My First Ever Hangar Dance!

Hello there! This is me trying to be excitable – I’m actually quite exhausted right now. But this post needs to happen! So it will!

Saturday night was my first ever, fabulous, vintage hangar dance!

It’s really quite a cool event in the swing dance world. It’s a chance for everyone to get all gussied up, strut their stuff in authentic 40s vintage, and dance the night away. As the title would suggest, the dance is at an old hangar where they still keep some planes that were used in WWII. At this particular dance, they also had a dress contest – so prizes were given out for the best WWII Citizen dress (male and female), and Best Uniform (male and female, any war).

Seeing all the vintage was great – especially as someone who sews, and is fascinated by nostalgia.

Of course, being the classy lady that I am, I had some vintage of my own to strut around in. I don’t really have a good picture of the outfit, but here are some pictures that another person took of that night:

Group Hangar

Fabulous Friends!

I'm the one in Navy

I'm the one in Navy

Pictures taken by a friend of mine, and I think the group one was taken by someone at the hangar dance who was kind enough to volunteer. Apologies for the darkness! It was night, after all.

There will be another Hangar Dance in the spring, and I’ll have to be sure my camera is charged and has battery – that was the problem with this night.

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This has been one hell of a week.

Had to finish a draft of a Letter of Inquiry for today. I’ve got some more edits I need to write in, but other than that I think I’m pretty set. Then I’ll send it out to some more people to proof, and send it in.

Ahhh! Scary!

Had a ton of homework between Tuesday and today, and basically spent every spare minute working. Finally finished it. This weekend I have around 500 pages to read, so I really should get on that, but I couldn’t take any more brain thought power today. (As clearly evidenced by “brain … thought … power … today)

I have soooo many posts I want to make right now about various things from my classes, but I just don’t have the energy to. Maybe tomorrow I’ll pull something together in that manner.

I also don’t think I’m going dancing tonight; just far too exhausted, and should probably get an early night in. Tomorrow is an early harvest with SPROUT, 21st Century Novel, and then a quiet day of homework. Perhaps a really chill gathering tomorrow night, or just a night in with a good book. Or knitting and a movie. I am SUCH an old woman.

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Mission: Slim and Sassy update

Happy Fall Equinox! It’s been a very, very good equinox for me. Attended a public ritual put on by the Tree and the Well, and then had a very, very lovely dinner with my parents.

Time for sleep now. Among equinox/parental activities, I also read 90 pages today for homework. Didn’t even get everything done, but I’m in a good place to stop.

Post on the Hangar Dance to come, as well as some project-updates and general think-space on more serious subjects.

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I guess I haven’t really stated it here, but I’ve been pseudo-dieting for the past two months. Well, month and a half I suppose. It’s mostly just consisted of me being smarter about food (as in, not eating because I’m stressed, and trying to eat a balanced diet), and also working in some exercise every day.

I now do yoga every morning, and go swing dancing at least once a week.

Here’s a brief look at my weekend’s exercise regimen:

Saturday

Did a quick vinyasa routine in the morning. Got dizzy (strangely), and so decided to stop.
Went to a swing dance and danced for 2 1/2 hours!

It was a really cool swing dance too. It was WWII themed, and took place at the airport where they still keep the WWII bombers. Everyone was dressed to the nines in their 1940s garb, and there was a live band playing with Andrews Sisters look/sound alikes. Absolutely fabulous! (More on this one to come later)

Sunday

Did an extended yoga routine.
8 Sun Salutations.
Balance poses – but grounded balance poses, so there was boat pose, cobra pose (very proud of being able to do this one), standing splits, and warrior poses.
Also practiced handstand and seated forward bend, with great success.

Side note: it’s one of my goals to be really flexible. Like, when doing seated forward bend, I want to be able to touch my nose to my knees. I also want to be able to do the splits sitting and standing. These flexibility goals will take me a while, I know, but they’ll be really worth it once I’m done with school and can go into teacher training for yoga.

Biggest news of the post:

I may have reached my goal weight of 125 pounds! I finally weighed myself in just a towel this morning, and that’s what the scale said.

EDIT EDIT EDIT: I did not actually reach this goal, I was just really excited to see 120 come up on the scale and forgot my scale is ten pounds nice. DAMMIT! Oh well; so I’ve got ten more pounds to go – those should be fairly easy! And I wasn’t planning on changing the diet much anyway, so I’ll just keep dieting to lose for another month. No big deal.

Here’s what I’ve been doing:

1. I’ve really started to listen to the body. If it’s not hungry, I don’t eat.

2. I’m not depriving myself of anything, I just make sure it’s balanced. If I have pasta for lunch, I’ll have a salad with protein for dinner.

3. Exercise every day. At the very least, sun salutations in the morning.

4. I don’t eat late into the night, unless it’s fruits and veggies.

5. I don’t stock the things that I know I’ll eat too much of. Like chips. Hide them away, nothing to eat here.

6. I allow myself one day off a week. Not to binge, but to eat some things that I like and celebrate how well I do during the rest of the week.

That’s pretty much it. Nothing too fancy, and I feel so much better about my body. I will lose those last eight-ten pounds! And it will feel wonderful!

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We are the kiss between heaven and earth,

we are the song between sky and ground,

Loving the world that we are making,

nothing is lost that can’t be found.