Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Winter Recap

Okay, so I'm clearly not a very good blogger. It's been almost 6 months! Wow.
Here's a recap of what I've been up to...

~Bought a car, an old Saab, I loved it until someone smashed into it. Got it totalled, bought a new car! I never thought I could love another car. But alas, I found a 2001 Beetle with only 35,000 miles on it, and we're in love!
~Traveled to Goldbug Hot Springs, Idaho with 12 people, some of whom I've never met. To celebrate and spread the ashes of our late friend A.J. Prescott. It was his favorite hot springs, and he requested that his friends from all over the country meet and fulfill his last wish. Thank you, A.J. We miss you, sweetie.
~Also, traveled to the SF Bay Area for my sisters birthday. Thanks for bringing me Adam! I had a blast with my family. Norcal rocks! Is that how you say it?
~I've been dealing with the Alaskan winter. It helps to have heated seats in the Beetle to assist in warming my frozen body. This winter went really well for me. Not many of them do. Maybe it was the Vitamin D?
~I moved my classes to a new studio at the first of the year. My students and classes are really thriving there. My relationship with the studio's owners is healthy and mutual.
~I traveled to South Carolina to visit my grandparents, John and Faith. They are both getting pretty old, and I was able to spend some quality time with them. I got to hear stories about the Navy in the 40's from Papa and eased my grandmother's worries about my world travels. "It's really a lovely place, Gram, and very friendly" It was emotionally draining to leave knowing that I may not see them again.
~Shortly after, I hurt my neck again. I don't think the herniation was as bad as last year, but I've in and out of chiropractors, acupuncturists, and physical therapy. I'm still on the mend!
~Tattoo! I've been working on the start of my chrysanthemum half sleeve.
~For some reason, I'm the type of person that always needs something to look forward to. A short term goal, if you will. Currently, it's hosting a FCBD General Skills up here, in July with my idol, Carolena Nericcio.

I'll try to be a better blogger!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Memories of a Child

During a meeting at work today I was struck with a memory from my childhood. It started with a smell, and then the vision slowly appeared.

I remember one of my parents, taking the three of us kids to a very busy pool on a very hot day. The smell was of sunscreen, and chlorine. It's hard to get that combo just right. Where one does not over power the other.

I cannot recall how old I was in the memory, but I see myself with arm floaties, so it must have been early. I remember there being a lot of other kids, and I was never a comfortable child around other kids. I had extreme anxiety that I think I hid well from my parents.
I was also secretly miserable after playing in a pool. My skin never felt right until I was brought home and showered. Still doesn't.

Friday, August 21, 2009

New Favorite Toy

This photo is off of Fire Groove . One of my many talented fire performing friends, Alex, uses the Rope Dart with Fire on the end (instead of an actual dart). It is traditionally a Chinese Kung-fu weapon. The following is Wiki's definition:

The rope dart is a long rope (usually 10' - 16') with a metal dart attached to one end. This was a weapon from ancient times, which allows the user to throw the dart out at a long range target and use the rope to pull it back. The rope dart can be used for twining, binding, circling, hitting, piercing, tightening, and other techniques.
Rope dart play consists of twining, shooting, and retrieval. Twining and shooting can be done from any joint such as foot, knee, elbow, and neck. The rope is anchored on the left hand and played primarily with the right hand.
Skillful use of the rope dart can easily trick an opponent because the dart can shoot out very suddenly.

Awesome! Anyway, when I saw Alex and his fire rope dart, I knew this was the toy for me. He let me borrow his practice toy until I get good enough to use a Kevlar dart. It so much fun, to learn something so new and different than any other fire toy I've seen! Maybe I'll have pictures soon!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Memorial Tat

For A.J. of a Sparrow, just like I promised! I love it. Artist, Charlie at the Hole Look in Anchorage. My first tattoo from Charlie, and had a great experience. He's so business, and doesn't really take breaks. You definitely fee like a canvas under his machine.
Now that I have A.J. close to me, I feel like the hole that his loss left...had been filled a bit.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Finger Waves and Pin Curls

This coming October my girlfriend, Pamela, owner of LaBodega Wine and Spirits Shoppe, and I are hosting an Anti-Prohibition Party. This ain't no political thang. It's a party in the Paradise Lounge upstairs at Bernie's Bungalow on October 10th. 1920's/30's costume is required! We'll have live entertainment, an ol' timey photo booth, silent movies and lots of music from the era and inspired by the era. As well as a specialized drink menu.

In preparation for this, I knew I had to start working on my finger wave, pin curl skills. This was my first attempt! I finger waved the front of my hair on both sides, and then made pin curls with the rest of my hair sleeping in clips and pins over night (ouch!). I took the pin curls and pinned them back in a loose faux bob in morning.
Hopefully, I'll get better at this in the weeks to come. Thank god for Vegan Styling Gel, or there's no way I could pull it off!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Vegan Donuts

So, after spending time in SF,CA with my ladies, (see? I call it that because like the locals I'm too important to write it out...hahahaha just kidding) Quinn introduced me to the vegan donuts at the Herbivore on Valencia! I crave these often at home in Alaska, so I went google searching and found a fabulous blog (and iPhone app) called VeganYumYum with a deeeelicious donut recipe.

I still haven't bought a donut pan, but make do with a mini-muffin pan. Last night, I stayed up way too late making chocolate and agave nectar covered donuts for a Trunk Show at my house tonight! They don't look exactly like the picture, but they do taste exactly like a chocolate covered donut! Mmmmm...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Face at Rest

Recently, I listened to a YIP Podcast interview with Carolena Nericcio and Megha Gavin. In part one (episode 11a), Megha apologizes for her 'neutral' face or, her face at rest.
This really got me thinking about my neutral face and wanting to explain a few things.
Growing up I remember my sister's and mother's constant probing questions about my emotional state. They would ask, "what's wrong?" "are you in a bad mood?". I'll admit, being the youngest and a bull headed Taurus, I was a little moody, but most of the time I was perfectly content. Sitting on a couch, I am most comfortable with my arms crossed over my chest. I could see how this was leading them to believe I was pissed off about something.
It wasn't until I got older, and boyfriends would ask the same thing. -Constantly on my case about my mood!
After I started dancing, and teaching, and eventually forming my own belly dance troupe, I got a wake up call from one of the ladies. I was glancing at some one's costuming at a show backstage thinking, "Oh that's pretty!", when a troupe gal started laughing at me, and said something along the lines of "Why were you just staring her down?"
I was speechless! I wasn't staring her down. I was admiring a costume piece as she walked by. How could this friend of mine so wrongly misinterpret my expression?
She explained that I was using my "Bitch Face". What? What's a Bitch Face? They practically had an intervention with me right then and there explaining that my face at rest or neutral is what they call Bitch Face.
It all started coming together. My life started to flash before my eyes. Instances where family misinterpreted my mood, pestering me about my feelings, boyfriends would get hurt, friends would get mad. I never understood until that moment. I've been self conscious about it since. But, I try and remember that anyone who really knows me.... knows that I love them and would do anything for them. They know that my 'bitch face' isn't personal.
When I heard Megha's story about her neutral expression, I was even more excited to know that I wasn't alone. Maybe there are other's out there......