Weekend Weigh-in

{01/31/2010}   Long Torso Swimsuit
I need a swimsuit to wear on vacation with my family. I have a few requirements: I need something that will look right on my long (and yes, wide) torso, and it needs to be one piece. (I’ll be going to a water park and don’t want any awkward moments!)

So I googled swimsuit long torso, and a few hits came up. I’m surprised by how customizable some of these are! I decided to rock with the Lands’ End Scoopneck Tugless Tank in “Vivid Cobalt.” But I just wanted to say: Good job, Lands’ End! Its customization is beyond short / regular / long torso; it even has options for women who have had mastectomies. It’s awesome that major brands like Lands’ End are providing styles for women who need that option.

A very versatile swimsuit

{01/19/2010}   Lindy Lou Who?
happy feet! My swing dance class starts back up next Monday, exciting!

I have two friends from two different universities who had been telling me how much fun swing dance is. One of them started going to classes a few nights a week plus occasional lindy hop weekends… a year or two later, he was teaching the moves! I’ve been hooked since the first lesson. I’m not the best dancer — I’m not the best at anything requiring motor skills 😉 — but I have lots of fun, and I’m making friends.

These classes do a great job of teaching people. We have “leads” (mostly men) and “follows” (mostly women). Every class, the two teachers have either the leads or follows rotate partners every couple of minutes so everyone dances with everyone. The way I see it, this serves three purposes: 1) good dancers will help the bad dancers catch on to the moves, 2) everyone has a chance to dance with a partner, even if there are different numbers of leads and follows, and 3) switching partners disseminates teh potential awkward. Most everyone who comes to class comes without a partner, and this way people won’t stress over it.

But what if you want to ask someone to dance? Folks have the chance to ask people to dance after the lesson, when there is open practice set to music. The teachers say that this open practice is actually when people develop their skills because it’s more think-on-your-feet as opposed to repeating the same practiced steps in a lesson.

{01/12/2010}   Dog’s Eye View

Please be patient with me. I have been working on my health and weight loss for a long time, way before I started this blog. I am having a difficult week with food, but I have been doing well with exercise.

Yesterday, I walked my dog and my puppy (two separate walks; we are training the puppy). Today, the puppy met a sheepdog! The sheepdog is only three years old; it was so funny watching such a big animal leap back and forth like a tiny puppy.

So today I walked all three of my dogs (three separate walks). The dog I walked today but not yesterday isn’t the biggest fan of walks; she is tiny and prissy and prone to something like asthma. She seemed to enjoy walking three houses down our street, wheezing heavily, and prancing home.

PS — Does anyone remember the band from the blog title? I love “Everything Falls Apart”!

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