However, after stumbling through this for forty-five minutes, the teacher put on "Anything Goes" and had us start doing a routine using shuffle steps that, without having been taught the step, I was just kind of able to make my foot do. I stepped over to the side of people who were "advanced beginners" (as they'd taken the absolute beginners class in the fall I missed out on) and kept up pretty darned well. The good music made all of the difference - suddenly it was lights on, big smiles, and I was going for it and having fun. The teacher said this was going to be performed at the summer extravagansa and that she could already see us in our little sailor hats ... and suddenly I was thinking about taking the next quarter. We'll see.
Meanwhile I got J to come with me to swing dancing last night, which I thought he would enjoy - not must physical activity but a chance to get the brain engaged in a very different way from work. And what do you know, he did have a good time, and he seemed to enjoy having a chance to dance with a bunch of other ladies (there were about forty women in the room and 34 or so men). And, I thought, he was looking pretty good, and when we danced together at the end, he actually had managed to get the turn-your-partner-around-then-catch-her-b
Anyway, was in a good mood yesterday overall, and am going to swim at the gym near work today over lunch. I think all of the activity is really helping to keep the winter blues away.