Sunday, March 29, 2015

The ups and downs of a dance student

When my dance instructor announced that she was putting on a show and then told us that we would be in five numbers- I panicked. I go to dance glass for the fun of it, I have huge stage fright and don't want to perform. She told us that we would have to have more rehearsals including several hours on Sunday's as well. I think I felt overwhelmed and an a bit resentful of the demands on my time and money.

I started to dread the whole thing. In fact, after feeling like this for about two weeks. I told my dance sisters that I was going to quit dancing after the show. They were shocked. It felt so huge, like I had so much that needed to spill out of me. 

Then about two weeks ago my instructor talked to me about it. I told her that I had a lot to say about it and I couldn't say it all in the 15 minutes before class, but we did discuss it a bit. Then she had a talk with the whole group and told us that we didn't have to feel obligated to all of it. She told us how when she first started, her first dance instructor put her in 14 pieces!! Yes fourteen!! She understood. She wanted to give us an opportunity to perform if we wanted to. But we could opt out. 

Then just like the clouds parting to allow the sun to dry up the rain, I suddenly felt better too.  In fact, a couple of weeks later, I signed up for the next session of classes (and even ADDEDa class), bought my costume for the show, and have decided to do at least two pieces. One of my dance sisters and I are talking about doing our own duet after the show - so we can perform in September. 

Funny how a little pressure and a conversation or two can change everything. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter Projects - chick and sheep

This is how I spent my Saturday - making egg cozies.



I'm not sure how many more I will make - they are rather fiddly, two took me all day!!

If you want to make these yourself, see krawka.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Crocodile Stitch Slippers

Just finished these slippers. They don't look like much but man they kicked my ass. It took me almost a month to make them. I just kept ripping them out and re-doing them. I'd like to blame the pattern, but I'm pretty sure it was me, all me.

The biggest issue was that dang crocodile stitch cuff. It make a couple of rows and then try it on only to find out it tightened up too much so I couldn't put my foot in them, so I would rip out and start again.

Anyway, they are down now and I think I'll be taking a break from slippers for a while. It's a good thing it's almost spring and they shouldn't be needed for much longer

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The High Cost of Paradise

I heard on the radio that the gas in Vancouver is the most expensive in North America at $1.33/litre (a litre = .2642 gal or 1 gal = 3.785 litres). Apparently the most expensive place to get gas in the US is Los Angeles and that still equates to only $0.75/litre Canadian. $0.17 of every litre goes to pay Translink for the transit which the majority of us are not able to use due to a lack of network and efficient schedules.

Combine that the super high cost of real estate and it's surprising how any of us can get through the year (and maybe we're not). I have many friends who are "house rich and cash poor".  I wonder how long it will be before we all have to leave this town and soon it will be taken over by tourists and foreign investors. If I lived anywhere else I'd have 3x the house I have now and probably money left over to travel. Here's a Cost of Living Calculator - see if you could afford to live here.

It's no wonder my community apparently has the highest number of problem gamblers in the province. People are becoming more desperate everyday. Where will it go? Will we all move away? Will we all move in with each other? Higher crime rates? Looting ? Pillaging?

Oh and I didn't even mention alcohol - we have very costly booze too (no Costco wine for us)

Why do I stay? Because this is where I grew up, because Jp's son is here, family is here. It's home. But I'm starting to wonder if 'home' is over rated. How much can wonderful, mild weather and amazing scenery and an abundance of amazing wildlife trump the costs of living?

Next time someone says they are from Vancouver - will you say "poor you"? (because they probably are) or "lucky you" (because they are able to survive in the most beautiful super expensive place)? Do you think Vancouver will be like New York - if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere?

Friday, March 06, 2015

What's the stupidest thing you ever believed?

When I was a little girl, I looked up to my brother Mark, very much. I adored him and I followed him everywhere I could. Mark was a naughty boy with a sometimes crooked and wry smile - sometimes getting bored with life and testing people to see how they reacted.

I was an easy target for him because I was three years younger than him. But for many years I trusted him wholly. Yes, he got me to lick a 9-volt battery and be his little errand girl.  But he didn't always use his power for evil and not good - once when I wanted to run away from home he convinced me -by knowing my weakness (my fear the Police)- not to do it.  He told me that it was illegal to run away from home and I would be arrested when they found me. I did not want anything to do with the Police so I reluctantly came back home. This all happened one afternoon and I didn't get farther than a few feet on the other side of our fence, I doubt my parents even knew about it.

But the stupidest thing I even believed was when he told me that if I touched both prongs of the plug when putting it into the wall socket, I could jump the length of the pool table. Why golly that pool table was like six feet!! I could jump six feeeeeetttt?? That's crazy, right?

But I did it. I willingly stuck my fingers on the plug and stuck it in the wall.

I jumped. But not the length of the pool table.

I didn't believe him so easily after that.

What's the stupidest thing you ever believed?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Enticing Food

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Doesn't food look so much better in slow motion??? 

This was just my Friday night popcorn.... 
now it's sexxxxxyyy popcorn! Ha! 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

LLovely Llama +a New Lens

A friend of mine really likes llamas, so I decided to surprise her on her birthday with this crocheted llama




It was a good pattern, lots of little parts though. I think if I were to design it, I'd probably try and do more of a one piece design as sewing legs and ears and heads and a neck is a wee bit hard - plus I never seem to get them as symmetrical as I would like. Do you ever experience that?

But this pattern did include the making of eyebrows/eyelids - which I absolutely love. And want to incorporate in more of my future patterns!! Heck, I may even go back to add some to any that are laying around! Love them!

One other thing .. ( I sound like Columbo -for those of us old enough to remember) - didn't my photos turn out pretty good?  There is no retouching here - just some cropping. And, I even turned down the resolution just to make it load faster on this site. This is because  I finally got a new wide angle lens to replace the one I broke last year. With the help of a $100 Visa Christmas present and that fact that Jp went to the store and bought it for me. I would never have spend that much on myself, so I am very very happy that he made the executive decision for me! It is a very good lens.

He also bought me a bluetooth selfie stick to take pictures with my phone. You might see more of me than you want to  from now on! LOL!!