Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Wagenfly

Yesterday I said goodbye to an old friend.  I traded in my car of 10 years in for a brand new car.  

I form odd attachments to things.  This is nothing new.  I remember my mother purchasing a brand new pair of brown Bass penny loafers for me (I went to a school with a strict uniform) and I refused to wear them because I felt I was betraying the old pair of brown Bass penny loafers which had been so loyal to me in carrying me from place to place safely.  I JUST recently let go of the Mary Jane Doc Marten's I purchased at Shelley's in London.  It took everything I had to pass on the shoes which carried me through a 6 month trip which changed and shaped my life.  I still have all of my ballet clothes...from HIGH SCHOOL in a grey plastic tub.  The stretch is worn out of every single pair of tights, but I loved that period of my life...I loved who I was and what ballet taught me.  (Even though I had to give up a lot of normal high school activities for the 7 demanding days a week at the studio.)  

This car...my mode of transportation...was a STELLAR car.  She was undeniably reliable, safe, solid and fun to drive.  She was roomy and accommodating.  She sounded great, handled well and never wailed at me when I pushed her too hard.  I lovingly called her my "Acrya" instead of "Acura" because I tend to do most of my crying in the car.  This one saw an ocean of tears slip from my eyes because she carried me through some pretty serious heartache.  
I had a very hard time stepping out for the last time.  But I was comforted by my new vehicle.

Welcome.....The Wagenfly!

The Wagenfly is "Candy White" with a beige interior.  The seats keep my rear warm and it recognizes my phone the moment I turn it on!  And while I was certain that with Pandora I would have no need for Satellite Radio however, in 24 hours, I have 100% changed my mind.  I mean...and ENTIRE STATION DEDICATED TO GRATEFUL DEAD!  Please!  

The Wagenfly earned her name because I can't do anything NOT related to Gilmore Girls.  It was a toss up, but Marisa made the final call.  I was either going to call her The Dragonfly...after the Inn Sookie and Lorelai purchased together.  Or spin off...into The Wagenfly!  Casting her final vote...or opinion (call it what you will) The Wagenfly wins!
The Dragonfly Inn: Stars Hollow, CT
A huge thank you to the folks at Northpark Volkswagen, especially Brian, Mario and Jamal.  They were BEYOND easy to work with and made the process a million times less scary than I anticipated.  I highly recommend them in the event you are looking for a new car!  And hey...I get an entire year of FREE car washes!  No excuses to let The Wagenfly get dusty!

Thankfully I brought her home JUST before the hail storm.  I am sensing a number of Road Trips in my very near future.  Who's in?

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pretty For My Eyes

Sometimes in my line of work...your mind needs to escape...just for a while...from the realities of the lives children live.  Or rather, the lives children manage to "survive" on a daily basis.  Today, coupled with the events of yesterday, is one of those days.  

Here are the top five photos that made my eyes smile today.

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Monday, April 15, 2013


Today I celebrate my teacher, Jennifer Huff.  This is a freestyle performance and it is beautiful!  Her strength is amazing in that she is able to make everything look absolutely effortless...and it sure as hell is NOT effortless.

I want to celebrate Jennifer because she is the lead instructor at our studio and she exercises her responsibility with fairness and grace.  She is a dedicated wife and mother of three beautiful boys.  She is, quite possibly, one of the most humble, most kind persons I have ever met.

I want to celebrate Jennifer because she is at the forefront of breaking down previously held notions, ideas people have a strangle hold on, regarding this method of movement.
And I mostly want to celebrate Jennifer because at level 7...things are becoming incredibly challenging for me.  And yet, she is endlessly supportive and (I think) REALLY believes within the next seven weeks I will get "off my ribs" and complete a Gemini with no hands while going into Scorpio...with no hands.

I have posted other performances on this site...but I have yet to celebrate MY teacher and MY friend, Jennifer Huff!

If you would like Jennifer (and her troupe) to perform for you at an event or venue check her out at Angels of Elegance.

And a little reminder to myself....believe you can do Gemini with no hands, Patty.  Visualize it!  Have faith in yourself and in your body!  
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