What goes through my mind during a hot yoga class

I joined a hot yoga studio a year ago and this is all I do now.

Pranayama deep breathingĀ 

Literally on the second breath: I can't do this I want to go home I just don't have it today.

Half moon pose

Is class over? This posture has been going on for like an hour.

Hands to feet pose

Oh man, I am really killing this one today. I think I have my legs all the way straight this time, I can feel it, they are a ruler! Glances...

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The week in review- supersize edition

I've been a slacker about posting, but not about reading, so I have about 52 million books to recap here. Right now I'm on a desktop computer and drinking hot chocolate, because why stop at one retronym when you can have two? We just came from a family reunion at Hershey park, and we had the best time creating our own chocolate bars.

Other People's Houses was a real bomb for me. This was your basic domestic drama featuring infidelity, so it should have been the kind of thing I love....

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If we can’t get rid of guns, let’s at least do this five dollar thing.

"If guns were banned, then how would men kill their wives? How would men kill themselves? How would men exact revenge on the world for not giving them everything they'd ever wanted?"

So, reading How To Be Safe is going to feel extremely timely. This novel about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town highlights the absurdity of gun culture in this country, shows what a nightmare our society is for women, and somehow manages to be really fucking funny....

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The week in review

Calling him Roger hasn't really stuck, but "Bubsy Malone" is starting to catch on and I love it.

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky was very enjoyable for me. I could relate to a lot in it, and I loved that it was just kind of an ordinary story about an ordinary person. I could see why someone would hate it, so I don't know, read it, but don't complain about it to me if you don't like it.

One of my favorite genres is now, "stuff that's similar to or inspired by Handmaid's Tale,...

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Running wild in America’s hat

March 9, 2013, my first ever half marathon. I went into it saying I just wanted to finish, didn't care about the time, just doing this for fun, I'm breezy! And then I finished in 2:01:49, and boy did those 109 seconds do their best to show me how very not breezy I was. So two months later, we did a little family trip to Vancouver, where I ran the BMO half, with the express goal of finishing under 2 hours. First and last time I ever ran a race with a specific goal other than...

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The week in review

Ugh, this week ended with a broken phone and a trip to my least favorite place on earth, the genius bar. Oh how bad could the genius bar have been? Well the guy asked me if I had grandchildren, that's how bad. This was after I told him my daughter was 11, so mostly that was him just being clueless I guess, BUT STILL. Let's never speak of this again.

I'm glad I read What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw. It was kind of an off the radar, quirky book. The two storylines were both highly...

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The weekend in review

Friday morning, I forgot to do my weekly recap here before we left for a super fun-filled weekend in Portland. (I blame Louis C. K. and I am not even kidding.) Anyhow, once we got there, I was going to borrow Rich's laptop and do it at the hotel, but who feels like blogging in a hotel room when Powell's is half a mile away? Not me, that's who. So then I figured I'd do it a day late, but the Portland Saturday Market was beckoning, and Quarterworld was beckoning, and Gravy was beckoning,...

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Slow and steady finishes the race

I didn't know anything at all about the Lake Washington Half Marathon going in. I'm on 52 million running email lists, so at some point I got something in my inbox about it, and it seemed like a good race to use as a warmup for the Seattle half at the end of the month. I almost ended up skipping it, because some friends had an opening on their Napa Ragnar team, but then that ended up not happening due to the wildfires, so I went back to my original plan of race on Saturday, Seahawks game on...

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All treat, no trick

Pachinko has nothing at all to do with Halloween, but my copy is due back today, and it's an instant favorite, so here we are. This is the kind of book that makes me feel bad for people who don't really love to read, because I know that to them, "500 page multigenerational Korean family saga spanning the entire 20th century" sounds like something you'd get CliffsNotes for in high school, but YOU GUYS. This is unputdownable.

We all have Halloween stuff to do today, so I'm not going to...

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Meet my favorite pet, Peeves.

Yesterday, out of the blue, Dash asked me if a certain friend of his was a surprise. I don't actually keep a file on the conception details of all his friends, but I did happen to know that this particular kid was in fact, a surprise. I told him so and he asked, "So, like, his mom was just sitting around one day, and surprise, a baby came out?" And I said, "Yep, that's what happened!" and that was the end of that conversation.

Ok, so actually that did lead to a more detailed talk with my...

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