Friday, June 25, 2010

Remote Control

This is the guest dancers from last night: Remote Control

SYTYCD Farewell

WOW last nights guest dancers "Remote Control" were sick! Beyond wonderful. A must see, I'll try to find it on youtube and post it later.

In the bottom three were Christina, Melinda, and Robert.

I was most surprised by Christina and Robert being included in the bottom three. All did a fair job, I still am having issues with the skipping of a top 20. I know I need to let it go, it's only TV but it's making the voting go.

Going home this week is...Christina (I don't agree, she was brilliant Wednesday night)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance: Top 10

Not sure I like this season, still not a fan of the all-star change. I miss watching the pairs grow together and improve. I also think it is hard to see the best in some of the dancers, who are great, but don't shine next to all-stars. The all-starts have more practice and aren't under pressure.

Some observactions:
1) Most dancers have the skills and steps but are missing the story and character.
2) The least skilled have the best performances (Jose and Kent)
3) The girls seem weaker the last week but stronger this week
4) What is with Cat and Dominic?
5) Rating was very difficult. One shone and was clearly my favourite the rest were all close and even the bottom three was hard to pick. I don't want anyone going home.
6)I don't actually expect Jose to be in the bottom or Adechike but we'll see in a few minutes...
7) These are my "ratings"

The Top:

Lauren w/Dominic dancing Hip Hop choreographed by Tessandra Chavez

The Middle: (had a hard time dividing this group)
Christina w/Pasha dancing Paso Doble choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux & France Mousseau
Alex w/Lauren dancing Broadway choreographed by Tyce Diorio
Robert w/Anya dancing Tango choreographed by Jean-Marc Genereux & France Mousseau
Billy w/Comfort dancing Krump choreographed by Lil'C
Ashely w/Mark dancing Jazz choreographed by Travis Wall (relly liked but was more contemporary)
Kent w/Courtney dancing Jazz choreographed by Tyce Diorio

Bottom Three: Not sure
Jose w/Kathryn dancing Bollywood choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan
Adechike w/Allison dancing Contemporary choreographed by Mandy Moore
Melinda w/Ade dancing Contemporary choregraphed by Stacey Tookey

I think Melinda will be going home.


Thankful Thursday #9

I am thankful for:

1) Peanut Butter
2) Running Buddies (I wouldn't go without Maria)
3) Plans
4) Laughter
5) Christmas...in June
6) Past success, it helps me keep going when I get overwhelmed
7) Helping hands
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
-Psalm 100:4

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Walk in the Woods

A month ago a group of us decided to go for a hike after supper. My friends had just started geo cashing and had discovered a waterfall hidden close to the high way accessible by trail that took us through a tunnel...a little more walking and this is what we saw.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Spontaneous Shopping

For the last little bit I've been focusing on being more active and healthy. I've started running recently and been thinking about taking a cardio class with a friend. I've also been joking with a few friends about learning hip hop (which would just be scary). So while Tabi and I were out shopping we stopped and looked at the fitness videos. This caught my eye:


And it came home with me. I'm going to try one of the routines tonight...I'll let you know how it goes.

P.S. I also bought a vacuum, yesterday. It was a more thought out decision. Wow those things are expensive. I haven't used it yet (writing group conflicted and by the time I got home it was too late) will also give a review as soon as possible.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 23

FOR TODAY: June 21, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...the sun's too bright so the curtains are closed.

I am thinking...about friends and plans and bananas.

I am thankful for...the girls, we just got together for our weekly chat over tea.

From the kitchen...I have all these fresh veggies from the farmers market so I am really excited to make salads this week. I also picked up pork chops again, last week was my first attempt at cooking pork chops. It went well so I'm going to try it again.

I am wearing...sandals, jeans, gray tee, and green hoodie.

I am creating...chapters 2 to hopefully the end this week. I'm also creating a healthy home with the Apartment Therapy eight week cure.

I am going...to work.

I am reading...A History of God, The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel, S is for Silence, Prayer Works, When Nothing Matters Any More, Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry in the 21st Century, and Simply Strategic Volunteers.

I am hoping...to complete the novel re-write this week.

I am hearing...sounds of me typing.

Around the house...More "Apartment Therapy" projects...I'm almost done the kitchen clean up and ready to start week three. I'm also buying a vacuum today, mine died last week.

One of my favorite things...local theater.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
My newly organized shelves
For more daily photos visit the 365 Picture Challenge.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Living Heritage

Early yesterday morning as I was driving through Wolfville on my way to run with a friend (side-note: longest run yet! about 2km) I noticed an encampment on the Acadia lawn. There were people dress and living as if it was the 1700s.

On my way back home, after the run, I stopped to ask questions and see if they'd let me take pictures. It was a group of reenactors living as if it was the 17050s. They were very friendly and let me take a number of photos. They were part of a "planters conference" happening this weekend and were the visual element. It was really neat. They travel to different communities all summer.








Friday, June 18, 2010

SYTYCD Farewell

Last night on So You Think You Can Dance the bottom three were Melinda, Christina, and Alexie.

After a dance off the judges gave each girl advice if they are back the next week then announced that Alexie journey was over. It's sad because she had auditioned for the show so many times. She was cute and for that I wish my prediction had been wrong...but someone had to go.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance: Top 11

Summer is here bringing sun, BBQs, and the return of So You Think You Can Dance (I didn’t watch the fall season). The past three weeks have been the auditions and Vegas week. They narrowed it down to the top 11 dance, five girls and six guys. The dancers are being paired with past seasons “all-stars.” So far I am not a big fan of the change. Last night as the first dance night, there was the same issue in almost all the routins. The dancers got the steps beautifully and the technic was great but there was something missing in the translation of character/story and emotions. This is my ranking:

1. Alex –Contemporary: My favorite of the night. It was beautiful and elegant and the best of the group. I don’t agree to the extreme praise the judges gave that it was the best ever. But I wasn’t there and there is something to be said for atmosphere that doesn’t translate through the TV.

2. Kent –Cha Cha: He’s my favorite dancer. The dance was super cute and seemed the hit the song. I thought he did good added character to the moves.

3. Robert –African Jazz: I loved this piece. It was so fun to watch. I agree with the judges Roberts going to be a dark horse. I didn’t remember him from the audition shows and was surprised he made it to the last cut but I am glad he did.

4. Jose –Hip Hop: I love when Bboys make it on the show. Jose shone. It was fun.

5. Ashley –Contemporary: I liked this, but I am not sure if it was her as a dancer or because I like contemporary and the return of Neil. Of the girls it was my favorite dance.

6. Billy –Broadway: It was fast and the steps were great but there was something missing.

7. Melinda –Jive: She had a great smile high proformance which hid the weaker steps (or that’s what the judges said). I thought it was fun but something was missing.

8. Christina –Jazz: it was a Sonya piece so it was dark and interesting but it just was.
My Bottom Three:
Lauren –Pop-jazz
Alexie –Hip Hop
AdeChike –Jazz

All of these were good but not great. The steps were there but the emotions and personality just weren’t. I actually felt that about most of the dances. Some of the ones I did like (Alexie’s Hip Hop) was more because of who the All-Star was. I think Alexie might be in the most danger.
For the season I think the guys are going to last longer and Alex, Kent, and Robert will be in the top.

Thankful Thursday #8

I am thankful for:

1) Fresh veggies
2) Sunshine
3) Words
4) Books that challenge
5) Kids worship cds that come with action videos
6) Beta readers
7) My summer student
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
-Psalm 95:2

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 22

FOR TODAY: June 15, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...the sun's too bright so the curtains are closed to limit the glare off my computer screen.

I am thinking...that challenges are funny things like mini adventures and life. All have a flow to them with highs and lows. When you start you're all pumped and excited till emotions change or things become difficult. Then you have to decided am I going to push through this or just give up. I almost gave up on finishing my novel re-write. I was overwhelmed and frustrated and ready to delete the whole story (even the original rough draft). I didn't and more satisfied with the whole writing process.

I am thankful for...farmers markets.

From the kitchen...I made beef stroganoff (without a mix) I was giddy with the accomplishment all weekend. I'm going to have the last of the leftovers for lunch today. I also bought pork chops from the farmers market on Saturday and cooked them last night. I hadn't attempted pork chops before because I didn't like them as a child. I was pleasantly surprised.

I am wearing...sandals I don't like, jeans, purple tank, blue tee, and a jean jacket...weird that's the same outfit I wore a week ago (I did laundry yesterday). Does anyone else do that, have a favourite outfit just a top so as soon as its clean you wear it and then have to wait for the next laundry day?

I am creating...a new opening to my novel. A friend is editing it right now. If anyone wants to be a beta reader (someone who reads and gives thoughts but isn't about editing the actual words or grammar). please leave a message. I'm also creating a healthy home with the Apartment Therapy eight week cure.

I am going...to work.

I am reading...Food Rules, The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel, S is for Silence, Prayer Works, When Nothing Matters Any More, Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry in the 21st Century, and Simply Strategic Volunteers.

I am hoping...to stay focused only 15 days till the nanowrimo Create Space free proof copy offer is over. I must submit my revised second draft before the end of this month if I want to own a copy.

I am hearing...sounds of me typing.

Around the house...More "Apartment Therapy" projects...with all the other stuff going on lately (preaching at two youth retreats, the novel, a visit to Moncton, writing group, and preparing for summer programs) I decided to make this week two. I only have one task left. Clean my whole kitchen from top to bottom but that is huge. It includes washing all surfaces (including all selves and walls), cleaning the over and fridge, changing the contact paper on shelves, removing unused, chipped, or mismatched dishes, sorting through the pantry getting rid of anything expired or unopened (and not used in the past 12 months) or old sauces/oils that have just sat of the shelf forever.

One of my favorite things...new books.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

For more daily photos visit the 365 Picture Challenge.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thankful Thursday #7

I am thankful for:

1) Good music
2) Hugs
3) Steph
4) Surprise visits
5) Meals with friends
6) Celebrations
7) Summer students
We give thanks to you, O God,we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.
-Psalm 75:1

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Momentum

mo•men•tum
1 : a property of a moving body that the body has by virtue of its mass and motion and that is equal to the product of the body's mass and velocity
2 : strength or force gained by motion or through the development of events.
Forty-five days ago I embarked on a self-imposed “365 day - 30 challenge” adventure. So far things are going well (most weeks) and I feel like I have momentum to actually finish all 30 this is why:

  1. I have already completed two (watch a play and take a class).
  2. A friend and I are training for a 5km race and I have a race day August 7, 2010
  3. Three weeks ago I began reading/participating in Apartment Therapy an eight week home cure…when I complete all of the challenges I will be able to cross five challenges off my list (learn to cook a new meal, host a murder mystery, unpack all the boxes in my office, do something I’ve been putting off, and use 100% natural cleaning products)
  4. I found a great editing resource which is helped fix many issues of my 2009 NaNoWriMo story, which is wonderful because there is only 20 days before the proof copy deadline.
  5. I’ve been taking a picture everyday any missing dates are just uploading issues
  6. I’ve connected with my local farmers market that has great resources on eating local
  7. I’ve been thankful, drawing, and had four photo booth pictures taken
Things are looking good!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 21

FOR TODAY: June 8, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...very dark, the sun is set and it is pitch black.

I am thinking...about a discussion at tonight's life group (small group/home group, whatever you want to call it) on transformation. Also thinking about plot holes.

I am thankful for...good food with friends.

From the kitchen...this week I'm going to try a new recipe, which should have happened last week but didn't. Any suggestions on what I should make?

I am wearing...clogs, jeans, purple tank, blue tee, and a jean jacket.

I am creating...a healthy home with the Apartment Therapy currently working on finishing a few week two challenges and starting week three. I'm also re-writing my 2009 nano novel "Across Eldamar." The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel is helping...I think it is going well.

I am going...home to be or to clean or to write. I should just go to bed.

I am reading...The Weekend Novelist Re-Writes the Novel, S is for Silence, Prayer Works, When Nothing Matters Any More, Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry in the 21st Century, and Simply Strategic Volunteers.

I am hoping...to stay focused.

I am hearing...silence.

Around the house...More "Apartment Therapy" projects...week three is all about the "landing strip" how you enter you home.

One of my favorite things...it is still light at 8pm.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
For more daily photos visit the 365 Picture Challenge.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Thankful Thursday #6

I am thankful for:

1) Good books and weekly challenges
2) Mini road trips
3) Laughter
4) Deadlines
5) My sister
6) My life group
7) Music
I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving

-Psalm 69:30