Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lazy Summertime

The fact that I haven't posted anything new in this little blog just comes to prove how lazy this summer has been thus far. I hope you all enjoyed your sojourn from reading mile long paragraphs and boring stories of my life. It sure was a long vacation from blogging for me. I just felt like there really was nothing interesting to say. I'm sure the few of you who actually read this didn't want to read boring pointless stories about me sleeping in most mornings, sitting on my fat butt for most of the day, maybe hitting the pool for a few hours a day, and then staying up far too late with my friends. Yep, that pretty much sums up the past 3 weeks! Although, I'm definitely not complaining. After some hardcore dancing for an entire month, I needed a few weeks to recover, especially since it turns out I might have had a stress fracture in my 5th metatarsal. For those of you who don't really care about anatomy, the above sentence pretty much means I overworked the outside of my foot, which really should qualify me for a few good, long weeks of laying around and watching movies :). And that is exactly what I did! haha! Not going to lie; I probably would have done the exact same thing even if I hadn't have injured my foot. I mean, come on! We all need a little vacation time, right?! I am totally justifying my lazy period and you will all have to deal with it! So there :)

Besides sleeping for 15 hours a day (ok I didn't really sleep that long, but my dad would beg to differ. He doesn't know anything though ;) ), I've done quite a bit of swimming at our neighborhood pool and I have actually tried to start running again. I used to love running, but maybe that's because I was running at sea level, which means I could actually go a whole mile without literally collapsing on the floor and dying a little bit. You'd be surprised how much easier it is to breathe when you're a mile lower in altitude. I miss the oxygen... So I've been trying to get myself into the habit again, but it's quite the effort when I know that I won't be able to breathe and my brother will be totally showing me up the whole time. I sort of hate him for being so in shape. I mean, I'm in shape, but it's a different kind of "in shape." I hate to burst everyone's bubbles, but dancers don't really get a lot of cardiovascular activity. Most of what we do is anaerobic. We go for about 5 minutes and then stand there for 5 minutes while our teachers scream at us for sucking so bad, and then repeat for hours and hours on end. Seriously. Welcome to my life :) I'm sure living it right! haha! But, I really want to work on some cross training while I'm taking this time off from dancing. Let's just hope I can get off the couch long enough to put on my tennis shoes and run a few miles a day! Now, that's just dreaming :)

Now, don't think I've just been sitting around all day. Ok maybe that's just half true :) Believe it or not, despite the above statements, I've actually been working on my summer bucket list!! I knew you would all be wondering about my progress in my efforts to actually have an interesting summer. I still have a lot to do, but I'm surprised about how much I've already done so far. 14 down and 24 to go, and I still have about 5 weeks of summer left, so I think I can still do it. I just need to find some people as crazy as me to pull all-nighters with and go paintballing and have poker nights with! If you can find anyone that fit this criteria, just let me know :). I'm in dire need of them! I still have to figure out where I'm going to pick berries and how on earth I am going to be able to stay up all night. Seriously, who actually has the will power to get through the whole night without drifting off? I guess most people just down cans of caffeine to do it, which is always an option I guess haha! Somehow, I've got to figure out how I'm going to wake up early enough to watch the sunrise and how I'm going to find the motivation to watch all 8 Harry Potter movies in one day. I don't think I anticipated how much effort and time I would need to devote to complete all these crazy activities. But, I've committed myself to this insane list and so, for the sake of calling this summer successful, I must do it! Wish me luck!!

Well, I guess my lazy summer is officially over. I had my break and now it's time to start getting off my butt and doing something with my life :) FINE!! haha. I am proud to announce to you all that I got my first real job today! And my dad thought I was a lost cause. I have finally proved him wrong that you can't get a job just submitting an application and waiting for their phone call. A few weeks ago, I put in my resume to a little place called PostNet across the street from my neighborhood and they called me today and told me they wanted to offer me a job! Thank goodness I will be making some real money... at least for the next 5 weeks. That's good enough for me! So I guess this means I have to put on real clothes before the afternoon hours and get over to my job everyday. Darn it... but, I am so lucky to get this job, seeing as I am only going to be home for another month or so. So, thank you PostNet!!

That's pretty much all there is to report. It really has been a lazy 3 weeks. It was a lovely vacation from the real world, and now I have to get back into it again. Hopefully, my life will be a little more interesting from here on out and I'll have a little more to say the next time I blog. Thank you for all reading all the pointless crap I have to say. It makes me so happy when I log onto my blog site and see how many people care to look at my page. I love knowing that people like reading what I have to say, even if it is usually really dumb or boring. Thanks for reading about my life anyway!! I love being able to write it all out on here. It's sort of like my therapy haha! Without all the crazy therapists and funny smelling couches...

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Ballet West Independence Day

There is a simple joy in the 4th of July. You get to paint your nails all sorts of crazy colors, sport the totally unattractive yet completely awesome red white and blue eyeshadow and participate in everything patriotic, and that means eating everything that is red, white and blue, and wearing every article of clothing that involves those three colors. Pretty much, it's one of the few days of the year I can look really ridiculous and not get  made fun of by those too lame to go all out on this glorious holiday. Coming from a very holiday-spirited family, we like to go nuts for every holiday, but 4th of July is one of our really crazy ones. We usually make a flag cake with blueberries and strawberries and have a barbeque. Me and my sisters paint our nails, of course, and coordinate our outfits at least 2 days in advance. I just love getting all into it, even if I look like a freak. But, that's the beauty of it all.

This year, I had the privilege of being in Utah for Independence Day. I was so bummed that I left my red jeans and my stars and stripes shirt at home, which totally ruined my entire outfit plan, but I made due and pulled something together from my limited, one suitcase wardrobe. Ugh, I hate having to choose from just a few shirts... and by that I actually brought at least 15 shirts :) I just like to complain about not having all my clothes with me. It's amazing I've survived 2 whole years without my entire selection! haha. Fortunately, we got the day off from ballet classes (halleluiah!!!), so I enjoyed a little bit of extra sleep. 9:30 feels a lot better than 6:30, for sure. Just saying. Never thought I would have to wake up earlier during the summer than I ever did during the school year... ridiculous. Anyway, after about an hour of picking an outfit and putting on eyeshadow at least 5 times to make sure the red white and blue didn't make me look like a total idiot, me and a few of my friends decided to go out for a Patriotic brunch at the Original Pancake House. It turns out everyone else in the entire Salt Lake Valley had the exact same idea as us. We showed up to a mile long line going outside the door of OPH and we were told we would have to wait and hour and half before getting a table. Being the impatient and starving dancers that we are, we looked up another diner, which was a block down the road. What we didn't know was that we would be walking up to one of the sketchiest diners I have ever seen. Dee's Restaurant diner looked like it had come straight from the 80's in some run down city. But, it was either creepy little diner, or wait an hour for that coveted stack of pancakes. So, naturally, we risked it. It was actually pretty cute inside, with the faded leather booths and the waitresses carrying baking sheets for serving trays. And even with an entire menu of breakfast food, we all ordered the same thing: the patriotic pancakes; a stack of three pancakes covered in strawberries, whipped cream and blueberries. Perfect start to an amazing 4th of July. The plate was huge, but when your hungry and you know you don't have to fit into a leotard that day, those three gigantic pancakes seem to disappear. I really don't know what happened to them :)

After a very fulfilling breakfast, we went back to the dorms, where I crawled back into my cozy bed and watched multiple episodes of How I Met Your Mother and surfed Pinterest for a good hour. There's nothing better than a little relaxing on your day off. I hate it when I end up wasting my entire day actually doing things and getting outside, as opposed to the rest of my life that is spent in a ballet studio, lit by florescent lights and scented with feet..But really, I mean, it's fun hanging out with friends and going out on the town, but sometimes you just need to take the day to lay in bed and eat Doritos all day. Sounds pretty productive to me :) So, I was glad that I was blessed with those few hours to relax and get my internet time in for the day. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The group at the baseball game :)

In the evening, everyone went to a Salt Lake Bee's baseball game. I've only been to one other baseball game, but I already know to expect about 2 hours of complete boredom and practically nothing happening but a few old, fat guys occasionally making a run. But, I was excited to be able to hang out with all my friends and pretend to act excited when the one home run actually happens. I really had a good time though! The game went by really fast, probably because I spent half the game waiting in line for an ice cream cone and a cup of water, both of which were totally worth the wait.. and the $5. Concessions are so ridiculous. I can't believe they can charge you $7 for a hot dog. After the game was over, we waited around a little while to watch the firework show in the stadium. I've been in Washington DC twice for the 4th of July, so I wasn't expecting a firework show better than the one they show at the National Mall, but I was blown away by how spectacular the entire show was. It lasted a surprisingly long time and I felt like they sparks were going to fall on top of me. It was an amazing ending to a very successful day :) I love fireworks. If the Colorado laws and the money allowed, I would shoot them off everyday. But then, I guess they wouldn't be as special. I will have to settle for the biannual occasion of fireworks.
This doesn't even serve justice to the incredible firework show!

We got home at about midnight that night and I didn't get to bed until 1:30. Darn you, Facebook addiction!! And darn you, the need to shower after sweating at a nasty stadium all day long!! Let's just say waking up the next morning was not a joyous occasion... 5 hours of sleep does not fit me well. But, it was totally worth it for that amazing baseball game and firework show :) Now I just have to wait until Halloween for the next holiday I can go crazy for.. that's quite a long time for a holiday fanatic.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Just a Bit of Good News :)

I can just see all my readers, the few of you who actually give a crap about my life and all the rambling that goes down on this blog, sitting on the edge of their seats, chewing their nails down to stubs and ripping out their hair at the suspense of this traineeship. Yep, I know you all so well :) And being the kind-hearted person that I am, I will just put you all out of your misery right now and spit it out already. But, first, a little more rambling. I can't even tell you how much I've stressed out over getting this trainee position. It's been on my mind for the past 3 weeks almost constantly. I think I can positively tell you that I've worked harder for this than I've ever worked. When you only have this one shot, you have no choice but to put it all out there and just pray that you're good enough. This summer intensive has literally been do or die. If I don't get accepted here, I've pretty much got nothing... well I guess I could always go back to Washington Ballet or just go to BYU and join their ballet school, but I wanted this so bad. Not only do I love the company and everything they are doing right now, I love knowing that I am just a 9 hour drive away from home and a 5 hour drive to Idaho, which is basically my second home. I've been lucky these past two years to live on the East Coast and train with some of the best schools, but there really is no place like home. And Utah is the next best thing.

Alright alright fine, I'll just tell you. Wait for it..... Get ready for it.... Buckle up.... I GOT IT!!!!!!!!!! I know I know, you are all staring into your computer screens with your jaws literally dragging on the floor out of sheer surprise :). I'm pretty surprised myself! I'm so lucky to have been given this opportunity and I am so excited to be able to work with Ballet West next year!! I just love the environment here and I can't wait to start working with all the teachers next year and work with an incredible professional company. My head can't stop racing and my smile is so big right now, it's starting to hurt. It's been a pretty amazing day :) Crazy how realizing that you are wanted in a company can lift your spirits! It feels like that hundred pound weight of stress and pressure to be perfect in all my classes has been forklifted off my shoulders and I can breathe again. And let me tell you, it feels good :). I guess the past 13 years of my life haven't been a complete waste of time. All that training is hopefully going to start paying off!

What kind of devoted blogger would I be if I didn't explain every single little detail of how I was blessed with this incredible opportunity?! Ok, I mean, of course, I'll start at the beginning. 6:30- woke up, 6:40- pushed snooze a few times... haha I'm just kidding :) I'm not that torturous! But, seriously, it was really hard to wake up this morning, despite my excitement to get to class and kick a lot of butt. 9 am finally came and Adam and his enormous presence waltzed into the room. Everyone immediately straightened up, especially since the school director and one of the head faculty were sitting at the front of the room, eying our every move and whispering back and forth. I hate that. I would say an intimidating person is a whole lot more intimidating when they are holding a clipboard and a pen and talking in such a way that just looks like they are saying something mean about you. Class went really well!! I felt like I did all the combinations as best I could, which means barre was awesome, and center was good all except for the turning combinations. I don't know what it is, but I cannot turn to save my life... I guess I will be screwed if I am ever threatened to do a triple pirouette or get stabbed in an ally somewhere :). haha but seriously, I was trying my hardest to do everything that Mr. Sklute wanted, and I even got a few corrections from him!! Most awesome thing ever!! After class was over, the school director gathered us all together and told us he wanted to talk to a few of us about the trainee program and called the names he wanted to talk to. I'm pretty sure my heart lept out of my leotard the moment I heard my name! But then, I started thinking that they might reject a few of us and that's why they wanted to talk to me..During our variations class, I could not focus on anything except for the door and the person walking through it, telling us to go to our meeting. My eyes kept darting to it every time I heard it creak open. Finally, my time came. I walked into the hallway, hands shaking and heart racing. Then, I had to go in this little room where I found Adam, Peter Christie (the school director) and the other faculty member sitting around this one empty chair.. hot seat has just gained new meaning. They sat me down and explained how they felt that I would be a good fit for this program and that they wanted me to come next year. Adam told me that he would give me partial scholarship and that, when the time came, he would help me get into a company, be it Ballet West or another company he felt I would be a good match for. I couldn't stop smiling, which probably looked a little weird to everyone back in class, but whatever :)

I'm just so happy right now!! And I am looking forward to enjoying a lovely 4th of July, with no ballet classes (YAYY), just hanging out with my girls and not having to think about whether or not they are going to tell us if we got the trainee spot or not. Wow, it's amazing how much room is left in my head now that all those thoughts are gone :) So excited to sleep in and pretend to watch a baseball game tomorrow night! I mean, honestly, who actually watches those things anyway. I can only handle about 3 innings and then all I want to do is eat popcorn and cotton candy, both of which I will be ingesting tomorrow. But, right now, I will be enjoying a full nights sleep, absent of stressful thoughts. So, goodnight, dear readers. Have a lovely 4th of July!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Final Weekend

You know it's been a good weekend when you're sitting in bed on Sunday night, trying to wake yourself up from a 4 hours nap.. what the heck just happened!! The last thing I remember is sitting down, excited to watch the newest episode of Breaking Pointe. The next thing I know, I'm laying in a pool of drool, my hair is a mess, and it's 7:30 pm. Not only did I waste my entire afternoon, I missed almost the whole episode! Now I've got to watch the whole thing again. Plus, I know for sure I won't be able to fall asleep for a very long time. Oh joy :) But, I guess I really did need that nap. I'd like to say I was so tired from all the partying I did on Saturday night, but I think it's more safe to say that my exhaustion is related to all the hours of dancing I've been doing the past three weeks. All in all, it was necessary. Thank goodness for a good nap.. and for the fact that I've only got 4 more days of heavy duty dancing left!

Seeing that I'm going home this Saturday, this past weekend was my last one! It's all bittersweet. I literally cannot wait to go home, but I've had such a good time here and I've made some lifelong friends, for sure. I can proudly say that my final weekend was quite the success, even it if wasn't constant partying all the time. Sometimes, the best weekends involve a lot of hanging out in your room, watching Inception and facebook stalking the crap out of all the new friends you have from Ballet West. That is seriously one of the best thing about going to a summer intensive. It's like thousands more pictures for you to look at when it's late at night and you have nothing else better to do... I know it's sad, but let's be honest. We all do it. Don't lie! So, that basically sums up my Saturday afternoon. There was lots of laying around in bed, a little bit of cleaning up my half of the room so that my roommate wouldn't wring my neck in my sleep. I apologize for the mess I've been leaving everyday :) But, sometimes it just makes more sense to leave my bed unmade and my clothes in a pile on my desk, especially when I'm too exhausted to even think about it after my classes are over. At about 10 o clock, I got sick of sitting in bed and actually hung out with people for a little bit. And, once I can find the motivation to actually leave my dorm room, it is usually worth it! The problem is always getting out there. I've really gotta start working on that... we just sat and talked and painted our nails, but it was just fun to have a good time for a little bit of time at least! Saturday morning, I went to the school directors adult ballet class downtown at the Capitol theater. I felt so hip taking class in the same place that all the company members take class everyday. Plus, it just felt good to be taking class on a Saturday morning at a reasonable hour, in comparison to our regular 9 o clock class everyday. Seriously, bodies work much better at 10:30. Just saying. But, class went really well. I loved his class, ridiculously fast tendus and dreadfully slow fondues and all!
All my girls before the dorm dinner. Lookin spiffy :)

Friday night was when the real partying happened. It was the dorm dinner so we all got dressed up in our cutest dresses and finest suits, or whatever else those boys decided to pack to come to the summer intensive, and headed out to the city to eat dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. I was lucky to be able to sit with all my favorite girls and enjoy an amazing meal (and I mean AAAmazing, when you're comparing it to the dorm food we've been eating for the past three weeks. Food actually has flavor, apparently! Crazy, i know!). We devoured three loaves of bread in about a minute and scarfed down some ridiculously good pasta. And, if that wasn't enough to satisfy a starving dancer, we got a small little bowl of italian ice cream. We all know that I was hoping for an entire pint, but that little bowl did the trick. I had a really good time, just laughing and talking and, all the while, stuffing my face. That is one dang good combination if you ask me! Wow, I'm beginning to realize that basically all my weekends involve me explaining how much I love food... I must have a problem.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the Conference Center. So amazing!!

Today, though, was probably my favorite day, despite having to wake up at 7:30... kill me. Considering the early hour that we were forced to get our butts out of bed, a fairly large group of us went down to Temple Square this morning to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a sort of 4th of July themed broadcast. One of the singers in the choir actually is a pianist for Ballet West, so after the broadcast was over, we met him and he gave us a full tour of temple square. We walked around the visitors centers and the Conference building. We saw the big reflection pool in front of the temple and went inside the tabernacle. There is just a cool feeling there and I love being able to experience all the church history that is there. I loved seeing the temple and just thinking how much was sacrificed to build it really puts into perspective how converted the pioneers were to this church. I think the coolest part of today, apart from seeing one of my favorite temples, was seeing how interested all of the other dancers were in the church. They were asking so many questions, and honestly, most of them were pretty tough questions. Thankfully, I had my right hand girl, Kayley, another mormon girl whose dancing at BYU, to help me out with the ones that she definitely could answer better than me. In my defense, she's already got a year of Book of Mormon class under her belt :) I always feel so special when people want to ask me questions about my church. I love being that little missionary who clears up all the terrible ideas people have about the church. I mean, seriously, how many times do I have to tell people that mormons are not polygamists?! It's getting old people. Let's come up with some better questions, why don't we. Good thing all the dancers actually had intelligent and challenging questions for my little missionary brain :) I guess I'm a nerd or something, but that was probably the best part of the whole day!
Me and my roomie on top of the Conference Center. Love this girl :)

Well, it's late. But, unfortunately, due to my idiotic napping habits, I'm not even tired... I guess I'll just close my eyes and try to sleep.. crap. Wish me luck!! And, wish me luck in my LAST WEEK of Ballet West!! My dying little body is going to need it. Oh please oh please, left ankle, please hold up for just a few more days.. it would be much appreciated. Well, my friends, that is all I have to say. I hope it was long enough for you :) pun intended! haha. I've got rambling issues. And it's still happening. Alright, I'm stopping now.. until later
This is Kayley. My little mormon girl. I love her :) She is amazing. Did I mention I love her?