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Meditation for Wimps

The part of this cleanse that I rarely ever mention or think about is the meditation part. Among the extensive list of DON’Ts, the one DO is to add 30 minutes of meditation daily. From past experience, I know that I’m lousy at meditation. I have a short attention span and my mind just wanders everywhere so I can’t ever concentrate. Either that or I fall asleep.

Today I remembered that the clubhouse in my building has a meditation room so today I decided to check it out. The meditation room is awesome. Imagine a small, round, dimly lit room with three of these babies in it:

This thing offers a shiatsu/acupressure massage with air massagers for the legs and butt area. It reclines, automatically senses your acupressure points and adjusts its rollers accordingly, has five different massage programs and includes a cd player and headphones. If this chair was human I’d want to marry it.

I managed to “meditate” for a full hour today (because I had to try out all five of the massage programs) and I have to admit, it wasn’t so bad. I was able to both concentrate (on how awesome I felt) and stay awake. I think I just found my new happy place.

May 29, 2008 at 11:37 am 2 comments

The Cleanse: Day 1, or Complete and Utter Misery

…or My Head Wants to Explode

…or I’ve Never Had a Migraine Before But This Sure Feels Like One

…or Dear God I Want To Die

Suffice it to say, this first day is not going well. In all honesty, it’s not all because of my new no alcohol/caffeine/sugar/wheat/animal products/anything yummy diet. I worked out yesterday and apparently my trainer is determined to kill me. My entire body aches today. Toss in getting only a few hours sleep and I am not a happy camper.

I also have what is quite possibly the worst headache I’ve ever had in my life. Take the worst hangover you’ve ever had, multiply it by 10 and subtract actually having drank any alcohol and that’s what I have. I’ve narrowed down the headache to the following causes:
a) caffeine withdrawal
b) lack of sleep
c) our upstairs neighbor doing construction and the incessant drilling/hammering that’s been echoing in my apartment all day long

Besides the fact that I want to crawl into a hole and die, the cleanse has been going alright so far. I’ve been so paranoid that I won’t have anything to eat and will starve that I’ve been eating all day long. I also somehow magically talked Mark into doing the cleanse with me…and then immediately felt so guilty about the lousy food options that I tried to talk him out of it. Our compromise is that he would eat the dinners with me so that means I don’t have to make a separate meal for myself in the evenings. So, I guess so far so good. At least it’s going better than I thought it would and after already experiencing the worst headache ever, things can only get better from here, right?

May 27, 2008 at 5:40 pm 2 comments

Grandparent-inspired Sassiness

Of course, Noah has his sweet moments. Like when my parents first arrived and Noah introduced my mom to Clarita by excitedly jumping up and down and yelling, “That’s my Lola! That’s my Lola!” Or the way he took care of my mom when we were concerned over some bug bites she had on her knee — by telling her to lay down in his bed, icing her knee and then taking her knee’s temperature with an ear thermometer. But the attitude that comes out of his mouth is just so much more entertaining. Here are some examples of my two-year-old’s cheekiness…

  • Early in the week, my parents asked Noah if he wanted to go on a plane and fly back to California with them and he answered, “I can’t. I’m too busy.” (Note: He does have a pretty busy schedule for a toddler so I kinda don’t blame him.)
  • On the way to the airport, my parents again asked Noah if he wanted to go with them to California and this time he said, “I don’t fly economy.”
  • On their second day here, my mom and Noah were playing and he climbed over some luggage on a daybed and was sitting on the the window seat. He beckoned my mom to join him. She answered, “I can’t. I don’t fit.” and he asked, “Why? Are you too fat?”
  • Finally, one day at lunch my mom turned to Noah and asked him, “Why are you so cute?” He answered back, “Why are you so grumpy?”

I swear, I have no idea where he gets his attitude from.

May 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm 1 comment

Paalam Lolo and Lola

So my parents left today. Since Noah’s so attached to them we tried to prepare him for their leaving by repeatedly reminding him that they were going to fly back home to California (“and see Tita” Noah would always add). He was in good spirits at the airport and on the way home but when the three of us sat down to dinner tonight, this is how part of our conversation went:

Noah: (pointing to the two empty chairs at the table) There are people missing. Lolo and Lola.

Mark: Oh no Noah. Lolo and Lola are on a plane right now.

Noah: To see Noah!

Me: No honey. They’re going to California.

Noah: To see Noah!

Me: No, to see Tita, remember?

Noah: And then to see Noah!

Poor guy. I’m sure it’ll be weird for him to have so few playmates during the day now and two people less to say goodnight to, but lucky for us he’s always adapted to new situations pretty quickly.

May 25, 2008 at 8:58 pm 1 comment

The Rest of the Visit

More pictures from my parents visit…

On the tram on the way up to Victoria Peak

On Victoria Peak with a very cloudy Hong Kong skyline behind them

Victoria Harbour on a cloudy/smoggy day

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May 24, 2008 at 8:25 pm 1 comment

House o’ Mouse

We had originally planned a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland on Wednesday, but owing to some pretty crappy weather all week, we ended up postponing the trip to Friday and hoping for dry weather. Friday came along and it was perfect, albeit it a bit on the really hot side, but at least it wasn’t pouring.

Hong Kong Disneyland gets a lot of flak for being small and kinda wimpy, but for a toddler it’s the perfect size. We were able to make it around (almost) the entire park during the six hours we were there and the rides were tame enough that Noah could ride pretty much everything. And because we went on a Friday, it wasn’t too crowded so we were able to go on several rides a couple of times.

Here are some pictures from our trip there.
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May 23, 2008 at 8:26 pm 1 comment

A Bad Idea

One of my friends somehow managed to talk me into joining her on a 21-Day Cleanse. Apparently she saw it on Oprah last week and wants to give it a shot too. So despite the fact that I have never watched an episode of Oprah in my life, I still got roped into doing it.

If you, like me, don’t watch Oprah and therefore are oblivious to the horrifying details of the cleanse, it goes something like this… Beginning on Tuesday, May 27 for 21 days I’m supposed to cut the following out of my diet:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • sugar
  • gluten
  • and animal products

I’ve been assured that the animal products injunction does not extend to my leather shoes and purses, but that’s still small consolation considering the loss of butter in my diet. I’m going to spend the next couple of days trying to figure out what — if anything — I can eat, but right now the next three weeks are looking pretty…bland.

May 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm 2 comments

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