This week’s big event was the Dream Kids Undokai (Sports Day), for which my school has been preparing for months. I got called in for an impromptu emcee role for one of the events (ok I had a couple days notice). Since I’ve bragged about my speeching capabilities I figured I better record the event and share it for all to see. Oh here’s some more advice for giving speeches – I use these warmups every time I have to speak in front of people and they really get the adrenaline flowing and work out some of the nerves. Try it out next time you have to do anything nerve wracking.
I fell way off the wagon this week, eating horrific packaged food and dessert at the YouTube Fanfest after party, well past my bedtime, and then caving to a breakfast cereal craving after I saw Heartland Granola for 400 yen at the local Hanamasa – at 210 yen ($2) per 1000 calories that’s cheap, but didn’t make me feel so good. Now that that’s out of my system maybe I can get back to more healthy stuff like Fall Sweet Potato Loaf, mmmm.
Sunday, Oct 19: breakfast of steamed rice with fried eggs and ghee, lunch of toasted fitness bread and salad, dinner out after the YouTube Fanfest and then snacking until like 2am
Monday, Oct 20: fruit course of persimmon, early lunch of basmati with ghee, late lunch of mixed salad with canned wild salmon and bowl of basmati rice with olive oil and herbs de provence, snack of warm Heartland Granola and soy milk, dinner of yogurt chickpea soup (recipe from Women’s Weekly “Pressure Cooking” – every recipe in this book has been high level)
Tuesday, Oct 21: breakfast of granola, lunch of yogurt chickpea soup and salad with tofu and avocado, snack of yogurt chickpea soup, dinner of roasted squash risotto by my one and only (recipe)
Wednesday, Oct 22: breakfast of granola, lunch of roasted squash risotto and salad, snack of persimmon, dinner of risotto and brown rice pasta with spinach kale, and eggs
Thursday, Oct 23: fruit course of persimmon, lunch of paneer Bhurji (recipe), almond butter on fitness bread, snack of granola and sweet potato, makeshift dinner of canned salmon and fried egg over brown rice pasta, topped with pesto sauce (recipe)
Friday, Oct 24: blue belt breakfast, makeshift lunch of basmati with fried egg and salad, snack of granola, dinner of open face chickpea pesto sandwich (recipe)
Saturday, Oct 25: blue belt breakfast, lunch of chickpea pesto sandwich, dinner of remaining chickpea pesto and avocado over rice
On tap for this week: “Almost Vegan” Sweet Potato Loaf, Palak Paneer (recipe), spicy chickpea and lentil soup
Personal production: Video finished for “My Little Flipper Girl”, now recording guitar and vocal tracks; next up will be “Stir to Sleep”, a music instructional on my pre-bed breathing meditation. After that, “Radiohead Park” – music for a future “Tokyo Beach” video
Current listening: TP’s April and May playlists
Podcasts: What On Earth is Happening #39-40 (organized religion as astrotheology)
3 hours of sleep Sunday prefaced my hardest day on the mat this year measured in tears – exhaustion, soreness from not having recovered from the previous day’s practice, and horrendously negative thoughts turned a normally 90 minute practice into a 2-hour one, with 30 minutes spent in child’s pose waiting to either stop crying or hyperventilating. Many times this year I’ve wondered if I’m getting stronger through all of this – I have to believe as long as I keep going I will eventually. Though, that day has not yet come.
Book: Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution
Presentation: Lessons From My 20s by Ryan Allis
Did not look at the market much this week, but after a sharp rebound stocks look likely to see a retest of the lows over the next couple weeks. We move to cover any shorts in bonds as the end of QE is now upon us.