This week is going so fast! Here’s what’s on my list right this second.
Feed. I downloaded Feed on my Kindle last week and I really dig it so far. It’s a YA novel (yep, another one…I’m taking a break from the non-fiction I’ve read pretty exclusively for the past couple years) about a future society where everyone has the feed implanted in his or her brain; it’s a web/TV/phone/social media system that everyone uses to stay in touch with their friends and it tracks everything they purchase and do so they can see more ads. Sound familiar? What’s unsettling is that it was written in 2004, way before Facebook/iPhone/FourSquare/whatever comes out today made the world feel kinda creepy. Oh and the Kindle editionis only $1.99 and since everyone is going to buy a Kindle after the new ones came out today (right?!) you can make this your first download!
My Iyengar yoga class. I just came from this class and I’m all excited and happy because of it. The first time I took it, I wasn’t sure what to think. My studio’s description says:
Focuses on alignment and breath to open tight spots and increase circulation. Build strength and flexibility in your body by holding poses and breathing through the intensity. Appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students.
It’s very different from Vinyasa, which feels upbeat and is all based on “flow.” This class is slow, steady, and intense. My instructor doesn’t play music. We breathe a lot. I often felt uncomfortable at first, like I was doing something wrong, because I didn’t have the strength or the patience to hold all the poses. (I still don’t have it!) I decided to stick with it, figuring it would be good to mix up the style of classes I was taking, and it ended up being the one class/instructor I haven’t missed yet. I’m glad it worked out that way because I’m loving it more and more each week and I’m getting so much stronger. Spending tons of time in poses like turbo dog or dolphin pose is so challenging and just feels like such a great release at the same time. And the instructor is so down-to-earth and strong and when she talks about releasing stored emotions or wanting to cry in class or doing shoulder stands to cure your cold, it’s never crunchy or touchy-feely — which I feel like is a rare thing! I saw tonight that she is teaching a retreat in November and I even though I’m so new to yoga, I am actually thinking of going because I feel like it would be kind of amazing.
A Stabler-less “Law & Order: SVU.” Actually, the jury is still out on this one. I’m torn. On the one hand, who doesn’t love SVU for its kinda-cliché formula? How can we have SVU without Elliot roughing up perps or chasing them down in his jean jacket? On the other hand, the Law & Order franchises have to make changes or they couldn’t stay on the air forever and ever and I was more upset over losing ADA Alexandra Cabot than I am about Stabler. (Let’s be honest — she kicks ass. And is just so pretty!) I’m willing to give this new detective tonight a fair shot.
What’s on your Wet Wednesday list this week?