Friday, January 6, 2023

Week in Review: Zumba, The Game of Life and An Identity Crisis

 I did it!  I went to my first Zumba class!  In the beginning I looked like this:

I was so nervous, and the instructor just started right in on the song and dance, everybody else seemed to know what they were doing, and I was like as my dream of becoming a backup dancer was dashed to ashes.  But then I realized she used like ten moves on repeat throughout that song, and I started catching on.  I slowly gave myself some grace and realized I would get the moves after the first minute of each song, and voila, by the end I looked like this:

Ok, not quite but I truly did have SO MUCH FUN!  I burned 400 calories!  And I'm proud of myself for going waaaaaay outside my comfort zone to try this class.  The instructor was so sweet and smiley and talked to me at the end, asking if I was new and telling me I did a great job.  That's all this Teacher's Pet needs to hear to keep going back :)


Loved reading this update on Damar Hamlin:

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin’s has begun to communicate in writing with his family and others who have been at his bedside since he went into cardiac arrest Monday — and his first question was “Did we win?” his doctors said Thursday.

“The answer is yes, Demar, you won. You’ve won the game of life.” Dr. Timothy Pritts said in a conference call with reporters from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Hamlin was rushed after collapsing and being resuscitated on the field during the Bills’ game against the Bengals on Monday night.


For Christmas, we gave Declan (age 8) the I Survived book series, and Brendan (age 6) has been talking about how he wants the Magic Treehouse book series.  We told him we already had tons of those books, but he said he wanted the whole series.  I told him to take a piece of paper and catalog the books we had (by number) and we could see what was missing.  This boy might have a future as an archivist because he enjoyed doing this so much.  

Through googling, I realized that the Magic Treehouse books have been renumbered, starting over with #1 for the Merlin Missions series.  So then he wrote down the titles of the Merlin Missions books we had so that we could figure out what was missing, as our old numbers didn't match the new ones. 

I found the Merlin Missions set on amazon, which is cheaper than buying the missing books and Brendan will be a happy camper on his birthday!


Lucy Doodle Martin is having an identity crisis after being able to roam free on Nana and Gramp's nine acres down in Maryland:

I loved seeing her run free, but my kids hated having to chase her when she picked up a deer scent and went too far.  She's just a cowgirl at heart.  Or a deergirl, I suppose.

Have a wonderful Christmas decor putting away and getting the house back to normal kind of weekend everybody - Go Pats!


  1. Hahaha Lucy Doodle Martin with the hat

  2. Oh Declan. Maybe he will work in a library one day. Love his interest in reading.

    I STILL remember attending my first aerobics class. I tried to hide in the back and then everyone turned around and did some moves facing the back where I was hiding. I was so embarrassed. I did that class for years and I was so bummed when they cancelled it.

    I rocked the take down mode on Friday. The bins just need to be carried to the basement.

    Funny about Lucy.

  3. I've never tried Zumba but everyone I know who has loves it. I'm not surprised it was a blast. We were watching the Bills/Bengals game when Demar Hamlin was hurt. I've never seen a NFL crowd get so quiet so fast. And as for Lucy Doodle Martin, she's meant to wear a cowboy hat. It looks fetching on her.

  4. Zumba does look like fun and I can also see myself stressing at not keeping up. Good for you--stepping, I mean dancing outside of your comfort zone.

    I love Brendans tenacity; he's got a future in bookkeeping, archiving, know what I mean. He likes a project.

    Awwww Lucy!!


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