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Manic Monday: Advent edition

Manic Monday makes a rare reappearance! It’s certainly not because I have so much time on my hands because I am busier than ever, but the good kind of busy. Even in pandemic. So here we go…

Soundtrack: I’m toggling between a few things: Advent at Ephesus by the Benedictines of Mary. Gorgeous! The playlists I create for my yoga classes, which you can find on my Spotify. And yet another new Taylor Swift album, Evermore. And, of course, the occasional Christmas carols. Lots of good music going on over here.

Bookshelf: As it turns out, I’m toggling over in the the book department as well. On my nightstand in hard copy format is The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day, which I have started multiple times and am now finally getting around to reading fully. Powerful. When I’m in my car I’m listening to Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty on Audible. Loving this one so much I’ll probably buy the hard copy as well. Lots of helpful tips for prioritizing our lives and living more fully.

Menu: It’s been a carb-heavy season so far, much to the chagrin of my waistband. Homemade pizza last night, pasta and meatballs the night before. Mexican ordered from Los Panchos in Delmar — delish! That’s become a pandemic favorite. It’s among some of the local restaurants we had never visited or ordered from until COVID hit. La Empanada Llama is another new favorite for orders in. If you’re local, give them a try!

Viewfinder: Since I’m teaching so much yoga these days, lots of photos of Jai Yoga School or home yoga practice make their way into my feed. In addition, I’m doing an Instagram series on Christmas ornaments we pick up whenever we travel. Ornaments on location. Here are a couple of images from both series. And, if you don’t already follow me on Instagram, you’ll find me @MaryDTP518.

Gate pose
Ornaments on Location: Assisi
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Datebook: In addition to working from home most days with visits to my “real” office once or twice a week, I am teaching at Jai two times per week, sometimes more if I’m subbing, as has been the case the past two weeks. You can find me in-studio or online for Gentle Yoga on Sundays at 11:!5 a.m. and for Invigorating Gentle on Mondays at 6 p.m. Today (Dec. 14) I also happen to be teaching Detox Yoga at 4:30 p.m. If you’d like to join me in-person or online, register at Jai Yoga School.

GPS: Not a lot of traveling these days. Most days my car doesn’t leave the garage. It pretty much drives to Jai Yoga School and back. That’s about it. We didn’t travel for Thanksgiving and we won’t be traveling for Christmas, because COVID. Stay home, stay safe, wear your mask when you’re out. This has been a Public Service Announcement.

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