Well, the season finale for DWTS is on, so I figured I’d take advantage of a moment sitting down at home and while watching also attempt to kill two birds with one stone and write a blog post.
I’ll just go on the record right now and say that Donald Driver has really won me over throughout the entire season and I loved his Country Western number last night. Of course all the finalists did great and I enjoy watching every minute.
So, I’m sure there will be commentary about the show interspersed throughout this post. Although I’m somewhat sad to lose my Monday addiction, I’m excited for the premiere of SYTYCD on Thursday.
As for real life dancing, well, I danced for the first time this morning since my birthday. Ivan’s a trooper. I know he prefers to meet earlier in the day, but usually ballroom dancers like to work in the evening hours. Ivan, however, is more than willing to meet at even 6:30am (he’s been known to meet with Katie even earlier than this, can you believe it?!) if it means he doesn’t have to come even at 5:00pm.
So, not only did he locate me a place to practice that is across town so I can go there before work, but he’s willing to meet me at 6:30am so I can be done by 7:15am and make it to work by 8am. The even more amazing part is that I woke up to do it today, and plan to do so many more times in the coming months. Why is this so amazing? Well, I’m a vampire. Just kidding. But it is my husband’s nickname for me (besides Dancin’ Queen) because I’m generally a night owl and hate the morning hours. Anyways, only dancing can get me out of bed even one second earlier than absolutely necessary.
I’m kind of in a little slump though, I have to admit. I know I’ve put on weight, rather than take it off, and this doesn’t bode well for the Desert Classic which I’m dancing in in just over a month. I’ll still fit into my dress, and all, and there’s still time to improve, but I’m not pleased with where I am right now. Cardio continues to be my nemesis.
I don’t know if it is the wildfires raging across Arizona or what but I’ve been so congested and having difficulty breathing the past few days. Also, I tweaked my neck. I swear I’m not going to do a laundry list of crap that’s wrong with me, I’m just going to say that I went to bed at 8pm last night and even after getting a full night’s rest, Ivan noticed I was dragging this morning.
First off, I wore work-out clothes. Usually I wear stretch pants and a skirt and a top but today I wore a tshirt and work out pants. Not the cutest, most flattering, or most feminine outfit, I’ll admit. I just didn’t feel anything like Sheri Shepherd must have felt while getting for that number with all those men. Oh my gosh she is so much fun to watch. I have a big ole’ goofy grin seeing her enthusiasm. Well, anyway, back in the real world, I was grubby.
“You never dress like this.” Ivan told me after dancing for about five minutes. “What’s going on? Wine last night?”
“Oh no, Ivan, I was in bed by 8pm last night, I’m just not feeling great.”
“You’re arms are heavy today.”
I guess I was pulling on Ivan more than usual. When I’m not holding myself up properly, he’ll tell me this.
“Yeah, I agree, Ivan. Sorry. And I think you are right. This outfit is not helping. It’s making it even worse, how I’m feeling about myself right now.”
“It’s okay. I understand. It’s comfortable. It’s just not feminine. It’s okay to wearing.”
But actually, it’s not. It is just an outward reflection of how I’m feeling about myself right now. This too, shall pass, it always does, I’m just kind of bewildered that I’m not more excited about the Desert Classic and that I’m not preparing for it as intensely as I did my last competition. I’m not exactly sure what it is all about.
Part of it, I feel, is that I’m working fulltime once again, and after the 8.5 hour day, I have 1.5 hour commute. That makes for a 10 hour day. Not ridiculous, just an adjustment from working 18 hours a week – and trust me, I’m enormously grateful to be employed! It is simply that have less free time and expendable energy than I did previously. It takes a lot of mental energy and concentration to do my new job. I noticed right away that it would probably be better to take a dance class before work rather than after the very first week! I was a mental midget and couldn’t cram any more information into my brain after the learning curve on the job. So anyways, that could explain some of it.
This weekend is the People’s Choice competition here in Phoenix. I’m going to go watch Ivan and Marietta compete on Saturday night or whenever it is. Maybe that will light a fire under my butt again. Usually being around my favorite addiction is quite motivating.
Also, as part of my birthday swag, I scored some iTunes giftcards and a new iPod. I have designs of creating some dancing playlists, cutting together songs representing the types of dances I will do in 2 minute segments with like 10 or 15 seconds of rest in between them and making Ivan and I dance through them all at least once on each lesson to kick up the intensity of my cardio training.
Oh my goodness. I’m getting tired for bed. I don’t know if I will make it to the end of the show to find out who wins. Silly Collette just texted me and said she got on Facebook and already saw who won! Silly rabbit!
I guess that’s really all I have to share today. Kind of a ho hum post for a ho hum day.
I have some Topic Series in the works, though. Like about what it’s like to have someone coach you, and what people mean when they say they are in their head versus being in their body. Also, if anybody has any topic they are curious about, please let me know! That’s how the whole thing got started, anyways….someone asked a question!
Alright dear friends, I’m going to sign off for now. It will be interesting to see who goes home with the mirror ball trophy this year.
Ta ta for now, Stef