It has been busy around here. I read livejournal, but I am so burnt by the end of the day (when I have a chance to read) that I don't ever seem to get around to posting those thoughtful, meaningful posts I intend to post. So here's what has been going on...
My sister and brother-in-law visited from Florida over Memorial Day weekend and the week following. Unfortunately, S. got sick the day before they showed up, but he was in good spirits nonetheless. That same weekend we managed to see quietshell
and Tim for a lovely but too brief visit. We had fun with my sister and BIL and they, along with my mom and I, took S. to the Children's Museum on their last day here which was very nice for all of us. He and I go a lot but it was the first time any of our family members went with us. So, family visit nice, but too short. There has been some sadness and major stress in my birth family that I cannot talk about here, so it was good to see everyone.
Speaking of going places, I am out and about with S. a lot
these days. We have always done a lot outside the house, but winter and wintertime illnesses kept us at home a lot more than we liked earlier in the year. I am enjoying the warmer weather and longer days. Over the past couple of months I have taken S. to the Children's Discovery Museum a couple of times, the Oakland Zoo, the Lawrence Hall of Science, Ardenwood Farm ~ once a week for "Toddler Time" and just to go hang out with the tractors and the anmials (including Sheep Shearing Day and Fire Truck Day which fell on Sundays so we got to go as a family), Crown Beach/Crab Cove and a couple of local playgrounds. We have music class once a week and gym class once a week as well. It really, really helps to have scheduled activities and I try to make it out to a "big outing" (zoo, museum, etc.) once a week. Saturday we all go up to my rehearsals and ptor
and S. (and sometimes catzen
) walk all around and visit various art studios and funky shops while I dance. After rehearsal we usually go out to eat and walk around some more. We also do things like grocery shopping during the day--it is amazing what I can pack into the basket underneath S.'s stroller--it is seriously like a clown car.
Those are my days. Keeping after S., cooking and feeding us, cleaning up, planning and doing activites, shopping, etc. We have been trying to take walks every night after ptor
gets home from work and I have been trying to get more efficient when preparing dinner, but it still takes quite some time. We've been baking bread and really enjoying it. I made the multigrain bread from the Cheese Board cookbook last week and everyone was a fan. Evenings are hectic with trying to cram in walks, making dinner, eating dinner, cleaning up, nursing S., bathing myself and S. and getting S. into bed.
Late at night (as in after 11pm) I am usually working on Big Moves stuff. The past few weeks I have been earnestly researching possible venues for a fall show (long story there) and it has been incredibly time consuming and quite frustrating at times. I also recently (back in January) became the co-artistic director of the Fly Girls sharing that job with Matilda (I am still the director of Big Moves here in the bay, but that is an administrative position, not artistic.) This means I am doing a lot more choreography than I was before and I somehow have to squeeze that in between 11pm and 2am. I am currently working on two new dances for the group (one lyrical and one jazz/burlesque) and I have another Broadway-style jazz I need to turn out in the next few months. I am doing the bulk of teaching at rehearsals now and am training all the dancers in jazz/lyrical movement and skills. I am really enjoying it. I am so glad I am finally getting a chance to work on serious technique within Big Moves. It is also fascinating to me how much dance knowledge I actually do have. It is no surprise as I took ~7-10 hours of classes a week for nearly five years, not to mention all the work I have done with Big Moves, but it has been a bit of a revelation to me how much is there as I slowly unpack it all for others. Don't know if that makes sense.
So, that is a lot of what is going on here.
We have a garden that is finally starting to thrive thanks to ptor
spending so much time hunting snails at night. The Early Girls are setting fruit and my chard and lettuce (in barrels) are doing quite well. I finally got bean sprouts that survived the snails, so I am hoping something happens with them.
Our stove crapped out in about five different fantastic ways and our landlord came by today and poked it with a stick and agreed to buy us a new one. He noted the lawn was a bit brown (yeah, well, it was dead
when we moved in and I had to re-seed) and I agreed to re-seed some more and water more. Although, we pay for our water and I am not going to water that much to keep a stupid lawn green in the hot summer. Especially since there is not sprinkler system and we have to and water. And if our water gets rationed he can forget about his lawn. Seriously.
I need a new computer. Another post about that later.
I am reading Margaret Atwood's "Blind Assassin" and am enjoying it. I read "Cat's Eye" and "The Robber Bride" earlier in the year. Just prior to this I re-read Marge Piercy's "Braided Lives"--I had only read it once before. I liked it more than I remembered. It is sad and powerful.
I need to pick up my crochet again. I need to produce some more baby hats and finish the goldfish I started for S. a while back.
Time for some work then bed.