I can't believe it's August! Last year at this time I was in London. This year I'm busy in other ways...including staying up late to watch the London Olympics.
I've been practicing the accordion. I can now play 8 notes (badly!) and 5 chords (pretty well). I've never tried to learn to play an instrument before. It's a challenge that I find invigorating rather than depressing. I prefer to be good at things right away but I find that improving slowly but steadily is nice in its own way. I can see now that with enough practice, I'll be good at the accordion someday if not today.
I've also been enjoying my ballroom dancing class. I can now do an (admittedly mediocre) Around the World (I tried to google a video for you guys but the internet thinks I'm searching for international ballroom dancing instead of a dance move). You'll never believe this but I actually went out dancing the other night! It was a variety dance night at a nearby bar. Variety indeed! They had both kinds of music: country and western. We were expecting more swing (the website told us there would be swing!) so we were a little disappointed. But, not to be deterred, we danced swing anyway since the two-step uses the same timing. And get this: not one guy asked me to dance! Can you believe it? I'm super nice! I did manage to convince some of our guy friends to dance with me...and Karrie and I danced together quite a bit. We had a great time but still, a girl likes to be asked to dance on occasion.
I've also been sewing! I've managed to complete 4 quilt tops in the past month which feels super good! Two were recent starts (gifts!) but two were half finished tops that had been sitting in a storage bin for years. I'm not sure when I'll quilt them but for now, just finishing the tops feels like a major accomplishment.
I've also been getting out of the house more, mostly in the manner of dinner with friends. Ian and I saw Moonrise Kingdom which was awesome! We saw The Merry Wives of Windsor and had a picnic...I love an outdoor play! I also went to California for a week to visit Ian's parents, sister and niece.
So, anyway, that's what's up with me these days. What are you up to?!