• Gumbo Countdown

    We set off for the Gumbo Dancesport Championships in 12 days.  It must be time to start obsessing about getting ready.  This will be our first time flying to a comp.  It’s gonna be a major troop movement.  We are dancing in some events where costumes are allowed, and some events where they aren’t, so I have to decide about taking my gowns and whether to check them or try to carry them onto what’s likely to be a wee little aircraft.  Last year I bought this practice dress for Smooth and I just got an outfit (this top and this skirt) for Rhythm, so I will be pretty well fixed without gowns too.  As a fan of packing light, I’m tempted not to take the gowns, but I don’t know yet.

    At this point it’s much more fun to obsess about packing and preparations than to really focus on any possible shortcomings in our dancing.  As always, we haven’t practiced as much as we’d like or taken as many lessons as we’d hoped for, but we have our new routines and we are pretty good at selling a performance.  Plus, we are both really up for a vacation, so we want to make sure we enjoy this trip regardless of our placements.  Dressing up, pinning on the number, and putting on the show is half the fun.  Being in a new place will be the other half.

    Not that a ribbon or two wouldn’t be nice.

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