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I’m beginning to think there’s weirdness all around me (TV shows and such)

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Why else would I think a show about a guy who hallucinates that his next door neighbor’s dog is really an Aussie guy who smokes pot and poops in shoes for fun?

That would be the premise of Wilfred, airing Thursday nights during the summer on FX (Archer’s usual time slot). Elijah Wood stars as Ryan, the kind of guy who doesn’t stick up for himself and kind of a forgettable guy. Enter Wilfred, who gives Ryan the stones to do some Fight Club kind of urban ninja stuff as payback to the bullies in his life. It’s quite naughty though, so if you feel your finer sensibilities may be rattled, you may want to avoid. However, if you dig the profane and the insane, then by all means view.

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I got the idea of picking a couple of seasons of a TV show I never got into previous from Netflix. The decision was long and fraught with peril, but ultimately we chose Flight of the Conchords. Yes, dear reader, I am about three or four years behind, but better late than never, yeah? It’s a great show. Jemaine and Bret are classic in their New Zealand naivete transplanted into the cold cruel metro-hell known as NYC. It’s very dry, similar to The Office, and not too heavy on the profanity and sex like other HBO shows (*cough*Eastbound and Down*cough). I’m waiting on Season 2 Disc 2 to come in and then I will be done with this summer mission. If you have a suggestion for another TV show to catch up on, I’m all ears and eyes 🙂

Categories: Television

When it’s time to relax and unwind

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes, dear reader, I have a hard time falling asleep. You may also. So, I found a few relaxing videos to watch on Youtube that demonstrate Swedish massage and foot reflexology, along with Yoga Nidra. More on that after the vids:

(Victoria Sprigg is an excellent therapist)

(Foot reflexology, highly recommended)

The above videos are only the first part in each series, but the rest are easily found in Youtube. Puts me to sleep really quickly.

So, more on Yoga Nidra. It’s an interesting practice where you don’t actually move. Rather, it’s more of a sleep-like state that can bring about a sense of relaxation and ease tension. All you need is a place to lie down and a blanket. Since you’re still for a very long time you can get pretty cold, so remember the blanket or at least some socks.  Aurora (the queen of transformation) has a very soothing voice, and it’s a wonderful feeling to fall asleep to, that sense of relaxation and calmness.

(Part 1 of Yoga Nidra)

Parts 2 and 3 are located on Aurora’s channel.

In this day and age, going to a spa and treating yourself to a steam bath or facial can get pretty pricey. Treat yourself to a spa day at home. A container of soothing and relaxing bubble bath with essential oils is at most a few dollars, spa grade facial masques can be found quite inexpensively too. I found a wonderful cucumber facial masque at Wal Mart on the cheap that felt excellent on the skin and very relaxing:

Cucumber masque on the cheap, good stuff

 

It may not be the same experience as going to the spa, but it will be as relaxing as you make it. And plus, you don’t have to wait 🙂

Categories: Beauty and relaxation
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