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Drag Queens, Veggies and Hot Yoga

Item 1: Drag Queens. Since we are shamefully enthusiastic RuPaul’s Drag Race fans, ages ago Mr. Beez and I picked up tickets for the Naughty-or-Nice Holiday Bash with Sharon Needles at the Warhol Museum. And now the time is upon us! The party is this weekend! What on earth does a girl wear to a party with the spookiest drag queen in the country? Seriously, folks. I need some fashion guidance. I have no idea what to wear. My only ideas are black and sparkles. I don’t have much in my closet that fits the bill, so I may have to go shopping. What would you wear to this crazy event?

Item 2: Veggies. This is a Romanesco.

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Mr. Beez and I went to the East End Food-Coop a couple days before my birthday, and like a spoiled child, I went around the store demanding things. Anything that caught my eye, I demanded, because it is my birthday and I want it. The Romanesco was one such thing. I loved its funny shape. It is a relative of broccoli and cauliflower, but its texture (once cooked) is a little softer. I prepared it by steaming it, and it tasted almost identical to steamed cauliflower. It is not neatly divided into florets, so cutting it up for steaming was a huge mess. It was a great novelty, but since I can get the same taste cheaper and with less mess, I’ll probably stick to cauliflower (unless I have some desire to impress dinner guests with a strange veggie).

Item 3: Hot Yoga. As part of my Birthday-Eve (aka Day of Total Spoiledness), I took a yoga class. There are tons of yoga studios all over the city, offering every kind of yoga you can imagine. I decided to attend a class at Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill because it is near my house and because the class schedule fit my availability for the day. As an added bonus, the studio is immediately above Wafflonia (Belgian Waffle Shop) and smells like delicious waffles.

I have done Power Vinayasa Yoga before (which is also in a hot room, but a different sequence of poses), but it was a long long time ago. I knew that my first class back would be like my first class ever, and would feel miserable. Truthfully, it was not too bad, because I was prepared for the misery. For first time attendees, they offer a special of $20 for 10 days of unlimited classes, and I managed to fit in 4 classes in that introductory period. The first class I thought I’d die. The 2nd class I got dizzy a few times. By the 3rd class, I was used to the heat and focusing on the poses.

I’ ve been dealing with a persistent bout of sciatica pain recently, and after 4 classes, the pain is noticibly diminished. (This is not much of a surprise, the pain usually subsides with chiropractic treatment, and the yoga is not too far afield from that). I especially like hot yoga because I am cold all the darn time. I love the feeling of being in the 105 degree room and the heat just surrounding me. If it were summertime, I would probably not feel the same way, but right now it’s winter and I love escaping the cold in that hot hot room.

I also really liked the instruction style at Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill. The instruction is very straightforward– poses are explained in detail, occasional encouragement given, but it is neither new-agey nor too athletic coach-y. When assisting an individual in correcting a pose, the instructors tend to do it in a very positive fashion. For a kid that quit ballet and gymnastics due to being singled out as doing it wrong, the individualized attention at Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill suits me well as friendly and encouraging.

Near the end of my 10 day introductory session, I decided to buy a 10 session pass. I love that they have classes at 6am and 8pm. The 8pm class is really key for me. Most studios offer their latest class at like 6 or 7, and that is still too early for me to be able to make it. I don’t expect to continue going 4 times in a week, but I would be very happy if I could make a habit of showing up twice a week.

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