Monday, February 22, 2010

Black History Month

Celebrate diversity! That's what I say. Make an effort to know more about people - that's what it's all about over here in Robbyville. One of the things I enjoy in my career as a public relations practitioner is keeping the message going: so many times in a campaign the messaging peaks early and by the end it's often watered down or lost in the shuffle. This is my effort to keep an important message vivid and awake. Visit the national Black History Month website and do some reading, and hopefully acquire some new learning.

I hate to be the cliche (and for all my Tuscaloosa kids that reference is actually double entendre ... or is it?) because I know many people view music as a lesser contribution, but music and soul are two different things. When they intersect, it's magic. Call her a singer, or call her a shamen, either way I think the legendary Angie Stone is a fine representative for Black History Month.





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Friday, February 19, 2010

T E A S E R

 
What I really need is a Macbook. So of course that means I've bought a STOTT PILATES spring wall for la hacienda instead. It's the Robby way. Technological superiority or Madonna arms? Such a no-brainer. 

I am excited about its arrival as there are tons of exercises we (and by we I mean I) can accomplish in a very small amount of space. One of the things I love about pilates, and what this journey continues to teach me, is that exercise isn't necessarily more effective if it's timebound. "I worked out for 3 hours" doesn't mean jack if you're not doing it correctly and, if you are, I would immediately suspect you're over-doing it. 

Cliche though it seems, I have learned much from watching my dog, as well as my horses. Each morning Maddie wakes up and does a couple of really nice Down Dogs, as well as a few Up Dogs. Then she sleeps for a few more hours. When she wakes up, same thing again. Other than wishing I could sleep for 22 hours each day, I think the learning portion is that maintaining (and improving) our physical functioning abilities is an ongoing practice throughout our day. Humans evolved to a superior level of functioning through necessity, but modernization has removed opportunities to move and condition the body in the manner in which it is intended.

Check out Ellie Herman, who invented the pilates spring wall, doing this amazing Teaser/Jackknife combo on YouTube. If I ever gain this level of control (or flat belly!) I will add one as well.



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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fun Little Facts

Happy Mardi Gras! I thought this was a fun page to read and am recommending it to everyone as a refresher course. Enjoy today if you're reveling - weather appears to be fantastic - and if you're not, you will likely feel much better tomorrow!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Seedling Evolution

I mentioned awhile back that I'm attempting to grow spinach this cold weather season. But because I can never go shopping for just one item (who buys just 1 pair of pants?) I am also attempting to grow carrots. This is what my friend Ian refers to as "bumping it up a notch."

The good news is, I've taken a positive first step. I have actually planted seeds. This year I'm not using those magic pellet seed starters because even though they are mesmerizing to watch grow into dirt wads when you add the warm water (oooohhhhhh, grow-y) they sort of choke the roots of your seedlings. At least that's how it happened to me last year. Instead, I've been saving a few egg cartons and am finding them to be very effective with a regular soil medium.

The part I don't like is deciding which little sprouts can live, and which ones must take one for the team. It's like little plant abortion decisions and it just makes me want to lie down catatonic once I concede. But for every ending there is a beginning, and I will remember you, little baby sproutlings, and thank you for at least showing up for the audition, when I am eating your big brother/sister.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

News Headlines - Chaplain of the Year to pray in Congress : Townhall.com

Congratulations to my cousin Endel Lee. I have my DVR set, and am planning to watch his prayer before Congress live today during lunch. I sent him a congratulatory email last week and encouraged him, if he could, to work in a shout-0ut. In his authentically humble-yet-witty response, he replied he was under a word-count, but maybe next time.

News Headlines - Chaplain of the Year to pray in Congress : Townhall.com

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Friday, February 05, 2010

With The Taste Of A Poison Paradise

As we'd say down South, "Well shit fire to save matches." It's been an extremely busy week for me and as it turns out, it's seemingly the tip of the iceberg. Sometimes when the task list hits a feverish pitch, I find myself needing to do something I can complete and feel good about. This week, that has been oven cleaning.

I would like to state, for the record, that this week was the first time in my 38.5 years that I have ever cleaned an oven. Although I love to cook, and have baked all sorts of stuff over the years, apparently I've either a.) been really clean about it b.) had someone to clean it for me or c.) had a self-cleaning oven. But a few weeks ago when I was baking Amish Friendship Bread, the loaf runneth over and made friends with the electric element at the bottom of the stove. I will be really honest when I say I had hoped eventually it would just bake off. Which, for the most part, it did, but I suppose it's the reason you have ashes of loved ones after cremation - some of that stuff just doesn't burn. And so it goes that my stove was a crematorium for this densely-baked confection and just as fate would have it, my mom saw it over Christmas.

"Ooooh," she squeaked in her alarm voice, "Boy you need to clean this oven."

One of the great things I'm experiencing in my evolution is the ability to call a spade a spade without feeling like it needs a supporting backstory. So I just said, "Yeah, you're right."

Last night was The Night, and though I knew it was a job for Easy-Off, I won't go that route again because I did awaken super congested and a little headache-y. I baked more bread first, then did the spray down, and this morning it all wiped clean as a cucumber. (I think that's supposed to be "cool as a cucumber" but I'm utilizing my poetic license because, think about it, cucumbers are often really clean.)

In fact, now that it's clean, and before I bake again, I think I'll do something non-toxic to remove any remaining chemical residue. In this scenario I'm fairly sure it will just be a rinse with lightly diluted white vinegar. And now that I'm no longer an oven cleaning virgin, I think I might perform this little task more often. In just 20 minutes I felt like I'd achieved something significant.

I'm gonna go call mama.

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