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250 minutes, but first: Happy (and one crazy) updates!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

HAPPY NEWS!!! I have a new home for my dance classes!! And the owner of the company is just the nicest person I've ever met -- she has a great vision for the students, and she's totally on board with partnering and doing reciprocal advertising! Plus, she has a 30-minute adult tap class that I'm so excited I'm going to be able to take!! YAY!!!!!!!! It will be nice to take a class as a student again :)

So that's a HUGE stress off me and I'm breathing easier because of it. We start next week, and I'm SUPER thrilled. I'm going to be doing a lot more handouts and manuals, and I'm investing in cheapie finger cymbals and giving them out as gifts to each new student who signs up. :) Maybe I'll even film some instructional videos! emoticon

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Darling Son spent pretty much all day with Daddy yesterday since I HAD to clean the house, and I had a meeting with the studio owner that evening. First they went to the park and fed the ducks (which went over very well) and then they went to the grocery, where the old ladies went crazy over his golden curls (he IS rather adorable, if I can say so myself.) Then while I was vacuuming, they went for a ride in his little push car, and then went in the backyard to swing for about 30 minutes while I rounded up and rotated his toys (we only keep about 1/5 of his toys out for him to play with. I switch them every couple of weeks and he acts like he's just received new ones. It's the only way I can keep our house from looking like an explosion at FAO Schwartz.)

By that time he was ready for a nap, and as we sat down in the rocker to read a nap story, he READ the book to me!!!! Okay, I know he has it memorized. He has lots of his books memorized, but it was still surprising. I'm not going to go crazy with it, but I think I'm going to sneak in some reading exercises, or flash cards with simple words on them.)

After he went down for his nap, I struggled to get some practice in with the Nebtidi choreography, which is still a disaster, and I still don't know it. I expect I'll hear something about it today in class. I made the mistake of trying on the costume that I was planning to wear for the October performance and realized, "Hmm. I might have lost a bit too much weight to be able to pull this off."

The dress is beautiful, and I haven't yet worn it, since I've been too heavy for it (and had few performances post-baby.) Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was now about an inch too long and sagged in the areas that are supposed to hug my waist and hips. I'm thrilled to have the weight loss, but now I'm wondering what to do with this dress. It's going to need major alterations to fit me, and I could probably get a better fitting new one if I sold this. It makes me sad though because I never got to wear it. :(

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CRAZY update -- my stalker isn't just stalking me. He's apparently targeting at least one other dancer, who also received the same card and message. Knowing this creeps me out, but makes me feel better (somewhat) in knowing that I didn't personally have such an impact on my stalker -- he's just targeting us as a group, which people have done before. It's weirdly calming to know it wasn't something I did, other than just exist.

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So 250 minutes is what Spark Coach tells me I should aim for in exercise. I don't usually count dance practice as cardio, since it's something I do every day anyway, and should be just a regular part of my "moderately active lifestyle." I'm working now on a 14-day schedule, which rotates the days I'm running, so there's always a day in between for rests and cross-training. Think I'll start doing more stationery biking on those days, on the off chance that I might want to do a biathalon someday.

What I'm wondering is this: If I miss a day, do I just skip running that day, rather than mess up the schedule? I missed yesterday, but planned to make it up today -- but that would put me running 3 miles two days in a row, and I'm not sure about that. Man, I miss running when I don't get to do it! It's kind of funny to think that I'm actually looking forward to my running time :) My old PE teachers would be so proud!

I'm self-identifying as a "runner" now, even though I guess I'm really more of a jogger. It doesn't matter. I've been a "dancer" for 30-something years, so it's nice to be somebody else for a change :) Especially when that somebody is the person I never dreamed I would ever be!

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BRADMILL2922 8/22/2013 2:56AM

    That stalker thing is crazy. Hopefully it just stays right where it is and doesn't escolate. Other than that, it sounds like you are doing great! Keep it up!

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DANGEL117 8/21/2013 7:05PM

    Nice that your teaching and learning something new. Your son sounds adorable, Nice that hes reading. Nice that you shrunk out of your dress but I know how costly they can be. Sorry to hear about creepy stalker. How nice you've turned into a runner.

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GRACEOMALLEY 8/21/2013 3:16PM

    Sounds like things are generally going quite well. Love that your son enjoys reading and books! Keep that going. The new dance studio sounds great and everything else seems to be cruising long for you. SUPER! Sorry about that dress, but you migh check whether it would be cheaper to have it altered or get another one.

As to the stalker - I hope you and the o0ther dancer(s) have contacted the police and passed on whatever correspondence you received. You can't let people that sick just continue to go after people, because somebody might get hurt (or worse) and it could even be you. This is not something you should brush off or ignore. Please. emoticon

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MELODYTARYN 8/21/2013 1:13PM

    My daughter was reading in kindergarten. I worked shift work and bed time was our best quality time. I gave up reading picture books because it would excite her but she would then look at the words and connect letters to different sounds. For example she would see "oo" in goose while reading Charlotte's Web. It was all a natural progression since I was not trying to teach but just put her to sleep. The best advice I can give is not to quell that natural curiosity. Answer questions instead of focusing on reading the story. He obviously already has that love of reading and desire to learn thanks to great parenting.

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COOP9002 8/21/2013 10:43AM

    Excellent!!

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PJ2222 8/21/2013 9:18AM

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