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Hello everyone, as you can see I've totally re-vamped my website. I sure hope you like the changes I've made. basically, it's still the same just updated. I look forward to your comments on the new look. Hopfully it'll be as good as my changes. Physically, I mean. This site change will allow me to add more to my site & blogs that I just wasn't able to do before so hopefully videos and more can be seen.
Last night, Thurs., I took a Master dance class in West/Central African dance at The Movement Shala. I don't know why I wait until a heavy-duty Master class to take a class. It was crowded, hot and fan-tabulous! My knee did take quite a beating and I could only go for the first hour. After that I just had to stop and I & my bud D. left to our respectives abodes. She's also got a knee issue, but not quite as bad as mine. Anyways, it felt so good to give the reins to someone else and just be a participant again. D. & I have both been talking about going back to class and I believe last night will be the impetious to do so. It's hard when you do this work for a living 5 days a week, hour after hour, to go to a class after work. You're both physically and mentally pooped. But, if we keep on each other it'll help. If the energy is like it was last night in the class, it'll help.
The instructor is a Master dancer & drummer from Guinea, Fara Tolno and is here teaching both dance & drumming for the weekend. He was amazing, engaging, encouraging and, frankly beautiful to watch dance. I wish I could go again but I really need to be smart here. I haven't done that in awhile and I don't want to knock myself out of the picture again. Trying desparetly to remember that I'm not 17 anymore. Bummer!
I have to decide what class each week I'm going to take now. West African, Afro-Brazilian, Belly....what to do, what to do? heck, I wish I could find an adult Ballet class or Jazz but I'll just keep it to the ethnic persuassions for now. Maybe, eventually, I'll be able to take more than 1 a week. That'll depend on my knee, endurance and finances, of course. These things aren't cheap! Decisions, decisions. The good news is my knee was just a bit stiff this morning but it feels great now. I even took the beast for a long walk this afternoon.
I'm trying to bring my older blogs into the archives here. I'm not so sure I can but I'm tryin'. So, please be patient with me here. If you know me at all you know I always say "I hate paperwork!" and boy does this relate to that line. I'm still relatively new to the computer and though I'm getting better everyday, I'm such a toddler with it. I'm waiting for support to contact me as to being able to bring them over. I have a bad feeling I can't.
I've used Buck & Judy's (not me!) newest spice rub as a seasoning again in my Roasted Butternut Squash this last week. OMG! Delicious people. I used his newest creation woth the star ingredient being espresso. That's right folks, coffee. This is my new favorite. This is no.39. I have some of my squash to some of my friends at work and they were gushing over it. I'm hoping, soon, to be able to offer the rubs on my site. They're so distinct and different. Each one having it's own identity. Uh, amazing. When he gets licensened, it'll be available.
Well, I hate talking politics but the sequester is on. I truely believe the, (what is it 86 billion, trillion? ) should come from the *&^@#$ politicians themselves. Cut their paychecks to 1/4 of what they've been getting. They aren't serving us, their serving themselves. Oh, and their big supporters who get all loopholes and the benefits of being in this country, all the while putting all of the burden on the middle & lower classes. They aren't doing their jobs. And, yes, I'm severely angry at the top Republicans. Somehow Mr. Boehner got to thinking he's the President. You're not sir. You are not doing your best for this country and you are not helping those of the majority who elected you (not me), shame on you all.
When it appears that the only agenda is to thwart any attempt to help this country, and it's President from the financial, medical mess the majority of the people are in because of "the party" is so shameful. At least it is to me. Now I'm sure the Democrats have to share some of the blame. Noone is without some blame here but I really think this is awful. Stop throwing sand at each other and do what you were all elected to do. Protect this country and it's people.
Is there anyone out there who hasn't had their lives touched by cancer? I can't imagine there is. I've lived with it in my life since I was born. My father had been a cancer survivor about 4 years before I was born. He had a stoma, hole in his throat, through which he took in oxygen. It's been rearing itself up in my life ever since. My maternal grandmother had been a breast cancer survivor. My brother-in-law, so many of my friends. I've lost 1 friend to it a couple of years ago and my brother-in-law about 6years ago. Now with the passing of Natalia, though I'm still not sure why she passed on, other friends battling for their lives some winning, some struggling, I'm going crazy. I want to be there for all of my friends but can't be and, frankly, it hurts. I hope you all know, and you know who you are, that my thoughts, prayers and best wishes are for you. My arms are wrapping around you and I'm here for you if you want and/or need me. To scream, cry, talk, listen, whatever. I love you and think of you often.
For those of you not dealing with this horrible disease personally, I think of you too. I hope you are well, your family is well and if you know someone who is fighting for their life, reach out to them. Let them know you care.
Wow, I got a little deep there. I don't mean to end on a sad note so I'm trying to think of something lite. Oh...here you go, I've decided that for the month of March as part of the 2013 fitness challenge I'm part of, I'm going to take at least 1 dance class a week. Now, lets see if I can't bust this darn plateau I'm on. Wish me luck!
So I'll just say ta-ta for now. It's been nuts trying to re-do my entire site in one day.