Friday chickenIn which I cover the good stuff and the hard stuff in my week, trying for the non-preachy, non-annoying side of ritual and self-reflection.

And you get to join in if you feel like it.

Once more I am in denial. This whole wait-now-it’s-September bit has thrown me for a loop.

Excuse me while I stick my fingers in my ears and sing lalalalala.

Or as Lisa does it, lalalalala must go eat pancakes.

Anyway, this week! It happened. How was it?

The hard stuff

Oh, hormones.

Tantrums and raging and hating everything.


Also, related: extreme hypersensitivity to the smell of smoke.

Which normally wouldn’t be a big deal since I don’t know anyone who smokes. But apparently this week was Everyone-in-Portland-Smoke-Like-A-Fiend Week and no one told me.

Sore shoulder.

And I keep forgetting about it and making it worse.

Rushed. The Grumblethrum Collective are not happy.

All my time monsters were extra loud.

And the Grumblethrum Collective had all sorts of things to say about their perceptions of lack and of everything Being Squozed. Their word choice.

But seriously, time is flying. And the transitions are bumpy.

I always forget that Oregon does this thing where it goes from summer to fall with zero intermediary anything.

One night you’re trying to sleep while glued to the fan, the next night you’re piling on the blankets and wondering where the flannel sheets went.

One morning you’re wandering around the light-filled house in your underwear, the next morning it’s hoodies and slippers in the dark.

I used to think that it was just this weird blip on my part. A lack of mindfulness. Temporary amnesia. But it’s not. Things just switch up really, really, really fast.

The truth is, I adore autumn. And this summer has been amazing. No regrets.

But something about the switch triggered my It’s All Happening Too Fast stuff, and there was a mini-freakout there too.

Also there are only six days until the Shiva Nata training and then it’s already Rally (Rally!) and then it’s practically October.


Just argh. So many times argh.

Sometimes I just don’t like anyone.

This is also hormonal and it will pass. But it still sucks.

Being misunderstood. Or perceiving that I have been misunderstood.

I do not like this.

The good stuff

An actual weekend! For meeeee!

And a lovely one.

With merby and derby and lots of napping.

Plus partner yoga-ing with Danielle.

Delicious cart food and also Captured By Porches.

My shopkeeper’s hat.

It really is a great hat.

Plus now it has a story. Everything’s better with a story.

The Toozday Shiva Nata class.

An amazing group of people.

Brilliant practice. It was fantastic.

And the epiphanies have been flying!

Hooray and a thousand times again hooray for the craziness that is Shiva Nata.

Big and wonderful changes at the Playground.

We’re redoing lots of things.

Moving stuff around. Reorganizing.

It’s all very exciting.

Clean house.

It’s clean. I feel good!

Happy Hoppy House.


Can’t give details yet because it’s still being whispered, but I am in love — madly — with this new thing I’ll be teaching. Soon, I promise.

Many sweet and wonderful moments in which everything is actually pretty great.

Sometimes I forget about these but there were actually lots of them this week.

Body is happy.

Other than the shoulder.

But happy, still.

Thank you, body.

And … playing live at the meme beach house it’s the Fake Band of the Week!

My brother and I have this thing where we come up with ridiculous band names and then say in this really pretentious, knowing tone, “Oh, well, you know, it’s just one guy.”

This week’s band is a local one:

Always Whistle First

They’re doing shows all over the place. Check them out if you get a chance. Although I heard it’s actually just one guy.

Announcement time!

  1. I wanted to remind you: Rally prices have to go up in 2012. Which is weirdly soon. And those Rallies are already filling up pretty quickly. So take a look at the SCHEDULE for this new year and make a Gwish about when/how.
  2. The Shiva Nata iPhone app! Have you tried it? If you don’t have an iThingy (Chuck‘s word?), hang out in pubs until you meet someone who does! Then borrow their phone for five minutes each day. :)
  3. The monster manual & coloring book will be required reading for a number of my courses next year. Put it on your wish list.

I think that’s everything? If not, I’ll add stuff to the Very Personal Ads over the weekend.

That’s it for me …

And of course you can join in my Friday ritual right here in the comments if you feel like it.

Yes? Anything hard and/or good happen in your week?

And, as always, have a glorrrrrrrrrrrrious day, a restful weekend and a happy week to come. Shabbat shalom.

p.s. It’s okay if it’s not Friday anymore. There’s complete chicken amnesty — you can join in whenever (or not) and it’s no big deal.