2018, Back to Reading for Pleasure

Blogged under writing,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Sunday 7 January 2018 at 9:34 am

A love for reading was the original impetus for my writing. As a child, probably around five or six years old, I distinctly remember having a moment of clarity when I realized that people wrote all of the wonderful stories I enjoyed reading, and thus, this meant that I would also be able to write them. I was hooked!

This past year, I’ve become cognizant of  how much I miss this, reading for pleasure, just sitting myself down in a chair or on a couch and reading (a book or story of my choice) for an entire day. Instead, with the exception of an occasional short story from a literary journal here and there, I was reading students’ essays and research papers, dozens upon dozens, which meant reading a lot of writing by authors who don’t want to write, who are being forced to squeeze out words and splatter them on a page to earn some kind of reward in the form of a grade. There are some writing students who shine when they are writing, but there are many more who find it drudgery, and this is very evident. It wasn’t a pleasure for them to write it, and thus, it’s not a pleasure for me to read it.

To help redirect myself back to my love of reading, I’m going to treat reading for pleasure similar to my daily yoga routine: it maybe hard to find the time, but I’m going to do it. And, once I’ve done it, I always feel so much better afterwards.

I’m not going to be overly ambitious and have created a short stack of “to be read” books and short stories (from One Story). I have no particular order I plan to read them in. So far, I’ve started with On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft. While Stephen King doesn’t normally write work that I enjoy reading (I’m too much of a chicken), I’ve heard good reviews from writers about this book where he discusses his personal approach to writing, and there’s no denying the man can write.

So far, I’ve enjoyed the little bits of time I’ve carved out to get a page read here and there and look forward to my year of learning to love reading again.

Looking Forward to Summer Caribbean Cruise

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 4 January 2018 at 4:48 pm

I’m planning on another Caribbean cruise this summer, and as I have in the past, I plan to do some video podcasts on the trip. While I’m not a world traveler, I have started a small collection of cruise videos on my YouTube site. If you have cruised before or are thinking about taking a cruise, head over to my Cruise Reviews & Info YouTube playlist. You’ll learn the good, the bad, and of course, the ugly about past trips I’ve been on. Stay tuned for more videos popping up this summer.

Yoga Everyday, Or Just About

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada,Yoga by Tammy on Friday 22 December 2017 at 11:07 am

After getting very sick last spring, I decided that once I got over a nasty bug that did not want to go away that I would start taking better care of myself. I don’t really eat a lot of junk food, and I’ve never really liked eating much meat. My main issue with food was just eating too much. Even if the food you eat is healthy food, you can eat too much of it. However, another big issue concerning my health was my lack of activity. I was a sloth. I did almost zero exercise. I had lots and lots of reasons why this happened, but rather than talk about reasons why I didn’t exercise, this post is about why and how I started to exercise just about daily. Even if it was five minutes, my goal was to start moving, and yoga was my choice of exercise.

As a tween, then teenager, and then young adult, I was very active when it came to dance. I took ballet, jazz, and tap for many years. Mixed in here and there with dance classes was the occasional exposure to yoga, usually on PBS television. There are many similarities to dance and yoga, especially alignment and stretching.

As I got older, I would often come and go to various yoga classes, but I never had the discipline to keep at it. Then I joined Gaia online. You’ve probably seen those ads on Facebook about doing yoga at home. Well, I checked into a number of similar programs online, and I decided on Gaia because I was familiar with them (and Rodney Yee too), and the price was right (about $10 a month for unlimited access).

With the new year on the way, many of us start a new program of some kind, so full disclosure, I’m offering my affiliate link to join Gaia. From now until the end of January 2018, I’ll receive some freebies if anyone joins through me. I suggesting trying it out with the 99 cent offer for one month (which is what I did). Then you can see if it really works for you. There are thousands of videos available, and I like that you can find anything from a quick 7 minute workout to a longer and more intense hour plus workout. There are also all levels, but I have to admit, I stick mainly with the beginners to level 2-3 still. Some of my fav instructors over there are Rodney Yee, Clara Roberts-Oss, and Colleen Saidman. Another reason this program works for me is that I can use my ipad or even phone and do it anywhere in the house. With that said, my yoga mat is calling me.


Yoga Club Box #2 and Follow-Up to Box #1 June 2017

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada,Yoga by Tammy on Thursday 20 July 2017 at 4:12 pm

My first Yoga Club box was a bust, and the second one? Well, it wasn’t that great either. This unboxing is a follow up of the first yoga box I received as well as opening a totally new yoga box.
Use this link for 25% off Yoga Club: http://i.refs.cc/LfbeJF8O Disclaimer – I don’t know how long this offer is good for, and make sure you read the FAQ on the Yoga Club web site!



Stitch Fix Unboxing June 2017 Can I Get Some Capris Please?! Geez!

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 20 July 2017 at 4:08 pm

Another try at Stitch Fix and another try at getting some Capri or cropped pants form them. What’s in the box this time? Here’s my Stitch Fix affiliate link for anyone interested in trying the service.



Wantable Fitness Unboxing Yoga Clothes June 2017

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada,Yoga by Tammy on Thursday 20 July 2017 at 4:06 pm

I’m still looking for some decent yoga clothes so decided to try Wantable again. This time, I tried the company’s Fitness subscription. I unbox but don’t try on for you. I also provide a brief update on my Yoga Club box exchange situation.


Yoga Club Unboxing, Major Style Quiz Fail! June 2017

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada,Yoga by Tammy on Thursday 20 July 2017 at 4:04 pm

This is my first (and probably last) Yoga Club box. No try on & I have a 25% off discount if you want to try it at your own risk. Use this link for 25% off Yoga Club: http://i.refs.cc/LfbeJF8O Disclaimer – I don’t know how long this offer is good for, and make sure you read the FAQ on the Yoga Club web site!
**ETA: I’ve contacted Yoga Club. They will allow me to exchange, supposedly at no cost to myself since it was their mistake, not mine, and per my request have put a hold on my account. Look for a future follow up video once I get this resolved. **


Caribbean Carnival Cruise on the Magic Review, Final Pros and Cons

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 20 July 2017 at 4:01 pm

To wrap up our Carnival Cruise Review of our 8 day Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Magic, we talk about some (not all though) of the pros and cons of the entire trip.


Caribbean Carnival Cruise Review on the Magic May 2017, Video 7, Last Day

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 20 July 2017 at 3:29 pm

Day 7 of our Caribbean Carnival Cruise on the Magic was another day at sea and our last day of the 8 day cruise. This is video number seven of eight in a series where my sister (Tappingflamingo) and I review our trip.

Stitch Fix June 2017 Unboxing – No Try On – Major Stylist Fail!

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 20 July 2017 at 3:26 pm

No try on, just showing what’s in my fourth Stitch Fix box June 2017. It was not was I was hoping for, but I’m still a fan of Stitch Fix: My Stitch Fix Link.

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