The Tate Way

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Half Spinal Twist February 21, 2008

Filed under: yoga — Dianna @ 11:42 pm

One of my favorites; gives me a great mid-back and shoulder stretch. I do it staying in the easy pose. No lifting of the leg for me!

Half Spinal Twist

STEP 1: Kneel and sit on your feet with your heels pointing outward.
STEP 2: Then sit to the right of your feet, as illustrated.
STEP 3: Lift your left leg over your right, placing the foot against the outside of the right knee. Bring your right heel in close to your buttocks. Keep the spine erect.
STEP 4: Stretch your arms out to the sides at shoulder level, and twist around to the left.
STEP 5: Now bring the right arm down on the outside of the left knee and hold your left foot with your right hand, placing your left hand on the floor behind you. As you exhale, twist as far as possible to the left. Look over the left shoulder.

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You know what?

Filed under: random — Dianna @ 11:29 pm

After watching the democratic debate tonight (through video clips on CNN; the debate come on WAY too early tonight) I was left with two thoughts: 1. there are a lot of bloggers out there, and 2. give people Internet and a forum and they will express their opinions (no matter how uniformed and uneducated).

I was reading a few posts along with the accompanying comments sections over at CNN’s Political Ticker. Bill Schneider is an obvious Obama supporter (if he’s not a supporter, he’s a fan) and isn’t the most unbiased observer. But this is blogging and you can be as biased as you want. Each of his posts about the debate tonight is full of comments from viewers. And here is the lesson I learned tonight: No matter who the “commenter” supported they took a dig at the other candidate. Either to cheer Clinton on about her “Mr. Xerox” comment (in regards to Obama plagiarizing a speech) or to cheer Obama on about his “judgment is key on day one” comment (obviously a dig a Clinton’s vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq).

And it only gets worse when you hop over to’s political forum. To be fair, not everything is all bad over there. Just the comments I read tonight of one young lady. I’m going to chalk it up to age (she’s 19) and her passion for Hillary Clinton. Several of her comments are at best, childish. Here’s a fine example: god now i guess i have to hate beyonce too! This is racism at its worst when black people support a candidate just because is black!” This comment was a response to an article about recording another “rally” song for Obama. No where in the article does it say that is supporting Obama because he is black. Unless she has some deep insider knowledge that says the ONLY reason is supporting Obama because he is black, she needs to rethink her statement. I wonder what she said when she heard that 50 Cent is supporting Hillary Clinton (Check out the video here. *SMDH*). I’d like to see her comments on that.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of Obama supporters who trash talk Clinton up and down the street. And there are plenty of people out there that think that all women will support Clinton because she is one of us. Plenty of people were pissed when Oprah came out and supported Obama. But if I support Clinton simply because she is a woman, than I need to examine the way I think about politics and make my political decisions. On the flip side there are plenty of people who will not vote for a white woman or a black man simply because of their DNA; who cares if they can change the country.

The bottom line is that everyone of us who plans to vote November 4th for a new president and a new direction for this country is passionate about the person we are supporting. With passion comes the good and the bad.

The good: That was an AMAZING closing from Hillary Clinton. Incredibly moving, incredibly real, incredibly Presidential. (blog post)

The bad: Yay!! Bush II vs. a terrorist for president! Good job America!! (article) (SIDEBAR: Terrorist for president? Did you really just say that? Do your homework; get your facts straight. And stop offending people.)

No matter what you say or how much you bash a candidate someone else supports, you won’t sway their vote or make your vote any stronger (you only get one!), so why bother?


Eclipse February 20, 2008

Filed under: random — Dianna @ 10:55 pm

I took a few pictures of the eclipse tonight. Because I was using my regular digital camera the pictures aren’t that great. And my technique leaves a little to be desired. I had to turn off the flash and had no tripod. No flash = slower shutter speed. Slow shutter speed not so good for the shaky human hand. Here is what I was able to capture in the valley sky:



Looks more like an asteroid crashing down to Earth.

Now onto photos from those with more photo prowess than myself:

A stacked image of the eclipse, courtesy of gribley.

The view from Hamedan, Iran courtesy of Mohammad Taher.

If you ever wanted to know why the moon turns red during an eclipse check out this article.


5k here I come! February 17, 2008

Filed under: 2008 goals,5k — Dianna @ 11:24 pm

Well, I wasn’t really planning on doing it, but I did.

Tonight while stumbling across the internet I found a website that lists all the 5k, 10k, and half marathons for the area I live in. After perusing the list and figuring out how to adapt the training schedule I decided to sign up for a race in May.

That gives me 8+ weeks to train, which is needed (based on that whole I have a job and I’m a mom thing). My goal is to complete the run in about 30 or 35 minutes.

If you are looking for all sorts of sporty type events to participate in check out this site:

Happy training to me!


Fill-in-the-Blank February 14, 2008

Filed under: fill-in-the-blank — Dianna @ 10:52 am

Oh shame, shame on me, I____________. Once again.

Have a great Valentine’s Day everyone!


Here’s My V-Day Horoscope

Filed under: love — Dianna @ 12:16 am

Many of the best relationships are formed on a foundation of shared thoughts and interests — and you’re all about the intellect now. Check out that local poetry reading or indie film. Your next crush may be waiting!


This Type Love February 11, 2008

Filed under: dating,now that's saying something,random,single,stuff i like — Dianna @ 11:13 pm

…just in time for Valentine’s Day…