My role model

C____ was in class this morning. I don’t often see him as I think he mostly attends the evening classes. C____, in my opinion, is the most disciplined yogaperson I’ve ever seen. He stands completely still between the poses. No twitching, no scratching, no fiddling, no towel straightening, no sneaking sips of water during unscheduled water breaks. He just stands there like a statue. He goes into the poses when the instructor tells us to. He’s not half a second ahead, nor is he half a second behind. He rarely loses his balance, and goes straight into savasanah without stopping to catch his breath. He just does what he’s told. He is also one of the best students when it comes to ability.

I will usually try to get in the row behind him for inspiration. Let’s hope he doesn’t think I’m stalking him!

Christmas Quiz results

From Paul:

The quiz was tougher than I expected and of course UK residents had an advantage.


Emsworth 76%
Bedford 50%
Houston 40%
Stables 36%
Earthworm Jim ( commenter, New York) 34%
Mikey ( commenter, Toronto) 32%

No doubt about the winners, though they got 0/5 on Sport! I liked Earthworm’s pot-ricide as explanation for the deaths of Antony and Cleopatra. Interesting that his sister plays the horn in the Lexington Philharmonic.

Here are the answers.

Healing powers

I must sound like a broken record here, but have to reiterate how amazing this yoga is. I got up at 4:50 this morning and coughed and coughed — a dry, hacking cough. The last thing I wanted to do was get in my car and drive to the studio. But the 60-day challenge was too much to resist, so I headed over there. Once in the warm room with the humidifier bubbling in the back, my cough disappeared and my strength returned. I felt so good.

It’s time to go to work now. Let’s hope the therapeutic effects of the yoga get me through the day.

Bikram with a cold

My cold is now in the hacking cough stage. I have, however, kept the streak going. Number 44 this morning. Amazingly enough, the last four classes have been my best ever. I’ve felt more flexible and much stronger than ever before. So if there’s anyone out there who’s wondering if they should do Bikram while under the weather, I say YES! Take a cold remedy and a couple of Ibuprofens and try it! The only bad session I had was the first day (the sore throat day). I think, also, that on the first day of a cold you are the most infectious. I wouldn’t have gone if I wasn’t trying to complete the 60-day challenge.

P.S. Thank you John for putting up with my Bikram obsession and not complaining when I arranged our entire Christmas around classes!

Boxing Day

Good morning, Habs, etc. I hope everyone had a splendid Christmas. Ours didn’t go exactly as planned. We cancelled our brunch reservation at Kiran’s and went out in the evening instead, to The Bombay Brasserie in Rice Village. Excellent meal.

So did anyone get anything cool for Christmas? John gave me RAM for my laptop, and a new hard drive. The really cool part was that, unknown to me, he had backed everything up in advance, reformatted the hard drive, reinstalled Windows XP, and fixed my e-mails so that any future ones coming in would remain on the server. So when I unwrapped the RAM and hard drive there was no more work to do except to install them in the laptop. The only data I lost was e-mails I’d sent since December 22nd. No big deal. And he did all this over four nights as soon as I’d fallen asleep. Such a sweetie 🙂 Anyway, my laptop is now superfast. It has 768 Megs of RAM and a 70 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. (Hope I got that part right.)

2006 Habershon Christmas Quiz

HERE IT IS! (.pdf format)

This year’s questions have been set by Paul. Here are the rules:

The quiz is open to any household that contains a Habershon, a née Habershon, a regular commenter, or anyone who resides on the Branch Office page.

The quiz comprises 47 questions divided into different sections. No looking up answers on the internet or in reference books. All answers must come straight from your heads. Submit your answers to the Webmistress (cat @ no later than 11pm GMT on December 28th (for forwarding to Paul). The team with the highest score will receive a £10 (or equivalent currency) Amazon gift voucher. Correct answers and the team results will be published on the website as soon as possible after the closing date.

As usual, no correspondence will be entered into, and the Quizmaster’s decision is final. Only one entry per household.

Good luck!

NOTE: To refresh your memories, Here are the results of last year’s quiz. We hope there will be more entries this year.

Our hassle-free Christmas

It’s just me and John here for Christmas this year. His mum’s gone to Copenhagen and his brothers are with their in-laws.

We’ve even decided not to cook, and have made a brunch reservation at Kiran’s Restaurant. Here’s the menu:

Christmas Day Brunch Buffet
Monday, December 25th, 2006
11am – 4 pm

Tomato Saffron, Carrot & Ginger, & Cream of Asparagus

Mixed Greens, Deviled Eggs, Chickpea Salad, Vine-ripe Tomato & Mozzarella, Potato Cakes, Mint Yogurt with Lentil Dumplings, Avocado Salad, Cucumber Salad

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Plum Chutney, Tandoori Chicken, Wild King Salmon with Ginger & Cranberry Chutney, Fresh New Zealand Green Lip Mussels, Goanese Shrimp Curry

Stewed Apples in Rum Sauce, Green Beans with Roasted Almonds, Garlic New Potatoes, Honey Glazed Ginger Carrots, Vindaloo Mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts with Tomato & Passion fruit Sauce, Caramelized Onion Rice Pulao with Pinenuts & Raisins, Besan Curry, Channa Masala, Saag Paneer, Freshly Baked Assorted Indian Breads

Featuring For Kids
Lamb Burgers & Pigs in a Blanket

Warm Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Gran Marnier Anglaise, Christmas Cookies, Kheer, Carrot Halwa, Mango Mousse, Fresh Fruit in Spicy Simple Syrup

I may just start with the bread pudding and work upwards.

Magic pills

Well, John really took care of me today. He kept a kettle boiling on the stove, which kept the atmosphere nice and humid. He also bought what must be magic pills. They are Walgreens’ “Non-Drowsy Wal-itin D.” There are only five to a box and you’re only supposed to take one every 24 hours. I took one at midday, and by 3:30 p.m. had stopped snuffling and was ready for a Bikram class. So I went to the 4:30 and kept my streak going. It was a great class. Very full. I stayed at the back and didn’t sneeze once. I also completed every pose.

So that’s number 41. Tomorrow may be tough. There are only classes at 8 and 10 a.m. as it’s Christmas Eve. Let’s hope that magic pill lasts 24 hours.

Day 41 in the balance

I have a stinking rotten cold. Yesterday was the sore throat and headache, and today’s the runny nose. I made it to the 6 a.m. yoga yesterday but had a hard time staying upright. That was Class No. 40 of the 60-day Challenge. This morning I’ve missed the first two classes and there’s only one more (at 4:30). Could this be the end of the streak?

John‘s gone out to buy me some Sudafed.