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Tomorrow morning– at 7am– myself and several other company members/parents will be flying off to a National Dance Festival in Phoenix, AZ.

I’m excited– 4 classes a day, plus a teacher certification seminar, and performances every night (culminating in a gala on the final night). It’s going to be a great experience and I’m going to learn a lot. Plus, I haven’t been to Phoenix since I was fleeing the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008– Arizona is a mighty gorgeous place.

I’m also a little nervous. Sure, I’ve been to summer intensives before; but this Festival is a whole new ball game. It’s a pretty big deal– something like 70 companies, goodnessknowshowmany people, very strict rules. New experiences always make me a little apprehensive.

In a few minutes I’ll be leaving to stay the night with a nearby family, and willl ride to the airport with them in the (early) morning (Thank you, D Family!!). My day was pretty busy:

  • Ran errands, packed things, double-checked that those things were packed.
  • Baked cookies for the family that is putting me up and for my husband– can’t leave the man alone for a week without giving him some sweets as a consolation prize.
  • Realized suitcase was heavy, tried to eliminate what I could. Going against my nature of being crazy-prepared, this time I went for just necessities; even now the thing is still heavy.
  • Ran more errands.
  • Realized some things were packed in the wrong bag (suitcase vs carry-on/dance bag), rearranged accordingly.
  • Did some yoga to unwind and then took a long, luxurious shower.

Now it’s time to go load up my car and get moving. I’ll try to update as I can, but since I’m not bringing my laptop it may be difficult on a phone.

Wish me luck!

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Wow, I haven’t really updated since my Pennsylvania trip.
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The wedding was beautiful! They had  a lovely but light-hearted ceremony, and M looked magnificent! The reception was a lot of fun. Mama Butterfly was my “date.” It was a great day!

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While I was up there, I stopped by my old dance studio to take class. It’s changed ownership since then, and has a new name and a remodeled waiting room, but the studio is still the same. The oldest girls at the studio were mostly first/second graders when I taught there…and they remember me! I had a great time taking class with them and catching up with G, my old teacher/fellow dancer and now-owner of the studio.

Another day I drove up to the Pocono mountains to drink in the mountain air and fall foliage and visit some of my old stomping grounds.
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When I got home it was back to teaching, competition practices, and musical rehearsals. I set “All Er Nuthin” the week I got back, and last week I got to work on staging some of the less-dancy numbers. Today I will tackle the final two “dance lite” numbers, “Many a New Day” and “It’s a Scandal! It’s an Outrage!” (I’m excited about “It’s a Scandal!”) Today will be an exciting day at rehearsal because a newspaper is coming to take pictures and do an interview. We open in less than a month.

…and one week after ‘Oklahoma!’ closes is the audition for the dance studio’s production of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ The audition will be in three parts– ballet, then jazz, then tap– and I will be choreographing the ballet portion of the audition. It will need to be a 90-second (ish) variation for the White Rabbit; with a simpler version for the younger dancers and a more advanced version for the older. I haven’t gotten started on it yet (only found out yesterday),but it should be fun!

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And that’s why it’s been quiet over here lately. I’ll try and add pictures to this post once my phone starts cooperating.

 

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Joyeux Noel! Feliz Navidad! Mele Kalikimaka!

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It has been a wonderful week here in beautiful northeast Pennsylvania. I arrived on Tuesday after a flawless flight (and my bag was the first one off the carousel– a Christmas miracle!). The rest of the week was a flurry of shopping, baking, cleaning, visitng family and helping my Momma. Here are some highlights:

– I got to meet my Aunt’s new puppy, Jag. He’s a beagle/pug/chihuahua mix, is absolutely adorable and slightly more hyper than Robin Williams after an espresso bender. I love him!

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– On Thursday we visited my Grammy, then came home and decorated the Christmas tree. We always play Christmas music when we decorate the Christmas tree; and just as my mother was setting the Angel in place the song played “…put an Angel on top of the tree…” We laughed! And then we watched Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.

– And then I got sick during the night (food borne). Mercifully, it was all over by the end of Friday morning (thank you God)…and Momma, Auntie and I went out for much-deserved pedicures.

– Did my holiday baking with freshly-laid eggs from my mother’s hens (I made Oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookies, candied walnuts, and crock-pot candy).

– My favorite part of the entire year is Christmas Eve with my mother’s family. This was the first year we didn’t go to church together, so Momma had me read the story from the book of Luke before we began our gift exchange. We always have so much fun– and I think it’s even more fun now that all of us kids are grown up (only the “baby” is still in school). One of the traditions is trying to get a picture of all the “kids” together– which is easier said than done. It’s like trying to take a group picture where everyone in the group is Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. By the time we went home, our faces hurt from laughing.

– We had a nice, relaxing Christmas day. It was just me, Momma, and my stepfather. We exchanged gifts, visted with my step-father’s family members, and got to relax all afternoon long (which was nice, after the hustle-and-bustle of the last few days). We had a delicious dinner and a very nice evening with Step-dad’s family. I may not need to eat again for several days.

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The only thing missing? My husband. It is our first Christmas as a married couple, and we aren’t together. I couldn’t stop thinking about my husband, home alone with no-one to put presents under the tree or make him cinnamon rolls and tea on Christmas morning. For all intents and purposes, the lady of the house is the REAL Santa Claus– and Santa wasn’t there for my husband today. That was sad. Sure, he has his buddies, and they’re hanging out and drinking beer and watching football and doing Guy Stuff. But, when it comes down to it: Would you rather have a couple of single guys with you on Christmas Day, or your woman?

… yeah, that’s what I thought.

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That said, our…financial situation…being what it is, I felt like I learned a lot more about (cue the violins!) the true meaning of Christmas. Sure, I couldn’t afford to buy presents; so I made do with homemade (or home-baked) gifts. I didn’t even really expect to recieve anything, but was all the more grateful when I did. What was really important to me was the people– seeing and spending time with my family members and the people I love. And that’s better than all the iPads in the world.

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Holiday Hustle

Christmastime, people!

I leave tomorrow for Pennsylvania. Without my husband.

Today has been a flurry of preparations–  I’ve done load after load of laundry, gotten gifts together, packed, made  sure the freezer is stocked with crock-pot meals for Hubs, started on Christmas cards…and cleaned the apartment. Even though the place is always a wreck by the time I get home, I’m convinced it won’t be as bad if I leave it whistle-clean.

I also baked cookies and candy for the stockings, which I’ll fill tonight before I leave. Newlyweds: aren’t we cute?

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This past weekend was fun! On Saturday I drove into the city and went to Caroling at the Caroline Sessions. Caroline Sessions are always fun, and this one had the added bonus of holiday cheer. I heard some great music, enjoyed some great beer, and got to catch up with a good old friend. Afterward I headed to a party by Dance Source Houston with their founder, who is now living in New York. On Sunday I drove into town again, this time to see a Christmas ballet that I performed in in a former life. It was at a different venue with an entirely different cast, but it was still very fun to see it again (from the audience, too!)

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Anyway, I’ve got the last load of laundry in the dryer and am on my way to done. Let me tell you, internet: I’m ready for dinner, a glass of wine, and an hour of mindless television. This has been a busy day!

Please say prayers for my husband and keep him in your thoughts. We are going to miss each other in a big way, and I hate the thought of him being alone over the holidays (thank goodness for bachelor buddies. And cats). And if you don’t mind, say some prayers for my safe travel. 🙂

Catch you later!

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