Friday, June 27, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Your invited to the party when I win!

I love this stuff! I'm in the top 12!
Don't just vote for me 'cause I'm the obvious winner, Vote for me 'cause I'm the best.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Don't make me backsplash you!

Kitchen makeover gone wild- we bought the wrong box of metallic tile, but it looks like some mistakes are better than the original idea.
Oh yeah- my contractor is hot.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Interested in learning the 'dance of the orient'?

By Melanie Knight – For The Lancaster News , photo by Aaron Morrison

Chingy-ching, chingy-ching. Hundreds of dangling gold coins ring out as Ashley Pate, with her arms outstretched and her hands in cutsie pose, swings her hips in a tight Egyptian shimmy, then a low American cabaret. As the exotic drums beat, she moves on to Nile hands and snake arms, then traveling Arabics and Baladies. It's Raks Sharki, Arabic for "dance of the orient," and Pate's practicing the techniques taught in the beginner belly dance class at Springdale Recreation Center.Forget the Hollywood image of a harem girl writhing to seduce the sultan, the real origins of belly dancing are family oriented. According to class instructor Cassidy Switzer, this 1,000-year-old dance began as a way to prepare the body for childbirth and was not performed in front of men. It later evolved into a dance of celebration and is still a central element of weddings in modern-day Egypt. It is a dance that is flattering to all female shapes and ages – it's the great-grandmother of line dancing.Switzer carefully laid out each move to show its grace and elegance to avoid crossing the line and being "skanky" because that's not what belly dancing is about. There is a hands-crossed, over-the-chest move known as "giving your heart away, then taking it back" that is designed to keep the performer from flashing the audience during a Big Mama, a move where you draw a huge circle with your hips.Each student had her own reason for taking the class – curiosity, fun and exercise topped the list. Patty Davidson, 56, was delighted to see this offered in Lancaster. She had previously attended classes in Charlotte as part of her recovery from a hernia operation and talked her granddaughter, Amanda Green, 26, into signing up. Davidson designed and sewed a pink hip scarf with black fringe and hand-beaded silver beads for Green. Green wore it for the last class as she showed off her favorite move, the figure-eight bicycle hip.The class also had some welcome side effects, according to students. "It's helping me lose my muffin top," said Bobbie Stewart, referring to her love handles. Teresa Boyd said she noticed that after a few classes, her waist resembled a Co-cola bottle, it just went in." Annette Rape could feel her muscles toning up and felt the class was "fun " not like exercise." From the small talk gathered before and after class, husbands aren't complaining either.If you think you are up for the challenge, the next belly dancing class begins June 6 and ends July 18. Classes are from 6:30-7:30 p.m., on Tuesdays or Fridays. Cost is $55. For details, call the Springdale Recreation Center at 285-5545.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Oh Tarah!

I just love Tarah! This is my new friend. She has ears, but got shy and hid them when we took this picture. She is an 11 month old baby Alpaca.
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