Hello? Anybody Still Here?

Hi friends! Long time no see!

It’s been almost exactly two months since I decided to take a break from blogging, and it’s gone by really fast! All of a sudden today, I started to feel really nostalgic about this here little blog, and miss checking in with you, so I decided to pop in to say hello. I’m still not quite sure what the future holds for the blog, but I’m not really ready to say goodbye forever. So for now, I’m just gonna take it one day at a time, post when I feel like it, and try to let go of all of the weird feelings of obligation that lead me to my break.

So, what have I been up to? A lot!

We moved back in with the in-laws.
We’re back out in the boonies, which has many pros and cons. But it’s definitely going about as well as it possibly could. We’re all getting along great, the cats (all five of them!) are getting along great, and we’re watching the pile of money in our house fund grow. We’re getting ready to actually start talking to a mortgage broker and maybe even look at some houses. It’s a very exciting time.

Dance Classes
I’m taking a Jazz Fusion class on Tuesdays, and Tap on Wednesdays. The jazz class is AWESOME. I mean, it’s also a little awkward, because I’m one of only a small handful of adults in with a bunch of middle and high school girls who dance circles around me, but it’s great exercise, and exercise that I enjoy doing the entire time. Tap has been more challenging. I actually started out in Tap 2 because I’d already taken Tap 1, but after a couple of weeks, it was clear that I needed to go back to the beginner class and get more comfortable before moving up. Still, though, it’s good exercise as well, and will help me in my future theatrical endeavors.

Not a whole lot of running.
I think taking a break from the blog gave me “permission,” if you will, to take a break from running as well. Marathon training took more of a toll on me than I first realized, and even though I took a short break post-marathon, I still had lots of races and stuff coming up so I didn’t really give myself the time I needed, and kept pushing myself to run. I haven’t run since September 26, so it’s been almost a month, and I’m in a pretty good place about it. I think backing off on running has allowed my metabolism to normalize a bit; I’m not nearly so hungry on a regular basis, meaning I’m not eating as much, and I’ve actually managed to lose a couple of pounds, hallelujah! I’m definitely not going to completely give up on running, but the wheels are turning, and I think I feel a larger post coming on.

Work has been BUSY.
I have one team mate out on maternity leave, and another who was out for two weeks of vacation in September, and is now out for another five days for minor surgery, so my workload is significantly higher than usual. This has been a somewhat difficult adjustment for me, but I’ll make it. I’m also still working one shift a week at Athleta, which is great, but starting to feel like a bit too much on my plate. I was only planning to work there through December, but I may need to step back sooner rather than later for my mental well-being.

Wine and Dine is coming!
I fly out in less than two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited. I desperately need a break from work, and I’m excited to spend some time with my team Can-Am ladies, including finally meeting Lisa in person!

Whew! There, you’re all caught up. As I said above, I’m not quite sure how often I’ll be popping back in, but I no longer consider myself to be “on a break.”

What’s the most exciting/positive thing that’s happened to you in the last couple of months?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 08/28/15

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Last night kicked off week two of Chess performances. In a way, it felt almost like opening night all over again. Lots of nerves, lots of excitement. After 4 days of little to no singing, and lots of relaxation, I felt rested, refreshed, and ready to kick ass. A bunch of my friends were there and it was so great to see them. I’m so happy I get to do this show 7 more times!

A well-respected local newspaper gave the show a favorable review.  The Seven Days is a weekly publication here in Vermont, and they do an amazing job reporting on the local scene. The review was really good to the production, and to me in particular. It’s really mind-blowing to see my name in the newspaper with such nice stuff. If you’d like to read it, click here. And another local paper gave an even better review here! To say I’m honored and overwhelmed is an understatement. I’m so proud of this show, this cast, and this crew.

I signed up for a tap dance class! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already saw this, but I am SUPER pumped to take Tap 1 for beginners this fall. Classes start the week of September 12, so I have a bit of down time once Chess is over. I’ve always wanted to learn tap, and this fits in perfectly with my recent desire to more aggressively pursue my performing passion. Plus, tap is great exercise 🙂 AND I’ve convinced at least one friend to sign up with me, so I get to have fun AND exercise AND hang out with my friend all at the same time!

Party tonight post-show! A couple from the local theater scene are packing their bags and moving to the Pacific Northwest, so we’re having a final bar crawl farewell tonight. They’ll be getting started while I’m doing the show, so I plan to meet up with everyone later in the evening. I won’t be drinking, because I have a two-show day tomorrow (ugh), but I’m psyched to see all my friends.