yesterday's activities

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

  1. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    All my yesterdays, lighting this fool's way...


    I see that I posted on Tuesday, so that Yesterday must have been Monday


    Gyro teacher cancels; she's sick
    Lesson-free day, as Teach has happy family stuff going on; I appreciate deeply that he loves his kids and is so involved in their lives
    Freecycle the bookcases that have been taking up space in the storage unit, which makes it possible for me to walk around in there and say, "I KEPT this? What was I thinking?" a lot
    That is all, I think


    Gyro, and it was good
    Lesson, and it was useful
    Start a 1,000 page book
    Deal with preparation for father's surgery


    Lesson, and although it started iffy, ended well; did I say well? WELL
    Bank, where investment counselor is trying to sell me stuff I don't want
    Rolfer, yay
    Retirement dinner for my local brother and his wife; holy cow, they're effing RETIRING; they are both well respected and beloved in their school district (he an administrator, she teaches hearing impaired) and the speeches are lovely; meet a man who remembers my home town the way I remember it, we have a nostalgia-fest, way fun
    Stop at local old-skool frozen custard place on the way home, for a vanilla cone, the taste of childhood
    Read a bunch of 1,000 page book
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  2. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member


    Take father for Mohs surgery on a potentially cancerous lesion; at 92 years old, the doctor is being hyper cautious, going on the "better to do too much too soon than too little too late" theory of life; this takes, shall we say, some time, and is, shall we say, stressful; turns out, pathology comes back beautifully clear, father breathes a sigh of relief and gets a meatball hero for lunch to celebrate
    Home; park self on porch and read more of 1,000 page book; it's effing hot, and no a/c means the porch damn well better be cool
    Stress eating; well, it'll pass
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  3. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member


    7-12 zumbathon, prep and clean up...on 4 hours of sleep

    lunch and nap

    drive to chicago in driving ran b/c dh wanted new pics of our kids for father's day and they decided that we would like to be the ones who took the pictures....(we were somewhat incredulous over this...but we are awesome so we decide to be good sports and drive to the city to take pictures in the rain as a gift to ourselves) ...I will give them this, they did, for the first time ever, pick up the tab for dinner dtr back to northwestern, drive home..all are tired
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  4. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Hot and humid day. Hope Child is doing okay on camping trip.

    Pack for weekend.

    Take evening dress to dry cleaners to get it altered. Have to get a couple pairs of jeans done too, but it is too hot to contemplate taking on and off jeans.

    Put in 5.5 miles on treadmill. Ankle is still iffy, so this may or may not be my best all time idea, but the jogging doesn't seem to make it worse. It doesn't seem to make it better, either, of course, but I am getting so antsy about this not being able to run thing.

    Side note: Do you know my pink latin dress? (It is one of only two I have ever owned, both of them pre-owned.) I bought the dress off a U.S. amateur latin finalist. Well, guess what? She tried out for season 10 of SYTYCD and has made it to the Vegas round! I really hope she makes it onto the show!!! So excited for her.

    Got my hair colored and straightened.

    Home to phone call: Child ready to be picked up from camping trip! Go out and get her.

    Child had great time. Did not get a ton of sleep--there were giggly girls in tent--but enjoyed the trip very much.

    Chill out a little at home.

    Quick trip to Claire's to buy neon accessories. Definitely went to the right place!

    Drive to airport. Traffic not as bad as I had feared, so we are quite early. My suspicion that Child is a bit tired is confirmed by the fact that she falls asleep at 5 PM on the drive.

    Read The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress in gate area.

    8:30-9:35--Flight to Hartford, CT. Met by Husband. Get bag. Drive to Amherst for his 25th reunion.

    Staying in a dorm that did not exist when we were students. It is very hot, but there is bad karaoke going on in the reunion tent, and I can hear it even with the window closed, so afraid to open it. Wake up at 4:30 AM bathed in sweat, so not sure this was the best call!
  5. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    8--Wake up. Opening the window after I woke up really helped. Room is still hot, but not unbearably stuffy like before. Can't believe I slept until 8, as we are meeting friends for breakfast at 8:30!

    This is my man's 25th reunion, btw. Mine is next year, and we plan to go to that too.

    8:30--Breakfast in Valentine with two of our very closest friends! The hours and hours we spent in this place together, talking, arguing about politics, laughing. It's as if we never lost a step; the convo picks right back up.

    10ish--Head into town. Shop at Amherst Books. Shop at Hastings. I say "Reunion is probably a love-hate thing for local merchants" and a local merchant heard me and said "It's LOVE! Thanks for patronizing local businesses." That was nice to hear.

    12:15--Picnic lunch on the quad. Hook up with a friend from my year, JS, who lives in town, and his 3.5 year old daughter. He's an environmental economist and an independent consultant. Also run into another friend from my year, JH, an MD-PhD, who is a pathologist and on the faculty at Harvard Med School. His parents are there too, as it is his dad's reunion year. His parents always liked me and they come over and say hi.

    1:00--Bounce house time!

    1:30--Magic show!

    2:30--Family circus in gym. To say that it is hot in the gym without air conditioning and lots of people trying to learn to juggle would be an understatement. But it was fun! I run into somebody who was in my sophomore year Modern China history class. She was 2 years ahead of me, so her 25th reunion was last year, but it's her dad's reunion. I'm so pleased to see other people going to their dad's reunion, which I did last year!

    4ish--Tour art museum. Child is blown away by the Hobo-Dyer projection, which is a map which puts the south on the top. Mind absolutely blown.

    I was blown away when she gestured to this frieze on the wall and said "Mesopotamian. You can tell by the wings on the human-headed figure."
    ME: Did you just read a placard?
    CHILD: No. I just know it because I've learned about it. See, look. [We find the tag.] It's from Iraq. Iraq was a big part of Mesopotamia.
    She just rattles this stuff off.

    She also quite liked Thomas Cole's "The Past" and "The Present," showing a medieval jousting arena, and then showing it as a ruin many years later, which got me looking more closely at it. Very haunting.

    5ish--Hanging at the class of 1988 tent. Child gets invited to play with a water balloon launcher with some boys. Buh-bye! That keeps her occupied for quite some time. I actually had a hard time finding her when it came time to get dressed for a photo of the class of 88 and families with the current prez of the institution.

    Husband got to chat with one of his mentors for quite some time who described him as "the best student I ever had" and "probably the reason I got the job." (Husband had apparently asked a good question at this professor's job talk back when he was a candidate for the position, which allowed him to say something smart in response.) That was special.

    Dinner under the tent. BEST dinner conversation I've had in--I don't know--probably years!!! Great to be with friends. Great political discussion. I love these guys.

    Dancing. Got to dance with a guy from South Africa who was in my Intro to History class my freshman/his sophomore year. This man is black, and I met him at the college during apartheid. A lengthy comment he made in class one day taught me things you can't learn in textbooks. Also danced with Child, who really know how to cut a rug, and Husband.

    After much back-and-forthing, we decide not to stay in town for the night, but instead to drive to an airport hotel because we have a very early AM flight so that Child can get back for dance class picture day.
  6. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Sunday: Got up (always a good start) after getting home at 2am from third shift. Let dogs out, had neighbor dogs over for a dog party (it's always a dog party in my yard), put seedlings out for the day, let dogs in, bribed neighbor dogs out with cookies, fed cats, fed me, got on TVG (yay legalized online gambling) and Equibase and plotted out a wager on my one race for the day. Agonized over wager, made wager, as usual probably hedging too much. Took dogs out. Let dogs in. Went to work. Dragged through work until lunch break (yay lunch!), checked TVG account. Squeed with delight to see a payout on exotic wager. Fortunately, work in a casino and they are used to people getting excited over numbers on a screen (though not usually ones they have to research first.) Get back on line. Work work work. Get to leave an hour after close and not have to be final closer. Yay Sunday! Get home. Let dogs out. Take plants in. Let dogs in. Have port. Remember it was too early to feed the dogs before work and feed dogs. Check TVG, see hunch single show wager has also paid out. Go me! Try to wind down before making self go to bed, tired or not.
  7. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member


    7:30-8:35--Southwest flight home to Baltimore.
    Walk right to short term garage (Husband is taking care of baggage) to take Child to photo day at dance studio. We are going to be tight for the first photo, which is hip-hop. I already have her in her costume, and have sort of a bun in, although she slept on the plane and it could definitely use a touch up (at least).

    9:34--Arrive. Parking is of course a pain. Toss her in the room to see if she can still make the group photo. She does!
    Then individual shot in that costume.

    10:15--Tap production photo. I love this costume.
    Individual shot in costume.

    10:45--Jazz class photo. I hate this costume. It's not sized right, so I'm going to have to do alterations, and I'm not at all good at that kind of thing...and it's just not that great a costume. Oh well: in 7 years at this studio, with 3-6 recital routines a year, I think this is only the third costume I've disliked.

    11:00--Ballet class photo. This is Child's favorite costume of the year and probably mine as well. She also loves her ballet instructors and ballet is currently her favorite genre.

    Home. Lunch.

    1-3--Husband and I take a nap. Husband actually sleeps until at least 4:30.
    I work on getting photos of our gang from the reunion uploaded.
    Also surf web and deal with e-mail.


    I had suggested that Child go to sleep at 7:30 because she had 3 late nights in a row. It is one of Husband's nights to put her to bed. Unfortunately, he is not as much of an enforcer as I am and this doesn't happen. We do favorites and least favorites, then I leave. Husband is supposed to stay with her until she falls asleep, but doesn't. I come in, she is reading a children's book out loud to our cat Cleopatra. I eventually go in and say "[Child's first name], seriously?" I point out that it's not like I want her to go to bed early for some evil reason of my own. I also hint that if she doesn't show a little more commitment to sleeping, I might feel a little less of a commitment to go to the end of the year picnic her school throws on Friday. Asleep within 20 mins.

    A little diary time, some internet time.

    Bed around 11:30.
  8. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    Hey, cut it out :mad:
  9. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    (fyi, that ":mad:") was at a new poster entering meaningless comments in multiple threads to get enough posts on DF to share links. Seems to have disappeared now (thx mods...)

    Carry on.
  10. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    DH is up early. Determined to get through the last day of one blood thinning medication that the doctor stopped.
    Two more meds to go.
    He hops on recumbent bike and does regular work-out,,,I spy a little bit,,,it's been 5 weeks since I witnessed this Norwegian attitude. (-:
    Contractor appears early, fixes every electrical item, plug, burn out, moves outlet for range (NOW, it's flush with base cabinets! yea!).
    He notes how much he likes the new resurfaced finish of the kitchen cabinets! yea! and everything else that was done. Still waiting for Stilestone countertop to arrive.
    I pull weeds from pool yard, clip plants, feed garden, move things, it's great to be outside in the marine layer before the sun comes out.
    Neighbors are all over the neighborhood Monday morning with their grandchildren.
    Makes me miss our Texas kids.
    Purchase Sunflowers, BetterBoy Tomatoe plants, note that wayward Good/Bad child-DS has bulldozed and cleared out, quite literally, his backyard,,,did I mention? there is a "I'm growing a better vege garden than you? war amongst the grown kids"???? DS obviously plans on winning the war.
    DS calls, "mom,,,,your artichoke plants....they are getting huge,,,,how long does it take before the vege appears?"
    DS...explains he's planting several...this is a vege all 3 kids fought over if it was in the house, the yards or being grilled. hmmmm, he really does plan on winning this "better than yours - garden effort".
    DH, comes out of exercise routine, announces - He needs smaller waisted shorts! YES YES YES!!!! His Cardio Doc and I,,,,we love this! Off to K-Mart we go,,,shorts are 12 bucks each down from 24~ Excellent.
    Several stores later, lunch and small things,,,,more's a great day...almost back to normal.
    Until step-dad calls,,,"I thought you would call me on Friday, and you didn't"...argh.
  11. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    9-3:45--ENG Placement exam reading session, with an ~30-45 min break for lunch in there. I read 126 placement essays: 66 between 9-12 (22/hr) and another 60 from 12:45-3:45 (20/hr...since many of these are second reads and you have to see and record whether you matched the other reader, it is a bit slower). I'm impressed with me!

    We had a Wall of Fame for particularly memorable or funny things students said and periodically laughed ourselves silly. I can't give specific examples in a public forum for obvious reasons, but trust me. As a general example of something that came up in more than one essay, I will say that several students acted like the history of communication went pretty much directly from sending a letter to Facebook, with no intervening period where there were things like PHONES.

    4ish--Home, and pretty much did nothing productive the rest of the day because I felt like I'd earned the right to be a goofball after reading 126 freshman essays on the same topic.

    Wrote in my diary.
  12. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    worked out in am

    patients all day
    skype interview for the new ballroom show
    practice with the mrs



    awesome! but now it hurts to sneeze LOL:D
  13. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member memory of what occurred except I know I practiced twice, went to see the star trek movie with dh and ds...and cooked them a good dinner

    mon; teach 2 fitness classes, drive to indy, take 4 lessons, margaritas...try new without bed bugs...

    tues; 4 lessons, drive home....teach spin.....pretty much useless thereafter
  14. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Ok, I'm doing this now, because we are exhausted and this was way too funny not to share.
    DH starts workout while contractor (who is a dear friend as well) arrives.
    DH says, "I'm taking off on errands....without you in the car...and I'm driving"...uhhhhhhh...he smiles and hurries through house while my hands are full of sunflowers, dirt and a shovel.
    Continue cleaning up all the yards and gardens, mulching...which has been sitting, screaming at me to throw it around.
    Contractor busts out power saw, posts for patio to replace the rotted support beams, there is noise, lots of noise, then backyard neighbor is also sawing away, as well as neighbors next's almost a construction concert...of sorts, snicker.
    And the dreaded removal of the kitchen breakfast restaurant booth's one of those corner lovely cozy booths...was part of the original plan on the block of homes....I photo shoot,,,and text to all 3 kids. They literally grew up at that kitchen table...there are all kinds of memories there.
    And the replies go like this order.
    DD#2 - "OMG!!!I'm going to cry"
    DS - "me too"
    DD #2 - "That is horrible"
    DS - "I sound like a wuz"
    DS - "Holy Moly is that pink behind there"
    DD2 - "No you don't understand. That is the only thing left of our childhood"
    DS - "Do NOT throw out that booth I want it"....
    Frantic Phone call from DS to me..."MOM, not let An____throw out the booth...I WANT IT"
    DD#2 - I boycott this renovation
    DS - "hahahaha"
    and finally...
    DD#1 - "For the record...this should be a crime to destroy history like that. It should of gone to a museum or something."
    We and the contractor are laughing at this protest....and finally inform both DD's - your brother will have the booth...if you want to revisit need to visit him. LOL.
    End the day picking out a table base, skimming a wall, discovering more hidden wallpaper from the 1950s.
    Go for an almost 1.5 mile walk with DH, his longest walk so far...and he smiles.
    Ends the day saying to me, the wife, "that was almost cruel, sending the kids the pictures of the demolishion of the booth and the pony wall...but it was really funny to read their emotional reactions"
    Humor....always a good way to end the day.
  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I am meanie
  16. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    I know,,"right?" just wait until the grandchildren come into the house and automatically head to the breakfast booth and it's not there.....four sad faces are going to call me "mean" as's their favorite place to sit, eat, chat, homework, crafts...we all have "that" place in the home we grew up, wink.
  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I have friends of my children, who would have a stroke if I re-decorated my kitchen...and my kitchen is nothing special...badly out dated, not of particularly high quality....BUT...they would have a fit...given all of that, and because it is cheaper, I am keeping my stinky old kitchen :)...for the foreseeable future
  18. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    wed...teach a class...pretty much learn that my former boss will probably be leaving soon on not the best of to flowers, go to cemetary, drive past my folks former home...have lunch with my aunt...go to nephew's game...nephew asks to spend the night...I am home ...get panda express and do perler bead designs, play hangman...wonder hhow I am going to practice now that I have made this comittment...remind myself that this is very very very important to cultivate this relationship...I will make it work
  19. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    3wishes--I tried to steal the "This thread is useless without pictures" emoticon from another board yesterday, but it kept showing up as a red X. But I would be curious to see this booth.

    I also apparently was so obsessed with trying to figure out why I couldn't use this emoticon here that I forgot to do my own post.

    I forgot something on Monday. I learned that a retired colleague--one of the people who hired me--has pancreatic cancer, stage IV. Very sad and upsetting. I need to reach out to him.

    9--Some academic reading related to my own area of research. It has been awhile!
    10--Waxing appt.
    11--Get some work tasks done: e-mail all department chairs about academic receptions for the fall, send list of transfer student sem times to the Registrar.

    1-2:45--First year team meeting. I wind up taking Advil during this meeting.

    3--Pick up Child.

    4:30--Leave for dance studio.

    5-8:30--Child dances. I read.
    Drive home. Snack. Put Child to bed. Diary.

    Get Child to school. There is some last minute stuff, which drives me nuts.
    Academic reading.
    Research San Diego vacation options. (Flights, hotels, etc. Also possibility of one day stop at Las Vegas Star Trek convention on the way.)

    6 miles on treadmill.
    This is possibly not smart, as turned ankle is still not back to normal, but I've got a comp coming up. This is only the second time I've run since hurting it on 5/20.

    Double lesson with Nik. I actually wear my proper latin dance shoes, which I didn't do last time because of turned ankle. It goes okay!

    Drive home.

    6:30--Drive Child to dance.
    7-9--Child dances. I read academic book.
    Drive home. Snack. Put Child to bed. Diary.
  20. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    am sorry to hear about your colleague ccm...that is very bad news indeed...I hope you are able to make a meaningful connection in time...people like to know that they have had an impact

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