2012, then

Quite liked 2012. Some of the highlights and lowlights: After last year’s resolution to take dancing a bit more seriously, I joined an amazing studio and subsequently danced at competitions in Miami and Disneyland, Paris. This was essentially the best thing ever. I was Maid of Honour at my ex’s wedding, so helped run the Hen Do, as well as taking photos and giving a speech. I’d never done anything like that before. I ran the Questival camping weekend for the AHS. Tried and failed to move onto a purple boat (plans got scuppered after we found too many problems) ... Read More »

Christmas showdance

Christmas showdance

This is me and my teacher’s showdance at the dancing studio’s Christmas party. We’d performed it the previous week at a competition in Disneyland Paris, but I’d messed it up and felt that I’d let people down, so I was determined to do it properly. Thankfully I think it went ok – I can see plenty to improve, but it was far better than before. People at the studio liked it too, happily. Phew. My teacher gets the credit for this: she put a huge amount of work in. So big thanks to her. Big plans for next year, dancing-wise. ... Read More »

Naming the purple

Naming the purple

I am trying to  switch boat. My current boat needs quite a lot of work doing inside – a new bathroom and kitchen, for example – and my parents are a) in need of a project b) selling their boat. So cunning plans ensued and a new boat was found. It’s less immediately pretty than my current replica dutch barge, but much nicer inside, so the price balances out. Anyway that is all boring – the important thing is that the new boat is PURPLE: IT IS SO PURPLE I AM SO HAPPY Haven’t actually got it yet. The builders ... Read More »

Windows 8

Windows 8

I installed Windows 8 earlier, kinda on a whim. I’ve written up some quick thoughts over on G+. Read More »

Halloween Hattering

Halloween Hattering

I was tantalisingly close to a crowning moment of awesome yesterday, but it was just out of reach. I was at a Halloween party at my dance studio, and naturally I’d dressed up. You may have noticed the photo. I was quite pleased, despite the trousers being, well, you know that recurring dream where you’re out in public in your pyjamas? That. Also I really liked the wig. I had no peripheral vision on the dancefloor, and I’ll probably need a bezoar removing, but come on. So I travelled over to the studio dressed as such, thinking ‘it’s the weekend ... Read More »

Killick Klassik 2012

Killick Klassik 2012

Last week I took part in a ballroom/latin dancing competition in Miami. It was a Pro-Am event, meaning amateurs dance with their professional teachers, and we’d been preparing for months. I’d never done anything like it before, and I was ridiculously excited. I entered a bunch of single dances. In Latin, the rumba, cha-cha and jive. In ballroom, the waltz. In each you can dance in up to three difficulty levels, based around bronze, silver and gold – I danced in three subcategories of bronze. I also danced in two different age ranges, which basically meant I’d entered everything I ... Read More »

Miami bound

I’ve just boarded a plane heading to Miami, to compete in a 3-day dancing competition. So excited. My teacher and I have been practicing for months. We’re entering 4 dances, in 3 difficulty classifications, in 2 different age ranges. Plus a one-time-only showdance. Each dance has multiple heats, so basically this adds up to a *lot* of dancing. Ra. I’m hoping to get some video of the dances. Will post them if I can. Eeeeeee. Read More »

Look look my brain

Look look my brain

Someone took a picture of my brain: I was asked if I’d volunteer for an experiment that would see me lying in an fMRI scanner for 90 mins and performing various cognitive tasks. The recompense would be an image of my brain. I don’t know how quickly people normally reply to the email, but if I took more than a millisecond I’d be most surprised. The fMRI scanner is more cramped than you might expect. You have to put earplugs in, and there’s plenty of padding around your head to stop it moving. Then you slide into a white torpedo ... Read More »

Hmmm bop

I braved the dancefloor at a wedding this weekend. I’m pretty nervous about party dancing – give me a set of ballroom/latin rules to follow and I’m fine, but ask me to move to a beat in an unstructured way and I feel like a dork. I’ve been told I don’t look quite so stupid as it seems, though, so I’ll give it a try if the lights are low. And when the playlist kicked into I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ there was no real choice. As it happens, that particular song has a cha-cha beat, so I was a ... Read More »

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