If We Were Having Coffee – 1/24/2015

Morning CoffeeHello and welcome! Come on in and take a seat. I’ll get you a nice mug of a very strong French Roast, though, as always, we have a variety of teas, hot cocoa and other warm, nonalcoholic beverages. And today you’ll want the warm liquids as it is snowing outside. Outside where, you ask? Well, by the picture at the top of the page those who have stopped by before should know I’m in New Hampshire this weekend.

After all of the excitement of last week this has been a pretty boring week. I’ve dipped a little deeper into yoga and plan on continuing down that path.

I’m involved in a creative project, but I don’t want to say too much until I’m ready to unveil it.  OK, it involves music.

Then there’s work, work around the house, paying bills, taking care of animals and other boring adult activities. If you didn’t read my review of Alienora Taylor’s book “Come Laughing” you may not get the joke.

And that’s about it.

Oh, one thing. We finally took down our Christmas tree. I know, it’s late January, but as you’ve seen in my other posts, we’ve been very busy.  The animals were very sad to see it go away and I’ll miss it.  It if it didn’t eat up so much space I’d keep it up all year.  (Last year we broke down and got an artificial tree).

From my post earlier this week some of you may have seen I’ve been experimenting with other social media a bit more. I joined Google Plus and have actually started using Twitter for a little more than having my blog posts go out to no one as tweets. I’ll get my “platform” up and running at some point.

As I said in my last few “Coffee” posts, my blog is actually doing better this year, which makes me happy. On the other hand, as I write this I haven’t had a single view in almost 15 hours. Strange.

Some of you may have noticed that I have been trying to clean up my blog a bit. Idiot Writer gave me a few good pointers and I’ve started to create new pages and a new menu system to make finding old posts easier.

I’ve been getting involved in the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion social media movement. I’ve decided to create a Trent’s World theme for this:

Empathy is the glue that holds society together and compassion is what makes a group of people a civilization. Without holding our hands out to our fellow humans we become savages. We are all in this together, in a closed system, so we must all help each other. How lonely life must be for those selfish people who don’t realize this simple truth! How lonely for anyone who doesn’t realize that all are our brothers and sisters! How lonely must the self-righteous be!

I’ve posted it on Facebook and Tweeted the first sentence with the hashtag #1000Speak.

If you don’t know about 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion the hope is that on February 20 at least 1000 people will blog, tweet, etc about compassion. Hopefully our voices will help counterbalance all of those who blog about hate, extremism and intolerance. Sign up on the Facebook page.

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I hope you all had a great week and that next week is even better! Thanks for dropping by and sharing a cup of coffee, or the hot beverage you chose, with me!

Part time Monster, which originated the “If We Were Having Coffee” posts, is now hosting a weekly Weekend Coffee Share. Go over there and join other bloggers for a cup of coffee!

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34 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee – 1/24/2015

  1. yprior1

    Hi Trent – well you are the 3rd person I have heard say the xmas stuff is finally all put away – we do ours much earlier, but I really think anytime in January is good – but to each their own, eh? and I actually have another 2014 year in review post to maybe get out – so hey, there are no rules.
    and for your yoga – good for U! I have been stretching about five minutes each day – but still retrying to figure out if I want to go to a class or recorder some adrienne reed dvds…. hm

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      When we had a real tree we usually took it out at New Years, before all of the needles fell off! But yes, no rules.

      I did a little bit of yoga on my own but wanted to have somebody say if I was doing things right or not. There are good classes and not so good. The studio I’m using is highly recommended about doing things right – the poses and the breathing is only part of it. I usually don’t get too deeply involved in “mystical”, but it is presented in a way that it’s not hokey or practicing someone else’s religion. I used a Teaching Company course (I’ve spent way, way too much money with Teaching Company!) and it was great for learning the ropes, but not a routine.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I did a two day “beginner beginner” class. On the last day I bought vouchers for five more classes of my choice. There’s a low level class that I’ll do first and then go into the all levels class – the instructor thought I’d be ready for it now, but I want to learn more poses first.

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          1. yprior1

            well quick question – do you have a favorite pose – not to sound corny, but when I really started doing the stretches with adrian reed – the forward folds were my fav – they sometimes felt like a massage on some of the muscles – and that was unexpected.

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I wouldn’t say I have a favorite, though there some I practice more than others when I work on my own. yeah, and if you do it right,with the proper breathing and poses done correctly, it seems to simultaneously strengthen, make you more flexible (*actually, I discovered part of flexibility is strength), relax you and message the muscles.

              * i started dumbbell strength training shortly before yoga. I have short routine that works all of the major muscles. I’ve found that after the routine I have more energy and feel much more flexible.

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              1. yprior1

                you are so right about the strengthening part. and you know what amazed me was that it is core strength that also helps posture – I was also trying to stand taller and pull back – when posture is directly from the core – sounds obvious now.
                and one more quick question – do you do yoga and weights every day or mix it up?

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                1. trentpmcd Post author

                  My goal is to run a couple of times a week (not happening with all of the snow!), do formal, instructor led yoga once a week and then a routine that starts with 20 minutes of yoga, goes into my 15 minute dumbbell routine and finishes with 10 minutes of gentle stretching yoga maybe twice or three times a week. That’s my goal. Reality? Well, it isn’t happening yet, but I am working on it.

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                  1. yprior1

                    but that sounds realistic and doable – as opposed to 2 hours a day and whatnot. lol
                    and for me, I am just still planning now. I do the treadmill fine – sometimes 4 days in a row – but it is easy to jump on and jump off. but the other stuff I have to plan for – so that was why I asked – and the only thing I did this month was use this band (arms) and then short stretches – here and there –

                    oh wait, now for some coffee – I will take Trent’s house blend some with milk today.

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  2. Corina

    I’m still working on Christmas too! It’s complicated by the fact that I let my daughter’s boyfriend park his non-functional car in my driveway so I cannot get into my storage shed (no garage here) to put everything away. What was supposed to be two weeks has turned into months with no sign of him getting the car out of here. Today he called to say he can’t find the key!

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  3. Robin Rivera

    I got the tree down, but my husband got too excited about the “Free Space” in the garage and used it for storing the camping gear. Now I have no place for the Christmas boxes and they’re all stacked up in the living room. : ( Good luck with the new project.

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  4. Gene'O

    Ours came down a couple of weeks ago. If we had more space we’d have turned it into a Mardi Gras tree.

    Noticed you’re tweeting a bit more :-) and I have to say, since I revamped Sourcerer, I am finding menus indispensable. I’m wanting to improve the ones at my personal blog, and wish I’d set them up correctly to begin with, but didn’t really know what I was doing when I started them.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Mardi Gras tree. maybe I’ll suggest it next year ;) I’m very slowly getting the hang of Twitter, but the 1000 speak has really made me have to look at it a little closer. Starting with the menus more than a year into it is hard, but then again, a year ago I had no idea where I was going

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      1. Gene'O

        Yeah. I was in the same boat. It took me a whole weekend to get the archives sorted out. Lots of folks in New Orleans do the Mardi Gras tree thing.

        The twitter gets easier once you get accustomed and find a few people to tweet with.

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  5. Diana

    So glad you’re joining 1000 Speak, and so glad the blog is picking up steam, too! :)

    We took down our tree just before Twelfth Night, but we’re short on space and needed the room the Christmas tree was taking up. lol

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I think the 1000 Speak is great and there was no way I was staying out!

      That’s a big part of our reason for taking it down – space. plus our dog decided to pee near it once so we need to get the whole area clean before he thinks “tree = doggy bathroom”.

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  6. alienorajt

    I suspect there has been a glitch in the system, Trent – everything slowed right down for me too yesterday. Looking forward to hearing more about the new project!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Sometimes WP does weird things. It’s picked back up after this post. I’m not sure when I’ll say much more about this project, but I may soon. In some ways I like the big surprise, but often it’s best to let people know what to expect.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Our tree just ate up too much room. It was decorated up and decorated until yesterday. I’m not sure how long this little project will last, but it may be a month before I add much detail, but then, who knows? I may let the cat out of the bag earlier.

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      1. somberscribbler

        Our tree is very petite. It fits on a shelf and my husband only allows superhero ornaments on it! I told him him if I can’t decorate, then he has to clean up!
        I think earlier is better. You can’t leave us in suspense for too long! lol

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I would laugh but i know what would happen – When we decorated in the past i used to move about half of the bulbs my wife put up because the tree looked unbalanced in my eye. Now, even if I plead, she refuses to help decorate. OK, I’m a tree snob, but I like minimal, semi-old-fashioned decorations. A petite tree on a shelf might stay up year round…

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