yesterday's activities

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.

  1. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    New York Dance Festival. At the Roosevelt Hotel, which has a ballroom so beautiful it's a pleasure just to be there. End of February.
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  2. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Speaking of comp preparation...

    SATURDAY:
    Slept until almost 8.
    Got ready.

    10:15--Leave for comp.

    11:40--Boyko appt for hair, make-up.

    12:40ish--Hit ballroom and watch my teachers other two students at this comp dancing standard. (Of the three of us, I'm the only one who doesn't 10 dance. Actually, I'm the only one who doesn't 14 dance, as they both compete smooth with Mazen Hamza, who comes down at least one day a week and teaches at Atlantic Ballroom.)

    1:30--Get dressed. Start to warm up by self, since Nik is still doing standard.
    Practice floor is tiny and very crowded. It is one of those temporary floors with metal seams.
    I stumbled on one of the metal seams...not a big stumble, and I doubt anyone else even noticed, but in my awkward recovery, the heel of my right shoe bashed my left big toe nail.

    Damage report: about a 1/4 inch crack down middle of big toe nail...and I'm bleeding! Fabulous.
    Get paper towel and convince blood that it needs to clot now. Clean up the toe as best I can.
    Practice a little, then Husband and Child arrive.
    Paint nails with Child, who helps me with my "handy hand." (That's what Child calls the dominant hand.)

    Run routines w/Nik.

    5 closed single dances.
    --Another student's turn.--
    5 open single dances. My first time doing my open paso! I got through it! (I actually made a small mistake toward the end of my closed paso, probably b/c I haven't been practicing that!)
    --Quite a few heats off while other students go.--
    Closed B silver scholarship.
    --Other people's turns.--
    Open B scholarship.
    RESULTS: 1st in closed scholarship, and a 3rd (out of 5) in the open scholarship! I was proud of that 3rd. The 1st place couple--the guy was the am--was AMAZING and definitely out of my league--for now! I haven't seen marks, but I'll bet they were 1st by a mile. They are what I aspire to look like...maybe someday, if I keep working at it!

    Got changed.
    Husband is hungry and wants to eat.
    Child isn't much enamored of offerings at hotel restaurant, so we head out.
    It is snowing, again. We are having quite a week of weather here in MD--various forms of precipitation 4 out of 7 days!
    I-Phone to find locally owned pizza place...but it turns out to be basically a carry out place. Head back to a Chili's we saw next to the comp.

    Food was good, service kind of slow. Thank goodness the children's menu had a "See how many words you can make out of the words 'TALENT SHOW' thing. This kept our family reasonably distracted...but I really wish we had ordered an appetizer.

    Husband not doing so great after the meal (coughing a lot)...and unfortunately we both have to drive home since I arrived early to get hair/makeup and watch friends. I offered to let him leave the car in Baltimore and we could go get it the next day, but he said he thought he could do it. Child had been planning to ride with me, but I floated the idea that she could "babysit" Dad and she said yes, that was what she wanted to do. Good girl. He also said he would call my cell if he decided he needed to stop.

    Ugh. Had to stop for gas on the way home, in the snow and cold. (Go ahead and laugh, fascination and NUDRMS. I know I am a winter weather wimp.)

    Everyone makes it home okay.
    Put Child to bed, later than should have.
    Look at Husband's photos.
    Work on make-up removal and hair style deconstruction. Shower.

    Bed.
  3. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    fri...teach bike and bench...lunch...head to job 2; engaged clients who also ask if I can teach them for free how to dance a few steps at their wedding :)....home to cook for family who are in town for a visit...nice to re-connect with them... brother-in-law is at a rough point in his career (and at a bad age to be looking for work)...it is rare for him to be vulnerable...was nice to be able to be supportive....we did "spud fest" (baked potato bar) and steaks....it was a lovely evening.....

    sat; up at 5:30 for the cursed staff meeting at the gym which is worse than usual because boss has stepped down...am not certain that the administrator who is navigating the transition is a "trade up" or a "trade down"....does have that young arrogance going...meh...I am blessed that this job is non-essential so might as well stay on the ride a bit longer and make whatever impact I can...home to a nap, with a bad dream, got up on the wrong side of the bed and stayed on the wrong side of the bed the rest of the day...was ms cranky pants w/cabin fever all day long....poor dh...got some practice in ....but not enough...
  4. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    congrats ccm
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  5. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member


    Thanks for asking. I think there are at least two factors, here. One is that, historically, goal setting wasn't done by most people in this organization. People at the top of the organization would tell you what your goals should be. Then you'd write them down as a formality. The new process is supposed to be more collaborative, so there are bound to be some negotiations, while people figure out how the process is going to work for them.

    The other issue is that this manager is relatively young and relatively new. His only managerial experience before this was in a factory setting which had a much more authoritarian culture. He's not used to people who think for themselves. My background, OTOH, is in a culture where I'd get a year and a half time frame, a budget and the barest outline of a project and be expected to pull it together. Completely opposite approaches.

    In any case, I've decided to stay put until DS graduates high school, while I work on a couple of my goals -- some personal, some professional. So this manager and I are going to have to figure it out. :)
  6. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member


    Oh my goodness! I am so sorry that your DH is not 100% yet. What is this? Day 110 or something like that? Yes. I realize that driving to and from a comp, taking photos, etc, is a vast improvement, but still. I don't even know your DH and I am ready for him to be well.

    I can only imagine how you, your DH and ccc feel. *sigh*
  7. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Thanks for asking/caring. I'm sure a lot of my friends must think that I'm crazy and/or lying when I say my husband is still sick. In fairness, I would probably think it was impossible if I didn't live with him.

    Yesterday was Day 104. The ear/nose/throat guy's take is that the problem stems from a deviated septum and that his mucus-y junk does not exit his body but instead drains back down into his chest. This coupled with the asthma is keeping him sick. I think the deal is that he is adding an antihistimine to the mix of meds my husband takes and then we're going to "Wait and see" for 3 months before deciding on whether surgery is merited. Both my husband and I would be willing for the surgery to happen now. Not that anyone ever exactly wants surgery, but this cannot go on forever.

    My husband feels that being out of the house for 8 hours is too much for him...even if it is largely sitting at a dance competition. Thank goodness he works from home so he can rest if he has to. What if he had a 1 hour commute and an 8 hour out of the house workday? He couldn't do it. He does work a lot of hours, but at least he can set his work pattern.

    I would like to see him get a thorough work-up from an allergist/immunologist. He says the specialist he saw does that stuff too, but I would like to see him go to someone who specializes in that field.
  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I'd like to see him to that as well, particularly give his history as a premie....I was a premie, not as badly as my brother, but a premie nonetheless, and have lost a premie....my brother, when he catches nearly anything, has it forever, and has a great deal of difficulty shaking it it....and I am confident that he has underlying issues that need to be addressed by someone who can appreciate his medical history
  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    @ccm I am sorry that your family is going through this. When I'm going through life's stuff, I always tell myself that it's like swimming in the middle of a lake. Even though I can't see it right now, as long as I keep swimming forward, I will eventually reach the shore. I doubt that's helpful right now but I do want you to know that I'm channeling positive thoughts your way. I think in some ways it's harder, in situations like this, to be the support person than the sick person. *hugs*


    re: Party Perfection. I've decided to cave. What can I say? This is the Pygmalion Party Place, where all the crock pots are full and all the children are above average. :D I'm going to make the Artichoke Napalm, which is ridiculously delish and was a huge hit last time.** I'll also make a Southwest Black Bean and Corn dealie, to cover the vegan angle. (It's also easy and cheap, since I already have everything except fresh cilantro.) And queso will round out the day. I can live with that. Not my usual nineteen course fiesta, but it'll do. And anything is better than six month old sour cream dip in a jar. *shudder* :)

    I would make the onion dip, btw, P, but I definitely agree with you. It needs to be made well enough in advance that it can sit in the fridge while the flavors blend. Next time. :)



    **Except for the one annoying lady who kept calling it spinach dip. Seriously. What about artichoke do you not understand? lol
  10. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    @Pygmalion--I would like to say that due to your good/bad influence, I am actually contemplating buying a second crockpot! In my case, it wouldn't be for entertaining so much as cooking ahead and freezing meals.
  11. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Go for the triple buffet server. Target has a Crock Pot brand one that's usually $50, unless you happen to catch it on sale. It is awesome. I often use it for making dinner for me and DS, because it has separate controls for each crock. You can make one, two, or three things at a time. Very nice, if you want to make a main course and a side dish for dinner.


    As an added bonus, I think it would be perfect for those end of semester parties you like to throw. ;) :D
  12. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Bummer. I checked. Target still has the triple crock pot server, but now it's sold only online. I bought mine in the store during the holiday season. Still $49.99. Maybe it will be back in the run up to Passover/Easter. These things tend to be in store around holiday seasons.

    Two thumbs up. :)
  13. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    No, that's still a useful tip, and we actually do a lot of shopping online around these parts anyway. We are only 15 minutes away from a Target, and it's a nice store, but it's not a SuperTarget. Thank you, Crock Pot Guru. I bow to your slow cooker excellence.
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  14. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Yesterday: Foster doggie arrived! Clearly, he is young. Terrier mix. It's kind of nice, I guess, to have a dog around who thinks absolutely everything you do is EPIC. Loading dishwasher? EPIC! Doing laundry? EPIC! UNloading dishwasher? EXTRA EPIC! I'm amazed he isn't worn out from being in a constant state of astonishment. (My two dogs are exhausted from all the excitement.)
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  15. NURDRMS

    NURDRMS Well-Known Member

    Oh, no laughing here. Spent 15 years living in the DC area and know how crappy the roads can get with snow and ice there. As I remember, those roads seldom get a 'pre-treatment' like here in Colorado.
  16. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member


    Should I say it? Yeah.

    That's EPIC! Sounds like a blast. Enjoy your foster doggie. :)
  17. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member


    Yup. I grew up in PA, where PennDOT (IIRC)b was well-prepared for weather emergencies. They were out salting roads as soon as snow started flying. A storm has to be pretty major to cause problems there. Here in Texas, quite the opposite. Even the most minor weather event can become major, because the road crews just don't have the equipment and supplies to handle it.

    You're still a wimp, though. :D *ducks and runs*
  18. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I was going back through, re-reading stuff in this thread, just now, when I remembered something that good old Zig Ziglar said in his goal-setting seminar (I listened to it on tape a billion times. Was never blessed enough to see him in person, may he rest in peace.)

    There are two types of goals : give up goals and go up goals. Give up goals (e.g. I'm going to quit smoking) should be shared with everyone. Go up goals (e.g. Two years from now, I'm going to have your job lol) should only be shared with people who can and will help you reach those goals.

    This was also the seminar in which Zig shared the legendary advice, "Don't get cooked in a squat." Gotta love colloquialisms. Don't get cooked in a squat = don't spend so much time planning for and preparing for success that you forget to do the work and succeed.

    I loved, loved, loved Zig Ziglar.
  19. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Yeah. Hurricanes can be absolutely terrifying. I've lived through more than a few; it's not something I'd voluntarily do again.

    My take? It's a "Their Eyes Were Watching God" kind of experience. In the moment, it's just you, your loved ones and an act of God. Live or die. Who gives a %#@& about all the things that seemed monumentally important yesterday? It's a very humbling (and could be enlightening) experience.
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  20. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Truth.

    And yeah, I've heard 1/2 inch of snow can cripple Georgia or north Florida...because it's just not supposed to happen there. Road crews aren't prepared, drivers aren't prepared, etc. Maryland isn't like that--and believe me, since my red car is now covered with white salt residue, they do get that salt down--but we're not Minnesota either.

    One of the big problems I've found is that major roads are cleared quickly and frequently, but once you get off those major roads, it can be messy. Even the state roads aren't great. And I live in a rural-suburban county, so there are a lot of backroads. Don't get me wrong: there are some real pluses to living in a rural-ish area. Winter weather, however, can be challenging.

    ++++
    SUNDAY:
    Chores (laundry, grocery store, liquor store, cat box)
    Watched part of Puppy Bowl and most of Super Bowl. I'm not a big football fan at all, but Baltimore was in it, so had to see the game.

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