Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Each year Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs travel to Jacksonville to play each other on neutral ground in the Jacksonville stadium. This 85 year old tradition has been nicknamed the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" because everyone comes to Jacksonville on Friday and tailgates all day Saturday before the big football game. We checked into our fabulous hotel on Friday afternoon that was directly across from the Landing, the open air restaurant/shopping riverside venue where everyone conjugates for the game. After eating dinner, we went to the Corey Smith concert before heading back to the Landing where millions of people were celebrating! It was very convenient only having to walk across the street back to the Omni only to wake up a few hours later and stay the celebrating all over again!
On Saturday, we tailgated and Jess and I watched the game in the Landing with all the fans. Although the Gators lost, we met lots of friends in the bar we watched the game in and had a lot of fun cheering on the Gators. It was a fabulously fun weekend!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Not knowing much ballet lingo, I googled ballet to see what some of the motions they were going through at the recital and the first website that came up was Ballet for Dummies and I thought I should share what I learned about: a Demi-plié in fifth position
The first exercise at the barre is the small knee bend, or demi-plié ("duh-MEE plee-AY"). The word plié means "bent," and demi means half — just as demitasse means half a cup, demi monde means half a world, and Demi Moore is half a Moore. When you do a demi-plié, you bend your knees as far as you can while still keeping both heels planted on the ground. That little caveat is the key. It means that the depth of a demi-pliédemi-plié in four of the basic positions. varies a little for every single dancer — as you're about to find out. To go from fourth to fifth position, begin by pointing your right foot, keeping it turned out as far as you can. Now close your right foot directly in front of the left, gently touching toe to heel. Lift your right arm through middle fifth position, and open it out to second. There you have it — fifth position.
Even in the unlikely event that you were born with mega-turnout, don't try to press your right foot flat against your left. A move like that can damage something important — your knees, for example.
In fact, your fifth position may stay "open" for years. It takes a long time for a dancer's hips to loosen up enough, and the muscles to strengthen enough, to hold the ideal position. Patience, young grasshopper.
While your right leg moves from fourth to fifth position, your right arm has something to do as well. Lift your right arm through middle fifth (arm) position, into second position. Okay now — time for the demi-plié. All the same rules apply, and the arm movements are the same in second position (refer to Figure 2b). Because of the strange contortions involved, the demi-plié in fifth position is the shallowest bend of them all. But perseverance pays off.
Kate's First Ballet Recital was unsuccessful but adorable none-the-less. I met her at the studio and she is rather shy and proceeded to sit next to me and watch the entire barre. Her entourage (Aunt Sherry, Nona, Miss Jeni and I) all came to watch and I kept encouraging her to join in with the other girls and she would just look up at me with those precious little eyes and say "no thank you, i'll wait". Although I saw no developpes or plies, she dresses the part very well and makes a beautiful prima ballerina!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Over the weekend, we went to Tampa to visit Amber and DJ and meet the new addition to the Patricio family... Luca Martin. Born August 24 on Amber's birthday, Little Luca made a healthy welcome to the world as the perfect birthday present! Derrick is really excited to be an uncle for the first time and even more excited for the gator jersey he bought that Luca has fifteen entire months to grow into!! He's so handsome; I could hardly put him down!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
While tailgating, some confident LSU fans challenged us to a round of flip cup positive they would beat us. After winning four consecutive rounds in a row, we further corroborated the notion that being a Gator is synonymous with being a champion! It was an awesome game, the Gators were winning for 59 minutes but at the last second the Tigers ended up winning it... The girls and I watched the game from a bar across the street from campus full of Gator fans while Jordan and Derrick were inside Death Valley when LSU beat us defending their #1 ranking. Regardless of the loss, Kayla was an awesome hostess with impeccable southern hospitality!! It was a fabulous road trip! Geaux Gators!!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
A hurricane is an extremely sweet alcoholic drink made from lime juice, passion fruit syrup. Pat O'Brien is reported to have invented the hurricane in the 1940s in New Orleans when he needed to get rid of all the rum that southern distributors forced him to buy before he could get a few cases of other spirits. He poured the concoction into hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses and gave it away to sailors.