Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Next Friday y'all

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bikram pose 9 - Trikanasana

Trikanasana - Triangle pose

- An excellent cardiovascular workout
- Intensely stretches each side of the body
- Opens and increases flexibility of hip joints
- Reduces saddle bags
- Good for kidneys, thyroid and adrenal glands
- Opens shoulder joint, good for frozen shoulder
- Strengthen and tones legs and buttocks
- Helps regulate hormone levels
- Works all muscular groups simultaneously
- Helps conditions of constipation, colitis, low blood pressure, appendicitis,


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bikram pose 8 - Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana (really)

Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana - Standing separate leg stretching pose


- Increases circulation to the brain and adrenal glands
- Centres nervous system
- May be good for depression
- Good for constipation
- Helps reduce abdominal obesity
- Helps with diabetes and hyperacidity
- Releases lower back
- Exercises muscular, adrenal and reproductive systems

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bikram pose 7 - Tulandandasana

Tulandandasana - Balancing stick pose


- Increases cardiovascular circulation, especially to heart blood vessels
- May help clear blocked arteries
- May help prevent future cardiac problems
- Creates a total spine stretch Relieves stress from spine
- Good for varicose veins
- Builds strength in legs
- Exercises pancreas, spleen, liver, nervous and circulatory system

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

From Unknown Regions

"Knowledge is laughable when attributed to a human being"

I watched this with Kendra last year but wasn't really listening at the time. He may be from Saturn, but Sun Ra knows what he is talking about.

Eeek! Patterns!

I have tried a handful of times (and only completing two of the projects) to craft an article of clothing using a pattern. Burda patterns are notoriously intimidating (my mom even thinks so!) and sometimes difficult to read for beginners. Leave it to Threadbanger to find the ladies of Burda to explain how to read their intricate patterns. And thus, I pass on this information to you:

Happy sewing!

Bikram pose 6 - Dandayamana Dhanurasana

Dandayamana Dhanurasana - Standing bow pulling pose

- Stimulates cardiovascular system
- Increases circulation to heart and lungs
- Opens diaphragm
- Opens shoulder joint
- Helps frozen shoulder conditions
- Improves spine elasticity
- Improves strength and balance
- Reduces abdominal fat

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Threadbanger Shoutout

My DIY curtain-rod project I documented last week was mentioned in the most recent Decor-It-Yourself episode on Threadbanger! Take a look! (Also, while watching the video keep an eye out for a bright yellow El Harto bag that I made for Meg last year!)

Bikram pose 5 - Dandayamana Janushirasana

Dandayamana Janushirasana - Standing head to knee pose


- Builds mental strength
- Improves concentration
- Unifies mind and body
- Uses all major muscle groups
- Exercises digestive and reproductive organs
- Good for diabetes
- Strengthens back muscles

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Return of The Mummies!?

According to my GaragePunk Podcast (nerrrd) The Mummies are back!!! They will be getting together just to play the Funtastic Dracula Carnival 4 in Valencia!

Who wants to fly me to Spain?

The Trashmen played last year's Funtastic Dracula Carnival! JEAALLOUUUS.

Behold the Mummies:

Click here for last years line up:

Click here for their myspace as they continue to update the shows for FDC 4:

Bikram pose 4 - Garurasana

Garurasana - Eagle pose

- Works into twelve major joints of the body
- Good for central nervous system
- Facilitates lymphatic function, improving immune system
- Improves mobility of hip joint
- Improves balance
- Strengthens legs
- Good for varicose veins

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Bikram Pose 3 - Utkatasana

Utkatasana - Awkward pose


- Improves overall body strength
- Opens pelvis
- Strengthens and tones leg muscles
- Reduces fat pocket under buttocks
- Aligns skeletal system
- Good for arthritis conditions
- Good for digestion
- Relieves joint pain
- Relieves sciatica
- Improves flexibility in toes and ankles
- Exercises liver, intestines, and pancreas

New Finds - Vinyl

Finds at Red Onion on 18th

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bikram Pose 2 -Ardha Chandrasana with Pada Hastasana

Ardha Chandrasana with Pada Hastasana - Half moon pose with hands to feet pose

Benefits :

- Works into the whole skeletal and circulatory systems
- Opens shoulder joints
- Good for frozen shoulder
- Reduces or eliminates pain in the lower back
- Good for abdominal obesity
- Improves and strengthens every muscle in the central part of the body
- Increase the flexibility of the spine
- Tones the spinal nerves and abdominal organs
- Increases flexibility and strength of rectus abdominis, gluteus maximus, oblique, deltoid and
trapezius muscles
- Helps with sciatic problems
- Alleviates anxiety and reduces mental stress
- Stimulates pituitary gland
- Exercises colon, pancreas, kidneys, muscular, skeletal, respiratory and glandular systems

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bikram Pose 1 - Pranayama

Pranayama - standing deep breathing


- Good for lungs and respiratory system
- Helps with mental relaxation
- Helps high blood pressure
- Relieves irritability
- Good for detoxification
- Exercises nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems

30-Day Challenge

Tomorrow I am starting the "30-Day Challenge" at Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill. One 90 minute hot yoga class every day for the next 30 days. For the sake of learning, each day I will post information about a new pose, starting tomorrow. Wish me luck!

For more information on Bikram Yoga, visit the Bikram website

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Making it Work - Window Treatments

In an earlier post, I had mentioned how i was going to use Meg of Enderby's idea from Threadbanger to create some DIY window treatments using sticks and some handmade curtains. Well, I have successfully done so. Check out the pictures:

1. I found these branches behind of my parents house in Germantown. The only thing harmed in this selection was my parents reputation, no cutting branches off trees y'all.

2. With the ease of a friendly backyard, I sanded the branches and sprayed them with two coats of white indoor/outdoor spray paint.

3. Using some inexpesive shear curtains from Target (my first trip to the new Columbia Heights Target) and a thrifted dress that i haven't found any other use for, I made some nice embellished curtains with some new loops!

4. After attaching some poles i found at my local hardware store, i was able to hang the painted branches and my new curtains!

5. I repeated the process for the two smaller windows and TA-DAH! New, handmade, one-of-a-kind window treatments! Thanks for the idea, Meg!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Finds - Vinyl

Finds in the east village:


We arrive at the hotel around 11pm. It was a short walk from Penn Station, shorter and more convenient than i could have imagined. We roll our luggage into the lobby, greeted by people with great haircuts and even better shoes. There is art and random doo-dads everywhere in this place, hanging from the ceiling, the walls, and posted on the floor. Each piece of furniture is completely different. "We ran out of single rooms so we are going to put you guys in a suite... room 611". The room could be easily overlooked, a tiny piece of paper with the number 611 scratched in pen and stuck to the door with some scotch tape. The lack of a proper door number was not actually a sign of how our room(s) would look. There was an ENTRANCE HALLWAY. Walk straight ahead and there was a common area with a fireplace, a huge chaise lounge and small windows/doors that opened to the balcony. Outside and to the left was the big neon sign, "Hotel Chealsea". Back inside and to the right was a bedroom with access to the balcony, a huge bathroom, closet and an egg chair. Behind was a kitchenette with cabinets, a table and two chairs, a sink and a mini-fridge. Left of the entrance hallway was a bar/kitchenette that led to the master suite with another chaise, a huge bed, beautiful bathroom and large bay windows. "This must be a joke". "We are never leaving".

see (link to the right) for more NY photos.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Thank you jesus.