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I’ve been summoned to serve as a juror for Federal Courts within Baltimore for the month of August. This is not a happy making thing. Trials could last anywhere between 3-4 weeks long. My boss did not take the news kindly, even though this is something that I didn’t really bring upon myself. It comes at a really bad time where my boss is considering giving me a considerable raise, and possibly even taking me on as a salary, rather than hourly, employee (though I have reservations about making the switch to becoming salary). I need to make sure to get him copies of the paperwork, etc, etc, which will be done next week after I go visit my dad.

Death Day is the 21st and so while I’m visiting my father I’ll be visiting my mother’s grave also. Plans for that are to visit dad on the 20th, visit the grave, possibly visit with Eric and Debbie since I haven’t seen either one of them since the move, come back to Bowie and go immerse myself in a movie theatre, possibly the Muvico, somewhere for god knows how long. There may be a double or triple feature in my future, it the very least, at least one movie. It’s the thing mom and I did together all the time. Just hope there are good flicks playing next week.

What I’ll do for the rest of the weekend is still up in the air. I know I don’t want to spend it wallowing, which is normally the case for me. Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll find something fun to do. I’ll just have to plot and plan for it and see if I can wiggle a few extra dollars out of my savings (which I’m trying to leave for the Vegas trip) to go and do that something “fun” thing, if it needs extra money.

On another note, I noticed a nearby dance studio. I keep meaning to go there and see what their schedule and program is like for taking lessons, and how much it’ll cost. I still want to follow up that avenue, especially to help break up the monotony that has become my life. Currently, things are stagnant and stale. I need something new and invigorating to make me interested in actually living life.

That used to be theatre, but with the move that stopped, and none of the local theatres seem interested in getting additional volunteer help from someone who has had several years experience working behind the scenes. This sincerely baffles me, but I guess that’s because Church Hill Theatre was always hurting for people to volunteer for various roles and was glad to take on anyone who even seemed remotely interested in helping. The other possibility is looking into Colonial Players in Annapolis, but I was hoping for something closer.

In any case, I need something… else… other than what I’m currently doing. I need something different, something I can find enjoyment in doing. Right now, I don’t know what to do with myself, and that’s just not a good feeling at all. I feel like I’m just coasting along in a vast sea of nothingness, and it’s greatly affecting my moods. Being bitter is not a way to live life, at least not a productive way, and I don’t want to be bitter anymore. Bitter is old. It needs to go. Emotion check in aisle 5 please.


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Jul. 14th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
I've been trying to look for a place to do some belly dancing lessons. They look so fun and you lose so much weight doing it. I'll have to get on trying to find a place with weekend classes.

Remember I'm always here too to hang out with. Save me from my 'I don't know people in Baltimore' seclusion!
Jul. 14th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
I can recommend a great studio IN Baltimore, but that might not help much. :)

I think, though, that you'd expressed hesitation to take up belly dance, hadn't you, Nyn?
Jul. 14th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
In Baltimore's not so bad. We are in Dundalk so the hike's not too much a pain.
Jul. 14th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
Bowie is 30-45 minutes south of Baltimore, depending on what part of Baltimore I'm going into. It's a little bit more of a hike for me, but I'd consider doing weekend classes with you if Kel's (bludiscus) place does weekends.
Jul. 14th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)


The main teacher's name is Piper and she's an absolute doll. I think her classes are fairly technique oriented (indeed, she's developed her own method of teaching American Belly Dance), so if you're looking for something more New Age-y other places might be a better bet. That's not to say the class won't be great for you emotionally, but I do know a lot of people look to belly dance for different things. I've taken a workshop with Piper and I was able to spend some time interviewing her for a local belly dance publication, and I really like and respect her. (Been belly dancing for 7 years now. :) Her sister Melina also teaches locally in Boston, incidentally.

There's also another student of Piper's teaching in Baltimore, but for the life of me, I can't think of her name. Great lady, too.

Jul. 14th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Even better, it looks like she has classes in Annapolis, which are closer and a lot less scary for me to attempt to find. Baltimore is tres confusing. And, they are Friday nights and that doesn't interfere with work, or me being too tired to get up in the morning, which is even better.

Stephanie, which would you prefer, Meadow Mill or Annapolis? Annapolis is about as far away to you as Baltimore is for me, or you can do Baltimore and I can do Annapolis and we can compare notes :P Though, together would be more fun.
Jul. 14th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Rar! I'd have to do the one closer to you since I need it to be on the weekends if I want to continue the classes - because of school. I wouldn't commit to the 4 week thing only because I don't know how school will effect my weekends and such, but I'd love to do the drop in classes on Friday. :)

And I think we'll have fun with it. I'm nervous, but I heard lots of good things about belly dancing so I can't wait! Yay!
Jul. 14th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Stephanie, which would you prefer, Meadow Mill or Annapolis? Annapolis is about as far away to you as Baltimore is for me, or you can do Baltimore and I can do Annapolis and we can compare notes :P Though, together would be more fun.

Kel posted the links to this in the LJ.
Jul. 14th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Closer to home is better, but if a dance studio has weekend classes I would look into it. I'm just not a big fan of driving in Baltimore as the getting lost factor is not all that appealing ;)

Besides that, Bowie is not as close as Dundalk :)

And no, I'm not t hat interested in doing belly dancing, but if I have a friend, like Stephanie, who's interested it might make it all that more appealing to go and do something -- because then I won't be entirely alone doing it and we can encourage each other and stuff. Or, laugh at each other if that's the case too :)

So, recommend away.

My plan is still to look into that place close to home, but leaving my options open, since I'm rather desperate at this point to break stagnation, is a good thing.

Plus -- maybe I could do both, when I get my raise, since a raise has been promised at work.
Jul. 14th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Just to note, belly dancing is the best thing I've ever done for myself -- my self-esteem, my body image, etc, etc. I've also made some incredible friends through it.
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