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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Code Breaker


Mist Took These Pics of Peter and I on Saturday Night

Mist and I went to a Hip Hop dance class last night. The teacher wasn't very good. She taught way too many complicated moves, way too fast. She would demo them once or twice and then watch as we struggled to dance the steps. The class went over time by ten minutes and she insisted on keeping us all there and dividing us into 2 groups to dance the routine. One guy requested we call it a night--he was ignored and then I asked if we could all just dance it together, the 2nd time around, as I had to get going. I was ignored--she said in a terse voice, "We're dancing it again in 2 groups. Under 20's first." Well, that left about 3 of us to dance in the second group. After Mist danced in the first group, we left.
Anyway, the night was not lost as afterward Mist and I stopped by DQ to get our once a year treat: pumpkin pie blizzards :)

I don't like fall. I don't like grey skies. I need a lot of sunlight in my life to activate my brain. My brain still thinks it belongs to my ancient ancestors from Africa. It is serious work for me for about 5 months of the year, to keep my spirits up. I am seriously moving to Southern Europe or like as soon as possible. I will keep a spring/ summer home in Canada, but head for the tropical weather from Oct-Feb. My girls all seem to like fall. They love all the holidays: Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas. I try to ski and skate all winter to distract me from the lack of sun. But skiing is a very expensive and time consuming sport when you have a family of 5.

My girls all have math brains. They are all very good at math--it comes effortlessly for them. Mistaya is very mathematically bright. I am encouraging her to use her brain to become a physicist or like--to unlock the codes of our universe. I write this because of a discussion we had yesterday afternoon--Mist, Tabs and I were at Starbucks while Pip had her piano lesson. Mist confided in me that she doesn't think about numbers and even the days/months in the calender like other people. Her mind sees numbers in different shades and the shades vary by groups of numbers (like codes). She also said the days and the months on a calender are stored in her brain in varying sizes and colours--not typical of how others would perceive them. Months that we would assume were largest (the most days) are stored in her memory as sometimes the narrowest months. It was all very fascinating. She said it is easier to draw the patterns to how she stores numbers rather than explain them. I swear, her mind recognizes patterns where the rest of us cannot. The government should hire her as a code breaker--she's a genius with numbers. She's like that with music too. Most kids hate music theory but it comes effortlessly to Mist.

In between thesis revisions, I am editing my novel, sending out my Jr. novel and will start painting. I need a studio down town. But alas, it all costs money. I was going to wait for my out-of-house studio once I made some $. Trying to teach just one more Zumba class. It is difficult. There are many Zumba teachers in this city. I didn't want to have to start up my own private classes as it is so much "overhead" work. Zumba for me is a fun part time job rather than a full time career.

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