Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Learn anatomy with Outlander!

Have you read Outlander and/or watched the tv show? If not, then do, because the books are great and the show is pretty good as well. If you have, then you might be aware of some of the fan websites. One I’ve just seen and enjoyed is called Outlander Anatomy.

It is written by a professor of anatomy, and uses pictures from the show and sometimes tidbits from the book to teach various anatomical lessons. It’s pretty new, so there are only a few entries so far, but it’s fun and informative.

Go check out the site, and then make sure you go read the books, especially if you like historical time-travel romances. And really, who doesn’t?

Roll with the changes

I don’t know about you, but there’s been a lot of change happening in my life, and I don’t always welcome it, even though it often leads to something good.
As I was driving to Gainesville today, I listened to an episode of To The Best Of Our Knowledge, and part of it was this interview: http://ttbook.org/book/rupert-sheldrake-science-set-free. In it, Rupert Sheldrake talks about how scientists often live with set assumptions, and often flat-out refuse to explore possibilities which they “know” to be untrue.
I’m pretty sure I’ve been guilty of that from time to time, and I know plenty others have also. Anyway, I found the interview kind of liberating in a way, and  I would like to bring more open-mindedness to my life, most especially when it comes to change: to release the need to grasp and cling to the status quo; to ride the wave, rather than be pulled under.
The universe capped things off for me by playing REO Speedwagon’s “Roll With The Changes” the instant I changed the radio station. 😀

Goodbye, Miss Patches

This morning, my parents had to make a sad decision to say goodbye to our special cat friend, Patches.

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Despite having been injured several times in her early life before she was rescued by a good friend of mine, Patches was incredibly sweet and loving and had a loud, rumbling purr, and she helped me learn and focus metta, or loving-kindness. She came to live with me for a few years at the beginning of my massage career, and we had a special little daily routine. Everyday when I’d come home from work, I’d head back to lie on my bed, and she would race back with me, leap on the bed, and crawl up onto my chest and purr.  During that time, I began learning Thai massage, and when my teacher asked us to focus on our heart center to help us develop metta, I used that memory of Miss Patches, warm and purring in the center of my chest.

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A few years later, Patches became my parents’ cat. Her original caretaker and I are so grateful that they were able to give her another loving home, and we have felt like she was meant to be with them all along.

She will always have a special place in our hearts. We love you, Patches, and thank you for loving us so unconditionally.

Focusing on some good

I’ve been thinking about a quote which goes something like: “Those who look for flowers find flowers, and those who look for weeds find weeds.”

In that vein, here are some things I feel good about today:

1) I had a long phone call with my best friend, and later realized we’ve been friends for almost 18 years!

2) Inspired by last night’s episode of American Ninja Warrior, this morning I was brave and tried BODYPUMP for the first time. A very nice woman enthusiastically showed me the ropes and even asked for my card when she heard I do massage. I felt very strong and proud of myself…I only hope I can still move tomorrow!

3) Probably as a result of the morning’s workout, I have felt relaxed and productive all day.

4) I have enjoyed some quality time, reading with my cats. (Currently I’m finishing up this for my book club.)

5) Although I finished eating up the last of my homemade hummus (though that fact makes me a little unhappy), it is so easy and delicious that I’ll make it again soon. Here’s the recipe:

1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth

1 14oz can of chickpeas, drained

3-4 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsp tahini

Add all ingredients together in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth!

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Visit Cat vs Human–it is very cute and funny!

Inspiration can come from the strangest places

Ok, I know it’s probably pretty absurd to talk about watching reality shows on a page about massage and healing, but I am only human, and it’s summer and time for So You Think You Can Dance and American Ninja Warrior!  It’s weird but they inspire me to be a better person–one who moves more and challenges herself. It’s hard for me to watch people dance and dance, or Parkour all over the place without wanting to get up and move myself! After an episode of SYTYCD, my mind if filled with music and leaping, and I find myself wanting to jeté, rubber-limbed, throughout the house. And American Ninja Warrior is filled with all kinds of stories of personal triumph, and it makes me realize that change is possible whenever you want to make it happen. I made sure to get a workout in this morning before I did anything else because I know I’ll be getting to know more warriors (at heart) on screen tonight. I’ll probably even do some push-ups during commercials. 🙂

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