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Jun. 26th, 2004 04:40 pm
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I made it through my first recital performance this afternoon. I have to go back at 7 for the second one, but I feel better about it now that I have survived the first one. The audience (packed with an entire afternoon's worth of dancers' friends and family) was terrific and hooted and hollered for us all through our dance. Hubby was there and said that our group received the most applause of any group in the show! I'm happy. :-)

We're still deciding on how to time our driving for our vacation. I've decided that I need to work backward; figure the driving times between each definite stop and then decide how long we can stay at each stop.

[livejournal.com profile] dawni, we are definitely planning to spend at least a day in Victoria. I'll let you know when that will be so we can see if we can get together. I'd love to get a chance to meet in person. :-)

[livejournal.com profile] texaswren, we'll be traveling through northern Texas as well. Is there any day of the week that you might be able to meet for lunch or tea? I don't know if I'll be near enough for a Tuesday night meetup (if y'all have one scheduled), but an informal meetup would be great. We'll be in Ardmore, OK between the 8th and the 13th - we have a family reunion on Saturday.

[livejournal.com profile] carianne, it's likely that we'll start out by heading through Las Vegas. Do you think you might have time to meet for a little while on the 4th or the morning of the 5th?

After the reunion, we're going to be winging it for a week or so before heading into BC. Hubby wants to check out Calgary and friends have strongly recommended Banff. Knowing that we'll only have a few days, is there anything else that we should try to see before heading off to Victoria (where Buchard [sp?] gardens are on the "must see" list)?

If I'm forgetting that someone else lives in the vicinity of our trip, please let me know. I'm feeling very scatter-brained right now, but I'd like to meet as many of you as can conveniently spare the time.

Oops, I need to go run an errand or two before the next performance. "Don't fall down or forget the routine" thoughts gratefully accepted. :-)

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Feb. 5th, 2004 04:02 pm
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Toxin by Robin Cook. Nothing really new in this book (except for gruesome descriptions of the slaughtering floor of a beef processing plant) for anyone who has ever read a Robin Cook book, but it was entertaining.

On the home front, report cards are in for my boys. I am very happy to be able to say that they have both passed all of their classes. This may not seem to be much to some, but my older son has struggled tremendously with his classes since junior high and has failed at least one class every year since he began high school (he's a senior now). This is the first time that he has passed *all* of his classes (and with nothing below a "C"!) without having to go to tutoring or take summer school. My younger son managed all A's and B's on his report card, which was a tremendous improvement over last year's grades. I'm very proud of them both. /beams

Health Report )

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Jan. 22nd, 2004 03:43 pm
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I just finished The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. It was interesting, but the clues that the characters had to solve became less interesting as the book neared its conclusion. With the earlier clues, I had a chance to learn a little bit about art history, symbolism or church history, but the last couple were... well, kind of lame. Oh well.

On a positive note, I have only one other bookring waiting to be finished at my house (for now), but since that one is a compilation of inspirational stories, I feel comfortable reading other books while I dip in and out of that one. :-) I'm having trouble deciding which book to rescue from Mt. TBR. I keep looking at the books sitting on the various stacks and shelves, but nothing is jumping out at me yet.

I have my second dance class tonight. Yay! It was a lot of fun last time, but I expect that there will be more people attending tonight - no private lessons for us this time! I'm a little nervous about trying to figure out how to follow what I expect to be a faster pace without overdoing it, but I'm also excited because I think we'll get to see more advanced techniques with more experienced dancers present.

I'm considering taking voice lessons once I become accustomed to the dance classes (I want to establish dance class as a habit so I will have at least one regular time set aside for exercise). It's something I've wanted to do for several years, but I've always felt that I either lacked the time or the funds for doing it. Now that my boys are older, I feel a little more free to get out of the house in the evening. Plus, it isn't as expensive as I'd feared. I love to sing, but I would really like to have better control.
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Lemmings )

In less than an hour I finally get to see the specialist to try to figure out why I'm constantly tired. This has been going on since October and I am soooo ready to be over it. All of my blood work, including thyroid levels, came back perfectly normal, so the theory to rule out today is the possibility of a sleep problem like sleep apnea. I had to wait over a month for this appointment. Yeesh! I've been told that the doctor is very good at his specialty - we'll see. Wish me luck?

In other news... Tonight is my first ever dance lesson! Yippee! My friend D and I are going together. We both tend to slack off our exercise plans without someone else to keep us on track, so this is a nice arrangement. We're also hoping that it is so much fun that we'll look forward to it every week. We are taking a jazz dance class. I'll try hard not to sprain or break anything. LOL
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I finished A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer last night. I picked up this book because I loved Sorcery and Cecelia by the same author and Patricia Wrede. I was a little disappointed by this book. The characters fell flat and parts of dialogues were a little obscure - that is, I didn't really get a feel for what the character meant. Perhaps I am just obtuse. I would have gone away happy if I had liked the ending, but, alas, that was not to be. I'll see if hubby wants to read this, but it will likely be traveling soon.

Whine anyone? )

I've taken a chance and purchased four hours of dance lessons each for my friend and me. We've been talking about it for months, and I'm hoping she'll like the idea. (This is her belated Christmas gift.) I'll give her a certificate for it after choir tonight. We have the option of starting as early as tomorrow night, but I think it's more likely that we'll start next week. Now, I have to be careful not to fall over while walking, so this could be very interesting. :-) I'm pretty excited though!

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