Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.


Drama Drama Drama

Remember when you were in high school and people started drama over NOTHING?  No?  Well I envy you.

Things like this make me wonder why the heck I willingly hang out with teenagers all day.  They feed on drama!  Basically, the cheer team thinks that my dance team is copying them (which we’re not, by the way), and have gone up to some dance kids about it.  I’ve talked with my dance kids about not doing anything to encourage the rumors and to just focus on what they’re supposed to do.  They’ve always been good about that in the past, so I hope that their annoyance won’t overpower their good sense.  We shall see.

I told them that drama doesn’t go away when you graduate from high school.  I’m sure they were thrilled to hear that.  But it’s true.  I think I’ve had more drama in the last year or two than I did in all of high school.  Oy.

For breakfast I had my obsession: cottage cheese and granola.  Yeah it’s boring, but it’s so freaking good.



Last night Oakley decided she wanted to be a human baby instead of a kitty baby.  We’re practicing for our niece on the cat?

kitty baby


My appetite has been crazy lately with the increased running.  It’s actually kinda fun.  I’m adding fuel to the fire by going to ballet tonight on top of the 5 mile run from this morning.  Whoops!  😀

What are you doing tonight?



8 miles Before Work

Today I ran 8 miles before work. That meant I got up at 4:30. I didn’t really care about the getting up early because it’s only once a week and is temporary, but I wasn’t too thrilled about the run. Since my Wednesday 7 milers were really rough and I had to stop a lot, I was worried about doing 8 on a time crunch.

But you know what? I did it. 🙂 And it actually wasn’t that bad.

After that I had a long day. Work til 5:30, drama beyond belief during dance (student mouthed off to me in a big way and made me look bad in front of the rest of the class) and finally home at 6. At least Oakley entertained me.

Yep. She stood on my shoulder. Weirdo.

That’s all I’ve got tonight. I need to veg out. Good night!

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Field Trip Day 2

Today I slept until the glorious hour of 6:30 after falling asleep around 11:30. I woke up once at some point, but I must have fallen right back asleep because I hardly remember being awake.

After calling my five rooms of kids to make sure they were up, I got myself ready and walked to the Carl’s Jr next door to get coffee. It wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was probably better than what the hotel had.

I had a banana I brought from home and a biscuit from the hotel’s breakfast before jumping on the bus to go to the convention center.

The day started with an introduction to the events and guest speakers. The kids in the E-Business program have created companies and they’re here to sell their virtual products. It’s an amazing way for them to learn about all areas of business.

After the speakers, I plopped at a table with a couple magazines.


It’s a great way to spend a work day 😀

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An Early Birthday Surprise

Friday was a LONG day.  I meant to post this that night from my phone, but never got a chance.  Then I meant to post it yesterday, but time got away from me as I was getting ready for Kelly’s wedding and I never finished.  So here we go again.  Third time’s the charm, right?

So Friday.  It was long.  It started by getting to school at 6 am to help the kids get ready for the pep rally.  I did 16 buns after one of the girls did 16 french braids.  There was music, breakfast food, and lots of makeup and chatter.

The morning started off pretty awesome because the girls surprised me with a cake (that one of them made – OMG it was delicious!), an adorable shirt, and a poster.



The assemblies both went really well.  Some of my math students even surprised me with a huge poster after the first assembly and sang to me.



When I finally got back to 3rd period, the kids had written happy birthday messages all over my board.


Then if that wasn’t enough, my dance kids surprised me again.  They were supposed to go to my classroom 6th period to just chill but no one showed up.  I honestly didn’t think much of it because I figured they were tired and walking slow (and dance is a different kind of class as far as being late).  Then another teacher called me and said that one of the girls had hurt her knee.  She said I should come to the dance room.  Obviously, I’m concerned, but then as I was walking over there I realized that something must be up.

Something was definitely up!  Surprise pizza party for Mrs. Kolbeck!


I seriously have the best dance kids.  They made my day awesome and planned all of this stuff for me despite it being a super long day for them too.  This wasn’t even the end of the day; we still had the football game!

They did great at the game too.  They were so fired up, and Century was *this close* to winning.  But at the last minute the other team scored and there was no way they could catch up.

They still had fun though:


As fun as the day was though, I’m not gonna lie – I was POOPED by the end. After we got back to school on the bus and everyone was picked up, I finally got to go home.  I got home just after 10:30, had a snack, and watch an episode of Boy Meets World.  Even though I was super tired, I had to unwind.  I couldn’t go straight to bed.  I think that’s pretty normal, right?

So there we go.  Two days late, but finally a recap of Friday!

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I’ll Never Wear a Skirt to Work Again

This is why I don’t wear skirts to work. I haven’t worn a skirt in well over a year. I only did today because tonight is Back to School Night and I figured I should look nice for parents.

Then I had the same comment I’ve gotten from kids before.

“You have big calves.”

It may just be a kid, but it makes me want to curl into a ball and cry.

I mean, if kids who have less of a filter than adults say it, then how do I know that everyone else I encounter isn’t thinking it?

I hate my calves. I already don’t fit into boots because of them. It’s a horribly sore subject. I’ll never wear a skirt to work again.


On the bright side, I had a more interesting lunch today.


Leftover veggie spaghetti. I also had an apple but it wasn’t very good so I ate as much as I could and threw it out. I don’t know what’s been up with our apples lately but they’ve all been borderline mealy. And they are NOT red delicious. Those things are nasty.

And with that, lunch is over as soon as it started. 8 more hours to go…

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If I Teach Dance

Today, we’re enjoying our newlywed status, opening our wedding gifts, and are getting ready to go on our honeymoon!  But don’t think I’m writing this today – I wrote it over a week ago.  Oh the joys of scheduling posts!


I’m quite possibly going to be teaching dance production next year.  I don’t know for sure yet, and I’m not sure yet when I’ll know, but I’m planning for it to happen because that’s way better than not planning.

After helping out with the tryouts for dance production a few weeks ago, I had a better idea of what I’d be getting myself into.  I think the first order of business this summer (after the honeymoon!) will be to get myself into a few jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary classes.  Since my background is totally ballet, I need to educated myself on other forms of dance particularly the kinds that the students want.

However, I heard from a few girls that they really liked the combination I gave them during tryouts.  I think they were able to recognize that it was “real” dance and was technical.  It was rather exhausting having to show the combination so many times, but it was amazing to see how hard the girls were working to get it.

I’m hoping that, assuming I get to teach dance next year, the girls will work hard at whatever I teach them.  I also hope that I have the patience to deal with whatever challenges come my way, whether it’s being frustrated that they can’t get it, being frustrated that I can’t explain it, or being frustrated at myself for not giving them enough styles of dance.

Has anyone ever taught dance in a school setting?  Any advice?