I am so so so very blessed!
I get to take part in a community that bands together in an absolutely amazing way when one of us is in need of help. I was asked to perform at a fund raiser last night for a fellow belly dancer. She is adopting and the fees are astronomical. One of her fellow dancers in the area put together this amazing weekend of workshops and performances and parties to raise some funds to help her out.
The weekend brought in over $2,000!!! What an amazing thing to be a part of! I was flattered to be asked to be in the performance lineup and I had such a great time seeing some of the women that I have grown to love so very much!
A friend of mine took some video for me:
Richard posted my performance from the afternoon show of Mythical Creatures :D I'm so happy! I thought that the evening show was even better, so I can't wait to get the DVD and compare the two shows :)
What do you think?
I finally (thanks to my husbands help) got my website totally up and running!!!!!
So, let me know what you think!
Well, a few weeks back my doctor found a lump. Yep, just call me Lumpy! After dealing with HMOs, trying to figure out where I was supposed to go, and finally getting myself geared up, I went in and got all my testing done! Everything came up ok! I have to say that mammograms are a very surreal experience. I look forward to not having to do another one for a few years, even though all of the technicians were amazing, kind, considerate, and very friendly. I love them but I hope I never see them again! :)
I guess the next thing to answer is: no, I didn't tell anyone. The only person who knew was my husband (and I almost didn't tell him, except he's the one that goes through the insurance and doctors bills, so I figured warning him about the testing would be a nice heads-up). I honestly don't know if I would have said anything if it would have turned up positive. I don't like bothering anyone with my troubles, and that's a big trouble to burden people with lol.
It's an interesting thing, looking at your life and realizing that you are lucky enough to have a great friend who you can tell anything to. I'm so lucky that I got to marry my best friend. He's put up with so much from me the past little while. Poor thing has gotten to deal with all of my usual craziness, along with my nerves about the tests, with me getting really sick, with me not being able to move, and with me pushing myself to the point of collapse with no sign of complaint or lack of patience (all within a week!). he even came home from work to bring me lunch when I was stuck immobile in bed. He has fetched random items for me, scratched my back, petted my hair, and stayed up until the wee hours with me when I needed my hand to be held. All of this, and he still looks at me (sweaty, gross, looking pathetic) and tells me how beautiful I am.
With or without cancer, with or without sickness, with or without back problems: I think I am the luckiest woman in the world. I got to marry my best friend. And my best friend is amazing!
Saturday was the first ever (and hopefully not last!) Ojai Bellydance Festival! Sadly, I was starting to come down with what turned into a pretty horrible case of the icky-sickies (still suffering from it now!), so setting up my booth was NOT the most fun in the world! The vendors were in a different room from where the performances were, so I missed watching a lot of the dancers (which made me sad). However, it was all in all a good day. Late in the afternoon I got to perform with my troupe, the Molecular Midriffs:
I then RAN back into the other room to change some of my costuming to perform my solo. After heading back to the main room, we found out that the sound had gone down! So, while I sat and sweated (and felt ickier) they replaced the sound system. Sadly many of the people in the audience left during the down time, since I was the final act of the day-time lineup and they weren't sure for a while if I would be rescheduled to the night show. I was NOT excited about putting off my number until later (I really just wanted to go home and go to sleep), so I was glad when the new system ended up working YAAAAAY!
So, that's me dancing while sick lol. Be nice! I stayed for about half of the night show before giving up and calling it a night. It was a GREAT event, and I was so happy to have had the opportunity to be a part of it :)
oin me at Epica Studios in Newbury Park on April 11th from 1pm to 3pm for a WONDERFUL opportunity to learn bellydancing with FANS from the amazing, gorgeous, FUN PAULINA!
Experience Fan magic in a fan-tastic workshop!
Learn to incorporate a new prop into your dance, or expand your current repertoire!
Bring your own fan, or purchase one at the event
All levels are welcome! Don't be afraid to try something NEW!
Workshop fees are $30 for preregistration, or $35 at the door.
To pre register email me at
Epica: 840 Mitchell Rd, Newbury Park CA
Tue, Mar. 3rd, 2009, 07:15 pm
I ran a mile today yaaaaaay!
When I go, I head towards a point a mile away. I know where the 1/2, and 3/4 points are. Usually I walk 1/4 of a mile then try to run as far as I can to the 1 mile mark, then walk-run-walk-run till I get there, then walk back....usually wheezing lol! Today I walked 1/4 mile to warm up, then ran the entire way to the 1 mile point, then CONTINUED running another 1/4 mile! The I walked-ran back instead of just walking :) My first goal is to be able to make it all the way there and back without walking. I figure once I can run 2 miles, getting further should get a bit easier......right?
now I'm sitting, chatting on facebook, and icing the crap out of my calves lol! yaaaaaay (not)! hehehhehe!
I have decided to get a bit more pro-active in scheduling workshops. I have taught a few and my last one got some really great reviews. I would LOVE to do more workshops, so if you know anyone looking to fill workshop space anywhere in the So Cal areas, let me know :)
Tue, Feb. 24th, 2009, 09:09 pm
So, I went to my first NOFX concert. I've been to some wild concerts in my day, but this thing was INSANE!!!!
I got a spot right in front of Fat Mike along the railing. John took up position behind me and put his arms around me, bracing his hands against the railing to keep people as much off of me as possible. This Canadian guy to my left keep putting his elbow in my face, so every time the crowd surged I had to dodge or deflect in order to keep from getting a black eye. John kept yelling at him to lower his arm, but he kept telling John to f%$# off. Finally he tried getting in Johns face, so I punched him in the chest and told him to knock it off lol
Yaaay, I punched a guy at a punk concert :D
So right after that this other guy kept reaching around me trying to wriggle towards the railing. He tried to pry John away from me 3 times, each time John warned him to quit it. After the third time, what with Idiot Canadian on my left, and this loser on my right, John totally lost it and went after him! John put Idiot#2
down...or, at least, he would have if the crowd had been any looser. As it was he pushed the guy back, hands around his throat, yelling "I TOLD YOU TO STAY AWAY FROM HER!!!!"
I gotta tell you, this was REALLY hot! 3 guys were trying to pry John off of this Idiot, AND I tried (after I saw the bouncers heading towards us)...he never budged until HE decided to budge!!! Dude, my husband is SUCH a badass!!!! I totally never realized just how crazy he was!
After he let the guy go, the Canadian guy on my left put his arm down, and made sure to apologize several times and check every so often to make sure that I wasn't being put in harms way lol!
The band was WAY fun to watch. They put on the greatest show. The guys are all just crazy and silly and I love it. I am now a total fan. :)