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Crash! Dance! (What A Feeling)

I have only two things to say about Friday. 1) lcohen is an absolute genius at finding restaurants. 2) I have got to expunge the phrase "my annual visit to the U of C Emergency Room" from my vocabulary. Fortunately, everyone involved this time seems to be basically okay.

Saturday was more consistently fun. It was the annual Scottish New Year's Ball, but this year, the Ball was preceded by an English dance, in the same ballroom, with the same musicians, but a slightly different crowd. I had a new red-and-white party dress for the event, courtesy of my friend Danielle, and new red shoes to match it, courtesy of a gift card from Aunt Finduilas. So I looked like a million bucks, and it turns out that English country dance is a lot of fun. It's similar to both Scottish and contra dancing, and I can do both of those. They walk the dances before they dance them, and the dance step itself is a walking step. The Fermilab English dancers are nice and helpful, and it took me maybe all of ten minutes plus a few figure demonstrations before I was dancing as well as anyone in the room.

Next was the reception. The Ball is held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, and we usually order some kind of food from them in addition to the sweets table that we provide as potluck. In the past, we've had a full sit-down dinner, but in recent years, it's been more of a nibblies thing, for budget reasons. The Center promised us an "appetizer" reception this year, except that their definition of "appetizer" included stuffed chicken breast, which I would be more inclined to call "actual food" instead of "appetizer." If they're going to include stuffed chicken breast (which was highly tasty and very welcome after four hours of English dancing) in an appetizer reception, they might as well go all out and bring back the borscht, which they do superbly well.

The reception was followed by four hours of Scottish dancing. I got to dance all three waltzes of the day, and I had a partner for each dance I wanted, so that was good. The first Scottish dance I did was with a gentleman who's new to our dance class; it's not a difficult dance, so I thought he'd enjoy it. I think he did like it in the end. At least, he looked less terrified at the end of the dance than at the beginning. The Posties Jig sticks out in my mind for some reason as being particularly entertaining, and we did The Physicist's Folly twice through. The last dance of the evening was my very favorite Scottish dance of all, Reel of the Royal Scots. I love that dance, because it always makes me feel like I'm flying.

I made amandine balls for the sweets table and a ghillie bag for the raffle. And I won a raffle prize! I got a lovely tin full of "Scottish Afternoon" tea. Between this, the two tins of Irish Breakfast tea I bought in December, and the big tin of English Breakfast tea that Mom Pony's best friend gave me, I am good for tea for a long, long time. This is a very good feeling.

The ball ended about midnight. I'd been dancing for eight hours, all told, with a dinner break in the middle. So I was perfectly happy to turn into a pumpkin for the whole day yesterday. I watched a lot of SVU, did the grocery shopping, and generally lazed around. But I think I earned it.


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Jan. 18th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good day. I am hoping that you were only involved in the transport portion of the ER this time:( Glad everyone is ok though.
Jan. 18th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
I was not the one hurt in the ER Incident. However, the person who was hurt was also highly impressed that I knew exactly where to go to get her checked in and triaged. This is because I've done this before. Like I said, "annual visit."
Jan. 18th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Whoa, that's a lot of dancing! It all sounds wonderfully fun.

And yay on winning a raffle prize! A person can never have too much tea.

Not so yay on the ER visit but I hope everyone involved is ok.
Jan. 18th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yup, definitely lots of dancing! Far more than I'm used to doing in one day, but I wouldn't have missed a single minute of it. What better way to spend a Saturday in January than dancing in a lovely ballroom in a pretty new dress with new shoes?

Everyone involved in the ER visit is okay -- one of my friends cracked her head on the sidewalk, but emerged with only a minor concussion, which is not bad when you're concerned about hematoma. I'm going to give her a call a little later and check in.

A person can never have too much tea.

Indeed. That was why I chose that prize over the painting, the photo albums, the apron set, and the other knickknacks that were still on the table. You definitely know where you stand with a tin of good tea.
Jan. 19th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Eepies on the emergency room. Hope all turned out fine in the end.

This post made me think of my granny. :) Ukrainian, and a kosher dairy chef. Mmmm...borscht. (And I would still give several months of my life I think for just one more of her pierogi.)

The dancing sounds like a great deal of fun.


Jan. 19th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, everything did turn out okay in the emergency room. A friend fell and hit her head, and it turned out to be a minor concussion, not a hematoma, so she could go home that night. Big relief for everyone involved.

I had some borscht for lunch today. My borscht recipe makes a lot, so I usually freeze some. Today, I remembered that I had a big container of borscht in the freezer from the batch I made at Chanukah, so I had yummy homemade borscht to eat today. Made me happy!
Jan. 19th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh that sounds like fun! because it always makes me feel like I'm flying Something that dance today has lost to a large degree. Older styles of dance do have a very different feeling that are a great deal of fun.
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Here is a video of the Reel of the Royal Scots, with the proper music. The video has a demo team doing the dance, so it's much tamer than it would be at the end of a ball. Also, it has a weird little quirk to get the first couple to the bottom because they're dancing it "once and to the bottom," but you can see kind of what it looks like.

It feels like WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

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