Top Dance Blog Voting Period now open!!

Alright, so I didn’t get enough comments to get into the top 20 finalists, but I still have a chance to win the category contest. So please please PLEASE go to http://danceadvantage.net/2011/12/27/vote-top-blogs-2011/ and scroll down to the category voting section. Find the Teen Dancer category and vote for me!!

You have no idea how much your vote would mean to me. I could really use everyone’s support!!

Packing is a Nightmare!!

So finals are finally over and I’m essentially the last one of my friends who hasn’t left yet. I feel very good about my Turkish final and pretty good about my PoliSci exam. I already know my Econ final grade and I made about a 76. Eh. Not great. Hopefully the curve in that class brings my final grade up to a B.

Anyways, I’m stressing now because packing is an absolute nightmare!!
I don’t have a suitcase so I’m trying to cram as much as possible in, essentially a shoulder bag. I thought I was going to have a lot more room but the thing doesn’t hold as much as I thought it did. Now I’m trying to figure out what I can bring in my carry-on because there is absolutely no room left in my checked bag.

Ugh. And I have to worry about liquid stuff being over the limit or whatever it is. I don’t know. I wanted to check my makeup but there is absolutely no room left, what with bringing home all my jeans and trying to cram in a few extra shirts and whatnot. I mean, I consider myself an expert at packing and fitting a lot of stuff into a small space, but this is insane!!

-_- Luckily when I come back, I will have a much bigger suitcase to fit everything in.
But this is seriously a nightmare.

Top Dance Blogs 2011

So danceadvantage.net, a dance blog I love to read, is hosting a competition this year for the top 20 best dance blogs. While I admit, my blog has become a little less dance focused since entering college, I have still decided to enter. No harm in trying right?

I am going to enter in the “teen dancer” category because I’m still only 18. I personally think the “adult dancer” category would be a better fit but I gotta follow the rules. Haha. Anyways…

I need y’all’s help. In order for me to be a finalist in this competition, I need YOU, my readers, to comment on this blog post. The blogs with the most comments will become finalists in the voting round. So again, YOU need to comment on THIS blog post to show your support for me.

I know I don’t have a huge amount of readers, but I know I have a few and I would appreciate it so much if you could help me and support me in this. Even if I don’t make it in to the finals, your help would still mean so much to me. And I encourage y’all who comment to share “why they read your blog, what makes it special, or which are their favorite posts.”

Thank you so much for your support.

http://danceadvantage.net/2011/11/29/top-blog-2011/

 

What I did for Halloween

Ironically, modeled after the Grinch.

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Being Barefoot

Just a little shameless advertising here. Y’all all know how much I love social networking. What you may not know is that I’m a huge supporter of the barefoot movement. I have spent the majority of my springs & summers barefoot, and it’s killing me being up here in cold Ohio where I have to wear shoes more often.

Anyways, because I love being barefoot so much, I made a facebook page for it. Yes, there were already existing pages for it, but I decided to make my own nonetheless. I’m hoping that if you also love being barefoot you will like my page and show some support. ^_^

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Being-Barefoot/279081455445951

White Water Rafting

College has been so busy!! I haven’t exactly been keeping up with this blog because of it. Of course nothing too exciting has happened, except this last weekend I went on a white water rafting trip with the IA Scholars.

It wasn’t as fun as I had hoped it would be.

Part of the reason I didn’t enjoy myself had to do with the “forced socialization” aspect of it. I didn’t get to choose who was in my cabin, I didn’t get to choose who was in my “pod” which also caused me to have very little choice over who I got to raft with. I mean, I lucked out because 2 of my friends were in my pod and we rafter together, but our other friend was stuck all by herself.

I understand why adults think “forced socialization” will work, but I hate to break it to them, it has never worked. I have experienced a lot of it in my short time, and I can tell you, it does nothing to stop cliques from forming; and in many cases, it makes them worse.

But of course, I could write a whole blog on just that topic, so moving on…
The actual rafting part wasn’t as fun as I has hoped as well. I thought it was going to be rapids the entire time. Instead it was rapids for 2 seconds, followed by several minutes of calm water paddling to the next rapids. I blame part of it on the fact that the water level was low and caused some of the higher classed rapids to be less dangerous and exciting.

I also didn’t get soaked the way I thought I was. I showed up in full rain gear, waterproof everything – expecting to get drenched. I didn’t. My arm got wet twice I think. granted I did have water go down my pants several times, but I still didn’t get soaked. I think everyone hyped up the experience way too much.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate the trip. It was enjoyable. It just wasn’t what I expected.

One reason I am glad I went though, is that fact that West Virginia reminds me slightly or Georgia, and it curbed my homesickness for my home state. It was nice to hear some people with Southern-ish accents!!

Being out on the river though made me miss the marshes off the coast of Georgia a lot. I don’t get to go there often, but man I love the marshes!! And it was surprising to me to think they don’t have to worry about alligators in West Virginia. I kept expecting to see one, but obviously I never did.

But it was an experience. And it’s not like it cost me and arm and a leg to go. At least now I can say I’ve been white water rafting. I think in the future though, I’d much rather go kayaking or canoeing, or even rock climbing.

Anyways, an update on the rest of college life:
All of my classes are going pretty well. I’m slowly getting the hang of Turkish and we’re starting to learn more complex sentences. I really latched on to the Turkish numbers though. For some reason their numbering system really makes sense to me.

Modern dance is also going well. We’ve been slowly adding on more complicated movements to basic phrases we already learned. I told y’all I was one of the “advanced” dancers right?? So I think I’m progressing quite nicely. I now have to decide though if I want to continue to take modern dance classes in the upcoming quarters. I’m on the fence. Part of me feels like I won’t have room for it on my schedule with trying to get all my GECs and major & minor prerequisites in. But part of me also feels like I need a class which encourages physical activity. I still haven’t managed to motivate myself enough to go to the gym. I’m getting so out of shape.

And Econ and Political Science are going the same. I’m having difficulty staying awake in my Econ lecture – it’s so boring!! Luckily, most of what she is teaching I can understand pretty well from reading the book. We have our first midterm next Monday. In Political Science I had to give a debate. I think my group did really well, though I can’t be sure because she still hasn’t put our grades up yet.

So that’s how college is now. Exciting isn’t it??

**On a side note, this is my 100th post.

Harmonica!!

If you remember, a while back I posted something about how I’ve always wanted to be an expert in something. Well, now I have decided to learn how to play the harmonica. Specifically, I want to learn how to play the blues on the harmonica.

I’ve always really liked the blues. I wasn’t necessarily raised around blues, but I always enjoy it when I get a chance to listen to it. And I’d really love to learn how to play all those awesome blues tunes on the harmonica.

I think learning to play the harmonica is a good choice for me. It’s a cheap instrument, portable, requires no set up (unlike the oboe, which I currently play). It’s not so common as to be unimpressive yet it’s still uncommon enough as to provide a “wow-factor” to my friends.

I actually already own a harmonica but it’s not the right kind for blues. It’s a tremolo harmonica which is more commonly used in asian music and folk songs. It’s really cool sounding but I have no idea how to play it. So tomorrow I’m planning on stopping by my local music store to pick up a harmonica and hopefully a few beginner books.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to motivate myself to with this. I’d really like to become awesome at playing the harmonica. My friends call me a redneck for wanting to learn, but I can’t help it. Blues music does make me nostalgic for the old-fashioned South.

Do you think I could learn how to do this??

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