Saturday, April 23, 2011
Saturday! Mmmmmmm the start of a weekend :-) Not a particuarly interesting pic but just wanted to record the first time I got out of the hotel!
Only one class today at 8:00am and then the rest of the day was ours to do as we wished. The class was taught by Miranda a visiting teacher from Montreal who is working at Headquarters for our training. I had another great class and eased through it as the humidity and heat were really temperate. Not something I expect to last :-(
Then, my roommate and I decided to hire a car and stock up on food and bulky items that are too heavy to manage on a bus etc. There are some fabulous huge warehouse style food markets here that sell natural / organic / healthy food. You are spoilt for choice in terms of variety - which is just as well as we are all OBSESSED with food!
It is the most talked about topic so far. Forget about how well you did or didn't manage the class; random cravings, food obsessions, whats working and whats not are the hot topic. I am craving things I haven't eaten in years. i.e. bagels with cream cheese! I wouldn't have had one of those probably since I lived in Canada which is 20 years ago, and yet I couldn't think of anything else I wanted to eat more?
For some reason none of the things I would eat at home appeal anymore and my cravings are like someone with split personality disorder as they constantly change from sweet to savoury and everything in between. And just when you think you've got it figured out, your tastebuds go totally the opposite again. E.g. Just the thought of the peanut butter sandwich I had yesterday (What the...? Again, something I NEVER eat) made me feel sick this morning. Oy...............
It reminds me of a Billy Connelly scenario where he talks about a woman's / or minority groups' demands: "I want this! I want that! I want some of that! A little bit of that! And all of that! And its all going to change tomorrow, so you'd better fucken stay awake!
Anyway, as you can imagine it made for an interesting shopping trip and we have enough food to feed a small African nation. But hey, I am happy to shop a little more now and have all the variety and options at hand rather than be trying to get through without - God forbid!
I was about to say, alright enough about food, I'll tell you about the rest of the day, when I realised that it involved going out to a restaurant for dinner. Ha ha... what did I tell ya! Even though our room looks like a corner grocery store, we decided we would revel in the luxury of having time to get out of the hotel and go out for a leisurely meal.
We went down to Manhatten Beach which is less that ten minutes drive from here. It was so nice to get out and see the ocean....sigh......though made me feel a bit homesick as you can imagine. My roommate who is from Seattle was delighting in how warm it was and toyed with the idea of going back tomorrow for a swim but I was bloody freezing!
We had dinner in a restaurant near the beach and caught up with some other yogis. (Pretty hard to go anywhere within a 20 mile radious and not see someone from our group) One of the girls was Paula from Chille, who used to practice at our studio on the GC and has since moved to Auckland. It was her birthday so it was nice to celebrate that with her. Photo is to show the food we ordered; Buffalo wings, fries, garlic bread, pasta and then dessert. Granted I barely touched the pasta, but the rest was divine and eaten without any thought to the amount of calories it all contained..........Mmmmm Mmmmmm. :-) I'm beginning to see how peops can come to TT and actually put ON weight.