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.


Flippy reel step


Very flippy reel step, 3rd step:

Point hop back, step-left right-kickbutt-flip (right foot lands in front of left)

Hop up23, point-right flip point-left

(Run) Step-over right23, stretch right23

Switch hop-back rock-rock-rock


old step version:

(Money step) right cross, left push, kick butt left, kick kick push (while turning)

Winter 2017 two-hand set dance

Face each other, skip forward take hands, lady passed on front (her arm in from)

Skip forward 2 beats, sevens outward, sevens inward, lady in back, her hand on partner’s left shoulder

Pop234567 (sevens outward), sunshine arms send in place, sevens while turning over right shoulder, sevens inward, lady in front (partner’s hands on her right shoulder)

Pop234567 (sevens outward), sunshine arms send in place, sevens while turning over left shoulder, sevens inward, face each other

Skip around in circle (be back by 6), face each other.

Take hands and sevens to back, open arms and circle to right, close arms and sevens to front, open arm and circle to right.

Spin lady, skip to back, spin again, face front, point and bow.

Spring 2017 slip jig and hornpipe

Slip jig 1st step:

(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(left) Skip-1-2(right) (right)Leap 2-3 Step front point right

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

Gallop-right walk-turn

Step-right left-lift step-right switch turn and point

Slip jig 2nd step: keep the momentum going

Step lift-hop-down step lift-hop-down

Skip1(right) skip(left)2-3 leap2-3 (right, end with left in front), hop-buttkick flutter(rightfoot), place right foot in front

Hop(leftbuttkick) slide-left, hop(rightbuttkick) slide-right

Cut left, cut right, hoppy walkaround step left, step right, step left.  (Immediately go into next step)

(Old: Gallop, turn switch-kick, turn-on-right, point left. Twist-twist-twist forward something something)

Hornpipe 2nd step:

Hop cross-step-step step-heel(left) (half grapevine), hop-over step-right hop-onto-right (left buttkick)

Rally rally rally back (right in back)

Rally-right back-toe-right back-toe-left whip-right, rally-right  toe-toe-toe cut-left-bang

Rally-left hop-over-right, rally-right hop-over-left

Slide-right slide-left

Rally rally rally back (while turning), rally up rally back.


Rally practice

Rallys should come from moving the ankle, not the leg/calf.

Sit on edge of chair, lift thighs slighly.  Lift leg up and down, keep the foot is slightly flexed at 45*, rally from the ankle down (curl toes to rally back).

Emerald City and 12-hr Rey

That’s right, I survived Emerald City Comic Con 2017 without having slept for 36 hours and I busted out Rey’s vest in 12 hours.  I keep telling myself that I’ll start things ahead of time and that I’ll do things right next time… fast forward to the night before a costume deadline, hunched over the sewing machine, cutting corners left and right, fueled by the ridiculous levels of caffeine in boba….

Next time, next time.

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