Sunday Reflections – 19 November 2017

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Happy Sunday!

It is cold. It is gloomy. Yet again. I can’t think of one day this month that has been completely sunny. It is brutal on your mood. Even getting out of bed is tough these days. Still. Thanksgiving is this weekend. My entire family is home. There are worse things that could be happening.

THANKFUL FOR: Holly’s dance instructors. They care about their students so much they held conferences with each of the dancers for the last two weeks. We went over areas where the dancers improved, areas of focus to work on, goals, dreams, questions, concerns. They have taken the time to not only get to know my daughter but to appreciate her for the skills and work ethic she brings to the dance floor. Taking the time to meet with 30+ dancers for twenty minutes each on top of teaching classes, ordering costumes, working through the logistics of scheduling rehearsal times, finding guest choreographers, and keeping the studio running shows how committed they are to their dancers. Not that I ever doubted we made the wrong decision in switching studios, but it is just one more confirmation that we made the right decision in doing so.

GRATEFUL FOR: having my family all under one roof again for the first time since August 14th.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: a four-day weekend. It has been a long time since I have had more than one day off in a row. The break is much needed and eagerly anticipated. All the reading and sleeping and relaxing and decorating!


Here are past posts from the few last weeks in case you missed them the first time:

12 Responses to Sunday Reflections – 19 November 2017
  1. Brandie
    November 19, 2017 | 7:03 AM

    That is so wonderful that they hold conferences at the dance studio. I wonder if our teachers do the same for the older dancers. I’m going to inquire with our owner. I think it’s important to hear how they’re doing and where they need to improve.
    Yay for a long weekend! Enjoy every minute of it!
    It’s cold and rainy here, too. Not enough coffee to wake me up today…

    • Michelle
      November 20, 2017 | 2:53 PM

      Yes, those conferences were amazing. They will hold them again in spring. I just love it. And I know the girls may find them nerve-wracking, but as a parent, I like knowing that the instructors are paying attention to my daughter when in class and pushing her to improve.

  2. Bryan G. Robinson
    November 19, 2017 | 12:42 PM

    I’m with you on a long weekend. I can’t wait. Glad you are getting to spend yours with all of your family. Here, it’s cold and gloomy too, but tomorrow we’re getting a new (used) car, so that should help brighten our week.

    • Michelle
      November 20, 2017 | 2:55 PM

      Yay for new-to-you cars! Anything exciting?

      The sun is out right now, and I heard a rumor that the temperatures are supposed to creep up into the upper 40s this week. I don’t know if I would rather have snow or warmer weather for Thanksgiving.

      Have a great week!

      • Bryan G. Robinson
        November 21, 2017 | 10:53 AM

        I pretty much only want snow for Christmas. 😄

        • Michelle
          November 21, 2017 | 11:13 AM

          I don’t mind snow in winter. Agreed that it could wait to snow until December, but then I need snow until March. I want winter and that does not mean just the cold temperatures!

  3. Jenny @ Reading the End
    November 19, 2017 | 4:18 PM

    What a lovely and kind thing for the dance instructors to spend so much individual time on the students. That’s awesome. I’m glad you have such clear evidence that you made the right call on the studios! <3

    • Michelle
      November 20, 2017 | 2:56 PM

      Yes, indeed! I know it was hellish for the instructors having to juggle all of that, but it can only help everyone in the long run. That individual attention for the students and parents makes all the difference.

  4. Care
    November 19, 2017 | 5:06 PM

    Lovely! about being happy with a change of studios. 🙂

    And,,, you know what happens tomorrow?! The Tournament of Books Long List is announced. I will probably have read only one book. But I’m going to wait and see what is on it and try to buy a few for the trip (rather than tear open a box and see if I own a book I should take. Which I do, own a book I should take but… Do I want to lug a physical book around all week?

    • Michelle
      November 20, 2017 | 3:00 PM

      I saw the long list and am neither surprised or nor upset by most of the books on there. Several of them I passed up the chance to obtain because they just didn’t sound like something I wanted to read, and I am okay with that. I can’t answer you on the physical book thing. I have read nothing but electronic books since August. I miss the feel of holding an actual book and turning physical pages, but I need to get through my remaining electronic galleys first.

  5. Amanda
    November 20, 2017 | 7:26 AM

    On Halloween, we had this nasty rain storm come in, the kind that wouldn’t really get started and mostly just deterred the kids out trick-or-treating. That rain brought with it a sweltering heat wave, and until yesterday, every single day in November so far has been cloudy with no wind, high temps, and super high humidity. It’s been awful. But thankfully things changed over the weekend and we’re getting a few weeks of lovely weather. Definitely needed to uplift the mood!

    • Michelle
      November 20, 2017 | 3:03 PM

      I hear you. Our Halloween was so cold. Thankfully, we don’t have kids who go out anymore. The sun is out today, and I believe the temperatures are slated to climb into the reasonable warm area this week. It definitely is an instant mood improvement!

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