Slim Paley photo
Early morning in my library, just before Sunday yoga
Well, that was a crazy week.
It began with wild storms and loads of rain. Tuesday I took a field trip to Sun Valley CA. to look at stone slabs for counter tops (very different from Sun Valley, Idaho, I might add) During the drive there and back I passed through every possible weather permutation save snow I think. I felt like the mannequin in the shop window in “H.G. Well’s The Time Machine”
Marble slab warehouse
Apparently an interesting customer had been in shopping the week before…
As a child, one of my favourite movie scenes was when the mannequin in the shop window of “The Time Machine” conveyed the accelerated passage of time by racing through all the different periods of fashion.
and I always thought Rod Taylor was so handsome and his house so cozy. I could never understand why he was a bachelor 🙁
But I digress…(I know you’re shocked)
Wednesday, well, I don’t even want to go into that day, and yesterday a friend and I attended an all day “Yoga Immersion” in Ojai. The class was from 9:00 to 4:00 (with a break for lunch. Tofu, of course!)
Slim Paley photo of Ojai
Down Dog Kitty
Here are a few things I learned in the class :
-I’ve confirmed I’m not comfortable with “Free Style” yoga- not even with super loud music- not even in my own bedroom, much less a room filled with 75 people I don’t know. If you told me the survival of the entire manifest of The Titanic was at stake I could not dance around with the reckless abandon of a couple of yesterday’s classmates. Oye. OK, maybe once, in my early twenties, after a couple of Singapore Slings the night after seeing “Flashdance” did I dance like that. No, come to think of it, still not quite that animated. And I’m sure I had a bra on.
–Never look at your good friend when you’re trying not to laugh.
-If your personal repetoire of unguided yoga poses runs the gamut of A to B, Freedom Style yoga might not be your bag, Man.
-Always find out beforehand if a class is geared towards students or teachers. That would be really helpful.
-Might also be a good idea to inquire ahead of time what style of yoga is being taught.
-My no-ride, no wriggle, no-show Gap boy shorts are still The Bomb.
– Some people like to ask questions just to hear the sound of their own voice. They should get over themselves.
-The next time I smell big bunches of yoga sage branches it might be too soon.
– Mat to Mat, head to toe exercise with 75 other people in one room for an entire day is not my idea of a dream date.
–I love my feet.
-and I’m glad I had a pedicure,
We’ll leave it there.
Namaste and all that though.
The Best Part of Sunday morning yoga!
Comfort food is definitely in order these days
Slim Paley iPhone photo
WILD MUSHROOM CROSTINI
3 TBL butter
12 ounces assorted wild mushrooms (shtake, oyster, black trumpet and crimini)
1 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme
1/4 cup red wine
3 TBL. fresh thyme leaves
2 TBL mayonnaise
1 small shallot chopped
1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing thick slices of rustic bread
Saute butter, mushrooms and fresh thyme in frying pan until cooked.
Whisk together ingredients of vinaigrette and drizzle over mushrooms spread on toasted bread brushed with olive oil
Season with rock salt, fresh black pepper and Truffle oil!
Serve with salad and nice hearty glass of red wine
Slim Paley photo
Aaahhhhh…. bubbles & pictures of Birkenstock Busters
Have a supple weekend 🙂
Oh, and PS. If you were in the class… I wasn’t talking about you!
(Yoga cats via flickr)