Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Love!

Inspired by Gala Darling's Things I Love Thursday posts, I have decided to write my own weekly love post!  

Things I Loved This Week!

This black and white photo from The Sartorialist inspiring a dream

Hula hooping for the first time since childhood at the circus festival

Pin-up & pink balloons photo shoot at Harbourfront centre (and even getting to photograph the models on a nice man's golden sailboat!)

Buying my own hula hoop in Kensington Market, and hooping for hours and hours on my front patio

Chinese Man Groove Sessions!

Dancing to '50s music at the Goin' Steady party at the Gladstone

Lip-syncing to opera with Tess (and maybe a little actual opera singing, hence the raspy voice the next day!)

Sitting out on the stoop in the sun drinking cider

Almost walking into the fun folks' high times kite booby trap, and promptly getting hugged by a very happy-high stranger

Strapless shirts & long flowy skirts

Getting a little lost in the CNE grounds at Exhibition GO (but it was such a lovely warm sunny day!)

Laying in bed listening to the sounds from outside while recalling dreams

This picture of a piano tree!

Riding my bike for the first time this season to the U of T campus secret garden

Watching Maria do Chihiro's colourful make up for the truck lot photo shoot

Chasing after my boy Simon after he escaped to the outside world for the first time in his life meow! (And met a skunk in the garden too!)

The smell of wood-burning fires & BBQs on the breeze

Buying my first juicer and losing myself in wheatgrass (ick though!) and big cups of green goodness!

Why not write your own Weekly Love post too! A wonderful way to remind ourselves of some of the good things in life!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hula Times!

Melodie of Movement by Shayne Gray
For more of this shoot, click here.

Last week, Shayne and I met up with Melodie Moore, the amazing hoop dancer known as Melodie of Movement, for a photo session.  Shayne and Melodie had connected online a few weeks before that, and had arranged the meeting.  The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and what could possibly be a better backdrop for some awesome shots?

What I wasn't expecting, was to be completely taken by the hula hooping myself!  Such a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, and a way to meet people too as everyone wanted to watch, try or chat about the hoops.  By the time we left the park, I had met a few new people and found out that there are hoop jams happening all over town for anyone to join!

I was convinced, and instantly hooked, and was just waiting for a sunny day to get myself to Kensington market to buy myself my own hula hoop.  Yesterday was finally a sunny warm day, so we jumped at the chance for a jaunt in the market.  I spent the rest of the day on my front patio, hooping away to some tunes.

What a nice way to begin the summer! Though today I'm recovering from all the bumps and bruises incurred from the fun!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Summer is Coming!

And in honour of that, I'm just going to post a bunch of pictures from last August...three more months until we stay in this place again!
I can't believe I never posted these shots before!
All taken by Shayne Gray of course!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Let's Take a Connected Little Walk

The pictures are the walk, and the connection is the words.  
These photos were taken on an actual little walk Shayne and I took last week in search of photo shoot locations.

A few weeks ago I was online, randomly reading blogs.  I came across a link to something called "balancing your dosha" Hmmmm I had never even heard of a dosha before, so I clicked on it.

Wikipedia: dosha is one of three bodily humors that make up one's constitution according to Ayurveda. These teachings are also known as the Tridosha system.

The central concept of Ayurvedic medicine is the theory that health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily humours or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

I took a little quiz to see what the balance of my dosha was looking like.  I found that I'm right down the centre between an unbalanced Kapha / Pitta

I found it interesting, but shelved it in the back of my mind, and pretty much forgot about it.  Last week, I decided to finally go to the walk in clinic to see what this strange little rash I've been sporting might be.  The doc said not to be concerned, that it looked like "pitta rosacea" and should go away within the week.  While I was there, I took the time to explain the abdominal pain & discomfort I've been feeling as well.  They did a few blood tests to make sure it wasn't anything serious, and turns out it's not (as I never heard back)

As I was walking home, I couldn't help but wonder why the word "pitta" sounded so familiar (as I said, I had forgotten about all this dosha business)  So I googled pitta rosacea when I got home, and the first thing that popped up was that Chopra quiz I had done a few weeks earlier.

I went back to the info I had saved, and re-read what it had said the symptoms of unbalanced kapha / pitta were, and I found it to be strangely connected:

Out of balance Kapha leads to heaviness, sluggishness and congestion. Stimulation and movement help overcome the resistance of accumulated Kapha. Think activation and invigoration.

Out of balance Pitta leads to irritability, aggravation, and inflammation. Balancing Pitta requires opening up some space during your day so you are not perpetually generating friction. Think soothing and cooling.

Strange how the two complaints I had for the doctor directly mirrored the two unbalanced doshas I was experiencing... Seems things just may be connected after all.

 So many signs of life back here in this abandoned lot...kind of creepy!

Location for our accordion shoot!