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Down on the Corner, Out in the Street

“Over on the corner there’s a happy noise
People come from all around to watch the magic”

So this has to be a weekend blog because I forgot to blog again yesterday.  I am having a hard time remembering.  Before I went into the blue sea, I had my routine down.  Before I went to bed every night, I hopped on here to tell you all my accomplishments.  I will get back in the swing of things.

Hareem Shar’eem had a great gig this weekend.  It was a benefit of some kind (is it wrong that I don’t know what we were benefiting??)  Anyway, we were there as the people entered a room that was built up to look like a street.  We danced next to a stop sign and had a basket near us to look like we were busking.  We brought all our shiny props.  There were some great drummers there too so we had a nice beat the whole time.  We had a giant speaker next to us that was making street noises–traffic, planes, beeping, yelling etc.  My tiny little iboom could not have beat that so it never came out of its case.  But we were blessed because the drummers were so much better than canned.  Awesome gigs like this make it all worth it.

Aside from that, there was practicing this weekend.  Wicked Gypsy practice and working on my solo for the finale of my show.  I  logged in 3 1/2 hours today and yesterday.  It is super crunch time now so more tomorrow!!

41 done, 324 remain

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Hot Child in the City

“Runnin’ wild and lookin’ pretty.”

That song  has nothing to do with anything.  I was just randomly thinking of it.  I do run wild though.

I haven’t gotten back into the habit of blogging every day yet.  I forgot to blog yesterday but I did keep track of my practice time.  It has become a habit to look at the clock when I start and stop, answer the phone, take a break etc.  That is going to be a hard habit to break after the year is over.

It is crunch time for my gothic workshop.  The workshop and show are a week from tomorrow.  I am feeling a little overwhelmed by it all since I just got back and it is upon me.  For the show I have four troupe routines:  Maevyn’s gothy burlesque piece, The Shuvani Jezebels’ Creepy goth piece, Wicked Gypsy will also be doing a creepy goth piece, and Hareem Shar’eem will be doing a Gothic Waltz  Fusion piece.  Of those four, I will be in two of them–Creepy Goth (done and learned, check!!)  Goth Waltz Fusion (Done, check!!  Learned–not yet!!)  I will also be doing a solo finale piece  That is what I am finishing up now.  I always plan for myself last.  A solo is easier to cram in because I don’t have to depend on anyone else to get it done so that is good.  I am still stressed though.  I always get stressed when something like this is coming up.  If was counting the hours of stressing out, I would be much closer to my goal!!!;)

Back to why we are here.  Yesterday, I practice for an hour, today I practiced for an hour.  When practicing over the next week, I will hit each of the routines that I am in for the show as well as the two I am teaching for the workshop.  I usually focus on one each day more than the others.  Today it was the haunted carnival piece I am going to teach for the workshop.  It would fall under the category of fun rather that somber goth.   I like it.  We’ll see who else does next Saturday.

37.5 done, 327.5 remaining

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It’s Cold and Lonely

“In the deep dark night.  I can see paradise.”

Actually I have seen paradise and you know what it does not include??  Snow, boots, coats, black ice warnings going across the bottom of the tv, dead car batteries at the airport, salt tracked into my house, statements that include the word “burrrrr.”

I could so easily live in the Caribbean.  I would not even own a pair of socks if I did and I would snorkel weekly in clear water that feels like a giant bath.  I discovered snorkeling on my trip and I must say I love it.  I saw marine life in colors I didn’t even know existed.  I followed a white fish that had lines of bright blue and hot pink framing it.  I followed it for ten minutes until it went under the boat and then I couldn’t find it again.  Much like temperatures over 30 degrees here!!

I did much swimming while I was gone–hours, I would say.  That and walking was the bulk of my exercise while I was gone.  I practiced too but not as much as I planned.  I didn’t have much room to do it in and I kept bumping into things.  But I powered through.

I got home on Monday morning and I have pretty much been responding to emails since then.  As I caught up, more emails would come in.  I would have felt guilty if I started blogging before answering everyone.  I am caught up now though and will be blogging every day just like before.  Also, I got hired to teach two more workshops since I have been back which has really helped inspire me to get back in the game right away and really work on my goals!!

So while I was on my vacation, I practiced for 2 hours total.  Paltry, I realize but I got some things accomplished.  All my work was for the upcoming Goth show.

Since my return, I taught two classes on Monday as well as practicing for the show-2 hours total.  Tuesday, I taught Nadeau’s class as well as practicing for the show–1 1/2 hours total.  Today I practiced by myself and then drove to Cleveland for a rehearsal with Hareem Shar’eem and scored another 2 hours.

Gathering it all, I have added 7.5 hours to my total since I last graced my blog with my witty words.  I see my average going back up now that I am back in the land of snow and I have some big shows and workshops coming up!!

35.5 done, 329.5 to go!!!