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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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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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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.
SADIE, I'm trying all the cracker recipes right now, but obviously they're all variations on a theme. Yeah, flour and water and oil are pretty easy and cheap, right? YAY.
That follow thing with the shoulder peeling away from my hand is a constant mystery. I literally do not know how they do it. AND some follows expect to physically move them from foot to foot on every single step, which is exhausting and giving the guys the pretty heavy workload. I often get accused of back-leading when I'm just doing my job (add that to the list, okay?). The strong-arm contest is gross. I disagree with the well-intentioned bit. It's mostly people who are showing off (not succeeding) or are trying to copy something they saw (so possibly well-intentioned, but ignorant). WHY DON'T PEOPLE LIKE THE BASICS?!?!?!? :)
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2014 on Why You're Bad At Dancing at Riot and Frolic
Ha. As long as I'm in the midst of eating one, I totally agree with you. I'm partial to the peanut butter/Special K cereal/Caro syrup combo. YUM.
RIGHT. Husbands, I tell ya.
Someone brought the same thing up on my FB. While I totally agree, I think it's sad that everyone can't find something they're really good at that they enjoy doing. But now that I'm typing, I think a lot of people like their jobs, but don't like doing 40-60 hours a week, getting up early, being away from their families, or would rather be binge-watching Sherlock. What do you think? Do you like your job? I'm talking barter system here, not just volunteering for nothing.
Last time, on Riot and Frolic... I gave you an overview of some basic criteria of ballroom dancing judging and how good timing might be the most important factor to show. I'm still a little surprised that I didn't use posture as the base of the pyramid, but let's face... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Judges are not keeping judging criteria a secret. All the things you work on in lessons? That's what you're being judged on. Many officials hesitate to answer the "how do you judge ballroom dancing?" because there's no short answer. Even asking a judge why they marked you the way they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
- so proud of all the dancers I know that participated in Dance Fest this weekend. Tons of improvement from last year AND some of them even had the balls to dance out of category THE RIGHT WAY (dancing Bronze figures in Silver level heats; dancing Silver in Gold heats).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Subtitle: While You Might Be A Good Dancer, Everyone Rolls Their Eyes At You. You lack humility - Be grateful to all the teachers and champions and coaches and wise ones that came before you and LISTEN TO THEM. Be surprised when you win, be thankful to anyone who helps... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
"Healthy." I've been scanning Pinterest and the Googles for new recipes lately and it seems I have a very different definition of what "healthy" means when it comes to food. As I am a born-and-raised Minnesotan (with an inate love of hot dishes, Midwestern meat-and-potatoes sensibility, butter, and bread), I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
Tara, not to fear, my dear. A) you're a beginner and it's one of your first showcase, right? The fact that you have dance shoes is impressive at that stage. B) Fair skin and tan shoes? I KNOW THE FEELING. If you can find Capezio fishnets in Toffee (or Suntan, in any case they look dark brown in the package []) before the big event, that will go far. As far as arms and legs matching, I'd go to a spray tan place and ask for the darkest dark dark setting. And go twice. Another good option is Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs ALL OVER. It washes off and looks great, but be careful with your costume if you sweat a lot. DON'T FORGET YOUR FACE. If the rest of your body is magically tanner than usual, your regular makeup will not cut it. Go buy a dark foundation color and over-do your makeup. [insert that quote about how you can never be over-dressed that Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe or some style icon said.] Smile and have fun. You won't look ridiculous.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2014 on Dance Products I Hate at Riot and Frolic
If you haven't read Hyperbole and a Half, you're missing out on ALL THE FUNNY THINGS people are referring to while writing in all caps. The Minnesotans, or precisely The Twin Citians, of the world were snowed/iced/wintered-in last weekend in a storm that made most of the land look like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Riot and Frolic