Dancers Anonymous > yesterday's activities

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

  1. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    -Communicating with various parties involved in weekend outing.
    -Workout--8 miles on treadmill.
    -Make Child's favorite egg, bean, onion, and pepper salad.
    -Pick up Child at dance studio and drive to NJ.
    Stay at parents' house. Child and her bestie are very excited to sleep in my sister's room at my parents' house and enjoy playing with "The Husband," her pregnancy pillow.

    SUNDAY: Group outing to see Romeo and Juliet! I put this plan together and got a dozen tickets at the group price. The good news is that I get credit with everyone for a great idea. The good and bad news is that I wind up planning and coordinating the entire day. It feels like a lot of responsibility for my day off!

    9:09 train to NYC with friends.
    Arrive in NYC. Buy picnic lunches from Zaro's Bread Basket. I got a grilled vegetable sandwich and a black and white cookie. Child had a bagel with cream cheese and an oreo cupcake. One 4th grade child cannot find anything she would like to eat. Luckily there is a Mexican place nearby and she settles for soft tacos.

    11:30--CENTRAL PARK!
    Strawberry Fields.
    Picnic on the rocks near where the horse carriages seem to go for breaks. The kids really like watching the horse carriages.
    Bethesda Fountain.
    Alice in Wonderland. Kids especially like this.
    Belvedere Castle.
    Delacorte Theater.

    1:40ish--Back on train to midtown. Trains running slow due to track work, but we've left plenty of time. I go pick up tickets at Will Call. Others shop. I get a little antsy when 2:40 rolls around and they aren't there yet, but they make it on time.

    3--ROMEO AND JULIET! Interesting production. Some things I really liked about it, and a couple things I didn't. (Pluses included that I thought this interpretation did a very good job of capturing the teenage emotions of Romeo and Juliet. The balcony scene had a real "No, you hang up!" "No, you!" kind of tenor at the end that seemed very true to their ages. There were some excellent secondary characters as well, including Juliet's father, Juliet's nurse, and Romeo's friend Mercutio. Excellent use was made of cello and drum to heighten the mood. Oh, and Orlando Bloom is pretty easy on the eyes. Negatives included that some of the script cuts made things a little unnecessarily confusing. There were also some odd eclectic elements that seemed to be in the production just because.)

    Orlando Bloom did greet fans at the stage door, and though he could only do a handful of autographs (not including us), I thought that was cool.

    Dinner at Maoz, a fast food falafel place (slogan "Veg Out!") Child and I were totally in the mood for falafel, and the salad box I got (5 falafel with as much of the middle eastern salad fixing as you can put in the box) really hit the spot!!!

    7:03 train to NJ, then drive home. One of our friends had a member of their group miss the train. (She had gone for Indian food after the show, then took a cab. She must have said "Take me to the train station," and he took her to Grand Central instead of Penn. So that was a bit of debacle.)

    Great day overall!
  2. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Paying the piper a little fatigue-wise, but it is worth it.

    8:20--Drop off.

    9:10--ENG 1101. Debates on whether college honor codes work and on whether more colleges should go SAT optional. That second debate rouses some passionate opinions! That's a keeper.

    10:20--GLC. The Handmaid's Tale.

    Lunch break, grading.

    12:40--20th C Brit Lit. Women in Love.

    2-4--Office hours. Grading.

    Home. Almost forget this is a fast turn around day, but remember just in time and get out of the house by 4:45.

    5:15--Child's dance rehearsal.

    Put Child to bed. I may have done other things here. I may not have. At this point, the gas tank was on E, so I can't really testify! Hopefully I didn't forget anything too important, like brushing my teeth.
  3. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Am a little frustrated. Husband and I were both tired last night because of the NYC outing. I went to bed around 10:45. He went to bed more like 12:45...and I'm sure it's because he stayed up to see if the US Congress was really going to drive over a cliff. I get it--this is big news. But it will be equally big news if you wait and read it on the computer tomorrow morning at 6:30, and then you won't wake me up coming to bed at an odd hour. Oh...and later on, he reports that he feels "sick." Growl. Take care of yourself!

    8:20--Drop off.
    9-10--Office hours, featuring more grading. Oh, and shmoozing. The cleaning guy for my floor really likes to chat with me...maybe a little too much, because it is cutting into my productivity. On the other hand, I feel strongly that professors should not be stand offish to the many other employees of the college who perform the necessary services without which we would be unable to function. So....

    10:10--GLC flex session. Presentation by the Center for Experience and Opportunity and by Study Abroad.

    11:25--Faculty meeting. The big BUDGET discussion. The good news: It looks like we're getting raises! The bad news: small raises. But I'll take it.

    Home. Was going to take a shower but Husband is taking one and though we do have two showers, I'm not sure that we would both get ideally hot showers. Type up last week's dance notes instead. Get dressed.

    1:30--Leave for Towson. Notice my cell phone is dead. Figure this means either I will get stuck in traffic or my teacher will be late, because that is the Murphy's Law of dead cell phones. Sure enough, he is late and tried to text me to warn me!

    2:45--Double lesson. So good! So much samba info and jive info! Also some paso. This one part of our routine that I thought I had straightened out? NOPE! He gets me thinking about it in terms of alignments on the floor, and it turns out this helps a lot. Turns out I was not pivoting nearly enough in my slip pivot, which therefore set me up badly for the next several counts and pretty much guaranteed a visible mistake. I think I have it now!!!
    Filled out forms for Paragon at the end of lesson.

    Got Child ready for dance.
    7-8:15--Child's ballet class. They watched a video about contemporary history of ballet, which had a lot on Baryshnikov and Nureyev seeking asylum in the west. Child "I took 2 1/2 page of notes!" I love Child.

    Child also wrote a persuasive essay that evening.
    ME: Is this an assignment?
    CHILD: No. We're still on the paragraph. I'm a bit of an overachiever.

    She reads me her essay. It is all about how she wishes they could do creative writing instead of having to work on paragraphs in Writer's Workshop!!! Luckily, I think her teacher, who has taught her since 4th grade, will find this funny rather than annoying as all get out, but you can see why I have to keep an eye on this kid!
  4. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    8:20--Drop off.

    9:10--ENG 1101. Debates on elite travel teams for kids and on helicopter parents.

    10:20--GLC. Handmaid's Tale.

    Lunch, deal with stuff.

    12:40--20th C Brit Lit. Women in Love.

    1:45-2:45--Grading and e-mails about lecture I'm organizing for November.

    Home. Quick transition, then off to the studio.

    4:30-9--Child at dance.
    I come home and put in 8 miles on treadmill, then back to studio to give Child her snack, because she forgot it. Turns out she has somehow gotten a cookie from another mom. She promises me that she did not beg for one and that the other mom just volunteered it. Mm-hmm. The other mom felt she "looked hungry."

    Drive home. Child to bed. Self to bed.
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thurs...teach a class...have lunch with dad...he leaves for florida for 7 months next week...I have thoughts about that....I won't share them....teach cycling and sub toning for someone whose chief goal at work has been to be pettyand miserable with me and who leaves a snarky note instead of thanking me...lovely...remind self that she is miserable that I should just continue to absorb it until she leaves or tires of being a po-ed biddy...but it takes a while to shake it off...confirm a lunch date for tomo....bed soon

    NURDRMS Well-Known Member

    Wake late (for me) at 6:30. Fool around all morning designing an evening gown for my mom - so very relaxing. Drive to Governor's Mansion in Denver to give speech about the Air Force's space and cyberspace challenges and achievements. Meet Alan Shepard's daughter and have a great chat with her about her dad. Go out to dinner with a friend I haven't seen in 3 or 4 years. I'm still wearing my uniform and this prompts folks to stop by our table to introduce themselves and talk. One of these drive-bys is a former governor of Wyoming and his wife, who happens to share my first name - this instigates stories about all the jokes we had to bear about our name ("Me Tarzan, you Jane." "Plain Jane." "See Jane run." And my personal favorite (NOT!), "Jane, you ignorant slut.") They all seem to be lovely people, except for maybe the guy who made some crack about Air Force pilots being unable to land on an aircraft carrier (he must have been former Navy.) It was a really wonderful evening meeting lots of very interesting people.

    Arrive home about midnight to a house that smells of badly burned popcorn. Teenagers.
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  7. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    fri...teach two classes..long lunch with a buddy....never ending continuation of house shopping....bed soon...have to work tomo but only a am hoping to get in a good practice tomo and sunday and to be able to continue to establish order in this home before dh gets home
  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    very cool nurdrms

    NURDRMS Well-Known Member

    it truly was so cool. Laura Shepard (sorry, can't remember her married name but she hyphenates it) was REALLY interesting. She was talking about her dad walking on the moon like you and I would talk about our dads taking a hike through the woods.
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  10. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    my husband would be in heaven....
  11. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Yeah, well, Navy guys still need a runway. Unlike Army pilots. :D
  12. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    I had a chance to speak briefly to Alan Shepherd about a year before he died. I got to ask him a few questions about Moon colonization. It was interesting. He was all for it, and he thought that a moon colony could become self-sustaining fairly quickly. He said the main worry would be dealing with the health effects of extended living under the Moon's low gravity.

    The interstate highway here is named after him.
  13. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    Saw Glendale, California for the first time yesterday and walked around the mall in the middle. Really thought it was an awesome place. Will have to go again sometime.
  14. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    sunday...had a horrible truth this is my favorite time of the year, but the past month has been full of difficulties and disappointments on every front(occupationally, extended family, friends and dance) yesterday I was flat out depressed....I navigated it...took my vitamins, practiced a bit, had a nap, got productive, started to feel better, cooked a meal for dh who was returning from Germany...he walked in the house with the flu....and that about sums it all up
  15. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    -6 miles on treadmill.
    -Went with GLC (my first year seminar class) and Child to see George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" at the college. It was very good but a little longer than I had anticipated, so Child had a late night of it. Shakespeare and Shaw in one week; we are quite the theater-going family!

    My BFF called that night, but I couldn't talk for long b/c had to put Child to bed.

    9:10--ENG 1101.
    10:20--GLC. Last day of _The Handmaid's Tale_.
    Lunch and prep break.
    12:40--20th C Brit Lit. Last day of _Women in Love_.

    9:45--Parents Weekend event. Not a great turnout.
    Prep for Child's birthday party.
    8 miles on treadmill.
    Cleaning up house.
    Grocery store.
    Baked Child's birthday cake.

    Decorated cake.
    Made dinner for that night ahead of time, lemon chicken and potatoes, one of my stand by menus. (Also wound up making Child's bean salad, so carnivores and vegetarians could be happy.)
    To Michaels to get craft supplies for party.

    12-3--CHILD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY! Pizza, bounce house, craft, running around playing sardines, cake.

    4--Neighborhood homeowners meeting. I wish it had been a little shorter since parents were visiting for Child's birthday, but it is what it is, and my parents do know how to entertain themselves.


    Dad asked for help with tv remote so he could watch football and I had to admit I had no idea how it works. I called Husband down, but I actually made myself learn tonight. My Dad was kind of stunned that I didn't know. "You NEVER watch tv?" It's pretty much true: I never watch tv alone. (I'll watch Star Trek or a movie with the family, but then someone else can turn on the tv!) If I'm alone, I read, surf the web, workout, or write in my diary.
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  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    ccm...fwiw...other than news and big bang, I don't have a clue about tv

    monday...teach step, meet with boss (I like him so much), home to feed animals, kiss poor sick dh whom I should be home caring for , but if I miss another week of lessons I am pretty sure my pro is going to kick me to the curb as I am going to be gone the next two weeks...lessons are ...well...I don't know...I guess I am crawling out of a hole and he is ...ambivilent?...anyhow, do feel that the technique/hazing from last week, may actually be helping....and I am grateful to him for that...margarita...too tired to eat...bed soon
  17. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    Always helps :)
  18. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    NICE Nurdrms!
    Well, a few yesterdays,,,went out social dancing for the first time in almost a year! WOWEEE, Danced know....OFF. Felt sweat dripping down back. EMBRACED that, since I haven't truly worked out in months and months.
    Came home, DH still up, go to sleep....
    WAKE UP to DH, at 1:30 a.m. sitting on side of bed, barely able to breath (he's had a cold for a week), and saying "this isn't good, I'm dizzy and lightheaded ALOT - help me"..
    ok, let's just say...he's NEVER EVER SAID "help me" EVER. Grab phone 9-1-1 on speed dial....finger posed over button. DH tries to walk, looks like drunken sailor....Grab blood pressure cuff...uhhhh...wait, what? 52 over 16? WHAT?! Quickly question him. He took a medication he has taken in almost a year, along with his heart medicine....look up side affects...DRAT IT ALL - both are beta blockers that drop blood pressure. This will be a long next few hours of watching him. He goes back to sleep...
    Stupors around house on Sunday stays in Chair most of day,,,BIL, ds, DGS are over....DH relates what he did...and in unison..."we thought you were smarter than that!"
    Make appts, drag DH to GP, Cardiologist, etc etc,,,,bring bottle of his medication....and of course the question is - obvious. Change of prescriptions by doctors. GS is intent on delighting me and making DH "all better". I have a few choice words with DH when he's all together last night.
    Best Friend comes over and we catch up on her retirement and the Solar Car Race that she judged - from Dallas to the Los Angeles in July. WOW.
    THAT was fun.
    Trainer calls, reconfirms that my first free weight workout is in the morning at 8 .am. ohhhhhh, this is gonna hurt. but it's good right? ouchie.
    I always dread starting over....on these things as the muscles scream at me....for days on end until I get use to it again.
    Watch DODGERS - we actually had tickets given to us for a behind the plate seat(s)...and couldn't go, for the very obvious sick-husband reason.
    DARN IT...but that home run that won the game. was.....BEAUTIFUL! GO DODGER BLUE!
  19. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    tuesday...dreadful...lessons only served to confirm that no one wanted to be there and that I lack talent...which leaves me ...not sure about what to do next...situation compounded by a text from former boss now co-worker who is a friend of 20 years who has decided I am a traitor b/c I haven't helped her sabotage the new was fired yesterday and texted me a nastygram about how she hopes I am happy....large quantities of pain involved which I don't even have time to deal with b/c I get an emergency call from current boss about needing me to sub a class that starts about 15 minutes before I can get home..followed by the class I have to teach after that...did I mention I have just had 4 lessons back to back?, on the verge of tears and extreme fatigue, I have to face a firing squad of questions from members about my friend's firing...which I am not allowed to answer...while being awesome and enthusiatic...I haven't eaten since 10:30...why am I still fat?....I go home and make dh order pizza...that's why...I fail to pack for have to get up at 5am today to pack so I can teach three classes this am then drive to Lincoln...oh...and I broke a tooth...flossing...perfect
  20. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

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