I haven’t been on here in a while. Last time I wrote something, I was new to Texas, homesick, and concerned that I had made a mistake by moving here. But…I had just found a new job and was really hopeful that that would make the difference. Looking back now, that made the biggest difference in the world.
I love the studio that I’m at. The instructors are amazing, the owner is great, and I absolutely love the students. The only “downfall” is, that through the past few years at teaching in Virginia, I accumulated many flowing, bright shirts and outfits that I have had to trade for all black attire. As much as it makes all of us look very nice and uniform (black is very slimming and classy :P), I miss my colorfulness every now and then. One of my current students that I took over for one of the previous instructors has since started wanting to compete in West Coast Swing. He went to a competition weekend that I was at back in August and placed 6th out of 9th in the Novice division! I love when my students fall in love with a dance and achieve. It means that I have done something right!
I also found a West Coast group that I go dance at once a week, maybe twice if they have their Friday social as well. This group also happens to be where I met my now boyfriend. He is THE BEST thing that has happened to me in a long time, with the studio being second. Sweet, caring, but with a child’s playfulness that I love. Since this is my first holiday away from family, I’m travelling back up to Virginia for Thanksgiving, and he’s already said that he will come with me. He is amazing, and I am so lucky to be able to spend all my free time with this wonderful person!
Then there was this hurricane. I’d never been in a hurricane before, with the exception of one of the tropical storms that passed through part of the coast of Virginia a few years ago. By the time Harvey got to our part of Houston, it was a large tropical storm, but the amount of flooding and damage was still remarkable to me. Parts of Houston shut down for days, or weeks. Stuart’s main road to work JUST opened up earlier this week having been flooded for almost a month. There are still roads that are closed because of high water. Not too many now, but still some. One of my students who drives an ambulance sent me a picture of one of our highways after it had passed, and it looked like the ocean with a big highway sign just able to stay above the water. The amount of love and support that was shown here in Houston was so inspiring. Regular people going out to tear out sheet rock, empty others’ houses, and help rebuild the city, showed just how much we are able to get together and get things done. It was amazing.
I have today off to get packed and ready for Stuart’s and my trip to Dallas this weekend. He has a 12 mile Tough Mudder race to run tomorrow. I will never, but I’m going for moral support 🙂 That’s more than I will ever run in my lifetime! It should be a fun weekend (at least for me).
I hope you all enjoy your weekend, and I’ll be back soon (hopefully on a more regular schedule!) Happy Friday!