Last Monday I planted seven varieties of basil in work's aerogarden. All seven have now sprouted and I expect I will be able to remove their hats (the little see-through greenhouse cap things) later this weekend. Pizza with fresh basil will not be far off.
Tomorrow I plan to go to the post office to mail packages. I've been putting off the trip (due to sheer laziness) for two weeks so I'm glad to be making progress. (Today I printed off the shipping label for my package. I haven't received the information for the other one yet.)
I took a week and a half off from Nia. I know I need the exercise, but last Tuesday I was having problems with vertigo (thanks to whatever allergens were floating around in the air) and on Saturday I was in dire need of sleep. I'm also continuing to have problems with the, um, metaphysical beliefs that accompany Nia. I don't exactly believe in chi and I definitely do not believe in the seven chakras or in the ability of my middle finger to allow me to achieve balance. I wish there was a Nia-like fitness program for skeptics as I am honestly quite concerned that continued exposure to people who embrace the metaphysical side of Nia (and who I otherwise respect) will weaken my already tenuous grasp of what is real.
Also, things like this:
51 | Power Finger Crossover
Crossing your Power Finger will bring you more than good luck!
Practicing the Power Finger Crossover helps you extend energy along your arm bones and out through your hands. This will also keep your neck and shoulders relaxed.
piss me off. That is not science! (Quoted from http://52nia.blogspot.com/2010/04/51-
The metaphysical part has troubled me pretty much since I started taking classes (although my teacher does seems to be mentioning that part more and more). In the last few weeks I've also taken a dislike to the routine we are currently doing. It is one of the new ones, not one of the original routines worked out by Carlos and Debbie Rosas, and it is much faster than than the older routines. What concerns me the most is that it is choreographed with sudden changes of head elevation. I had a conversation with one of the attendees at the most recent Jam as we were walking to the parking lot afterward, and she was telling me that she refused to quickly bend over/drop her head lower than her waist after getting her heart-rate up out of fear of instigating a stoke. This made sense to me and, when I later learned that these new routines are being developed by Debbie and those in her inner circle, it only furthered my concern. From what I've seen, earning a black belt in Nia does not require any scientifically proven knowledge concern how the body works, and the new routines may have been developed without any thought about the potential to harm practitioners who are less fit than the instructors themselves.
In happier news, on Saturday I not only managed to pay a visit to the Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan to donate eight cat beds, I managed to leave without adopting any new animals. Even though there were four adorable 5-week old puppies ready to be adopted. If you're local to Oakland County (Michigan), the AWS is a great place to look for dogs and cats. (Also, icyfeetofdeath, I used up all of the acrylic yarn you gave me making them.)