My Voice

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I think I have a thing for “I am…” poems. I wrote one this morning and one a month or 2 ago. I haven’t typed either up so I am sharing/ reposting (I think I posted it before) an oldie from April 2020. Enjoy!

I am the voice of a child.
I am the voice of a woman….
And of a man…
I am the voice of a human being.
I am the voice of the mute
And of the thunderous….
Of the tumultuous
And the tranquil…
Of rationale
And of intuition.
I am the voice of the silent rock laying along the riverbanks.
I am the voice of the running river.
I am the voice of the tree shading the riverbank…
I am the voice of the fallen tree upstream…
And of the fish carried by the currents…
I am the roar of the bear consuming the fish…
My voice is unborn, infantile and yet ancient.
My voice is infinite and yet finite….
Solo, yet multitudinous.
Can You Hear me?
I am the voice of the stars.
I am of the voice of darkness…
Of Day
And of Night
Of a Woman
And of a Child.

Shameless self promotion

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Hi All!

When I began my food blog, I had readers but then I didn’t post anything on it for so long that everyone left… I have been much more active on my food blog lately so if don’t see anything on this site and want to see what I am eating, please check out: https://foodtrek.wordpress.com/

Happy weekending!!!! I suppose that’s every day for most of you!

Wishing you all much love!

Things That Excite Me

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cosas que me emocionan

让我兴奋的事情

Ràng wǒ xīngfèn de shìqíng

New book! / nuevo libro/ 新書
Great weather/ hace buen tiempo/ 好天氣

What did you find exciting this week?

¿Qué fue lo más emocionante para ti esta semana?

本周让你兴奋的是什么?

Běn zhōu ràng nǐ xīngfèn de shì shénme?

Please feel free to correct my Spanish and Chinese or teach me how to say these words in a different language!

Weekend Wonders

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It’s Monday again: another 7 days around the sun since the last weekend. Today is my zoom aerial lesson after work! Yay!

I stayed up late on Friday and watched Coming to America 2.

I got my car fixed on Saturday and met with a friend for coffee while I was waiting. After coffee, I returned to the auto place and chatted with someone else who was waiting. We talked about video games, family, travel, New Zealand culture, and books. My car did not die over the weekend, like it has been, so the problem must be fixed! I went shopping for a bit. I have been trying to find new summer shoes but haven’t found ones I like yet. I did bring a pretty new bookshelf home. In the evening I practiced my aerial yoga.

On Sunday, I went to the park to meet up with some friends but the meetup was cancelled and I didn’t find out until late. So, I walked the park and took out my new veil pois and tried some moves. It was fun and definitely took way more energy than I expected. Maybe I am doing it wrong??? If I put more movement in my wrists rather than my shoulders, maybe it would take less energy? I napped and went to my first online baby shower afterwards. Then, I took another nap! I love weekends! After, I had dinner, cleaned out my fridge (much needed), practiced my aerial yoga some more, washed dishes, showered and went to bed.

All in all, a most satisfactory and relaxing weekend.

Was your weekend as lazy as mine? What did you do/ see?

What small miracles have you witnessed lately?

Small miracles I found this weekend:

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It began like any other day: Teachers picking up students from the drop-off location, going to class to get the school day started. I made my rounds checking on each classroom: teachers and students. I was heading across campus, waving and greeting students and attentive teachers zooming by. Suddenly, the usual late arrival of a coworker was out of the ordinary. It was paired with hurried steps and the words, “Get the kids inside!! There’s a homeless man with a gun by the bungalows!!!”

“Are you serious?!” I replied, in shock; but he was already gone, off to sound the alarm to as many as possible. I looked around for the kid who had just whizzed by on a scooter but he was no where to be seen and people were quickly rushing inside. I looked in his classroom. It was empty. Hoping he was somewhere safe, I ducked into the next classroom. Three students and three teachers had arrived in it. I told them what I had heard as a directive on our walkies said, “All staff, turn off radios! Emails only!” We switched our walkies off.

The four of us adults began locking the doors and finding items to cover or block windows. The students were provided with laptops, coloring pages, and books to distract them as well as jolly ranchers and whispered cues to keep them quiet. We turned off the lights and waited nervously in the dark for the next 50 minutes.

As an educator, I have lived through many lockdowns, but yesterday was different. It was different because the armed person was so much closer than in my previous lockdowns…

No one was hurt. The police apprehended the man in 20 minutes, combing the campus for another 30 minutes. All students and staff were sent home for the day afterwards, shaken but fine.

The whole time, I knew exactly what to do. As we waited, most of the other adults were on their cell phones contacting their families. I had left mine in my office and really had no one I wanted to tell… I looked around the room for items I could possibly use as a weapon if this person did mean to harm us and came close enough: a tripod, a chair, padded baseball bat??? The chairs were probably the best bet because they had metal legs: not soft like the aluminum tripod or the padded bat.

It was afterwards that I didn’t know what to do because we were told we could go home and stay home the next day too (today). I made a phone call to set up some state testing and then decided to join everyone else in going home because as much as I wanted to continue like it was a normal day, maybe it wasn’t…? Or maybe this is normal now?

Cee’s Challenge #5

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Cee’s challenge is all about bringing a little beauty and colour into our daily lives. Who wouldn’t be in favour of that?

Challenge rules, why not join in?

1.Feel free to post every day or whenever you you feel like it.  You can either post new flower photos or dig back into your archives.

2. Depending on the time of year, you can post any of these types of things for your FOTD.

  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries
  • Still life
  • Fake or Silk Flowers
I like to make “paintings” out of my photos.

Cee’s Challenge #4

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These were at the counter of a local coffee shop. They’re dying but I did some editing to the photo to bring them to life. 

Challenge rules, why not join in?

1.Feel free to post every day or whenever you you feel like it.  You can either post new flower photos or dig back into your archives.

2. Depending on the time of year, you can post any of these types of things for your FOTD.

  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries
  • Still life
  • Fake or Silk Flowers

And someone commented asking what the last #FOTD looks like without edits so:

Bossypants‘ Boundaries

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Last weekend, I got a group text message from a friend (Let’s call friend A) and one of her friends whom I have never met (call them S for stranger). My friend A and I sometimes hike and do yogasana outdoors. She (A) decided to invite this friend of hers (S) with us in this group text message.

This person whom I have never met (S) proceeds to choose a park, day, and time for us. I disagreed with all of the above, commented on day and the location not being a hike. Person (S) won’t budge about the day of the week due to playing a sport on other day. I suggest a trail. The person (S) then says they can’t hike because they have foot issues but they want to learn yoga from me. I am annoyed that this person I never met (S) is “asking” (wasn’t a question) me to teach them in a time and location of their choice when we were the ones who invited this person (S) to our hike/ yoga. Is this person (S) trying to be a friend or a freeloader (they never did yoga before and wants me to teach them)?! I can’t think of hiking places where people with foot issues can go so I suggest we just do yoga at a park, though it isn’t what I want to do at all. I certainly don’t want this person (S) to hurt their foot.

Then, this person (S) looks up the trail I had suggested and wants to carpool there. I am more annoyed at this point because a carpool means being less than 6 feet apart with 2 other people, at least one of whom doesn’t social distance, is an antivaxer and wears a mask only around me but it’s halfway on a lot of the times and this person had just said they could not hike due to foot issues.

My friend (A) and I point out that this trail would be bad for their foot issues. We suggest another location for meeting. To my surprise, this person (S) finally agrees to a location. They (S) suggest dinner afterwards. I don’t feel comfortable with that since we would not be social distancing and would have masks 😷 off. I suggest a picnic. They agree and then directs us to meet them by a specific building to spend time at a specific location at this park without even asking if that’s what we want to do.

I decide to make it more enjoyable for me and I invited a friend (E). This friend (E) agrees to come and a few days later remembers a prior engagement. Now that this friend (E) isn’t coming, I am questioning if I want to meet this person (S).

This person’s attitude is making me question myself. I told this story to a friend of mine (B) and he said that the way he was brought up, if he was a guest and someone offered him food, he would eat it to not offend the host. I agreed with this, but now I am realizing that this person I may meet at a park (S) for yoga may not have been was definitely brought up very differently and does not feel they have imposed on anyone.

Maybe I am the one in the wrong by bending my boundaries to meet the boundaries of this stranger… Stranger (S) has said very clearly they want to learn yoga, not to hike. Hiking only happens for them in the evening for short distances on flat ground. I have not stated that I hike in the daytime to avoid having to rush back before nightfalls, prefer non-flat ground for hikes as it means a view and cooler weather. I have not said I don’t feel comfortable carpooling and eating with people outside of my quarantine bubble. I don’t even think I want to teach them yoga unless my friend (E) who flaked comes because she actually asked at some point rather than demanding like this stranger. I have never met this stranger but I have bent to their boundaries. I don’t know if I even like them. No idea what they even look like or sound like.

These are my thoughts as I am deciding if and when I want to meet said stranger. Do I want to admit these thoughts to friend and said stranger to gain some connection? Do I want to continue with plans though my friend (E) I invited now cannot come or do I want to cancel or postpone until a date she is available to join us? Do I care if I appear flaky to a person I never met? Do I even want to meet this person? Am I over reacting?

Am I thankful for this person’s expressed boundaries because it made me realize how different my own upbringing was?

Do I just dislike this stranger because they remind me of someone else?

😂 Who would have thought planning a simple meeting would be so complicated and bring up so many questions?!

Am I also avoiding this group outing because my friend invited yet another friend and it’s been at least 2 years since I taught yogasana to a group of adults? (I much prefer children). Yes.

I think I will flake by texting them something came up and I can’t make it and that maybe we can plan something another time when my friend (E) is also available. I will decide by the end of today.

How were you brought up?

Do you think this person is rude or just stating what their preferences are to connect with others?

Should I give them a chance or trust my intuition that S is super inconsiderate and not someone I want to meet?

Now relating this type of person to careers/ life, is S the type of person who is successful or am I the type of person who is successful? Neither? Blend of both because leadership requires flexibility? All of the above because one defines one’s own success…

I will admit to posting a more personal posting today because I am already tiring of Cee’s Challenge. It doesn’t feel like connection to just share a flower photo and have it be “liked”, just like if you just “like” this post, it means nothing to me because engagement and time invested is minimal, but we give only what we can and I’ve certainly been guilty of only “liking” your posts.

I know this whole blog post today describes what could be called a “first world problem” and I am grateful that my worries aren’t much bigger right now.

What’s one of your “first world” dilemmas?

Was this story confusing?

Cee’s Challenge 3

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These were at the counter of a local coffee shop. They’re dying but I did some editing to the photo to bring them to life.

Challenge rules, why not join in?

1.Feel free to post every day or whenever you you feel like it.  You can either post new flower photos or dig back into your archives.

2. Depending on the time of year, you can post any of these types of things for your FOTD.

  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries
  • Still life
  • Fake or Silk Flowers

Cee’s Challenge #2

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Cee’s challenge is all about bringing a little beauty and colour into our daily lives. Who wouldn’t be in favour of that?

Challenge rules, why not join in?

1.Feel free to post every day or whenever you you feel like it.  You can either post new flower photos or dig back into your archives.

2. Depending on the time of year, you can post any of these types of things for your FOTD.

  • Single flowers
  • Buds
  • Multiple flowers
  • Bouquet
  • Flower fields
  • Wildflowers
  • Tree or bush blossoms
  • Autumn leaves
  • Spring leaves
  • Decorative Cabbage
  • Berries
  • Still life
  • Fake or Silk Flowers
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.- Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet