How nice it is to be human

This morning i tore myself away from my laptop to take my precious little Aoki on a lovely, long walk. How nice… clear the head, get the blood flowing, some fresh air… wonderful.

It was on this walk, that i had a revelation of how amazing the human body is. I’ve always appreciated, and slightly stood in awe of the body and how it works (thanks to my fitness/health freak dad) but today i thought of a few more things that made me appreciate it even more.

The first one being: When i left the house i had a certain song stuck in my head. Can’t even remember what it was now… but while i was walking, i noticed that my brain automatically calculated the speed and rhythm of my steps (and this happens to me all the time, i kid you not) and selects – apparently at random – a song stored somewhere in my memory that suites the tempo. I then I get THAT song in my head, and walk along to its beats, singing the lyrics silently to myself. Today it was The National – Secret Meeting!
AMAZING!!!

The second: I find it fascinating how when one begins to run, your arms automatically bend, in order to move better. HAHA! Imagine if we were to run with straight arms? It would be slightly harder. Babies run with straight arms, but that’s because their arms are so short. They sit with straight legs for the same reason, well, that and it helps them keep their balance. It would be really hard for us though, and your brain knows this, and beds those arms immediately when you pick up the pace… HOWEVER…

all arms bent.

When you want to LEAP … OUT go the arms, assisting the body in thrusting itself upward (in my case not very far) and  adding to the grace and elegance of the move… like ballet dancers…

do not try this at home.

and lastly, I think the fact that our bodies are waterproof makes life a little easier, also more fun… immersing ourselves in water for pleasure, recreation and hygiene would be a lot harder if we needed to keep wringing out our legs. :/

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Is the turkey burning? No, it’s my butt!

That’s right! This festive season it won’t only be Aunt Mable’s turkey burning … my muscles will be ON FIRE!!! I don’t really know how it happens, but as soon as i’m out of my regular eating routine/exercise schedule my “balanced diet” becomes more messed up than Russel Brand’s hair-do! But i’m going to do my best to maintain some sort of self control, and Aoki will help me get off my butt and go for a walk, but here’s something else i found that will help…

While i was Christmas shopping in CNA the other day, i came across this wonderful book. The Pilates Plan.

If your Pilates instructor is on holiday or, you enjoy doing some extra exercises at home like me, it’s a wonderful book to work through. It show’s exactly how to do the exercises, gives you tips, and gives alternatives in case of injuries etc, and the pictures are easy to glance at to follow the routines.

It’s my Christmas present to myself. I think i’ll put it under the tree, right next to my box of Quality Street chocolates 😉

 

put the “art” in “heart”

I’m 100% utterly and completely in love with this Korean artist MINJAE LEE … colour is my weakness, and i find her work utterly amazing!

 

Who loves Indian food??? Me Me Me!!!!

Tonight i REALLY felt like a delicious dinner, and with my busy day and exhausting Pilates class, i wasn’t going to cook… so … I went to my favorite little restaurant called Arzoo, and got some chicken korma and a sesame naan bread! Because we’re regulars there (and i dropped MAJOR hints) we got a free bowl of Kheer. For those who don’t know, Kheer is a traditional Indian rice and coconut dessert. Normally eaten in the morning, it’s perfectly sweet, cool and light AND DELICIOUS!!!

Here’s a recipe i found, so we can try this bowl of delicious at home!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup basmati rice
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Directions

Wash the rice thoroughly in several changes of water and put in a deep pot. Add milk and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook milk, gently boiling for 1 hour or until the rice is thoroughly cooked and the milk has thickened to a pudding consistency. Add sugar, cardamom and coconut, mix well. Distribute the pudding into 4 serving dishes and garnish with raisins and almonds. Chill for 4 hours before serving.

Dear New York

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the horrific attacks on the Twin Towers. I’ve been watching the documentaries on the History Channel this whole week, and sobbing my heart out for the city that i love. I left a big chunk of my heart in New York, and there’s not a day that goes by that i don’t think of the wonderful time i spent  there. Merely two years after 9/11  I saw Ground Zero, the fenced off area still overflowing with flowers, pictures and letters to loved ones who had passed away. I find it hard to describe the feeling i got when i stood there. I walked those streets where people were running for their lives two years earlier. Strange to think that for me, they’re  wonderful reminders of  a dream come true, but for many others even ten years later, painful reminders of their worst nightmare.

I lived in the village of Sag Harbor, in the heart of Hamptons in Long Island, only 1h30 away from the city by bus. Not many people visit Long Island when they’re in New York, so to make myself feel better, i thought i’d dedicate this post to my beloved state, and the most amazing part of New York and the Hamptons, Sag Harbor.

Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York

Main Street lined with boutiques, restaurants and privately owned stores.

 

Sag Harbor Bay and long wharf

 

The Hampton Jitney that used to take me to Manhattan

 

Mashashimuet Park where i'd take the kids to play

I wish i had a scanner to scan in some more pics. But at least this gives a good feel for the place that stole my heart, and that i long for every day ❤

I’ll always love you New York.

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