Tags: walking

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The Santa Cause

Oops, I did it again. Signed up for a race. This time, even during flare, I can handle it...it's just a mile. I'm hoping for 2 miles--one walking for time (benchmarking for 2021) and again, taking my time, for Statue Walk photos.
Oops, I did it again. Signed up for a race. This time, even during flare, I can handle it...it's just a mile. I'm hoping for 2 miles--one walking for time (benchmarking for 2021) and again, taking my time, for Statue Walk photos.

This is only a mile. It can be a 5k if I want, but since I'm walking, it will be a 2-miler, I think. My feet/legs are holding up decently the past few weeks and now I can be outdoors more with my fugly goggles. I have a week & a half to accomplish this, so if I wake up dreadfully ill, I can do it when I feel better. If nothing else, the pandemic is allowing my wimpy lupus self to participate in more things. The past ten YEARS, I've been waiting to see how I feel THE MORNING OF THE RACE. Which means, I don't get to take advantage of early bird registration or even the normal race fees--I have to pay extra and sometimes I don't get a race tee (not that this is why I have ever raced, but it is nice to have as a memento).

This year’s race will benefit ArtsPartners of Central Illinois and help fund future Sculpture Walks by ArtsPartners. I have been wanting to do the Sculpture Walk, and what better way than to help support it! ArtsPartners has also helped my writers' group out in the past. They gave us free sponsorship and also, because we did not collect membership dues, gave us free booths at their annual Ignite! Peoria events where I got to teach poetry and short story writing to kids and promote the group and all of the NaNoWriMo events we participated in. I know I've retired from all of that, but I love what they do for the creative community in Peoria and I can't forget all that they've done for my group.

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Raqs Sharqi, Recycling & Baby Reno

"Can I have this dance?" ~Reno
"Can I have this dance?" ~Reno

What is raqs sharqi, you might be asking yourself. Simply stated, it's what we call belly dance in America. I try to use this term, because it's more accurate, but it's not a mainstream term, so I generally give up & revert to belly dance. That said, I'm going to try to make a more conscious effort to call it raqs sharqi from here on out. Speaking of which, I did finally sign up for an online dance session which will begin in about a week and a half. It's called Crushing Combos--it caters to one of my (many) weak areas in dance, and it'll be in the spirit of metal & dark fusion dance. I also have some ATS videos and some Egyptian cabaret-style raqs sharqi videos to follow during this time of social distancing.

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Leveling Up During Anxious Times

Had a birthday and we went out with friends. On Wednesday we went to a quaint little place that feels like you're eating at Grandma's house--the interior decor is early 20th century farmhouse. We went with 3 other couples and had our own private room...after a table of 3 left, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. We had a wonderful time and it felt 'normal' for once. (I was also spoiled with gifts.) After such a positive experience, I accepted my friend's invitation to go swimming at the marina on Thursday, thinking there would only be a handful of people there. It was crowded! I wasn't expecting that, and it made me more uncomfortable than I thought it would. We had a lot of fun though! Just not sure I'll be doing that again any time soon. We then accepted an invitation to go to the races Saturday night. Wall-to-wall people, none of them wearing masks (I only wore a bandanna instead of a filtered mask, so really I can't say much), and one hacking up a lung next to my husband. I feel a wee bit better only because we were outside the entire time. Now one of my husband's clients has the virus and although I haven't come into contact with this particular client in over a month, I did work at hubs's office last week and he has had brief contact with his client who was in jail at the time, so he thinks he's okay because they had to talk through glass (but he was at the prison where there is a current outbreak). I don't think I'll be accepting many more invitations for a while. 

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Back to Black

Almost picked Back In Black by AC/DC, but I actually like Amy's song better. And, it's another double entendre. My back is O-U-T, big time out. I'm quite miserable. No walking, dancing or anything remotely physical at the moment. I have cleaning out my fridge over the weekend to thank for this. Buh. In all fairness, the refrigerator was way overdue for a good scrub down, but not worth it if it's going to kill me softly.

I did manage to write a letter to a pen pal and got it out in the mail today. We dined inside of a restaurant for the first time in four months Friday night. Our friends were in town from Ohio (he's originally from Peoria and was in a rock band with hubs back in the day). We all wore masks in (obviously we took them off to eat), but I was shocked how many people came in without masks. It's not like the entire planet is in the middle of a highly contagious pandemic, or something...

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Serenity - In Progress

I'm such a nerd because I love double entendres. I am in the process of discovering serenity, but I am also in the process of learning choreography to the Godsmack song. It just happens to be my favorite Godsmack song, so this has been a ton of fun so far!

I was fortunate to catch Godsmack live in 2006 before they headlined their own shows. They opened for Metallica, and I honestly have to say that I enjoyed Godsmack more that day. Metallica looked tired and like they were barely tolerating each other, and that was *after* Jason Newsted left the band, so they should have been fresh.

I have a lot to do this month. I decided to make a Vision Board and display it over my treadmill. I'd like to nail down choreo for Serenity and jump back into the Shimmy Mob choreo (which I don't know by heart yet). I'd like to be performance-ready for both of those by month's end.

I have many, many miles to walk this month as well. And a set of cross-stitch Christmas ornaments to finish.

I'm doing a 30-day yoga thing to hopefully alleviate some stiffness, as well. I'm using it as a cool down from walking. I'm so much better with my yoga practice when I'm on a solid running or walking kick.

And, I might be sick of poetry by the end of the month. My biggest goal for July is to get my chap book completed and at least uploaded for self-publication. Pretty sure I'll be ready to write some fiction after that!

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Going Stygian

https://www.youtube.com/user/ShyamaAnima
https://www.youtube.com/user/ShyamaAnima

I'm officially part of the Stygian Collective now, so I will be a full-on dark fusion belly dancer. Can't wait to really get started! This will also afford me performance opportunities, but I need to get my dancing muscles back fully before I commit to doing any stage work. I'm out of practice, and if you don't use it, you do lose it.

I'm doing a 30-day cleanse sort of a thing, too. No alcohol, and limiting processed foods as much as possible. Drinking a lot of water, green tea & juice. Eating a lot of fresh fruits & veggies. It's not so much for weight loss (though I wouldn't be sad if it worked that way) as it is for feeling better. 

I'm also the new owner of a C-PAP machine. I'm sleeping like garbage so far, because it isn't the most comfortable, but I do like the white noise aspect of it. I also need to use the humidifier--I already have severe dry mouth & eyes, and the air flowing through the tube is enough to make it painful. 


Haven't been walking as much as I should, so I need to get back on top of that. I have had 3 days with pukey migraines this week (hence the C-PAP and cleansing) and I feel like I was hit by a train, so things are coming together much too slowly for me right now. I've been creative though, so that's a plus. Working on cross-stitch Christmas ornaments right now. I also finished reading a mediocre book (review forthcoming).

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Peacocks Don't Half-A$$ Anything

The peacock project I've been working on was signed, sealed and delivered to our friends tonight. It turned out maybe even better than I hoped for--the colors were so beautiful.
The peacock project I've been working on was signed, sealed and delivered to our friends tonight. It turned out maybe even better than I hoped for--the colors were so beautiful.

Did you know that peacocks are a symbol for integrity? I needed that in large doses this week. Not because of all the craziness in our world necessarily, but for my business and for my self esteem. I was soooo scared to do those flipping peacock wings--you have NO idea how many internal conversations I had with myself to get them done (and a couple of shots of whiskey to help those conversations along). I so very nearly said 'screw it' and just fudged the wings, but this was for two of our very best friends, and I didn't want to half-ass it. I decided to try it first--and only fudge as a second resort. I'm so glad I did, although it took approximately one hour per wing. Definitely worth it in the end, though.

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Fugliest Walking Shoes. EVER.

Why yes, this is leopard print at the ankles. Pink. Blue. Gray. Black. In other words, these shoes are CONFUSED!!!
Why yes, this is leopard print at the ankles. Pink. Blue. Gray. Black. In other words, these shoes are CONFUSED!!!

These are the ugliest pair of shoes I've ever owned. They ARE fun in an eclectic sort of strange way, and are completely confused as to what they want to be when they grow up, so they aren't completely off course with my personality, BUT...my old treadmill shoes had a blow-out. Not a good time to start speed walk training on a treadmill. I have great hiking shoes/booties, but they are too short for the treadmill. The shoes that blew out were my only treadmill shoes. No place is open right now for shoes. Not even Wal-Mart (open for essentials only atm-clothing, shoes, etc. were roped off...). I didn't want to order online, because my feet are so finicky right now. So. These are from Family Dollar. Not a fan of shopping for shoes there, but at least I could try them on to determine they had adequate support for the treadmill and enough room in the toe box whereas any other local place is still verboten during the pandemic. I HAVE to buy my shoes 1/2-1 size bigger these days because of how much my feet and ankles swell during the day, so I will be putting my orthotics in these for extra support and I sincerely hope this will not cause me more grief than good.

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