Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Morning Quarterback

You owe it to everyone you love (including yourself)
to find pockets of tranquility in your busy world.
~ Unknown

I've been complaining (okay, maybe even "whining") a lot about being too busy to get into the sewing room, but I haven't said much about what's filling my time... Here are a few quick updates:

Update #1 - We started up with our dancing lessons again. We had 3 lessons this summer with one studio in town. Then the instructor didn't show for our 4th lesson and didn't return any calls or emails, so we went ahead and tried a new studio. This instructor is much more particular technically, and it looks like we are going to have to unlearn a bunch of bad habits that our previous instructor let us get away with... (Thank goodness it was only 3 lessons, right?)

Speaking of our previous instructor, did I tell you about the unusual experience that we had with him? I was googling his name to look for reviews of his teaching and discovered... his MUG SHOT! Yup, he was a convicted felon... (possession of stolen property) That's a bit unsettling, isn't it?

So far, no mug shots of our current instructor have turned up. Fingers crossed! ;)

If we keep this up, maybe I can go beyond circle skirts and make some fun dancing dresses...

Update #2 - My ESL class has started up. I was so happy to see 4 of my students from last year show up for the intermediate class this year. This being my second year, I felt so much more comfortable and confident for our first class.

I did an assessment (with items in both Spanish and English) and was able to speak individually with each student for a few minutes - enough to get a reasonable sense of their starting levels. And my new class of 10 beginners looks to be an excellent group! I'm already planning to increase the difficulty of some of my exercises and push people a little bit harder than I did last year. I think I can do it without stressing anybody out.

I'll start putting up "Tuesday Torch Story" posts about my class in a couple of weeks - I have a few more cool charts ready to go first...

Update #3 - You know how sometimes you wish you had some parking meters, a crane, a polygraph and a used ambulance just laying around? Well, I have discovered a website where you can purchase just these types of things! It's and it's an auction site where places liquidate used items. In addition to the aforementioned items, I found a school selling a batch of used sewing machines (unfortunately, they are gone now) and in the Richmond, VA someone is auctioning off PALLETS of bolts of fabric (listed under Arts & Crafts -- auction ends Wednesday)! Check it out - it's amazing the things you can buy!

I'm bidding on something - keep you fingers crossed that I get it! If I do, there will be photos in the future! ;)

Well, that's about it for me for now... Oh - I know that I owe you all a "Talk Back Thursday" post from last week - I'm so sorry I didn't get it up on schedule and I WILL get it up for you soon!


katherine h said...

I was wondering what you were going to do with those parking meter, ambulance and crane! Thanks for the chortle.

That dance teacher does sound a little unsettling...but he has left you with a great story!

MD said...

Ah, unlearning bad habits is hard for any physical activity :( The mug shot story made it interesting from the start ;-)

But, even with all that, it makes me wonder. If you are only planning to dance as a couple, and not for competition, I would say that bad habits don't matter so much. They become evident really, really fast the moment you try to dance with other people. But if you are not, unless you are being watched by a professional, people are mostly impressed that you can do it at all. I certainly got comments that I was looking wonderful at a party when I knew myself fumbling and not following the lead properly after several years out of practice.

Unknown said...

You have been busy! I love that your husband will take dance lessons with you and hope your new classes go well.