Archive for August, 2008

Heavy Breathing for Amateurs!?

 

by Cross Woodfield

 

I did something so uncharacteristic for me.  And I am not ashamed.  No I am not.

 

I exercised.

 

Trust me I am in as much disbelief as you are that these words are coming out of my hands…but they are.

 

Exercise is the best kept secret in the world.

 

Apparently a lot of people workout, or at least a lot of the people I asked.  Then again, this is Los Angeles we’re talking about.

 

Anyway, I used to think people who always went to the gym or thought about going to the gym were stupid for just wasting money…why would they make themselves crazy working out when they could just stop eating?

 

Then I realized:  people don’t work out just to get skinny—they work out because it feels GOOD…like I just saw a Broadway show good…like I just scored a free chai latte good…like I just bumped into Jude Law good.

 

I went with a girlfriend to Swerve, a yoga-dance-aerobics studio on 3rd Street in L.A., and struggled/bump-and-grinded my way through a class called “Yoga Booty Ballet.”  The next day I fearfully yet tenaciously approached “Rock ‘n Roll Pilates.”

 

Now I feel life-affirmed…sore and life-affirmed.  We set intentions at the beginning of the class:  to work hard, to understand, to play, to relax; and we accomplish them through yoga, ballet, and aerobic moves like the paper doll, the sunflower, the Jane Fonda, the Soulja Boy.  Really what I’ve been needing to do is just “enjoy,” enjoy life, friends, summer, parties…and setting an intention to enjoy made me realize that everything really was going my way and I was the only thing holding myself back.  I felt so silly for intending “to enjoy” that I just couldn’t help but feel stunned at my inner-friction and grateful for my blessings.  I’d say mission accomplished, wouldn’t you?

 

Needless to say, this eclectic, girly, earnest, sunshiney boutique studio is quite my cup of vanilla rooibos tea!

 

Seriously, I thought since I wasn’t athletic I’d never be able to drag myself to exercise.

Now I look forward to it.

I’m one of those people I hated.

And I love myself for it.

 

So tell me…what do you all do in terms of movement that makes you feel G.O.O.D.?

 

Might as well start one healthy habit!

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You Douche Bag

by Cross Woodfield

 

So a ton of my friends are fond of calling people “douche bags,” girls mourning over lost flings are comforted by their besties—“that’s because he’s a douche.” I always kind of accepted the term, nodding and giggling, all the while wondering what a douche actually was.

 

I assumed it was a wipe used for your sweetest spot…and a douche bag was the bag they give it to you in if you buy it at the drug store or something.

 

Finally I looked it up on wikipedia, and it is NOT AT ALL what I thought….it’s a bag of water with a tube attached that you stick up your vajayjay and squirt…the closest thing I can compare it to in terms of appearance is a small bicycle pump.

 

To me that is so odd that we would clean something on the inside of our body…when in reality the vagina is a “self-cleaning oven.”  I mean the inside of the body is made to sort of take care of itself…it’s really not our place to go inside and feel around a bit, and squirt things everywhere.

 

I just use wipettes myself…and I may venture into bidet-in-a-bottle land someday.  But I trust my body to deal with the inside stuff.  I’ll just keep things looking, feeling, and smelling nice…sometimes it’s what’s on the outside that counts.

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Architecture and the Body

By Charu Suri

 

Americans love a lean and mean piece of architecture. Whether it’s a transparent chair or an intricate bowl or coffee table, chances are that your wandering eye is caught by all sorts of frivolous innovation.

 

Tale Philippe Starck’s designs, for example. From Crustacean shaped Citrus juicers to garish “gun” lamps, Starck’s designs decorate many famous hotels and buildings. In France, he is something of an icon.

 

Cosmetics companies are also capitalizing on people’s attraction to beautiful design. Let’s face it, there’s nothing more beautiful to behold than elegant packaging. Think Lancome’s “Maharani Jewels” collection or Thierry Mugler’s “Angel” perfume. The shape and size of packaging and design speaks of integrity.

 

Any doubts about integrity of design, check your *down there,* which has all the architectural intricacies of a Roman temple.

 

But people actually want to mess with it! Did you know that millions are getting laser vaginal surgery that makes the vagina tighter?

 

Yes, the laser enhances the vagina’s muscle tone, strength and control, which increases the friction during love making.

 

It sounds like a lifetime supply of Viagra for women, but we’re not sure if messing around with the sweet spot is the smartest thing to do.

 

A nautilus or beach shell is a naturally occurring, beautiful piece of architecture.

 

If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

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Tim Walker Pictures

 

Ok

 

Imagine trees that blossom tulle gowns-come-laterns…and free-spirited Mena Suvari types hugging beat-up cadillacs…and little kids making paper swans on the beach.

  

Needless to say, I am totally in obsession with Tim Walker’s picture book called…well…Pictures.

 

It’s inspiring from beginning to end and, as much as I cannot believe my own words, worth the hundred and twenty-five dollars.

 

The thing is, it’s art.  Inspiration like that is priceless, and I don’t think truth, like the truth that Walker captures, can really be valued in dollars.  I guess pictures like his either move you or they don’t, and you either forget them or you think about them and chew on them and they change your life, if only a little bit.

 

So I’m going to Oxford in the fall for a year and when I saw the book I immediately thought I could rip up every picture from the book and line my room with them.

 

But my girlfriends gasped gasps of unspeakable horror and let out blood-curdling screams when I told them that.  Do you think it’s bad to rip up a book if you only do it so you can admire each page each and every day?

 

I don’t really understand why a book is sacred and can’t be ripped up.

Please enlighten me.

 

 

They ripped up books in Dead Poets Society!

 

And if Ethan Hawke can do it then so can I!

 

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I Have a UTI, What Do I Do?

Top 5 treatments

Normally your symptoms will go away within 2 – 3 days. If it persists for longer, don’t worry there are many medications available for treatment:

1.      Medical Treatment

a.       trimethoprim (Trimpex)

b.      trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, Cotrim)

c.       amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox, Wymox)

d.      nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin, Furadantin)

e.       ampicillin

If you experience vomiting, or nausea you may have a more severe UTI and may require hospitalization in order to be administered antibiotics intravenously. Check out our Knowledge Base for more information on treating UTIs.

 

 

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Tips on How to Prevent Yourself from Getting a UTI

Top 6 Preventions

To keep bacteria from entering the urinary tract, you should do the following:

1.      Drink plenty of water and cranberry juice (from fresh whole cranberries not diluted or processed).

2.      Before sex cleanse the genital area

3.      While having sex use a small amount of lubricant if you are dry

4.      After sex urinate immediately in order to wash away bacteria. Urine is acidic, and will keep the bacteria responsible for infection from growing.

5.      Never use harsh soap, scented douches, or scented sprays that are not specifically designed for vaginal use.

6.      Always wipe from front to back after bowel movements in order to avoid bacteria exposure.

Check out our Knowledge Base for more information on preventing UTIs.

 

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I Have A Yeast Infection, What Do I Do?

Top 5 Treatments:

 

Relax. Yeast infections are extremely common, three-quarters of all women experience at least one in their life time. Seek out the following treatment:

1.      Antifungal medicines that are directly applied to the vagina through creams, ointments, suppositories, or tablets.

a.       clotrimazole (Clotrimader, Canesten)

b.      terconazole (Terazole)

c.       nystatin (several brand names)

d.      tioconazole (GyneCure).

e.       miconazole (Monistat, Monazole, Micozole)

When properly treated over ninety percent of all yeast infections are cured within two weeks, although most take only a few days. Check out our Knowledge Base for more information on treating Yeast Infections.

 

 

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