Happy New Year everyone!!!
Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:45 PM
So, I wish you all a WONDERFUL, AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL 2010, and that all your dreams come true!!!
Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:52 PM
Seattle Times published a list of New Year's Eve activities in the area, from the expensive to the reasonable, and I was happy to see the following:
at the Swedish Cultural Center
Pea soup and meatball dinner, dancing, entertainment, champagne and Swedish pancake breakfast, 8 p.m., Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $45, 21-and-over (206-283-1090 or swedishculturalcenter.org).
I love that they have all bases covered: dinner and breakfast!
Posted 31 December 2009 - 06:37 PM
So, where ever you are I would want to wish you a very happy NEW YEAR Much happiness, good health, of course and a lot of lively and alert posters and friendly comments and I DO LOVE YOU ALL
Good heavens, what was that, Helene? Pea soup? OMG, sounds weird. We dined and had lobster (here I am a bit ashamed, but it is only once a year, it was Canadian lobster, sorry about that). And champagne of course - otherwise it would not be New Year. Sweet was home made though, apples from the orchard, no pesticides, I am absolutely adamant there -likewise Christmas tree (I have a plantation and sell ecological ones), people who buy get some bugs for free, but the trees smell wonderful when you put them indoors. This year I charged 10 dollars a tree, customer has to saw his own. Fun is had by everybody
Posted 31 December 2009 - 07:06 PM
Posted 31 December 2009 - 10:31 PM
I hope that that each of us -- all the dancers, choreographers, production artists, musicians, managers, teachers, students, and audiences of world ballet -- has a wonderful 2010, full of happiness, affection, growth. (With lots of great performances, of course!. )
Posted 01 January 2010 - 06:34 AM
(Time was, I also peered at the Moon and bright planets and other heavenly attractions through a small telescope, bart! May I suggest you look again at the Moon when it's less bright and dazzling, more of a crescent, and the sunlight there is at a more grazing angle? See how you like that!)
BT means a lot to me too, because I've never had too many kindred spirits, friends who share my interests. That makes me feel sometimes like I live in the wrong place, even though I think there is a BTer with the charming screen name treefrog who lives here. I may never see many of you face-to-face, but you are frequently present in my thoughts, and (thanks to Alexandra, who started this!) you make a good place to exercise my desire to try to contribute to something good and most of all to learn about ballet and even sometimes about writing. (Am I the only one who comes back to look for further comments, re-reads their post, and thinks, "OMG, did I write that?") And there are a few of you who I have met (including Alexandra!) and that's been another nice surprise.
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Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:40 AM
What I remember the most when I was a kid was some neighbors grabbing a bucket filled of water and throwing it to the street from the front porche. This way you were supposed to "clean" the newly paved way of the upcoming year, so it would run smooth. My grany did it too.
Posted 01 January 2010 - 12:39 PM
Thanks for telling!
We (two DDs and husband) had a small party with some young friends and walzed to the blue-danube-walz at midnight.
(my family here is Austrian -so that is tradition!)
Wishing all of you a really good, healthy and happy new year! I am so glad to be able to come here to find people who have similar interests. Thank you.
Posted 01 January 2010 - 01:04 PM
Posted 01 January 2010 - 02:33 PM
One tradition (Swiss) involved spilling cream on the floor to assure good fortune. I walked through the kitchen, saw a large puddle of spattered cream in the center of the floor, assumed it had been an accident, and cleaned it up with paper towels. I hope this did not cancel out the good fortune which everyone was hoping for.
Another option we were offered was Japanese: going to a designated space -- in this case, a room in the small garden house (labelled "Abusive Language Room") -- and railing aloud at the people, places, situations, etc., that had frustrated or angered us in the past year. This is a technique, apparently, for letting go of negative feelings. There is a special mountain in Japan used for this. Large numbers of people climb it while shouting out their resentments. I don't know how successful this was, but plenty of people seemed to be heading for the special room.
At midnight, we were offered skewers holding 12 white grapes. We popped one grape into the mouth at each stroke leading to midnight. This is Spanish and is a tradition I'd actually taken part in before.
Posted 01 January 2010 - 06:02 PM
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