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Recently I talked about wanting to explore some hobbies again, and I’m happy to say hubby and I have continued to dabble in yoga and I am taking some dance classes again. Right now I’m taking an Indian-style dance class and an African dance class.

They are awesome! Talk about a good workout, and I love how earthy and connected they make me feel! Check out the video below. The audio quality isn’t great, but the dancing is awesome. Can you see why I am sore today? This is the Indian style of dancing, which I love, but the African is really my favorite. We actually had African drummers play at our wedding ceremony…it was awesome.

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Well I was through the looking glass, of course.

Sorry I wasn’t here yesterday, but I went to the most amazing show last night at Atlanta’s The Alliance Theatre. Lookingglass Alice was the best ensemble performance I have ever seen, and possibly the best show I have ever seen. This is how the show began from my seat:

Lookingglass Alice

This is from a seat onstage! The rest of the audience was in the theatre’s “normal” seats on the other side of the mirror. A curtain falls between us (the two sides of the looking glass) and the story begins. I don’t know quite how to describe it, other than to say that if you go to see this traveling show, you will:

  • Have the ability to sit on stage during the performance and watch the action occur in front of, around, over, and beside you (which is also the case if you sit in the normal seats)
  • Watch Alice swing and soar on ropes over the stage and you
  • See a unicyclist, a man shuffling about stage atop a giant red ball, and a man fall through a hole in the stage after a ladder CLAPS over the hole onto the stage
  • Possibly have the dormouse lie down for a nap on top of you, or the Mad Hatter sit on your lap for tea
  • Hit enormous balloons into the air as they bounce through the air over the rows of seats
  • Believe six impossible things before you leave
  • Have your ideas of reality, perspective, and imagination stretched and pulled gloriously
  • When you do leave, you will leave smiling (all of this fun must release endorphins!)

The show is performed by five actors who assume many different roles and are extremely talented. From what I’ve read, the stunts change depending on the talents of the current actors in the show, and sometimes one or two will leave and others will join on, so don’t quote me on the above list…but take my word that the show is amazing. If you live in the US I would definitely recommend looking it up to see if it will be coming somewhere near you. In the meantime, try going to YouTube and watching one of a few video clips I found of the show.

If you have children, your children will love it. If you don’t, you will leave feeling like a child at heart anyway.

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I need a hobby, an outlet for my increased excitement and anticipation. Something other than baby making. Or thinking about baby making.

And I do love a good hobby. For a year I took belly dancing classes and really dug it, so much that I ended up with a bag full of coin sashes, ballet flats, knee pads (so I could do this dance — but that’s not me in the video, it’s just the choreography I did — pretty awesome, huh?), crop tops, and even a sword. I became a little disenchanted with it, but who knows? I may go back someday.

Well maybe a craft, then. Before hubby and I were married, the first Christmas/holiday season we were together his family decided to do a crafty gift exchange. I had to make something for his mom. No pressure on the new girlfriend, right? I tried to make this. I wish I had a picture of what it really looks like. Because it did not look like that. My shadow box involved permanent marker. Oops. Sweet lady still put it on her bedroom wall.

Perhaps a crafty class is in order, but one other thing I am thinking about exploring more fully is yoga. Hubby and I have been doing workout-type yoga DVDs for a while now, but I like the spiritual aspect of yoga too and would like to explore a real yoga practice rather than just a workout DVD like this one, which is one of the ones we do at home. We never did end up going to that ashram I mentioned a week or so ago. I can’t remember why anymore. Slept in, who knows? But yesterday we did go to a class at another studio and I really enjoyed it.

There’s something about having an instructor guide me through the bodily and mental process behind yoga that really helps me. When the instructor yesterday told me to focus on the four points of my foot rooting into the Earth, I really felt them, could just sense my foot and leg anchoring solidly into the ground. When I think about hugging my muscles tighter around the bones I can almost feel that as well. Yoga makes me feel more aware, more alive. It makes me feel really strong too. I can’t believe I ever thought yoga only involved stretching. It’s a really good workout — for the body and spirit.

Maybe this will be my new jam.

Now as far as this weekend is concerned, here’s a picture from our wedding day that demonstrates one of the hobbies we’ll be taking part in over the next couple days. Oops, there I go thinking about baby making again. 😉

Smooches

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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