Dec. 21st, 2010 07:04 pm
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I feel good enough to pole dance again. *Aaah*...I can make sure I keep my upper body strength, and restore my motivation to keep my room clean (it's hard to spin when you keep hitting piles of textbooks).

The pole has been additionally useful, I admit, on the days I was reeling from my meds and needed every spare handhold to get across the room. I'm almost used to having it in there, now, to the extent that I now have trouble remembering to close the door when guests who don't know about it are visiting. It's such a fun toy (like an uber-condensed jungle gym), I suspect that if pole dancers can figure out a way to remove the strip-club stigma from it, poles will become much more common fixtures in normal homes.


Maybe not.
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Sleep deprivation. Always the answer if you're anything less than bouncing-off-the-walls energetic. However, it does make pole dance a little less fun when you're a touch under the weather. I went, I danced, it was good, but at the same time, I'm a little relieved that I will have a few weeks or months now to practice on my own time.

It's been hard because we have been going over things I'm not physically capable of. The hardest things for me are moves that involve bringing your legs up 90 degrees or more, straight out. I don't have the flexibility, and I don't think I have the muscle either. Which makes me wonder which muscles I'm missing. Time to start doing more free lifts at the gym.

I have started on azathioprine this week, which is the Scary drug. Not the Scary Scary drug, but still enough to be weighing on my mind...

...when I'm not totally distracted by looking for BPAL perfume samples on ebay. Years upon years of scorning perfume, and now I keep browsing through batches of imps with covetousness in my heart. It doesn't help that pretty much anything on ebay can be considered a deal in comparison to ordering direct from BPAL, AND you don't have to wait a month for your order to be filled. Since I'm still at the gathering-samples stage, not the going crazy and getting actual bottles of scent stage, it's especially compelling. Who cares what it is? I want to smell it now!

Which has to be part of the fascination. Sense of smell is so very visceral, it can be almost as rewarding as eating. And it has a time component too, so one tiny sample of a really interesting scent can be this thing you keep going back and poking because you don't it what you remembered? Or is it different now?

The only problem is that I do have some less than happy associations with quite a few perfume smells, it turns out. If it reminds me of my grandma, that's not actually a good thing--I think frailty and misguidedness and family discord, when really it's just supposed to smell like flowers.

Pole 2

Oct. 6th, 2010 11:06 pm
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First class earlier this evening. They've changed the curriculum rather dramatically, it turns out. We ran through about fifteen transition moves that were added to the introductory pole class in the last few weeks (which meant virtually no one knew them, because we'd taken the class at various points in the past that all involve the phrase "months ago"). There's a lot more emphasis now on doing sexy bump-and-grind sorts of moves, although I suspect they are less overwhelming when spread out over an entire series of classes instead of a half-hour review. Still, it's gonna be faster-paced than the summer class. I still think the teachers should get some yoga or bellydance training, because there's still not much emphasis on how not to throw your back out.

In other news, I have been given permission to go another week or two on my low level of prednisone, but after that they want me to try tapering again, which will mean going back up to a jitter-inducing level of pred before I can try going off of it. And if that doesn't work, I get to start the long, long slog into azathioprine therapy.

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