yesterday's activities

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

  1. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Wednesday
    Long slow wakeup
    Walk next door to British Museum; holy cow
    Walk back to flat; nap
    Theater: Top Hat, the stage version of the Fred-n-Ginger film, and it was delightful
    Cab back to flat; pick up sandwiches; dine elegantly in the kitchen for slightly less $
    Z
     
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  2. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Thursday:
    Long slow wakeup
    Bus to National Gallery; there's some amazing art in this museum
    Afternoon Tea, the whole 9 yards; sandwiches, scones, pastry; who can eat all this? wrapped up pastry in a napkin and stuffed it in my purse for the train tomorrow
    Walk through Chinatown on the way to the bus; stop and pick up some takeout b/c we know we'll be hungry by 9pm and have no food in the house; clearly, when eating in London, eat Chinese, b/c it's very good, and it's very cheap; also, the waitress treats my father with respect and care -- a win, for him; he's getting tired, and traveling for over a week is starting to have its effect
    Bus to flat; nap, pack, eat, z
     
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  3. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Friday:
    Cab to St. Pancras; Eurostar to Brussels; meet Claudy, after some confusion; Claudy is a friend of my father's who is a WWII historian, and now comes the interesting part of the trip: Father in Belgium
    <background> during the war, father was part of the 8th Air Force, flew clandestine missions to the Resistance, very scary stuff, straight out of the movies; about 12 years ago, some Belgian Resistance members found father online, brought him to Belgium, gave him a medal, and he's been going back to Belgium ever since, being honored, every year he's been able; several years ago, he was "collected" by some people who own a WWII museum, a b&b, and a farm; they adore him, feed him, house him, and are thrilled when he comes to their once-a-year re-enactment and wreath laying ceremony; last year, they noticed he was frail and emailed me and invited me to come with him; who's gonna turn that down? NOT ME<end background>
    Claudy drives us to small town of Borlo, Belgium, where our hosts are thrilled to see Gene; I think they worry that every time they see him will be the last, IYKWIM; we are shown to our rooms and then hang out in the tavern; b&b has its own beer; that is the last time I will mention the beer b/c you can imagine what it's like to have fresh Belgian beer, and I'm not gonna talk about the food, either, b/c Betty, the owner, can really freakin' cook, and the food is all fresh, farm-raised, etc.
    Most of the people in the tavern are in WWII uniform; re-enactors, what can I tell you; the waitresses are in Rosie the Riveter costumes; this continues throughout the weekend, the staff in period costume and the customers in uniform; I have clearly gone through the looking glass
    Dinner, chat, beer, z
     
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  4. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Saturday:
    Claudy picks me up for a tour of Bruges and Brussels; we get back to Borlo in time for dinner; the first day of the re-enactment was busy, and the tavern is packed with WWII soldiers

    Sunday:

    Wreath-laying ceremony, very moving
    And the rest of the day, drinking beer in the tavern with new friends
    Pack; try to sleep, not happening; up 4:30 for pickup to go to airport at 6
     
  5. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Monday:

    Airport; flight; airport; drive home
    Can you say jet lag?
     
  6. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Tuesday:
    Gyro! BWahahaaaa at least I tried
    Lesson! and... magic happens. Go.freakin.figure.
    See Ex. TDNWMH, for several reasons.
    Jet Lag R Us. Cancel rest of plans for the day.
     
  7. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Yesterday:

    Mega jet lag, including huge, puke-level headache; consider cancelling lesson but go anyway, after treating headache with nutrition and Aleve; something works, b/c lesson is, if not stellar, at least manageable and productive; gotta love dance endorphins
    Rolfer! Yay!
    Dinner with the fam b/c it's father's 93rd birthday
    Manage to stay awake through dinner, but it's a challenge; z immediately after I get home
     
  8. NURDRMS

    NURDRMS Well-Known Member

    This sounds like an AMAZING trip!!!
     
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  9. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    It was. IF you want to see pix of the Belgium part, pm me your FB info, I'll friend you, and the photos are on there.
     
  10. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    What a memory making trip JA....so glad you did this with your dad. Very special.
    Up and not moving quickly, really no need, savoring the Great Northern Raidroad town of Helena Montana as this is where my FIL worked for Great Northern for 34 years. DH is thrilled to take some pics in the morning.
    Drive to Lettbridge Alberta Canada, stop outside of Great Falls - Montana at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump, the largest in the North Americas,,,had no idea what that was, but the native American park ranger was a very good narrator. Went up to the bluff-where the buffalo would run...off during a hunt...amazing.
    Lunch on the bluff.
    Hit the road and drive through magnificent canyons coming to Sweetgrass port of entry to Canada.
    Wide open land, lots of farming...love it.
    Check into Hotel, love the pool, the Jacuzzi, and husband sees the indoor water slide tube....which he just has to try, the kid in him comes out with other older adults as I take pictures of the massive SPASH down into the water. Glad it's indoors. Note the full detailed work out room and we both plan on hitting that up in the morning while eating black forest cake in the Casino...before losing Canadian dollars to those machines! we had a limit...and kept to it...thank goodness.
    Easy day today, Buffalo Jump was interesting...why are these not in the history books? hmmmm
    Onward to Waterton National Park, hitting up some touring spots on the way.
    This road trip is pretty good this time around!
     
  11. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thurs...work, unpack, eat sleep, back to work, staff meeting, sleep
    fri...work, buy anniversary gift,make phone calls...write up dance budget for upcoming spousal meeting...crabby...bed
    sat...our anniversary...but I have to work...then we exchange cards, he gets gifts, I get to dance a lot so that is part of no gifts for me...dreading tomorrow's dance budget meeting...we go to see "the Butler"...enjoyable...and have a few drinks...but I am mostly stressed about budget meeting...anticipate early to bed
     
  12. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    slowly up in a most comfy bed in Lettbridge Canada. DH laughs at me.
    We swim, workout in fitness center and have breakfast.
    Head out for Waterton National Park - stop at Fort MacLeod - spend most of day there and historic main street.
    Beautiful drive into Waterton, stop and take oodles of pics of Prince of Wales Historic Hotel,
    head into the village. Love it, everything is walkable and it is gorgeous beautiful outside.
    head back up to Historic Hotel - sit in large living room with a most spectacular view and watch the sun go down.
    Run into other visitors - general chit chat...and notice,,,,no one, not even the youngsters, are looking at devices, ipads, computers,
    nothin' - and yet they completely could...how refreshing we note to each other.
    Walk out to the point and watch several deer try to swim from shore to shore.
    Note all the bear warnings.
    Decide to rent bikes and map out hiking trails - receive ranger warning about mud slide damage to roads...uhhhhhh,,,ok...u turn on plans then.
    Enjoy watching night sky, no schedule to keep, and surrounded by a herd of doe with their babies....how cool is that!!!!!
    And the bakery,,,oh my,,,,,across the street from our cottage...starts baking in the early morning hours...and the wonderful smell of
    fresh bread....is music,,,,to my brain cells!!! MUST HIT UP BAKERY - as soon as it opens....then nighty night!
     
  13. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    @j_alexandra--That sounds like just about the coolest trip ever. I'm so glad your father is being truly honored for his service, and that you were able to escort him on the trip. You are a great daughter.

    @fascination--Try not to stress out about said budget meeting. I know meetings in which spouses could potentially have differences of opinion are never fun, but you have such a solid and mutually respectful marriage. With regard to the content, let's even say the worst happens and you have to make some concessions and dance less than you would ideally want to. I'll tell you what I told myself when I was looking at taking a dance hiatus altogether, before I knew my spouse would get a replacement job. Perhaps some of what I told myself may apply here:
    -This has been a fantastic season in my life. I have loved being able to study and dance with one of the best, and I will treasure every memory.
    -So many people never have the opportunity to do what I have been able to do, to discover a passion when they are an adult and pursue it. They either don't have the time or don't have the money.
    -I am very lucky to have had this, and very lucky that what might take me out of the game for this next season of my life is "only money," not my health, not the health of a parent/spouse/child, not the health of my dance teacher, not my dance teacher moving permanently to another state or country, etc.

    @3wishes--Your getaway sounds so cool! Baby deer--cute! I hope the bakery lived up to its olfactory advertisement!

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    WEDNESDAY:
    ENG 1101 appts
    GLC--Marie Stopes' Married Love
    20th C Brit Lit--War poetry
    Rushed home, got Child ready for dance, took her to her 4.5 hr Wednesday.
    Put in 8 miles on treadmill.
    Picked Child up.

    THURSDAY:
    Largely a day off work. I did go in for about 3 hours because I had forgotten to turn in some things I needed xeroxed for Friday, and then I decided to deal with Choice cards.
    8 miles on treadmill again.
    Worked on arrangements for NYC trip.
    Read a Neil Gaiman book.
    Wrote in diary.
    Received a new top and a new dress from Boston Proper, both leopard print.

    FRIDAY:
    ENG 1101--argumentative strategies.
    GLC--Began 1950s unit. Discussed James Bond's Goldfinger.
    20th C Brit Lit--peer review of essays.
    Office hrs.
    Ice cream social at Child's school.
    Got into bit of argument with family, who were not being particularly cooperative about getting ready in a timely fashion for a party at a colleague's house/farm in Pennsylvania...and since it's a sizable drive, yeah, it annoys me that we aren't even out the door until almost an hour after the party started. I also feel like I am always dropping everything when it is something either Child or Husband wants me to do. Grr. Words were exchanged.
    Finally go, and of course we have a fun time. Get to talk a little bit with some new Biology colleagues. Get to see colleague's ram lambs (the girls are out in the pasture doing sheep things) and turkeys. Child plays with their border collie.
    Wore new leopard print top today and got several compliments. :) One colleague also says I'm looking particularly svelte and asks about my workout routine. Always nice to hear.

    SATURDAY:
    Very peaceful and reflective day.
    Wrote in diary.
    8 miles on treadmill.
    Made Child the bean salad she loves. I did this last week and have resolved I will do so every Saturday if possible so that she can have one of her favorites when she comes home from her long day of dance classes and rehearsals. It's pretty healthy, too: egg whites, kidney beans, bell pepper, onion, olive oil, apple cider vinegar. She ate the whole bowlful!

    Played Stratego with Child. She whupped me.

    Talked to pregnant sister, who is due in early November and just recently moved into a new house. Yay sister!
     
  14. SwayWithMe

    SwayWithMe Well-Known Member

    Thank you for this! DH wants to work less, and we're looking at the budget carefully, and it makes me nervous...

    Saturday:
    7ish: Up, breakfast, etc
    9:30-11: "Conditioning for Dancers"
    Grocery shopping on my way home, lunch
    2:30: Mother's helper arrives, DH and I head off to a wedding. Great people, fun time, DH even danced with me!
    10ish: home, to sleep.
     
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  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thanks ccm...I do totally agree with you...it's all a tad more complicated than I want to share here, but it will be fine...I know that...and for my past good fortune, I am deeply grateful....
     
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  16. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    wake up late, screaming in my brain, no no nooooooooooooooooooo the bakery will be out of Grandma Low Cinnamon Knots by the time I run across the street. ahhhh, good fortune, I got 4 hot ones and 2 scones...way too good to pass up.
    Pack up car, go for long walk with DH.
    Out of Waterton and stop at Bison feeding grounds. Note a full herd at the watering hold and take pics.
    Drive to Canmore, check in at Falcon Crest - WOW,,,this could be my new home - washer, dryer, dishwasher,,,and a front desk who will do just about anything with even a car wash in the parking lot! So glad we are planted for the next 5 nights. you have no idea, one night/hotels and road gets old after awhile.
    Go to grocery store, make dinner, so good! DH tosses laundry into washer, rest, read,,,and gets out our Banff what do we want to do phamplets.
    Gonna be some long days but there is a promise of mineral springs in upper Banff. Looking forward to it because the massage we got in Waterton...was the best ever,,,,truly....I wish I could move that lady near me. HAHAHAHA.
    And thanks CCMM, the bakery was worth it! so was the 6.5 miles of walking we did to work it off....wink!
     
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  17. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    I already miss Waterton National Park, note to self "must get hiking shoes" since the hiking trails are clearly marked and noted what level of hike as well as how long, they all loop back. Magnificent. Talked to gal at desk after calling back there, "yes, summer is like an ant hill, September is more peaceful" ok, got it.
    Must find GMC dealership in Canmore - my sensor for all wheel drive keeps turning off,,,,on-star confirmed instructions of what to do. THANK YOU on star.
    Discover this Falcon Crest Condo/Hotel is also a time-share - must find out more....truly like this and the view of the Three Sisters Mountain Range in front of our balcony is..well....again, at sunset magnificent.
    DH voices "gee it's great to not battle for one washer and dryer with other guests" as well, our condo was less than the medium hotel we normally stay at. Wow,,,must note this as well.
    Plans include driving the IceFields Parkway - lots of rangers inform us that soon there will be no glaciers to view,,,so view them now. CHARGED BATTERY in high definition camera, packed the two pairs of long hiking pants and swim suits (for mineral springs) into car. So glad we made these purchases. Jeans are not cutting it on the windy hikes.
    Strange, normally second language is Spanish up here it's French. AHHHH childhood memories start popping up. Find myself taking to my departed mother "mom, remember these berries? and look...they are packing groceries with French on them...you'd be so happy" wish you were here.
    Husband decides we will drive Hwy 93 south through Montana, Idaho into Salt Lake instead of backtracking. Actually researched hwy 93, find there is lots to see and beauty,,,end the evening pray that the rain that has missed up and the sun that keeps shining, keeps going as everyone we meet continues to say "this is really unusual weather, normally it's snowing"...wink.
     
  18. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    sunday...actually late saturday into early sunday...um...lively spousal exchange of a more heated level than is the norm...but we survived it...and continued on with a nice quiet weekend...still...am a bit tired today and, as I am still not fully recovered from the last two comps, I am going to lay low for a few days...nap immanent...kitties are already our cold
     
  19. raindance

    raindance Well-Known Member

    Sorry for the hijack, but would you be willing to share the recipe? I think we have a recipes thread around here somewhere. Thanks!
     
  20. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    SUNDAY:
    Graded 15 1-2 page essays and 1 3-4 page essay.

    Went on an almost 3 mile walk with Child and our dog Arctic. Not far from where we live, the roads stop being paved and things get very rural. We went on a walk Child likes down that way and I was really struck with how beautiful this area is. Walking with the leash in one hand and Child's hand in my other hand felt really right.

    Made some of the bean salad Child likes and put a little in rubbermaid containers for Child's Monday and Tuesday lunch. I heard a little shriek of happiness when Child discovered the rest of the bowl. Love that kid.

    MONDAY:
    8:20--Drop off.
    8:30--At office, prepping.
    9:10--Debates.
    Topic 1--Is college worth the cost?
    Topic 2--Do honor codes work?
    10:20--GLC. Goldfinger. A big discussion of the "lesbian conversion" scene.
    Called group ticket line to book tickets for "Romeo and Juliet" on Broadway, lunch, prep.
    12:40--20th C Brit Lit. Yeats.
    2--Math placement test meeting.
    3:15-4--Office hours.
    Home for a whopping 15 mins. Get Child ready for dance.
    5:15-6:15--Child rehearses. I grade.
    Home. Put Child to bed and grade a little more.
     

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