Ok, I will try and keep this brief, next post will be probably loads of pictures.
1) Bought my Play 2012 ticket. Can only go Friday to Sunday and only Friday hoping I can blag enough flexi-time to work only 4 days.
2) Going to CircusSpace for a day pretending to be a student – we all know I can never go on the degree course so I can at least pretend for £30.
3) Got an email back from Albert’s Instant Circus about general circus skills classes, starting again at the end of April.
4) First Fire Conclave meeting for Burning Man was on Sunday (didn’t go) – have set up London and Brighton’s regional cell on Facebook. Whoopee!
5) Nightly stretching of upper body = slight shoulder relief. Aaaahhhh.
6) Current homework assignment is almost done, so now the clock have changed hopefully the daily hoop can begin!
7) Going to the Roundhouse’s CircusFest!
Oh and I’ve also spent all my next month’s wages on the above + buying parts for my car. Yeeehaw!
I got asked by a collegue who bought a hoop recently to make some absolute beginner tutorials – it’s raining today, so I’m not going outside, but somehow I made enough space in my tiny room to spin my 36″ around. It’d be good for my family (yes, you) for when my old ones get gifted to you too!
Anyway, here are two basic tutorials for ABSOLUTE beginners.
1) Hooping 101: Some basic notes on entering the hooping world – a mini theory lesson. I look rough as actually I’m still in pjs. 😛
2) Basic waist hooping – stance, catching and reversing.
Just to note for tutorial 2: always practice in both directions. It will make you so much stronger and it will help later on. Don’t be afraid to try other parts of your body. You can hoop on absolutely any part of you, even your hair if it’s in a ponytail. Anyway I hope that helps a little, I’ll make better tuts when the weather is more agreeable 🙂
Numero uno: I’m sorry at my rubbish blogging in the last fortnight, I’ve been preparing to move out and sorting out paperwork and all that grown up stuff. But short of moving out and paying monies and stuff that’s all sorted now. I’m moving to Hackney because I’m a cool kid, I’ll have indoor hoop space and a garden, so most definitely quids in.
Numero dos: a miracle happened! Bubba ate 3 times this week, and real food, not protein shake! I might still have 2 pets after all!
Just thought I’d post an alright video of me using my friend Brad’s community centre, Legacy XS in Benfleet. Its an indoor skatepark with a dance studio on the first floor – we had a jam for about 3 hours last week. All good, and I managed a knee shimmy, but f***ed my left knee up that I ended up going home fairly early. Doh! Hopefully there’ll be more of that – hooping indoors, not f***ing up knees.
Ri and I officially held our most successful hoop jam ever – with random members of the public joining us in waves despite me putting on d&b and dubstep (although quietly… X mini seemed very quiet this day apart from when Beats Antique were on. Probably trying to tell us something) on to scare them away. But it was all good fun and hopefully brighten up a lot of people’s day. Waiting for Helen Whitcher to show us a promo video made on the day, very exciting!
Rianna and Jennifer
Martha and random folk
Finally, on a dietary note: I can eat pancakes!
same amount of flour as banana’s weight
same amount of soya milk as banana’s weight, plus more to make a more liquid consistency
Mash banana and mix everything up, and fry. Eat. YES! Life is worth living!
Nowadays, with veganism and trying to live a little better and kinder to the planet, dying my hair with nasty chemicals doesn’t seem to appeal so much (Crazy colours are ok, that’s vegetable dye. Phew.). So I went into Lush and bought some of their henna range, Caca Noir. Like a clever person I read more about it afterwards and found out it contains cocoa butter – a bit risky in that it might condition my dreads, but it was bought and that’s that. So I gave it a go today after a ridiculously frustrating morning in which I have one 100W bulb that’s broken (brand new) and two 100W bulbs that are bayonet fit and not screw fit, which kinda peed on my cornflakes with my plan to put Bubba in his old tank again. So back to Camden it is tomorrow, again. Anyway, I made a picture tutorial for henna dying – although as you can see by the pictures mine has only gone slightly more brown – apparantly with indigo dyes they take about 3 days to mature, but hey, it’s my first time. Note it didn’t destroy my dreads and also wasn’t that difficult to get off.
Also to add to my productive weekend (the housemates are away!), I taped a new hoop that Josie gave me – lighter than most and thinner so better for all this knee practising. I can shimmy it up from about 3 inches above my knees. Nearly there! But no sign of ankle hooping at all yet. Ho hum.
I also made a hat, fixed a skirt so I can actually wear it (Primark makes things that fit my ass but not my waist. How does that make sense?) and took up a pair of trousers so I won’t destory them immediately. Here’s the skirt:
Skirt with new belt and beltloops, woop!
Oh, and last but not least, I did get Bubba back in the tank. He’s really active at the moment, a complete opposite to how he has been, so at least he’s obviously stimulated. Still hasn’t eaten though. I figure at least if he’s in the tank, if the worst happens he will at least have some fun rather than being stuck in a plastic tub all day.