Too Much Free Time ?!?!

Current state of ballroom is up in the air (that’ll be my next post), so needless to say, when dance isn’t monopolizing my time, guaranteed I’m going to find myself getting into all kinds of mischief. Yep, it’s a given.

I wanted to blame fellow blogger D Wall for setting me off with his Cinnamon Donut Oreo piece, but truth is, I started obsessing on this last year. The Wasabi and Sea Salt trends gave consumers a decent run for the money, but they simply cannot hold a candle to what’s going on with PUMPKIN SPICE. You think I’m exaggerating? Just check out this list (and please–feel free to contribute !!! )

PUMPKIN SPICE:

Lattes

Flavored Coffee (7-11, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks)

Coffee Creamer

Cream Cheese Bar

Cookies

Muffins with Cream Cheese filling

Donuts

Yogurt

Gelato

Cream Cheese Spread

Limited Edition Seasonal Ice Cream

Harvest Butter

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pudding

Bolthouse Farms’ Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ales and Beers ……. (Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale; Shipyard Brewing’s Smashed Pumpkin; Southern Tier’s Imperial Pumpking; et al )

One worthy of separate mention: Atwater Brewery’s Pumpkin.Spice.Latte.Beer

Liqueurs: Pumpkin Spice Kahlua; Hiram Walker, Bailey’s – oh, and one of the best: The Undertaker’s Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine

Fireball Pumpkin Fire Pudding Shots (don’t know if this counts seeing as Fireball is simply the Cinnamon flavor)

Vodka: Burnett’s Pumpkin Spice; Pinnacle’s Pumpkin Pie; Absolut’s Pumpkin Spice; Crop Organic Spiced Pumpkin

Spicebox Pumpkin Spiced Whiskey

Pumpkin Spice Latte M & Ms

Breads

Pie

Cheesecake

Pound Cake

Almond Beverage (Trader Joe’s)

Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark (organic, of course!)

Dark Chocolate PS Salted Caramels

Pumpkin Biscotti

Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps

Pumpkin Joe Joe’s

Pumpkin Panettone

Pumpkin Soup Crackers

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn

Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds                                                                 

Pumpkin Tortilla Chips

Pumpkin Vinaigrette (NO, I’M NOT KIDDING)

Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter

Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Macarons

Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream (Mochi is a traditional Japanese food made from steamed and pounded sticky rice. It’s chewy and slightly sweet, and “quite unlike anything else”)

Pumpkin Waffles

Sticky Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Chai Spice Loaf

 (Gasp …. Gag … Pant … )

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adrift

I hadn’t realized how much of my dancing has been geared towards prepping for an upcoming competition until I made the decision to pass on Constitution State at the end of this month, and most probably The City’s Challenge in December.  Over the last several years, I’ve done February and March, one or two showcases in April/May, comps in July and August, and then closed out the year with the October and December venues. Opting out of October and December venues means roughly a five month furlough until New York Dance Festival in February. It just seems so strange not to have an upcoming competition looming on the horizon, a hard date where everything needs to be clean, sharp and ready to kick ass.

That doesn’t mean I’m sitting idle, though. I’ve set myself three major goals:  1) I need to have 64 school figures down cold and ready to go for my Silver Medal checkout (probably end of November, beginning of December); 2a) I’m bringing samba back into my competitive rhythm repertoire and it needs an upgrade to Silver level; 2b) then there’s my brand spanking new open Mambo choreography to tackle; and last but not least, 3) I want to have both my Smooth and Rhythm polished up and ready to go in time for my next competition.

Goal #3 stems from a new approach I was trying out but it didn’t quite work as planned. Until last season, I usually danced both smooth and rhythm when I competed, but because of the escalating costs, I had decided to try alternating styles from competition to competition. I figured that by dancing only one style, I’d be able to cut down on expenses. I’d be doing fewer overall dances, I’d only need to be at the venue for one day so I wouldn’t have to take a hotel room or cover meal expenses. NOT. Turns out I was actually spending the same – if not more – by alternating. Not to mention running the risk of one style falling by the wayside.

Yep, I’ve got more than a full plate of challenges ahead of me, more than enough to keep me busy. So why do I feel so lost? Is it because I’m actually going to miss being out on the floor, dancing my butt off, feeding off the incredible energy filling the ballroom?

Could there be any truth to the lurking suspicion that I’m an adrenaline junkie? That I’m addicted to competing and I’m already looking for my next fix?

I guess the next few months will no doubt answer those questions in no uncertain terms!!!