Welcome to Monday. Hopefully yours is going well.
I didn't get as many words on the page this weekend as I wanted to, mostly because Thursday I fell down the rabbit hole that is tap videos on YouTube, Friday was my friend's birthday, and watched Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World something like five times this weekend because I'd rented it Friday from Amazon. (They give you three days with it and you can watch it as many times as you want.)
I could wax poetic about that movie's classical score. Fun fact: I wrote a good chunk of LADY OF SHERWOOD while listening to Boccherini's La Musica Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid, No. 6, Op.30. (I might do a classical music writing playlist post later, if anybody's interested.) There is, actually, a lot about this movie I could wax poetically about - mostly because I'm a huge Age of Sail fan - and the man who directed this film also directed my favorite movie of all time, Dead Poets Society.
That is a whole other set of posts right there, and we'll be here forever if you let me get going.
Back, however, to the tap YouTube rabbit hole. For those of you who might be a little new to following me, I started taking an adult tap dance class in September 2016. Tap's always been one of my favorite forms of dance, and something I had always wanted to learn. When I moved to Buffalo, I decided to just go for it, found a studio that offered adult classes at a very reasonable price, and gave it a whirl.
I love it.
Not only am I taking tap again this year, I decided to try jazz, too. (That's a little more outside my wheelhouse, but it's still fun and definitely challenging in different ways than tap.) One other result of this is that I occasionally wander down a rabbit hole on YouTube.
These are a couple of my favorites.
I am absolutely terrible when it comes to certain things. New Year's Resolutions. Blog posts. The usual.
This is a post about unofficial resolutions.
The 2017 holiday season was difficult in places. There was a lot going on behind the scenes, and I was miserably sick New Year's Eve weekend. The last thing anyone wants to do while they're tucked on the couch watching episode after episode of Say Yes to the Dress is figure out resolutions to go into 2018 with and break within the first two months.
I'll stick with little goals. Things like
- Reading diversely
- Take chances (good ones)
- Keep improving my rock climbing abilities
- Finish another novel (maybe more than one)
- Remember to take good care of me
- Carpe this diem and live life wide open
It's not an exhaustive list, but it's definitely a place to start.
No news yet on the query front, and we all know patience isn't exactly my strong suit. Here's hoping, anyway.
On the personal front, well....this should sum it up nicely. (And no, we weren't official or anything, but the sentiment is the same.)
I'll probably do a list of songs that I've been writing to this upcoming week. In the meantime, have a good weekend.
Hope & Kindness,
Hope you've all had a good week and that whatever work you're doing isn't stressing you out too badly. If, like me, you live in the Northeast, we've been dealing with high temperatures and ridiculously high humidity. Thankfully, earlier this week, the weather's finally broken, and at least in New York it finally - FINALLY - feels like fall.
Which makes today the perfect day to enjoy some time outside (if it's not raining). For me, that means it's the perfect day for soccer.
My Mama's visiting for the weekend, and later today we'll be going into Toronto to watch Toronto FC take on the New York Red Bulls. Neither of us have ever seen the Red Bulls play in person, though we've been to their Harrison, NJ stadium to watch other teams play (the 2011 MLS All-Star game against Manchester United, and then the US Women's National Team when they played South Korea). We've watched them play on TV a number of times - and Mama really likes them - so this should be a really fun game.
There should, of course, be all sorts of shenanigans because the two of us can't really go anywhere without there being shenanigans (though it's nowhere near as bad as H and I wandering someplace, just the two of us).
Mama on the train to BMO Field in Toronto, back in March. Though, honestly, it's probably going to be this cold tonight, too.
I hope your weekend is fun and fantastic, and I'll catch you soon.
Hope & Kindness,
Greetings from the other side of summer!
Most of you are probably looking at me like where have you been? I've been mostly here in Buffalo, NY, and occasionally in Toronto specifically or Ontario in general. Sometimes even back to Seneca Lake.
Summer is also peak construction season, so I've been a tad bit busy at work as we shade into back-to-school and early fall. Speaking of fall, is anybody else as excited for the change in season as I am? I am so ready for layers and flannel and boots and scarves and turning leaves and cool breezes! (I might be zealously ready for fall. Seriously. Let's go.)
Because I've been so terrible at blogging (which is on the to-do list to get better at), let's recap some adventures. (Also, if you're not following me on twitter I would suggest it, because that's where I document a majority of my daily shenanigans.)
I had my first ever Barnes & Noble book signing back in June. I kept the poster from this event and framed it.
My friend Lydia and I had a sweet and colorful Sunday Funday this summer. We'd both had a rough week (and I'd watched a ton of icing videos on Tumblr) and this was the result of an afternoon of baking and decorating.
The eclipse! We weren't in the path of totality (but we will be for the next one) and nobody had eclipse glasses, but when you work in construction, there's usually a welding helmet or two lying around.
This was M's first trip to Toronto (her first time on both a train and a subway) and her first MLS game. We had a ton of fun, and TFC had a 4-0 win against San Jose.
There's also been some extra trips to Rochester to hang out with family and friends, and coming up in a few weeks is my cousin's wedding. So I get to dress up and have a grand old time for that.
Stay on the lookout for dance updates, too. This year I'm climbing even more out of my comfort zone and taking jazz in addition to tap. Jazz is way not in my wheelhouse, but it is fun, and my instructor is very glad that I'm taking her class.
Thanks for sticking with me.
Hope & Kindness,
I spent last weekend in Boston. Originally, I was supposed to fly out Thursday, but my airline preemptively cancelled flights for Thursday on Wednesday afternoon, and I didn't leave until Friday night.
This was my first time flying since I had open heart surgery. I felt sorry for the person who sat next to me because I chew gum (so my ears will pop) and I'm pretty sure I was more cow with cud than human with chewing gum.
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