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Top Chef: I thought I might have a crush on Tom Colicchio, but after reading this I am completely sure. (Spoilers at link!)

SYTYCD: I have been watching this only when I work out on my mini-trampoline. After randomly catching 15 minutes of a previous season's rerun, falling in love with Pasha times ten, and then finding out that it's GREAT for encouraging me to work out, I started recording the new season. I realized that I never got hooked on the show before because I hated the auditions. They keep turning people down that I think are good dancers. But I will persevere and hope for another hot russian.

Speaking of dance and working out, inspired by motorharp I was thinking it would be fun (and because clearly I don't have enough hobbies) to take an adult ballet class. A cursory googling tells me that finding one nearby is going to be nigh unto impossible. Anyone know of any ballet classes for random ungraceful adults?

Summer season of softball is in full swing and I still stink and now I have to play 3rd base much of the time and it would be nice if I could stop a ball, like, ever. There were several in last night's game that I was sure I was on top of and went right through my legs or over my foot. GOD.

I spent the weekend traipsing around all over the place. Philly in one day (worked out well! should have left about an hour earlier for maximum wakefulness) including my first ever fish tacos which were tasty and delightful. Pictures if I ever get them off my camera. I also went to Baltimore to play some canasta with the cards crew. Band practice got cancelled... oh well. we waited 6 months, what's another week. We *might* have a new bassist. She knows who she is.

Return to Weight Watchers is going great and a big part of it is being able to talk food with tzel on a near-daily basis. Apart from the wedding fumbles it's going great.

People responded to my post about wanting to play D&D with responses that made it sound like they thought I was way more knowledgeable about games than I actually am. The sad fact is that apart from one or two isolated incidents that were so forgettable that I mostly forgot them, I have never been asked to play in a D&D game. When I was in elementary/jr high school I knew that some of the boys played D&D and I remember wanting to play really badly, but always being told to buzz off because girls don't/can't play that. Obviously once I got to college I found many gaming compatriots and ventured off into GURPS and then LARP but nobody ever said, "Kim, come play D&D with us". So I guess I have sad emo geek scars over that. Also it means I don't give a flying patoot what version it is or anything because I won't know the difference. Also I might hate it. Who knows.

I have been thinking and reading a bunch about photography lately and it is starting to creep over me that I want, really want, a DSLR. I know hardly anyone but a few friends look at my flickr stuff but I spend a stupid amount of time on it and get all happy when a shot comes out and think about composition a bunch and how to eke out the best pictures from my (very surprisingly able) little P&S. So I wonder if I have an eye for composition and I wonder if I could do more interesting things with a single lens reflex. So I guess I may be asking people who want to get me a birthday or christmas present to put some money in the piggy bank, as it were. I keep saying I won't have time to really learn how to use it, but I also can't stop thinking about it and do spend a certain amount of time with my little powershot. Here's a photo I took that I really love that only 2 people have ever seen:

one purple hope

I have one last question for everyone: Who out there is using del.icio.us and I don't know it? The new Firefox addon has an awesome little widget that tells me when people have added bookmarks and I enjoy seeing what people tagged. My bookmarks can be found here so add me to your network!


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Jun. 13th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I saw that - I think I might email them, find out how un-fit you really can be to take the class.
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
No russians this year on SYTYCD, sorry. :( There is (as always) some decent eye candy though. The entire group of 20 this year is a step above any previous season. There's nobody you can point to and say "nope, doesn't belong". Although it's contemporary-dance heavy this year (and the one ballroom guy is now gone), the level of competition looks like it's going to be amazing.

I've been thinking of a DSLR as well just because I heep hitting limits I don't want using my current camera, but then I wonder if I'd actually use it enough to really justify the cost. I asked Andy for a book on DSLR's for my birthday but didn't get one, so I'll just have to go grab one and see what I can see...
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
I should have said - I haven't even gotten to the top 20 stuff yet! I'm gonna be sad about the ballroom guy, I guess. Hopefully they make all the contemporary dancers do ballroom.

I too was thinking of getting a book first but yeah. I have so many things to read right now! I would definitely need to cancel cable. :)

Jun. 13th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Well Gev is from Kazakhstan which is next to Russia, but I don't think he's particularly hot :)

The skill level this season is blowing me away - I just adore this show.
Jun. 13th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
I've already gotten my first offer of tickets for the season but I don't really have the vacation time to feel comfortable going (and you can't really play sick to go be on a TV show...) so I'm going to wait a bit and see if a good time will come for me to go to another taping. :)
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh jealous! I had to wait for the tour to come through my town to get a chance to see them live - but it was a great show!

I feel like SYTYCD turns me into such a 13 year old (I vote, i get tickets for the tour, I watch and rewatch the shows) but I'm kinda ok with that. :)
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Perk of living in LA: show tapings. :) Twice.

Edited at 2008-06-14 12:54 am (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Community colleges tend to have adult ballet classes. So does the City of Rockville.
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
i will have to check that angle. i was looking for the ymca in laurel but that didn't pan out to anything.
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Jun. 14th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
check this out:

and he also has a good article on why your camera doesn't matter. it was enlightening.

i really can't recommend my powershot highly enough. mine is the SD 850 IS but there is a newer version out there i am sure.
Jun. 14th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I have been trying to find an adult ballet class for a while so if you find one, and our schedules mesh I wlll go with you if you would like.
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
awesome!! will do!
Jun. 14th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
you are totally in my network now :-)
Jun. 14th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
I took an intro ballet class when I was in college--it was something I'd always been mildly terrifying, and something that had always been offlimits to me as a Fat Girl, so I decided to try it out. It was a lot of fun! I've done a few one-off classes since then at gyms and whatnot--a lot of the larger gyms have them (at least here). Sometimes you have to be a member, but some will let you do it per-class.
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
The nice thing about a lot of the SLRs is that you don't have to really *learn* how to use them- you take a picture, you see how close you got, take another.

And in a lot of cases, that's going to be good, and good enough. Not that it's not worthwhile to learn about photography. But like everything else, it requires a lot of time and volume. I'm fond of the Nikon's (you probably should look at the D40 there), but really it just comes down to what feels best.

I've had a D70 for the last few years... I could prolly even let you borrow it for a couple of weeks if you wanted to play with one at some point.
Jun. 14th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Pasha totally fell apart for me over the course of season 3 -- but I think I have an allergy to a lot of male ballroom dancing. It's supposed to read as fun and rambunctious or whatever, and instead it just comes off... oily and a little creepy.

There are exceptions, always. Pasha just didn't manage to be one of them.

But oh! Oh the talent this season!
Jun. 20th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Photo, DSLR
Hi, I'm sort of wandering through by way of marjai and saw this. Feel free to contact me if you've got questions and are inclined. madshutterbug @ gmail dot com.

I'm also over on Flickr with the same name.

Looked at your pic above over there to see it a bit larger. It's a nice use of both Rule of Thirds (composition) and depth of field, with the red flower being the only part in clear focus.

Jun. 20th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Photo, DSLR
Thanks! I like it when people wander through, particularly with helpful advice and information!

I also went to your journal and I see that you are an RN. I hope to be an RN by 2011! I'm incredibly excited about it.
Jun. 20th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Photo, DSLR
Cool! I hope you're an RN by 2011 too! We need lots more RN's. *G* You're welcome over in the LJ too. I like to read, and followed your comment to
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Cool! I hope you're an RN by 2011 too! We need lots more RN's. *G* You're welcome over in the LJ too. I like to read, and followed your comment to <lj-user="marjai">'s post today to get here.

Tagged you back on Flickr. Thanks for the comments; I'll wander through there too. Don't do a lot on Flickr on weekends as the ancient dial-up on teh Ranch is... well, ancient. And slow.
Jun. 20th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Photo, DSLR
Excellent. I wanted to friend you this morning but I wasn't sure if I should! I am pleased to meet you, and look forward to hearing of your exploits. :)
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