Monday, March 14, 2016

It's Monday! Dance Off Bro!

Life's been pretty great recently. Obviously I'm excited about my impending aunthood but there's also other fun things going on in my life. I'm planning to go as a chaperone on my church's youth mission rip to the Omaha reservation in Nebraska. I know you're thinking how could they let Lois go as a chaperone? I'll have you know I can be very mature when I want to be! ;)
I've also really been enjoying contra dancing recently. I know I've mentioned my love of contra dancing here before but basically it's amazing and if there's a contra group in your area you should go! If you observe the pictures to the left, which are from the contra group I go to (and if you look closely you can see me... I'm wearing a red dress in both pictures) you might notice that the dancing form looks similar to what's danced in Jane Austen movies. Well you'd be correct. The dances are quite similar to those sorts of dances. We actually get a caller calling out the moves though so we're not just doing it from memory. Thank goodness! If you're ever in Kansas this is our group's Facebook page. Check us out! The most recent one I attended at the beginning of this month was probably the best contra dancing experience I've ever had. The band was incredibly lively making the dancing even that much more fun. I didn't even dance every dance (alas!) and it was still great!
I remember (random story insert here) that I came home from contra dancing once and excitedly told my mother that I had danced every dance. She told me I sounded like Lydia Bennet from Pride and Prejudice when they get back from the Assembly Ball and says "I danced ever dance, and Mary none." Got to love my mom. ;) So now every time I come home from contra dancing regardless of whether or not I danced every dance I quote that line. It's tradition! I'm also super excited that there's going to be an extra contra dance this month for St. Patrick's Day. More dancing!!!!!!! My little sister and I will waltz and swing together at home but you really can't contra dance without a group so I savor the extra dances! One last random weird story before I get to reading. This last dance the band broke out a little polka tune during the break. A few people who knew how to polka jumped in and I, who has no clue how to polka grabbed my sister and decided that we could totally figure it out by watching everyone else. So yeah, I fudged polkaing in front of lots people when there were only like two other couples to watch besides us. It was fun though! When you get to my age you stop caring what people think about your dancing abilities... or something like that. I probably scarred my sister for life though.... ;) 

Okay, now it's reading time. I promise! :)

Currently Reading

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (audiobook) (re-read)
  • The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin 
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Finished this Past Week

  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Coming Soon

  • The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Farm Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (re-read) 

Reviews from this past week

  • Book Review- Mr. Knightley's Diary by Amanda Grange
  • Miniseries Review- Rebecca (1979)

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