One of these days, I’ll make a deadline, but TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY! My latest Five Things Friday is now coming out on Tuesday, but hey, that means it’s TEN things so double the things double the fun right?!
Something I Love
Now, I’m not going to get all mushy I swear, but April 15, 2019 marked SIX WHOLE YEARS of dating my fiancé, B, and four whole months of being engaged. At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s incredible how six years can feel like centuries but also seconds at the same time. We’ve got centuries to go, because this is forever!
And honestly, it’s good that we’ve got forever because of course… I’m always late. haha I crack myself up, that was a good one. I’ll have to save that for my vows.
Of course, totally on brand, I was a day late posting on social media a photograph of us as Daenerys and Jon Snow this past Halloween. You can read the whole caption and see more images on my Instagram @victorianiblett but basically we’ve decided that Walder Frey is not invited to our wedding!!!!!! (Game of Thrones fan will know what I’m talking about. But here’s a Coldplay song to help you get the gist… You don’t mess around with Walder Frey.)
We’ve decided to host our wedding at the historic Alabama Theatre (where we got engaged) eeeep! And maybe after we deal with these White Walkers and conquer the Seven Kingdoms, we’ll come up with a wedding date.
2. Something I Learned
My heart is heavy learning of the devastation to the Notre Dame cathedral in France. I am absolutely heartbroken that so much of our world history was lost on Monday morning, and I hate feeling hopeless, but there was overwhelming despair knowing that our world is crumbling…
In my reading, I came across an article about one art historian’s efforts to digitally map the Notre Dame Cathedral and how his work could help in the restoration and rebuilding of this place of worship and beloved monument to humanity.
“Although parts of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral now lie in ruins, people can still experience what most of its nooks and crannies looked like in remarkable detail - thanks to an American art historian.
Andrew Tallon, a professor of art at Vassar College*, used lasers to painstakingly scan the cathedral in 2015, giving us a nearly perfect digital replica of the Gothic structure. And his work could help architects and engineers rebuild it after Monday's fire.”
*Tidbit: Scottie Fitzgerald, daughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, also attended Vassar College.
3. Something I Accomplished
Well, hot dog! My Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series was regarded as a “book” for Alabama Book Festival, and I am so soooo thankful that my little Jellybean Dance Collective got to be included in this year’s festival in Old Alabama Town! It was an honor and a privilege to be considered an author for my choreography. Hosting a panel at this festival amongst such incredible, brilliant authors was a dream come true and I still can’t believe I got to be a part of this.
My underlying goal in this whole series is to increase the accessibility of dance and prove that dance is bigger than itself- that it is necessary, that it is useful, and that it belongs in our schools, our art, our culture, and our conversations. What I hope to do is use dance as a vehicle to take history, literature, folklore, and stories beyond themselves too and bridge the gap between dance and the rest of the world. I think that the amazing people of the Alabama literature community opening their arms and their festival to a DANCER and CHOREOGRAPHER just absolutely blew me away.
THIS was what I was hoping to accomplish. I am still absolutely in awe of the open-mindedness of the audience as we held discussion and got to explore the storytelling power of dance.
If I just got one person to see that power…. I’d say we accomplished something.
4. Something I’m Inspired By
Whitman, Alabama is a project that I’ve followed for a while, but this past weekend at the Alabama Book Festival, I got the privilege of meeting the creator of the 52-part documentary film, Jennifer Crandall!!!! She is an incredibly empathetic listener, and has created this series to amplify the voices of Alabama’s people by having them recite verses of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.
Jennifer says of Song of Myself, “The poem centered itself around one idea: Everyone is an individual —everyone is connected — we all contain many selves. Despite being considered trashy, disgusting, and the worst thing ever written, "Song of Myself" is now considered to be a perfect embodiment of democratic ideals. The quintessential American poem.”
Jennifer is incredible and I cannot believe I got to meet this woman that is a champion of the people and the state I call my Sweet Home!
Please visit her project site and watch the intro video I’ve embedded.
5. Something I’m Looking Forward To
The Fitzgerald Society has invited me to present my research on Zelda Fitzgerald and “Three Ballerinas” in Toulouse, France at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference.
It is an HONOR to be included in this international opportunity, and I can’t believe I was invited to present! I hope to shed light on the legacy of Scott and Zelda in every step, and I can only do this with YOUR HELP!!!!!
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6. Something I’ve Got Going On
WINTER IS HERE!
Now, just wanna say there are no season 8 spoilers in my post, but I had a BLAST watching the season premiere on Sunday!
My friend Grace and I arranged a watch party complete with enough Wildfire to even make Cersei bat an eye. Look at some of our ideas below for a super easy watch party set up, but there’s a new blog segment I’m launching til the end of Game of Thrones (which don’t remind me, is soon….) about ways to feel like a Khaleesi every day!
The new segment will probably called “KhalEESI Does It” because “Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne, Rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains Does It” didn’t have the same ring to it.
7. Something I’m Listening To
So, I’m still loving Poppy, and her MAJOR SILVER JUMPSUIT IN THIS VID, but this week my heart’s been partial to “Beige” by Yoke Lore and this incredible (unburdened) version I embedded below.
It speaks to my Enneagram type 4 soul with the words,
“I don't want to see your smile
I want you in the morning
Before you go performing”
8. Something I Want to Try
I’m thirsty for adventure and physical challenge after my recent travel experience. I want to try rock climbing and bouldering, but I’ve never tried to before, so I’ve got to start with some practicing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll love it. Maybe it will be like crafting or putt putt golf and I’ll be royally terrible about it.
9. Something I Want
So… There’s a new The 1975 album coming soon! Don’t believe me, hear it from the man himself, or… read it tweeted from the man himself! Maybe we’ll get a preview at the show in Seattle, which is just TWO WEEKS AWAY wooooo! I can’t wait. I’ve never been to Seattle, and I’ve never seen this beautiful band live before!
10. Something I’d Like to Accomplish
I’m working on the website for Jellybean Dance Collective, as well as some of our social media channels. I’d like to organize our first theater show and have it up on the calendar soon!
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