Today is my 50th birthday! Woo hoo! It’s so weird! But I have enjoyed getting older. I always recommend it to my students. It’s so interesting, and filled with unexpected surprises!
Yesterday we did some Upcountry things. We started with a drive to the top of Haleakala. There were lots of clouds, so the view at the top was otherworldly. Also, there was snow! Some people made a tiny snowman and did snow angels:
On our way down the mountain, we stopped at the Ocean Vodka distillery. The tour there is so interesting and fun.
Lauren was most excited about meeting Thomas the cat.
In the evening, we had a party at my place. Some coworkers from school were able to stop by. Great company and great fun. We tried out a present Brent sent me in the mail. It’s a game that tests your speed at pushing a button faster than your opponents – if you’re last, you get shocked!
I strained my back over the weekend, so when I went to my training session yesterday, Cristina just did stretches with me. It really helped – my back felt better at the end.
She then asked if I wanted to try some tape. She knows how to apply that tape you see on athletes that is supposed to help them move better. I thought maybe it was some voodoo or something, but she said really it was just that the tape pulls on your skin and helps your body be more mindful about correct movement.
I had her put some on my back. It was interesting. It felt like I was wearing a back brace, but it wasn’t taking the weight off my back – it was just making me stand straighter. Cool.
By the end of the day, the tape didn’t feel as tight as it did in the morning, but I didn’t take it off. Cristina said I should leave it on on for three or four days.