[Photos by Susan Kettering]
What a weekend! Whew! I think I am still tired after all of the excitement and fun that we had the wonderful opportunity to experience.
As I have mentioned before, Dan was chosen as a featured choreographer for Dayton Ballet's New Music for New Dance, the final show of the season. He was not able to dance due to his knee surgery earlier in the season, so it was especially nice that he was able to stay involved in the arts community, albeit in a different manner.
It was absolutely stunning to see his choreographic work on stage. I can't express enough how proud and amazed I was to watch his ideas come to life. Even though I have seen Dan's choreography in the past, I am always blown away by the idea that those movements, patterns and concepts come out of his brain. I'm always saying, "Where is all of that in there?" as I point to his head. It is truly a pleasure to witness.
All three pieces were gorgeous in their own way, and it made for a fantastic night of dance. Unfortunately, Dan did not win, but at the end of the day what mattered was the grand opportunity this entire event provided for him and the other choreographers, in addition to the dancers, composers, orchestra and the rest of the artistic staff. That's not to say I wasn't pulling for him!
Dan had a matinee yesterday, but the day was much more low-key, so we had a chance to visit with my sister, Amanda, brother, Luke, and Amanda's fiance, Anthony. That meant a morning of chilling out and munching on french toast!
Hey, why not?
Dan made challah french toast for everyone else, but mine was Udi's whole grain bread dipped in a simple french toast batter of milk, eggs, cinnamon, a touch of nutmeg, a pinch of clove, vanilla and salt.
After we let the french toast work its magic for a bit, Amanda, Luke and I decided to go for a run. It was so nice to spend that time with them and chat while we pounded the pavement. We kept an easy enough pace that we could talk and run, but we still managed to crush 3.1 miles in 25 minutes flat. Well done to us!
Everyone has headed home by now which means it's time to get back into the swing of things and resume a normal routine. I am so grateful for this weekend, but it always feels nice to get back on track!
That means more recipes for the Gluten-Free with Rachael Ray Challenge! Only eight more days of recipes left — should be fun!