Sputnik wanting to play in the snow.

Clearing Space

We just had a huge nor’easter here on the East Coast.  I’d say we got a foot in some places around where I live.  All I know, I’m sore from shoveling yesterday.  Sputnik up there had a great time playing in the first big snow he’s seen.  He loves it!

I haven’t been hooping much, truthfully.  I haven’t had the chance or space to do so.  Still, this past weekend, Sam and I cleared out a lot of our basement.  There is more space for me to hoop down there now.  I actually did get a hoop out and twirl around the open space for a little bit.  The only drawback is that the ceiling is low.  Oh well, no lasso and tosses for right now.

Well, here’s to spring being right around the corner, and with it, the hope of warmer weather.  It just has to hurry up and get here.

Hooping and Poi at Long's Park in Lancaster, PA, USA

February Hoop Jam

We are having a stretch of unseasonably warm weather here in February, so a few of us got together at Long’s Park in Lancaster, PA, USA for a hoop jamA hoop jam.  In February.  It was almost 70 degrees Fahrenheit when we were out on Saturday the 18th!

We had a nice time!  Marcus and Bethani, who are fairly new to poi and hooping, respectively, got the jam together.  I was there, along with Hilary and her cutie baby daughter, Nora, pictured below, as well as Amanda, along with her mother and cutie toddler son Thorin.  They are in the photo above.

Nora playing with a hoop. She's so cute!
Photo by Hilary Worrell

Being that it was such a nice day, I believe a large portion of Lancaster was in the park that day, as I’m sure most people are suffering from cabin fever.  I know I was.

Marcus with poi, Bethani hooping, and Thorin trying to make a go of it.

As always, I’m glad I went.  I make new friends and get to know the ones I knew better.  (Marcus and I knew each other from before because we’ve attend the same photography meetup.)

I hope if you are in the Northeast of the USA, you are enjoying the weather.  I find it slightly disturbing to be honest, with global warming and all.  This is not normal weather, but I’ll take the warm sunshine over snow!

Revisiting My First Hooping Video EVER!

Remember the Hooping Game frenzy from three years ago?  It was a Facebook group that you could join where you mentioned you wanted a song to hoop to, and someone gave you one.  You had 48 hours to post your video, and then you gave your giver a song and they had to post a video.  Ring a bell?  I think it’s still going on, too, as a closed group on Facebook.

It was in that group and on YouTube is where I posted my very first hooping video.  I had only started hooping in October 2013, so I was a little shy about participating, but I threw my proverbial hat in the proverbial ring.

Picture above is from that video.  It was in our old apartment kitchen, and I couldn’t hoop outside because there was a ton of snow on the ground.  I remember coming home from work after brainstorming my possible set up and after listening to the song I was given, which was “Crystalize” by Lindsey Stirling.

So, I did the video.  Here it is!

So, my point of this post, mainly, is that I’m toying with revisiting this song again and see what I can come up with NOW with a few more years and skills under my belt.  I’ll post a video, too, of course, in the spirit of the the first one.

Keep an eye out!

 

 

Me hooping at work

International Fun-At-Work Day

It’s International Fun-At-Work Day!  Since I keep hoops at work in case of nice weather and a chance to hoop over lunch, I decided to have fun actually at work for a few moments while my co-worker Heather took a few photos of me.

Another one of me hooping at work

What can you do to have fun at work today?  After all, it IS Friday.  Get ready for the weekend.  Cut loose over your lunch hour.  Do something out of the ordinary with your co-workers.  Have fun at work!Last one of me hooping at work

Favorite Hooping Christmas Present

A while back in the Hoopinions days, I wrote a TBT post about my first hoop, which was a Christmas gift under the tree when I was probably about eleven years old.  You can read about it here and how my dad fixed it up for me so it was usable.

That purple and teal hoop was probably the best presents I ever received at Christmas, and so far is my favorite hooping Christmas present!  What’s yours?

I came across a great list of gift ideas for hooper a few weeks ago, too.  I’m sure some of those would be great to find under the Christmas tree.

In short, what I’m getting at, is that I’d like to wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas, a fantastic Solstice (which is today!), a Happy Hanukkah, and a wonderful New Year.  My best!

Sputnik the pyrador

Sputnik

I would like to introduce everyone to a our new dog, Sputnik!  He’s a Great Pyrenees/Labrador mix, hence a “pyrador,” and is six months old.  Sputnik is going to be a BIG boy.

My husband and I got him from LaMancha Animal Rescue in Unionville, Pennsylvania, USA, not far from Coatesville.

LaMancha is a beautiful rescue facility!  They are a working farm with chickens, cows, horses, and, of course, dogs in clean kennels and cats in a special house to adopt.

Sputnik’s story is that he came from Alabama, USA, where he was a stray.  LaMancha transported him here, called him Zeus, and he was barely there a week until Sam and I snatched him up.

We were going to LaMancha to see two other dogs and didnt’ know about Sputnik until we got there.  When we arrived, we were told that the one had been adopted, and the other one we walked for a little bit, and he seemed frightened.  Not a match.  We asked about the other dogs there, and were told about Zeus.  We walked him on a trail on the farm (all the dogs get walks there), and were treated to kissed, hugs, and was known as the Pyr Lean.  Great Pyrenees will lean into you really hard you pet them.

We had our dog.

Sputnik was put into the back seat of my car, and I was treated to hugs and kisses on the way home as I was sitting back there with him.  Here’s a video of me introducing him.

That’s Sputnik’s story thus far.  He has a tiresome amount of puppy energy, but the quiet times are worth it.  I haven’t introduced him to hooping yet.  He’d probably chew on the hoops or be afraid of it.

Sputnik and his whale.

Rachel Skye, owner of Studio Spin

Studio Spin’s Mannequin Challenge

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  I did. To work off the turkey, Rachel Skye from Studio Spin had an open pole/hoop/silks jam at the studio, and we did a mannequin challenge video while we were there.

I was the hoop mannequin, obviously.  I chose to do a one handed float move as my pose, and my arm was starting to shake by the time Toni, who was taking the video, came by and got me on camera.  I managed to hold my position, though!

Here’s the video if you want to see it.  I think it turned out really great!!

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Me hooping at the Ephrata Rec Center

Done with PT and Going Live

I am done with physical therapy (PT), and I feel pretty good!  On Sunday, I felt good enough to go the Ephrata Rec Center and hoop while Sam did his weight lifting, so I did.

Unfortunately, the gym was full of guys playing basketball, as one would expect in a gym.  Luckily, Jenny, who happened to be stationed at the front desk, said I could go into the assembly room and practice. I had a great space all to myself, and I had fun.

I noodled around for a bit, and decided to do something I had been toying with for a while; going on Facebook Live.  I had stuff with me to make a stable video, so I went for it.  I had a few likes and views!

I was able to upload the video on YouTube, so you can watch it there.  It’s pretty good, I guess, for a live video, but I want to share it with you.  I figured it was a good way to celebrate my recovery (I’m still not 100 percent, but I’m much better) and share my happiness with others.

Anyway, here’s the video.  It’s kinda long, but it’s fun and I’m having fun in it.

Pile o' hoops

Hooping it up at the Rec

I have been back to the Ephrata Rec Center a few times over the course of a few Sunday afternoons to hoop.  I know I haven’t been very post-y here lately, but I’ve been concentrating on getting back better, being bogged down at work, and just generally busy and going nuts.

Still, back to the Rec!  It’s been nice having at least part of the gym to myself for an hour on Sundays.  I did have some company one afternoon, as three young children came through to play as their dad did his work out.  The little girl in the trio was quite fascinated with my hooping, and at one point she waved to me.  I waved back.

In regards to my back and hooping, it had been getting worse, so I did have to go back to my doctor, and convinced my pain management doctor that some joint shots would be good.  My family doctor put me on prednisone…again….and increased another nerve medication drastically.  That pill has since kicked in, and I’m feeling a million times better than I did this time last week.  Yay!

So, that being said, I hope to get back to the Rec soon.  I heard rumors of hoop classes being held there in the winter, too, so keep an eye out here!

My as a crazy mad scientist. See my periodic table leggings?

This Past Weekend: I Hooped!

Photo by Sam Dixon

Yes, indeed!  I got to hoop this past weekend!  I know it’s Wednesday today, and we’re halfway to the next weekend, but I am pleased that I got hoop, and even give an impromptu performance!

Friday, the 28th, was Studio Spin’s annual Halloween party, and my husband Sam and I went.  He went as Preppy Bowie, complete with Aladdin Sane makeup, and I went as a crazy mad scientist, complete with periodic table leggings.  That’s what I wore in the above photo.

Party of the games we played at the party was to give an impromptu performance, which I did.  I asked for a hard song, and Rachel, the studio’s owner, gave me “Bad Girl” by Avril Lavigne.  Luckily, I had hoops with me, so I went to town!  It was fun, and it reminded me how much I love performing.

Overall, it was a fantastic party!

Sunday, I went to the Ephrata Rec Center for the first time with my new gym membership.  The Rec had finally processed it, and I took some hoops with me, and practiced in the gym, dodging balls from a game of kick ball and basketballs, but I had fun, even though Sam (he was lifting weights), told me about an empty class room that was open.  The door was open so I went in and had some fun, until two staff members came in and asked me to leave.  I explained how I got in there, but I had to relocate back to the gym.  Way to get in trouble your first day, Jenn.

As to hooping and my current physical therapy series, I did not do hoop moves that hurt.  Hip hooping hurt, as did leg hooping, so I avoided doing those moves. Once my sacrum is healed, I’ll be back doing all my moves.

So, yeah, that was my hoopy weekend!  I plan on going back to the Rec on Thursday, and again on Sunday to work out.  I’m looking forward to it!