Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm, after they've seen "Paree"!!

It has been an embarrasingly long time since I blogged here last. Between hooping and burlesque and classes and performances and vacations and the Benefit Betties, time has gotten away from me in a way like never before. But I'm dedicating time to this blog once again, and I vow to keep up a bit better.

So, the most recent thing going on in my life? Husband and I went to Paris! He had work meetings there, so I tagged along, as I've never been to France before and I sure as hell wasn't going to let him have all the fun without me. It was a FANTASTIC trip, despite the fact that it was unnaturally warm and we speak very, very little French. There's a lot to say about the trip, but instead of going on and on, I'll give you some tips if you're ever going to Paris, in bullet point form.

*French people are not inherently rude. People in Paris are city living folks, and they're busy. You'll find that's true in any city. If you're polite and say Bonjour, they'll help you out as much as they can. I met some hoopers who were SO sweet and nice, one of the best parts of the trip was hanging out with them.

*If you don't like cigarette smoke, you may be super annoyed. Lots and lots of people smoke there. And while it's illegal in restaurants and smoking is limited to the outdoor seating areas on the sidewalk, they keep the windows open and it will drift it. It's ok, relax, you're on vacation.

*The food is truly amazing. Seriously, not one bad meal. Not one mediocre meal. All magaical.

*Be prepared to walk. A LOT. EVERYWHERE. While the city has a great, easy to understand subway and bus system, you'll have to do a lot of walking, some uphill, so be mentally prepared for it. You may even start liking it, especially after one of those awesome meals. I already miss it.

*The French as as fashionable as you'd imagine. Want to fit in? Don't wear flip flops. Everything else seemed fair game, despite what some other travel blogs may tell you. Also, no heavy makeup, you'll be noticed right away as a tourist.

*Just because you can see the Eiffel tower doesn't mean it's a close walk.

*Go shopping. You'll be ahead of the US fashion scene by at least a year. Can't afford to buy everything you want on the Champs de Elysee? No worries!! Do what I do, people watch, and buy less expensive accessories.

*Con people. The most common one seems to be the "oh did you drop this ring" bit, and while they distract you, someone comes up and tries to pick your pocket. A dude attempted this about 10 minutes after we checked into our hotel. Husband and I had both heard about it, so we told him to hit the bricks (paraphrased).

*Go out at night. When people say the city is most beautiful after dark, they mean it. So stunning!!

*Forget sleeping. Sleep on the plane on the way home and spend every moment you can out on the streets of Paris, soaking in one of the most beautiful, historical cities on the planet. 

*Eat as many macaron cookies as you can. Bring some home too. And drop them off at my house.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Benefit Betties!!

So I've been up to a LOT of stuff lately, from hooping, to performing, to learning belly dance, to teaching Burlesque, to having a blast at Hottie Hoop Camp. But when I found out about a group of fabulous ladies doing great work in Houston, I just knew I had to take one more thing under my belt.

I discovered the Benefit Betties in February when I was approached about performing a hoop dance at a ball. I'm a ham so I agreed immediately, and when I read more about the Benefit Betties, all I could think was "I NEED to be a part of this group". What are the Betties? A non profit charity organization that helps groups involving women, animals, and soldiers. Sort of like a Junior League for hip ladies! Words cannot express how excited I am to be a part of all that they do.

So what can YOU do?? You can come to our First Annual Benefit Betties Masquerade Ball!! Being held at Avant Garden in Houston, there will be pinups, burlesque, hoop dance, belly dance, a fashion show, booze, a photo booth, and SO much more! PLUS the money is going to a great cause, so you get a fun night out while doing some good. And you get a reason to wear that fancy, swanky dress that I just know you've been dying to get back into. I'd love to see you there, click here to save yourself a few bucks and buy your tickets early. AND, go like the Benefit Betties on Facebook to see the countdown of all the lovely ladies. Can't wait to see you at the ball!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The New Pope..."We'll see".

So a new pope was elected yesterday. The new guy, Pope Francis is known as a humble guy, lives in a small apartment (gave his fancy residence to a poor mission), cooks his own meals, took the bus to work, cared for AIDS patients, baptised the children of single mothers and called out priests who wouldn't, and abandoned much of the hoity toityness of being the head Catholic dude in charge in Argentina, where he's from. Pretty cool, and pretty unsual, which is a shame because that was Jesus' number 1 thing, humility and giving up things for the poor. What I DON'T understand are the people who seem suprised that he's anti gay marriage and anti abortion, or use those views of his as some kind of point. Of course he's against gay marriage and abortion, he was a Catholic Cardinal! This isn't a presidential election where the candidates are all vastly different. Quite the opposite. We're talking about a church that for the first time EVER picked a dude from outside Europe. Not exactly progressive. But I accept that. That's what they believe, and while I don't agree, I'm not going to waste energy better spent on actually doing things to help people, trying (in vain of course) to change the views of the Catholic church. Contrary to what the church believes, I don't need them to get to God.

I don't like being put in the position of defending the Catholic church, because too much has been done that is indefensible. Not just the sexual abuse, but the defending of those doing the abuse. Until this pope publicly admonishes those who protect the criminals, I'm not going to give the Church any credit on much else. That  seems harsh I guess, but unfortunately, my anger over this runs deep. But at the same time, lets give this dude 5 minutes before you all hate him.

In fact, don't hate anybody. It causes wrinkles and makes people not want to hang out with you.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Taylor Swift: Opposite of slut shaming?

Yes, we all know the girl has dated a lot of guys and used that as inspiration for her music. The guys who dated her after she became famous are VERY aware of that. But what's with all the hate? I'm not a huge fan of her music, but she seems nice enough. She's young, and likely figuring herself out. Hannah on the show girls has sex with a LOSER who treats her like crap and everyone is praising her for "putting it all out there" and being the voice of a generation (no thanks), but Taylor Swift gets dumped over and over again for not having sex (according to reports), and "mean girls" like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make fun of her. It's like the opposite of slut shaming! Both are so wrong.

Everyone keeps saying "oh Tina and Amy were just kidding". We're a society that is all of a sudden outraged with bullying, yet isn't that what they were doing? Is it because they're comedians? That's like saying, "Oh I can say racist jokes, I have a black friend."

This is why women will never rule the world. We can't just accept that not all women are the same. We don't all deal with relationships the same, we don't deal with sadness the same, we don't deal with life the same. And that's ok.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sorry Pope, not enough for me.

FIRST OF ALL: Yes, I believe in God. Some days I believe Jesus is his son, some days I don't. Some days I believe God has a hand in every day life of humans, some days I don't. I don't have all the answers, and I don't trust anyone who thinks they do, religious or not. I believe in science too. And I have NEVER ripped atheism, and don't intend to. So don't rip on me either.

I grew up Catholic. Baptism, first communion, confirmation, married in the Catholic church, the whole bit. Husband did too, and went to Catholic school. As so many other teens in that questioning time of life, I began to wonder if the Catholic church was really for me. There is SO much I don't agree with, and so much reaching to be done to buy into a lot of what they say. But that's every religion. Then the whole child abuse scandal, and that was it for me. I'm not down with having my intelligence insulted, and every time an abusing priest was reassigned to another church instead of FIRED, it was just another bullet point on my explanation of why I don't go to Catholic church anymore.

Yesterday morning husband and I were up early, channel surfing, and landed on a televised Catholic mass. Hearing the prayers that I grew up with, the prayers that I still believe in, made me sad. Nostalgic. As a kid, there was nothing I despised more than coming home from school on a Friday afternoon during lent, only to be dragged to The Stations of The Cross. But now? I would give nearly anything to have just one more of those afternoons back, with my mom and grandma and aunts and cousins. I told my mom recently that if the pope came out and CLEARLY said (but not necessarily verbatim) "I was SO WRONG to reassign that priest, we ignored the abuse of children around the world and we WILL DO BETTER", I'd start going to church again. But he never said that. Instead he's quitting. Church history shows that he'll likely get replaced by someone slightly more forward thinking. Yeah he tweeted less than 24 hours ago, "We must trust in the mighty power of God’s mercy. We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new." But that is not enough. Not for me. I can't respect an institution that doesn't respect its members enough to admit their wrongs.

So still I'm stuck. And it makes me sad. I know that I don't need a church to know God, but it would be nice.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Holidays are over, time to get back to YOU!

Another Christmas season has come and gone. On one hand, I'm totally sad, because Christmas means time in Louisiana with family and friends, looking at Christmas lights, having an excuse to buy and eat lots of treats at World Market, the list goes on. But now it's January, and with a new year comes new attitudes. As you know, I'm a hoop dance instructor in the Spring/The Woodlands/Houston area. What's hoop dance again?

Pretty awesome eh? I got into it a few year ago and teaching it is a dream come true! It's amazing how something that started out as a kid's toy can change a life. So, to my Houston area Oilfield Wives, I've got some news for ya, I'm doing a free class!

At the Whole Foods Market Kirby in Houston, on January 19th, I'll be participating in the Sweat and Snack event! All day long they will have an array of FREE classes for the public to try, from yoga to Zumba to hoop dance! Come and introduce yourself to me, I'd love to meet more oilfield ladies out here. Here's the link for more info, click here, then the sweat and snack tab!

Tell me how your holidays were, and what you're looking forward to most in 2013. For me, other than things  regarding my dance instruction career, and hopefully getting preggo, I'm looking forward to my family's annual beach vacation in August. Is it too soon to start marking days off the calendar?? OH, and getting to use my neighborhood's pool lol.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

End of year wrap up

Nothing like the end of the year to make you look back on it. It's been a crazy one. Sometimes good crazy and sometimes bad crazy.  Last week one of my parent's very good friends in Germany passed away. We just saw him earlier in the year, which I'm grateful for. And between what happened to Mickey, and the fact that 6 friends lost a parent, and a friend from high school died, it's hard to see the awesome things that happened in the year without seeing all of the sadness. It's strange how when you get older, the years fly by. We bought a house this summer, but it feels like we've been here forever. We went to Germany in February, and it feels like a lifetime ago.

The good news is that it's the holiday season. There is nothing I love more than Christmas cards, holiday music, putting up the tree and lights, riding around seeing decorations. This year husband and I are going to New Orleans for our anniversary (which is later this month), and I'm so stoked!! We haven't been to New Orleans in ages, and after watching many episodes of Treme, I don't think husband can wait another minute.

Have you finished Christmas shopping? I haven't. I thought I was doing awesome then realized there are like 5 more people I need to buy for. And it's getting too late to order online. Yikes!

What's your favorite tradition during the holiday season? I think mine is watching The Muppet Family Christmas and eating German treats. I'll work those off next year :)