My yoga teacher encouraged me to learn different yoga styles and practice more at home with YogaGlo. I started with the 15-day free trial and am hooked. There are so many classes and helpful tutorials to choose from. All of which cater to specific time frames, injuries, and skill improvement. There are different spaces at home that I could practice in, but I find our kitchen to be the best spot because it has the wood floor. My yoga mat on the carpet makes the ground feel too cushy and causes my wrists to strain from hyper extension. I also find it hard to do balancing poses on softer ground. So, yoga in the kitchen it is. I drag our recycling bin out from under the kitchen table and prop my iPad on top, push play, and yoga away. It's the best home studio ever! Sometimes, I fall asleep on my mat in the middle of the kitchen floor, next to the crumbs, and random hair strands after savasana and it's the best feeling ever!
Walking for 10-20 minutes in the darkened gym during my lunch break at work is a great way to reset my button. It helps me stay alert and focused for the next three class periods. To be honest, as much as I love my job, there are days when I wish I was doing something else. If I had to rate my performance over a total of 35 hours, it is such an embarrassing thing to admit that I am an awesome teacher/planner for only 15 hours. The rest of the time, I am distracted, keeping my frustration at bay, holding my bladder (bathroom time is hard to come by for teachers), fighting a bout of drowsiness between noon to 1 PM, and forcing myself to stay upbeat despite a huge desire to pull my hair. Every day, I try to increase my patience and focus... It is a struggle but one that I am willing to take because my students are worth trying for, every single one of them.
There has been a lot of cooking and baking going on in our household, but less blogging and sharing of these recipes. As much as I love sharing good recipes, I sometimes feel too selfish to stop for note-taking and picture-snapping because it takes away the pleasure of cooking. I'm sorry... When I get all the craziness of my life sorted out, I will share some more. Pinky promise!
fresh pineapple, ham, cheddar cheese,
and spicy oil pizza
and spicy oil pizza
bell pepper, shiitake mushroom, parsley, goat cheese,
and spicy oil pizza
Ottolenghi potato salad with parsley pesto!
DFJ made homemade dumplings
gluten-free, vegan cookies
I have been into making homemade chicken and vegetable stock. It's so easy really, just save the chicken carcass or your vegetable scraps, add a generous amount of salt, sprigs of fresh herbs, mashed cloves of garlic, onion skins, a bay leaf, and boil everything together for a long time. Easy peasy! These homemade stocks can be frozen and are perfect for adding flavor when you cook lentils, beans, or rice.
For the past two weeks or so, DFJ and I have slowly weaned off of dairy. The last of the softer cheeses have been consumed along with the last spoonfuls of yogurt in the bottom of the container. This is not a permanent thing, just an experiment to see what it's like to be semi dairy-free for a while. Occasionally, we still spread butter on our toasts, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on some dishes, and use heavy cream in our scones. In a few weeks here, we will be back to consuming regular cow's milk, yogurt, and cheese again. They key is balancing it all out… a little bit of everything is good, and I believe that a certain amount of dairy is an important thing to include in our daily consumption.
DFJ and I have whiled away one too many nights playing Settlers of Catan. Since we got it in the mail over a month ago, the game set has been occupying half of our dining table, ever-ready for a new game. Yes, we are both dorky...
Last but not the least, I have been feeling extra grateful for my family back home and here, my host parents, and friends near and far. Everyone has been very supportive, encouraging, and helpful. DFJ and I are about to jump into something big. It is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time but there is no turning back. This is it, him and I forever! WOO-HOO!
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