A day late, sorry loves, I was out of the country on a business/pleasure mission. More on that below! This has been my totem for the past month. This image just, grabs me and envelopes me completely. It is a reminder to never be timid, but also not overbold. Madamoiselle Scheel is completely content just resting on the lions in their cage. There's a delicious balance achieved in this. The week in review: On Sunday my Burlesque 101 class completed their six week session. Such amazing women all. We celebrated in a secret room with a chocolate iced cake and cupcake white wine. I had the privilege of interviewing sword swallower extraordinaire, Dan Meyer. Dan has been featured on America's Got Talent, holds multiple Guinness World Records, is a regular with Ripley's Believe it or Not, and winner of an Ig Nobel Prize. Dan and I have been in contact through Twitter for a while but this was the first time we met in person. He is a wonderfully inspiring man. He absolutely loves what he does and is committed to preserving and evolving the great American sideshow. I learned how to eat fire!! Dan and I were talking about performing and burlesque. I mentioned how I'd been working with fire but had yet to go so far as putting the torches in my mouth, and he offered to give me a lesson. Absolutely thrilling! I am still practicing on looking not terrified, but I plan on getting the Mr. to take a video soon so you can see how hardcore I am, haha. The Mr. started his graduate studies in creative fiction on the 9th. He's studying at a low residency program, so he goes out for workshops twice a year, and the rest of the work is online. I love that he had a wonderful time at his workshops, but I'm so happy to have him home again. Also, it was his birthday yesterday!! I performed my signature burlesque act at the Toronto Burlesque Festival on Thursday. I just flew back today and that is why I'm a little late to posting. Canada was great! Every time I've been I've met the most amazing, warm people. Add that to a thriving and empowering burlesque community and Holy Whoa. I met a gorgeous redhead, the delightfully named Red Herring, on Thursday and ended up going home with her that night. Yes, her couch was comfy and her and her boyfriend a delight. So glad they took me in as my supposed to be roommate, the inimitable Lula Hoop Garou, got stuck in traffic all night driving from Chicago. TBF is a giant festival machine, and unfortunately I only got a little taste of Thursday and the Friday show, but it was all so well run and smooth on the performer and audience side. Oh and the swag, yum. I'll have to share the details later this week! I also got to finally meet one of my Twitter loves, Ellie for a chocolate milk Okay this was two weeks ago, but I'm catching up! Colorado . . . damn lover, you sure know how to charm! Denver was such a great city. I roomed with a dancer from LA, Red Snapper, and hung with her, Panama Red, and Scarlett Letter the weekend. (Apparently there's a redhead theme in my life lately). Fantastic venues, soaring skylines, and really wonderful company. I stayed up all night after the show Friday and so excuse my addled brain if this post is scattered. I'll try and go a little more in depth on the fests and adventures later! The rest of this weekend I plan on just relaxing in my skivvies! What did you do this week?