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A positive thought every day for 2018. Happy New Year!

November 2019

  1. Cajun Boil at Straka Springs with the Bocce Crew. YUMMO!
  2. Dancing with Bianca again and dinner with Sepi and Zelia!
  3. Brunch with the parents and visiting Mia in Half Moon Bay with Zelia!
  4. Practice session with Zelia and Sonia after class.
  5. Lunch with Mary at Sabores del Sur. YUM!!!
  6. New people in my Antioch class who were thrilled someone told them to come and will be back!

October 2019

  1. Subbed a fabulous Aqua Class then had lunch with Mary.
  2. It never gets old when the members tell you you're their favorite.
  3. Flying to Shelton, Washington!
  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
  5. Shelton Oyster Festival was very entertaining!
  6. Lazy day in Shelton.
  7. Flying home, saw Eagle Lake from the sky.
  8. Lazy day catching up on shows.
  9. First aqua, then my very first Zumba Gold class at In Shape Antioch!
  10. New line dance to Senorita.
  11. Nat joined the Red Stripes Bocce!
  12. Hang out with Nat day.
  13. Blooming Hawaiian Ginger.
  14. Great Monday crew as always!
  15. Hanging out with Catherine at my office.
  16. Second class at In Shape Antioch...grew to 30!
  17. Beautiful knit scarf from lovely Tere Ruiz!
  18. Manhattans and Martinis with my Little Honey Bunch.
  19. Portion of the Bocce crew over for ribs! Fitz, Russell, Straka.
  20. Sunday show catch up with kittens.
  21. Cold outside, but warm inside watching shows with kittens and my Little Honey Bunch.
  22. Back to the book reading.
  23. Happy 61st to me! Taught two classes and Zelia showed up to both! Lunch with the Antioch In Shape folks, then ribeye for dinner with all three of my boys.
  24. Another excellent Bocce night. Won 2 out of 3!
  25. Before the smoke set in, sitting out front with Harry and my Little Honey Bunch.
  26. Off to a night in The City! Ocean Beach, then Tommy's for lunch. Thirsty Bear, W bar, Brenda's French Sould Food (YUM!), Buena Vista, back to Thirsty Bear.
  27. After returning, lunch with Mia and Zelia at OPA Greek Restaurant in Walnut Creek.
  28. Heavy smoke cleared somewhat.
  29. Subbed Aqua at Antioch...they were so lovely and welcoming and told me to come back any time!
  30. Party In Pink happiness with my Antioch Zumba crew.
  31. Wonderful taco lunch with Tere and Alejandra for my birthday!

September 2019

  1. Spent the entire day sitting by the pool and reading. This is the life.
  2. Spent the afternoon by the pool with the Fitzies.
  3. Back to the library. I'd forgotten that I like to read.
  4. Love my aqua class!
  5. When the ladies in your class want your playlist so they can tell the DJ at an upcoming party to play those songs!
  6. Hanging out with Zelia at Straka Springs.
  7. My Little Honey Bunch is home!
  8. Yay! Nat stopped by for a quick visit and to pick up some things.
  9. Transformer down, lights out at 24...should have had my portable speaker.
  10. Senior Center class with Zelia!
  11. Loving Aqua. 47 in class today!
  12. Home with my Little Honey Bunch on our bye.
  13. Happy 22nd Sweet Nat!
  14. Visiting Nat and helping out with her new apartment.
  15. So long until next time, Nat! Breakfast at Beetnik's.
  16. Happy Mexican Independence Day!
  17. Lunch and a movie with Sonia, Elisa, Zelia and Mia.
  18. Taught Aqua in the rain. Kind of nice!
  19. I got to meet Vivian's horse, Mickey, and all his friends!
  20. Last day at 24 Hour Fitness Moraga! Bittersweet!
  21. Good day of sunning.
  22. Chilling in the backyard with my Little Honey Bunch is always lovely!
  23. Momoyama Sushi with Sonia!
  24. Yani's Toning class at In Shape to see a bunch of my folks from my old In Shape Pittsburg class. Miss them!
  25. Got to meet the In Shape Management Team.
  26. Bocce canceled but hung out with the crew anyway!
  27. Lunch with Adrienne. EMC. YUM.
  28. Brunch at Mary Ann's. Always so motivating!
  29. Cold, Ugg kind of day. Cozy.
  30. Got word that I'm getting a Zumba Gold class at Antioch. YAY!

August 2019

  1. GEN Korean BBQ with the Walnut Country girls, then Antioch CC with Raquel!
  2. Mia's second tattoo with Motsy then lunch at Brazil Cafe Shack with Motsy, Boobie, Omar and Mia.
  3. Pool day with the Russell's and Fitzie's!
  4. Jack Verderame's Retirement party including 50 firefighters and trucks 11 and 22.
  5. Pureza was back to Monday class! YAY!
  6. Lunch with Donna at Brazil Cafe Restaurant.
  7. When several people in your class tell you you are their favorite!
  8. Vilma on vacation, I cleaned the house!
  9. Yummy Pork Chorizo Quesadillas!
  10. Lovely fire with my Little Honey Bunch.
  11. Reading poolside most of the day.
  12. Pool day with Zelia!
  13. Happy 55th Birthday to my brother Baby in heaven.
  14. Thouroughly enjoying teaching Water Works!
  15. First game of the Bocce Season! Yay!
  16. Swim day with Boobie, Doc and Ava.
  17. Awww...goodbye Miss Jen Sifuentes!
  18. Yummy Beef Enchilada dish from Eating Well!
  19. Love my Monday crew!
  20. Midici with Zelia and Barbara! Yum!
  21. It never gets old when people in your class tell you you're their favorite!
  22. Sushi. That is all.
  23. Hanging with Harry and my Little Honey Bunch on the porch.
  24. Hanging with Zelia and Mia at the GG.
  25. More funny little mantis'.
  26. Visited Bev at the Clayton Community Library and RENEWED my card! Happy reading!
  27. Saw all my old zeeps from my old In Shape Pittsburg class at Yani's class!
  28. 41 folks in Aqua class today!
  29. Played our favorite team at Bocce!
  30. Zelia came to my class. YAY!
  31. Music in the Park (first one this year!)

July 2019

  1. After a week of not dancing, it sure feels good!
  2. 46 people in Aqua class and it never get old when people tell you they love your music.
  3. When the Aqua class loves your music.
  4. In Shape folks came to 24 Antioch to party!
  5. Dinner at Moresi's deck with my Little Honey Bunch.
  6. Ribeye Roast!
  7. Potato pancakes!
  8. Pennies from heaven!
  9. Yay, the little birdie lived!
  10. More pennies!
  11. Dancing at Lone Tree Golf and Event Center with Viv, Raquel, Yani, Elisa and more!
  12. Yummy salmon dinner that Doug caught.
  13. Aqua class and pool party at Straka Springs!
  14. Goodbye sweet Em, who is off to Milwaukee for medical school!
  15. Subbed Fitness 19. Small group of 13 but their energy and hooting and singing made it feel like 100!
  16. Wrecked my life.
  17. Getting help.
  18. One hour of dancing and letting go of everything.
  19. Same.
  20. Decided to stop talking to people about things they won't understand. Now almost all is good.
  21. More yummy salmon from Mary and Doug!
  22. Subbed 4:00 pm class at In Shape Concord. Lot's of nice compliments!
  23. Pool day!
  24. Hello 1990 penny. Who are you, I wonder?
  25. With Mia and Motsy at the Tattoo Parlor.
  26. Happy Birthday, Mick!
  27. Pool day with Ludmila, Zelia, Marilyn and Treva!
  28. My Little Honey Bunch is home!
  29. A new guy in my class said, "I love your Zumba Gold. It's the only one where I don't feel like I have to do cardio after."
  30. No classes to teach, no barre, just a lazy Rosy day.
  31. Lovely compliments from the Aqua class!

June 2019

  1. Cuban Pork Shoulder. Yum!
  2. My Little Honey Bunch working on his gizmo for the newer Jeep.
  3. Finally, a pool day!
  4. Another pool day and warm enough to practice.
  5. FIRST TIME TEACHING AQUA! Fabulous class at In Shape Concord. 27 folks.
  6. Windy, windy day.
  7. Moraga class over capacity and Zelia came then ball game with friends.
  8. Dinner at Gma's with Kris and Tony.
  9. Zelia's 51st birthday party at Straka Springs.
  10. Happy Birthday, Adrienne!
  11. Happy Birthday, Deborah!
  12. Second time teaching Aqua. Class grew to 44!
  13. Love the Line Dancing After Parties!
  14. When a new participant who hasn't taken a class in a long while followed you perfectly and she tells you it's because you're a great instructor.
  15. A rare Saturday Night Date Night. Moresi's.
  16. Happy Father's Day to my Little Honey bunch who is so fancy with his gizmo he built for the back of the jeep.
  17. When the new participant from Friday, liked you so much, she found you and came to your Monday class!
  18. Great talk with the Hairdresser. They're kind of like Bartenders.
  19. While teaching Aqua, Pat from my Pittsburg/Antioch classes stopped in as well as VJ!
  20. Half an hour of line dancing after class!
  21. Packing up!
  22. On the road to Eagle Lake.
  23. Ribs!
  24. Reading a book all day long.
  25. Ride to the Lookout with my Little Honey Bunch.
  26. Ride to Susanville with my Little Honey Bunch and George.
  27. More book reading...LOVE 'Becoming'.
  28. Bike ride with the fam to the Marina for ice cream!
  29. Home again, home again, jiggety jig.
  30. Lazy day catching up on shows.

May 2019

  1. No more In Shape class but took Jessica's Aqua at In Shape Concord. Fabulous!
  2. Many from the now closed In Shape joined me at 24 today. Best turnout yet!
  3. Lunch at Chow's with Betta, Norma and Janice.
  4. Double yolk in one of my eggs!
  5. Super Master Class with Coco, John, Tavio and Jammer Jarred!
  6. Subbed In Shape Concord and Zelia AND VJ joined me, and Maureen came because she saw me on the schedule!
  7. Just created my first Aqua Class Lesson Plan! Come on, Guinea Pigs!
  8. When people come to the class you're subbing because of you.
  9. Taught my very first Aqua class, even though it was only practice.
  10. Dim Sum with Adrienne and, my Honey Bunch is home AND, the Warriors won!
  11. Nat's LAST Chico Expressions Team Dance Performance.
  12. Mother's Day Breakfast at Beatnik's in Chico then a visit from Motsy for dinner.
  13. Curry Bowl is open and delicious!
  14. Tweaked Aqua Class plan and will try it out on Thursday.
  15. Visited Elisa's class at In Shape Concord with Mari, Marisa, Raquel and Benito then went to Pamela's class at 24 Walnut Creek.
  16. Second Aqua class with Marilyn, Michelle and Treva. Getting better!
  17. Several new people at Moraga with very nice compliments.
  18. Road trip to Chico and Date Night at Pourhouse.
  19. Little Nat is a graduate (sort of).
  20. Lunch with Mia, Zelia and Cyntia! New Italian place at the Willows. YUM.
  21. Visited Kathy, brought sandwiches. Doing well after surgery!
  22. Lunch with Viv after Elisa's class.
  23. Marisa came to my class at 24 Antioch! Yay!
  24. Yummy Spoon Bread from Blue Apron. Will recreate.
  25. Dinner with the Cal Jeeps gang at the Russell's.
  26. Visit with Gma, Gpa and Abby.
  27. I cleaned out 5 drawers!
  28. Visit with Zelia and Mia.
  29. Subbed for Elisa and a bunch of my Pittsburg people came. LOVE!
  30. Aqua 'class' at 24 with Marilyn, Treva and Cindy!
  31. When someone in your class loves your music and asks for song names.

April 2019

  1. In Shape closing, new opportunities presented.
  2. Strong with Sonia at Straka Springs.
  3. Half an hour extra of Line Dancing!
  4. And again!
  5. Happy 40th to Motsy!
  6. Savannah Sipping Society
  7. Celia Cruz
  8. Happy 6 years of teahing Zumba Gold at 24 Walnut Creek SS.
  9. Happy 10th birthday to Lacey (TK) and Puff (Oliver).
  10. Filet Mignon. Yum. That is all.
  11. Largest number yet at Antioch.
  12. Date Night at Moresi's and the Clayton Club after. Always delightful.
  13. Jam Session with the lovely Ahaja.
  14. Super fun Aqua Training the Ashley B!
  15. As always, kicking off the week with my fabulous 24 Walnut Creek class.
  16. Yummy lunch at Pacific Catch with Kathy.
  17. Second to my last class at Pittsburg In Shape and Little's 51st. Happy to you, to you, to you.
  18. When I gave Leti a Zumba shirt, she was so grateful.
  19. Rare lunch with my Little Honey Bunch.
  20. Visit to Mountain View Cemetery. Estela Rivera is born.
  21. Brunch at Gma's.
  22. Indian Spiced Lollipop Lamb Chops. YUM!
  23. Went to Marisa's 2nd to last class at In Shape Pittsburg and then to her class at 24 Hour Fitness. Two and a half hours of dancing!
  24. My last class at In Shape Pittsburg with guest instructors Mari and Stephanie.
  25. Enjoying the Celia Cruz Telenovela on Netflix.
  26. So many of my Walnut Creek people come to Moraga.
  27. San Francisco for our 23rd Anniversary.
  28. Yummy breakfast at The Grove.
  29. Chillin with my Little Honey Bunch.
  30. Last LAST class at In Shape Pittsburg.

March 2019

  1. Katie came to class after a couple of years I hadn't seen her. She said I looked 10 years younger. LOL
  2. Good times with friends at VJ and Bill's.
  3. Lazy Sunday.
  4. LOVE Mondays!
  5. Finally got to VJs Barre Class.
  6. Good sore! Ouch!
  7. Happy Birthday, Mary!
  8. Lunch with Betta and Janice after class in Moraga.
  9. Road trip to Chico to hang out with Natalie.
  10. Breakfast with Nat and Alex.
  11. Member at 24 says, "You make me so happy!"
  12. Dinner with 8 of the Bodega Babes! Lobster, Lamb Chops, Filet Mignon! YUM
  13. Yay! My Little Honey Bunch gets home!
  14. Thursday class isn't canceled.
  15. Got to see Patrizia!
  16. Sunshine!
  17. St. Patty's at the Fitzsimmons.
  18. Sushi with Sonia!
  19. I wish I could make everything right for my babies.
  20. Full house at In Shape Pittsburg AND Nat AND Millie came to class!
  21. Saw Nat's new tattoo that Mot did on her yesterday.
  22. Lunch with the Moraga girls!
  23. Dinner with Zelia and Mia!
  24. Visiting the fam at the Cemetery.
  25. Packed house as usual with new ladies who asked where else I teach. Never gets old.
  26. Strong at Straka Springs with Sonia and Zelia!
  27. Harry goes to the vet and is good for another year!
  28. Line dancing for half an hour after class!
  29. Happy Birthday to Gpa and Date Night for us at La Veranda.
  30. Turkey Burgers!
  31. Cream cheese banana muffins.

February 2019

  1. Moraga class is fabulous!
  2. Happy Birthday, Fitz!
  3. Dangit! At least we were with friends.
  4. Love when a new person comes to class and loves it!
  5. Loving Strong with Tina!
  6. Love my visits with Patty.
  7. Zumba with Zelia, dinner with lovely Robin after visiting Pureza at her mom's rosary. RIP.
  8. Dim Sum with Adrienne!
  9. My shiny new backpack came.
  10. Binge watched Orange is the New Black.
  11. Pennies from Heaven.
  12. USA goodies from Tina!
  13. I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag...
  14. Roses from my Little Honey Bunch even though he's in London!
  15. My Little Honey Bunch is home!
  16. Citizenship and Valentine's Day celebration at Moresi's and the Clayton Club.
  17. Finished binge watching Orange is the New Black.
  18. Got sick. Had to sub out my favorite Monday class at the last moment. Bed all day.
  19. Better. Taught second to last class at Senior Center. They're so sweet!
  20. Zorba!
  21. Penny from Daddy.
  22. Road Trip! Fort Bragg, here we come.
  23. Beautiful day on the jeep trails.
  24. So long new friends and old friends. See you again!
  25. As American as Apple Pie, from Catherine.
  26. Happy Birthday to my first born!
  27. Biggest class at In Shape Pittsburg. Finally!
  28. Biggest class at 24 Antioch. Finally!

January 2019

  1. Trying a new approach for 2019. I'll only repost, retweet, repeat - positiveness.
  2. Lazy day of doing absolutely nothing.
  3. My Little Honey Bunch made Chile Verde!
  4. When you sub a class and people actually like you!
  5. When you sub another one and the people ask you to take it on permanently (current instructor giving it up).
  6. Watching football in fuzzy socks with a fuzzy Kitty.
  7. Got my notice from immigration for the swearing in ceremony! February 13. And, my Little Honey Bunch's first day at work!
  8. Little Harry not feeling well. Doubled up his blankies.
  9. Had a blast doing line dances after class and Harry is OK!
  10. Sushi!
  11. Five of my ladies from Walnut Creek cam to Moraga, where I was subbing!
  12. Nice to see the Saturday people while subbing for Iris.
  13. Jam with Diego and Michiko in Ceres, dinner with the Villanos, Hylands and Fitzsimmons!
  14. Nice group while subbing at In Shape Concord.
  15. Happy Birthday to My Little Honey Bunch!
  16. More line dances added after class!
  17. Board and Brush with the Bodega Babes!
  18. Lunch with Kathy at A Sweet Affair. YUM!
  19. Celebrated Emily's graduation from Davis!
  20. Watching Playoffs, updating my website. Quiet day.
  21. Enjoying Nat's Cake in a Cup.
  22. Awww. Raquel came to my Senior Center class.
  23. Line Dancing for half hour after class. Again.
  24. Hanging out with the brown dog.
  25. Lunch with the beautiful Hawaiian sisters, Betta and Norma.
  26. My Little Honey Bunch got back on his bike!
  27. Saw a '66 Chevy and 2 Elco's. Hello Nene. Hello P-Rez.
  28. Walked Milo in the hood. Goofball.
  29. Back to Strong with Tina!
  30. When one of your lovely students tells you, "I never miss your class. I drop everything to make sure I make it here every Wednesday."
  31. 2 Ingredient Chocolate cake for Nic's 23rd!



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