This week has been sufficiently insane and I couldn't love it more. Here's the skinny on what's been going on this week.
Monday: Work was incredibly busy, fulfilling and made me kind of high on the rush of deadlines. I had a fantastic class at my senior center location. A new student showed up who wound up being an old friend from my previous job! We had lost touch when she left about a year before I was laid off. It was really exciting to see her and catch up a bit! This class planted the seeds of fun for Tuesday!
Tuesday: Run, run, run! Work was a whirlwild of getting ready for this meeting next Monday in Winston. My eyes were about to BLEED from staring at PowerPoint all day. Zumba double class fun ensued after work. After class on Tuesday someone commented that she wished we did Shake Senora at the start of class rather than at the end. I asked why and she said it helped to make her feel more comfortable. It's a silly dance and makes you face your class mates so I can see her thought process.
So we tried it! It really did change the energy of the class. Normally the first 2-3 songs are warm up. I tossed Shake in as the end of warm up. It's silly but it's still a good cardio song so it fit in the flow. It was really cool everyone was off to the races with laughing and joking and just giving it their all. It worked out well in both classes and tonight I'm going to try it with Big and Chunky or Drop it Low which are two of our other fun songs.
Wednesday: This day shall be known as the day of incredible awesome. First off - my month end weigh in. Down to 328. Huzzah! Progressive weight loss! The scale keeps moving downward in a slow, but mostly steady, pattern. This starts my day off on a happy note.
I had an awesome meeting with the team for the Monday meeting in Winston. The PowerPoint was well received and the edits were minimal. Then I had a good talk with my boss about some other job related stuff and I'm really excited for things yet to come.
After work one of the temps on my team said something that just made my heart break that we're losing most of them at the start of the new year. I love working with all of them and I really wish we could hire them all on permanently.
Then dinner with Marshall and his folks for his birthday. My beloved turned 32 yesterday and we had a tasty meal out at Ruby Tuesday. Nice and calming.
Later in the evening I taught at the YMCA and class was incredible. Firstly, it was my first 20+ student class at the Y on my own. Very cool. Secondly, using Shake Senora at the start helped to bring in new folks and let them just have fun and not feel so nervous. Thirdly, I got an amazing compliment after class. One of the new students caught me after class and told me she loved class, said it was a fun and joyful class, she loved it and she would be back. She also honked and told me I rocked as I walked to my car.
At this point the outside was suffering from a sudden dust storm.. because that's the only excuse for my eyes getting so watery. I rarely get compliments so three big ones in a day is like hitting the lottery for me. I felt so loved, so appreciated and so grateful.
After class the lovely Miss Sarah surprised me with a very thoughtful gift - a "Christmas bonus" of sorts - for all the help I give her. It was completely unexpected and incredibly sweet. She is so awesome and never fails to remind me how much she appreciates my help.
Then we met Marshall and Matt for a birthday drink at the local bar. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day.
Thursday: Already a great day. Lots of good news all around. Marshall should be finishing up this thesis defense shortly so hopefully more awesome to come!