I have a ton of exciting news today!
1. I got a new cousin this morning (baby makes 12!)
Isn’t she gorgeous?! Baby Reese is happy and healthy. I can’t wait to meet her on the 4th of July once I’m back in the USA. That’ll be her 3-month birthday!
2. I finished my first draft of my literacy paper!
It’s eight whole pages long…that’s at least two too many.
Revisions should be fun tomorrow morning! It’s very content-rich, I can assure you that much!
3. I finished writing it at 11:15am – just in time for a 12:05 Ashtanga class!
I realize that I have been pretty secretive about the yoga studios I’ve been going to. It’s because I wanted to dedicate a whole post about them, but I’m decided to screw that idear
One of the studios that I tried out was the Auckland Yoga Academy. I was drawn to this studio because it offered the most Ashtanga classes than any other studio I could find in Auckland Central. When I saw that the first class was just $10, I was convinced!
After trying out a class, I ended up buying a card for $110 (the student discounted price from $130) that is good for 10 one-hour classes. This is sort of a problem because all of the one-hour classes are Beginner level. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m obviously not an Ashtanga beginner. The only higher-level Ashtanga classes they offer are Mysore classes, which would cost me $130 for ten, and they are only at 6am or 4pm. I decided it would be fine for me to stick with the beginner classes because it will give me an opportunity to focus more attention on alignment and flexibility. Plus, if I ever feel like I really need to attend a Mysore class, I can “top-up” for just $2.
4. I may have had a breakthrough on my skin issue!
After two weeks on Finacea and no improvement, I started Acanya yesterday. Today while I was putting it on, I noticed a little bottle in the box. How curious. After reading the small print, I learned that the small bottle had to be poured and mixed into the jar before using.
DOH! I started to use Acanya during the winter when things started to look pretty bad, but I hadn’t noticed that I needed to prepare it first! I do remember thinking that it looked different than the sample I was using over the summer, but clearly I forgot about it lol. But now that I have the proper formula, lets see if it works!
Also, I broke down and bought my favorite face wash today: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. But guess how much it was?…..
nz$14.70 for 175ml :’( I have been using a “comparable” Clean and Clear wash because it is significantly cheaper, but there is probably a reason why I used Nuetrogena’s for so long. It felt so good and it felt right when I washed my face with it this afternoon. (The smell reminded me nostalgically of UVM bathrooms…ok yep that’s really weird)
5. I made something delicious for dinner!
Yo, sesame seeds! Chopped almonds! Front and center!
I also sauteed some random veggies we had: 2 large cloves of garlic, 2 very small onions, a half red pepper, and one carrot.
They all got pretty close and personal.
Just the way I like it!!! In came the quinoa and then things really got crazy. They got all mixed up!
I also added the juice of one lime, salt, and some cayenne pepper to taste.
And things were complete.
6. DESSERT! (The most exciting news, of course).
1/2 sliced banana, 1 handful of chocolate buttons, 1 big spoonful of chunky peanut butter, sprinkled with cinnamon, and warmed up in the microwave for 40 seconds.
Do you have any exciting news today?