National Ballet Day

Happy National Ballet Day!

National Ballet DayHello!

I know that I must have told my ballet failure story about a million times by now, but since I lack any imaginable skill as a ballerina, this is kind of all that I have to offer today! As a child, my mom signed me up for ballet lessons and I distinctly remember going to Payless Shoes with her to pick out my first pair of overpriced, soft pink ballet flats. That might have actually been my first attempt at entering the sports world. Spoiler alert: all other attempts ended in a similar downward spiral. I thought that I was doing decently well in the pre-K ballet class, but I was exceptionally bored. I didn’t want to learn the foot positions or how to count out the number of steps to walk across the room and hand off a flower with a curtsy. Instead, I did things my own way and added plenty of twirls, twists, jumps, and gestures to infuse my own style. I didn’t even make it to our first performance before my membership in the class was politely declined and I was asked not to come back. I think that even worse than being a bad dancer is not realizing the unfortunate truth. Even to this day, I have to remind myself that the beautiful shapes and smooth body lines that I imagine I am creating are not transferring successfully into the real world. Sometimes I still think that I have the super skinny, bony body from my childhood and also have to suffer shocking shift of reality when I pass a mirror. I want to be ballerina or gymnast so badly. I want to have grace, stamina, balance, and elegance in my movements! I suppose I have pretty decent balance, but one basic skill a dancer does not make. Break out your ballet shoes, or scarring memories, and celebrate happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Buy Nothing Day

Happy National Buy Nothing Day!

National Buy Nothing DayHello!

We all know that Black Friday really starts on Turkey Thursday. The sales are beginning earlier and earlier, which inevitably makes people either really excited or really upset every year. Personally, I like that the sales start sooner because it spreads out the masses of people in the stores and it seems less panicky and obnoxious. Plus, we always eat a Thanksgiving ‘linner’ in the early afternoon, so all of the leftovers are packed and the Lifetime movie is on by the time the stores start opening. We often make the trip out to go shopping on Thursday night just for fun and then enjoy sleeping in on the actual Black Friday. My mom and I scoured Old Navy’s sales last night. Some years we’ll also wind through Kohls for family Christmas presents, but I am notorious for just tossing presents for me into the cart when she’s not looking. I’m 22 and still pulling the same tricks! Eric and I aren’t super into the gimmick of giving presents to each other so we basically have settled on assigning a fun budget for ourselves and calling it Christmas. It’s fantastic because we get exactly what we want and don’t have to worry about shopping for each other. It sounds a little odd, but trust me – it’s the best. Everyone secretly wants cash for Christmas, so we basically do that. I’m busy with two ballet pit performances today so I picked up the few things that I wanted yesterday in solidarity with the holiday. Happy holidays.

Carrie

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