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I'm Melting!

It is my least favorite weather right now: really really hot and humid. I am dreaming of blizzards...and no, not the ice cream treats from Dairy Queen, a real winter blizzard.

I've decided that I must just have a constitution that predisposes me to being intolerant of heat because I am almost always warm to begin with and I really dislike the feeling of hot weather, or heat of any kind really, it makes me miserable. No whirlpools or saunas or Bikram yoga for me! I guess I just have a messed up metabolism or something. In the middle of winter I am still sleeping in a summer nightie and often have a fan blowing on me. If my room is not sufficiently COLD I cannot sleep. Poor Adam has had to contend with a bedroom so chilly he can see his breath in past winters. Unfortunately for me, now that we have kids we've got to keep the house warmer.

P1: This is the last week of my course with Professor Poopoohead. Halleluyah! Next week I start a course called "Counselling Methodologies--Humanistic and Psychodynamic Modalities", which looks interesting and evaluation is 90% assignments (3 of them) and 10% class participation. Yippee!

I just heard from Dr. M. from Mount Sinai who is back from her holiday. We are almost ready to submit our application materials to the ethics board, so hopefully this will get underway soon. I'm now feeling no rush though, as I am busy enough as it is.

F1: I make this for Little A for breakfast sometimes and she loves it, although she makes a huge mess with it because she refuses to let us spoon feed her and she can't use a spoon herself yet. I just dump a bit on her tray and let her eat it with her fingers.

Picky Person Porridge

1/8 cup organic oatbran cereal
1/4 cup homogenized milk
dash cinnamon
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
2 tbls organic almond or peanut butter

Microwave cereal, milk and cinnamon for 1-2 minutes until milk is absorbed and cereal is cooked. Add banana and nut butter and combine. If child eats with spoon or allows you to feed, add more milk to thin out, otherwise keep it thick so child can eat with fingers.

F2: I discovered another yoga pose I love: Cow's Head. Not sure why I seem to prefer all the ones named for animals...I can't do the upper body part as I have never been able to twist my arms behind my back very well, but I love the stretch I get for my lower body from this one.


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