Yoga Is So Granola

Well, at least that’s what I’ve spent a long time thinking. It’s so trendy, it’ll stop being trendy and then everyone will laugh about their “yoga phases” and their “skinny jeans” in the same story.

But now I’m not so sure. I’ve been told even ‘real’ athletes are giving this a go. Musicians, too. So they can breathe better. I have trouble with that sometimes. A sale convinced me 10$ could be spent on the mat. Now what to do with it…

Classes are tricky, because I don’t want to be the only one that doesn’t know what is going on. And I don’t want to accidentally go to the sweaty one, eew. And some people don’t wear their shoes, and I am afraid of saying something out loud about their yucky feet.


So I found this site called It lists all the poses and gives you great tips and advice and stories with a very down to earth flavor. I like it when you make fun of the weirdos too. I can’t do things by reading written instructions, so I’m excited that there are videos. (Click the logo for a sample). So I’ll let you know how it goes, right now I’m mostly just thinking about it. I’ll get there.

*Side note: I also opted to add Fish Oil (Omega3) pills to my diet. If you think fish is gross like I do, eat something when you take these very necessary vitamins. Or you will burp fish oil. Bleh.


So Far So Good

The list so far:

SXSW 2008 acts as of 1/16/08:


AA Bondy*
Alamo Race Track

Alex Skolnick Trio
Alina Simone
Aloe Blacc*
A Place to Bury Strangers*
The A-Sides*
Ash Grunwald
Awkward Stage Band*
Axel Krygier
Barbara Mason
Bear Hands*
Birds and Batteries
Birthday Suits
Bjorn Torske
the Black Crowes*
Black and White Years
The Black Hollies
Black Joe Lewis
The Black Keys*
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Black Mountain*
Black Tie Dynasty
The Bleedin Bleedins*
Blitzen Trapper*
Blue Mountain
Bon Iver
Born Ruffians
The Botticellis
The Bowerbirds
Brain Police
British Sea Power*
Bun B of UGK*
Carlis Star
Carolyn Mark
Car Stereo (Wars)*
Cary Brothers
the Choir Practice
Chris Bendt
The Cool Kids*
The Cops
The Crash That Took Me
The Cribs
Dan Wilson
Daniel Lanois
Darker My Love
Daryl Hall
Dead Confederate
Deadstring Brothers
Delta Spirit
Die! Die! Die!
Dirty on Purpose
Division Day*
Dixie Witch
Dizzee Rascal
The DoDos
Dolly Parton
The Donnas*
Donny Hue and the Colors
Doug Walker Music
Dokkebi Q
Doug Walker
The Duke Spirit
Eastern Conference Champions
Ed Harcourt
El Jesus de Magico*
Eugene Mirman*
Eugene McGuinness
Experimental Aircraft
Ezra Furman & the Harpoons
The Fairline Parkway
The Feral Children
Film School
Fleet Foxes*
Frightened Rabbit
Glen Reynolds
Goes Cube*
Greg Laswell
The Gusto
Ha Ha Tonka
Hanne Hukkelberg
The Hard Lessons
The Heavy
The Henry Clay People
Hey Willpower
Holy Fuck*
The Hot Rails
The Hourly Radio
Ingrid Michaelson
JD Thompson
Jennifer Johns
Jens Lekman
Jessie Baylin
Jimi Bianco
Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong
John Ralston
Joshua Radin
Justin Townes Earle
Kaki King
Karina Nistal
Kate Havnevik
Ketchup Mania
Kid Dakota
The Kills
Kim Hiorthøy
Kimya Dawson
Kitty, Daisy, and Lewis
Langhorne Slim
Laura Barrett
Laura Gibson
Lava Children
Le Switch
the Lemurs
Lightspeed Champion*
The LK
The Lonely H
The Lovely Sparrows
Lykke Li
Made Out of Babies
Mala Rodriguez
Man Man*
Mark Pickerel
Mason Proper
Maya Azucena
Melissa Young
Meredith Bragg and the Terminals
Mezzanine Owls
Mika Miko
Miz Metro
Monica Blaire
Moon Rats
My Brightest Diamond
The Morning Benders
My Morning Jacket*
Nada Surf*
Nicole Atkins
The Night Marchers
No Kids
Ouija Radio
the Pack A.D.
Pato Banton
The Pendletons
The People’s Revolutionary Choir
The Pity Party
Plants & Animals
Portugal The Man!*
Puny Human
Radar Bros.
Ralph “Soul” Jackson
The Raveonettes*
The Rosewood Thieves
Run Run Run
Russell Taylor
Russian Circles
RX Bandits
Salvador Santana Band
Sam Champion
Scissors for Lefty*
Screamin’ Cyn Cyn & the Pons
Sea Wolf
Secret Shine
Shame Club
Shelby Lynne
Shout Out Louds*
Simian Mobile Disco*
Social Studies
Sons & Daughters*
The Soundtrack of Our Lives*
Southeast Engine
The Spinto Band
The Stills*
TAB The Band
Tapes N Tapes*
Tech N9ne
These New Puritans
These United States
Tim Williams
Times New Viking
Tiny Animals
Trainwreck Riders
Trevor Giuliani
Tub Ring
Unholy 2
The Valley Arena
Vampire Weekend*
The Von Bondies
Von Iva
The Voom Blooms
Waco Brothers
Was (Not Was)
The Watershed
We Are Standard
The Weird Weeds
White Shoes & the Couples Company
White Williams
William Fitzsimmons
Wye Oak
Ze Dos Frangos

~via the

*=SGS recommended

State Of The Union Drinking Game 2008

Stolen utterly completely, but full of laughs and worth sharing.
Link to original post.

President George W. (Dubya) Bush will be delivering his State of the Union Address this Monday Night, January 28th, 2008 at 9pm EST.Unlike last year, there is some cause for celebration as this will be the last address Dubya will deliver as President. Still, he has plenty of time to muck things up, so with equal parts fear and joy, the only way to get through this is to drink up!Those who got drunk with me last year will notice a return of many of last year’s favorite rules, but stay focused, there’s much CHANGE from last year, and remember, folks, we all love the buzzword of CHANGE!

Here are the rules for
The State of the Union Drinking Game, version 2008, Last Year of the Dubya:

Drink Every Time:

-Dubya mentions “The Surge” and how it’s working in Iraq.

-Dubya mentions the need to keep long-term military operations in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

-Dubya mentions Iran, Pakistan, or North Korea in or out of the context of talking about “nukes”.

-Dubya announces a new PC-term his aides have created for “The War on Terror” or simply mentions the “The War on Terror” or mentions “9/11″.

-Dubya talks about the “Stimulus Package” that will help keep the economy from slipping into recession.

-Dubya talks about the current Presidential Primaries, the upcoming Presidential Election, or CHANGE.

-Dubya squints really hard, furrows his brow, purses his lips, and looks like a chimpanzee.

-Dubya butchers the English language with the mispronunciation of a big word, the missuse of a commonly used word, or the creation of a word that did not previously exist.

-They cut to a shot of Hillary Clinton folding her arms, looking constipated, and even more pissed than when Bill said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.”

-They cut to a shot of Barack Obama looking thoughtful, pensive, and confident.

-They cut to a shot of Condaleeza Rice clapping like the lap dog she is.

-Nancy Pelosi (in the background sitting behind the President) looks very stiff and bug-eyed as she tries to hold back a massive attack of “head shaking” and “oh, no he didn’t” gazes.

-Nancy Pelosi blinks. (You’ll be drunk before Dubya even opens his mouth.)

-Dick Cheney (also in his place sitting behind the President) appears to be leaning too far to one side and is about to topple over in a heart attack or strain from an evil grimace.

-The Republican (and still minority) side of the House gives Dubya a completely unwarranted standing ovation.

*Surgeon General’s Warning: If you drink too much, you may find yourself in a coma and not awake until 2009 when a Democrat is back in the White House.

On Skiing

Total, after this week, I have skied six or seven days in three places (Steamboat, Breckenridge, Park City) all in the last 5 years. I am therefore what you would consider an expert. So here’s a few observations I made:

  • Falling is fun. It is rather hilarious to fall in snow. As long as you’re careful, you’re unlikely to get hurt. I managed to make it into a couple pretty great snow piles. For some reason, this makes me laugh so hard I forget about the achy legs. Everyone else seems to get a kick out of it too.
  • Skiers are cute. There is some strong correlation between knowing how (or at least attempting) to get down a mountain and being gorgeous. Maybe it’s the physical ability required, maybe Chapstick has a secret ingredient. Either way, I’m sold.
  • Utah > Colorado. I know that you might think I’m limited on experience, but I am sure Utah could beat up Colorado, make fun of its Dad, and take its lunch money. Often.
  • Kids ski better. If I ever do accidentally get preggers, those little rats are getting tossed down the mountain before they can say ‘black diamond’. It’s easier when you can’t see past the end of your skis to not be afraid of falling down the whole run. I wish I hadn’t waited 23 years to learn.
  • Achievement is funny. You know when you’ve turned in to a skier? When you have to look out for the slow ones, instead of being one of them!


Honorable Observation Mentionables: Nothing tastes as good after skiing as beer. Except for beer and homemade chili, or beer and homemade chicken legs. Or beer and spaghetti. The night of just beer wasn’t bad either…

Can’t Pick Just One

The BlogNinjas are back for 2008. After pigging out and holiday carousing we had to hit the dojo for some serious training but now we’re ready to carry on kicking ass like only we can. If you’re not a Blog Ninja yet why not make it your New Year’s resolution? Sign up here for your complimentary shuriken. Uniform not provided.


Here’s topic #6:
What song transports you through space and time, and where do you go?

The idea here is that we’re all getting older, and there’s that tune that was playing that one time, and now when it comes on the radio you immediately are back in that place. It’s nearly impossible for me to pick just one song. I am so into music that I have a soundtrack for every part of my life. It would run pages. I usually don’t remember where I am when I first hear a song, but I can be transported through my memory fairly easily.
Collective Soul = the summer my brother and I lounged in the basement playing cards.
Massive Attack = the first summer I spent away from home.
Pink Floyd = Dad showing me “The Wall”.
Counting Crows = high school.
Illinois = SXSW 07.
Pete Yorn = meeting my husband.

Most recently, “Hands Open” by Snow Patrol was playing from my mp3s when I finished my first book. To keep the tradition, I played it as I crossed the finish line with my second too. No matter what happens, whenever that song pops up, I will be filled with a great sense of accomplishment and pride. Music is in our lives to associate with experience. I have a great soundtrack.


Please visit the Mystery Topic Challenge Blog to view all of the other entries. Once you’ve read them all, please be sure to vote HERE in the Sidebar for your favorite.

In Case You Missed It

There are a lot of good blogs out there. So many, in fact, they were cluttering up the sidebar that none of you look at anyway. In case you missed it, I’m announcing formally that I’ve moved the BLOGROLL to the tab in the header (the thing at the top of the page) called “Best Bloggers“. Click that and you’ll be taken to a very special page with all the links to all my online buddies (really, I practially know these people). So, if it’s a somegoslowly kind of a day over here, you can peruse more of the internets! I’m subscribed to all of them, so you should be too! Just don’t break up with me for any of them, or I’ll cry.

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Changing The Plan

I’m so glad that we all agree that I shouldn’t be expected to make the book “work”. That is surely someone else’s job. Someone that won’t change each little thing and over-analyze, like I have been. I’ve done the hard part. I made some stuff up and put it ‘on paper’. Now to find an editor. The going rate appears to be a penny a word. It’s abstract accounting at best. Will there be more or less words when all is said and done? What if there’s a typo that makes one word two? Who are these people anyway? Am I going for quality or content? I can’t be over 60,000 words, so the price seems reasonable considering I don’t even know what I’ll get in return. What an adventure!

Next, submitting to publishers. There are a lot of little publishers. I’m going to try ‘going local’ first. Always a camaraderie-type thing. If no one in San Diego wants me, I can pretend I am local “Seattle” where I was working on the editing, or local “Austin” where I wrote the first book. Most publishers that I’ve found will accept a synopsis via email, which apparently is unusual? I’ll take it. My goal is to start finding them and getting myself out there. I think I know how to sell, but this is different, it’s personal. I think having a place to ask for help (here) and admit that I’m lost is a great big help.

There are a couple reasons I’m waiting to explore self publishing. One is the husband, who takes the doing it myself idea as a last resort that is only acceptable if no one else wants my book (in my mind in that case why bother…). It’s going to cost more, of course, since I would want to use every resource they offer to give myself a best chance, and so few books make it big that go that way, and I’m sitting here thinking I have something good to work with.

We’ll see…

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