OMG GUYS IT'S MAY!
For someone who thought she'd never make it out of the Midwest's polar vortex
alive, I'm actually a little shocked that it's suddenly not only not below freezing, but actually nice! Spring here in
Cincinnati is surprisingly a lot like what I, a native Oregonian, think of as
summer. Between 60 and 80 degrees with a couple of days of rain per week, it's
sort of perfect for me. I cringe almost as much at the idea of Midwest summers
as I do at the Midwest winters.
I got some lovely sock yarn
in the mail yesterday from Knit Picks, and I'm super excited about
it. I plan on making the Spring Pools pattern from Ravelry. I don't often
use patterns for socks, but I'd like to try as there are so many out
there. Technically, I started these socks yesterday. I made the toe twice
-- and I made it wrong twice each time. It just goes to show that no
matter how many socks you think you've mastered...you haven't.
Knit Picks "Stroll" in Sapphire Heather
The littlest bit of yoga.
It's often suggested as an "easy" exercise for people with
chronic illnesses, but the fact of the matter is that it is not that easy.
It is, in fact, very easy to injure yourself trying to do yoga without
much guidance, and if you've got easy muscle flare-ups in your shoulders
like I do, Sun Salutations are your worst enemy. I've been practicing
since I was 13 or 14 but have been struggling in modifying my practice to
my body's new ramifications. I
recently checked out Yoga for Back Pain from my library, as it came
highly recommended. He suggests that you find the source of your pain (in
my case, I chose musculoskeletal) and practice a few poses several times a
day. It seems a little daunting, but since he also recommends that you
only hold each pose for 15 seconds to start, it actually has not been too
hard (yet) to fit in to my day. I found his descriptions of poses to be a
little confusing, and despite supposedly being for people with chronic
and/or acute pain, didn't offer too many modifications. I found that
yogajournal.com has an excellent database of poses that include full
descriptions, tips, variations and modifications. I'm doing: Legs-up-the-Wall pose for 5 minutes,
followed by 15 seconds (on each side) of the following very
modified postures: Head-to-Knee-Forward-Bend (I use a strap), Seated Forward Bend (strap here too), Marichyasana I, Intense Side Stretch Pose (with hands interlocked
behind my back), and a Halfway Reclining Hero Pose followed by a Child's Pose.
Expotitions, a la Winnie-the-Pooh) . Now that the weather is appropriate, and Jose
is done with school for two months, we've decided to see a little bit more
the city we've been (caged like angry beasts) living in. Every Saturday, we'd like to go out and
do something. We found a park nearby that requires very little effort to
get to, for days when I'm not up to much. Otherwise, we've got the Ohio
River Walk downtown, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Botanical Gardens, the
Zoo, plus any number of things across the river in Kentucky. If we're
feeling really nuts, we might drive to Louisville or Yellow Springs.
A purple pedestrian bridge across the Ohio!
Similarly, we've started
going for walks on Sundays in the nearby Burnet Woods. It's lovely,
woodsy, and so many cardinals come out to play! It is an opportunity for
me to walk a little more than my 10-12 minute daily walks. Plus -- one of
the trails lets out at a bagel shop. Shockingly, we always seem to end up
on that one...
Brainwise, I'm going to keep
working on learning Sanskrit, but I'm also going to be practicing
translating some poems from Spanish (I've got my heart set on re-working
some of Ana Merino's work). Plus, some time in
March, I attended a talk by poet CK Williams who talked about how
memorizing poems can help you write poems. I do leave the writing of poetry mostly
to Jose, but it did trigger a memory
of how I used to memorize poems as a kid. For no apparent reason...I just
liked them! So I thought it would be fun to go back and re-memorize some
of those. It'll make my brain happy and strong, and I'll get to feel like
a kid again. Win/win.
My walks will change from 10
minute daily walks to -gasp- 12 minute daily walks. One of the hardest
things I've learned from Fibromyalgia is that my body takes a long, long
time to get used
to something. So I'll only be increasing minutes in very small increments.
I've always been interested
in the Fly Lady, but find her programs too difficult to follow.
They expect too much out of a chronically ill person (wearing shoes? I'm
not taking shoes off every time I need to rest. Sorry.), and move too fast
for me (see above, with walking). I'm not always flexible, and prefer to
do things As They Are Supposed to Be Done which kind of gets me in a bind.
However, figuring out that I can adapt a walking program has me realizing
that I can adapt the Fly Lady's program. I already make the bed daily, so
that one is an easy win. This month I'm going to practice keeping the sink
clean. Erk. And I'm going to do it barefoot. So there.
Whew. That seems
like both Way Too Much and Not Nearly Enough at the same time. What seeds are