What an eventful few weeks I’ve had! I was surprised twice, by both my mother AND my father, with unexpected visits in Atlanta. Dad was just in the area for work that day, so we had dinner together before he headed back down south. And Mom actually stayed the night with me! We went to a play, and made fried green tomatoes together, and just talked and laughed. It was incredible. I rarely get to spend one-on-one time with mom without other people or activities distracting us, and I treasure that weekend very much.
|My first time trying fried green tomatoes. They were super yummy! We made them because we were going to watch the movie that night…|
|…but we ended up going into town to see a play instead! 🙂|
Last weekend I went to a big dance event, the Atlanta Swing Classic. It was such a blast! I entered the competition and made alternate for finals. It was a little disappointing since I was hoping to make finals outright, but also rather encouraging since I had mostly terrible partners, but still managed to do pretty well. I went to lots of workshops, met lots of new people, yada yada yada….the usual excitement that can be found at one of these events :). This time I also picked up a few of the pro dancers from the airport, so I was able to get some one-on-one time with them, which was awesome. I so wish that I could afford to go to more dance events! If you’re stymied for Christmas or birthday ideas, donations to my travel and dance fund are always appreciated!! 😉
I’ve also spent some time getting to know my dance community outside of actual dance events. I went to a birthday dinner a few weeks ago, and just last weekend a handful of dancers went to a corn maze, about an hour north of the city. They were both so much fun! It’s incredible to feel not just like I know these people through dance, and we’re very friendly to each other when we see each other once a week, but rather that I’m actually a part of a community. It’s also a novel experience, for sure, but wonderful. I wouldn’t trade it for the world – or even, shockingly enough, for the chance to see the whole world :).
|Not a dance friend, but still a friend…Sunny came over one night and we made a Korean meal 🙂|
|This was the map of the corn maze!! It took us forever to figure it out, but once we did we rocked it!!|
If you’ve never been to a corn maze before, though….take heed. Don’t wear heels. I had never been, so I didn’t really know what to expect. In my mind, I was thinking, “It’s going to be cold…you need to wear something that will keep your feet warm.” Unfortunately, the only high-topped shoes I own are 3.5 inch heeled boots. So I traipsed around the entire maze in those things. Hahaha. I felt somewhat foolish…but also a bit fierce. Mostly I just felt pain, though…especially the next day :). Consider yourself warned!!
I had 2 other big trips within the past few weeks, but I think that those merit their own entry, so keep an eye out for more to come soon!