Self-Care

Throughout this quarantine, I have found it increasingly important to take the time to do yoga. I loved ballet class when I was younger, and I enjoyed doing barre as an adult. I do know most of the barre moves so I am able to do them at my own pace. I  have started doing barre during the day, or in the evening. Recently, Andrew has joined in on doing barre workouts with me and we do a lot of core strengthening moves.

It’s been about a month now of this stay at home stuff, so I decided to go to my parents and use their treadmill.  I did a combination of running and walking. I may go back next week. Then I went home and did some core workouts with Andrew.

In the beginning of this stay at home order, I was working on completing my work for class, and not really feeling up to doing yoga or working out. I was feeling a little burned out but trying to stay focused at the same time. However, once I forced myself to get up and get away from the computer and move a little on my yoga mat, or when I went to a walk. I ended up feeling better.

I think Self-care is so important right now to take the time to step away from the screen and zoom conversations.

 

Yoga Nidra

After my team meeting, I attended my first Yoga Nidra session. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did google it and it seems pretty relaxing.

When I arrived to the campus rec center, I checked in at the front desk, then went upstairs to the studio. I took my shoes off upon entry, and laid out my yoga mat. I sat down on the mat, prepared for my first Yoga Nidra session. I was given a blanket and a bolster pillow for under my knees.

The instructor explained to us that Yoga Nidra is a meditative sleep yoga. You lay on your back the whole time, and she guides us through the meditation. I was excited. The bolster pillow helps to support your lower back, while you are laying flat. The blanket is to keep you warm, because when the body is totally at rest it becomes chilly.

After the session ended, I was so relaxed. It is hard to shut down and reboot, but it felt so good. I do recall at times it was hard to keep the thoughts at bay, and just be totally present it must take some practice. I am looking forward to attending another session as soon as possible.

 

Car Troubles & Yoga with Maci

This morning, I was still reeling inside from yesterday. We did however, go out and try to get some business. We were hoping for a good day. We visited some businesses, Burns and Scalo said they want to revamp their drug and alcohol program and want us to meet with them sometime in the couple weeks to go over what we have to offer. I told Chris to go to Burns and Scalo a long time ago. I was nervous to walk in there, it wasn’t a good experience, working there.

When I walked into Burns and Scalo, the receptionist is an older middle aged woman, and the HR coordinator is new. The CIO is the same. We passed each other on the way to the HR coordinator’s office, which is now on the other side of the building. Also, as we were walking in a familiar sales executive was walking out, I forget his name, but he was odd. It was weird being in there. When we left Burns and Scalo, we drove around to the surrounding areas, and nothing major happened there. They just took our business card, and a brochure. Before we went back to the office, we went to the Amazon Fulfillment center. We were hoping for a good outcome.

When we walked into the Fulfillment center, it looked like a prison break. Everyone was starting to leave at the same time. We thought it was a fire alarm. We were waiting for the HR coordinator to come to the window, someone was supposedly getting her for us. So Victoria and I waited, and waited.

Finally, Victoria asked someone where they were going. He said, “oh we are going on break.” She said, “You guys get to all go at the same time?” He said,”Yea, are you going to start working here?” We both said, “No”, at the same time. He laughed and said, “Aww Damn.” We both looked at one another and gave each other a look. Finally, the HR coordinator came to the window, and approached us. She looked familiar, then I realized I went to grade school with her. Her name is Julie. She remembered me, but it wasn’t going to help. She said, she would pass this off to corporate. They typically do hiring events, and bring everything with them, so they pretty much do it themselves. That was a lost cause. Time to go back to the office.

Once we got back to the office, I told Chris all that happened, and he was glad we had some success, especially with Burns and Scalo, so he drafted up a proposal, and sent it over to them, and will follow up with them in a few weeks. I just get so frustrated with them. We could have had their business a lot sooner, than this, but he never went out to sell. He just hung out with us in the office, expecting us to cold call.

After work, I changed in the bathroom and then got in the car, and went to Autozone to pick up the parts for Drew’s car. Then went back to my parents in crafton. My dad bought me subway. After I picked up the subway, I went back to my parents to eat. After I ate, I kind of laid down on the couch with the dogs for a minute, then got back up and went to Leanne and Dan’s, once they got home from going shopping.

When I got to Leanne and Dan’s, I hung out with Leanne and Maci, until Drew arrived. Once Drew arrived, Dan started working on his car. Apparently, shock plugs are typically easy to replace if you don’t run into any issues. Well, they ran into all sorts of issues. The one side, the bolt had to get re-threaded and he had to do that tomorrow, because it was going on 9:00pm, and no place was open.

At one point, they had to stop and get some parts, and a bigger wrench, etc.  Maci and I did yoga and documented it on Facebook live.  Finally, we just decided to leave and come back tomorrow to pick up the car. Drew asked if I could swing by after work and pick up his car if it was done. I told him I could, but I can’t wait for it. I have plans to meet up with Paula and Phil for a drink in Oakland. They are done at 3:00pm, due to the holiday. I was a little pissed, like I am not going to stop my plans, just so you can have your car to take to the chiropractor. We will take mine instead, and get there just fine. When we got home, the Penguins game was still going on, so Drew stayed up to watch it end in Overtime. I got a shower, and went to bed.