1/6/2015

Greeting from a snow covered evening in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Yesterday we received 5 inches of the white stuff and it started to snow again this evening. Not sure how much more we are expecting, but it already looks like enough that I will need to get up early and shovel the sidewalks, again.  Shoveling snow I’ve noticed that I’m not getting as winded as I did last year – not having to stop to catch my breath and etc.  Small indicator that going to the gym is helping – yeah me…

Snow glows white on the mountain tonight...

Snow glows white on the mountain tonight…

Grocery shopping in the snow sucks

Grocery shopping in the snow sucks

John is still not feeling well.  He called in sick the past two days and spent the day sleeping and coughing.  Not a nice way to spend this birthday last Friday.  He was absolutely miserable on the train. Hoping he makes it to work tomorrow, but not counting on it.

Starting to get a new routine ready for the Central Iowa Figure Skating Club’s spring show in March.  This time they have a theme of Mama Mia! – the songs of ABBA.  Going to be skating to Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! – this should be interesting…. Could they have picked a gayer theme.. I mean really… Waiting for a parent to complain about me skating to a song about waiting for a man after midnight. 😉

Here is video of the skating routine I did in December, where the theme was Masquerade Ball/Phantom of the Opera.

Don’t like watching myself skate – it feels much different going through the moves then what it looks like.  Plus I can instantly point out all of the flaws… every… single… one… 🙂

Doing these shows is lots of work.  Have to mix/chop the music using Garage Band so it is around 1 minute and 30 seconds long (regulation for most competitions), work with coaches to block out the choreography and come up with an outfit to wear. Then lots of practice sessions where I try to remember it all and rehearse over and over so it becomes second nature. Each time they like to push me to do something more difficult.  Last time it was a small waltz jump.  This time I want to try doing a lunge…

I was pretty down on taking the Amtrak train from Kansas City, MO to San Bernardino, CA.  By the first night I was not comfortable and my lower back began to hurt.  Sleeping in coach chairs sucked – felt like I was in a train car of horny refugees.  Waiting until 8:45pm to eat supper each evening also did not help, but was all that was available to us…

To do the train right you really need to spend the money on a roomette in one of the sleeper cars.  You then get first seating in the dining car where the cost of the meals are included with your ticket.  You also get flat fold out beds in a private room. Problem is that it makes the trip much more expensive, but much more enjoyable.  That is the only way I would do an another multi-day train trip.

Here’s some random photos from the train trip:

From Observation Car

From Observation Car

Pretty Scenery

Pretty Scenery

More precious sights

More precious sights

Not much else going on tonight.  Glad to be blogging again.

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