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renniekins
Long Version (Part One)
My weekend actually began Thursday night, when I enjoyed a family gathering at my mom's house after work. My brother and nephew were in from Chicago! It was fun seeing them both, and playing with the little guy.

13 months old. He walks quite well as long as he is holding onto a finger. On his own, he can stand and balance for awhile. He only takes a couple of steps before he plops down, deciding that crawling is much simpler and more efficient.

After meeting F for a quick sundae and staying up far too late, Friday morning I got up earlyish and spent more time with the bro' and nephew. We all walked to Nellos, where we got to enjoy the adventure that is dining with a baby. It went fairly well, although we confused the waitress. "I've never seen a baby who prefers daddy to mommy!" No, I'm not the Mommy, I'm just the Aunt.

Then it was off to Traverse City for me and my sis'! The drive started out nice, but it got weirdly icy halfway up. Lots of gusting wind blew snow onto the road, which solidified in patches of ice. You'd be driving along fine on a clear road, then all of a sudden you were driving on solid ice which had come from nowhere! It was bizarre. Took some extra time, but finally we made it safely to G's house.

G warmed us right up with her southern hospitality. She showed off her amazing stairwell mural, then the rest of her lovely almost-100-year-old house. Downright charming. The Lebanese food I'd brought as a hostess gift was received with delight, then there was wine, bread, cheese, pate, chicken, rice, and Scrabble to be enjoyed into the night.

In the morning we drank coffee and got ready to skate. Dress, hair, makeup, tights, pants, jacket, and I was ready to go. The competition went pretty quickly; there were only two teams.

We skated well. It felt a bit more sluggish than usual, but we presented well and skated cleanly. I felt good about things. It was really dry, making breathing very difficult. A couple girls felt pretty sick afterward. I was keeping an eye on one of my teammates, so I didn't see the other team skate.

There was only one other team, but we beat them. This is important since this is the team that beat us back at Fraser, our first competition of the year! We have now come in first 3 times since then, which I believe sends a strong message to the judges. It also gives my team a strong boost of confidence, which we will need at nationals in 3 weeks.

For those that were wondering: my knee held up well. It hasn't really gotten better, but it's no worse. I'd say it's at around 60% of its prior capacity. It doesn't feel great when I skate, and it doesn't have the stroking power it once had....but I have not hurt it worse. It has been holding me up and doing what it needs to do, getting me where I need to go! I'm able to do almost all of the necessary footwork. It's doing a good job, I'm proud of it, I give it ice and advil when requested, and I'm sure we're going to make it through nationals just fine. That's all I ask!
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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 16th, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can cook Lebanese food?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 17th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
No, but I can buy Lebanese food.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 17th, 2004 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)

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Where?

I have not had it in years and then in Toronto.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 17th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)

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Dearborn. I went to New Yasmeen Bakery. You've been to La Shish.... Middle Eastern food is usually Lebanese. Here's a good article.
http://www.freep.com/features/food/leb18_20020618.htm
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 17th, 2004 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)

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The stuff we take for granted.

Even Port Huron has a Middle Eastern place,
I did not realize that they are likely to be Lebanese.
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From: xxbr0kenheartxx Date: February 17th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
good job :-)
you guys rock!!!!
operatic From: operatic Date: February 17th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats! :)
thinggtwoo From: thinggtwoo Date: February 17th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Are any of the events in which you skate/compete televised?

I'd LOVE to watch...I love figure skating, and I know you & I have discussed that before. :-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 18th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Are any of the events in which you skate/compete televised?

The national championships are generally televised, after the fact. They were on Lifetime last year. I'll definitely post times when I find out about 'em!
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