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I've got a bit of catching up to do. I've been trying to go back and make sure I get all the days in I want to talk about, but it's hard to keep track. The good news is since I started this 365 day challenge of trying to do something new or different every day, I've kept with it - and have reached the halfway point. I'm over the halfway mark. The interesting thing about the challenge now that I'm over the hump, is that I don't feel like I've been doing that much different from my normal routine. I do occasionally say yes to things that I might not have before, so that I can say I did it. But mostly, I feel like I'm doing good with trying out new things, or changing things up - even if they're little.

Like Saturday, I went to the second half of the beginner's crochet class at Urban Arts + Crafts. It was a good class, but I felt like I'd made so much progress in the intervening weeks that it was mostly just a sit and crochet for two hours sort of class. I did learn some new technique though, which was good. The ladies taking the class with me joked that I should win the "most improved" award.

Sunday, I taught a cable class based on the pillow class I taught last fall. It was a success - all the ladies enjoyed learning the pattern, and one of them even bought a second cable pattern with more supplies to get started when she got home. The weird thing is when giving them more freedom with what to do with the pattern in this class instead of just the pillow - they all chose to do a scarf, which would be the hardest version of all. (Which I don't understand at all - and doesn't make it easier to plan classes for the future.)

Yesterday I decided to start up the 100 Push-ups and 200 Sit-ups challenge again. Armed with the new iPhone apps for both, I did Week 1, Day 1 on both, and boy are my arms sore today (especially when I later had two hours of dance class last night, with lots of arm work). But I think I did a good job, a total of 25 push-ups and 75 sit-ups (five reps, with minute breaks). Also, influenced by mermaidkween I downloaded the Couch to 5K app. I don't want to do 5K, but I thought the workouts would be a good way to build up some endurance for dancing, since I really want to be able to make it through Amy Sigil's classes in April.


I want to say hello to new friends that have wandered over from brigits_flame! It's nice to have you. :) And I apologize in advance that it's possible the first post of mine you're reading is going to be politics/religion heavy. But, I promise it's not a consistent theme here, just something I wanted to talk about today.


This goes a little with something else I've been wanting to talk about, but hadn't had the chance yet. So I thought I'd do them both. Alternet posted this story today about having empathy for "Tea Party Lunatics" their words, not mine. It's an interesting article written by a psychologist and psychoanalyst about the mentality of the Tea Party crowd and how similarly their thought patterns follow those of some of his paranoid patients. It's one of those subjects I find interesting having grown up in that sort of world - and later having gone in a far different direction with my own beliefs. Certain aspects of this sort of deeply involved religious group are pretty frightening from an outsider perspective (and I'll be honest, even from the inside, it can be pretty scary) and it's hard to see how people can so fervently believe some of the things they do. Recently, I watched the documentary "Jesus Camp" done by IFC where they followed around a female pastor from Missouri (just east of KC & Independence) and some of the kids from her church. She's building up these kids to be warriors, indoctrinating them with frightening ideas of how to fight for their beliefs. It's sad, and scary to see kids bawling their eyes out over political matters that they don't even understand at 8 and 9 years old, praying and speaking in tongues and....yeah. I can't even accurately describe what goes on, and I've lived through it. If you want to be bewildered and possibly frightened by the prospect of the next generation, watch "Jesus Camp", but considered yourself warned that the "tea party" people are nothing compared to what could come next.

I don't say this to discount those that let their Christianity (or any religion) help guide them in their political beliefs. But, I found the article from AlterNet interesting because as someone that has lived in that sort of super influenced Christian culture, I think the author has a point. In that, there's a difference in how those people believe and are influenced and can be reasoned with. It's like this:
In the church I grew up in, we 'witnessed' to people door-to-door (much like Jehovah's Witnesses, but Baptist) to try and 'save' them. The way we did this was through good old scare tactics about hell's tortures, but also through verses from the Bible. Many people, though not heavily religious will say that they believe in God, and the Bible (though maybe not all of it). The problem always came in talking to someone that would say "No, I don't believe in the Bible". How do you reason with someone that doesn't believe in the very thing your entire foundation is based on? You can't. And that's my point.


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Mar. 2nd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the article and the tip on the film--article was really enlightening.
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Mar. 2nd, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
You should do a review on it. :) The app - maybe not the effectiveness of the workout, unless you want to.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Also I cried. I cried watching the kids cry over things they're being scared or brainwashed into believing. But it's still worth watching.
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
I just started using the 100 pushup/200 situp apps! Oh, boy. Do I suck at the pushups! LOL I didn't realize that my hand pain was also major wrist pain until I started that prog up. I could only do 4! XD
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Push-ups are a major pain in the wrist for me too. I don't have the problems you do, but it's definitely a weak point for me. You might try doing the girly version (knees on the floor) that helped me get through 100 the first time. It's been a while, so I'm going back through trying to do real versions this time.

I also have a problem with full push-ups because I feel like they make my sinuses worse, but that's where the minute rest comes in handy, I can get back to sort of normal before I have to do more.

There's also a 200 squats app - by the same people - I tried doing that program but found that from dance I'm already capable of doing a crapton of squats on my own, so I didn't spend the money.
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