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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Full Day

Today began rough, just like yesterday. Nat is completely on edge again, unable to relax. He is very upset about a light that is on in the distance, at a neighbor’s house. They are probably out of town for the holiday weekend. I had to explain to him, after he bit his arm and lunged at me, that this is what happens on some weekends. People go away and they leave lights on.

Just as last summer, hearing the explanation after the initial outburst seemed to help. The rest of the day was better, with Nat going off with Gina (his other Northeastern buddy) down to Weymouth where the mini-golf lady treated him to a free game and free ice cream! Another fan for Nat! We also adore Gina. Ned said, “If only we could get her here at 5:30 a.m. when Nat is stomping around and screaming about the lights outside.” Or a be-be gun to shoot out the lights.

I went to Mahoneys with my friend while Nat was out. I bought two clematis vines to put in the sunniest spot in the front garden. It all looks heart-swellingly beautiful and smells like chocolate and blossoms because of the cocoa-hulls mulch. Got really tired and ate some chocolate (the power of suggestion).

Nat came back in a great mood and settled in for the rest of the afternoon here. We had fresh corn and sausage and salad, and ate a lot.

My mind turned to dancing as it often does after dinner. I realized that in exactly one week I will be having my Petite Jamilla workshop, at long last. This will be a six-hour workshop, half of which will be on double-veil and spinning. The other half is with Bellydance Superstar Kami Liddel, who is more of a tribal bellydance girl. That will be okay, too. Tribal is a great way to gain control over your body, with all the snake-like and slow movements.

This is the workshop which ends with a Bellydancing with the Stars segment, where the girls who take the workshop can do a 3-minute routine for the Bellydance Superstars! I got the reminder email and it looks like I am second in the dance line-up (listed as “Lilia.”) I will be dancing to the Natacha Atlas version of “I Put a Spell on You,” of course. I practiced the piece for about 25 minutes today, with Nat watching about half of it, and with Ned filming me so I can critique my performance. I’m pretty happy with it, but I’ll spare you. I have been sufficiently chastened about blogging since reading the NYT mag today.

I figure that I’ll be able to get through this recital (my first) because it will be after a long workshop and that builds camaraderie. Plus I’ll have some wine.


I can see how that would be rough re: Nat getting upset over something that can’t be controlled (lights on at a neighbor’s). Glad most of your day went well.

I don’t suppose Ben was at Six Flags in Agawam, MA yesterday (Sunday)? I saw a boy there who looked just like Ben from your photos. I think I spend too much time on-line, lol.

Lynne in CT

— added by Anonymous on Monday, May 26, 2008 at 7:49 am

The snippets of your life posted on your own blog are NO COMPARISON to Emily who wrote about her experiences in yesterday’s NY Times mag. She hasn’t had children nor been married, etc. and was revealing intimate secrets without anyone’s permission. She was a “gawker” for hire for Pete’s sake!

Regarding your son and the porch light; another example of how residential staff will be able to work with him in a consistent and planful manner and in time extinguish that particular obsession and replace it with something more health and fulfilling (e.g. women?!).

— added by Anonymous on Monday, May 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm

INTENSE article. I read the whole thing – all 10 pages. I am probably a chronic oversharer myself, but I got freaked early on by googling myself when I was job-hunting. Now most things are under a pseudonym, or I keep it purely professional.

— added by Shannon Brooke Davis on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 1:54 pm