Fantastic weekend. Oh yes. Camping in a river valley (which I think is one of the most beautiful places in this country) with a group of old friends, tasty apricot beer, delicious food, a roaring fire...fantastic. It was so clear you could see the milky way. Swam in the (freezing!) mountain stream. Laughed with friends. Then moved on to the city to a potluck and gathering at a friends place. More wonderful people I haven't seen much this year, with great food and beer and fantastic music played on the decks by my good friends. Watched my friend's dogs being taunted by the squirrels in the crab apple tree as they tossed fruit down at them. Nibbled pie in the moonlight. Danced and laughed until my face hurt from smiling. It was nice.
Yesterday was back to "life" and that was AOK. Work was fine and after was my first bellydance class of the year. Meep. We went through undulatons and basic shimmys/hip raises. I was pleased to see that 4 girls I know from classes years ago are also in the class - it's so nice to have familiar faces. I'm hoping I get to visit with them a bit next week and catch up a bit. The intro class was the right choice...she's going over form and technique and terminology and the review is a good thing. I can slowly build my way back up and take more advanced egyptian classes after christmas. I really enjoyed it :)
This morning I got up to come in to workout to find the morning class was full (not a huge surprise), so I dug out my HR monitor and gave myself a solid workout on my own. Three times through 15 rep sets of: side arm raises, tricep extensions, chest presses, deep squats with shoulder raises, one legged Bulgarian dead lifts, clean and presses, sumo squats, burpees and some plank ab crunches. Then I hopped on the elliptical for 30 minutes. Lots of sweaty goodness in my performance cardio range and I burned 449 calories. In my half awake packing I forgot my hair stuff and makeup so I am au naturale today, but I don't look too shabby (I hope!). Good way to start the day though. Feeling like I can take on the world!!
I'm off to science land. Have a great day :)