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Our Hooptacular Backyard Birthday Bash (with alternate endings)

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Saturday, March 24, 2012


Today is my 45th birthday (yesterday, by the time I post this). Audrey and I wanted to tape a hooptacular dance number, but it wouldn’t stop raining. We finally gave up on the rain going away, set up Audrey’s Flip camcorder under an umbrella and hooped in the rain. What you see is unscripted, unchoreographed hooptacularness, with alternate endings. And that audio that sounds like static? It’s rain falling on the umbrella...

45--I’m loving that number. It’s right in the middle of so much possibility. The middle is often a fun place to be. You never know what’s coming next. Could be crisis or a storm. But, it could also be a joyful surprise. I like stumbling upon those. And “Dancing Queen” is my song! Guilty pleasure? Perhaps, but it makes me ridiculously happy EVERY time I hear it. I’m not sure why. I was nine when it debuted. Maybe I remember singing along with my cousins, using Love’s Baby Soft bottles as microphones. Maybe it reminds me of the flashmob I did with some of my besties. I don’t know, but it has become my personal theme song. And Audrey loves it too--well, she loves the Mamma Mia soundtrack version, so that’s what we used. Dancing Queen, hoops, spectacular wigs, disco ball earrings and the world’s best daughter being silly with you? Best birthday, ever. Hoopy 45 to me, indeed. I’m a blessed gal.
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