Aaah. Today it finally felt like summer. It was a full day, but a gentle day. I started with my modern dance class, followed by a performance at a 100th birthday party with two other Habibis.
You know, things like this don’t get me nervous any more. I love this sort of performance. I do get some adrenaline rush just from the need to stay on top of my dancing itself, but stage fright is not part of the process any longer. I’m grateful for having had so many opportunities to perform (be they music, theatre or dance) in my life, that I can put those days behind me. Don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes. They just don’t immobilize me… and the prospect of the next one doesn’t keep me from going back on stage. I need to be on stage much more than I need to be perfect, I guess.
100th Birthday Party Show
We danced for a gentleman who, although in a wheelchair, was 100 years spry and chipper. In fact partway through one dance, he exclaimed “yeah!” out loud. That is the right kind of audience, you know? His party was a very fine event indeed, with friends and family and folks who live in the same building as he does joining in the fun.
I got the loveliest compliment after the show. Mrs. Anderson, who regularly comes to our Aladdin’s performances, is also a dancer. She told me today that I always look like I’m happy to be dancing. What a fine thing to hear! I’m delighted. After all, it is about entertaining. And isn’t it comfortable to watch a performer who looks happy? I hope so, I think so.
More City Gardening
After the performance, I had time to run a few errands. I picked up a tomato plant for my back landing. I did that last year for the first time. Tomato plants are so pretty in a city garden! I have room for only one large bush. This one already has a handful of tomatoes growing and several bunches of flowers blooming. I look forward to a good year in tomato growing!
I then looked around at quite a few places for a large ceramic pot to put it in. I just do not like those plastic lightweight pots. But boy! Some of the pots big enough for what I wanted were pricey! I found them priced anywhere between $30 to $100 at most of the places I looked.
Fortunately, I was at the Frandor Shopping Center. After checking out JoAnn Fabric Superstore (which has a lot of beautiful pots 50% off but those still ended up higher than I wanted to pay), and World Market, and Michaels, I walked past Kroger grocery and they had a little outdoor gardening area. I found a 14″ pot glazed blue for $9.99. You gotta love that!
I collected some food for dinner and headed home. Because it is my beloved Brian’s birthday today!
My Man’s Birthday, Too!
I did finish one full ball of yarn on the first sock for Brian yesterday. If he wanted a shortish sock leg it could be done now. However, he’d really like the thicker socks to have a higher leg since he’d wear them most in cooler weather. I need to go visit the boyz at Threadbear again soon and collect one more ball. Meanwhile, I started the toe of the second sock (these are toe-up with afterthought heel, my current favorite structure).
I made a stir fry for Brian’s birthday dinner. Red and yellow bell peppers, onions, and seitan (a Japanese vegetarian protein source that is remarkably close to the texture of meat). Flavored with tandoori spice (as in that red-colored chicken found at so many Indian restaurants) and orange juice. It was pretty good, though I should have been a little more daring with the seasoning… it was a bit mild.
Then I went back out in the garden and picked some rhubarb for Brian’s birthday “pie.” It’s really rhubarb crisp, a fruit dessert with oatmeal crumbly topping. Rhubarb, for those not in areas that grow it, is a plant that has huge leaves and stalks that look a little like red celery but without the strings. The leaves are poisonous. However, if you cut the stalks into small bits and add LOTS of sugar (it’s powerfully tart stuff) and other ingredients, you get a tart dessert. One that folks either adore or despise.
There seems no in-between opinion on rhubarb. I think it tastes closest to cranberries/lingonberries or very tart lemon. We love it at our house. Mom loves it, too. She grows rhubarb plants in the beds around her house instead of small bushes. It’s quite decorative, and tasty!!! I could eat rhubarb every week, but it’s good I don’t like to bake that often or I’d look a lot plumper in my dance costumes!!!
More to Come
I do want to tell you about Brian’s socks but I’m going to put that off for another day. And soon enough, you will get more photos than you asked for, of my plants. Today you get photos of our birthday party performance.
1)Me as Eudora in front, Yasmina Amal (my teacher and our Troupe Director) behind me. 2)Maya playing finger cymbals. 3)Eudora again, showing off the new Egyptian dress. 4)Yasmina Amal at her glowing best. Isn’t she beautiful?