Monday, May 31, 2010

A Few of My Favourite Things

Happy Lost Sheep tagged me............... so in no particular order I will share 10 pieces of me

One: Massage. Nearly every muscle in my body is aching right now and I would do just about anything for a massage!! I'm in the middle of launching the new choreography for the Body Balance classes that I teach and I have done so many pilates moves and backbends that I really don't feel like teaching it again tonight. So, on my mind is this place... ahhh, soon soon soon.

Two: Rain.
Last week I was home by myself and it started to pour. I sat myself all warm and snuggly by a window and just watched the greenery get drenched. I love the sound of it, the smell of it, the look of it, the feel of it. In winter I continue to go for early morning beach walks and especially enjoy the days when it is storming and I get drenched and just rely on my own body heat from the exertion to keep me warm. Sand, rain, waves lapping at my feet, grey skies, no people (oh maybe some crazy surfers but they're ok ;)

Three: Cardio. A spin class that used to make me want to puke my guts up. 40 minutes on a Xtrainer with Pendulum, The Killers or The Chemical Brothers spurring me on. A 45 minute non-stop traverse of my local indoor rock climbing gym. I love to punish my body! I love to wear myself out and use all of my frustration and anger, hell lets call it rage, to find my peak fitness and an feel the absolute glory of what my body is capable of. The high that comes afterwards is phenomenal and has been my chosen form of medication when battling postnatal depression.

Four: Relaxation. After my baby girl arrived 8 years ago I joined the gym and immediately got hooked on the Body Balance classes. Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates. Then after you have stretched and strengthened and sweated you lie on the floor in corpse pose and drift away to some beautiful music. After 8 years of practice I can transport myself nearly immediately. Complete relaxation. I feel light, joyful, peaceful... and sometimes I really do feel a sense of lifting off. It is very healing.

Five: Green Day. Oh how I love green day (otherwise known as Friday). My youngest child, my sweet little boy is home from Kindy on Fridays. We go to the zoo, the park, the beach, the pools, the library, Scitech. He puts his little hand in mine and we have the best time!! No shopping, no cleaning, no serious stuff, just fun fun fun. I love my time with him.

Six: Movies. I love a good movie. I used to feel bad 'wasting my time' watching a movie but now that I am postmo' I have allowed myself to embrace my deep love for escapism. I am a little picky.. no Horror or extreme violence. However, if the movie is depicting real events then I can handle the violence (e.g. Hotel Rwanda), when I know that someone actually had to bloody live through it then I can watch it. I just can't handle the movies that use violence for entertainment purposes. I love movies like say, the new Robin Hood that came out recently with Russell the Love Muscle. I love adventure, drama, comedy, documentary. Avatar was great. Also loved The Hurt Locker. Oh, and anything that has Tim Burton, Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter involved in it.

Seven: Books. More escapism I suppose. All Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights, The Age of Innocence, Jane Eyre... and a surprise favourite, Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. I just picked it up, having never heard of it and loved it. The book that got me back into my childhood love for reading, after some odd drought once I became a mother... was Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. I also love to read about ancient civilisations. I was lucky enough to be able to choose Ancient History as my major for my Arts Degree. Saw a great exhibition at our local museum the other night with artefacts from Pompeii.

Eight: Girl Talk. I learned soon after I became a mother that talking with other women was necessary to my survival. As attentive and caring as DH is there are some things that he just can't give me. I need women to talk with. Lucky for me I have 3 sisters!! and a darling daughter who loves to chat chat chat as much as I do. Sometimes I swear she has woken up mid-sentence! Me, I need a good 10 minutes in the morning before I feel human enough to talk. So, girls, plenty of long beach walks and hot chocolates with much associated chatter to keep our worlds in good working chaotic order eh! (notice commas aren't on my list of favourites!).

Nine: Nakedness. This is a little bit Xrated so, hmm. I like body on body. There is nothing like full naked body contact. (p.s. No. 3 and 4 tie in nicely with this, I enjoy the nakedness more when I feel good about my own body). I love feeling comfortable in my own skin again. No more G's, Jeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!

Ten: Freedom and Honesty. In my 32nd year I finally freed myself from a sick and awful religion. I feel alive. I feel peaceful. I feel like I actually have some idea of who I am, after all those years of feeling like a robot. I get to wake up everyday with the knowledge that I truly am in control of my own life.

oops! I forgot to tag people.. so from what I have read the following people have not yet been tagged and so... TAG!

Alkaline Earth
Louise H
The Heartfelt Dawn
Chocolate Addict (you know who I mean ;)

That's more than 10 but I didn't want to leave anyone out :)


  1. I know what you mean about talking to other women. Personally, I'm outnumbered in my house -- it's me, my husband, and my two sons...

    I'm glad to see this meme is making the rounds of the exmo blogs! :D

  2. Have you seen The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas yet? I think you will like it.

    In no particular order...

    1. My babies. Cuddling, Tickling, Sharing

    2. Me time. In the bath wih a book.

    3. Nanna naps. Sometimes you need one.

    4. Hip Hop dance classes. Fun, Fun, Fun!

    5. Doing 'fun' things. Recently it's been laser tag, bowling, mini train rides, trampolines at Hillarys, Aqwa etc etc.

    ***scrolling up to look at yours again for ideas***

    6. My Job/Career- I look forward to going into work

    7. Private Karaoke- singing (and sometimes dancing) to the radio while doing the housework usually

    8. IKEA- usually witha good friend, a slice of cake or a plate of meatballs, and lots of catching up

    9. Laughing- I went to an introductory session to laughter yoga once (remember that, Maureen?) and it works!

    10. The new self-esteem I have. Nohing feels better than feeling good about yourself- I encourage everyone to try it!

  3. by the way, where and when do you teach Bodyjam??? I've been thinking about starting again...

  4. Heya C.L. Hanson, it's been fun reading everyones 10. You need extra girl time then since you're outnumbered at home!

    TGIAA - oh yes, I remember that laughing yoga class! I'm sure if I'd been there with anyone else I wouldn't have quite got it, you know! It was a good experience. I think about it when I'm laughing with the kids, kids laugh so much more than we do, it's great to feed off their laughter and get a workout at the same time :)

    I'm teaching Balance but I would love to teach Jam. I just came back from teaching a Balance class and the guy before me was teaching Jam and he was just sensational! I will definitely make it to his classes when I can. He's Wed 6:30 and Sat 11:30, both at My Lawley.

  5. I can so relate to #9 and #10. With #9 I would just say body contact period, nakedness is a plus. It's so nice to have the freedom(#10) to be me and be able to touch the bodies that make sense to me.

  6. Ah, good point. Touch is quite essential. I remember reading about premature babies thriving if they received some kind of touch, like baby massage or even just stroking their hand.