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Riot and Frolic
Minnesota
Awesome
Interests: ballroom dancing, crafting, sewing, cooking, working out, running, decorating, reading, listening to music
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I had to put my cat down this week. I hated that cat. No, I'm sure I loved her, because when I brazenly called the pet hospital to make The Appointment, I started sobbing when the receptionist answered the phone. At least I can chalk it up to post-partum hormones.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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I recently took a trip to the hospital and they sent me home with ANOTHER tiny human. It's like they think I'm qualified to handle them. How dare they. But, in trying to stick to a point, there's several things I've noticed the last couple weeks that seems new EVERY... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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If you Google "baby essentials", you're apt to find lists like this: They are helpful. And vast. If you're having your first kid and you're celebrated with a bunch of baby showers, go all in and register for it. ALL OF IT. But you could be a minimalist. Or on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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My last post was received with either sighs of relief and rounds of applause or complete derision and questions of my intelligence. No, I'm not a photographer of any kind. In fact, I'm really horrible at taking dance pictures. And no, I'm not a complete a-hole who only wants to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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I see a lot of ballroom dance photos on social media. Posed photos. Action photos. Photos of amateurs. Photos of professionals. Photos taken by amateurs. Photos taken by professional photographers. And some of the ones you post are SO BAD. Maybe it was caught at the wrong time. Maybe your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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Ever since I can remember, I've been eating those popsicles made out of Jello and Kool-Aid. I highly covet my mom's classic Tupperware popsicle molds (which OMG I just found on Amazon). I posted about them a million years ago. And it's 90º and I'm pregnant and want to chew... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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In case some of you thought it was all rainbows and fairies and cupcakes around here, I thought you needed to know about this week's theme : Picnics. Despite an unbelievable haul from the library, Picnic Week has mainly been a bust because, as you Minnesotans know, it's monsoon season... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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Ahhhh, the glow of a new ballroom dance pro. "I have my dream job!" they proclaim. The magic of partner dance runs so strong with the newly payrolled. And I hate to crush dreams but NO I LOVE TO CRUSH DREAMS : The Cons of Being a Professional Ballroom Dancer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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Four years ago, I had a wee garden. A year later, there was an expansion. And compost! It grew things! Something happened last year... Probably a disaster. This year? We're going big time. Last fall, The G tore up the nasty-to-shovel-snow-off and generally-horrible "patio". Then his super-cool and helpful uncles... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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This is the first year where "summer vacation" actually means a break from the usual. Since .5 of the kids were in school, there is a definite change coming to our routine. I'm not scared. Well, not much. And because I'm insane, I made a few things to prepare: A)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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Here's the obvious and insanely fun thing post to write: the pros of being a pro. Yes, I laughed too much writing that phrase, so let's move on... The Pros of Being a Professional Ballroom Dancer It's glamorous. I KNOW. I told you last week it wasn't. BUT when you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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how many times you tell your small kid to "be careful". how many cloves of garlic a recipe lists. how much vanilla a recipe suggests. how many times your snooze alarm goes off . how many times you think about practicing, without actually doing it. how many episodes of Jessica... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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I've been with child over 190 weeks (by my fifth go-around, mind you) and I've come to several conclusions: Your pregnancy seems long... to everyone else. While you are quite up to date on how far along you are, everyone else keeps asking like maybe you forgot to write it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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I'm just going to throw this down in the first line: being a professional ballroom dancer means you teach ballroom dancing. OF COURSE, there are exceptions, but generally speaking, if you decide to "go pro", you make your living by teaching. Deal with it. If you don't want to teach... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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Otherwise known as: How to Get Seen on the Dance Floor... the Easy Way Are your results all over the board? Do you place well in small heats, but never make it to the next cut in huge heats? Are you sure the judges saw your number? And the dancing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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After Anna Karenina, you'd think I'd want to stay away from Russian writers a bit, but NO, I like a challenge and love dismissing controversy, so I (and at least one loyal reader) jumped into Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. WHY WHY WHY is this book so highly regarded? [insert rant]... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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It's come to my attention through various sources that my reproductive choices are intriguing to many. While that is weird and invasive, let's discuss it: Question #1: Will you stop dancing? Yes, I think definitely this fifth time around is the time that's going to make me think twice about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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I recently heard someone teaching Foxtrot to a brand-new couple. This teacher was throwing out dance jargon and acronyms left and right. "CBM", "using your center", and "LOD" were followed up by little to no explanation. I've overhead group classes taught where, after introducing the basic step, the teacher goes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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Naturally fast food. What? Duh. Wait, what? How? Stocking up on cookbooks at the local library, like I do, I spotted this fancy one and was intrigued. Who is Leon? Is there such a thing as "naturally fast food" where you need actual recipes? (I mean, can't anyone throw together... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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"Collegiate Competition" and "Many Amateur Competitions" or "Ballroom Newbie Competitions" could all be interchanged in the title today, but seeing as how I just judged a collegiate comp last weekend, that's my title. Why I Didn't Love You This is where it was really tempting to pull some of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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I'm going to pretend for a minute that I'm well-rounded and tell you about something other than ballroom dancing. Ridiculous, I know. Last year, I read about this crazy Norwegian custom of "koselig" where you, instead of lamenting the dark days of winter in these northern climes, you relish them... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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The other day, I started a lively debate on The Facebooks about whether social and competitive dancing should be taught the same or differently. I was pretty vague with the question. My exact words were, "Should social and competitive dancing be taught differently? If yes, why?" What I really wanted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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The ballroom world is full of brilliant people. The number of PhDs, MDs, patents, and IQ points of my students alone is astounding. Big-time CEOs and executives of multi-national companies enter studio doors every day. Not to mention the amazing entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and creative enterprisers among us. To make such... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
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This month's playlist starts off really slow with a pretty, morning-feeling, peaceful piano piece by Sigur Ros with a really creepy video that I don't recommend watching. From there, things get trendy and then weird. Like beards. Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Riot and Frolic