Wednesday, November 23, 2011

hip hop

I can safely say that I’m the worst hip hop dancer that I’ve ever seen.  I had my first dance lesson tonight. What a blast. Seriously. 

Because I joined mid-way through the season, there wasn’t much in the way of introduction. We just went straight into learning the dance moves. There were 3 of us in the class - perfect size for learning.  The song our instructor, Stu, chose for tonight’s lesson was slower, and I think that was suppose to benefit me. But not being able to move my body in a certain way to a slower song just means that it’s more noticeable that I can’t move my body in that way!

In the warm-up it was clear that I was going to struggle. I’m too...straight and stiff. Give me a break! I’m a figure skater. We’re all about good posture and square shoulders. This is totally opposite to the core of hip hop dancing.

The warm-up started with moving our head and neck, followed by shoulders and body and, finally, feet. I could not get the neck movement. How does one isolate their neck like that? Stu moves his neck like he doesn't have a head or shoulders! I can’t move my neck without moving my head or shoulders first! Definitely need alot of work in that area.

In total, I think we learned moves for about 5 counts of 8. Not much at all - but SO much work! Stu said there are 3 core things to learn when learning to dance: 1. timing, 2. choreography, and 3. style. I can do 1 and 2, but 3 is a bitch. At one point, I thought that I was doing all the same “steps” as Stu, but his version looked SO different than mine! That was all in the style. He moves like a hip hop dancer. I move like a figure skater trying to do hip hop! It ends up looking quite disastrous.

But man, did I ever have fun. By the end of the lesson, I could do the steps just by listening to the music. I was feeling it. That was awesome. With more lessons and a whole lot of practice, I hope to eventually get the style. Just don’t be surprised if you see me walking around trying to move my neck as if it's a completely separate entity from the rest of my body!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

first snow

I love the thrill and excitement that the first snowfall of the season brings. In Vancouver, it's usually not this early, but it's exciting nonetheless (even if it comes right before bedtime!).


Tuesday, November 15, 2011


It's hard for me to believe he's 5 already. Happy 5th Birthday, Joshie! We love, love, love you. Stay tuned for more photos and words after his party...

Monday, November 14, 2011

what the doc ordered

Thanks Shabana, Brent & Jinja.  I love you guys.  Words cannot describe...

apple in the big apple(click apple to see more photos)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

wicked... wicked.  It is the best Broadway musical I've seen since Les Miz.  It was FABULOUS!

DD and I decided to see if we could get tix yesterday.  We headed to the Gershwin Theatre at Broadway and 51st Street around noontime.  The host, Gregory, told us to come back at 4:30pm to line up for cancellation tix for the 8pm show.  Little did we know that we would be lining up from 4:30pm right until 8pm!  3 and a 1/2 hours!

When we arrived at 4:30, we settled into the line up amongst 2 ladies who were in the Air Force and 4 college girls who were in the Navy (probably due to Veteran's Day weekend).  Our plan was to get our tix, go back to Shab's, drop off our shopping loot, go have dinner and then watch the show!  Little did we know, right?!

After about half an hour, I decided it was pointless for both of us to go back to Brooklyn and then back to the city (especially since I JUST lost my Metro card.  Ugh.), so I said I would drop off all our shopping loot and then come back.  DD agreed.  Luckily, when I went back, I grabbed a couple of apples for us!

When I got back after 6pm, DD was STILL in line.  We were about 10th in line at that point - and there were about 6 people that had already gotten tix.  For the next 2 hours, we stood there waiting for the box office to open and for them to call us over.  At 7:40, they opened the box office for the second time since we got in line at 4:30 (reminder: the show started at 8).  They called people over sporadically.

At 7:50, it looked bleak.  The 4 college girls just got their tix and the 2 Air Force ladies were still ahead of us.  Finally, at 7:55, they called over the Air Force ladies, then us right after.  OMG - we got in!  And the couple behind us in line got the LAST 2 TIX!  I'm not kidding when I say we took our seats, the couple in line behind us took the seats beside us and as we all set our butts down, the curtain went up!  It was THAT close.

Our seats were in row G.  Literally, 7 rows back from the stage.  It was amazing!  And the show was much more fantastic than I ever imagined.  It was such a wonderfully creative story and the music and singing was phenomenal!  I now only wish I could have seen the original Broadway production with Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth.  Very well done.  I'm so glad that we went.  We ended up eating dinner last night at 11pm (lucky we had those apples!).  But it was worth the wait.  And it was worth it to get to go with my sis, too.  That was the icing on the cake.  Thanks, DD!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

me, here

True, I'm lost these days. But somehow, I know I'm still here...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

apple care

I am always impressed when I have to go to the Apple Store to have something fixed under warranty (i.e. I don't have to spend moola!).

My earbud busted this morning. I went to the Apple Store to get it fixed. This is the second time I've gone because of a busted earbud. This is the second time that I had someone look at it in under 10 minutes, ask me what was wrong and hand me a new pair of earbuds.

No hassles. So impressed.