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Musicals and Eyes and Synchro
Friday I got dressed up and went out with my musical girlfriends. By this I do not mean that they are musical, although in fact they each have some musical talents. I just mean that we watch musicals together. The four of us each bought a subscription to the Fisher Theater back in the fall that consists of 6 musicals spaced out through the season. We like to make an event of each show, dressing up and going out to a nice dinner beforehand.

Friday night was The King and I. Fun show, and boy were those children adorable! The King and I movie was one of the many musicals I loved when I was a kid, and I used to sing and act out my favorite parts with my friends. I found I still knew most of the songs; we all had to bite our tongues to keep from singing along at times.

Saturday morning I had an eye followup. I had my vision measured. Here are my current numbers:
Right eye: 20/20
Left eye: 20/25
(Here is what happens when you cut and paste: I almost ended up with two right eyes. That would be weird. My eyelashes would line up all wrong.)

Saturday afternoon my sister and I went to sign up for the Discovery Channel Fitness Challenge! I need to eat healthier, and I want to lose a few pounds. Joining the challenge meant they measured my weight, body fat, bmi, and all that good stuff for me, plus I got a bunch of coupons and information and such. Most importantly, I got a free two-month membership to a health club (Ballys)! Coolness. Now I just have to use all this stuff....

Saturday night I had sushi -- yum! And I spent some good time with friends. And I discovered a new comedian. Perfect way to spend a saturday evening.

Sunday I went to watch my ex-skating team compete. That was weird. But you know what was weirder? The night before, when I showed E my videotape from the national championships in March. Whenever I've shown people these tapes in the past, I always conclude, "So that's what I do." Because it was not just my hobby, but a major commitment. I scheduled my life around my skating.

This time, I didn't quite know what to say when it was through. "So that's what I...did. That's what won nationals. It's a big deal to me, even though I've stopped...."

But watching the girls on the ice wasn't really hard for me. Partly it helped that my knee is still sore. That might sound strange, but I would think to myself at certain moves, "That looks like it would hurt." So I didn't mind not being on the ice, even though it felt really weird being in the stands. Being one who watches, not one who does. (But that will change. I am not a watcher, I am a doer. Just need to figure out what I want to do, now that I think I'm done skating.)

I wore my team jacket, which was good because it got me into the competition for free (they thought I was a competitor, and I didn't do anything to try to convince them otherwise). But wow, I'm glad I have a decent winter coat now!! I put it on and immediately thought to myself, "Where's the rest of it? This feels too flimsy to actually wear." I've gotten used to being properly attired.

I concluded the weekend by heading out to my very first ConFusion ConCom meeting. That was great, not so much the meeting part, but the spending time with cool people part. I even finally got to meet tammylc's baby! He's positively adorable, and I even cuddled and bonded with him a bit. More time with more friends, a perfect way to spend a sunday evening and complete a (too-short) weekend.


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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 17th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you found any physical activity to replace synchro in your life?

Being on a concom will replace the nonphysical part.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 17th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have fun next weekend. I'll be enjoying the forecasted 70 degrees while you'll have the 20's.
_goodintentions From: _goodintentions Date: January 17th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't get to see Team Elan Adult compete, but I saw them in their practice ice because I was running guards. I liked their program and they were all very nice <3. Your junior team was really good as well, although in their short for the WQ they ended quite a few seconds too early, and had a few falls in their long. It was a disappointing weekend for Fraser's junior team- at least for the WQ... I believe they deserved better.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 17th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looks like your team got 2nd though, right? CONGRATULATIONS!

Yeah, I heard about the too-soon ending for jr short. That must have been really weird..
_goodintentions From: _goodintentions Date: January 17th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, my team got second out of ten- which is really good for us!

It's too bad you didn't see the WQ, some of the Jr. teams seemed better than some Senior teams!
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 17th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah for the National Body Challenge! Good luck with it.

Gosh I would love to see you ice skate. It must feel great to have such an accomplishment under your belt.
stillriver From: stillriver Date: January 18th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Bally's is the best health club I ever been a member of.

They are somewhat pushy about personal training program, but you will like it there - it is big, clean, has a big nice swimming pool and the variety of machines, that would help you to work out the muscles you even don't know you have :-)

And congratulations on your eye surgery, it must feel great to be able to see perfectly without eyewear.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 18th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
My Ballys doesn't have a pool unfortunately, but on the plus side it is right across the street from my office. Now I just have to get myself visiting it regularly!
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: January 18th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
"now that I think I'm done skating."

Are you? I may have to change plans if you are. I was hoping to do photos of you in your skating outfits, but if you're moving on, that may be the wrong thing. It's important to capture the person. I'm not sure that capturing the previous person is workable, although, as always, it will depend on where your head is.

Must think.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 18th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, well, that's a good question. Right now I'm kind of in limbo -- I still think of myself as an althlete and a skater, just one who is not skating. I doubt I'd ever stop altogether, but I'm not planning on competing anymore. I'm "retired". Unless I find in a few years that I miss it too dreadfully. (:

On the other hand, I want to get involved in "something" else once my knee works right, once I figure out what that "something" is. Originally it was going to be speedskating -- but now I'm undecided. I think healing will help. Right now too many sports look painful/dangerous.
ellison From: ellison Date: January 18th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I saw you linked in shadowrose's journal, so I dropped by your page. I really like the way you write, so I think I'll add you as a friend, if you don't mind. Take care! :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 18th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why thank you, I don't mind at all -- welcome! I've added you back. (:
ellison From: ellison Date: January 18th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: January 18th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)

"The King and I"

Who played Anna and the King? Just curious. It is my opinion, of course, that no one can top Yul Brynner as the King. He really made the role his. And, of course, the movie is terrific, and I'm glad you enjoyed the stage version. Many years ago, I had an Asian-American playmate who ended up in the tour version (early 80's) with Yul Brynner. (They always get local kids to fill out children's roles in every city.) Also a side note: my folks saw the show in London with Elaine Paige (the first-ever Grizabella in "Cats", among other things), and thought she was too old to be playing Anna.

Ah well. As long as it isn't that farcical animated version where the King lives and Barbra Streisand sings one of the songs, I'll watch it...:)

What other shows are in the season tickets you got? I hear "Oliver!" is coming/has come. (What I wouldn't give to play Bill Sikes or Fagin, if anything because they have the coolest songs in the show.)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 19th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "The King and I"

Let's see....I think we only have Phantom and some Disney thing left. Haven't seen mention of Oliver! That would be nifty.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: January 20th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

He's (not all) there, the Phantom of the Opera...

Which "Phantom"? There was, of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber's version, then a lesser-known version simply called "Phantom".

As for "some Disney thing"...hmmm, the only things I can think of are "Beauty and the Beast", "Aida" (Elton John's version, not Verdi's), or "The Lion King".

Now that I think about it, I think "Oliver!" was actually at the Fox, not the Fisher. Ever since I got tickets to see "Oklahoma!" at the Fox last year, I get the occasional postcard in the mail telling me when other shows are coming.

homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: January 19th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)


Out here in rural Virginia, we have a boatload of theater. The University of Virginia is 15 miles down the block. I saw a production of Amadeus there that was breath taking. I had to keep reminding myself that this was only college theater. Plus we have two semi-professional theater groups in the neighborhood. Thommy Jefferson and Jimmy Madison left a legacy. There is a burned out mansion that serves as the backdrop for a Shakespere production each summer. (Shakespere in hte Ruins) If I could figure out how to pop a photo in this message, I would include one.

Back when I was working at the TV station, a cousin of our news anchor got to play Guenivere opposite Richard Harris. We shot down to New york City and got to see somebody live a piece of their dream.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 19th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Theater

Cool! Going to the theater is always great fun. (:
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