Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.
Monday-Wednesday--Worked extra hard trying to compress a 5 day workweek into 3 days. Came close to losing my patience when two students e-mailed me complete drafts of their senior seminar essays on Tuesday night, one at 7:41 PM (28 pages) and one at 8:09 PM (27 pages), prior to meetings at--if I remember correctly--12 PM and 1 PM on Wednesday. Seriously, people??? And the first of the two needs A LOT of work. It was painfully hard to read. The second one, which I didn't get around to reading until Wednesday itself, was gorgeous.
Thursday--Up at 5:30.
9 AM flight to Seattle. Arrive 11:45 AM their time (2:45 our time).
As you may have surmised, no, this is not a good time of the school year for me to be taking a long weekend...but it is Husband's step-dad's 80th birthday weekend, and you only turn 80 once. It also happens to be my birthday weekend, and my birthday was actually on the Saturday this year, but I am taking one for the team!
Check in to Silver Cloud Inn in the University district.
Get to see their apartment, which has a UNBELIEVABLY GORGEOUS view of Lake Seattle and the Cascade range.
Dinner at Husband's mother and step-father's country club.
Friday--Read with Child.
Lunch at country club with the relatives.
6.1 miles on treadmill.
Apartment complex April birthday party event at 4 PM. Lots of old people and Child is
the only child there, but she handles this well.
Pizza party afterwards.
Saturday--My actual birthday.
10 AM--Meet with friend from a different internet board and her 10 year old daughter and we have a playdate at PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER. Very fun. Had lunch afterwards at Rice and Spice...and the friend treats us, which was way too nice.
Back to hotel. Nap.
Dinner that night at Il Terrazzo Carmine, step-father-in-law's favorite Seattle restaurant. Also a couple presents for me: a gift card to one of my favorite clothing stores and some cash. I see dancing in my future!
6.32 miles on treadmill at 6:15 AM.
12:35 flight home. Child and I finished reading Flyte, the seventh and final book in the Septimus Heap series.
Flight was a little bumpy at times, but we had a good tailwind and arrived early. YAY! Unfortunately, we then had to sit on the tarmac for 20 minutes because they had nowhere to park the plane. Boo.
Child was somewhat unpleasant on the drive home...overtired and determined NOT to fall asleep despite reasonable points made by parents. Sigh.
Home, tired, with a somewhat stressful week ahead of me as both ENG 1101 and Senior Seminar have their big research papers due Monday, plus Mondays are my long day anyway...and the laundry fairy did not show up and miraculously do my laundry over the weekend. I'll get through it.
Slew of days but really fun.
Pick up GS#2 Friday - DH brings GS#2 to studio for his kids group class, GS#2 is feeling his oats with other kids while I have private lesson with pro.
Head to Upland Lemon Festival with little man. Carnival rides are decidely his age group and cheaper than LA County Fair.
Home late. Little man sports huge smile on face with cotton candy at end of evening.
Up and on the road to palm springs/palm desert with little man.
Swimming gear and swim toys packed.
Great Grandparents - thrilled to see him - immediately kidnap little man for a ride in custom Golf Cart decked out in USC and Marine Corps colors, decals. Little man does not even wave goodbye - he's thrilled with Golf Cart riding.
Brain tease enters my mind (I should change their colors to University of Redlands, my Alma Mater! just for sport!) HA!
ahhhhh, little man returns.
Everyone prepares for pool...(there are 18 pools here!). Watch golfers come by patio window,,,,
Head to large pool, tennis tournment on other side - teaching pros play offs for Variety Club charity, great games...and can watch matches from poolside as well! WOW!
Little man makes friends with two very tiny young ladies - and they are off an running. Where has the time gone?
Ice Cream break! poolside. Yum=o (really frozen yogurt but they don't care)
Off to change clothing and out to dinner - little man is seated next to great grandfather,,,and I flashback to our own DS who use to sit next to him when he was a little boy.
Strumming guitar player starts singing to little man, who jumps out of his seat, and breaks into rapid fire dance moves in the middle of restaurant,,,guitar player goes along. LOTS OF PICTURES are snapped!
and clapping ensues.,
Take GS to Marriott Hotel - show him all the exotic birds, lobby, inside lake, go on spontaneous boat ride...he's so amazed and excited he cannot even get the words out! These are,,,the times of our life!
Back to parents home,,,,little man....is clearly tired ...does not want to give up. We all laugh, enjoy the night sky and stars.
Talk about Stagecoach in Indio - huge Country Festival (Keith Urban and others) as we watch lots of people load up to go.
Breakfast on the outdoor patio, all of us note that little man is sleeping sleeping sleeping....and laugh.
His great grandparents are savoring this time with him. They are so active, I pray I am that way in my 80's.
Awake, and another golf cart ride, breakfast, duck feeding, and heading off to the Living Desert to feed the animals and such.
Heading home,,,,,all smiles.....tons of memory making moments...and no electronic devices...at all...not even a TV for 3 days and 2 nights. Imagine that!
Realize project start date is drawing close for kitchen.
Parents call..."we are going to stop by with your Jersey aunts on the 20th, they are landing in the morning at LAX and since we are driving by"
UHHHHH, warn parents about demo of kitchen but hey, we can sit in the garden patio and visit.
Talk with dad about his military service and other family of his generation that served.
Challenge coins come out of DH pocket, throws the coin down at breakfast,,,against (dad)...who also has his challenge coin.
As they one up each other.
Prepare items to take to Emerald Ball. DH...to me "will there be anyone there I know? your joking about a jacket for Thursday evening right...why are you dancing so late....does Pro know you are not, even on a good day, a night person?"
Seriously, the third degree from DH....I'm about ready to suggest hearing aids, we've been through this twice already.
DH discusses, since I'm dancing afternoon, he's going to our store to work, check mail, issues, since we will be "right there"...really...right there....he will drive a whooping 3 miles away from the Hilton.
I silently bless him...THANK YOU...for not hanging around Thursday morning....whew.
Firm up road trip plans to Oregon...DD#2 has taken days off...and will take jr. high kids out of school so we can go to Powell Book Store. all of us.
I love Oregon.
Watch The Voice, while going through dance patterns in my brain.
Decide I like this show.
DD calls...shaking with excitment, she PASSED PHASE 1 and PHASE 2 of her teachers exam for Texas so she can teach 8-12 grade and/or K-7.
I AM SO HAPPY, DH is thrilled beyond belief....she already has several offers, plus her discipline was Special Ed here in Calif. but she couldn't get into Texa schools for her to teach...garden variety of reasons.
RELIEF washes over us,
DS calls....he is thrilled for his older sister....this has been a long long LONG road.
Happiness ends the day!
my mon and tues...the usual, only the most wonderful editions of the usual...on my little cloud...going to stay there for a while..and it was mostly standard...who'd have thunk it?
Get outside and attack front and back yards with Turf Builder Spray, Miracle Grow, trim all the roses, pull weeds.
Great workout, better than the gym.
Cancel circuit training - trainer wishes me luck -
Informs me of GU stuff at Sport Chalet to help me have energy for late evening scholarship...hey I jurst want to be awake!
Husband walks in door of home, looks at me through patio door, sneezes sneezes and sneezes...announces he does not feel good, at all, YEP got that - your never home by 10 a.m. from our store.
I decide to stay in backyard, tell Dear Husband where supply of DayQuil, NyQuil and Tissues are stored.
DH selpts to his chair with blanket, supplies and pillow in hand!
Note to self" STAY AWAY...pleasseeeeeeee, do NOT get me sick today or tomorrow geeeezzzzzzzzz.
Head out to lesson. Pro is sneezing his head off...I'm starting to feel surrounded. YIKES.
Sport Chalet - pick up that stuff trainer suggested and experiment.
Wish previous ballroom sisters best of luck and good dancing as they head off for hotel.
Return home, DH is fast asleep, between coughs and sneezes.
oh myyyyyyyy. noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Pack bag, check everything.en
Note the yardwork was a great bodily stretch before lessons. Must do it more often.
wed...teach two fitness classes, meet with administrator to plan trainings, lunch, calendar planning and calls, pet care, dishes, vacuum, mop...nap....couch potato...bed soon
thurs...teach fitness, tan, manicure, pick up dry cleaning, pet care, nap, early dinner and long conversation over skinny margaritas with a girlfriend...snuggle time with dh....
Yesterday(s), meet previous ballroom sisters at Hotel Bar for late bite to eat and conversations.
Lost voice...laughing so much. Good sign?
Up early for warm up with pro, head off to amazing work out center in the lower lobby, run 1.5 miles, Eliptical 20 minutes and a full Yoga session. Feeling really good.
Upstairs, shower, make-up, do my hair.
Weird feeling overcomes me...not use to a late start time. Time for lunch!
Head to ballroom with my "go bag"...or rather magic of tricks called (food, water, first aid, aspirin, towel, mini fan!) HA!
Silver singles go rather well, actually better than I could ever imagine.
Scholarship.....fabulously over the moon, pro is like a little kid ear to ear smile for me. New experience being announced from the stage and stepping down. Glad I DVD'd it...DH was very ill and could not come...this was great for him to see.
Had dinner with friends, cooed 30 day old baby girl with red hair,,,,watch ex-pro be a proud papa holding her...the ahhh moment happens.
Note his plate of cheesecake,,,remind myself when the evening session is over, I'm SOOOO diving into a slice of that!
Change back into dress, back to evening session, fighting the urge to sleep...watch and cheer other students.
Finally, my evening is over at 11:45 p.m.,
Collect a really great travel bag for participants, pictures with everyone...
Remove shoes...walk barefoot, ahhhhhhhhh, nice.
Get to room, ORDER CHEESECAKE at midnight....open the drapes, sit at sidetable, enjoying every bite, and watching the stars, text with SwayWithMe after meeting up and having story sharing times throughout day....a way good day/evening.
and another week has gone by that I'm going to summarize. I feel like I'm twisting in the wind, these days, most days.
Sunday: trying to buy plants; what's with the crappy selection of roses this year? I need to replace at least two, maybe 3, and there are just no good roses out there
and it's still cold, but at least not snowing
Monday: have decided not to go back to ballet for the time being; it was causing me too much pain, especially to my knees, and I need my knees
Lesson, in which Teach leads me through the entire pattern of what we'll be doing in the group class later that night, and informs me that if I hadn't actually followed it, he'd have pink-slipped me
eta: this is his idea of humor
Deal with X
Work with DB#1 on some fund raising ideas for wheelchair dance
Group class; waltz
Lesson, and some stuff Teach has been trying to wallop into my head finally starts to gel
Theater, well done but I hated it
Lesson, and the gelling continues
Lots of cooking
In this morning's mail, one of my two cooking magazines arrives; the next thing I know, I"m baking Donut Muffins, b/c I have all the ingredients and it seemed like a good idea at the time; comes time for adding sugar annnnnnddd... I have one cup, and I need two, one for the muffins, one for the topping; bake muffins, and the moment they come out of the oven, nip off to local corner store where I spend, I kid you not, $6 on a 5-lb bag of Domino sugar; TDNWMH, but I broke a cardinal rule: check the ingredients before adding liquids to the dry ingredients... meh, I've had more expensive lessons in my time (btw, the muffins are basically plain muffins with added nutmeg, then brushed with melted butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar)
The search for roses continues; this morning, I go to the nursery where my mother and I used to shop for plants, it was a favorite hangout for us, especially in winter for windowsill-plants; the owners are still the same, go figure, only they got grey, but they remember me, even though I haven't been there in about 10 years; nice to feel local
But still no roses; apparently, this year, the weather has kept nurseries from getting roses yet; gentlemen, it's the beginning of May, if not now, when?
Deal with X, who is becoming weaker and more frail all the time, and I foresee the time coming when he'll try to make this my problem; am strategizing for that
Home; have client for writing! Maybe one day, I'll actually get PAID for this!
Theater; OK, not great, a period piece from about 120 years ago, but it's not often you get to sing along with such ancient songs as After The Ball, Fascination (yes!), I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, And the Band Played On; the playbill had a song sheet, and one of the characters from the play came out before each act and accompanied the audience on a tinkly upright piano, a nice moment, seriously, this is NYC?
lol...woke up because my right ear was ringing, probably from my allergies, but of course I was certain I was having an aneurysm so I wanted to tell dh so that if I went unconscious he could tell the paramedics...as usual, I would have been screwed b/c he remembered none of it this morning
we had a similar thing a few weeks ago where I know I heard gun shots...and well, let's just say that it's a good thing that, whatever it was, it had no interest in our home because my hero wasn't budging
Oh Good Lord...he sounds like mine!
Wake up in blissfully quiet hotel room, with toenail throbbing and about to come off, after pro stepped smack dap on it in the last VW of the night...yes there is actual blood inside shoe and on toe, but HECK I smiled regardless while eyes were crossing and rolling back and my brain was screaming SONS OF GUNS! but hey, I kept moving...thank goodness that was the last dance.
Slowly pack up.
Eat my made at home breakfast, note the 60 can insulated roll along collapsible cooler from Rite-Aid is worth it! worked out incredibly well for bringing my own stuff from home. Repack, clean out, reice bag.
Coffee, I NEED coffee!
Call desk, ask for late check out. Movin slow. Steaming hot shower,,,oh yea,,,the glue that is in hair,,,(Got 2b Glued) tons of conditioner.
Head downstairs to browse the vendors....purchase brand new smooth gown, very edgy look, but I love it!
Meet up with ex-pro and coo baby girl yet again....oh myyyy, she's so tiny!!!! my kids were bowling balls. go figure.
Meet SwayWithMe at picture desk by happenstance. Lovely good morning lots of laughter and stories.
Watch a few standard rounds,,,,get caught up when ballroom sisters approach.
Goodbyes all around, head out, traffic all the way home! yep, don't miss this at all.
DH is still sick sick sick with no stamina at all. DH and I watch the DVD from Emerald. I seriously hate the Over the Head level of these things and how "wide" berth they make me look. geeezzz. DH still appreciated the DVD and loved watching the stage entrance. He notes loudly, "man that's a crowded floor"....really? would you like to see my bruises?
Discussion about Oregon road trip. Will delay one more day for his health benefit.
Take little man to group dance lesson, he catches onto hip hop moves like white on rice. I am shocked. really shocked.
Take little man home to his house, where 7 baby kittens are waiting, I'm such a sucker for kittens and puppies....mama cat was not pleased I was in the room....she let me know as well!
Unpacking will have to wait, kitties need holding....ahhhhhhhhhhhh,,,they are soooo soft! GS#2,,,,,is a definate animal lover.
I watch him with his mother, the cat, the kitties and have thoughts that when he grows up, he's going to work with animals.
Ahhhhhh the dreams of a nana!
sat...phone w/ friend, tan, buy cat food, drive to indy...showcase...fun, but my part was just just so-so...to hotel and out
today...drive home, help a fellow instructor plan a class...wash gown, mop, do dishes...pizza...plan on doing nothing until bedtime, which will be early
leave home, road trip to eugene oregon
rain, wind, rain,,,,all before solvang, more after and salinas is our stopping point. head to the pinneacles national park, soledad, caliif, and it is just nasty weather.
leave salinas in thhe rain, murky weather, head through the bay area, then 550 bypassing sacramento, more open land, rice fields, dark clouds and rain. end the day in redding/shasta.
head into shasta mall, select bracelet for daughter, get a free jewerly box for gd, both engraved, pick up see's candy for her family and dh bbuys me oakley sunglasses for mothers day, my most favorite pair for hill use! color me stoked!
text from pro, wishing he was taking this road trip and seeing oregon. my feet do not miss the shoes and studio floor yet.
df with gorme and swaywithme, fun! more df when hotel room is next to truck frontage road, wishing i had the hard of hearing my dh has! one more day, and dd#2 will be invaded!
wed...teach interval...begin voluntary bathroom renovation at work...this was an exceedingly stupid idea made more obvious after we tore the wall paper down...primal scream...itching from severe bed bug exposure....trip to lowes for renovation supplies, trip to walgreens for various physical needs...feed animals... back to renovation and sub two more fitness classes...whine and moan to husband...go to sleep til awakened by more horrible bites...it is going to be an ugly few weeks
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