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I Saw You Kicking Dirt in My Eye

“I believe in miracles.  And a miracle has happened tonight.”

I was a little stressed about today because I had so much to do in a short amount of time.  I had nothing to be stressed about though.  It went really well.

First off, I had a gig at a Senior Center’s Christmas Party.  They wanted me to perform and teach them some moves.  I was nervous because I was going on my own this time which I never do.  Usually I have Hareem Shar’eem with me for these kinds of things.  It went so well though.  I got up this morning and decided I wanted to dance different pieces then I had planned so I practiced new ones.  I did a group routine that I turned into a solo, my turkish spoon dance, and my gypsy jazz routine.  They loved it!!!  And then they all got up and danced!!  They were a great class.  Such a good group of people and a great experience!!  I want to do more solo things so I can get used to it and accept any gig.  I don’t want to depend on others.  I am going to Virgina next week to perform a solo too!!  I am growing!!

Later, I choreographed some of Hareem Shar’eem’s crazy circus routine and then went Cleveland and taught it to them!!  That went well too.  Lots of good dancing today.  Now I have to go workout!!

336 down, 29 to go!!

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Alright Stop!!!

“Anything less than the best is a felony!!”

I worked hard today!!  Choreographed more routines, practiced for an upcoming performance and taught two classes.  Even though I worked three hours today it doesn’t feel like a lot because I have so much left to do!!  Oh well.  One routine at a time.  I am overloaded with dance projects!!  I am in the middle of four group routines, I have a solo to figure out for the 10th and I have to figure out what to do about the Qaina show before all the dancers get together, form an army, hunt me down and kill me.  The restless emails are plenty.  All this and I have a day job that keeps me busy too.  I am juggling the best I can.  Hang in there, Lovely Dancers.  I will figure it out!!

On a completely different note, I went to the doctor today and my BP was LOW!!!  Seriously, it has not been low in about 6 years!!  The only thing I am doing differently is weights.  I have never tried to build muscle before.  That seems to be exactly what I needed for a healthy BP.  Who knew??  I was very pleased!!!

334 down, 31 to go!!!

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It Takes Two To Make a Thing Go Right

“It takes two to make it outta sight.  I’m gonna rock right now!!”

I did a lot of work today.  I practiced three routines for a show and teaching gig I have on Wednesday afternoon.  I started choreographing The Shuvani Jezebels’ routine for Qaina and then I taught it to them.  Something in that routine is messing with my back but I must keep going.  I am so close to the end of my goal that little would stop me from reaching it!!  I am done practicing for today though.

I am still doing my weight lifting workout.  On Wednesday I start the last 30 days of the 90 day program.  I stepped on that heartless be-otch the scale last week and although it wasn’t as low as I was hoping it would be, it was still lower than I have ever been this time of year.  I don’t usually do well from my birthday in October to the New Year.  I don’t usually exercise and I usually eat too much holiday food.  This year is a new attitude and the fact that I have the second part of my goal (to have a stronger body) to meet, really puts me in the position of being unable to slack off this holiday season.  I would be quite embarrassed if I did not meet my goals by the end of the year!!  After blogging a year, the goals need to be met!!

331 down, 34 to go!!!

FYI, there are 34 days left in the year.  I am exactly on track!!

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Strangers in the Night

“Exchanging glances.”

Since I went away for Thanksgiving, I was going to get up tomorrow morning and start working again.  I have so much to plan for.  New routines for each troupe, and a solo for myself.  The solo is for an upcoming gig at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on December 10th.  I am very excited about dancing in this show.  Survivors are the guests of honor and one of the survivors is playing in the band a song.  I love the great, memorable gigs and this has all the makings of one.

When I got home from the Thanksgiving food and fun, I was going to go to sleep but then I started thinking about my solos–the upcoming one and my recent past Gypsy Jazz one.  I need to practice both so I went down to the studio and did that.  Now I am tired and feel like I accomplished something over this holiday–something other than watching The Glee Project marathon at my parents house.  Fascinating, by the way, and something I would never watch if it wasn’t a ‘sitting around’ holiday.

Tomorrow I plan to accomplish much more.  I have a plan for the rest of the year.  These numbers will be shooting down!!!

329 down, 36 to go!!!

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It’s Been a Hard Days Night

“I should be sleeping like a log.”

I am been MIA for a little while, I realize.  Here is my list of bad excuses:  I worked too many hours at my non-dance job last week, I overkilled on bellydance the weekend before, and Migraine!!!

All of them are bad excuses!!  At least I didn’t put that I was tired.  That is the worst one!!  I had a student in the past that used to call and leave me voice mails that she was tired from working and could not come to practice.  So much so that she never knew the routine.  She threw around the word exhausted a lot and would draw it out saying she was “exhaaaausted.”  Maybe it was from taking care of all her kids??  Wait she didn’t have any kids.  Maybe it was because she worked more than one job??  Wait, she only had one job.  Maybe it was a lame excuse.  Yes, I think we have a winner!!  😉  (See how I took the focus off of my lame excuses??)  LOL.  Yes, that is my pet peeve of excuses to skip practice.  Mainly because everyone works hard and is tired and if you only practice when you are bursting with energy, the results are never good!!

The migraine took me out for two days.  I get it across the head and I can’t concentrate on anything and I get so cranky.  It is gone now and I hope it stays gone!!!

Anyway, I worked out every day anyway.  I can really tell the changes in my body from the weight lifting workouts.  I think I found an exercise routine that will do what I want it to do!!  I am excited to see what I will look like in spring.  My plan is to dedicate the awful winter to dance classes and exercise!!

I did some new choreography this week, taught classes and drilled some routines.  The next thing I am dedicating myself to is my solo for the Virginia Holocaust Museum on December 10th.  So excited!!

328 down, 37 to go!!!

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N’oubliez Jamais

“In my life there was so much anger.  Still I have no regrets.”

I hate to say it but I am so exhausted.  I have a bellydance hangover.  I have overkilled on bellydance.  Last week was such a high stress week for me dance-wise.  I had to get my solo ready for a show.  I choreographed it and drilled it all last week.  I also had students to get ready for the show too and a workshop to help with that.  All the practices etc.  And then there was my genius move–I decided it was a good time to open up my spring show.

I have an event called Qaina every spring.  It is a fun event that people seem to like.  Every November I open up the show and write down who wants to be in it.  I always have a short waiting list because I get too many requests and the show always fills up quickly.  It used to take a few days.  Last year it filled up in 24 hours.  I wanted to open it up for dancers to sign up before I went to perform in the show this weekend because I had started getting emails from dancers wanting to be in it.  I figured I would let them in and then I wouldn’t have everyone asking me about it at the show.

Yes–that was my mistake.  This year set a new record.  The show filled up in 20 minutes.  I didn’t even have a chance to get up from my computer.  And then there were many who wanted in after that and now I have this huge list of people.  I am overwhelmed and not sure how to play this.  Had I known it was going to go like this, I would have waited until after the show.  I was trying to get it out of the way so people wouldn’t need to ask me about it when they saw me for the performances but that backfired.  I had more questions than ever about what I was going to do.  The answer to these questions in case you want to know:  I don’t know!!!  Stay tuned!!

I practiced an hour yesterday then was in the Autism Benefit.  That was all rehearsal for it.  Today I choreographed part of a new circus piece and then taught two-ish classes.  One full class.  In the second class we spent about half of it talking about the show and the fact that Qaina sold out so fast.  We needed a little bit of a break though.  There was so much rehearsal for many of the dancers in my troupes!!  Break over though.  Back to Just Doin’ It starting now!!!

325 down, 40 to go!!!

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Somebody With Eyes of Blue

“Who doesn’t notice all the others.”

I finished choreography my solo TODAY!!  It is for tomorrow’s show.  I guess it is better than finishing it tomorrow morning but I could have done it a bit sooner.  Regardless I am happy to be done with it and I have drilled it.  Some more drilling tomorrow before the show and it will be fun!!

We had a gig at a craft fair today.  It was very laid back.  We didn’t do any routines because there wasn’t enough room.  We did improv dancing to Christmas bellydance music.  I like the low stress of those kinds of gigs.  We had our swords but we had one little place that we could dance with them.  We couldn’t dance with swords near our table because we were next to the painted glass guy.  In my mind, I heard the sword fall off my head and shatter so many fragile glasses when I looked at that guy’s booth.  We carried them past and away from him and his beautiful glass!!

I also love gigs where I can buy my mother a Christmas present at the same time.  😉

Tomorrow many of my troupes are dancing at an Autism benefit.  Shout out to Ruby!!!  We have been practicing so much for this.  Can’t wait to get the show on the road!!!  Should be a good time.

I decided to not let myself think about Qaina until next week.  I needed to focus on the gigs this weekend since we had two.  Next week I will figure out Qaina and explain everything that has been going on!!  This is the earliest Qaina has made me tired.  🙂

322 down, 43 to go!!!

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Everybody Wants You

“Everybody needs you, leads you, bleeds you.”

I have so much to tell you all but I am too tired to actually write about it.  I am going to give you my numbers for today and tell you all about my crazy Qaina chaos tomorrow.  Check back if the previous statement sounds like it might be interesting to you.

Today I choreographed a solo.  I accomplished a lot so I feel good about that.  I also led two rehearsals.  I did my workout too!!!  Tired but sadly not from any of these things!!  LOL.  Kidding!!

319 down, 46 to go!!!

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Now That We Found Love

“What are we going to do with it.  I like the way you wiggle.  You don’t jiggle once you jiggle.”

I love that Heavy D song.  So young to die.  The first thing that went through my head is wondering whether or not his death would have been preventable if he would have taken better care of himself.  Then I thought, “Did he take care of himself and I just think he didn’t because is called Heavy D??”  Could be.  I liked him and I love that song.

Today was a high work day.  3 hours total with lots of practicing for shows this weekend.  Tomorrow should be the same.  So tired.

Going to sleep now but not before I tell you about an upcoming gig I have at The Virginia Holocaust Museum on December 10.  I am sooooooo excited.  I danced there in January so there is another blog in here that lists all the reasons why I am excited.  The basic gist is that performing for the survivors of the Holocaust is an honor and I learned so much from meeting them.  They have a wonderful attitude towards life!!  I can’t wait to do it again!!!

Also, I want to look great for it so it can be one more reason for me to stick to my workouts!!!  Almost there!!

316 down, 49 to go!!!


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Wasting Away Again

“In Margaritaville.”

Yes, I am writing this after Margarita Power Hour!!  Woo hoo!!  My writing skills will be of equal or lesser value!!  Also, I am writing this after working out and three practice hours–one hour for every margarita I drank following classes.  Totally worth it!! 

I taught two classes and I had to do choreography so I am ahead of the game.  I actually didn’t get much work done over the weekend because I was not home.  I was traveling for things non-bellydance so I thought I had gotten myself behind in hours but I did a count (which I do about twice a month to see how I am doing anyway.)  I have 54 days left in the year and I have 52 hours left to reach my goal.  I am pretty close but the fact that I have a ton of work to do on my solo and so many rehearsals to do for the show coming up, I am not that worried about reaching that goal!!!

I have to be focused this week and then next week, I will see how far ahead I am.  Almost there!!!!

313 down, 52 to go!!!