Sunday, October 9, 2011

Comment Spam

I encourage those with something to say about my scribblings here to comment. I cherish each and every one.

However, I've received some comments that contain links to commercial websites that don't appear to be relevant to my writings. For example, one replied that he or she (the person's profile doesn't say) was considering taking a class and had purchased a leotard. The word "leotard" was a link to a site that sells children's leotards and tights. I'm not a child. I don't write about children's clothing. The only purpose of the comment appeared to be to drive business to that company's website.

Sorry, I'm not playing that game.

If you want your comment displayed, don't link to commercial websites. If you want to recommend a web site to me, post a comment telling me why it's relevant to me; I'll read it in the quarantine, but don't expect to get it made visible.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Another good week

Went to class both days this week, as usual. Tuesday I was still a bit sore from the barre stretches the previous Tuesday, which seemed to excite our instructor no end. I'm pretty sure she's thinking it's a sign that we're really working hard; I'm thinking she owns stock in Advil.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Waltz turns

Thursday we introduced waltz turns. I don't recall doing these before, but the motion came fairly easily so perhaps we did them waybackwhen and I've forgotten.

Yesterday I went to my yoga class, after not having been able to attend for quite a while. It was the same teacher as always, but she's changed her intro patter to say that this is a mixed class, and some things will be more advanced than others. I ran out of steam about 10 minutes before the end of class and skipped the more energetic bits.

One thing I noticed, though, was that I've gained a significant amount of flexibility since the last yoga class. Sitting in "hero's pose", which is kneeling on the mat with feet pointed, my legs sat flatter than before, probably due to greater flexibility in my ankles since I've started ballet. In the standing straddle forward bend I was able to put my fingers on the mat for the first time. Little steps, but they're stepping in the right direction.

Work has gotten busier, and it looks like I'm going to be traveling quite a bit in the next three months. Already I have six trips tentatively scheduled, including Europe and Asia. I haven't been to Asia yet, and am cautiously excited about it. The down side, of course, is that I'm going to miss a lot of classes. I'd like to think that I'll have time to practice on my own, but the reality of these trips is that they usually leave me so exhausted at the end of each day the only thing I want to do is eat dinner and sleep.