Thursday, September 25, 2008

You asked for it, you got it!

Per Amanda's request...my "Dancing With the Stars" update.

After this first week, here is my opinion. Brooke Burke is by far the best dancer and the most natural of anyone -- plus, she's really sweet. I love how she danced with her baby. :) I think Toni Braxton does a great job as well. I don't really care for Kim K. and think she should have been voted off yesterday. I mean, come on, she's not a good dancer. I don't think she'll go far. Ted McKinley wasn't great, but he shouldn't have gone off yet. He actually did better than some other people.

Okay, gotta admit people, I know that everyone enjoys watching an 82-year-old Cloris Leachman "dance," but she isn't any good. Yes, there is some grace shown toward her because of her age, but it's a bummer to watch other people who are better get voted off simply to keep watching her. (On a side note, I think it's so cool that Mark's dad, Corky, is another one of the professional dancers this year). I'm glad that the judges are rating by her ability and not because she is 82. Last year, just because Marlee Matlin is deaf, she didn't stay on because of her handicap, but because she was good. :)

I had a blast watching Warren Sapp fly around the floor. As he put it, "I'm just a safety in a 300 lb body." Maurice Green has some moves too, although Cheryl is one of my favorite professional dancers and knows how to bring the best out of people.

I think the judging has been great and they have really been working together. They have such a great dynamic and I appreciate everything they have to say. I have also enjoyed how the show use the judges scores and the viewers scores to determine a winner -- that's the problem I have with "American Idol" -- all viewers votes and most don't have a clue about singing...and Simon's the only one who gives any input by which you can judge a performance.

Well, hopefully they'll be more next week for Amanda to read...does anyone else even bother to read this blog anymore?...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New happenings!

I'm not much of a cat person and I inherited Miles the cat when Walter and I got married. Unfortuantely, one week ago (September 13), we had to put Miles to sleep. :( It was horrible. I had become attached to him and I was heartbroken and Walter was devastated when it happened. Miles kept me company when Walter traveled. So sad.

Now the story, however, gets quite amuzing. :) Long story short, on Wednesday, I met Walter at the Naperville Area Humane Society. We were smitten. So, on Thursday, we adopted a 5-year-old black female lab mix dog named Midnight (the same name as my childhood dog -- Providence!). She is completely trained and SO SWEET!! But wait! There's more!! WE ALSO GOT A KITTEN!! His name is Cole and is also black and SO CUTE!! It's hard to believe we got another cat. (Those of you who know me are probably laughing right now). :) We have our own mini-zoo at our house!

Midnight and Cole get along really well and Midnight loves to chase Cole around the house. She is really sweet towards him. They are both so loving and follow me around EVERYWHERE. I think they are competing to get the most attention from me. :) I love having both of them so much. I had a little bit of anxiety at first, but it has been nice. Walter went out of town yesterday and it was really nice having them around. Plus, I'm able to have Midnight run with me in the mornings while it is still dark, so I feel a little bit more protective (although she rarely barks or even whines).

I'll try to post pictures...but I suck at that, so I probably won't -- just being honest.

In other AWESOME news: the Cubs are in the playoffs AND have home field advantage all the way till the World Series (which they will make and win). :)

"Dancing with the Stars" started last night and I saw some of it. No one really stands out this season so far. Unusual. Maybe I've just watched it so often that I can now analyze all the dancing moves and holds. :) Ha!