Earth Watching

April 28, 2011

Today I was just a little insane in the membrane. It was one of those days when I couldn’t catch up with myself. But I did get a ton done, and around 5:30, my shoulders asks me: “WHY HAVEN’T YOU DONE YOGA IN 2 WEEKS?!”

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Whoops. No wonder they were hurting!

After some pondering on how and where I wanted to do yoga, I decided the weather was so nice I’d pull a Faith and just put my matt right out on our deck. Our living room is so not yoga friendly.

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GOOD CALL!! It was GLORIOUS!! I put some music on my phone (Cousin Chris’s tunes and some Brendan James mixed in!) and did my own yoga class. The minute I got upside-down in a down dog, followed by an awesome rag doll, I felt the stress literally drip out of my shoulders.

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I have done enough yoga in my life to know the basic components of a vinyasa class. I did a lot of long holds to stretch my body out and made my way from vinyasas to warriors to triangle/half moon/standing splits to chair pose and a little bridge and wheel and finally a really long savasana where I closed my eyes under this:

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It took me about 30 minutes! I was very proud of myself. In the end I just laid there for a while and earth-watched.

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Then I showered, got fancied up and greeted Matt so we could walk to dinner with Faith + Tate.

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We went to Baja Bean, where beers are only $2 during happy hour!! What a steal!!

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Chip and salsa [and a few of F+T’s nachos] were munched, but I held back because I knew I had a salad shell on the way

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The last time we went to Baja Bean I was totally impressed by my shrimp fajita salad. So much I haven’t stopped thinking about it since September 12, which luckily I could track down thanks to this blog! It was fresh and full of lettuce and veggies and juicy shrimp.

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This time, the salad was TINY. Barely any lettuce at all!! It didn’t even fill up half of the bowl. The shrimp were not very good either, and the whole thing was just kind of gloppy. BB has changed its menu and we all agreed not for the best :( I left most of my refried beans and all but one bite of my shell.

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I also accidentally brought my wrong lens – this is the stock lens which does not have as low of an aperture as my Canon 35 mm f/2.0 and does not take very good photos in low light! So here is Matt’s blurry giant burrito, which he demolished!

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We walked about 3 miles round trip to dinner. It was tempting to get Arch’s Gooey Brownie after, but we were all too full.

Hoping for a good night’s rest tonight!

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1 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats April 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Wow, those two salads are like night and day. That’s frustrating that the restaurant changed its offerings so much in just a few months.

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2 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm

ohhh yoga on the deck is such a fabulous idea. I love doing it by lake Michigan here in Chicago it is so serene!

That salad looks soo yummy! :)

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3 Abby April 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Bummer about dinner. The outdoor yoga sounds so peaceful! :)

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4 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I can’t wait to wear a skirt outside and not be freezing. Any day now I hope.

Too bad about the salad — what a bummer!

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5 Hilary April 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Man, I hate it when that happens….something you expected to be awesome (and was before) letting you down is a total bummer!

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6 Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Beautiful pictures of outdoor scenery! I also LOVE the color of your shirt!

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7 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Bummer about the salad. I love taco salads in the shell.

Hope you sleep well tonight :)

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8 Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

My students recently brought up the idea of doing yoga outside and I think it’d be so awesome! It’d definitely be very peaceful. And also give me a chance to instruct hot yoga! ;)

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9 staceyhealthylife April 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

The first salad looks delicious. The second is sooo disappointing, they should be embarrassed.

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10 Claire April 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Love gooey brownie! Arch’s Jungle Fever is my fave: vanilla fro yo, gooey brownie, banana, hot fudge on top. mmmm

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11 Amy April 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

OMG trying that ASAP.

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12 Amy April 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Nice! I feel like I’m not confident enough in my yoga knowledge/experience to go it without at least a podcast. I like the instructors to be the ones telling me how long to hold my poses! – But you’ve given me a little more confidence to get out and do yoga on my back deck. Who cares what the neighbors think! :)

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13 Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey April 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

The yoga sounds lovely! Too bad about the salad. :(

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14 Dalai Lina April 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

If I had to pick out a food to eat for the rest of my life it would be Mexican!

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15 Chelsea April 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I love doing yoga outside! Isn’t it awesome. I think your in need of a massage! All that stress is weighing on your shoulders. Matt’s burrito looks so GOOD!

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16 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Sorry the salad was disappointing! A salad needs to have lots of delicious veggies to be good. :( At least you can make better ones at home. :)

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17 Christine April 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Your backyard is beautiful! I want to lay on your deck with a book and an iced tea :)

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18 Krissy - Shiawase Life April 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm

that’s a bummer that dinner wasn’t as good as last time!!

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19 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Hate it when stock lenses happen :) Your pics are still awesome and thanks for even taking pics when you’re eating out and on your “own time”!

insane in the membrane..havent heard that one in awhile.

Earth watching, a beautiful savasana, and a great yoga sesh to recharge the batteries and recenter you…awesome! I am a huge fan too :)

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20 Baking Books April 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I just have to say that you look beautiful! Purple looks great on you!

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21 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I LOVE yoga! It is SO good to get that stretch in–and our bodies usually tell us when :)

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22 Angela April 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I’m curious…what lens do you typically use for your photos? I LOVE them & your comment about using the stock lens for these peaked my curiosity! Love your Blog…thanks Kath!

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23 KathEats April 29, 2011 at 7:56 am

The one I mentioned in the post – the 35 mm

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24 Cyndi April 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Yoga makes everything *all better* come on yall! It’s a fact.

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25 Khushboo April 28, 2011 at 11:04 pm

NIce going with the yoga! I find that doing a bunch of surya namaskars (sun salutations) is a great mix of the poses and an easy way to fit yoga in your life without the need for a class! Once you have the technique nailed, even 30 minutes is beneficial!

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26 Ella April 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I love that you said yoga “matt.”. Hee hee. Didn’t you make a similar Freudian slip with the word “bread” recently too? :)

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27 KathEats April 29, 2011 at 7:56 am

Ha – oops!

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28 Alaina April 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Outdoor yoga looks so nice and relaxing! Hope that helped your shoulders. :-)

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29 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I would love to be able to do yoga in my backyard! My neighbors are creeps and their windows are practically in our backyard, so I don’t know if I could ever relax knowing they’re watching me :(But oh man, that view is glorious!

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30 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I thought of you yesterday (and something you mentioned in a post last weekish) when someone stopped me in the store and asked if I was a gymnast. I used to be kind of bothered by this for some reason, but I pulled a KERF and appreciated my body. I said, “No, but I bet my strong muscles totally deceived you into thinking I am, right?” :)

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31 KathEats April 29, 2011 at 7:56 am

:) Yay!

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32 lynn @ the actor's diet April 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm

it’s been too long since i’ve done yoga. 2 years? eek.

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33 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East April 29, 2011 at 1:19 am

Yoga on the deck sounds so peaceful! Perfect afternoon activity for a busy day!

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34 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 29, 2011 at 2:03 am

Sounds like you had a great, relaxing yoga session! I definitely want to try yoga outside sometime!

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35 Ellie@fitforthesoul April 29, 2011 at 2:09 am

wow Mexican food always looks so delicious. :) I hope you have a healthy and peaceful day tomorrow!

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36 Tasha @ Voracious April 29, 2011 at 3:08 am

How wonderful that you did yoga in your own yard. I don’t know enough yoga yet to do my own session, I gotta go to class or watch a video. But maybe I should start studying up so I can do yoga outside on my own, because that would be magical. Although…it’s already hit the 100s this week, so I might have to wait till summer is over…

Your meal looks incredible, although I’m sorry to hear the salads were a disappointment. That burrito looks positively magnificent!

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37 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 29, 2011 at 5:06 am

I can always feel the difference in my shoulders when I haven’t done yoga in a while as well. And having an outdoor yoga session must have felt lovely! :D

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38 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 29, 2011 at 5:20 am

Outside yoga sounds wonderful!

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39 Colleen @ Colleens Better Bites April 29, 2011 at 5:38 am

I hate it when restaurants skimp on the lettuce! Yoga outside looks great.

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40 Christie {Nourishing Circle} April 29, 2011 at 5:48 am

Your first sentence took me back to years of my life I had nearly forgotten. ;)

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41 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

That’s awesome that you were able to put together an entire 30 minutes of yoga! Sounds absolutely perfect on the deck!

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42 Christine @ Burning It Off April 29, 2011 at 6:04 am

Looks like you had perfect weather for outdoor yoga. That burrito looks crazy goood!

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43 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 29, 2011 at 7:23 am

I hate it when restaurants change their menus for the worse! That happened to me at my favourite coffee shop – they switched from fresh fruit smoothies to using a prepackaged mix. :(

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44 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 29, 2011 at 7:24 am

I hate when restaurants do that!

But your yoga looked lovely.

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45 Christine @ Merf In Progress April 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

Flutter sleeves! <3

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46 Emilia April 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I love doing yoga at home– something about it is so much more relaxing and in tune :)

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