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A patchwork quilt of randomness

February 12, 2010
  • As of this morning, I have done yoga FIVE MORNINGS in a row! I’d say that’s a fairly decent start to a new habit. Not only do I walk away feeling a tad self-righteous (yay me!), but my energy flow feels better throughout the day. Definitely worth it.
  • Maddie is pretty bummed I don’t wake her up early to do yoga with me, but I’m not sure it would have the same meditative effect with a seven-year-old.
  • Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. In the car last night, I was listening to a collage of news bits from the day of his release (on CBC Radio’s As it Happens) and I was moved to tears by the passion and excitement of the people celebrating his release. What an incredible leader he has been in teaching the world about justice, passion, truth, forgiveness and equality! If you haven’t seen Invictus yet, you really should. The story of how he forgave the people responsible for his imprisonment is awe-inspiring and humbling. (And makes me feel somewhat petty for any grudges I’ve held.)
  • In honour of Nelson Mandela’s release (and what it meant to the African people), I listened to some Ladysmith Black Mambazo (singing with Sarah MacLachlan) on the treadmill last night. Oh my – it gives me chills! And what a yearning I now have to sit once again in the shade of an acacia tree in a little village in Africa listening to the drumbeat and rich voices, while the dancers grin all the way through a tribal dance. Aaahhhhh the memories!
  • Maasai dancer

  • Speaking of the treadmill, as I ran, it occurred to me that in a month, I will no longer need to run with the fear of being knocked temporarily unconcious by a flapping behomoth of a breast. I wonder what it will be like to run with small(er) breasts? Maybe I’ll even be able to work up the courage to run outside – in public! (I actually enjoy running and might get hooked when I have less baggage.)
  • I’m going to a conference in Chicago in April and I’m getting kind of excited. I’ve only spent a few hours in Chicago (on the train trip to Cleveland last September), but I fell in love with it – especially the giant faces in Millenium Park. I want to sit and stare and watch those faces change for… oh… maybe an hour or two. It was quite magical coming across them unexpectedly at twilight. (If anyone else has recommendations for some “must see” things in Chicago, let me know.)
  • Face sculpture in Millenium Park, Chicago

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2010 12:19 pm

    i love patchwork posts! as a fumbler i can truly appreciate the many things we are cartured by on a given day/week/month, and a random post of what you are up to is a nice snapshot of all thats going on.

    mandela, oh my. we could talk about him for hours. he makes me weep. i was lucky to see him become an honourary canadian citizen in Ottawa a few years ago. To hear his own voice with my own ears is a memory i will treasure always. Our eyes locked for 2 seconds as he was walking towards me, he smiled. I cried. Oh my…. his grace, spirit, love of life and forgiveness are lessons i try to use in my own life daily. sigh… one day we can chat about madiba perhaps! I too loved Invictus; i wonder how his autobiography could be told in film – it would need to be an entire series, i think!

    i cant wait to hear about how you feel after your surgery(ok, not RIGHT after…) My grandmother had a reduction about 10 years ago at 75 – i know, 75 – and she loved how much better she felt. She said she wished she had done it sooner, decades before, so I hope you feel amazing and get running outdoors once you can! Everyone i know personally that has had a reduction was so happy with the results. fingers crossed for you!!!

    • heatherplett permalink*
      February 13, 2010 8:27 am

      That’s SO awesome that you got to see Mandela! He’s definitely on my list of “people you’d invite to a dinner party if you could”.

      And I’m always glad to hear about people who had the surgery and were glad they did!

  2. February 12, 2010 8:29 pm

    Heather,
    Hello! Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my OWOH giveaway and venturing over from Dirty Footprints. (Isn’t Connie wonderful?)

    I started reading through your blog and didn’t know where to stop! I had to leave a comment somewhere but there was so much I wanted to say….

    So just a quick tidbit – congrats on the yoga! That’s one of those discipline areas for me that keeps falling through the cracks.

    My eyes are swirling from all of the sites I’m visiting to keep up with my comments from the giveaway, but I want to make sure not to lose touch. I’m going to start following your blog and hopefully find more time to comment once this giveaway is over!

    Thanks – many blessings!
    Lisa

    • heatherplett permalink*
      February 13, 2010 8:29 am

      Thanks for the visit Lisa! C’mon back any time! And yes, Connie is awesome.

  3. February 13, 2010 9:26 am

    I live in the Chicago suburbs and to be honest, I was quite stumped when you asked for “must-sees”. If I go downtown it’s nearly always to the museums (with kids) or to the theater. I rarely do touristy things, and to my shame admit that I haven’t checked out Millenium Park yet!

    But then I thought of two – go to the Art Institute and look at the Impressionist collection. Breathtaking. And my favorite, the miniature rooms – I could spend hours looking at those. And if they’re open (April can be almost any temperature here, from below freezing to sultry) take an architectural boat tour of the Chicago River. One of the best ways to see Chicago is from the lake, so if the river tours haven’t started yet you may consider a lake cruise (they’re year-round).

    And let me know when you’ll be there if you want company! Who knows, I may actually get to see the Bean.

    • February 13, 2010 11:46 am

      Jane – thanks for the advice! The last time I was in Chicago there I hopped on a short boat shuttle to get me downtown and I quite enjoyed it. I’m sure I’d like the lake tour!

      I’m there April 7-11. I’ll get in touch a little closer to the date when I know my schedule and maybe we can line something up!

  4. February 13, 2010 11:36 am

    Never heard of those faces in Chicago, but they look impressive in that photo.

    • February 13, 2010 11:47 am

      AC – The ARE impressive! I’m sure you’d love them. There are several other interesting sculptures in Millenium Park too (including the famous bean) but I liked the faces best.

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