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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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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
To me, dancing has always been pretty tame. The teaching, the performing, the competing; it didn't rate high on the fear factor scale. Until recently. The G and I have had a lovely reputation for being "clean", "technically sound", and "classic" as professional dancers. AKA, boring. Tired of holding our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
The St. Paul Farmers' Market season started in May and I actually went. Not only did I go one time, but my friend America and I have GOTTEN UP EARLY every Sunday to fetch vegetables. I've gone once or twice over the years, but this year it hit me. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
I get a lot of questions [read: complaints] about the levels, age categories, dances, and general WTF-edness of dancesport competition entry forms and the ensuing competition printed program. First, understand that the number of levels, the precise name of these levels, the ages in a particular age category, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
I Can Stop No, not "I can stop" like the "... at any time... It's not a problem, really... I don't need to dance" conversation at your intervention. I mean, the "... at any time if there's someone in the way... I just feel like resting... There's a nice pause... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
I've mentioned before how I found the simple tutorial for bullet journaling, a straight-forward way to organize your thought, to-do lists, notes, or ramblings on paper. Having a couple of months to try my hand at different schedule layouts, research other planners I like, and troubleshoot long-term planning spreads and... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
- it was a pretty dull week in comparison to last week. The usual teaching, practicing, cooking, mothering business resumed with full normalcy. - as I pointed out on Facebook, one must be very careful with fonts and the word "flick"... so naughty - we finally ate at the Lion's... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Get moving. Happy Friday. Three years ago: Unpaid Programming, in which I heavily hint at gifts. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Mae Cake had been planning her 4th birthday cake for approx. 364 day. At 3, she wanted three cakes: blue, yellow, and green. Boom. At 4, she wanted one cake with three different colors (blue, pink, and green) with chocolate frosting and [in a high-pitched toddler voice] "little tiny cupcakes... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
- Zoo has twirled her hair into dreds since she was little, hence her relatively short hair. After having a bald spot pointed out by a friend, we decided to shave her head. She giggled through the whole process, then didn't like it while she was in the bathtub ("I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Aw, Mae. You're my favorite. (Don't tell your sisters.) I know Mae Cake is my child because the majority of her photos can be categorized like mine: mouth wide open or eating. She is an adorable old man, often falling asleep with her pants upbuttoned, and a bottle nearby. She... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
I realized the other day that all my Domesticality projects (the Garbage Challenge, Advent Adventures, home improvement, homeschooling, etc.) are all based on the question "What would Laura Ingalls Wilder do?" My latest [accidental] project was having the little ladies sort their toys by type: kitchen play toys, dress up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
- Things I hate on Sundays: waking up showering makeup contact lenses moving pants - watched American Hustle and then had to cleanse my Christian Bale palette with some Equilibrium. Whew. - Suit Day at our studio was excellent. I had my boys and I dress up a la [competition]... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Remember me? "Me" being this damn pyramid, of course. If you need a refresher of what's been going down: Overview and Timing Posture Footwork Characteristics of the Dance Steps and Choreography Here's what should happen: you dance 5 steps or amalgamations... tops. you dance down: Bronze in Silver, Silver in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
- Zoo [the youngest Bratt, coming in at 2.5 years old] corners my dad and starts talking his ear off the other night. Trying to distract her from her mission of Grampa Domination, I request her to sing a song from "Frozen". Zoo: No, I do not like the Frozen... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Here we are again. Let's say you've conquered the correct timing, posture, and footwork for a dance. WHAT ELSE COULD THERE POSSIBLY BE?! Well, if you ever want to be more than an average dancer (definition: an adequate social dancer; more talented than a beginner, but less talented than some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
- [Monday of last week] Am I in a time warp? Is it an hour earlier than I thought? Or an hour later? Damn you, DLS. - What was I just doing? Where's my coffee? Oh, I drank it all? Why does it smell like bread? I'm making bread? I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
I'm sure you're all familiar with this: If you are unfamiliar, I suggest you read up about general judging criteria, timing, and posture as it concerns ballroom dancing. One oftens hears that there are "frame" judges and there are "feet" judges; judges that look up, judges that look down; top... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
SEND ME RECIPE! It's all about meal planning these days. We're trying to save the monies, so I go around cooking in all my spare time.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on LLLL at Riot and Frolic
Thanks for the info. I figured as much about the celeb photos, and I think I link to others, but shit, now that you're saying that, I DON'T KNOW.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on LLLL at Riot and Frolic
I get that from your brother. BIRTHDAY!!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on LLLL at Riot and Frolic
- I have always hated the actual post title associated with the LLLL acronym. It's so vomitously cheesy and trite. I did like the alliteration because alliteration, onomatopoeia, and euphemisms are awesome. - want some CSS code written? I can do that. Want to know how thick 1/8" is? I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Dude, Saltines with ANYTHING are delicious. Good when you're sick, good with Nutella, good with PB, good with soup, good with brown sugar and butter broiled on top, etc.