Dancers Anonymous > yesterday's activities

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

  1. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    Saturday: wake up, go to a bikram class. Come home and shower. Pack snack/ID/earplugs/pump up music for MCAT. Eat lunch and head over to the testing center, take the test. Head to the grocery store to get flowers for parents who have been so patient while I study. Go over to parents house, out to dinner. Skype with some college friend then out to the bars with some friends in town. Stay out much too late
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  2. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Forced Hubby to take a whopping big Potassium capsule, his legs are pooey - hurtful.
    A few hours later, he's feelin like his ol' out world.
    DH decides it's time to put photos from a year worth of travel into albums...uhhhh, I'm expressive in my own selfish,,"not interested" much as he was "not interested" in helping me paint the house interior rooms. LOL, wink, revenge is sweet.
    Just enjoy the day and a lackluster agenda,,,which is noteworthy because we are always, it seems, on the go.
    BASK in the sunshine and warmth.
    Catch up on reading.
    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is GOOD!
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  3. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    worked all day long...going to make a it and go to bed
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  4. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    mon...classes white knuckled to indy....lessons which started out well enough but I am struggling with the new normal and how it may affect my progress and it showed....going to have to get a grip on home in rough weather...decompress with dh...bed
  5. sbrnsmith

    sbrnsmith Well-Known Member

    Work and more's a good thing I enjoy my job...home to watch the Bachelor yesterday, yes I got sucked in by the train wreck, and then sleep till its's time to rinse and repeat...
  6. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Worked out, read.

    Got to the studio by 1:30 for dress rehearsal and final costume instructions for "Overboard," the sailor themed jazz and hip-hop production number. FINALLY got the gems we are supposed to put on the costume by next weekend...though only have the instructions for one of the three colors.
    Hung out until pick up time.

    VERY exciting news: Child is a finalist in a student poetry contest!!! Exact placements will be announced at a ceremony in March. I am so proud of her!

    Grocery store before 8 AM to get ingredients to make chili.
    Made homemade turkey chili and corn muffins (from a box of the Jiffy mix, which is a nostalgia thing from childhood. Apparently my Mom and sister were just talking about this same mix).
    Cleaned house.

    Parents came over. I thought they were coming for lunch and socializing. I had NO IDEA they were planning to sleepover. I had been a little lukewarm when they had initially suggested this as a date for them to visit because Monday is the first day of school AND I knew I would have gemming to do on Child's costume, but was all "No, no, please, feel free to come" even though it was not the most convenient weekend. I would have been even more lukewarm if I realized they were planning to stay until the AM of the first day of school!
    I gem while they are here because...well, I have no choice since they are staying. They watch an episode of Sherlock with Child.
    Later, Child teaches my Dad to play Mastermind. I help him a little. He then does a code for Child...and she breaks it in three tries. Woah. (Combination of logic and luck, but still...I could tell my dad was impressed.)

    Got a VERY sad phone call: my BFF's mother died. :( :( :( The memorial service is 11:30 AM Monday and they are only sitting shiva for one day (in New Jersey), so that's a problem, but I will send a donation to her charity of choice.

    Chinese take-out for dinner.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
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  7. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    First day of school!

    Get ready and out in a reasonably timely fashion given that parents are here.

    8:25--Drop Child at school.

    9:10--ENG 1101! Seems like a decent group.

    10:20--POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE. This class goes GREAT! We start by working on filling in as much as we can on a blank map of Africa, then doing a free association exercise, then talking about why Americans don't know more about African countries. Interestingly, a student from Ghana only does marginally better on the map of Africa and says that where she went to school (she lived there until 8th or 9th grade), a lot of the history taught was US and European rather than African. I was on, some of the students were really on...very enjoyable hour.

    Lunch break and prep.

    12:40--WALK ON THE WILDE SIDE. Another reasonably good hour, though I could feel my energy fading a little toward the end.

    2-4--Office hours.

    4:45--Left with Child for dance.

    5:15-6:15--She dances.

    7-8:30--Watch Sherlock as a family.

  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member


    dh home due to weather.....clean kitchen, do laundry, feed animals and clean litter boxes, pay bills, handle wedding stuff...zomg...whoknewitwouldbethismuchworkthissoon?...head to work...home to SOTU and wine
  9. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Congrats CCMM on Child's good news!
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  10. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    teach 3 ...emails, massage and early dinner..take two more classes, home to chat with buddy...can't avoid feeling of marble in throat...rut roh
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  11. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Long chat with DH.
    Who decides that if things continue, plus other factors, he will retire permanently at the end of the year.
    I find this is a huge relief on a number of playing fields.
    Cruise to GS's school and take him to studio, he will compete with kid's at California Open,
    GS starts singing in the seat behind me, I swear he has the voice of an angel, really should look into voice lessons.
    GS also informs me that the music class at school I've signed him up for is AWESOME and loves Singing as well as all the instruments.
    Head to downtown for private lunch with co-worker who is about to retire. THIS WAS FUN.
    Ran into alot of ex-co/workers, caught up with life, informed by them of their own up and coming retirements with no regrets on the table at all.
    Yes, I say in conversation, but the true power of your daily choice is up to you AND THAT IS SWEET as the kids say.
    Inform pro, again, I don't know about lessons, massive repair construction of built in pool MUST take place, saving $$ to do it. my brain screams,,,,I MISS my lessons as I stare at pool while speaking with him.
    Out to Palm Desert to see Bio-dad - rocked out with him and wife at the best burger place in the desert but I got the Fish Taco special...and it was the BEST I've ever had...really.
    Starting to consider going full time paid - as ski instructor - maybe next season, I simply love being outdoors and teaching.
    May have to see Rod Stewart in Vegas....BABY!!!! Time to plan the travels...points,coupons,free hotel nights...coming up!
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  12. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    teach a fitness class with boss...home to various other tasks including putting dinner in a crock pot and making new playlists for classes as well as chatting with son, and brother...spend some time deflecting persons hell bent on negativity...teach 2 more classes....bed soon
  13. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    Drive to morning classes because they are just too early, too far away, and too cold, and too sick to walk
    Almost rear end someone on the way home because of snow, fortunately was able to stop in time. Eat lunch, do some reading.
    Hold office hours, and, surprise! Nobody comes. I have had literally 2 students come to office hours ever. At least I get some grading done. More class- impress professor by asking semi-intelligent question. Am very pleased with myself about this. Stick around for the graduate seminar after class. Email prof and ask if I can change my presentation topic to said intelligent question.
    Call dad for ride home because I walked in for the afternoon. Help mom make dinner, eat, watch Alias with the fam, sleep (but only after spending too much time watching old Budweiser superbowl commercials and tearing up more than I care to admit.)
  14. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    teach a full spin class and the Y get fit for seniors...staff meetings...make to-do list for weekend, pet care, clean kitchen a tiny bit and round up trash, pet care, nap, grocery shopping cooking...bed soon
  15. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Errands and pick up a few BOGO specials at the store. Nearly free stuff. Always good.
    Catch up on some shows.
    Check for social dance party at another studio in a town nearby.
    Feed DH Pizza and adios...amigo...away to a Surf and Turf w/wine and desert Chef's course.
    Lots of stuff goin on in the class so divided into teams.
    I'm all over the Chocolate Souffle' but it's not mine to make...darn it.
    FINALLY learned how to knife a tenderloin,,,as in the WHOLE tenderloin.
    Salmon was amazing. and the Potatoes....ROCKED,,,must do this for special occasions.
    Late getting home,,,,soooo worth it.
  16. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    One of the pleasures of working in these classes is students like you. So glad you enjoyed it.
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  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    hot yoga cancelled....tear tree down...experience a fundamentally flawed judgement from someone and make adjustments accordingly...well, amazing how character or lack thereof exposes itself...disappointed, always hope that most folks are deeper than they seem...usually wrong...sigh...spend rest of day getting acclimated to new training dvds for work and exploring a host of other new possibilities...still, discouraged by a number of things these days and likely going to bed early...not because I think tomorrow will be better...but because I expect that it will more than likely be worse...but hey, it's snowing heavily, I have a roof over my head, a wonderful family, and if not health, then an absence of illness....I choose to be grateful and optimistic in spite of it all
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  18. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Get Child to school.
    9-10--Office hours.
    10-11:15ish--First Year Team.
    Home, 4.5 miles on treadmill, shower, lunch, off to Towson.
    2-3:30--Lesson w/Nik! First time in 2014. (Life and snow have interfered with other possible attempts.)
    Home. Dinner and a little downtime. Child to dance.
    7-8:15--Child dances.
    Some more costume gemming.

    And behold, God saw that his servant CCM still had more gems to put on CCC's costume and decided a 1 hour school delay was in order.
    10:20--Postcolonial Literature, Day 2. Discussed Graham Huggan's The Postcolonial Exotic.
    Lunch break.
    12:40--Walk on the Wilde Side. Discussed Foucault.
    1:45--Office hours.
    3--Picked up Child at school.
    4--Left for dance studio.
    Stayed because they were doing a final dress rehearsal and I don't entirely trust Child not to lose her costume pieces. [She left her competition hip-hop boots and Urban Empire pants at the studio after Saturday's rehearsal. My nightmare is that we will be missing a costume piece and she won't be allowed to perform.]
    I read Thomas Pynchon while she was in rehearsal and class.

    Home. Too tired to do any more costume alterations. Just put Child to bed.

    Husband left for teaching junket in Atlanta.
    Did further gemming, sewing, and alterations. This included yet another trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics to buy more sew on snaps.
    In case anyone should ever have the need to know this--and for your sakes, I hope you do not--yes, you can sew snaps on to clear bra straps if you need to snap down the costume to hold in in place. (I wasn't sure they would be strong enough to hold a snap, but it worked.) And no, CCC does not need to wear a bra normally, but it's part of the costume because I guess some girls do.

    Made lots of sugar cookies shaped like anchors and like Star Wars characters, as the performance team is doing a big sailor themed number and the company is doing a Star Wars themed number.

    6 miles on treadmill. I'm reading Veronica Roth's Divergent on the treadmill...because I'm giving a lecture later this month on dystopias in literature and this is a book many students will have read or will soon read given that the movie is coming out in March.
  19. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Dropped Child off at school.
    9:10--ENG 1101. Titles, introductions, thesis statements. One student actually said "I like her" audibly after I said something reasonably witty. :)
    10:20--Postcolonial Literature. Talked about Achebe and Ngugi's debate about writing in English vs. writing in an indigenous African language like Igbo (for Achebe) or Gikuyu (for Ngugi).
    Advising session w/ two of my first years. Lunch.
    12:40--Walk on the Wilde Side. More Foucault.
    Target run.
    3--Pick Child up at school.

    Exciting news: the rooter poms I ordered for the team arrived! I was told not to expect them this early, so this was a treat. Just on time for this competition!

    We make a collective decision not to head to the competition until tomorrow. (Her call time isn't until 3 PM.)
    -Watch some of tonight's coverage on live stream.
    -Made more cookies for the team snack table. I was quite despondent to realize some of the ones from the day before were broken. I had been storing them in a big cardboard box and I think one of the cats jumped in! (You know how cats looooove boxes.) I had been keeping it shut with a heavy book on top but forgot to put the book back on top after counting how many I had made and packaged up. Grr. Child told me I was stressing too much about this.

    Watched some of the live stream.

    Some unpleasantness when we were doing hair and make-up. I did not appreciate being told "You ought to have X's mom do my hair. X's mom does her hair perfectly every time." Thanks. That really makes me feel great. [Amusingly, I passed on this compliment to X's mom and she said "I don't do my daughter's hair. She's done her own for years." HA!] Oh, and I have decided that it is not natural to put eyeliner on another human being. Those competition make-up artists must have super human skills.

    I think we had another spat after that as well. Can't remember what about. Grrr.

    We decided to push the re-set button the whole day when we left for the comp around noon.

    Arrived. The rooter poms were a HUGE HIT! Everybody on the team loved them, especially the littlest kids who were just beside themselves with joy. A very cute and surprisingly articulate tiny little girl from another team said "I'm a little jealous." I let her play with a pom, though I explained to her that they were not her team's colors. Her mom and I got to chatting, and I told her they were only 73 cents each, so she might look into getting them for her team as well.

    CCC's first number is a huge production number called "Overboard" with 55 kids in it ranging from pre-schoolers to high schoolers, with both jazz and hip-hop sections. It went well. Not 100% clean (remember, there are 4-year-olds in it), but it kept up the energy throughout. They got a "High Gold" for it, which is the second highest possible award.

    Later, the junior and teen performance team did their tap number to Gloria Estefan's "Wepa," and this also went well and was noticeably cleaner than the last competition. They also got a "High Gold" for that.

    The performance team is like the JV squad at the studio, and then there is the company, which is the elite group. The Company performed many numbers, and earned 1st and 2nd prize for overall best "line" routines (which basically means an extended large group act) for "The Throne" and "Rise of the Empire" (Star Wars themed). They also earned 3rd and 6th place for overall best "large group" routines for their numbers "Listen to Me" and "Ribs." (The winners in the large group division did an absolutely amazing Charlie Chaplin themed hip-hop number with lots of popping and locking and the use of umbrellas as props.)

    So a great day at the competition. I then foolishly agreed to let Child stay through a teen performance team number she really wanted to see if she promised to be super agreeable about leaving thereafter...but somehow we managed to get in another fight. I think she was overtired.

    Much easier time doing hair and make-up today, for whatever reason, and much more pleasant moods all around.

    CCC had two numbers today.

    The first was their musical theater number to "Crazy in Love" from "The Great Gatsby." Best of their costumes, in my opinion. The number went well for the first half...and then the music skipped. But the kids valiantly got back on it. I know they were a little rattled, but I actually think they came out looking good because they handled the situation professionally.

    Their final number of the day was their favorite, "Every Time the Beat Drops," the hip-hop number. It was AWESOME!

    They wound up getting 5th (for "Every Time the Beat Drops") and 6th (for "Crazy in Love") out of the 19 routines in their division.

    The junior company got 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best routines in their division, which is amazing.

    Additionally, three of Child's junior performance team teammates did either solos or duos and got top honors for those as well! So a great day.

    We then drove back home and went to the grocery store in advance of the snow.
    Dinner. Uploaded photos.
    Husband made it home from Georgia.
  20. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    sat..kickbox, hot yoga...not much else...edit to add: practice, soak in tub, watch big bang theory and sip rose wine....dh is working on a brief so I am pretty much on my own this weekend
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