DISNEY!!!

Spent 2 1/2 days at Disneyworld with my dad. We had a blast!

It felt so good to be on all those rollercoasters as it had been far too long since my last.

Inbetween all the Disney Magic, I even got to have dinner with Max. I’m happy to report that he’s loving OB2 and having a great time!

~cc

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Things I’m Thinking: Airplane Edition

At this very moment I’m over 10,000 feet in the air on my way to the happiest place on earth. Blogging on a plane- doesn’t get much cooler than that!

-So far I’m digging my Delta experience. Even though I had to pay for the internet, it is totally worth it in my opinion. Seats are very comfortable. Plus the fact that I have the whole row to myself is a major plus. (After my flight yesterday on Continental, I almost did a blog post on proper airplane etiquette. I had the most annoying woman next to me… but I’ll spare you the details. All I’m gonna say is if the person next to you is watching a movie, do not continually interrupt them to tell them it’s raining outside! Rude!) And I’m digging the style of one of the flight attendants. She has long dark hair, straight bangs that cut just above her eyebrows, a fabulous red lip, and Ray Ban. Just looking at her I know we’d be good friends.  She complimented me on my hair. Yes, in my imaginary world, we are best friends. So flight #1 with Delta, you done good (so far!)

-I sited two very peculiar things at the airport (only two you ask?) The first was a woman, late 30’s early 40’s, wearing pink leggings, a pink mini skirt, and a pink top. I’m pretty sure the only time that outfit would be appropriate would be when it’s on 4 years old little girl. I also sited an old lady with… wait for it… GREEN hair! I’m not sure if it was a conscious hair decision or a result from a hair experimentation gone wrong, but it certainly was a sight.

-Hopefully I’ll get to see my Maxi Poo on my short trip to Orlando! So proud of him.

-The clouds are just absolutely stunning. In the words of fellow photographer, Michael E. Mason, how can someone look at the sky and not believe in God?

-If I could have my mom, my bed, and RAFA in NY, I would never leave.

-MUST SEE NEWSIES AT PAPERMILL! Check out the Behind the Scene’s fabulousness when they were on the View (which I missed somehow…?) Shot by the ever so talented Andrew Keenan-Bolger.

-One day before I die, I will fly first class.

-I must get out of biting my lip. Chapstick all day long isn’t going to help it. Must stop.

-I have a tumblr. Never use it. What’s the point when I already have a blog?

-When I was a younger I was a very avid journal keeper but stopped a few years ago. About a month back, I bought a journal from Barnes and Nobles, but it’s not your ordinary journal. It’s a Q&A journal- 365 questions for 5 years. Every day of the year gets a page with a question on it. There are 5 little paragraphs of lines so for that same day every year for five years you answer the same question. Today’s question is (ironically) “When was the last time you went dancing?” Last time I “went dancing” was on Thursday, I was in with Xavier for all his tap classes that day at RAFA. Being there makes me remember how much I love those kids and love teaching. Maybe I’ll post more of the Q&A journal as the years go on!

-It’s almost October. Once we get to this time of year things fly like crazy. I’ll blink and next thing I know it’ll be Christmas!

-Gotta go now! I have a date with Mickey Mouse (an no I’m not referring to Dana Lizik)

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Gelato Date

Where: Popbar, West Village

With Whom: Maximillion

What was eaten:

Max- Banana Gelato covered in chocolate sprinkles

Caitlin- Chocolate Geletto covered in hazelnut and dipped in white chocolate (yum… i know!)

Heard of Popbar from the always fabulous blogger, Nat the Fat Rat. It looked so delicious I just HAD to go check it out.

It’s messy.

It’s creamy.

It’s the perfect summer snack.

If you’re in NY this summer, Popbar is an absolute must.

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Everything was beautiful at the ballet

This last Monday I had the pleasure of being in the audience for ABT’s Opening Night Gala. The evening was filled with the most beautiful pieces by the companies top dancers. It was truly one of the most amazing nights of ballet I’ve ever experienced.

The greatest part of the whole night though was seeing my best friend perform with his fellow classmates in front of the audience of 4,000. Max and the other JKO Level 7 students got to perform a classical piece for the Gala. Let me tell you, it’s such a great feeling to be filled with pride for your friend’s achievements. I’m so happy for him and know that this is only the beginning of great things to come!

One of my favorite numbers was the Grand Pas de Deux from Richard Hudson’s The Nutcracker. The choreography, flawlessy danced by Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes, was just so new and refreshing. I always like seeing a new original take on something so classic. I would love to see the entire ballet.

Also one of the highlists of the evening was “Majisimo,” featuring ABT dancers Paloma Herrera, Xiomara Reyes, Jose Manuel Carreno and guest artists Lorena Feijoo, Lorna Feijoo, Reyneris Reyes, Nelson Madrigal, and Joan Boada. All that talent on one stage… quite a treat to watch.

I was in for quite a pleasant surprise when I opened the program and read that my favorite ballerina, Alina Cojocaru, would be performing the Rose adagio from my favorite ballet, Sleeping Beauty. Never have I gotten to see Alina perform live, so I was so very happy to see her  while she’s guesting at ABT. She embodies everything a ballerina should be; dainty, elegant, soft, beautiful… just perfection!

My favorite performance of the evening was Splendid Isolation III, with choreography by Jessica Lang and dancing by husband and wife, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky. I’ve always throughly enjoe watching the duo perform, but this piece was just incredible. That opening image of Irina center stage with her dress fully spread, the interaction of the skirt throughout the dance, the perfect ease between them both… my mind was blown. Simply stunning.

So to conclude this post I wanted to just say how much I adore ballet. In a very weird way (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) I miss putting on my pointe shoes every day. Though I’ve always had a love/it makes me sick relationship with ballet, watching that Gala performance reminded me of the beauty and grace that makes it one of the most perfect things in this world. Ballet, you will always have a very special place in my heart. Because everything was (and is) beautiful at the ballet…

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Get up, Get out, and Live it!

I LOVE living in this city. There’s a new adventure every single day to explore!

Max’s family was here for his end of the year show last week and I got to spend a lot of time with them. Love that fam.

Max’s Grandma stayed with her friend of over 50 years out in Brooklyn. Isn’t that awesome that they’ve been friends for 50+ years?! That’s how I’ve always seen Max and I; friends when we’re old and grey. I can’t imagine life without my friendship with him!

Always a good time hanging with my G girl in Morningside Heights! My first experience at an Ethiopian restaurant was a hit. I love trying new foods.

Got to see Wonderland on Broadway before it closed. And I got to meet fabulous Natalie Hill after the show! Love her blog.

Went to my first Yankees game with the ward and had a blast!

Flea market shopping was so fun. Here are all the things I almost bought!

Ended up getting some sassy black boots. Pics to come!

“Each day it’s free admission to those who dream!”

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Lilya visits! Max moves up!

So on New Years Eve Max and his mom, Ms. Lilya, flew into the city to move Max into his apartment to start at JKO (American Ballet’s Training school.)

It was so fun having girl time with Ms. Lilya while Max would be in class. She’s such a wonderful woman and I loved having her stay with me. I’ve been so proud of Max since he’s moved up here. He’s working his butt off and I know its hard to learn to adjust to living on your own but he’s doing such a great job!

~cc