't that the truth. I feel the same way about Title 9, they have the most amazing exercise clothes, but I usually wait for the big sales to actually buy anything.

02-02-2006, 11:27 AM
I'm thinking of taking a Bikram yoga class. DH wants to do yoga but without all of the "mumbo jumbo" as he calls it - honestly, somedays I want to smack him :rolleyes: Funny, after our tarot readings on Saturday night my girlfriends were discussing how it seems (generally) that women are much more open to spirituality and related things than men are.

After doing some research into a few Yoga centres in town and talking to the hubby of an friend of a friend who recently started teaching yoga it looks like Bikram is the way to go. Apparently it can help with weight loss, flush out toxins, reduce stress and limit the effects of aging or so the brochure says :lol:

I'm really looking forward to it :)

02-02-2006, 12:11 PM
Mauv: Do you like heat? Is your reaction to a hot day to want to get out and move in it? If not You may want to try a few Bikram classes before you committ to several. It gets really hot :hot: in those rooms, I love it, but I know a lot of people who find it opressive. :faint: (there needs to be a yoga smiley on here)

02-02-2006, 04:26 PM
Yeah, I know it's going to be hot :flame: But it's the one DH wants to go to and he rarely gets into stuff like this - I've been after him to get some regular exercise for the past year- so I have to strike while the iron is hot (no pun intended ;) ) and before he loses interest in going.

I will take your suggestion of taking a couple of drop in classes first before buyin a package deal.

02-05-2006, 11:29 AM
Hey All! Still super busy with house plans - the idea being to know exactly what we want vs what we can afford before we lift a shovel.

Considering outrageous constructions costs this days - what with the government shipping our lumber to the middle east to rebuild and driving up the costs - and the fact that our next door neighbor is a licenced contractor willing to help us in a supervisory capacity without actually hiring him - we have pretty much decided to do this ourselves. We will hire a guy to pour the foundation since we want a daylight basement and concrete walls that are over a foot thick and over 8 ft tall requiring a knowledgable person to pour it so it doesnt bow or cave in. But most the constructions we were going to have to do anyway if we bought a kit home so we are cutting out the middle man. We have access to plenty of cheaper and free logs, so DH is gonna get a home lumber mill, I am gonna get some really good high end architectural software and go from there. We are leaning toward a timber frame home so basically regular house with oversized exposed beams inside - and pine planked walls in and out instead of sheetrock.

Anyway - most my time is currently spent working out the floor plan and researching the software out there.

Hope everyone is doing good - have fun in the sauna Mauv!

Hey to everyone else!:hug:

02-06-2006, 07:39 PM
I've just recently started looking into the Bikram yoga. One of the places here does do a "pay what you can" community drop in class on Sunday mornings, so I figured I'd try that out first before committing to more. Lemme know how you like it, mauvaisroux.

ajandpj99, the plans for the house sound really cool! That's a huge thing to take on, but rah, that totally kicks butt. Best to you with that.

Congrats, Tani, on empending auntieness!


02-15-2006, 01:26 PM
Trying to come up with the cashola to get to class but it probably won't happen for another 2 weeks - I will let you know how it goes :)

In the meantime I have been doing A.M./P.M. yoga featuring Rodney Yee and enjoying it - I do it in the morning now, well since Saturday- so I am on day 5- and I feel more awake and in a better mood in the mornings :D

02-20-2006, 03:06 PM
Hi all!

I got my architect software - totally awesome, I will be able to design every detail down the wires and pipes.

Now if I can just do a good enough job convincing the County that we dont need an engineer to prove structural stability - we will be good.

Hope all is well with everyone.

Had company this weekend - it has been cold but very sunny - so going for walks and taking the neices horseback riding and hiking up and down the driveway gave me a major butt workout - felt like I spent a day on a stairmaster.

Keep it real!

impossible princess
02-20-2006, 04:37 PM
Are there many different types of yoga and whats the difference?

I used to go to yoga classes and I think she said it was ashtanga or something like that and it seemed to be alot about meditation and breathing and stuff but I don't know anything about the different types.

I get free classes included in my gym fee so i keep meaning to do more classes.

02-20-2006, 04:37 PM
aj, hasn't the weather been awesome? Hubby and I went to the coast the weekend before valentines day, we had a mini vacation and it was his birthday. We had sun and about 50-60 degrees. On the coast. In February!! It was glorious!

Been having a hard time dealing with everything past few months... haven't even felt much like posting here. Didn't do a goal this month even... however, i did meet a goal finally that i placed for myself last month, which is to make all my yearly appts and get them over with! this friday it's eyes, march 1's it's my annual, march 31'st it's the teeth cleaning and hopefully a referral to rip out my wisdom teeth, one is being a real ***** and my teeth are getting crooked. grr. so with all those out of the way i feel a little like i'm being healthy... *L* takes my mind of the fact that i had to go up a size to the largest size i've ever worn. *sigh*

02-21-2006, 02:52 PM
Lizzi - at least you have the appointments scheduled!

:wave: Hello to the rest of the Alternachicks!

I am here. Busy when I am at work. And tired most of the rest of the time. At home yesterday and today with strep throat. :p Other then that, everything is ok.

02-21-2006, 03:35 PM
Aj - that sounds like some pretty cool software

Squeak - eek - Strep throat! :eek: Hope you are feeling better today.

Princess - there are several types of yoga but I'm not sure what all of them are or what the differences are since I've just started dabbling myself. I think Bikram is a series of poses done in a heated room is supposed to be good for your muscles and help flush toxins from the body. I've also heard of Ashtanga, Kundalini and Iyengar but don't know much about them. May have to do some research on this now :lol:

02-22-2006, 10:43 AM
I have never tried yoga.. I figure I will have to lose some more weight before i try it.. I guess... Weather here is very odd.. Warm then hot then cool then warm. Ick. MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!

02-22-2006, 11:40 PM
i tried a yoga video once. it ended up in me laughing hysterically on the floor. i think in person would be better, having someone there to actually show you how to do the moves.
a coworker just loaned me her pilates dvd's and i'm going to give those a try. hopefully there is more instruction.
my work is doing a pretty cool challenge. you get into groups of like 10 people and the challenge is to do enough exercise to "swim" from one branch to another, in this case from our oregon office to japan. it's so cool, each amount of exercise equals a certain amount of miles toward your goal. any team that makes it in the allotted time gets a t-shirt, and the one to make it first gets another prize. they are also doing weekly challenges, like this week the challenge is to eat a balanced breakfast and each day you do you earn more miles toward your goal. i think it's such a great idea, especially since we sit on our asses all day and everyone jokes about the 20 lbs you gain when you start working here. :)

02-25-2006, 02:42 PM
Regarding yoga, I've heard a few people talk about "Just My Size Yoga"....I'm thinking about trying it, as my B/F's dvd is a bit too advanced for my fata$$.

02-26-2006, 08:49 AM
Yoga? Pilates? ,... too far advanced for me just yet. Maybe someday! Does co-ordination come with losing weight. I hope so! I have too left feet, and everything else for that matter.

02-26-2006, 11:35 AM
Yes it does - your body gets stronger and with practicing these two (yoga and pilates) you become more flexible and your balance gets better. When I started bellydancing and pilates I could not stand on one foot without falling over now I can do it no problem! :)

I always felt like I had two left feet until I started bellydancing.

02-27-2006, 08:11 AM
I can't wait until I lose about 50 more pounds, and start bellydancing. I wanna feel sexy for once....

02-27-2006, 01:42 PM
Yes it does - your body gets stronger and with practicing these two (yoga and pilates) you become more flexible and your balance gets better. When I started bellydancing and pilates I could not stand on one foot without falling over now I can do it no problem! :)

I always felt like I had two left feet until I started bellydancing.

Hmmmmm I'm still waiting for the coordination fairy to visit me. I think she got lost!

02-27-2006, 02:48 PM
heh. i know the feeling. even when i was skinny i was uncoordinated. my ballet teacher when i was about 5 years old let my mom know that i was not... suited... to ballet. i blame being left handed. (nothing is my fault of course *LOL*)

02-28-2006, 05:10 PM
Hi all! Been absorbed in the house planning - this is going to take forever I can tell, so much research, but by the time it is all done and we actually get to start building it should go pretty fast.

The weather was just awesome but freeking cold there for a while, as much as I dread more rain (living in mud city as I do) it is nice to not have to burn a cord of wood each day to keep the house above 60. Drafty tin can that we live in.

It has rained off and on for a few days now - started sun afternoon with a very warm wind that came through and it was almost 70 on sunday. Sun is out today.

I weighed myself on Valentines and was down 2 more lbs, official WI is tommorrow - will see if I got that other 3. Feels like I did. My jeans are loose out of the dryer and I am fitting in to pants I havent worn in 3 years.

My latest success is attributed to keeping very busy with plannning the house and of course the weight training with hubby that we do at least twice a week.

impossible princess
02-28-2006, 05:29 PM
I'm still feeling tired, fluey and rubbish oh well. Once I get my routine back down (new semester new classes) I'm going to hit the gym some more. Any tips on finding me a tall dark and handsome man. I'm a mature student and its impossible to meet someone my own age or seems that way and I just have nothing in common with 22 year old lads really. I'm only a few years older but its such a difference

03-01-2006, 01:17 PM
Hey all,

I'm finally feeling healthy this week! :happy dance: My back is back to it's normal mode of only occasionally protesting, I'm over the last round of colds & my game foot seems to have finally healed. (KNOCK ON WOOD!)

I'm with you AJ on the weather. We've had the same thing up here in Washington, a month of rain followed by that stretch of sunny but FREEZING and then back to rain and wind. By some miracle I see sun out the window right now and yet it's above 40 degrees. :dizzy:
I hope nobody scares it away before my lunch walk!

03-01-2006, 01:42 PM
Closing this month's thread and starting the March chat thread. :)