Let’s Hit the Barre

I mentioned to Joel that I wanted a ballet barre at home. I found a couple of links from Laughing Abi and The Adult Ballerina Project to help him on his way. I followed everything they said to do except that I used handrails instead of dowell rods. They were a bit thicker and only a little more expensive.

So in the time it took me to assemble this:

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Hey there, dinner

Joel put together this:

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Woo hoo! Ballet in the dining room!

I haven’t painted it yet, I’m going with Green Apple, but it’s great. We cut everything at the store so once we got home all we had to do was assemble. And it literally took him 20 seconds.

I also bought a new pair of canvas shoes for class. I bought leather when I went back because they feel like butter (Capezio Juliet II, this is the regular Juliet), but they stick to the floor in the studio. So I wore my Bloch Pro-Elastics to class last week and they’re so big that I almost pitched them and went back to the others.

Of course the one pair I picked of the ten I tried on didn’t have the elastics pre-sewn (Bloch Pump), so I had to do that, which I haven’t done in a long time. So I made some rookie errors, sewed them too tight, and when I redid them you can see the line of silver Sharpie from where I marked them.

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Half inside out, waiting for strings to be taped down

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And now I'll remember my size

We also got news that our class is going to go from 60 to 90 minutes starting in August! I might lose my mind from excitement.

I also made a skirt (tutorial), but it didn’t look that great so I’ll put up a picture when I make a better one.

xoxo

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City Lovin’

I wanted to post some pictures from this project I’ve been working on. My friend Ashley, over at The Wine Stain came up with #30DaysofCityLove as a way to explore her city and her relationship with it. It has morphed into a very cool exploration of city dwellers points of view from around the world. Pretty sweet, eh? I will admit, I’m a city basher, but like she talks about in her post, I am one of those people that doesn’t do anything in the city, so I probably shouldn’t bad mouth it. I thought that this exercise would get me out into my city to maybe discover some things that I like and maybe find some new stuff to do. So far it hasn’t. So far I’ve taken pictures of stuff around me, but haven’t made it a priority to get out there and find new things. Mostly because I’ve been working a lot, and like I’ve said before, I bust my ass when I’m at work, so I don’t want to do anything when I’m off. But tonight I’m going out to dinner with some friends downtown, so I’ll take a lap around while I’m out. Here are some of my pictures (follow me on Instagram!) so far.

 

This is my hospital!

This is my hospital!

This is a fountain!

This is a fountain!

This is a backroad!

This is a backroad!

This is Abe Lincoln!

This is Abe Lincoln!

And here's some art!

And here’s some art!

Some other updates:

  • We got a new kitty! I’ll talk more about her in her own post but here’s a sneak peak of her precious little face.
This is Peppermint Patty!

This is Peppermint Patty!

  • I was doing an at home ballet class today and did a double pirouette! I don’t think I’ve ever done a double in my life. I’ve noticed some great changes in my abilities from taking class once a week, I wish I could take it more often.
  • I’ve started a new way of eating two weeks ago and it’s been amazing. I am waiting just another couple of weeks to go into detail about it but lets just say that I’ve seen very, very positive changes and I’m loving it.

Talk to you soon!

xoxo

On a Cloud!

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Studio!

Friends, I’m here to tell you that my ballet teacher told me tonight that I had beautiful control in my jumps and that it looked like I was landing on a cloud! Can you believe it?!

She came over to me after class and started with, “I didn’t want to call you out in front of everyone, but…” and I’m not going to lie, I was praying for a compliment! And I definitely got one!! Like for serious. I’ve never given my jumps a second thought, other than wanting them higher or my legs straighter amiright? But that was such a beautiful thing to say.

I’ve been loving ballet. I wish it was more often. Like 100 times a week. Not that I can even go that many times. But I would love love love a weekend afternoon class. We’ve also switched to just tap instead of tap and jazz and that’s been fantastic too.

Just great dancing all around. So stay tuned for more!

xoxo