At yoga yesterday, it was as if I had never left. I hadn't been there in about three months because of the hip pain and I finally went back two months post surgery. The same characters were there, except for a couple new faces. One guy, a dude who I was thinking was a January Joiner or something really proved me wrong. Boy, sometimes I surprise myself with my cynicism. It isn't a nice trait, if you ask me.
Anyway, we were doing our inversions and the class is great because it is all levels and if you just want to lay there like a slug, no one will say anything. On the other hand, if you want to levitate, you can do that too.
That January Joiner guy, the one who I thought was a poser, well, he sure surprised me.
He sauntered in and rolled out his mat right in front of me. From my vantage point, it appeared he had foot prints that were painted on his mat that made it appear as if his feet had literally worn away the spots where they would go in Downward Facing Dog. So I snickered to myself (you're allowed to do that in life except the thing is, when you tell the whole world you were snickering at some guy on your blog you run the risk of looking like a meany, but I'm not a meany, I just want to tell you the truth). Well, anyway, we were doing our "gentle inversions" as my teacher calls them, and when I decided I'd had enough of my shoulder stand, I came down, turned around, got on all fours for a second, and looked up.
Practically nose to nose, our eyes met. He blinked. I blinked. And I swear, that man was balancing on the top of his head and his forearms were barely touching the ground for support. I blinked again. He blinked again. I froze there in disbelief. For a minute there, I thought I was on Candid Camera or something. Thankfully, I had the strength to turn away, but not before I checked out his mat a little more closely. Those were definitely foot indentations on his mat. His feet, over the years, had dug out holes where his feet need to go during Downward Facing Dog.
My guess is, instead of "Namaste," while he effortlessly balanced there on the top of his head blinking at me, that his main thought was, "Wow, what a dope."
So anyway, I'm busy working; that is why I've been sort of quiet. YES, there is a second book coming, but I can't start it until I finish a few more projects. I'm working on a second design for Cascade, I'm contributing to a few edited books, and I want to finish up my tank for the blog. After that is done, the nitty gritty of book stuff will begin. Oh man. I can't believe I'll be hiding in my office for days on end again and looking through my upstairs windows into the rooms across the street.
BTW: This is the yarn I'm using for the Cascade project. Although I would love to show you the work in progress, this is the yarn that I'm using. I am in love. This yarn has to be one of my very favorites. It is called Soft Spun and it is a single-ply bulky (about 16 sts = 4 inches) that has such a lovely heathered look to it. Check out the web site and see the colors. I'm really thrilled with it and hope that I can use some of this for a project for the book.
Oh, and another thing. My life is continually surreal. The other night I woke up after having a lengthy romantic dream about Alice Cooper in which we strolled through the local mall holding hands and dreaming about our future life together.
I haven't been able to sleep through the night since.