Training Time

With things winding down this Fall, I decided it was time to get back into running shape. Since I’ll be up and down the California coast in October and November, I went ahead and registered for the Santa Barbara Half Marathon in November. It’s a beautiful course, and I’ll use any excuse I can to visit Santa Barbara, especially at that time of year.

Now it’s on to training. I’m following some basic steps outlined at, and I’m doing a modified 10-week plan to get into shape. I would have loved to have had a full 12 weeks to train, but schedules wouldn’t allow for it. It’s vital to adhere to those rest days, so I think I will just increase my mileage on my long run days to compensate. It’s pretty straightforward. I just need to run long on Sundays. Mondays and Fridays are days off, and the other days I’m going to stay between 3 and 5 miles. There’s no need to do anything too intense, because my basic goal is simply to finish the race.


The Thirteen Original Colonies

I was sitting down for coffee with some friends and we were amazed (and a little embarrassed) that we couldn’t name all of the thirteen original colonies (North and South Carolina stumped me). Here’s the full list of them, in alphabetical order

  1. Connecticut
  2. Delaware
  3. Georgia
  4. Maryland
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Hampshire
  7. New Jersey
  8. New York
  9. North Carolina
  10. Pennsylvania
  11. Rhode Island
  12. South Carolina
  13. Virginia

There’s even a little song to remember all fifty states by, called Fifty Nifty States. Here are the lyrics:

Fifty Nifty United States from thirteen original colonies;
Fifty Nifty stars in the flag that billows so beautifully in the breeze.
Each individual state contributes a quality that is great.
Each individual state deserves a bow, We salute them now.

Fifty Nifty United States from thirteen original colonies,
Shout ’em, scout ’em, Tell all about ’em,
One by one,til we’ve given a day to every state in the USA
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut-
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana-
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,-
Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,
Nebraska…, Nevada,-
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,-
North Carolina, North Dakota, O H I O,-
Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina,
South Dakota, Tennessee, Tex-as,-
Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

North, South, East, West in our calm, objective opinion (Name of favorite State)
Is the Best of the Fifty Nifty United States from thirteen original colonies
Shout ’em,scout’em, tell all about ’em
One by One, till we’ve given a day to every state in the good old U…S…A……

Sailing in the Ionian Islands

The Ionian islands are a fabulous destination for those who need to combine their sailing in Greece holidays together with gourmet food and lavish services. As it’s deeper, colder and darker in color the Ionian sea is different as opposed to Aegean. It really is particular that you will make some of the finest dives of your lifestyle! Additionally, the Ionian islands are extremely popular among skippers and sailors because Greeks and Italians have been sailing there from several years past.

Harbor of PaxosThey are a destination which will have its own place in your heart forever. Scuba diving is fairly popular in the Ionian sea as the submerged views are distinctively super. Kerkyra (Corfu) is, maybe, typically the most popular of the seven Ionian islands as tourists from all around the globe keep arriving therein thousands every yr. Lavish resort lodging and several kilometers of seashore around Corfu are the primary attractions with this magnificent isle. There are bars, clubs, cafes, beach- bars, tavernas and restaurants all over the island. Areas which you have visited and you are going to visit again at the first chance, mainly because of the state of the art services provided. The Easter time is extremely popular in Corfu as there are numerous draws to make you get there every year to celebrate the Greek Orthodox Easter in a traditional way. The experience is fabulous as the municipality band keeps playing religious music all week long.

Paxos complex are perhaps not very well understood to everyone because they can be merely a little island complex underneath Corfu. As both islands are coated with crops, having just the sea flowing between them the best thing about nature is tremendous. The Italians know Paxos intricate well because they’ve been ideal for yachts and as they see them every yr. With your own or a rented boat you’ll arrive at small beaches of virtually virgin nature. It is possible to see an alternative one daily! Both isles have very narrow roads with restricted accessibility to the few small hamlets around. Most matters desired can be located at the port which will be very well organized and prepared to serve the wants of the incoming sailors. Avoid travelling to Paxos and Antipaxos during the peak season because the islands are little and they can get very crowded. As that is when you can truly appreciate all that there is arrange your sailing holidays in June or September.

Yoga Class

I recently took a yoga class and was brushing up on my asanas (a.k.a. poses) on I have learned a lot about yoga in the past few weeks. Here’s some of the things I didn’t know about before.

Yoga was originally developed as a meditative practice. Yoga helps develop emphasis and modulate your disposition, especially when combined with a few sitting meditation. A more joyful, more centered mind will assist with the rest of your own exercise routine.

Yoga is a 5000-yr old practice that has just recently obtained some traction in the West. Now it looks like yoga studios are showing up like weeds. Also it’s popularity continues to grow. This is primarily due to the large number of benefits yoga offers it’s practitioners. But isn’t yoga for skeletal folks? What if you wish to gain weight?

Yoga constructs and preserves muscle mass during the body. A sedentary person loses a couple of pounds of muscle every year, appreciably influencing health with time. Muscle is a very important metabolically active tissue, and yoga helps you keep it and get it. Even better, yoga raises the resting length of muscle tissue, basically giving you lengthier muscles. Longer muscles have higher strength possibility, which is of interest to muscle men, runners, or anyone who has to carry groceries.

Yoga supplies practical strength. Practical way to “prepare for the athletics of lifestyle” by strengthening weak muscles and stretching tight ones. Functional instruction brings joints into healthy alignment and counteracts daily persistent movement routines. Yoga’s functionality is enriched by the fact you use your own body weight to strengthen your own muscles. Additionally, every yoga pose entails many joint actions and muscles simultaneously, and it is exactly what “genuine life” needs.

Yoga fortifies your heart (abdominals and low back). Most life activities entail an energy transport between the lower and upper body, which are joined by the foundation. You’re just as powerful as your weakest link, thus a solid center is necessary for daily movement and athletic training equally.

Yoga – The term “yoga” is based on the Sanskrit root word “yuj” which means “to unite” or “to integrate”. Yoga therefore, is the process of being in harmony together with the inner self and the surroundings.

Yoga is a non-effect solution to reinforce your bones, helping prevent and reverse bone loss without causing harm to the joints. It works, because yoga is weight-bearing, i.e. you put strain in your bones while moving into, holding, and relocating away from the poses. The body understands and responds to the stress by laying down more bone tissue, hence improving and maintaining bone mineral density. The bone-creating benefits are also body wide, because yoga poses include the physique from head-to-toe.

Yoga poses that stretch and empower the hamstrings and glutes are very effective for dealing with sciatica. Hence, retaining the glutes loose will the alleviate pressure on this muscle that could lead to sciatica. This is a remarkable piriformis stretch.

Some Great Sailing Boat Trip Destinations

I enjoy sailing and I meet many people who wish to go for sailing. The trouble is they don’t recognize a lot about this because they are daunted by the thought of set up foot on a boat. Even when they control mount a boat regularly they may be so puzzled by the whole part which they never return. I usually go smooth sailing with buddies which have never sailed before. When they’ve never set foot on a boat before, they become as practical as an one-legged person. If you are just like me let me share some spots you would want to explore when you are in sailing boat trips.

The Lake Arrowhead Queen – California

If you’re wondering about whom day-to-day lives where, don’t be worried : The captain will show you in second aspects. He’s a humorous man with many different stories concerning this other-worldly section of California only some miles from down-town Los Angeles. This is about 50 minutes boat vacation of Lake Arrowhead provides an excellent evaluate of the spot, pleasant with deluxe second houses where Angelenos go to get away from their busy lives in the city. Boats for holidays remove on the moment from the boat dock in the town behind the McDonald’s, and also tickets can be purchased at Leroy’s. On a peaceful day, this lake is much like glass, likely to relaxed even the best anxiety-ridden city dweller.

 Marina Del Rey – California

When boating to you mean sailing away for a full day of sprinke in your face or blowing wind in your hair, so go to Marina Sailing for a gentle trip. The truth is, if you wish to learn how to sail, that is certainly the ideal place to get a training on the fundamentals and for ASA accreditation requirements. The fleet had by South eastern California’s most ancient sailing group is varied in this Marina del Rey outpost together with at its sister services in the Redondo Beach, Channel Islands, and Newport Beach. Marina Sailing boasts every type of charter boat, from sailboats to catamarans or to yachts to the potential boats.

 Andaman Sea, Junk Cruise – Thailand

Uncommon seabirds, well-known limestone stalactites and passionate beaches are simply part of the points of interest of the 3.500 islands and the Andaman Sea marine, which you may take pleasure in on a six-day sail between Phuket and Krabi. This is simply not an extravagance vacation, you should share toilets and showers.

San Juan Island – Washington

Forget about from small island to island in the San Juan Archipelago off the coastline of Washington State. Traditional wooden boats give spectacular sights of natural forests and exquisite foods that reveal the tastes of the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the day, you may discover the guarded oceans around the islands on directed kayak trips.

Pottermore Fun

While we were docked this weekend, we decided to create some Pottermore accounts. Pottermore, for those of you not in the know, is the new web site all about Harry Potter. It’s part game, part interactive book that lets you experience all the major events from the Harry Potter books. It’s been in beta for almost a year and just opened up to the public this weekend.

The basic part of the game is to move through the story, chapter by chapter. You click and zoom through all the scenes and pick up hidden items such as books, potion ingredients, and the occassional dropped galleon. A lot of these scenes are very easy to complete, but once or twice we got stuck and had to consult a Pottermore cheats web site for the complete list of things to do.

Once you finish all the chapters you can keep playing by competing with others in wizard’s duels for house points or by making potions. The only downside to Pottermore is that there really isn’t that much to do once you finish all the chapters, except to wait for the next book to come out. Hopefully that will happen soon.

If you’re into all the books, though, you’ll really like the bonus reading material that you’ll find on Pottermore. J.K. Rowling provides a lot of detail behind all the characters and events in the form of extra stories that you unlock as you explore. For example, you can read a lot of Professor McGonagall’s background, or learn what the names of the first forty students of Hogwarts were in her notebooks.


My First Sail Post

I’ve been sailing for a while now and been through many places and I’m thinking about the first sail post that I would like to share with all of you.

Let me share you first a book that I recommend for sailors.

Lin and Larry Pardeys’ Self Sufficient Sailor

These sailors have sailed almost all around the world for so many years by just have a small 27 foot cutter with no engine at all. The book mainly talks about how to get around without an engine in tight spaces and light air. It’s a very handy skill that you should learn just in case engines fail. The book also goes through every little trick they have learned to do things the cheap and easy way to be self sufficient and un-reliant on mechanics and spare parts being shipped to all corners of the earth. Overall it’s a great book with a lot of good ideas.


Hello and welcome to Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek around. Please pardon the appearance of things here while I get things settled!

I’ve been busy with a lot of travels, including quite a bit of sailing. My adventures take me all around the world, but I also like a little bit of downtime. That includes reading some great books, watching a little TV, or even sitting in front of the sewing machine with some of my favorite dressmaking patterns and seeing what I can put together. Other times, I just like to curl up with the laptop (I know, it’s not as good as a book!) and play some fun computer games like Poptropica.

I’ll be updating the blog shortly with a more detailed travelogue, I promise. Thank you for coming to visit me in my little corner of the World Wide Web.