Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bidding Florida Skaters Good Luck in 2010 Winter Olympics

Despite all I had to do (or at least what I should have done) this weekend, I joined in the celebration to bid good luck to 2010 Winter Olympic-bound U.S. pairs figure skaters Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett (pictured: doesn't Caydee look like America's next sweetheart? And I'd much rather sport a Caydee Denney hairstyle than a Dorothy Hamill wedge although my hair probably can't do either) and Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig yesterday at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex in Ellenton, Fla.

Yes, Florida is producing figure skaters for the Winter Games in Vancouver which in part is due to the coaching team of Jim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston and Alison Smith and to the excellent training facilities in Ellenton.

Amazingly, I've uploaded some photos on Flickr and someday I'll post at least one video (although it's evident I need better cameras!!!) but enjoy this recap in my article titled, "Florida Skaters Heading to 2010 Winter Olympics: Pairs Skaters Denney & Barrett and Evora & Ladwig Represent Team USA." Be sure to check out which skaters are dating!

The above photo are skaters for the silent auction which were autographed by the Olympians. Proceeds of the silent auction and raffle benefit the skaters' families so they can make the trip to Vancouver and the Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club.

Go for the gold!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Yes, Dad. You Made the Blog

"Am I going to make the blog?" my father asked yesterday.

Does my family feel left out when they're not included in my blog posts? Or do they cringe with anticipation as to what family secrets I'll expose? [Note: as far as I know, there aren't *many* family secrets.]

My dad was admitted into the hospital on Monday for your typical "not feeling well situation" which lead to the doctor keeping him overnight due to family history and his age. Tests followed.

When I spoke with him yesterday he was *just* going to have a stent implanted. (Is "implanted" the right terminology?) No worries. Just about everyone has one these days, including his big brother, and it's a pretty routine medical procedure.

This afternoon, the stent procedure turned into single bypass surgery. Guess he's trying to do one better than his big brother and rather than a stent, will come out with a badge of honor of a new scar on his chest.

When I spoke to my sister this evening she said all went well. I'm feeling somewhat out of the loop being down here in Florida and the rest of the family in New York. Feeling somewhat helpless. My Mom sent updates via her iPhone - thank you 21st century technology.

I feel I have an obligation to post SOMETHING on here about his hospital visit so this is it.

Hope you read this soon, Dad!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Twitter Ornament - Am I Obsessed?

Really wish I posted this before the holidays but better late than never. I was introduced to Bisque It Studio in North Port - a ceramic painting studio -last fall and truly enjoyed it. This year for Christmas I ended up painting ornaments and made this Twitter-themed one for me.

While not perfect, it's a snapshot of my Twitter obsession. The bird's eye is a Swarovski Crystal.

Oh, and don't think I painted the balls in the vase, too. Picked those up at Michael's.

So have you checked out my travel blog lately?