Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ugh is right

man...this month did not turn out the way i thought it would.

my vision:  i would go salsa dancing every friday with jamie and then start lessons this week.  we were going to be getting sooo good by now.

my reality:  i went to salsa dancing once, on october first.  it was great, but like a lot of married couples, we go through times of trouble.  and wouldn't you know it?  this time it happens to be during salsa month.  kinda makes it hard to go salsa dancing when going to couples counseling is a bigger priority.

sooooo....another month goes by without fulfilling my blogging duties.  both times it happened (writing and salsa)  i have to say i was shocked.  both things i totally thought had the potential to be my passion.  just goes to show that you never know how life is going to show up.  you never know how you may show up to life.  it's all just so random.  stay open.  cause someday it might turn out good.

but anyway...i still have been going to yoga.  still been loving it.  i have not been going 6 days a week like when i started...but i have been going.  at the Sweatbox where i practice, a lot of people are doing a thirty day challenge.  it is inspiring.  and although i have not joined them this has planted the seed of hope that i too can do the challenge.  and you know what.  at least i tried salsa, that is sometimes enough.

but then again next month is scrapbooking.
what is the sound of disdain worse than Ugh?
can i use the F word on here? ;)


Thursday, October 14, 2010


So it is mid October and I have yet to Salsa or Zumba.  I was so excited to take the first class a few weeks ago but got frustrated because I found out that I needed to take 3 buses to get there and the timing was just not going to work. I know it is really no excuse but this is my biggest frustration since moving here...everything takes double as long..I guess mostly because of the language but just finding my way around.  I am not real sure of all the street names, neighborhoods etc and I think once I get frustrated I just loose interest.  I don't know...maybe I will try for next week.  A girlfriend invited me to her gym to take a class but that I not till November but I think I will do that since I can get there by bus....I think.  Don't get me wrong as I really like not having a car...just complaining about it I guess.  We are leaving on the 23rd for a week in the South of France...I am so excited both for vacation and to have Ian with us for the week...he has been working lots so to have him home will be great.  So as for Salsa....I just don't know.  My baby turned 4 this month and we had a wonderful party in the park. I was so nervous that nobody would come or just culturally it would not go well but it was perfect.  I can not believe she celebrated her 4th birthday here in Switzerland...crazy right!  Here are some pictures...I will keep you posted about the salsa thing!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

salsa time.

so...on Friday we went salsa dancing.  it was really fun there at the century ballroom...i just love the old building and ornate details around the dance floor.  first we went to dinner at the tin table, it was soooo good.  we had oxtail ravioli for an appetizer and then we shared roasted veggies.  i ordered the steak frites with blue cheese not vegan or coming off my cleanse in a gentle way!  Jamie had the pork tenderloin.  it was all delicious.  here is a link to their website, the Tin Table.

then the dancing.  i was nervous.  the lady that taught us split the room into two...the leads and the followers.  there were lots more followers, lots of ladies.  we learned the basic steps...back step one two, bring that foot back to center three hold four.  then front step five six bring that foot back to center seven hold eight.  over and over and over again.  then we learned how to put a couple spins in there.  next she had us get in a big circle....leads on the outside and the followers rotated around the room trying the dance with different leads.  a little uncomfortable at first and with some of the guys, but overall, not too bad.

after a half and hour of practice....the music started and so did the real dancing.  some people had been doing this for years and then some, like me and jamie, were there for the first time.  overall jamie and i did pretty good.  we mastered the basic steps, I think.  and we got one of the spins down.  the other three moves we learned never quite sunk in for us...but we have all month.  the plan is to go once a week, and start lessons toward the end of the month when the session starts.  and jamie really loved the dancing.  so, i think he had a good birthday night out!

i came off the cleanse with a bang....of bread and cheese and everything else!   i even topped my dancing night off with a slice of pizza.  i called it dessert...and boy was it goooood.  from Big Mario's on Pike.  it was perfect.  crispy crust, thin...light sauce with the right amount of cheese, not too much but just enough.  folded in half and held with a paper plate, it made my night.  oh, that cripsy crust.  mmmmm  and then my belly hurt real bad.  real bad.  i went to bed regretting my pizza choice physically, but certainly not emotionally.  i think i want some tonight.

well...i have been in a funk, so haven't been blogging the past few days.  i guess maybe you all don't mind hearing me complain, but i feel like i tend to not want to blog in that state....but that's life, it's not all fucking roses people.  i know, big shocker.

til next time...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Moving on...

Good Morning,
Been a while since I have sat down to do this.  To be honest at certain points I find this blogging thing difficult and that most of the time I have nothing really interesting to chat about. The stuff  I would want to write about is really not something I would like everyone to read so I just choose to censor myself and I guess because of that the posts seem superficial and I guess maybe I will just stick to the topic and hope for the best. I do continue writing my journal from writing month and that has been great for me.   I do however much enjoy reading other peoples blogs.  I love reading Melissa's posts and during this have been turned onto many other blogs..mostly moms just about kid life.  I have read some great ideas on parenting etc so maybe reading blogs is more of my passion.  Although I am not writing more I have been following along.  Vegan month was good and over :)!  I think I like the reduction of certain things in my diet but not sure I would eliminate all together.   I am very good at restricting my diet so it feeds into some of that for me.  I am working everyday on moderation and maintenance so I do better with less of something instead of none of something. I also had some uncomfortable experiences eating out with friends or being invited over to peoples homes.  I don't like to be that person who picks apart their food or has to order special and let me tell you here makes that more difficult. 
So Salsa...I think the idea of getting Ian to come home from work at a reasonable time to make a Salsa lesson may actually be harder than learning salsa.  He just works so much and the time he is home he likes to hang and be with the family so I just think adding that to his plate is not going to work.   So I have decided to try a Zumba class.  I really enjoy working out and other than walking miles per day (no car and sunny days = long long walks) I have not really had any official workouts.  So from what I understand Zumba is a Latin dance aerobic workout that I heard was super fun.  From what I could understand from the French website it is Monday at 5:30.  I emailed them so hopefully I can attend.  I think it sounds fun....wonder if it will all be in French? Oh this should be interesting. baby will be 4 next week and we are having a party in the park for her (or my house if it rains).  A few Expedia friends and friends from school will join us.  I can not believe she is 4....that is crazy.  They are really happy here and so am I.  I think I have been bitten by the baby bug...I just need that bug to bite Ian.  We will see.....Here is an updated Geneva picture!


Friday, October 1, 2010

good bye september, hello october!

just a quick good bye to vegan month, to my cleanse, and to september.

it was good, but now bring on the food.  and meat! :)

and welcome October....Salsa month!  today is Jamie's birthday.  happy birthday!!!  and we are going out to celebrate.  we are having dinner at the Tin Table, a restaurant adjacent to the Century Ballroom.  then at 9pm, we are going to get a little salsa lesson and by 9:30 be out on the dance floor!  i am so nervous.  it is so hard for me not to lead, and i am hoping that within that...some of our marriage issues can be worked out on the dance floor so to speak.  i am going to do my best.  and let go.  and i am also nervous about everyone else there knowing what they are doing and me getting in their way, all sloppy and falling over jamie's feet.  time to tap into my bulldog determination....I can do this.  i did the single ladies, right?

I'll let you know how it goes....and how the food is too.  man, i am excited to eat.  i have been looking over the menu all week!

enjoy your is gorgeous here in Seattle.