Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

The happenings of this Disney-obsessed runner and dancer!


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Live. Laugh. Love.

Sorry I haven’t blogged lately, I’ve been so incredibly busy!! Many things are going on here in my life!! We are in the midst of getting our yard fenced in and having some other minor housework completed, my Great Aunt has been very sick (she’s almost died a couple of times now), I’ve been busy doing the ballet thing 3 nights a week, and………I’m quitting my job! Things have been so crazy lately I don’t know where to start!

First off, my Great Aunt is actually doing much better. She’s alive, and right now that’s all that matters.  She’s been like a grandmother to me since I can remember. She was pretty sick these past two weeks. But against all the odds she is making a recovery.

Ballet has been super busy/crazy!! My ballet classes have been going great! I’m improving on my technique every week and getting the opportunity to learn different combinations and steps. My pointe class on the other hand…..has not been so good. I was having pain in my 3 smaller toes on each foot creating a needle-like sensation when up on pointe. I went to my local Capezio’s store and they were such great help!! I told them my problem and they worked with me for about 30 minutes trying different things. We came to the conclusion that when I point my toes, my smaller ones curl under, which can be common. I couldn’t keep them straight and supported in my shoes using the pads I currently had (Ouch Pouches). So, we ended up trying these FeatherLites gel toe pads. It was like heaven on earth!!!! Right away I could feel that all my toes were straight and I could stand up on my box without having that pain!!! Now I can actually move in my shoes and not feel so unstable and sore!! These are seriously the greatest things I have come across. We’ll see how they do in class this week!!

And last but not least, I am quitting my job as a dental hygienist. The office I work in is crazy and things there are never going to get better. I gave it a chance and  now it’s time to move on!!  So for the next year, I will go back to being a nanny for my best friend and her family. I’m so excited!!! Now a little back story on me…..I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. My mom is a nurse and I grew up always wanting to work in a hospital. But what did I become? That’s right, a dental hygienist. I was so young when I made up my mind (and had the heavy persuasion of others at the time) to become a dental hygienist. I was almost accepted into a nursing program when I switched majors. And then again, about 1-2 years ago, I started to apply to go to nursing school, again. Well people, third time is a charm!! I will finally be applying to a nursing program in the hopes to really do what I’ve always wanted to do- be a nurse and help save people’s lives. It’s not that I didn’t like dental hygiene, it’s just that it was never rewarding or challenging enough for me. So I guess this means I will have to come up with a new title for my blog, huh?!

This past weekend I had the joy of going camping with my husband and doggy. The weather however was not so cooperative!! It rained and stormed most of the weekend. We were able to go kayaking once and hiking a couple of times. I also managed to fall and wipe out at our campsite and got a nice big ol’ bruise on my arm. It was a fun but busy weekend. I’m so sad summer is almost gone!!!
Just when I thought I had everything figured out….I decided to change my life!!! What I’ve learned so far in this experience is that life is too short to get caught up in the pesky things that make you unhappy. I wasn’t happy in my job so I decided to change that. I’m lucky that I don’t have any kids that this affects yet and that my husband was so supportive. Always do what your heart tells you to do, even if that means turning your life upside down. In the end, things will work out and you will be much happier. If you spend all your time dwelling on the “what- if’s”, all those opportunities will pass you up.

Live. Laugh. Love.

 


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‘Ohana

I had my first class at my third studio for the summer this past Thursday. It was an Adult Beginner’s Ballet followed by a Pointe class. The ballet class had so many girls in it I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out. This was also a first for this teacher…she had no idea this many girls would be interested in ballet!! The first class went pretty smooth. I was familiar with all the technique, it was just the arms and the combinations they were put in that sent my head spinning!! I’ve now learned 3 different port de bras!!! Keeping them all straight while trying to not neglect my footwork was very difficult!! The class was fun though!! It was nice seeing other girls dance!!! The pointe class however was a different story….  There were 4 other girls in the pointe class. I have only had about 4-5 private lessons with this teacher doing pointe. I’m still very shaky and do not feel strong enough to come off the barre. The only moves I can do off the barre right now are sous sous and échappé.  All the other girls in the class can easily come off the barre and do chaînés and soutenus across the floor. So for most of the class I hung in the corner near the mirrors and did my own thing. I practiced what I knew and just kept to myself. By the end of class I was really frustrated with myself. I was upset that I couldn’t do the things the other girls were doing. I felt so far behind and kept wondering how on earth I would ever catch up. After talking with my very best friend, who is also in the class, she helped me pick my confidence back up off the ground!! I may take a little longer to get to where they all are, but I know I will get there. I need to get over my fear of letting go of the barre and just trust myself (and my feet!!).

So what I’ve learned recently is that every one moves forward at their own pace. I need to trust myself and believe in myself or I will never improve. It’s so easy to over think everything you do while dancing, sometimes you just need to slow down and let your body dance! I’ve also learned that having a best friend that shares my passion and love for dance is such a blessing. Sure, we may butt heads or get frustrated with each other at times, but in the end we always have each other to lean on and learn from. I’m so very thankful for her and will always love her no matter what.  Being able to share this experience with her is one of the most amazing things ever. She is my ‘Ohana.

” ‘Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind….or forgotten.”   ~ Quote from Lilo and Stitch 🙂


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Disney Puzzle Mania!!!

Most people that know me, know that I am a huge Disney fanatic. I essentially talk about it every day. Just ask my husband!! I collect Disney pins, which I trade when I’m at the parks. I even have a little booklet thing that I now keep them all in!! I have at least 2 lanyards worth of good pins. And then there are my “trading pins” to get more “good pins”. It’s quite complicated. There are thousands upon thousands of different types of pins and pin sets. I just find a set I like and then work to get all the pins in that set!! Once you try it you become hooked!! I also like to do puzzles, which leads me to the reason for this post. I stumbled across 2 cute Disney puzzles at a Bargain Outlet store (of all places). It was around Christmas time and I thought, “hey, these would make good gifts for me!!” So naturally, I scooped up the 2 puzzles and took them home with me!! My husband laughed when I explained why I got them, but was also relieved to have 2 less gifts he had to think of on his own (how considerate of me!). Little did I know the obsession that was to follow. After I opened them on Christmas and put the first one together, I figured there had to be more out there. I was right!! After a little researching, I found out that there was a whole collection!! The artist’s name is Tim Rogerson. He took Disney favorites, and classics, and painted them into artsy looking paintings!! The paintings were so cool that they were made into puzzles!! The painting style reminds me of Picasso with just a little twist of his own “Rogerson” style. So this only meant one thing. I HAD to obtain every puzzle in this collection! I went straight to eBay and Amazon.com. I quickly found many of the puzzles I needed at very reasonable prices compared to what I paid for the first 2 at the bargain store, which was around $9. I found out in my research that I was missing one puzzle, a Donald Duck one. Welllllll after searching and searching I could not find anywhere that had it. I knew it existed, I just couldn’t find one in stock anywhere. Realizing that this one puzzle must be rare or was maybe one of the first ones released, I was crushed. I had this gut feeling that my collection would be forever incomplete. Fast forward 6 months later and I am putting together one of the last puzzles. Just for the heck of it I decided to search again for this rare puzzle. I remember scrolling down the Amazon page and seeing a picture of that box. I couldn’t believe it. Could this really be it?? How can it be?? Not even looking at the price, I clicked on the link for it. It was indeed the sought after Donald Duck puzzle!!!!! And when I saw the price……$76!!!!!!!!!……I could have cried. I cannot possibly spend $76 plus $6 shipping for one stinking puzzle!!!! But before I could finish the thought, I was clicking through the pages until I got to the, “Thank you for your order!” page!!! What did I just do?!?! My husband is going to kill me!!! As I waited for him to come home from work, I was on some sort of adrenaline high. I simply could not believe that within 10 minutes not only had I found this puzzle, but I had bought it too!! I was ecstatic!! After he got home, I explained what I did and he wasn’t upset!!! He was just as excited as I was!! He knew how long I had been searching for it and was happy to see me so happy. He wasn’t thrilled that I spent $80 on it, but in the end he was ok with it.

The Donald Duck puzzle is still sealed in the box, unopened. I may not ever open it. Who knows?! All I know is that I’m just so happy I was able to get it. It may not matter to most people, but it matters to me!

So here it is….

I will eventually post pictures on another post of all the other puzzles that are completed!! 🙂


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You Either Can Do It, Or You Can’t.

Hello there!! Last night I had my first “real” lessons at a new ballet studio I’m going to. I take the Beginning Adult Ballet and the Advanced Beginning Adult Ballet which equates into 2 straight hours of class!! This studio, unlike the other 3 I go to, is very serious and technique-centered. The teacher is serious. The students are serious (as serious as adult non-professionals can be). There is no talking in class. Everyone must have their hair in a bun. Leotard and tights must be on. The teacher at this studio, who I will refer to as Ms. Poe, started out as an adult beginner herself many years ago. She walks around to each person as we work at the barre or in center and critiques us. Whether it’s moving a foot to the correct position or making you stretch out just a little farther, she’s very involved in the class. In my first class, I was the only student who had taken ballet before. This was very evident by the  “deer-in-the-headlights” looks of all the other girls/women and their pretty, untouched, ballet shoes. That class went fairly smooth for me. It was mostly just very basic steps and technique. It was the next class that was a little bit more intense for me. I was familiar with all the technique we were doing, it was just a little more faster and the combinations were more difficult than I was used to. During one of the combinations, I misplaced my arms. I placed my arms in a sloppy second position and of course Ms. Poe was right there. She told me, “Can you open your arms a little more please?”. I was fighting muscle fatigue at this point, but said, “Of course.” And as we went in to the next step in that combination, I mistakenly placed my arms wrong again. “You either can do it or you can’t,” is all she said with a stern look at my face and walked away. Ugh. This class is proving to be just what I though it would be, I said to myself. I began to doubt myself and then realized that the other girls in my class, some who have been dancing for years and were quite good, were also getting the same kind of critiques and comments. That’s when I realized….Hey!! I’m doing  just fine!! I’m doing the best I can at the moment. I strive to prove to Ms. Poe that I CAN do this stuff. So next week I will be ready!! My goal is to hopefully be allowed into Adult Ballet 1 this fall. As much as I know this studio will consistently kick my ass every week, I yearn to be there more and more.

So my advice to anyone out there taking ballet as an adult beginner or even as a youngster- don’t give up and don’t let anyone intimidate you! You will not pick this stuff up overnight! Heck, you will probably have to practice for months! But don’t get discouraged. Good teachers will critique you and call you out in front of everyone. It’s the only way you will ever improve. Just keep your bunhead up and keep trying!! 🙂

Up next this week….my first pointe lesson in class!! I’ve been doing some private lessons, but this will be my first one in a class setting!! Wish me luck!!


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Happy 4th of July!!!

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July!! Dr. Tooth and I spent the day at his parents hanging out and eating good food (ribs!!!). We got to play with his Dad’s new toy too! It’s a 1929 Mercedes Benz “kit car”. This simply means that the body of a 1929 Mercedes Benz was placed on the frame of a different, more recent, car. This one happened to be placed on a Volkswagen. I don’t know how to drive manual, so Dr. Tooth drove me around town!! It even has a fully working old school radio in it!! It was a lot of fun!!

Here are a few other sites I found to be helpful in understanding more about kit cars!! Enjoy!!

http://www.kitcars.com/

http://www.about-kit-cars.co.uk/2011/01/what-are-kit-cars.html

http://whoartnow.hubpages.com/hub/Top-10-Kit-Cars


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Cinderella’s Castle

Hi there! I’m Smilecleaner, a twenty-something year old dental hygienist who LOVES all things Disney and does Ballet!! I’ve always wanted to start a blog but never had the guts to do it! Well here I am blogging world!! You can look here for discussions about things tooth related, my crazy obsession with Disney, and my passion for dancing!! Did I mention I like photography too?!?!  Hope you enjoy the ride… I know I will!!

My picture of the Mouse at Pop Century Resort!!