Okay, I am totally hooked on tap dancing. Not that I am some kind of forty-something tap-savant. I am heavy on my feet. I have the rhythm in my head, but I don't yet have the balance to get the rhythm to the floor. Doesn't matter.
I had my first adult beginning tap class at Ballare Teatro. Together with 11yo elderboy. During class he looked expressionless and a bit uncomfortable. Really he was just focusing Afterward he was highly animated and talked about how awesome it is. We will definitely be returning.
He and I plan to practice together between classes so we can talk through the steps we learned. We have similar rhythm and feet problems. When things are going slow, we are fine. But our clunkishness interferes when things speed up.
P.S. don't look for me to have a dance recital anytime soon. This is strictly for enjoyment.
My energy levels seemed quite even, as did my mood. Very few (if any) peaks and valleys. I was sleepy before 10:30 and probably asleep by 11:00. (This is a back-dated post.)
It was my first night on the new dosage of 50mg of lamotrigine. Still no unpleasant side-effects. Which is nice.
I gave a talk yesterday to my college students on how NOT to do a powerpoint presentation. The five biggest mistakes most people make (according to someone)
1. Too much information on each slide
2. Not enough visuals
3. Poor quality
4 . Too dense (not enough white space)
5. Lack of preparation
At some point in the day my brain drifted to the problem I have with my life/life balance. It's not really work that is the problem, it is the amount of stuff that I think it is humanly possible to accomplish (and then when I fail to accomplish it I feel like a failure.)
So here was my lovely Lit Crit analysis of the Metaphor of the Powerpoint
1. Too much information on each slide: trying to do too many different things. A lack of focus. Moving from one thing to the next without completing what was started.
2. Not enough visuals: The need to spend more time seeking out beauty. Walking in nature. Going to museums. Taking photographs.
3. Poor quality: Rushing through things. Doing a half-assed job. Sleeping a vast amount but not sleeping well. Or the opposite problem.
4. Too dense (not enough white space): overscheduling the day. Assuming that if there are 10 minutes that are not already claimed, that something can be slotted for that time. Allowing for unprogrammed parts of the day.
5. Lack of preparation: scheduling on the long-term... having 3 different calendars with 3 different sets of information. Not ever being sure what is going on when (other than my teaching schedule)
I would make a great MFA student or a fortune teller.
Grateful Crap: OMG I sat 10 yards away from Carrie Newcomer during the taping of On Being in Minneapolis and there were fewer than 100 people in the audience and I got to talk to her after the show and I didn't make a fool of myself or giggle uncontrollably or ask her to sign my arm so I could have her signature permanently tattooed there or anything like that. Which I think showed remarkable self-restraint.
talked with a friend
listened to live music
meds in am: 450mg bupropion, 150mg venlafaxine
meds in pm: 50mg lamotrigine, omega-3, magnesium, multivitamin
TAP DANCE for 1 hour
time with 11yo one on one
Quaker, teacher, parent,