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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 am typing in rhythm to this song, obviously: Not progressing as quickly as you'd like? Seeing other dancers who started when you did zoom into higher levels? First of all, THAT'S OKAY. Stop comparing yourself to others. Dance is a journey, yo. Second of all, if you're unsettled by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Riot and Frolic
Notice I didn't say "How to be the Best Dance Partner" or even "How to be a Great Dance Partner" because DAMN, SON, there are a lot of ways to screw this up and I will settle for "good" IN JUST THIS ONE AREA of dancing. Don’t date Yes, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Riot and Frolic
While unconditional love and patience and compassion and self-sacrifice are all hallmarks of a good mom, I think we need to declare a new trait. Because you know what's underrated and necessary in motherhood? Adequacy. With Pinterest moms, Instagram families, and the glossy filter of Facebook, few people are content... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Riot and Frolic
"Do I have to tan?" Newbies ask this a lot, either before (yay!) or after (unfortunately) their first ballroom dance competition. The short answer is yes. The long short answer is "because you have to". But the longer answer is pretty long, 767 words to be exact, but there's SCIENCE... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Riot and Frolic
I run three days a week. I have done this off and on for four kids (it's easier to say that than keep track of the years). Each morning, as I hit the sidewalk, I groan. Not merely an under-my-breath, mostly inaudible sort of groan, but a loud, full body,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
I wrote this with ballroom dancing in mind, but apply it to whatever you want. #1 Start While it might go without saying, to start doing something, you must actually TAKE THE FIRST STEP. HAHAHAHAHA. #dancejoke Ironically, the first step to dancing is NOT dancing. So switch apps on your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
As far as post-partum dancing goes, I've been around the block a few times. Well, six times. I've basically run a marathon of post-partum dancing. And yet every time I hit the road after getting a new kid, I'm astounded by the facts of dance I'm faced with. Fun Facts... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
Sometimes I forget how life is after I bring a new baby home from the hospital. You'd thnk I remember by now, what with 5 of these experiences in my pocket, but NO. Since momnesia is real, I decided to make myself a graph as a visual reminder of what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
The Children's Museum is a great place to bring your kids. There's interactive exhibits, lots of room to burn energy, cool ways to learn without it feeling "learny", and, of course, other kids. In other words, anarchy. There's no telling a toddler to wait their turn to drive the fire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
A couple of people have compared me to Jessica Day from "The New Girl" and I usually blow it off as she's a great Every Girl who epitomizes how many of us feel from day to day. But tonight, I'm excitedly sitting in my dining room listening to the lids... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
I've been trying new things lately. They often seem weird and I often feel stupid attempting them. Most of the time, I don't have anything but my wits and good ol' Google helping me out. I've Instant-Potted four things in one day so I didn't have to turn on the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
Hey guys. I've been avoiding you. There's something I've wanted to tell you for awhile, and I'm afraid it'll hurt your feelings, so I just stayed away. But as much as the truth might hurt, the lies are hurting both of us more. The fact is... There are two full... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
When one starts learning a new skill, one is usually is excited because NEW! FUN! NEW FUN! Then somewhere along the way, the New Fun wears off and one decides whether the new-ish skill could still be charming when it's not being fun and looks more like work and doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
Things You CANNOT Control at a Ballroom Dance Competition How hot the ballroom is How cold the ballroom is How slick the floor is How sticky the floor is How crowded the floor is How empty the floor is How big the floor is How small the floor is When... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
I do not qualify in any way as a beauty expert, except that my sister-in-law stated that "I've never seen anyone in the real world, outside ballroom dancing, do contouring well." So there's my qualification. Not a great resume, but let's run with it. I have four products that make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
It's Ash Wednesday and that means the start of Lent and that means I'm coining the hashtag #NewLentNewIntent BECAUSE I AM A HUGE DORK. But guys. I am giving up flour this year. Yeah yeah yeah, I know many of my buddies have had to do this for medical reasons... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
Ladies, stop peeing your pants. I'm not kidding, mamas. It's not normal. I've had a more than a few children, which should put me solidly in the Peeing Your Pants is Cool Club from my in-depth analysis of the market*, but I refuse to join. For years, I have heard... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
Previously on Riot and Frolic [cue cleverly edited montage of my witty and amazing writing voiced over by Morgan Freeman with some dramatic and foreboding music in the background]... But really, I was talking about partner dancing and what the hell are we getting into when we go social dancing.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
What the hell is ABLMS? It DOES NOT sound like a fun field trip. It sounds like an acronym for a horrible disease. But DO YOU LIKE FOOD? DO YOU LIKE CHEAP, BUT AWESOME, LOCALLY-RAISED FOOD? ABLMS stands for Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science, located on the "farm campus"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
Recently, we went out dancing with a gang of our students to a long-standing swing joint, the Wabasha Street Caves. It's an old mob hangout in a cave along the Mississippi River, which now legitimately hosts weekly swing dances with live big bands. While obviously the setting is amazing and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
I have a full time job as a familial manager. I also have a part time job as a ballroom dance instructor. While many days, I'd love to drop that first title and go all in as a dance teacher, I don't think my young offspring are too great at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
'Round about 5 years ago, I found a post on Purl Soho's blog for a simple knitted hat. I did not know how to knit at all, but I wanted to make that damn hat. Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone pattern from Purl Soho I figured my years of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
I have a list of fifteen things that has to get done before I go to work in four hours and guess how many of them I want to do? Yes, correct.. ZERO. And it's not things like "brush the cat" or "dust the vacuum" or anything frivolous. It's things... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
Awhile ago, I wrote a post for Dance Comp Review titled The Smell of Dancers, referring to personal hygiene and all that really sexy stuff. Part Two is coming to Riot and Frolic in the shape of How to Wash Your Costumes because UGH, YOU GUYS. After a competition or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
Regardless of over 15 years experience and a large handful of awesome mentors, having 5 kids and being part of the ballroom world has been a challenge and a circus act, but I'm a better teacher because of it. WHY? you ask. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU: Patience I am... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Riot and Frolic