Ballet classes: 191 (good but could do better ;))
Pairs of pointe shoes since restarting pointe: three (good, well not the Freed Studios II which, it turned out, were not the right choice for my feet. The Bloch B Morphs and Grishko Proflex were/are great though)
Ballet performances seen: 29 (average)
Ballet companies seen: 11 (vg)
Books read: 221 (could definitely do better)
Knitting projects completed: EXCELLENT QUESTION (why do I have no method for recording this? Must do better)
Baked good produced: my colleagues’ answer to this would be “not enough” and I’d probably be inclined to agree!
TV programmes fallen in love with: Call the Midwife (my ovaries are SO on board the Good Ship Turnadette it’s not funny) and Sherlock. On the downside all my long standing favourites are starting to Jump The Shark (yes, Homeland, I’m looking at you. Also Bones)
Number of times my ovaries were damaged in some, way, shape or form: innumerable (must gird better)
Occasions on which I was forced to break out the CAPSLOCK SQUEE: many
Niggling injuries: numerous (must do better)
2013 has been… well it’s not been terribly bad. It’s had a lot of good points, a few slumps but mostly it’s been a nice year of middling along in an average kind of fashion which suits me just nicely. I don’t think I have many particular aims and ambitions and resolutions for 2014. Well, you know the usual things: Be Less Fat, sleep more, stop playing stupid games on my phone instead of going to sleep, knit more, work harder, keep my bedroom tidy, keep my desk tidy… oh and BLOG MORE (because I have been a total Slack Alice).Well, maybe there’s a few balletic aims but nothing silly, all (with any luck and a following wind) fairly achievable:
- manage a pirouette en pointe without getting up to passé and freaking out
- achieve some kind of consistency with pirouettes (at the minute there are some classes where I just settle for hitting a decent balance and I’d quite like to get over that now thank you)
- manage an attitude pirouette
- achieve consistent doubles en dehors both sides
- get my demi pointe balances more consistent
- start jumping again (my patella tendon/ITB have been… niggly so jumping’s been out since about October which is galling)
It’s still a bit funny to look back to two years ago when I was in the deep throes of my emo meltdown and all “I NEVER WANT TO DANCE AGAIN”. What a drama queen! Mind you, what a change too. I think 2013, in all honesty, was my happiest dancing year – it’s amazing the change that dancing in the right environment can bring. I have incredible, exceptionally supportive teachers and some completely awesome in class chums and, no matter how lousy the day has been up until Ballet O’Clock, I never fail to leave without feeling at least a little lifted and I know that I am so very, very lucky. Dance wise, there’s a long way to go – at the moment I’m settling for ‘competent. As one of my teachers said “no, not great but definitely better”*.
Here’s to 2014. And “better”.