When my parents were visiting we went to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. My mom even posed on Cinderella’s carousel. Then last weekend my friend Helen, almost 7 years old, and I went to Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. I learned Magic Kingdom is opened until midnight. It was a really long day. There is a lot of construction at Magic Kingdom, sort of takes some of the magic away from it. But, it should be done soon and then we will have a magic princess land in the back.
It was a great time both days, though seeing all the caged animals sort of makes me feel sad. Helen had never been to Animal Kingdom so she was really excited. There is a restaurant called Tuskers in the Africa area that I remember had good food that was somewhat healthy (couscous, tabouli, roasted meats, veggies, curry, salmon, etc). When we got there though, it was just the end of breakfast so we only had half the lunch items out. The plus side was that it was a character breakfast so we got to meet Donald and Daisy Duck, Micky, and Goofy.
At Epcot it was Flower and Garden Festival time which meant pretty orchids, flower pots, landscape designs, and the butterfly garden.
Me in Crow at Rasa Lila Festival Central Florida 2011
So, my mom and dad were going to come down from Michigan and help me empty my apartment and take a few things back to Michigan. My mom is having a hard time with things and she reacts with nerves and anxiety. Meaning every time in the last several years she said she was going to come down to see me, she has not. And yet again she has canceled on me. Now, I am used to living alone. I am also used to dealing with things and mom canceling. But after Japan did not go through. It hit me hard. I was very upset and starting to think I am not doing the right thing. If those two relatively small setbacks throw me off, how am I going to get by on the fly and on the road. So what did I do? I sat and felt sorry for myself and then over came the urge to go to bed early and went to one of my favorite yoga classes (I will say that about a lot of classes, beware!) at Altamonte Springs Yoga, warm and slow with Julie K.M. On my way I just kept thinking “I want to melt this all away!”
I love this class because it always brings to me what I need. It is like there is some weird connection between me and this class and the intention set for the practices is always what I need. This class was about things not working out as you plan but using what you do have to your advantage. My blog theme even.
She has been doing many classes lately without using vinyasas. Sort of a challenge for her self and a different point of view for us students. I was so focused in the class. I can still describe my main drishti points. Yet I was flexible enough in my practice to back out when I needed, grab a drink of water, or modify as needed. And even though I was focused everything felt much lighter and easier and less forced. Well except the crazy balance pose sequence. It was hot and sweaty and my nose ran (like it does at any good yoga class) and I melted. My body and brain and soul felt they had melted into exactly where I was supposed to be. I went home, walked the dog, and then melted back into my bed. How I am going to miss my bed.