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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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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 11 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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