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Sunday 21st January 2018 12:29 pm

There was a point last autumn when I was attempting to go out three week nights in a row: for choir, ballet and morris. Which is hard enough anyway, but harder when I had to spend time with Missy when I got in, making them very late nights (and she really wasn't happy about me being out so much). I spent the rest of the week and the weekend recovering. To make it harder, trying to do the steps at morris is hard enough as it is, without having aching legs from ballet.

Something had to go and I hoped something would make the decision for me. And something did: the point to book for ballet this term was when Missy died and I was not feeling like making any decisions.

So I am currently not doing ballet. It's not the first time I stopped. After an autumn where I bought a house, had labyrinthitis and was busy at work, I then needed some time to relax in the winter, so took a term off.

I hate to stop because it feels like I keep taking things up and then dropping them. The trouble is that there are so many things I want to do and only so much time to do them. I can't remember when I started ballet, but it was before 2011. So I've been doing it a long time. I originally started to help me with my balance. And then in summer I found I have better balance than normal people who don't have a balance problem. So I think it's safe to say it's worked.


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Back to ballet
Wednesday 5th March 2014 10:02 pm

I finally made it to ballet last week, after not having been for the previous six classes (which actually spanned three months). Last week we had a new teacher and lots of new people, so it was all very slow. Which was just as well because three months was long enough for me to have forgotten a lot.

And then tonight was still fairly slow. We did a step that I've hardly done before and I could never get, but I finally got it tonight. I didn't think the teacher saying "pretend the floor is hot" would help, but for some reason it did. It was a really good feeling to finally be doing it and not just going through the motions in vaguely the right direction.

However, we did do a lot of going up and down on tiptoes and a lot of stuff holding onto the barre and moving one leg, therefore make the one you're standing on ache. And holding your arm out. Walking out of there afterwards to the car park involved my slow walking and made me wish I could have walked home because pressing the clutch down basically involves going on tiptoe with your leg stretched (I can't move the seat closer or I hit my knees on the bit of dashboard below the steering wheel). Basically, I hurt.


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New ballet term
Thursday 27th January 2011 9:13 pm

The new ballet term started last week, so tonight was the second class. It's such a different experience from last term when I had no idea what I was doing and gradually got the hang of it and then it was the end of term. This term there's a few of us from last term and lots of new people. It's strange having twice the number of people I was used to before.

But it's also really strange feeling like I know what I'm doing. I don't completely, but everything is either the same as last term or similar enough that I understand it relatively easy. It makes it all a lot easier, so I can concentrate on doing it right, not just vaguely doing the right thing at the right time. Not that I always manage that anyway, but.

The next thing will be remembering to look up and put my shoulders down, but perhaps that will be next term.


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Summary of my life
Wednesday 25th August 2010 8:50 pm

I keep thinking I should update, but then I have nothing to say. I feel like my life has nothing going on it at the moment. Or at least nothing interesting. Which I've just realised is a terrible lead in to this post, which is a summary of what I'm up to... Read more...


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