3.28.2005

Bionic woman ain't got nuttin' on me!

Well fan, I've started the process in motion. I am getting a new knee the beginning of June. I am anxious, to say the least, for several reasons: I've never had major surgery; I want to be pain free; I won't be able to drive the whole recovery time; I'll be dependent on friends and family, something extremly difficult for a fiercely independent person like me; but.....I want to be able to dance for the rest of my "remaining" years!

Been dancing with the sistah's the last couple of weeks since we have our first "paying" gig and they wanted me to be a part of this. I had just finished my last round of Synvisc injections in my knee, the second time we got together to choreograph. It was time to s*** or get off the pot! I was crossing my fingers that the injections were working (takes a few weeks to reach full effect). I took a pain killer, bought a heavy duty knee brace, had a glass of wine and was off! Very gingerly, I did the first steps of our entrance.....I was dancing...it worked. I can dance right now, have been, not 100% there, but dancing. You can't tell, with my harem pants under a skirt that I have a knee brace on. And it works....did I say that??!! I'm dancing! So, Wednesday night, the four of us are gonna knock 'em dead......figuratively....we are dancing for "old timers" night after all. I am very excited. We have stepped things up a notch working with our good friend, "A" (don't know if she wants her name in print!) who is teaching us tribal style dancing. We put together a short entrance routine that looks pretty good for just a few short weeks of work.

And, OH, the anticipation of performing!!!!!

3/28:

Crap! Just did a whole long, additional nice entry and it got erased. that's what I get for trying to spell check. Don't have time to re-create. More next time.

3.22.2005

Unemployed, Again :(

Well, just nine days left for my trip and I find myself unemployed, again.

Mind you, I had given notice because I did not have the tough skin that goes with sales, but to be treated so bad by a has been rock and roller. I have no words to describe how I feel; my feelings are hurt, I am relieved that I now have time to pack for Egypt and was happy to sleep in this morning. I gave my all to a job I really disliked; its all good, I know it is not meant to be and he deserves the type of people he currently has working for him. In sales you need to be manipulative, decieving and take the consequences of those actions. In my case, I was taking the consequences for their actions and I was really unhappy.

On a brighter side, I got my tiiiiiiiickets, I got my tiiiiiiiiickets, I received my tickets for my seat on EgyptAir via certified mail on Friday. WooooooooHoooooooooo. I am so excited that I am beside myself. I will have to iron a few things and pack them. The suitcase I have is gigantic, no problem there. Better make a check list to make sure I have everything I need before leaving.

Well, better go, I need to update out website to include pictures of the Elks Lodge.

Later
M

3.20.2005

Rakkasah 2005

Wow, Audrea, Tempest and I attended the Rakkasah 2005 yesterday; this is the first year we went as spectators and not performers. Needless to say, after spending 7 1/2 hours listening, walking, watching and spending, we are today utterly exhausted. It was so worth it. I tried listening to a couple of music cd's we purchased and I just couldn't do it. I guess I will just have to wait for tomorrow to see if I like the music we picked out or not. We have to listen to the music and decide which one to work on for our routine at Desert Dance.

I did not spend as much money as I usually do at Rakkasah, thanks to both Audrea and Tempest. Every time I picked up something of interest at a vendor's booth, I had one or the other say, "Egypt" and that was the end of that. My trip, which is like so close now, is solely to buy as much jewelry, fabric, trim and hopefully costumes at reasonable prices. Yea baby :-)

there were many, many performers and we enjoyed a few. We give them all two thumbs up and give them credit for getting up on stage and performing. The troupe we really enjoyed the most was Domba. They were great and we appreciated the change in tempo. They did a Bollywood routine; it is my understanding that the music they used is a piece from a Bollywood movie. It was different and it was fun.

Well, that is my report and there is yet much to tell. I have to get back to packing. When did packing get stressful? any whoo, Happy Birthday Estefania and I hope you had a blast in Mendocino this weekend!

M

3.13.2005

Sisters on March 9, 2005

Posted by Hello


In reply to Sultana's blog, I must agree. We kicked butt on Wednesday night and we showed our audience that we are "Sisters In Dance". Since I took the photo, I am not in the pic. Sorry guys, maybe next time.

In the pic, on your left, is our new adopted sister, Audrea, she is just a wonderful addition to our family. She adds the American Tribal Flavor to the troupe and she is awsome.

We did have a blast on top of it all and we will definitely do this again without any hesitation. Those old timers sure know how to have a good time ;)

On another note, Pat and I have less than three weeks to get ready for our trip. Alrighty then ;) I still have much to do and very little time left. As Sultana mentioned, Rakkasah is next weekend and after that I have just one weekend left to finish packing and getting in the last minute shopping done for the trip. Well, let me drag that big ole suitcase out of the closet.

Later
M

3.12.2005

It's the little things

Hello, I just wanted the world to know that our dance gig on March 9th went great. The Sisters were there with me as well as our newest sister- Audrea. She is a vision in tribal style. Everyone brought their own flavor and flare to the show which was wonderful. We were hit with some obsticles apon arrival at this show but overcame them with class and sas. It was our first time out for a payed show. In my opinion, we kicked some ass! OK, so the crowd was 99% male and over the age of 65, but it was a gas and they were greatful for a relief from their chicken dinners which were being served as we danced about. We were all divas to the end. Rakassah is just around the corner and I am looking forward to seeing all the dancers and vendors alike. I always come away with great ideas and am so inspired. I am somewhat sad that we are not dancing this year but I also do not miss all the practices and bickering trying to get everything perfect. I need to save my strength for next year. See you there. Tempest Sultana