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 Dance Day

Happy National Dance Day!

National Dance DayHello!

I’m not a dancer – shocker. My limbs flail more than my body floats and any opportunity that I have to flip my hair around in ecstatic head banging style is bound to be taken. When I’m dancing in public on the rare, if not extinct, occasions, I tone things down and do the awkward side step bobble with closed fist bopping motions along with an interested head nod in time. It wouldn’t be fair to society to unleash the fury of my dance moves without warning or an advised escape route. No, instead, I lock myself up in a little dance box and resign to modest bobbing and bopping. Today, I was granted a much needed stay at home day so I’m planning on just spending the afternoon expelling all of my stress energy and anxiety through a hard core dance session. It’s a no school day at my teaching site, the observation that I had lined up fell through, and I was advised that it wasn’t worth coming to the backup stack of meetings that are on the calendar. That’s fine with me! Trust me, I am more than happy to blast my Spotify discover playlist and rock out to an energetic blend of stomp and holler indie music paired with a fruitless photo session that only results in blurry, awkward duds. Dance your cares away. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day

Happy National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day!

National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work DayHello!

Today is my super long day of classes, so I really don’t think that Teddy wants to come. I asked Beary, our giant 5-foot bear, first if he was interested because he’s our favorite child, but he turned me down and opted for a quiet day of napping in the closet. So, alas, Teddy had no choice but to hop in my school bag and accompany me for the day. He enjoyed some company in the dark behind the zipper with my trusty, cute umbrella that has been in there since the single day of rain a few long weeks ago. I know, I could probably save the world if I stored up all of the energy that I’m currently wasting carrying around stuff that I don’t actually need. It wouldn’t be weird to dig Teddy out of my bag in class and position him with a prime viewing seat on the table if everyone else had a pal as well. Unfortunately, I’m a little more brave on the blog than I am in real life, so the few cohort members that keep tabs on the holiday celebration will find out after it’s too late. I definitely didn’t stand up in class yesterday to make an announcement so that Teddy can have some friends. I mean, no one likes any version of ‘bring your _____ to work day.’ I’m pretty sure that the vocational sharing experience is actually something more like Scared Straight in an attempt to keep kids in school and vanquish any thoughts about dropping out and joining the labor force. Of course, my work is education, so it’s kind of a no win situation, haha. Just kidding! Teddy and I learned lots today, shared a few laughs, and are officially life long learning buddies now. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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