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It seems to be the thing to be doing, so my 2009 in a handful of points:
  • started 2009 with my foot still in pretty wretched shape, but by Feb or March the alcohol injections finally killed off that nerve in the ball of my foot, and slowly I've come to be able to count on my feet to be there for me once again.  I still have some resculpting to do (that's really how it feels, like I am rebuilding the way my ankles and feet work) and I'm still not 100 percent pain free but I'm optimistic that to a large degree I can change what nature and nurture dealt me and have strong functional feet again.
  • lost a fair amount of weight but more importantly gained a lot of strength in my legs and core.  I feel I have a lot more power in my movements now, whether it's dance or yoga or just daily activity.  I like this and I am determined to keep it.  It's hard work but it's rewarding.  On a related note, with the exception of the last two weeks or so, I've been happy with the diet I've created for myself--not diet in the sense of weight loss program, but diet in the sense of well rounded nutrition, food that tastes good and sustains me. 
  • Danced in a variety of different venues, and in the process have been sounding out what is important to me as a dancer in terms of my goals and ideals.  Definitely a work in progress, some lessons are not always so pleasant, but it's part of being an artist.
  • Lost my ferret Ianto, but that was tempered by being so glad that we were able to give him a good loving home in the evening of his life.  He was such a sweet fellow, with his little Ianto prancing walk.  And his loss meant that we were in the right place at the right time to give a home to Edgar, who is quite the endearing character and brings us much joy.  Little Sisiutl has stayed a constant, deepening her bonds with me and welcoming the new guy along with us.
  • Got a Zipcar membership and started driving regularly again, for the first time since 1995 or so.  It's been very freeing and liberating, and nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be.  I've enjoyed driving a variety of different cars through Zipcar, and I've equally enjoyed not having the responsibility of car ownership.
  • Took the kind of plunge I'd been promising myself I would do for *years* and applied for a new job which represented a step up in my career--and got it!  The whole process went so smoothly it was like a dream, and clearly meant to be.  I'm very happy in the new job, while grateful for all that I learned in the old job.  Executive Assistant may not seem like a glamorous or important sort of career, but trust me, all your companies, non-profits, universities, etc would fall down without talented and intelligent people providing structural support.
  • Held Raks Spooki IV--I can't believe it has now happened four times!  I made a leap of faith that the market was still there even in this economy and moved to a larger theatre, and my faith was pretty justified.  Lots of thoughts for how to run next year's!  As always, the variety of creativity and talent on display in the show was humbling to me as the organizer.  I'm very proud to be able to put on this show.
  • Bought an iPod Classic, which seems like a small thing, but I am loving it so it bears mentioning.
  • Set in motion the process of renting regular studio space in a quiet place, something I have been deeply craving for a long time.  The studio is part of a small artists' community and I am excited about the synergy of that as well.
For 2010, I essentially just want to keep on track with the things I've been doing well.  I need to be a little better with keeping up with foot exercises.  I am really looking forward to utilizing that studio time.  We will have our tenth wedding anniversary in 2010.  I want to get out to more concerts, live music of any style that strikes my eclectic fancy.  I definitely want to travel outside of the Boston area for dance workshops more often.  I want to keep learning more about mixology, and get brave enough to start making drinks up, drinks that actually taste good.  In the end, perhaps none of those things are individually that important, but in sum they equal the process of building my life onward and upwards, improving what I can and accommodating what I can't.

Happy New Year, everybody!  May the triumphs and joys of the past year continue to sustain you, and may those you have lost live on as beautiful memories within.
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I wanted to make the trumpet skirt for my swan costume today, but my trumpet skirt pattern is nowhere to be found.  At least, not in any of the places where I would have thought I might have put it, like say with other patterns or with belly dance books or even in the plastic bin that contains all my skirts.  Feh.  Guess I'm ordering another one.  I remember there was a lot of math involved and so do not feel comfortable just experimenting.

Instead I am working on the bra, which is coming along well.  It somehow hadn't occurred to me that black feathers do not show up that well on black fabric, so I'm debating whether I should use some other color.  Maybe I'll just do a single layer of another color of feather, pale silver if I can find or manufacture it, between the black feathers and the black fabric to make them pop out a little more.  I could always hit the black feathers with some glitter spray too.

Had a very informative discussion with my massage therapist this morning about trigger points for some of my various aches.  I'm looking forward to seeing if this new knowledge is helpful; the bottom end of my sartorius muscle is keeping me from doing much level changing in my dancing at the moments. 

Pretty sure Sisiutl needs to go back on antibiotics again.  If she could get them via injection I swear it would be easier to drive to the vet's twice a day than to try to make her ingest something she does not wish to ingest :-/  Somebody needs to manufacture little ferret straitjackets.
alonewiththemoon: Drumlin Farm Banding Station 2016 (Default)
Not the sort of bodies who govern the Olympics, but the sorts of bodies that perform in them.  This photo essay at the New York Times Magazine is fascinating; it consists of portraits of Olympic athletes from a variety of sports and provides some physical stats on each one.  It astonishes me that somebody can have a 4,000 calorie per day diet and have like 4 percent body fat.  These are unique and impressive individuals.

I also really liked this quote from cyclist Sarah Hammer, as I think it works just as well for belly dancers as for cyclists:  "My punch comes from my thighs and my glutes. I always say that it’s my butt that gets me there."  :-)

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