Friday, March 22, 2013

Bikram Yoga

Hello, Dear People!

I decided to try something different.  I bought an introductory membership to the Bikram Yoga Montreal studio by my house.  My professor has been praising the benefits of yoga for musicians since I began grad school in Ohio and I wanted to try something for me.  I've heard amazing things about hot yoga, so I decided to give it a try.

Last night was my first yoga class ever.  I decided to go with the type of yoga that is 90 minutes in a 105 degree room.  It was so intense.  The class was in both French and English.  The teacher was really good about helping me out since it was my first time.  When I first got into the room, I wondered if I could even be in there for 90 minutes not doing anything because it was so incredibly hot.  I was able to do most of the poses and had to just lay down in lieu of only a few.  I did feel very dizzy towards the end, but I was situated by the door so I could leave if I needed.  We had frequent water breaks.

I felt at home from the beginning.  The yoga studio is smaller, has nice locker rooms, and the people seem very dedicated.  The class reminded me of our conditioning circuits in the summer when I was in gymnastics.  I believe my body needs this type of a workout; it focused on both toning and stretching and a lot of these concepts were intertwined.

I am quite sore this morning.  And thirsty.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Snow Spring

Montreal's spring was greeted by more winter.  Anywho, here are some pictures from the big downpour yesterday:
 This is the snow outside of school.
This is Queen Victoria.

I needed to bike from Contemporary Music Ensemble rehearsal (concert April 5th!), which ended at 6:25, four miles to church, which began at 7, to play organ for church this evening.  Thankfully, most of the roads were plowed this morning and the 30-32 F weather helped make the pavement show.
I had to bike up that, but the temperature and the wind were nice to me.  See the bus on the left?  It is a double decker.  These are terrifying to bike beside in slushy gunk.  I thought I might have given up my solid bones for Lent.  My guardian angel protected me though!

Then I got to church and played on this lovely thing (sarcasm).
For some reason, Pastor was not patient with me and just started singing the Psalm when he didn't want to wait for me to get the Psalm up on the organ.  Whatever.  I joined in and created a melody to whatever he was singing.  Have some respect for the biking organist!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Oatmeal Fun!

This evening I experienced Super C for the first time.  I have heard many Montrealers talk about the great prices of Super C, but I never had lived near one, nor had the time to travel just for groceries.  Now I live a few blocks away from one.  It is across from the Atwater Market and near an SAQ (government liquor store).  The prices were much closer to US prices than any of the other grocery stores.  Right when I got home, I made some fun oatmeal snacks.  I rely on Lärabars and other granola bars to make it between meals, so I made my own!

These are some lovely chewy oatmeal bars from Kath Eats Real Food.  I didn't add nuts, but added more sunflower seeds.  I also added about 1/4 cup honey and substituted water for milk.  Very, very good!
These are from the Daily Garnish.  I didn't coat mine with coconut, but they taste great!  Coconut has been quickly growing on me since I've been consciously cutting refined sugar out of my diet.  It is naturally sweet and has ridiculous amounts of nutrients.  This recipe gave me the opportunity to pull out the food processor that Justin gave me for my birthday!

The mixture makes a doughish consistency.  Then, you roll the dough into balls and refrigerate!

Tomorrow I will make lentil tacos.  I am very excited :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Montreal Intercultural Orchestra Performance

Hi All!

I'm playing Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" (that one with the dinosaurs and volcanos in Fantasia) with the Montreal Intercultural Orchestra this Saturday, March 16.  Here is the poster with more details:

It's in a really pretty church.  Here are some pictures I got at the rehearsal last night.  They are a bit dark, but you get the idea.

It has been interesting sitting in rehearsals where only French is used.  Thank goodness Jean-Luc (English horn) translates the numbers for me!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lazy Bum

My bum has been lazy!  I had a WONDERFUL time with my parents at the beginning of this month when they visited Montreal.  They drove me places, which reduced my bike mileage.  Then last week I was on spring break in Bowling Green, which again drastically lowered my biking mileage.  I need to get this body back into shape!

This morning I did a 2 mile run.  It was lovely.  Last night I did some arm and ab exercises with my 3 pound dumbbells.  I will shape up!

Here is a picture of my lunch from yesterday.  I haven't had a chance to go shopping since I got back from break, so this is all canned, dry, freezer foods (plus the clementine from Justin!).

   Quinoa, wild rice, olive oil, chives, basil, sea salt, oregano, chickpeas, and two clementines.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Great Video

NRA Stand and Fight

Food, Protests, Concert, and Ohio Apartment

Hey All!

I have so many things to update you on.

First: Click here to listen to the McGill Symphony Orchestra concert tomorrow, Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, at 7:30 pm Eastern time zone LIVE and online.  We will be doing the Higdon Percussion Concerto, Yamada "Mask and Shadow", Vivier's "Orion" (which this concert may be the recording that NAXOS uses for their new Canadian Voices series), and Bartok's "Miraculous Mandarin".  I will actually be playing principal oboe on the Vivier and Bartok, which is super sweet for me.

Second:  There was some protesting in Montreal on Tuesday, because the weather was warm.  Students want free University tuition.  Here are some pics:

Third:  Here are some good meals I have been eating:
This is quinoa, broccoli, black beans, cheese, and taco seasoning. Very yummy.
 This is what I'm eating at this moment.  Scrambled eggs with cheese, frozen raspberries, and tomato juice.  Nutrition!

Third:  My sublessor in Bowling Green didn't pay for Feb 15-March 15.  Therefore, I am legally obligated to pay.  The management company let me know 2 days before they would sue me....So Justin, who is the BEST MAN IN THE WORLD paid for me and facilitated the situation where the sublessor turned in her key and signed a formal letter relinquishing the property back to me.  Now, I should have possession of my apartment back to re sublet.  Blehhhh!  It's stressful, but at least I didn't have to take her to court.  I felt so helpless being here, and being legally financially responsible if they don't pay, but I didn't have rights to my apartment, and if the tenant wouldn't cooperate, I would be forced to sue her.  Hopefully this will all work out and I'll find a sublessor for the rest of the lease (until August 14, 2013).  I will throw a party on August 15.

Lesson learned: stay away from housing contracts unless you know for 100% certain you will be in that city the next year.