Pub reel from Addi


Point-right kick-butt-left right-wiggle-wiggle-wiggle

Switch 2-3 right double up

Step-left turn-on-right (left-in-front)

Slide-back-left 2-3 point-left point-right point-left whip up point


Point-right kick-butt-left right wiggle-wiggle-wiggle

Step-right jumpturn-kick-butt developpe-lockout-right and down

Slide-back-left 2-3 point-left point-right point-left whip up point


Snowy treble jig


Rally rally rally (fast) hop onto right

Heel heel heel (or toes), rally back.

Rally rally rally hop onto right

(Addi step) step 2 3 left, step 2 3 right

Rally rally rally hop onto right

Rally hop back, switch 2 3

Rally rally rally-back


End variation :

Rally-right-up right-toe right-heel rally-back

Addi’s hornpipe

Tip and tip and rally hop back

Tip and tip and rally hop back

Hop up right heel down rally hop back

Tip left slide right, rally hop back

Tip (left) and tip and rally hop back

Heel and heel and rally hop back

Hop up left heel down rally hop back

Right tip and tip and rally hop back

(Then left foot)


Second step:

Rally hop back leap 2-3

Heel heel heel rally hop back

(Something you know) tip and tip and rally hop back

Tip right step up, tip left step up

(Hop up heel down rally hop back)?

(Something you knit) tip and tip and rally hop back

Click-Front click-front, rally hop back, rally hop back

Slip jig based on Jessica’s reel

Or “slip reel” =)

Point and point hop back (left in back)

Whip right and crossover 2 3

Skip left, skip right, skip left, skip right 2 3, leap right 2 3, twist twist twist

Step left, lift right up down, step left, double up right, step left, leap right 2 3

(Left side: use twists to face front, then go right)


First step:

Point-in point-out point-in hop-back

Hop-back hop-back slide left

Saucy right knee up turn-lwft, left knee up turn-right, place left front

Step-over right, crossover-left 2345, crossover 2345 (left in front)

Slide back left 2345, turning over left shoulder skip-left skip-right skip-left-front



Book club boogie


This year I joined one official book club and one kind of unofficial book club with my teaching program.  I thought it would be great way to gush over books that I love, live, and breathe and geek out with new friends.

It was.


But it was also a little isolating.  Like I often feel that my perspective is unique.  And not necessarily in a good way.

For instance, here

Me: I want to be Lyra’s friend.  I hate Mrs. Coulter, even more than Umbridge.

B: I don’t like Lyra or Mrs. Coulter.

E: I don’t like Lyra, but I like Mrs. Coulter in terms of the role she was able to craft for herself.

S: I like Lyra and I have to respect Mrs. Coulter’s rise to power as a woman in this world.

C: Lyra was me when I was younger, might be because my parents are Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter.

Holy cow.

I guess it’s good to push my horizons, meet all types of people, boom de yadda yadda.  But it’s starting to activate my social anxiety and reinforce my perspective as an outlier.


Ok, so I started this post in …July… and now I just got an email about setting up another series for the book club.  Someone introduced Chronicles of Narnia as a possibility.  Which was then shot down by a few key members of the book club since they said once was more than enough.   And now I kind of want to quit going to book club.

Guys, Chronicles of Narnia was the first book series I read multiple times.  It holds a special place in my heart: I love it, have strong opinions about it (Book #1 is always “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), I have been trying to track down copies of the same publication version that I read in 3rd grade… there are sections that shaped who I am as a person.

I think Aslan has a line in “The Last Battle” saying that it does not matter whose banner you are under if you’re doing good: it is still good.  Same for evil.  And that has really been how I have tried to live my life.

I know Narnia is flawed.  My friends and I bond over the ridiculousness of it, especially “The Last Battle.” C.S. Lewis’ Christian overtones are more like a rock concert decibel in the book.  I consider myself an agnostic/atheist, but having this comparison in my life has helped me develop tolerance for different walks of life and religion.

And I don’t really want to bare this to people who talk over each other.  Or try to sound smart/nitpick things.  I’d rather celebrate things I enjoy.

First Irish Dance class of 2017

I had dance class the day after the 2016 election and Addi, our dance teacher sub and public school teacher, was like, “I have spent the whole day watching grown adults cry.  I am going to enjoy the heck out of dance class today because it will be the highlight of my week.”  So.  Yes.  Sounds like a good way to start the year.

We did receive my favorite presents ever for Christmas from our amazing friends in Alaska: duel-ready lightsabers!   Art & I totally wandered around the house whacking each other for at least a half hour.  Now all we need is a lightsaber dueling dojo and we will be set.


Half a slip jig step from Janelle:

(Right foot) Point in-out-in kick butt back

Jump-switch jump-switch (right foot in back)

Step right foot front to point

Skip-1 Skip-1-2 Leap 2-3 Step front point

(Grapevine) Whip right 1-2-3-4-5 (Legs are uncrossed)

Gallop-right walk-turn

Step-right left-lift step-right kick-butt-left whip-left to turn (the last bit may be wrong footed)

New Treble Reel Step from Jessica:

Bang rally-right back-toe-right

Rally-left back-toe-left step-back-left whip right


Rally-back rally-back rally-back


Charleston-whip right foot from back to front

Swivel feet 1-2-3-4 < > < >

(Then repeat on left)

Maggie’s Christmas step:

Step-right step-left

Swivel feet 1-2 <>

Rally back

(repeat on left)

R dance slip jig swingy:

Skip 1 skip 1 skip 1-2 leap-2-3 step en pointe kickbutt pause

Skip 1-2 switch skip leap 2-3 whip-up