Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


I know this is a dance and baking blog, but I’m adding a random page to add…well, anything!  So to start, I’m doing a T.V. review.  Lots of people have seen The Avenger’s movie, but have you seen the new T.V. show about the agents that help the heroes?  Ech episode has a new villain.  There are familiar faces, like Agent Coulson, as well as new people, like Skye, a girl who hacked into S.H.I.E.L.D with her laptop and used to live in her van.  She was part of a group called “The Rising Tide”, who basically rebel against everything that S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to accomplish.  Along with Coulson and Skye, there is Fitz and Simmons, the main brains of their team, and Grant Ward, who’s the main fighter. They may not be able to work well by themselves, but when together, they’re the total underdog type team.  What interesting suspense and action will they get into?  Guess you’ll have to watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to find out!


Nutcracker Auditions, Rehearsals, and Costumes

The Nutcracker is coming up in a little over a month, and everybody’s very busy with rehearsals!  It started with the auditions.  Since I started pointe at my studio last year, I was really hoping to get a role en pointe for this show.  I auditioned for the easiest part en pointe, angels, the part that sounds super fun, a candy land doll, and two of the harder parts, side spanish and Clara’s friends.  I also auditioned for normal roles (not en pointe), which are Party Girl, Side Russian, Rat, and Calvary.  Rat and Calvary are in a big battle scene, party girl is in the big party scene, and side russian is a very fun, short scene. I ended up getting Party Girl, Angel, and Candy Land Doll!  I was the only person in my level to get two roles en pointe (which is very exciting!).  So every single week, at least an hour each time, I’ve been very busy with rehearsal.  Everybody also had to get their costumes fitted.  In angel, each of us have a matching white dress, a halo, wings, and a candle.  For party girl, I have red lace leggings and an old fashioned red dress, along with fake, curly hair.  And for doll, we look like Minnie Mouses (but really cute ones!).  It’s a short, red and white polka dotted dress and a big red, polka dot bow.  This is my favorite costume, as well as my favorite dance!  Lots of fun and hard work is being put into this show, so I’ll be as excited as ever when the real show comes!Image

New Dance Season

We’re back in business!  The dance season is starting up again, and I’m excited!  This year I’m in level 4a at one of my studios.  Along with the usual 3 days of ballet, I’m taking hip hop, tap, and contemporary.  New leotards, new tights, new teacher, and new soreness.  My back is killing me from lots of stretching yesterday, but it’s a good kind of pain.  You probably know this, but I always absolutely love performing!  And one of my favorites to perform in is the Nutcracker.  And despite the fact that it’s just September, auditions are next week.  What am I hoping to get?  Well, mainly a role en pointe!  I started pointe at my studio last January.  I absolutely love it!  And getting to perform with the shoes?  Well, I would call it a dream come true.  I’m hoping to be an angel, and (depending on what level you have to be in) a candy land doll.  Hopefully, the level 5a’s won’t be repeating that role, in which case there’s only on 4b girl, and us 4a’s.  I would also like to be a party girl, which is the next step up from party boy.  So, I’ve got to stretch, make sure my pointe shoes are perfect, and get ready!  Wish me luck!  Any of your sports seasons starting?  We’d like to hear them!  Leave a reply below and let me know what’s going on!

Cheesecake Pizza?

I’ve been on a roll lately…making the smoothie and the cheesecake on the same day.  There was a sale at Fresh & Easy for cream cheese, so my mom bought the ingredients for me to make a cheesecake.  Yum!  I pull out the family recipe and use the already made graham cracker crust (not store bought, just something made a while ago that I froze to save for later).  I mix everything needed for one cheesecake: Two packages of cream cheese, 2 eggs, 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups of sugar.  I follow the recipe and pour it into the crust.  It’s pretty thick, but it should be fine.  I bake it for 1 hour and 15 minutes, then crack the oven and leave it baking for another hour.  I later found out that I wasn’t supposed to leave the oven on when I cracked it open for the last hour.  It didn’t exactly say that in the recipe, though.  It didn’t taste burnt at all, and it looked okay.  We cut into the first piece, and the cheesecake is really thin.  It’s like cheesecake pizza!  It tasted alright, even though the texture was a little weird.  The strange thing was that I added all the ingredients, and baking it with the oven on at the end shouldn’t change the height of the cheesecake.  I think it may have something to do with the cream cheese.  We normally use Philadelphia Cream Cheese, but we used Fresh and Easy’s instead.  Any ideas on what could’ve happened?  Leave a reply below!

Smoothie Sailing? I don’t think so!


This isn’t my smoothie…but what it ended up kind of looking like!

My friend was over just the other day, and  we were in a snacky mood. Strangely, nothing too sweet sounded like it would soothe our tastebud’s insanity.  We decided on a smoothie.  I had the nice ingredients of frozen strawberries, bananas, and pomegranite juice.  I added some big handfuls of strawberries, one banana, and a splash of pomegranite juice.  With the blender that I had, when something is blending, it’ll  suddenly just stop swirling on top.  When you turn it off, a giant air bubble will puff up and pop.  This happened, but wasn’t a big problem at first.  It was all evenly blended, but tasted a bit too banana-y.  So we decided to add some more strawberries.  After adding in another handful, I didn’t have that many strawberries left.  So I just plopped in the rest.  Since the air bubble thing kept happening, the strawberries just wouldn’t fully blend.  So I added in a splash more of pomegranite juice.  It still seemed slightly chunky…pretty much the texture look of applesauce.  But it didn’t seem like full strawberry chunks were in there.  So I took two glasses and filled them up.   It was quite sour.  It appears we added too much pomegranite juice…which I find strange, considering it didn’t seem like we put in that much.  But we added just a spoonful of sugar to help the sourness go down.  That seemed to do the trick.  Despite the fact that it took a lot of adapting, it ended up tasting okay to me (although still slightly sour to my friend).  So not exactly smooth sailing…or should I say smoothie sailing!

There’s Truly No Business Like Show Business!

Well, it’s official…the show’s and long rehearsals are completed, and the 2013 dance show was a big hit!  If you attend any plays or recitals of any kind, you see (for the most part) smiles and fun going on.  If you take a step inside the life of a dancer, you realize that not all of it was fun.  It takes a lot of work to be in a big production, especially if you’re in 16 numbers with around 14 quick changes!  The huge rehearsal started on friday, where we went from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  However, you had to get there about an hour early to find your dressing room, set up your costumes, get into your first costume, and warm up (which none of us actually got to).  Before we arrived at the rehearsal location, we had to have our hair in a perfect bun (that would also last for the nine hours that we were there), have all make-up on (which since there are so many lights on stage, you have to go pretty thick on the make up department), and get cover up clothes on for when you are done rehearsing.  Once we all arrived, we said our hellos, talked about what a long and fun day it was going to be, and all the things we were nervous about messing up in the show.  Then the rehearsal began.  Some numbers we ran once, just to make sure they looked good on stage, and others we spent almost 30 minutes on.  I gotta say, when you’re on stage, you don’t feel tired.  Something about the lights shining on you and just knowing you get the opportunity to perform gives you a feeling that you don’t get doing anything else in the world.  But once you’ve completed rehearsing the last number and you get a second to sit, the feeling of exhaustion overwhelms you.  But you can’t relax yet.  You have to put all your costumes back in order.  During rehearsals, you have to change so fast that there is just no possible way to put your costumes neatly back together.  It’s physically impossible.  So most of us ended up with a big pile of costumes on the floor.  And despite the fact that a few of my dance-mate’s things got lost, it worked out pretty well for me.  I got home and took a heavenly shower (and if you were dancing for nine hours, you would know how great it feels).  You use a lot of soap and make up remover after rehearsal, as you have to scrub all the eyeliner and lipstick off.  I then forced some food into my body (strangely enough I wasn’t actually very hungry) and went up to bed.  

Reality hit as my annoying alarm clock went off: It was the day of the show.  But before the show, there was one last dress rehearsal.  There’s not much to say about it…everything went smoothly.  Except for the fact that one girl couldn’t find a whole costume, someone was missing fishnets, someone was missing a black leotard, and a lot of us were late to the same dance.  Okay, it was a little rough.  But the show was much better!  I leapt, twirled, jumped, tapped, and shined as the stage brought out the best in me.  There were a few dances I was nervous about making it on on time (I had about a minute and a half to change), but I made it.  The only number that was weird was the Charleston (a fun tap number).  About five of us were supposed to jump off the stage to perform in that dance, and I was the only one of those five who jumped off (or even performed it).  There were dancers on the actual stage, but no one else down below.  So I just smiled and sold it, which turned out good in the end.  Even though no one else went down with me, I jumped off again at the next show.  That ended up being one of my favorite numbers.

On Sunday (the last show day), we sang and danced to the final song, and as we sang “And that’s the end of our show!”, balloons dropped down.  Normally when this happens, I get a surge of happiness.  Now don’t get me wrong, I still got that feeling, but it was more of a bittersweet moment for everyone.  A lot of people aren’t coming back to the studio next year.  One of my closest friends-correction, sister-is going off to college in the fall.  This was her last show, and many tears were shed by her.  My other sister most likely won’t return to the studio, but she is my age, so I will be planning on seeing her more often.  But still, losing them as my dance buddies?  That part was very hard.  But it’s not goodbye, because I know I’ll be seeing them soon this summer, as well as hopefully many other times.  We have waaaaay to many memories to just let go of each other!!!!!  

Overall, the show was a blast for all of us, and it reassured me that if I weren’t performing or dancing, I wouldn’t be doing the right thing in my life.  So many memories were made in this show, and I can’t wait for a zillion more to happen!