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I Feel Sick

“I feel nervous.  I know just what I did to deserve this.”

I got up this morning and my back is still out but it is feeling better.  This makes me optimistic that it is not going to take too long to heal.  I don’t know if I have informed all my faithful readers of the injury history so I will make it quick:  In November 2007, I herniated a disk that took me out of all things dance for three months.  I did not know how important dance was to me until that three-month period when I wanted to slit my throat without it.  All I did was wallow in misery.  It was a bad time.

It healed and I was back in business.  Since then, it goes out-of-place occasionally almost always when I lift something that I should not be lifting.  Then a fear comes over me that another three months are going to go by like before.  I don’t stop dancing when it occurs because I hated it so much before but I don’t have the same range when it is out-of-place.  And it brings the fear to the forefront that my body is not going to cooperate forever.  😦

Anyway, since it is feeling a little better, I am going to take today as my day of rest to further heal.  I am not going to practice or take a class or unpack.  I will, however, take this opportunity to tell you a Pennsic story.

I danced in Maharal’s show at Pennsic last week.  That is my friend Brett’s band and he put together an ensemble of musicians that attended Pennsic for the show.  One of the musicians that I had not met previously was a violin player called Sick.  He came to our camp to practice for the show and was the first to arrive.  I had already seen him playing in the market place and bought his cd pack.  His sound is very gypsy-like and I told him of my obsession with Django Reinhardt.  He then busted into two songs that were either Django songs or Django-esque songs.  Either way, I was enjoying life on the camp front porch while waiting for the rest of the group to show up for rehearsal.  Sick is a very talented musician that I am very happy to have met.

I am listening to his music right now because I had no way of playing them while camping.  Wonderful, I must say and I have found my next solo piece.  It is the song of his that I feel sounds the most like Django.  If I wasn’t injured, I would be in the studio choreographing it right now!!  But very soon!!!

Students, I hope you are up for some great new songs in class this fall!!!

Still 234.5, 130.5

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If I Could Jump Backwards

“Straight to the dance floor, will you be waiting for me??  Will you still be my friend??”

So last night I performed at the summer hafla in place of my assistant.  Then I came home and fell asleep.  My dogs woke me up to feed them and when I bent down to get the food out, my disk went out-of-place.  I was not pleased.  The pain is bad and it prevents me from dancing like I want to.  My back has not gone out-of-place in nearly two years.  I don’t know why it did today.  I did some heavy lifting yesterday to unpack my car and find a costume to dance in.  I bet that is what did me in.  I am not supposed to lift things.  Every time my back goes out it is because I have lifted something too heavy.  I gotta stop doing that because it hurts badly and makes it so I can’t dance right.  I was even limping today because it was so messed up!!  And I had trouble teaching my rehearsal.  😦  I am at the mercy of time now.  Sometimes it takes a day or two, sometimes a week or two.  I don’t have time for this now or ever.  Heal!!!

With yesterday’s practice for the gig and today’s rehearsal, I have another 1.5 hours in.  One hour was a painful one.  Here’s hoping tomorrow is a new day with less pain and a less whiny post!!!

234.5 down, 130.5 to go!!!

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Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’

I don’t know any other words to that song!!

I just got home from Pennsic after two weeks.  I don’t go near a computer when I am there and I didn’t want to publish that I was gone ’cause I heard a news story about home invasions based on the ‘I am out of town’ posts.  So my plan is to disappear and come back when this happens.  If I disappear again, it is because I have a cruise coming up!!

I am tired but I must dance today.   One of my dancers committed to being in a show today and then bailed so I am going to go in her place.  I don’t want us to be those people.  I think it looks bad.  I may have to wear an old costume if I can’t dig one out but I don’t want to be the people who bail.  I also have to improv which I hate!!!  Oh well.  It is all an experience.

At Pennsic, we had two shows:  One fire performance, one performing arts show.  I am giving myself 2 hours of practice for the two weeks because I didn’t count.  It was probably more but if I didn’t keep track, I can’t be sure.

Usually when Pennsic is over, I go into this lazy mode of not exercising and slowly gain back the same 15 – 20 pounds I lose every year.  I really don’t want to do that again, especially with my bp problem so I am going to try harder.  I have my blog to support me this year so how can I lose??

233 down, 132 to go!!!