Monday, February 18, 2013

Jumping for joy

I blame it on the Zumba convention. A 3-day extravaganza held annually in Orlando, Florida, it's like catnip to a Zumba addict such as yours truly.

Pitbull performing at the 2011 Zumba convention

Imagine my extreme disappointment when I discovered that simple obsession with Zumba was not enough to procure a ticket to the party. You have to be certified as a Zumba instructor to go to the convention.

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know where this is going.

On April 5, I will be licensing as a Zumba instructor, which consists of an 8-hour workshop. Never one to do anything half-assed, I decided a 1-day workshop without a test was not sufficient to be qualified to teach a fitness class and I should get my Canadian Fitness Professionals (Can Fit Pro) Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS) certification too.

photo credit: mugley via photopin cc

This is how I ended up spending every waking non-child-care minute of the last week reading about bioenergetics and the anatomy of the heart, in frantic preparation for my three-day FIS course starting this Friday. The written exam is on March 14 and I go back to my actual job as an accountant on March 4, so I don't have much serious study time left.

Once the written exam is done, I have to design a fitness class and teach it to a bunch of my friends for my practical exam. It occurred to me I will need an iPod for this, so a few days ago I bought a very pretty red iPod touch. Swoon. I then further abused my credit card by having an input jack installed in my car, since apparently Mazda didn't feel a 2007 mid-level sedan needed to be compatible with an MP3 player.
Ooh la la!

These shenanigans haven't left much time for blogging, so I'm glad to be joining up with Stasha at Monday Listicles for a list of 10 little things that bring me joy. This week's topic was chosen by Wendy at Stamping Rules.


Here they are:

1)  The fresh smell of my baby's soft, downy hair against my face.

2)  Putting the next season into the DVD player right away after a cliff-hanger season finale, because I waited to watch the show until several seasons in (ahem, Dexter).

3)  My toddler's shriek of excitement and wild dash across the room to jump on me when she sees me for the first time in a few hours.

4)  When the bass kicks in, purring down my spine.

5)  Slowly waking up with the late-morning sun in my eyes to complete, blissful silence.

6)  Putting on a non-nursing bra for the first time since the baby was born.

7)  Seeing the first Christmas carton of Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge Crackle ice cream sparkling at me through the grocery store freezer door.

8)  Being so enthralled by a book that sleep seems unnecessary (Gone Girl or The Thirteenth Tale, anyone?).

9)  Moving in perfect time to the music.

10)  Sex. By myself, with my husband, it's all good.

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  1. LOVE that last one. :)

    Congrats on these new, exciting developments and good luck with your studies!

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  2. Best of luck on getting your instructor's license, though I'm sure you won't need it. You sound -very- dedicated :)

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    1. I love cardio exercise, so that part isn't work to me. The strength training is another story - I will need to put some effort into that!

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  3. Actually, I'm surprised it took you this long to get your license. Good luck with the studying and the test. I have now doubt you will be a great instructor. Or are you just getting the license so you can go to cool events?

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    1. Good question - I'm not sure. I feel shy at the thought of teaching a class, but on the other hand I'm always in the front row at class, dancing like no one's watching. I have to teach at least one class to get my fitness certification, and we'll see where it goes from there.

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  4. Good luck with getting the license!

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  5. You are so honest!! My parents and mother-in-law read my blog, and I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to include #10...but it's perfect!

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    1. This is why I blog anonymously - the only person in my daily life who reads my blog is my husband, so I can be as honest as I want.

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  6. Good Luck with your endeavors - I can empathize because I am a certified Zumba Lover.

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    1. Haha! I'm still not sure if I'm actually going to teach. I'm more excited right now at the thought of being able to go to ZIN jam sessions and the convention, although that will probably be in 2014.

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  7. Good luck to you on your exam! And The Thirteenth Tale...one of my all-time favoritest (yes, that's a word...I'm certain of it) books ever. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love the word favoritest - of course it's a real word ;)

      I haven't read The Thirteenth Tale recently; I think I'm going to read it again after I finish The Night Circus.

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  8. LOL, way to be bold! Hope you kill that exam. :)

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  9. Wow, how exciting with the Zumba instructor! I'm sure you will do great with the exam!! I like your list of 10; especially #2, we did that with LOST a few years back; it was good not to have to wait until the next season but just zip the DVD in indeed!

    was wondering about you; glad to see you've been busy, but everything basically okay, right?

    betty

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    1. Yes, thanks for asking. Unplugging for a bit was really good for me; I'm glad I've started to recognize when I need a break.

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  10. Good luck on your exam! And it is the best feeling to be able to flip off the season finale cliffhanger because you have the next season ready to roll.

    Ellen

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    1. I'm spoiled for it now. Watching one episode of a drama at a time drives me nuts. The only thing is you have to watch out for all the spoilers out there, since everyone else knew what happened ages ago.

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  11. I've got to read Gone Girl, I've heard so much about it. I've never seen Zumba. I want to watch the video up there, but my husband is laying next to me - wait, I can mute it. Duh. I loved #1, 3, and 7. I used to get excited when I would see Peppermint Mocha creamer at the end of October.

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    1. Gone Girl is SO good - one of my all-time favourites. I guarantee you will love it. I wish they would leave that ice cream out all year round, so I wouldn't feel compelled to gobble as much of it as possible before they take it away again.

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  12. I've never tried Zumba or really seen it either. Good luck with all your studies. :) You'll do great.

    Loved your list!

    My husband is exactly like you on #2. He generally likes to wait until there are at least 2 episodes out of a TV show, so even he doesn't have to wait until the next week to watch the next one. This never really made sense to me because then we'd have to wait at least two weeks before seeing the one after that. He much prefers waiting until the whole season (or two or more) is available.

    Except with Archer. That he watches as soon as it's available and then over and over again. He loves that show.

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    1. I've never heard of Archer - I'll have to check it out. I like to wait until there are several seasons available too. It's a bit weird, I know.

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  13. I didn't do LIsticles this week but I'm glad I read yours. I needed that little flash of joy this afternoon. You and I have similar reading lists this year- both Gone Girl and NIght Circus. I adored Night Circus and read it twice. Congrats on the Zumba instructor training! Also, I totally get you on the nursing bra thing- I was so happy to wear a normal bra again. Now I'm kind of at a loss. After 16 months of nursing, my boobs have no idea what the fuck is going on.

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    1. Haha! My boobs do know what's going on - they're heading to the floor as fast as possible. Fortunately I knew before I had kids that my natural double DDs were not going to look pretty post-babies. I always thought I'd get them lifted, but that's about ZZZZZZ on my priority list right now.

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  14. Ooh, happy dancing! I need to hook back up to Listicles. Love it, but it's been awhile...

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    1. I'm taking a bit of a blogging break right now, but I do miss the Listicles linky. Hope to see you there again soon.

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  15. Good luck with the certification! That's so funny--just to go to the convention. I've never done zumba but have always been intrigued; I'm completely uncoordinated and feel like I wouldn't really enjoy it because I was too focused on getting the steps/moves right. Maybe? Am I totally off base here?

    And PS I LOVE DEXTER! We just finished season 4 and ep 1-2 of season 5 (because I CANT get left on a cliffhanger!); it's so GOODDDDDD!

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    1. You should definitely try zumba! The choreography is simple and most of the moves are used in many songs. So once you get used to the steps, you'll find it easier and easier to learn new songs, because you'll already be familiar with the type of step they're showing you. And within each song, the first 10-20 seconds of the routine generally repeats throughout the song. It feels awkward when you're learning a new song, but so fun as you get comfortable with it.

      I'm avoiding the season of Dexter airing right now like the plague because I want to watch it all at once as soon as the DVD comes out. It's such a great show!!

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  16. Hi from ICLW. Wow a Zumba instructor! Good luck.

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  17. I love your list!

    Good luck with your exams for Zumba!

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    1. Thanks - my course got deferred so I'm writing the exam in May. Now I have lots of time to prepare.

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  18. Your number 6 made me laugh. And wow -- sounds like you really have put a lot of work into it. Glad that you found something that you are passionate about.

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    1. It's a great feeling to be able to do something you love!

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  19. #2 is me to a T... Season finales drive me CRAZY!!

    Happy ICLW!

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    1. I try really hard not to watch one without the next season lined up. Otherwise I find I don't care anymore by the time the next season starts. Patience is not one of my virtues :)

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  20. Great list!
    Makes me want to do one.
    And maybe I will.
    I especially relate to the late-morning silence when waking. For a different reason, I think, than you. I have Schizophrenia but am stable now with good meds... and I used to wake up to lots of internal chatter - like many voices (mostly negative) yammering at me at once - so now I'm very aware of and grateful for... morning silence.
    I also love your #8 - it happens for me rarely, but when it does, it's the best. I'll have to look up the titles you mentioned!

    Cheers,
    Uttley
    (via ICLW)

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    1. Silence really is bliss, isn't it? Our world is so noisy all the time, internally and externally. Finding a book that I can truly escape into is an amazing feeling.

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  21. I love your list! Definitely made me smile and actually lol at #10 :) Good luck with your certifications. You should definitely look into actually teaching a class if you love it!

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    1. I'm going to get the licensing and certification and see where it goes from there. I'm excited!

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  22. I am a little slow in getting my Listicle reading done this week. Number 7 cracked me up but nearly as much as reading about your love of Zumba. I tried zumba for the second time this week and lived to blog about it. :D

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    1. Ooh, I'll have to check out your post!

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  23. I don't know anything about Zumba, but it sounds awesome that you're going to be an instructor. Yay!

    Happy ICLW!

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    1. I'm really looking forward to it - thanks for visiting!

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  24. I need to try Zumba : ) Just here for ICLW...

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  25. Good luck with the Zumba programme and the exam in March!

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    1. Thanks - my course got deferred to May, so I'm taking a little study break. Not too much though...I don't want to forget what I've already learned.

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  26. Thanks for making me dance by myself on the couch. Good luck with your Zumba instruction! There is a Zumba class at the gym I go to and I have always wanted to go to it and you have inspired me to go! And I love your list! :) Here from ICLW.

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    1. Yay! I hope you had fun! Thanks for stopping by.

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  27. That was a great list! Reminds me of my blessings list,.. that or a drinking game where we had to list something pleasant and have others be in agreement before drinking then pass the bottle

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    1. What a cheerful drinking game. I like it!

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Lend me some sugar!