Love List #4
All Creatures Great and Small: I watch this with my parents on nights when I go visit them for dinner. My mum's read most, if not all of the books by James Herriot, the British veterinarian (who began working as a vet in 1939) and writer, who chronicled the tales of his work in rural England. There is something just so comforting about old British shows (this series originally aired between 1978 and 1990), that aren't Masterpiece Theatre (I'm just not a mystery person), especially if they include birthing cows and rebellious pigs, and drinking pints down at the pub while flirting with lovely young lassies. I found the first season on VHS at a garage sale this past summer for $5, and have managed to find the next few seasons for download.
Bikram: What a revelation, this crazy hot yoga! My whole life I've been an adamantly non-active person. I have memories of being a pissed off toddler, being encouraged to walk up the hill from the beach to our house and stay out of the stroller. I didn't start riding a bike till I was 19. And sure I've enjoyed yoga classes over the years, but not with any real degree of regularity. Until this summer. It was encouragement from a couple of Bikram-excited friends (Lisa, Paul), and the fact that the local studio is owned by an elementary school friend of mine. I went 5 or 6 times in that first introductory week in July, and have mostly managed to go 1-3 times a week since. And I'm now - surprising to myself even - 6 days in to a 30-day challenge! I thought I would feel the need to rebel against Bikram's rigid structure, and I doubt that (other than labour) I will ever go through anything as physically challenging, but I love it. I've dropped about 10 lbs, and even gotten a little ripped. I feel more present in my body. This makes me a true believer that there's an exercise for everyone, we all just have to find the one we enjoy doing.
A dollhouse for Frida Kahlo: The other week I was searching for a Kahlo image for an assignment in my Birth and Its Meanings class when I came across this incredible miniature thing by Elsa Mora. I don't have much context to offer you, but I just love how creative people are!
PS. In case you didn't catch this on facebook yesterday, I was on the cover of the Entertainment & Living section of The Toronto Star yesterday. You can see the article on veganism and vegetables online here.