Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.
very cool that tuition is free for employees...wish Notre Dame had that policy
Yesterday - drive to Denver and watch daughter play in soccer tournament in the blazing heat. Managed to only sunburn part of an arm.
Today - drive to Denver and watch daughter play in soccer tournament in a dust storm. Managed to get covered in grit.
sun...breakfast...go back to bed...workout...hit the little shops in the area, but really only get a few things from the "zen" store....lunch, df, fb...head off to a yoga class... sauna and whirlpool...back to room where dh and I order a movie and room service...in bed at 10
monday (thusfar)...leisurely departure from bed...hotel brekkies...fb, df....workout....lunch, whirlpool sauna, 80 minute deep tissue...df, fb....my best guess is that the evening will consist of dinner out and then a quiet evening in...reading....yoga in the morning (probably followed by whirlpool and sauna)...then we will be headed home...weather forecast is not good for the trip...but I won't complain....it has been a great weekend
saw "silver linings play book " last night...not bad...meh...planning on seeing "lincoln" tonight
^^I understand that Tal Livshitz and Vlada Semenova are in "Silver Linings Playbook." (I've not yet had the opportunity to see it, though.) I also heard from a friend that Tal and his new partner, Ilana Keselman, were terrific in the Rising Star Amateur Latin at Blackpool. "Mesmerizing" was one of the adjectives she used. I can't wait to see them at a U.S. comp! Hopefully soon.
Read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah.
Child had playdate with one of her BFFs, who moved to a town about 45 mins away 2 years ago. They are going to camp in Baltimore together for the second year in a row, though, so that's nice. (Both are very bright girls who love to play imaginative games with toys: stuffed animals, Barbies, etc.)
We went to the pool from about 1-4. The girls swam. Husband and I sat poolside in sweatshirts and jeans. It was too cold for anyone over 35 to consider swimming a great idea. The pool has a great playground too, which the kids enjoyed.
We invited Child's BFF for a pizza party and sleepover, and her mom said yes, so the girls really enjoyed that. Sometimes, watching my kid enjoy her friends, I feel really happy. I hope she can have such great friendships her whole life long.
they were...and that was enjoyable...but what the stars of the show did to dancing completely offset the enjoyment
the rest of the movie was intriguing but I felt like they edited too much of the story right out of it..still, there were some aspects that were fresh and interesting
I am not even going to bother trying to catch up. My life recently has been:
Have out of town guest for 10 days
Lessons, some bad, some spectacularly good
Gyro, rolfer, Yamuna Body Rolling (am quite pleased with YBR)
Banking issues, boo, hiss
Interpersonal crap up the wazoo, boo, hiss to the max
Social dancing, incredibly, two nights in a row, didn't die of it; win
Waiting for spring; still cold, and it's after Memorial Day
Planning trip to London and Belgium in early September
Starting to clear out storage unit, have been avoiding this and now I know why; it's a 10' x 8' x 5' room of emotional baggage, wish I could just dump it all (except the books, and at this point, maybe even those) (oh, and the kitchen stuff)
tues.....wake...it's rainy....time to go home....hotel breakfast...drive home...catch up with a few folks...begin to ponder how the rest of my summer is going to go...lots of conflicting demands and ambiguous feelings...nothing horrible just not awesome either....apologize to animals profusely in numerous was.....tan...make a quick grocery run....pretty much couch warming the rest of the night
Double lesson with Nik. Ankle was still a bit iffy, but managed to get through the first hour without pain. Last 30 minutes it was acting up a bit, and I managed to wrench my shoulder on a turn as well, but I got through it.
Read a lot.
Grocery shopping even before 8 AM, then made a double batch of red bean salad for Child's upcoming camping trip (Thursday-Friday). The dog came down from upstairs when he heard me cracking hard boiled eggs. I think he actually has gotten accustomed to the fact that this recipe (which I make a lot, since Child loves it) involves hard boiled egg whites only and that I will feed him the yolks if he is around.
Tried to work out things for this lecture I'm planning for November. Argh! It is proving really hard to find a workable date. I thought I had one, but the facility seems to be booked. Contacted Admissions to find out if they really need the facility in question all day.
1-2:45--Weekly first year team meeting.
3--Pick up Child.
Eat. Read with Child.
5-8:30--Child at dance. I finished Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah. Best book I've read this year!!! Six sentence summary: Ifemelu and Obinze are bright, ambitious high school sweethearts and soulmates growing up in Lagos, who head off to Nsukka University with plans of a lifetime together. When repeated, lengthy strikes at the university derail their educations, Ifemelu heads off to America with promises of a scholarship that will largely defray her expenses, but Obinze cannot get a visa for study in the U.S. and eventually winds up overstaying a travel visa in England. In America, Ifemelu initially experiences culture shock and financial duress which tests her values and temporarily sends her into a spiral of depression during which she stops communicating with Obinze. She emerges stronger, and discovers race, a topic that didn't really exist for her in Nigeria, and eventually uses her outsider perspective to become a prominent blogger on the subject. Obinze, meanwhile, struggles to live under the radar in England. As the years go by and other romantic entanglements ensue, can their feelings for each other survive?
The lively, nuanced characters and the many insightful, spot-on observations about class, race, and nationality in the U.S. and Nigeria make this an absorbing page turner, from the opening scene in which Ifemelu has to travel from leafy bucolic Princeton (where she is on fellowship) to Trenton to find someone who really knows how to braid African hair to its suspenseful finale. Highly recommended!
That night, had a nice phone chat with my BFF.
Went to work. Found out through my co-worker that my boss isn't coming in this week until tomorrow, only because my co-worker emailed her.... I wish she would tell us when she isn't coming in. Worked on clearing out a binder and organizing the files within the binder. Then went to my first day of class for my summer class. It was a blast!!! It's a metal casting course and we spent the 5hours working with wax for our first molds. I think I have an idea of what I'm going to explore in this class for the next three weeks concept wise in this class.
A few days of.....
Prepare for Lake Havasu River Trip with employees and their families.
Drive, no one is letting DH do anything except ride and enjoy, funny how that works in reverse now it's him being watched over.
Meet up with resort owners, our life-time friends, children dash out of cars to see the wild burros.
Put boat in water, blow up the rafts and water ride tubes, get skiis out...ahhhhhhhh.
And it's only 95 degrees. Thank you...Lord...for not having triple digit heat out here.
Take little ones to Lagoon and they have an absolute blast while their parents go out on the boat.
Spend time with DH, chatting and him resting. He's enjoying watching the kids but ansy to get into the boat and a little nervous about it.
Head up to the top of the hill to spend time with owners at their home, employees make dinner for everyone and the children sit looking at the beauty of the river, as we "older" people tell the story of how the resort came to be.
Lots of shared laughter, dinner, rounds of card game Uno,,,great discussion on current books and authors.
The sun goes down and the most magnificent moon, as close as you can touch, rises.
Repeat this scene, 3 nights in a row.
Husband drives boat and feels at "home" on the water as well as providing an annual retreat at no expense to his employees...
Head 'em up, load up, drive home and hit nightmare traffice from Palm Desert to Morongo Indian Casino and into Beaumont....goodness gosh, over 2 hours to go just a few miles...
inform husband, "I'm retired, you promised me I would never have to do this because I would never HAVE TO drive on the last day of a holiday weekend, from now on,,,we will leave the day AFTER the weekend ends"
He really doesn't have a choice in this I decide while I'm sitting there, deadlocked on the fwy.
It always feels good to be home again.
Thank yous received from every employee and child.....I hear whispered talk about a possible new boat happening between DS and DH...hmmmm hmnmmmmm.....tap tap tap with finger on table. We'll see...
today...(wed)....teach 8 and 9 fitness classes...meet to prep for trainings and zumbathon...lunch, feed animals, nap...post office, trip to walmart to buy stuff for work (they have a special deal there)...home to do more prep for trainings...cook dinner...pretty much done for til bed
8:30--Drop off Child.
Read a little of a new YA book that was highly recommended by a trusted friend, Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park. Child was excited when she saw it on the counter because one of her four BFFs is a girl named Eleanor with red hair, and the cover art shows that this Eleanor has red hair.
9--Went on field trip with Child's class to get groceries for upcoming camping trip.
10ish--Came home to discover our cleaning person is here. Um...Husband? How come you didn't tell me this was happening? The house was not really ready for this. Do some last minute straightening up.
Send a bunch of work related e-mails related to the lecture I'm planning for November 18th and to first year sem director stuff.
1ish--In to campus. Type up raw notes from training meeting on the 23rd. Work on redacting these into more compact bullet points which I think will garner wide consensus. (I still have more work to do, but I got about 2/3rds of the way through the first draft.)
3--Pick up Child.
Read with Child.
6--Get Child ready for dance.
6:30--Drive to dance.
7-9--Child dances. I talk with another Mom, then drive to Target. Get some items we need for recital, to the best of my ability. (E.g., I'm a little vague on concepts like "black trouser socks," but I was told the boys' socks are the right thing, so I got those.) Realize after I left that I've forgotten an item, so we go back. The cashier definitely notices I'm the same person, and I joke with her about my forgetfulness, telling her she can roll her eyes if I wind up coming back a third time that night.
Child left for 1 night camping trip!
Husband left for 25th college reunion! (We will join him late tonight, after Child returns from camping.)
I spent an unconscionable and indefensible amount of time reading Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park, a touching young adult novel that has gotten big reviews (NYTimes, NPR, etc) and which one of my alum friends recommended to me.
Brief summary: Eleanor, an extremely poor, overweight, red haired girl with an emotionally abusive step-father, is forced to switch high schools mid-year. She walks on the bus in ill-fitting men's clothes with bit of fabric hopefully distracting from holes to be greeted with the kind of hostility and cruelty that only high school students intent on enforcing the pecking order can dole out. Finally, Park, a bi-racial (Korean and Irish) boy, reluctantly allows her to sit on the other half of his seat with a curse. Those are the only words he speaks to her for a month. As time goes on, though, he realizes that she is reading his comic books over his shoulder--and that she is the only one in English class who was able to recite a poem with any kind of genuine emotion--and that's she pretty cool. And she notices that the "weird Asian kid" is actually tipping his comic books toward her on the bus, so she can read them too. Can true love blossom on the bus?
-I also went into work and worked on the Learning Outcomes. Complete first draft!
-I attempted to do some recruiting for Living-Learning Communities.
-I answered student queries on our Class of 2017 FB page.
thurs: teach a fitness class, drive to indy, literally forget to eat...find a handful of chips and a bite of chocolate in the car...take 4 lessons...tired, sore, eat, drive home, apply bengay...go to bed
The morning started with me staring at the lap top computer I purchased 3 months ago, that still has yet to be set up. ARGH.
Move to kitchen, staring at the items/stuff that still needs to be put somewhere as we await the arrival and installation of our kitchen counter and backsplash, the knocking out of kitchen ponywall, the install of a continuous floor to the front door.
Coffee, where's the coffee...oh that's right....amongst the paper plates and plastic wear,,,as I have no kitchen sink...that's ok....it will be over soon. Cabinets are worth it as I pull out the lower drawer and find what I'm looking for.
DH mosies into kitchen, tired, from medications for his heart.
DH mentions,,,"today is the day"....I know what that means,,,,the Cardio Doctor...who attended him in ICU.
It's the check-up, we both discuss the alternatives if it doesn't go well and return him back to a somewhat normal life.
We also discuss, if it does go well.
Kinda hang out at the house, catch up on paperwork, talk with ex-coworkers who suddenly seem to be calling.
Head off to appointment with DH. Cardio Doc, us, discussion and an EKG for DH. Good news,,,,but wait - hold it - going to still be on meds,,,although one of them is axed.
DH can return to exercise, THANK GOODNESS - he keeps staring at his recumbent bike like a long lost friend.
DH must do a journal, Doctor wants to see it on next visit, he gives DH a word of warning that is serious business.
We had home, I can tell DH is happier than a pig in mud. Really. It makes me laugh on the inside.
And with that relief, we head into the evening with a neighborhood walk that is quicker than the last few.
oh MY! made for a great evening.
now, we both stare at kitchen, sigh,,,and resign ourselves - to putting away the rest of the stuff the next day!
teach bike and bench, give office people some copying that I need to have done for upcoming trainings...drop off stuff for both trainings and zumbathon...home, petcare, lunch nap, pay bills, tidy kitchen a bit and round up trash, tan, pick up a few odds and ands at drug store, staff meeting, home to storm watch as my son is coming home late tonight, also low light hair and make a delicious asian slaw salad based on the one I had on our vacation...dh falls asleep at nine...I am wired..also set up some counseling appts with engaged couples though this is basically the quiet time for that because most of them have already been prepped and it is now wedding season...which is a good thing because we are very short-handed at the gym and I am not certain that I could juggle both right now....as it is I cannot find practice time...which I find very disturbing...tomorrow is zumbathon...praying my tired sad body will survive...then the children (and this is a long story that I will later share for you amusement) are expecting dh and I to go into the city to help them do something that is supposed to be a gift to us (which isn't)...more on that later....who knew that children in their 20s would be as much work as toddlers...who knew?...and if someone did know, why in the HE double hockeysticks didn't they think they should warn us?
Selpt around the house with DH in morning. Still staring at all the little stuff to find places for in the house.
DH gets on recumbent bike for the first time in weeks. Takes it easy and does 30 minutes, this is victory! yea!
I walk on threadmill and do some light running.
Head off to a really early dance lesson.
Text e-mails are flying on my phone from all 3 kids...there is a gardening/veges war brewing concerning sunflowers, tomatoes and pumpkins. HA!
Recruit DH to help me scrub clean items that are filled with mini dust particles.
Purchase new smooth dress (YES!) happy happy happy!
Prepare DH for the Studio's first open house - no charge, just come, enjoy for 2 hours...he grouses.
Seriously? grouse? your not allowed to fast walk, you cannot ride, your complaining about "not being able"....released fully yet....and 7 minutes away are a bunch of friends who have been concerned about you for weeks....
We're going, no funny business allowed.
Enjoy the first open house, mini dances of everyone taking lessons were rather quite fun.
Invited to late late dinner which we decline...he's got to be really careful and dinner at 9:30 at night just isn't possible.
DH tries to talk me into festival at church with rides for GS#2 on Sunday, uhhhh it's suppose to be 102 on Sunday, and he's miffed that I respond with "if you want to go with GS#2 and our DS - you go right ahead"
Really? if we go in the evening I'm all in...I'm not doing triple digit heat anymore. He stays miffed.
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