Archive for September, 2011

September 24, 2011

As it turns out, I like it hot.

On Wednesday, I started my new journey into the world of Bikram Yoga. I was looking for something different as a physical activity, and I wanted the main focus to be on destressing the body. Initially, I thought I was going to pass the fuck out, but once I was in the room for about 30 minutes, I found the heat to be quite pleasant. I would compare it to having the “itis” in a tropical location. I was really proud of myself. I tried every single pose at least twice before becoming overwhelmed and feeling the need to sit down for a few.

Today, I went for my second class at 8 am, and I wasn’t as adventurous. I felt extra tired from not sleeping so well, and perhaps I didn’t hydrate myself as good as I did before my first class. I felt like my feet were extra crampy and got dizzier a whole lot easier. Still, I was happy that I went and stuck it out, especially before my vacation….


I’m at the airport right now getting ready to leave for Ft. Lauderdale, and from there we will drive to Key West. I can’t wait to get 3 sheets to the wind at Margaritaville and eat conch fritters. For the next 4 days, life will be extra grand!

September 21, 2011

Today I did the unthinkable….

I signed up for Bikram Yoga. As I sit here, I am living in fear of the 105 degree, 40% humidity environment where I will  be expected to sit for 90 minutes this evening. What have I done?

While there is certainly no shortage of worry, I am also hopeful. I feel like I have tried everything in the past few months to get myself motivated to care more about my health. For some reason, this time has been the most challenging. Perhaps its because I know I have a long time to go until I meet my goal. As you all know (duh), I gained my weight back, and then some. Still, I cannot stop trying. I have to keep trying, even if I fail.

Right now, at this stage in my life, I am 28 years old. I grind my teeth at night, I wake up freqently, and I feel disgusting. Medication helps but makes me unmotivated to do very much activity. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, extremely self conscious and worried I am ruining my reproductive health. I haven’t menstruated since May- an indication that my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is in full swing again. If I don’t fix what the fuck is wrong with me, I may never have kids. I need to get my shit together, and I’m tired of taking medication. Oh, also, I’d like to not be a sure shot candidate for the ‘BEETUS.

I got mad at work the other day (standard) and flipped out (not so standard) and realized that I am totally out of control sometimes. I am way too stressed out and I need to really rope it in. I looked up a whole bunch of yoga studios in Columbia. The Bikram Studio looks the most terrifying, but also the most appealing. I have no idea why. It also happened to be the cheapest.

After reading Paige Williams 60-Day Bikram Yoga Makeover, I felt happy that I was at least going to try it.  She and I have similar health situations (aside from the whole menopause thing).  She made one  mega-ultra-huge point that confirmed my decision.

“But there are problems and there are Problems. I wasn’t dealing with a debilitating condition or an abusive husband or unremitting poverty or the death of a child or a male population that wanted me dead just because I wear lipstick; the only war zone I’ve ever lived in is the one in my head. My situation was self-imposed. I had choices. It was time to start making some good ones. “

She also seemed really happy that she went through with this sweaty hot mess of a project. If she can do it, so can I, right? We shall see.
September 21, 2011

Typographic Portrait

So, I completed my typographic portrait, based on the following photo. What do you think?

September 15, 2011

Nerd Life Has Returned

I’m heading into my third week back in school. There is no transition period. I feel like when you are in school, you are either busy, or you are not. There is no in between. I definitely have reading that still needs grazing over and an FTP Client to Download (I think I’ve decided to just buy Fetch).  I did download TextWrangler last night so that I could have a free HTML editor at home, so I’m all set there.  For Typography, I sent in my second homework last night. The assignment was to pick five letters from a Classic or Transitional typeface and label all 16 parts of the letters. It was interesting for me because type feels so familiar, yet I didn’t know the names of all its parts. I thought it was a good exercise. I thought maybe I was over thinking the assignment, and likely I was. It was best I keep it simple. That approach always works for me.

Click below and tell me what your favorite part of the letter is …

Assignment 2_16 Letter Parts

September 7, 2011

Back To School

Farewell summer…Last week I went back to school. This semester, we are delving into the world of Typography. I’m also taking intro to hypermedia. So far, so good. I find any kind of mark up language to be intimidating, but I’m excited to learn it. I know that I should really focus on the web as much as I do print design.

I got the design annual of Communication Arts and I can’t wait to crack the pages open!!

On another note. I couldn’t have ended the summer on a better note. My best friend, Monica, celebrated her birthday this weekend, and we had THE BEST time in DC at Lauriol Plaza and the Town night club. I danced so hard my feet were aching the next day. I was exhausted and didn’t get home until 3 am. After sleeping in half of Sunday. The Gutterbird and I went on an impromptu drive around Arlington and Old Town Alexandria. It was nice to get out of Columbia! Its really sparked some ideas for him and I. Anyways, there is inspiration to be found, so I’m off. I leave you all with this little tidbit