Dance Class Fail

I’ve been trying since I moved here to find any kind of dance class that is fun, gives a good workout, and fits somewhat into my schedule. Most of the studios I’ve found are almost exclusively for children, and if they do offer adult classes, it’s like once a week at 8:30. I’m not inclined to hang around Wilmington for over 3 hours after work before a 45 minute drive home…

I thought I struck gold when I found a pole dancing studio nearby, but after trying 3 classes, it’s nothing short of a big joke. Overly simple, boring, and poorly organized. You know it’s bad when the other students are asking me how to do things and complimenting MY muscles (they don’t really exist…LOL.)

I’m going to give it one more shot (a more “advanced” class) before making a final decision and committing to a series, but I think I just may have to wait till we move to start dancing again. I sure do miss it though! Here’s to continuing the dance party in my own living room. Gotta love iPod shuffle 🙂

Had lunch with two really awesome girls from Chuck’s new unit today and encountered this total YUMgasm at Carolina Ale House. It pretty much has all my favorite things and then some. Amazeballs.

Anddd I Found a Winner!

…In churches, that is. Chuck and I tried a few last year, and being the picky and critical little Christians that we are, we remained vastly displeased and gave up altogether.

Yesterday I tried one that I’d had a positive hunch about for a while – just a middle sized Methodist church near the beach. As soon as the pastor started talking about how life isn’t sunshine and roses just because you are a Christian, I was hooked. One of my biggest issues with churches these days is the false sense of security they’re giving people. I’m tired of all the “look to the Lord and He will fix your problems because we are special” bull crap. Umm, no. Doesn’t quite work that way, Reverend. Not even for the original Christians who were actually good at it.

Anyway, the service was Biblical, relateable, and even-keeled. I learned something from it. The community was not too big or too small. People actually noticed I was new and came to say hi. The congregation was mixed with the old, the young, and children. There were plenty of embedded support and mission focuses that I liked – hunger, children, military families (that’s me!)

Definitely beats the hokey rock star churches Chuck and I tried last fall, so I think I’ll just stick with this one. I hope it continues to please! I’m really just looking for a supportive community and an engaging approach to Biblical study. I would love to get some sort of intellectual connection with the pastor. I have so many questions and am fascinated by many religious/theological topics! I just have a hard time discussing it with the 100% spiritually focused… so I am encouraged by what I’ve seen so far.

Maybe now I won’t be such a lazy heathen anymore 🙂

Sure enough…

It is SNOWING in Holly Ridge! I’m not sure how I feel about the whole snowing-at-the-beach concept. I was rather enjoying the Indian Summer. Of all the things I miss about northern Virginia, snow was certainly not one of them!

At least I’ve got nowhere to be and can just relax and get cozy ❤ Girls’ night in with my Bean!!

“Winter” Weather Advisory Here in Holly Ridge…

There’s a high of 51 degrees today and supposedly there will be 1-3 inches of snow. HA. I will believe it when I see it! 

In other news, I started taking Pure Barre classes in Wilmington 2-3 times per week, and while it’s not as fun or as active as a dance class, it’s still pretty awesome. The first place I’m noticing results is my abs!! Pretty exciting! Most of the moves can be done at home too, so I plan on incorporating them into home work outs, for those days when I am particularly motivated.

I’m not sure how long I will continue to pay for classes though. They are SO overpriced, and I’d still prefer to find a fun pole class or something. I can let off more steam when I move it n’ shake it, rather than do isolated tiny muscle movements over and over for an hour 🙂

Happy Valentines’s Day to all those who are taken, almost taken, taken for granted, waiting to be taken, assumed to be taken, and those who are not taken seriously. XOXO