Just a Little Skating Update

I didn't get an opportunity to post anything last night because we were at the rink until pretty late. However, my oldest daughter had her ice show audition as planned and did really well.

She was the fourth skater on the ice and, despite some nerves and a case of the stumbles during warm up, put in a solid performance. Her program wasn't flawless. But, she was the first (and one of very few for the night) skater to be told she didn't need to re-do any moves afterwards.

We'll have to wait at least a couple weeks to find out if she got any sort of featured part in the show. At this point, I think she has a chance but, at the same time, she's still a little bit of a long shot because there is a built-in pecking order with the older skaters (rightfully) getting an edge as well as (even though nobody admits it) skaters who have parents with deep pockets.

They Always Look So Innocent When They Are Asleep

OK, to be fair, Mouse is actually pretty well behaved. He'll sometimes copy his brother, Echo, like this morning when they were both messing with the furnace and making a lot of noise in the process. But, unlike Echo, I have yet to see him get up on the counter or do anything really terrible. That being said, it's still nice when one (or both) of them curls up on the couch and stays out of trouble completely.

Big Audition Night for My Daughter Tonight

Our annual ice show is in April (it's based on Rapunzel) and, tonight, skaters are able to audition for a featured role. My daughter, Azalea, will be the fourth one taking the ice.

She's been working on her audition program for about three weeks and seems ready to go, though I am a little concerned about one of her jumps (it's at the very end and she sometimes has a hard time hitting it because she's starting to get tired). I think it will ultimately come down to presentation, however.

As I told her (and her coach has confirmed), the panel of judges (which is basically all the coaches from our rink) are looking for skaters who can interact with the audience. So, in addition to the moves (and maybe a little more), she needs to remember to make eye contact and look like she's having fun.

Since her program is performed without music, I told her to pick a song she really loves and pretend she's skating to that. She tried that during her last practice sessions and t…

Book Review: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (1930)

Synopsis: The much-despised Colonel Lucius Protheroe is found murdered in the vicar's study. There is a wide range of potential suspects, including his cheating wife and her lover and the vicar himself, and it appears the murderer may never be caught. However, the vicar's next door neighbor is Miss Jane Marple and no detail ever escapes her.

Review: Even though I had heard of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple character, I honestly didn't know a whole lot about her prior to reading this book, which is also the first novel she appears in. As  result of that, I really wasn't sure what to think about her, especially since, at first at least, she didn't seem to have much of a role in this story. As it turns out, however, I found I liked her and this mystery.

The thing I found I liked about Miss Marple is she brings a lot of the same observational skills Christie's other famous detective, Hercule Poirot, offers. But, unlike the very arrogant Poirot, she is much more s…

Overnight Winter Wonderland

It's would probably be hard to believe it now. However, yesterday at this time, there wasn't a flake of snow on the ground. Now we have about 3 inches and it's still coming down. Looks like shoveling is in my forecast.

Mouse Says Hi

Just a photo of Mouse as he hung out on the back of the couch this morning.

Movie Review: Mimic 2 (2001)

Synopsis: Four years after the Judas bugs were believed to have been destroyed, four men are found mutilated in New York. Their only connection is entomologist/school teacher Remy Panos, who becomes the police department's primary suspect. However, the real killer is a surviving Judas bug that intends to mate with her.

Who's in it? The movie stars Alix Koromzay,Bruno Campos, Will Estes, Jim O'Heir and Jon Polito.

Review: Even though I ended up liking the first film more than I was expecting, I did have quite a few doubts about the sequel. However, I ended up recording it anyway and my wife and I watched it yesterday afternoon. As it turns out, I was right to be skeptical.

Normally, a sequel has a halfway decent premise but poor execution, largely from a less talented cast. I honestly can't say that about this movie, everything about it was just plain bad.

In fact, I think the overall premise of the film was its biggest weakness. A giant bug stalking one of the researcher…