Behold my Slytherclaw Princess in Gryffindor clothing:
Yes, every stitch was made by me, and yes, I am insane, thank you for asking! XD At least I know now why these dresses cost so bloody much. I was sewing on it on Thanksgiving day, dammit, and my fingers are *still* sore. But - Miss M shone in it. She took 18th place in the region out of 172 competitors in her age group. The way these competitions work is that they start out dancing in hard shoes - in Miss M's competition, the treble jig. After that the top half get recalled to dance again, this time in soft shoes. All the competitors here danced the reel. The top 50% of *those* dancers are then called back to dance a 3rd time, and do what's called a traditional set, which is a hard shoe dance in which the competitors all dance exactly the same steps. The total of the scores from all three dances then determine your ranking. This was her first year in this type of open competition. Believe it or not, she was disappointed at not making the top 10, because she wanted to qualify for the Worlds. But, considering that she never practices outside of class, I think she did amazingly well. If she actually worked at, she'd be scary good, and I'd need to chuck my scientific career for one in investment banking, so I guess I should be glad she's a bit lazy! ::g::
But now, it's back to what passes for normal in my life. ;-) I intend to spend a few days catching up with you all, since I didn't even have time to read your pages whilst in sewing frenzy. And I'm *definitely* in 'fan fic deficit' right now, so if anyone's got any recs they want to pass along, please send them my way. I hope that all of my American flisties had a fabulous Thanksgiving and a wonderful time with your families!