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Swing yer partner, do-si-do!

Contra= Euphoria. Enough said. Ok, maybe not…
Every now and then my gals and I like to head over to Chantilly Hall in Charlotte for their Saturday night contra dance.  It is absolutely EUPHORIC!  I always laugh so hard that I get sick to my stomach, probably because of how ridiculous the whole thing is: dancing with middle-aged men, swinging around as fast as you can and staring, I mean, staring intently, into your partner’s eyes hoping so much that you don’t sick up on them… It’s pretty amazing!!  If you ever go, do your fellow contra dancers a favor and don’t drink alcoholic beverages beforehand 🙂  Here is a look at how it works:

**Special thanks to ContraMike1 on youtube- my videos wouldn’t upload!  And, for apparently getting some footage of my friends and I unawares-  Well played!**


Happyapples

It’s been a tradition now for about 4 years.  Once the air gets a crisp bite at night, the sun’s light has a different look as the days become shorter, and spider webs fill the pathways through the forest at my school (I literally look like a member of a LARP group as I walk through with stick in hand waving it around to combat any could-be sticky situations.  And that’s Live Action Role Playing for you folks who don’t know- see here), we head to the Carolina mountains to pick a peck (or bushel(s)!) of the freshest apples ever at Sky Top Orchard.

How tall this fall?? Did I grow at ALL?!! Notice my chagrin..

Walking through the orchard

My favorites are the jonagolds, and that’s what I filled my peck to the brim with this time round when I visited with dear Charlotte and my new pal Kara.  These are all around great apples, good for eating and baking- I plan to do both!  Maybe I’ll even post a little recipe in honor of my dear friend Julie’s blog, Willow Bird Baking. My favorite things about picking fresh fruit are the following:

1- climbing the trees
2- eating one, putting one in the basket, eating one, putting one in the basket
3- smelling the fresh air
4- did I mention eating them on the spot?
5- enjoying nature’s gifts without the middle man.
6- oh yeah, and eating the delicious, juicy fruit and having the sweet stickiness all over your hands.

My little peck of happyapples

If you have any good recipes, please send them my way!!