If you’re following me on Facebook or Twitter this past week, you’re probably wondering if someone hacked my account. All’s good. It happens that I’m participating in the first ever Firepole Marketing On-line Scavenger Hunt.
What’s that, you say?
Just turned 100…my 100th blog post, that is! Can’t believe that I’ve been able to keep at this blogging thing for more than two years now.
Off to pursue another adventure, I pulled my car up to the US Customs booth.
“Where are you going?”, the officer asked.
Today’s the official launch date of the book “Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People“. It’s to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Ontario Veterinary College, my alma mater. And I’m proud to say that I wrote one of the essays in the book! My contribution is called “Yoga Lessons from My Dog”.
Hope that you get a chance to read the book! (Would make a great Father’s Day gift for your animal-loving Dad…I know that’s what I’m gonna do.)
When I as a little girl, I spent hours colouring in my dog sticker book. I was obsessed. I think it was part of my early foundation in veterinary medicine. Nowadays, wherever I go, I enjoy playing the game “identify the breed of dog”.
I completed week two of my veterinary acupuncture course (more to come on that in another post) in early December. During week 1, I offered to teach a 30 minute Gentle Flow yoga class to any of the forty or so veterinarians participating. I knew that I needed to move around before settling into a whole day of learning and hoped some would feel the same. Nine hours of combined sitting and standing can wear a body out. The group fluctuated between 6-8 regulars, so I kept the classes going the next time we were in training. No commitments. Didn’t matter if they’d done yoga before or not.
I’ve had several “yoga firsts” from this experience.
My worlds are colliding.
Family. Friends. Work. Yoga. I have a tendency to keep these parts of my life separate, in that they don’t seem to mingle much. For some reason, I don’t tend to mix them all together into one big jumble. I’m not opposed to it. Maybe it’s happened because I’m a little introverted and prefer to keep certain things to myself.
“My kingdom for my iPhone!”, to paraphrase a famous quote.
I left my cell at home today.
One of my sister’s calls me a professional student. I’m good with that. OK, so I was in University for a long time (getting into and then completing vet college). I did yoga school last year and I’m assisting in the yoga teacher training class now. Then there’s this fall and winter, where I’ve enrolled in a program on animal acupuncture (an exciting way to approach veterinary medicine but very overwhelming since it’s like learning a new language!).
I can’t help it. I love to learn.
I’m physically tired.
There’s been a lot going on. I had appointments on Saturday AM, then was off to the clinic’s summer party in the afternoon. I taught two yoga classes on Sunday and did yard work for the remainder of the day. Back at the clinic the next morning then babysat my nephew for a few hours (changed his diaper twice!!). Tuesday, I did some research on an interesting case involving hind leg lameness in a very sweet Doberman.