Just Dance!

I’ve learned that when one’s alarm rather inconveniently begins playing Christmas carols at 4:30 a.m., one is unlikely to greet the morning with an abundance of holiday spirit.

After hosting a truly enjoyable evening with our Sunday School class last night (and we knew it was going to be a good church party when the third set of guests arrived bringing some form of alcohol), I found myself in the unenviable position of having to drive an hour and a half to make DD2’s dance team performances in the state competition. 

Fortunately, one of my friends offered to drive, and I managed to navigate us to the unfamiliar location with only a minor deviation from the intended route.  We arrived in plenty of time to claim some prime real estate in the gym. And to be subjected to bad 80s music at high volume.\

The record from Twitter:

At state dance competition for DD2 listening to “Can’t Touch This” at high decibel level. Who needs waterboarding when there’s MC Hammer? about 10 hours ago from Twitterrific

Floored by skimpiness of one set of costumes. Team is “all-star” i.e. Not school affiliated. Someone should still have just said no. about 9 hours ago from Twitterrific

Wondering if preponderance of bad 80s music is competition organizer’s attempt to appeal to parents. Have moved from MC Hammer to Run DMC. about 9 hours ago from Twitterrific

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Yes, we’ve moved to the 70s, and I’ve had enough! An hour or so until awards…fingers crossed! about 7 hours ago from Twitterrific

But, I did indeed manage to hang in there, despite wanting to gouge my eyes out after viewing two numbers featuring completely inappropriate content–the above mentioned costumes consisted of sequined bikini tops, boy short dance pants, and filmy black open “vampire” jackets, and another number would have been great if a college or pro dance team did it, but crossed the line way into oversexualization when done by preteens.

The awards for DD2’s portion of the competition ended a little after noon with her team taking the academic championship (team with the highest GPA), 2nd in jazz, and 3rd in pom pon.  No complaints here, though we did think we had a chance at the championship in jazz.  Both our team and the team that won had great routines.  What I’m most proud of, however, is how hard the girls worked and how much they still–all 22 of them–like spending time together.  Now, that’s an amazing feat for a group of 8th grade girls!

The coaches required the girls to stay for the afternoon varsity competition, but my friend and I found ourselves sprung by 1:00 p.m.  I got home in time to work on my Christmas cards and try out a new recipe that proved both delicious and easy. 

Try this on a cold day…

Easy Meatball Tortellini Soup

48 oz. chicken broth

2  15 oz. cans  Italian style diced tomatoes

1 box frozen spinach

15-20 frozen meatballs

1-2 packages refrigerated tortellini

Bring broth and tomatoes (with juice) to a boil.  Meanwhile, prepare meatballs according to directions.  Add spinach and bring to a boil.  Add tortellini and continue boiling, approximately ten minutes.  Add cooked meatballs.  Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Thanks to Mimi at I Love April, I Love You for this recipe.  It was the perfect lazy Saturday night meal!

Meatball Tortellini Soup

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