2015-10-16 - 10:37 p.m.
I am SO HAPPY that there happen to be a few good dancers that regularly go to the dance spot I have found that works with my schedule!
It makes it MUCH easier to accept the fact that the one man I have found very attractive in a long time is NOT someone I would choose to have a relationship with when there are a FEW REALLY GOOD and NICE LOOKING MEN available to whirl me around a dance floor once a week!
Seriously, this spot I discovered is so much fun!
I just finished up a seven week session working as a model for a sculptor and a couple of painters that happened to be at an art studio in town where the dance spot is. So for the last month and a half I have been going out right after my modeling gig once a week to hear live jazz. I even sat in and sang one night (which was absolutely AWFUL as the key of Ain't Misbehavin was not a good one for me... after I killed that tune in the bad way I recalled my music teacher had transposed it into a different key for my voice; however it was STILL AWFULLY FUN. And hey, after a rough start I was OK on the last verse. My range is not as good as it was then, and even then as written it was just not a good choice for my voice... the highs were a stretch).
The second night of the week after I got off work at 9pm I then have had the pleasure of going dancing!
It has been so lovely! Last night Pocohontas came running to my car just as I was leaving! She arrived then saying "YOu can't go home NOW"
It was around 10:30 and I had already stayed out later than planned. (I always plan for one hour of dancing...and it is often a little later.) I danced another forty minutes or so with her and her entourage (she is always good for bringing a group out) , I was home and getting settled around 11:30, asleep by midnight which was later than intended, but well worth it.
The only trouble is that I went running a few times over the past few weeks, getting ready to go run a 5K which I always enjoy doing each Fall, and between that and dancing LAST Week non stop for about three hours, I seem to have a shin splint in my right shin.
I THINK that is the trouble. Its one of those weird things as it hurts intensely ONLY WHEN I SLEEP OR am absolutely still; which was was problematic when I modeled this past Tue. I had shooting pain during that session but just did my best to ignore it. I had to shift just a bit here and there however as it was too painful to not move once in a while. I typically hold the pose for 20 min, but I had to move subtly a bit more often than that on Tue evening. It did seem to get better the past couple of days. When dancing one of the guys tried to give me a tip- that I shouldn't bend at the knees so much . I think he was trying to help as I darn near lost my strength during the merengue which was an intense workout of the calfs. Seriously, I had been dancing for a good hour straight when a gentleman who is a really great dancer was leading me , whipping me around in the merengue, when suddenly I hit this point where I felt THE WALL. It was JUST LIKE that wall when running a really long run when you think you can't go any further. The difference is this time I had a PARTNER relying on me, and the pressure of a room watching . (This is a TINY dance spot. I mean there are all of 20 people there- and at that point I think we were the only ones dancing seriously so the room was watching.) I had to think to myself "This is just like a run, and I always can push through that wall... I got this...I can keep going..."
But it was really intense for a moment as I seriously thought my legs were resisting and feeling the push so much that I thought I might not be able to move them again.
I pushed through long enough to make it to the end of that song and said "WOW That was an intense workout!"
I realized when the other guy (figures, that one is an engineer so he TRIED not to give a critique and give pointers... he TRIED really hard to be polite , but when he started and stopped himself I told him I was open to constructive criticm, and I could see the relief that he could share his expertise... ha ha... I knew that dude was an engineer before some old guy who drinks at the bar there actually engaged in conversation and asked him what he does...) Anyway, I realized when the guy who couldn't help himself but to give me some pointers said to not bend at the knees so much, that I was doing so in order to shift pressure ONTO my calves and away from the shin. It worked pretty well as I was able to dance without exasperating my shin too much.
A couple of Advil and I slept OK.
I am concerned about my ability to run this upcoming 5K. That is in a few more weeks. I felt like I should be training for it, however with the shin and knee hurting I decided to not run at all this week and just dance that one night. I am giving it a rest and will do so for the next week and then get back into running a bit before the 5K.
I am happy to be running this with my Marine friend. HE is fun to run with and it will be nice to visit with him. I so hoped some college friends would be joining us, but that doesn't seem to be working out for this race.
What's funny is that he just ran a race right here in D.C. (Army 10 miler), which I couldn't get to as I had to work that day.
I am still working at the retirement community and so enjoy that.
Work at the full time gig is also going very , very well. I am happy to be taking that federal contract mangement exam tomorrow to get that finally accomplished! I had a 98 on my last practice test taken a couple of weeks ago now, and have still continued to study more details. I wish I had passed that a month ago so I could shift study to the BAR topics... but I don't want to shift gears until I pass that CFCM and get it under my belt.
The good news is that I am actually learning quite a bit about the financial sector and a bit about property and real estate law in my current work. The things I am learning might actually be relevant to my understanding of real property which is a tested area on the BAR Exam. I was only 12 points shy of passing on my last VA BAR attempt, to I feel like the working knowledge I am gaining is itself helpful.
It's funny as I hear some of the folks I work with joke about how they should go to law school as they deal with legal issues all the time. They have to consult the lawyers of course, but after a while they do gain keen understanding of the legal issues that arise in their regular course of business. Hopefully I have picked up a few things that prove helpful come exam time!