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Riot and Frolic
Interests: ballroom dancing, crafting, sewing, cooking, working out, running, decorating, reading, listening to music
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Ballroom shoes are a tortuous necessity. While they do make dancing "easier" with their slippery grip, finding the right pair can be a lifelong challenge. I've worn the same two styles of shoes (Rhythm and Smooth, respectively) for 10+ years and I'm not planning on changing anytime soon. It took... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Riot and Frolic
I'M NOT A HIPPIE! But... A) I own a refrigerator B) Europe does many things better than the U.S. C) I'm a big fan of real food.* Recently, I've been buying eggs at the farmers' market and milk from a... cow. Like, nearly, straight from a cow. Yes, RAW MILK.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Riot and Frolic
Food: it's mine. If I doled it out in some sort of serving size while you weren't around, then the servings per container is ONE. Meals are one thing. I LOVE making food for people and want everyone to eat and eat and eat. But snacks? NO. NO SHARING. This... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Riot and Frolic
Farm Week basically became Where Food Comes From Week and since it involved food, I was happy. Monday I was not super on-the-ball with my planning this week, so we started off slow, with a trip to the library. I wish I had spent more time researching kids' books, because... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Riot and Frolic
Dude. Apple Week. How can one NOT be excited when there's food involved? Monday Apple cards: I made my own template for a cut-open apple using some parchment paper and MY IMAGINATION. Again, I reliquished my not-so-inner perfectionist and let the ladies loose with their sketchy hand-eye coordination and scissors.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
This is not aimed at you, small weird offspring of mine. No, it's aimed at YOU, my dancerly friends and acquaintances. Stop trying to grow up so fast. Ballroom dancing is a great, social, musical, fun, athletic thing to do. It is also a technical, PROGRESSIVE, CUMULATIVE skill to learn.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
In case you needed a reminder, there are rules for this subject. But let's get more in detail BECAUSE YOU ASKED: Being pregnant is Weird. There is A PERSON in there. THAT is Weird. I sweat a lot as it is, and a lovely side effect (this time around) is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Am I embarrassed about loving all of Christina Perri's songs? MAYBE. Was I late to the party on the Meghan Trainor train? MAYBE. Do I make up for it a little with up-and-coming bands like Wet and Sylvan Esso? MAYBE. Enjoy October, yo. October Mixed Tape by Kathryn Bratt on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Recently, I got one of those damn FitBit devices. I have the super boring black one, but I want THIS ONE I'm a sucker for fitness-tech gear and figured it was a nice stepping stone to getting a heart rate monitor.* Along with keeping track of my exercise (eventually there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Let's review the simpleness that was Theme Week #1: Monday Leaf Magnets: a fairly fool-proof craft that included enough exercise and education to look like a school thingy. Tuesday Placecards: in case the girls got lost around our huge dining room table, I made (the ladies were too busy playing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Things have gotten REAL since my last take on ye olde bullet journal. Not that this summer wasn't totally filled with adventures and expansions, but now there's school and more working and still feeding the people and cleaning the shelter. Plus, there's this whole blog thing. I needed to change... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
(It's like Shark Week, but totally different.) In an effort to be even more of a nerd, I have declared a theme for every week around my house. This week, it's LEAF WEEK. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I "pinned" some super cool leaf magnets:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Back in the day, I went on at length about proficiency levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Open) in ballroom dancesport competitions. This time, I'm going to BRIEFLY tell you about age categories. Ready? DANCE YOUR AGE CATEGORY. Sign up for the age category that you fit into RIGHT NOW. Not the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
I've been teaching ballroom dance at the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club for a few years and at the beginning of each year, they have a really big shindig where the veteran club members demonstrate their skillz, crazy people teach group classes, everyone can try out some social dancing,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Contrary to last week's post, where I complained about homemade versus hand made food and how NOBODY CARES, there are certain food things I am too lazy, cheap, or food-obsessed to buy in the store. Vanilla extract - If only for a reason to buy cheap vodka (it looks so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
It's Tuesday-ish and Monday was about a C-. (Homeschool started sort of for reals today and we've been working on medal tests at the studio, so I'm in grading mode.) I was going to write a retort to myself about the food things I don't buy at the store anymore,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
This is a highly-opinionated post. This is not going to a political discourse on foreign or domestic policy. Nah, people, I'm talking dancing. Here in the U. S. of A, there are two styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American and International. They are similar, but not the same. Sometimes, there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
After Slate posted the caustic article about home-cooked meals and all the facets of their lameness, every food blogger, mom, and home-cook took to the internet to reply. And DAMMIT, I'M ALL THREE! It's my turn. Slate stated the obvious: it takes time and money to cook food and often... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
I've been sporadically plowing through The Classics on my list of Books to Make Me Smarter, like Atlas Shrugged and Anna Karenina. But now people think I know how to read, so they give me books. It all started with The Fault In Our Stars. While it was a good... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
This is a sponsored post. No, don't stop looking at me. Because you're delicious. Let me explain. Recently, I had the opportunity to try some food from Schwan's. I mean, really, the only things I could think of (until now) when "Schwan's" was mentioned were the scene from Billy Madison... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Yes, folks, it's about that time to round up this long running series (read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 here). Today, I'm going to get existential on your dancing. The Je Ne Sais Quoi While it's hard to say that judges mark you on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
If you like to cook or bake and you don't follow Food52 (likewise with The Kitchn), you're missing out. They constantly churn out great tips, recipes, and pretty gadgetry to inspire your daily dining. Recently, there was the mind-blowing link to a fuss-free ice cream recipe by Nigella Lawson; a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
There are certain things in my kitchen I literally THANK GOD FOR every time I use them. Here's they are: OXO Oven Mitt - This post might end up seeming like an ad for the OXO brand, and let me tell you, it is in no way sponsored. I just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Hey y'all, happy Friday. This is how you announce these things nowadays, right? Have a great weekend! Two years ago: Running Advice for Idiots, in which I give myself advice. One year ago: Going Bananas, in which I bribe nurses. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Maybe if you were here a couple days ago, you remember how I was no longer populating my Comfort Zone. Yeah. That. Along with pushing my professional "I 'know' what I'm doing stuff" boundaries, our super amazing Smooth coach asked The G and I to be in her Fringe Festival... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Riot and Frolic