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Home!

I have this song stuck in my head, so I had to share:

My happy song at the moment. I heard it on the radio, and it caught my ear. It has a very unique sound. Catchy, happy, and a little twangy, which I actually like. Is it Country? Whatever it is, it makes me feel good. The video is fun, too. I hope it makes you smile, as it makes me smile when I listen to it over, and over, and over, and over…

HOME by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHKuB85EgnI

And…the lyrics:

Alabama Arkansas I do Love my Ma and Pa
But not as much as I do Love you
Holy Moly Me oh My you’re the apple of my eye
Girl ain’t never loved one like you
Man o Man you’re my best friend I scream it to the nothingness
that we got everything we need
Hot and Heavy pumpkin pie
Chocolate candy Jesus Christ
Ain’t nothin please me more than you

(Chorus)
Home, Let me come Home
Home is Whenever I’m with you
Home, yes I am Home
Home is wherever I’m with you

Lalalala Take me Home
Mama I’m Coming Home

I follow you into the park, thru the jungle thru the dark
Girl ain’t never loved one like you
Moats and boats and Waterfalls, Alleyways and payphone calls
I been everywhere with you
Laugh until we think we’ll die, barefoot on a summer night
never could be sweeter than with you

like its only you and me jade/ebes you’re somethin to see

(Chorus)

Lalalala take me home
Mama I’m Comin Home

Jade, you remember that night you fell outa my window?
ya you came jumpin out after me
well, you were bleedin all over the place and I covered your ass with your dress and we went off to the hospital, you remember that?
ya
well there’s somethin I never told you bout that night
what didn’t you tell me?
well, while you were sitting in the back seat smokin a cigarette you thought was gonna be your last, I was fallin deep, deep in love with you, and I never told you till just now!

(Chorus)

Home, let me come home, home is wherever I’m with you
Home, yes I am Home home is whenever I’m with you!

Alabama Arkansas I do love my Ma and Pa
Yes Home, yes ward! home is whenever I’m with you!
Home is whenever I’m with you.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2010 in Happiness, Song

 

Rock & Roll, here I come!

I am officially signed up for the Seattle Rock & Roll 1/2 Marathon June 26. My intense training schedule begins next week, which I have been easing into the past couple weeks. Not only am I running the half marathon, with a goal of breaking 1:50.00, but I also am a member of the American Cancer Society DetermiNation endurance event program. I will be racing to save lives. 🙂 I lost a very close friend to cancer at a young age, and recently, I helped a mother and her family through breast cancer treatment and recovery (she has had a full recovery).

Most of us either know someone or know someone who knows someone who has or had cancer, and either recovered, or lost the battle. I hope you will help me reach my goal to raise at least $1250 by race day. Any amount helps. Please visit http://main.acsevents.org/goto/julie.granahan to learn more and to make a donation. PLEASE spread the word. Thank you very much in advance.

Today, I also visited my favorite place (walk with Pablo), went for a great 4 mile run, and held an adorable 7 week old baby boy in my arms all day long. THAT is a perfect day. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2010 in Happiness, Pablo, Running

 

My escape

Tonight’s class was really, really good. It was hot, and packed, but I did great (well, I felt great, so in my eyes, I did great). I had a snack an hour and a half before class, which I think helped. I had more energy tonight, even though I didn’t get very much sleep last night at all.

Erika taught class tonight, and she greeted me, “Hello, Miss Julie” when I walked in. Cute. It made me smile.

I really felt like I knew what I was doing tonight. And you know what’s really cool? I have always, always wanted to have my veins show in my biceps. Or, at least have one show. If you think I am weird, and have no idea what I am talking about, sorry, but it’s been a goal of mine for a while. And, tonight?? I noticed a large vein in my right bicep! YAY! Thanks, yoga. I found myself trying to flex as subtly as possible to make it stand out more. Geez, what a meathead I am.  

So, the improvements I noticed tonight:

Half Moon Pose with Hands to Feet Pose, , I was able to bend more than I have been able to, especially backwards.

Standing Head to Knee Pose, , I had my left leg straight out for nearly the entire time! (a little longer than yesterday). Next step, bend my arms.

In Toe Stand Pose, , I am now able to hold both hands up, in prayer position, for the ENTIRE time, when I am on my right foot. When I am on my left foot (the worse of my two bad ankles), I can bring my left hand up. I am aiming to bring the other hand up, too. Soon…

In Wind Removing Pose, , I am able to bring my left knee all the way up to my shoulder. I have done this before, but never in both sets, as I did tonight, and never has far as I did tonight. It was fully resting on my shoulder!

Tonight’s class felt great. I was pretty excited about going. It was yucky and wet outside, and I needed an escape from the dreariness that was around me. It was a success. I left class feeling really, really good. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2010 in Happiness, Yoga

 

Keep coming back

Yoga tonight was interesting. This was only my second class this week (I ran three days and hiked one, and took a day off), and I was really, really needing it. I got to class 15 minutes early. (I like to get there early so I can choose my favorite spot, make sure I have completely emptied my bladder so I don’t have to interrupt class, and so I can lie down on my mat, relax and get used to the warmth of the room.

As I said, tonight’s class was interesting. Not bad, not really good, just interesting…different. The room didn’t feel very warm, yet I was dripping with sweat before we even finished with the first set of the breathing exercise. My skin felt cool, yet I was sweating a lot! I was tired, yet I got a good night sleep last night. I have a decent sized cut on my finger, which hurt to do some of the poses, and the sweat stung it, too.

Toward the end of class, the room definitely felt much cooler, and I wasn’t sweating nearly as much. I actually welcomed the cooler room, since I felt a little off, and I desperately needed to get through all the postures.

I did both sets of Triangle Pose! YAY!

Also, in Standing Head to Knee Pose, , I was actually able to straighten my left leg out in front of me, and I held it for the longest yet! 🙂

In Standing Separate Leg Stretching, , my head is ALMOST, almost on the floor. SO close. Damn long legs.

I was STARVING after class, so maybe that’s why I felt a little off during class? Not sure, but next class will be entirely different from tonight’s class. I will just keep coming back…

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2010 in Yoga

 

I deserve it

This blog started out as a blog about yoga because it makes me feel good and makes me happy. This blog has now become a place for me to write about all the things that make me happy: yoga, running, climbing, spending time with my family, visiting California, my puppy, massage, eating, skiing. Am I missing anything that I have written about? So, this is now my happy blog. 🙂

Other things that have made me happy recently: my purring cats, the movie, “The Blind Side” (rent it NOW! It’s a feel good movie that reminds me a little of Invincible, and the family dynamic of the Tuohys is AMAZING! I was smiling throughout the whole movie. If you want to smile, go get it NOW!), my incredible friends, 14 month old twin girls I spend 10 hours/week with, my convertible, the movie, “The Invention of Lying” (SOOOO good. Another feel good movie),

Oh, and I quit Facebook (at least for the next 30 days). I am on day 4, and it feels really, really good. I don’t care what my Facebook friends are doing. But my real friends? I know exactly what they are doing, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Facebook. THIS is how I would much rather spend my precious time.

I am trying really, really hard to only do things that make me happy. I deserve it, right?

 

Pablo, you’re my favorite place

Today was a good day:

Good night sleep.

3.5 mile easy run (I hadn’t run since my California trip)

One hour FREE massage! Yes, free. (I was entered into a drawing for a free one hour massage, and yup, I won!!!) AND, it was one of the best massages I have ever gotten. Not only because it was free, but also the massage therapist, Ann Shafford, was so engaging.

She knew the cause of my stress, and calmly spoke to me while she massaged me (and used hot towels and hot stones…fabulous). She told me to picture my favorite place. You know what immediately popped into my mind? Not a physical place, but my dog, Pablo. The physical place kept on changing: an open grassy field scattered with flowers, and Pablo running around with a huge smile on his face, and me rolling around in the grass laughing while Pablo came up and licked my face. Then we were on the beach, frolicking in the ocean. Then we were on a hike surrounded by waterfalls. It didn’t matter where I was, my favorite place was with Pablo. 🙂 Pablo, my favorite place. It does make me smile whenever I think of him.

After Ann told me to picture my favorite place, she then told me, “good job.” “For what,” I asked. She said I was relaxing enough to enable my muscles to release the stress. My body was creating an exorbitant amount of heat, and the muscles were loosening up right beneath her hands. Wow! I have never had a massage therapist tell me, “good job.” I thought I was the one who was supposed to tell THEM, “good job.” I guess my favorite place (AKA Pablo) has such a calming effect on me that my body was able to do what it so desperately needs. Thank you, Pablo.

Everyone, you should check out Ann Shafford, ActivSpace 3400 Harbor Ave. SW 206.250.1046. She’s GOOOOOOD!!

After my massage, I got to go to my favorite place. How cool is that? I picked up my best friend, Pablo, and we went on a date. It was a great date. He was smiling the whole time, I was smiling the whole time. We were in each other’s favorite place. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2010 in Pablo, Running

 

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore

Ooooh, boy. Class was HOT tonight. Really, really, really hot. The hottest yet. You know how your fingers get when you’ve been in the bath, or hot tub, or pool, or lake, or any body of water too long? All wrinkly? That’s how my fingers were after class. Does that explain how hot it was? I was sweating so much, my fingers got water logged. Crazy. I am amazed I made it through. I was even light headed for the floor poses. That has NEVER happened. All the talk after class was about how hot it was. It was everyone’s hottest class yet. And, I didn’t die. Phew.

I had a lot of anger going into tonight’s class. Just an emotion of mine today, and the anger subsided for the 90 minutes. I am sure I will have a different emotion tomorrow. Hey, gotta keep things spicy, right?

So, about tonight’s class: It was Hot. Period.

Happy Spring, everyone! 🙂 I love me some tulips!!

 

**Today’s profound title is a Christopher Columbus quote**

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in Yoga