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My sisters and cousin arrived on Monday night. Their travels resulted in another episode of the Angelica Unfiltered series, a series on my other blog (She Laughs at the Days to Come) which is about my autistic sister, Angelica. Check it out; the woman is hilarious!
The company is on another one-and-a-half week break, but I’m not making the same mistake I did last time. Even though I won’t make it to any extra classes since my family is in town, I’m exercising at home. I even made my sisters work out with me after their long drive on Monday night! Well, I didn’t make them work out. They claimed I did, but I didn’t; I just wanted to show them the amazing arm workout I found online at Ballet Beautiful. I demonstrated along with the video, and the next thing I knew Rosario and Angie were following along!
I had forgotten how much fun it is working out with Angie. Her comments, facial expressions, grunts, and groans are HILARIOUS!!! Rosario and I could barely get through the workout because we were laughing so hard! Well, that and the workout was exhausting!
Francisco Graciano, who choreographed a dance for the company last year, recently started photography blog! There are some great photos of behind the scenes of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, with whom Francisco dances.
With Francisco – November 2012
This week, Pope Benedict reminded me why I dance.
I haven’t been able to do a lot of sightseeing with the family this week as I’ve been stuck at work, but Rosario knows the city well enough to play tour guide for Br. Paul.
With Ang on the bus ride home.
Some days are just hard. Today is one of those days. Few things have gone right this week. Situations that I thought I had a handle on completely slipped through my fingers, fell to the ground, and blew up in my face like a grenade. Fabulous. Time for damage control and triage! Bring it! (The grace, bring the grace. No more casualties, please!)
Finally, because I’m part Irish, and as the article says, “the Irish love a good story”, and because I needed a pick-me-up, meet Ireland’s Pride: Katie Taylor, Gold Medalist
In a nation of writers, they couldn’t dream her up. Every possible positive attribute the Irish want to see in themselves, she delivered. “Talented, modest, unaffected, lovely,” the Irish Times wrote. Throw in tough, religious, hard-working, humble, and loyal. “Warrior Hero,” the Irish Independent dubbed her.
…in a nation that has so often intertwined its self-worth with sporting success, Katie Taylor represented something a bit new. Ireland is always the underdog, this rural island home to so much heartbreak. Its success stories are so often about pluck and luck and digging deep. Katie has that, too, of course. All champions do. She also has a killer cross that will flatten you, and she’s had it for years. She’s claimed four consecutive world championships and five European titles.
Katie Taylor gave Ireland a new feeling, a confidence bordering on cocky. Watch her dominate. Watch her overwhelm. She always wins. The old familiar hope of an upstart was replaced by the powerful sense of strength that comes from cheering on the favorite. This here was proof of Irish might, of Irish fight. No apologies, she’s the best.
They came for the gold, which often isn’t so likely for Ireland.
Continue reading… (It sure is a great Irish story!)