I Am Dance Mom, Hear Me Whimper

A friend (Hi, Jesse!) recently posted this link.

The Definition of Hell for Each of the Myers-Briggs Personality Types

I am an ENFP. This “article” suggests my version of hell is “Every minute of the rest of your life has been scheduled for you – and it’s a long series of arbitrary, solitary tasks.” Otherwise known as dance recital prep.

Let me go back a little. Leila has been taking dance classes in both tap and ballet. Or rather Leila has been arbitrarily moving around to music while looking cute in leotards, tights, and loud or quiet shoes. Two lovely and patient high school seniors have been doing their best to remove the arbitrarily from that sentence. All of this culminated in a dance recital last weekend.

Now, I equate the creating and organizing of this event with planning the storming of Normandy. Seriously, the owner of the dance studio is a general in yoga pants. It’s epic. I was in charge of one small girl in two numbers, and I almost fell apart. When I received a parents’ handbook for planning purposes, I simultaneously cried and clung to it for dear life. There were lists and shopping and bobby pins and hairspray. So. Much. Hairspray. And make up. And scheduling that made my ENFP parental pressure boil over when we were late to the rehearsal and then I put her in the wrong costume first.

I was not having fun.

Then the recital was upon us, and I had to just sit and watch.

That’s when the fun set in.

Turns out the dance studio owner is a general of the caliber of Patton and her instructors Seal Team Six (I’m mixing my military eras. It’s my creative license.). The show looked and sounded lovely. You could tell so much thought and energy went into coordinating music, lights, choreography, and costumes. And I have to admit, I looked at some of the costumes backstage with a judgy eye, but the organizers naturally being professionals knew better than me, because on stage they look great under the right lights and fit well with the music.

And most of all, the kids, from three to eighteen, were having fun. They had worked hard and wanted everyone to see how much. Plus, they loved dancing and performing and it showed. That is another testament to the staff. I was not anticipating how much I would enjoy watching all of the dance numbers, I had been so fixated on the tasks that needed done and on Leila. I am glad I got to be in the audience for such a wonder of juvenile exuberance (even if Leila never really did lose that “arbitrarily” from her dancing).

And I can not give the staff of Carlisle Dance enough credit. It takes great talent to make a show look good while making sure the kids still have fun.

Next year, I plan on doing a much better job of being a big picture parent and enjoy more of the process as well as the end result.

Because, seriously, I don’t think Leila is giving this up anytime soon. nickfinochio-34 nickfinochio-9

Thank you to Nick Finochio for the lovely portraits.


Karen’s Acrostic

It is a little tense having my two best friends’ birthdays back-to-back especially with their damned K’s. 

Knowledgable Doctor Science Lady

Authentic friend

Reading of 80’s tween fiction is a bond that cannot be broken

Experienced consumer of Pokie Sticks

Notable fashion reality TV expert

Jake’s Birthday Acrostic

Not Earth Day. His birthday day. Deal with it, Rothermel. 

Just… In that eye… Sayin

A “get off my lawn” away from Old Man Jenkins

Kinda a bad ass under the right circumstances (Eff the K)

Especially old friend (as in how long I have known him, not his age, because I am older. We’re not going there.)

Rewatch of Star Trek: TNG

I just finished binge watching Star Trek: The Next Generation on Netflix. I was a huge fan when it first aired, even if the high school me did the best to hide it, and I still am. Here are some of the thoughts that ran through my head during the re-watching

Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner are definitely the best actors on the cast. They understand when to chew the green screen properly.

Why do costume designers think no one will wear jeans and t-shirts in the future? And why are they obsessed with jumpsuits, possibly the most unflattering outfit there is.

Michael Dorn’s Klingon laugh is a wonder to behold.

The holodeck was rather a dangerous machine. It almost destroys the Enterprise at lease four times.

So was Data. He endangers the Enterprise almost as much as he saves it. He is a writer’s savior though. “How are we gonna get them out of this one? Oh, I know. Data will be immune!”

Data is also the most popular officer on the Enterprise. Totes.

The Prime Directive is totally ill conceived as anything but a plot device.

Apparently, Earth is the only planet that has more than one culture or language.

Prune juice is funny.

So is Brent Spiner’s Sherlock Holmes voice.

I rather liked Dr. Pulaski more this time around. I kind of wish she’d stuck around for a while longer. The ship would need two doctors, no? I mean they risk their chief medical officer as much as their first and second officers.

They teased us with saucer separation for three seasons.

Why did they ever let Wesley do any experiments?

And seriously, why did Wesley have to even go to Starfleet Academy? And, seriously, you know there were ensigns on that ship that wanted to push him out the shuttle craft bay.

Picard and Crusher’s will-they-won’t-they relationship was worse than Ross and Rachel.

How does a make up artist get a four-year-old to sit still for Klingon make up?

Who would ever take their kids on that ship? Anyone wanna hazard a guess as to what was happening in the nursery when they were all infected with the drunken sailor virus?

Darmok is still one of my favorite episode. Yes, because it is a thoughtful statement on communication and the power of mythology, but also because it’s the first appearance of Picard’s jaunty suede jacket.

What do you think the day in the life of a Klingon accountant is like?

The kids in “Rascals” were surprisingly good actors.

Alexander was also Andy on “Family Ties”. I don’t know how I watched TV before IMDB.

I’m glad I know that time is a wibbly wobbly timey wimey ball otherwise some of these plots might have some holes.

I think physics might need to be a little wibbly wobbly for some of these science explanations to work.

Levar Burton is the best at delivering made up jargon. I like to imagine the writers just making stuff up to try and trip him up.

It was fun to watch this as an adult not afraid to fly my geek flag. I watched a lot in syndication over the years, but not consistently. It really held up.

Live long and prosper, everyone.

Corky’s Birthday Accrostic

This is a day late because I fooled myself with “I’ll do it after the kids are asleep.”
And her name is Carol, but she is Aunt Corky to me.

Caring nurse and doggy mother

Original Trekker who took me to my first convention

Really good at jigsaw puzzles

Kind of in love with my kids and nephew

Y would I not love her a lot!

Erin’s Birthday Acrostic

Thanks for having a short name!

Enthusiastically befriended a bunch of crazy Greeks

Recognizes the need mothers sometimes have for several bottles of wine

Ignores my less than stellar housekeeping when she visits

Never underestimates the healing power of anything that is mostly sugar

Thana and Charlie

I had two birthdays this week that I didn’t get to write for, my wonderful aunt and my cheeky nephew.


Honestly, the best teacher I know

Authentic in all she undertakes

Newbie to the iPhone but learning quickly

Aunt and nouna to all


Happy enough to make you happy just seeing him

All the cheeks belong to him

Rambunctious doesn’t begin to describe it

Language skills, yo



Barbara’s Birthday Acrostic

Happy Birthday to my MIL!

Baking a lot of things chocolate

Always being “right”

Religious in that non-judgmental way

Bargain shopper who benefits all

Anything can be done on a sewing machine

Right handed (Repeat letters are hard.)