Dancing with the Stars: Semifinals

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We’ve made it to the semifinals!  In case you missed last week’s episode (since I didn’t blog about it), those left in the finals are Drew, Lindsey, Jordan, Frankie, and Victoria.  They will dance two dances, one of their own and one that was a previous iconic dance on dancing with the stars, usually performed by a couple that went on to win the mirrorball.

Drew & Emma- Tango

This is a fun Scottish dance to the song 500 miles.  Drew is in a kilt and Emma is in a long flowing skirt of matching tartan.  Now I wonder if that is his actual family tartan since he talks about being a proud Scot and wearing a kilt in his upcoming wedding.  He looked handsome, but nowhere near as handsome as these two guys (Tom and Carter on our wedding day).

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Anyways, the judges thought he lost technique and posture.  They always say that to him, so that is fitting I suppose.  My favorite comment was Carrie Ann’s that she found his kilt to be a bit revealing.  Riiiiiiight, because the girls’ outfits are never just embroidery floss with pasties.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Victoria & Val- Contemporary

Val recreates her family living room where she recovered while she was ill.  Jenna dances as her mom.  It’s a beautiful story-telling dance that ends with Victoria in tears hugging her parents.  Just a wee bit emotional.  The judges praise her dancing and the choreography.  Only positive comments with nothing to work on noted, but perfect 9’s from the judges.  That must be so annoying.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 9

Jordan & Lindsay- Argentine Tango

He dances to a song about being a brother, since he has two younger siblings.  There was a scare in rehearsals this week when Lindsay hurt her knee, but don’t worry, she’s ok.  Mr. Professional dancer does a pretty perfect dance.  Ah, leave it to Carrie Ann to bring the honesty- that wasn’t his best dance; there was a disconnect.  Len says a ballroom tango is like a man dancing with his wife and an Argentine tango is like a man dancing with his mistress.  (I HATE these comparisons, btw.)  Len says he needs to focus on the dance and not the story and it not being too big.  Bruno says it was his most mature dance yet.  So, divided on the judging panel I suppose.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 10

Lindsey & Mark- Contemporary

She dances to a song called head high by Mark and his wife.  It’s essentially a story about her fighting back against all of her critics who told her she would never make it.  The judges loved it and commented on how much she has changed since the beginning.  Carrie Ann says she used to be ‘pastel and light, but now she is dark blood earth mama’.  Based on her score I guess that is a good thing.

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 10

Frankie & Witney- Salsa

Apparently Frankie accidentally said at the very beginning that if he made it past week 8 that he would take his shirt off.  Last week Len said he needed to bring his confidence so he does his best to bring his confidence to salsa, which is tricky by the way.  As promised in the last 2 beats Witney rips his shirt off.  Len says it was too much hip hop and not enough hip action.  Witney tore a muscle this morning, but she says you’d have to drag her off that dance floor because she loves dancing with Frankie.  Witney has never been one of my favorites really, but her being with Frankie is really making her much more tolerable.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 9

He was only one tiny point higher than Drew, and the judges HATE Drew.

Iconic Dances

Drew & Emma- Jazz- Dance by Corbin & Karina

It is mentioned by the judges and in rehearsals that he is nothing like Corbin.  Cool.  Why can’t they at least give the guy a bone and match him with someone at all like his body?  You would think he is the weirdest shaped person ever they way they always talk about him.  I think he did a really good job with some terrifying moves and lifts and spins.  Emma didn’t die so that’s great!  The judges talk about his lack of finesse and technique, oh and he’s so not like Corbin at all.  I rolled my eyes as we moved on to the next dance.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Victoria & Val- Charleston- Dance by Amber & Derek

Now, comparing the two dances, I would have to give the edge to Derek, but only because I think he does amazing with Charleston.  However, the dance overall was remade as their own and it was super cute.  In dress rehearsals her leg went into a spasm and was twisted all wrong, but she referred to it as a bump in the road.  Way to rock it, Victoria!

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- “this hasn’t happened to you before” 10
  • Bruno- 10

Jordan & Lindsay- Jive- Dance by Mark & Paige

This is a crazy fast and difficult jive.  I love the original and I absolutely love the way they do the dance too.  It was fantastic.  It absolutely deserved a perfect score.  Len says over the years there have been good jives, great jives, and now there is the yardstick for all future jives– Jordan jives.  Look, I know I whine a lot about him being a professional dancer already, but truly it’s not the judges fault and it’s not his fault.  The producers need to stop picking professional dancers for the show, but we can’t take it out on Jordan.  That’s just not fair.

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 10
  • Bruno- 10

This dance was just so great that I had to include it for you in case you missed it.

Lindsey & Mark- Tango- Dance by Meryl & Maks

In rehearsals Mark stresses that she has never had dance lessons ever and she said she has always wanted to be a dancer.  She tried out for dance teams and never made it.  Ok, fine, maybe she isn’t a professional.  Len says the holds were a tiny bit loose occasionally.  Bruno says it was incredible.  Carrie Ann says even though they didn’t have the sexual chemistry they still really made it their own.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 10

Frankie & Witney- Paso Doble- Dance by Apollo & Julianne

Witney says since the dance is so iconic she wants to keep the choreography the same.  Frankie says the choreography is insanely hard, but it’s not just that.  He has a hard time ripping her skirt off and reattaching it again.  He says never mind the moves, he can’t even get the Velcro to work.  He nails the knee walks (even tough he tore his meniscus two months before this show).  I really think they killed the dance.  Truly, the whole dance was so powerful.  Carrie Ann is here to tell us that he didn’t breathe through all of his movements.  Len says there wasn’t enough shaping and stretching.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 9

It’s time for the horrid red light of doom.  The first couple who will be dancing is Lindsey and Mark.  Also dancing in the finals are Drew and Emma.  (WHAT?!)  Jordan and Lindsay are going to the finals.  It’s down to Victoria and Val and Frankie and Witney.

The couple leaving is: Victoria and Val.  Poor thing burst into tears as soon as she heard.  Val tells her how incredible she is and that there is nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to be upset about.  Daddy Tom tells her how amazing she is and how inspiring she has been to thousands.  Daddy Tom calls in the big guns, mom and dad to come out and hug her.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the judges hate Drew so just imagine how many HGTV folks are out there voting for him!  I like Drew and Emma.  Really, I liked all of these last five couples.

Tune in next week!

The Big, Exciting, Sparkly & Rusty News

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Our little business, Sparkles & Rust is growing up.  We are officially in a store, and not just any store.  It’s an amazing and highly rated vintage-style boutique.  I have loved this store for a while and I’m so excited that she loves my products too.

I was deciding between two stores, but this one was obviously more expensive in all ways, but also that much busier and higher quality.  As I was choosing Tom and I had this conversation:

Amy: She just sent me a few more rules for products.

Tom: That’s stupid.  Why are there rules? You should be allowed to sell whatever you want.

Amy: Well that other place might have rules too.

Tom: That place is a dump; they don’t have rules.

Amy: That pretty much makes my choice right there.

Once I officially made me decision and agreed to everything, I had three days until the ‘revamp for Christmas night’ when all the vendors would be there changing up their booths.  It’s safe to say I was BUSY-BUSY-BUSY for those three days finishing up bunches of handmade Christmas decor.  I whipped up a gorgeous mesh wreath, a couple lit mesh wire garlands, some buffalo plaid jars, and a couple gorgeous buffalo plaid and burlap lit garlands (which I LOVE).

As we were moving in my products, I got to meet all of the other brilliant minds whose stuff I have been admiring for quite some time.  I look up to some of these women so much and it was just so magical for me to have them impressed and commenting on my hand-picked and hand-made items too.

As Tom and I were signing paperwork, I realized something else fairly significant too.  I officially started my law enforcement career on November 9th and there it was, Novemeber 9th when I was starting another journey.  I hope that together we can make this work, and I’m really very excited for this new challenge.

Tom has always told me that you have to do things that scare you in life.  Looking back, some of the most incredible moments in my life came from taking a risk and trying something that was scary.  I was terrified to travel around the state teaching my class to dispatchers.  So many things could have gone wrong and they could have hated my material, but instead I made some great friends and was told by so many that they truly changed their outlook on their job and were refreshed and motivated about officer safety.  Look, if my class helped anyone to encourage their passion and focus towards safety for officers, it was completely worth it.  I’m so thankful I took that scary step and put myself out there.

I hope that looking back I’ll be just as thankful that we took this risk too, but we won’t know until we try.

I have to clarify in case anyone out there is thinking, “wow, she’s doing so well she can totally just get a job.”  This is unfortunately not true.  But, in my moments when my hands and arms are working and I’m feeling ok, I can work on little projects (majorly with Tom’s help and muscle) in between bathroom runs and bedridden days.  So, ideally, I’d still love to go back to law enforcement.  If I could, I would go back tomorrow, but as far as that all goes, my doctors still say I’m nowhere near healthy enough to do that.  So, again instead of wasting my woes on what I can’t do, I’m going to focus my attention and energy into what things I can try to do that give me purpose and goal to work towards.

Overall, I’m just so excited.  I like my location in the store and I’m so excited to keep picking and making treasures to sell.

Here are some peeks at my little area:

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Hello Old Friend

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I have my happy little heart monitor back again.  It’s been two years since I spruced up my cleavage with wires.  This time it’s only for a few days though, not a month.  No big deal.  I also had an echocardiogram this morning.  It has such potential to be a great nap.  The lights are low and it’s mostly quiet except for the occasional blood whooshing noises.  Right when you are ready to sleep the lady makes you breathe and hold your breath a bunch of times so she can take snapshots and measurements of your heart doing all of it’s tricks.  It’s a very easy test, but mine was at 7:40 which is when I like to be asleep, or at least snuggled up in bed.  Either way, I got it done and then got my heart monitor all hooked up.  Then I got to come home for a few hours until my next doctor appointment.

Fun fact about the heart failure and electrophysiology office: I’m the young one, by far.  I go through life mostly feeling like the ‘old lady’.  I walk slower.  I hold people up who are behind me at the store.  I can’t do as much, etc., but at the heart clinic I’m the young one!  I’m the one who can hear the receptionist.  I’m the one who looks out of place.

I got it all done except for blood work, which I need to do tomorrow.  It would have been nice to get everything done, but three appointments and running errands AND doing blood work was just not all possible today.

If you are one of my faithful readers, you might have noticed that I didn’t do a Dancing with the Stars blog this week.  I did watch, and I have some thoughts, but I was just a teeny bit busy with other projects this week.  All of those projects come together tomorrow and by Friday morning I should have a really fun and super exciting announcement, so keep an eye out for that.

I suppose that is all I have to say tonight, but I should have another post out on Thursday night or Friday morning.

I hope all of you are finding smiles out there!

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Happy Discounted Candy Day

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It’s been a bit since I’ve done some updating of health and life and random whatnot.  I figured today is as good a day as any.  So first off, it’s discounted candy day.  I got up, threw on my skeleton leggings and ran down to Walmart to get some 50% off candy.  While I was looking through the carts of candy, a lady held up a bag and the following conversation took place:

Lady: Will this last a while do you think?

Me in my head: Well, it depends on how much you like candy or how much you eat each day, right?  Is this a test? Is she asking how much candy I’m going to eat when I get home?

Me out loud: Oh sure.

Lady: It won’t go bad for a while right?

Me in my head: Do people have candy in their house so long it goes bad?

Me out loud: Oh no.  You’ve got a few months for sure at least.

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Neurologist & Electrophysiologist 6 Month Visits

A couple weeks ago I had both my six month neurologist and electrophysiologist appointments.  The neurologist didn’t have anything new to say really.  Same old, same old.  He did talk to me about watching my weight to make sure it doesn’t go up any more as that would cause increased issues.  I had a baby breakdown about this, but overall I know where I am and I am working towards changes with baby steps.  I realize I will see change also in baby amounts at a time, but I can only do what I can do.

The electrophysiologist was slightly more news.  She thinks I may have inappropriate sinus tachycardia, which goes hand in hand with POTS fairly frequently.  She ordered an echocardiogram and she wants me to wear the monitor for a week while trying a new medication to see how it works.  The medication is evidently only FDA approved for heart failure, but she said it works well to treat this usually.  It’s also unknown if my insurance will cover it, but one thing at a time.  So, that was two weeks ago and I’ve yet to schedule the echo or the monitor because they are waiting for approval from insurance.  So I won’t know any more until they call I guess.

Winter Preparations

The first projected snow is in two days.  Are we ready?  That’s always the game.  Tom takes good care of me and the wood rack is jam packed so I know we’ll be warm.  We need to make sure we have some fuel for the generator.  We are set up pretty well with canned goods just in case of storm.  I’d like to get some larger qualities of baking supplies just to have on hand as well.

Christmas Prep

This year we will start decorating the day after Thanksgiving promptly so hopefully it won’t take forever to get things set up how I like.  I have started planning Christmas crafts and décor that I want to make this year to sell so that is fun and keeps me busy.

More Surprises

I’ve had some recent projects and buys that are very fun and I can’t wait to share, but I need to get them cleaned up and restored as much as possible before I share about them.  So keep an eye out for those fun posts coming up.

Costume Party

The Saturday before Halloween is one of Tom’s favorite nights each year.  This year we went as Negan and Lucille.  If you’ve watched the Walking Dead (which I don’t.  I hide behind my laptop while Tom watches it) you are probably familiar with the bad guy Negan and his bat named Lucille.  We went as that, but with a little spin since I didn’t want to dress up like a baseball bat.  I went with the Lucille Ball angle instead.  We had a good time and learned from last year and therefore didn’t spend the next entire day vomiting thanks to Tom pouring my drinks and reducing alcohol in each one.  He’s brilliant.

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Ok, I think that is all to share right now.  More again soon!  Enjoy Fall, friends!

 

Dancing with the Stars: Halloween

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*Sorry I’m a teency bit late.  Last night I was busy watching the movie Mark of the Vampire from 1935.  Don’t worry, I caught up today.*

It’s spooktacular.  It’s all treat and no trick.  It’s bootastic.  It’s all the Halloween puns you can imagine.  Daddy Tom warns us at the beginning not to try to play a drinking game with Halloween puns as we will surely die.  Carrie Ann’s hair is blue.  Bruno is wearing a black glitter jacket.  It’s time to dance.

Victoria & Val- Viennese Waltz

Victoria had a rough week in rehearsals.  She’s been closed off and you know, dancing is hard, not to mention dancing against some of these other people.  Val mentions some of my thoughts that Jordan and Lindsey have been dancers for years, meanwhile Victoria cheated death and is just now able to walk again.  Val gets her in the right mindset to get out there and do her best and forget the rest.  She floats around the floor in a long white gown.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 9

Jordan & Lindsay- Paso Doble

Lindsay is dressed as a version of little red riding hood I’ve not seen in children’s books.  She has to get through a forest full of wolves (including Jordan).  As usual the choreography is fantastic to a techno music blend.  Is it just me, or do the songs chosen by producers sometimes make a BIG difference?  I knew I was right.  Half way through the wolves devour Lindsay to remove her clothes to a much more appropriate and less inhibiting outfit for tromping through the woods.

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 10
  • Bruno- 10

Nikki & Artem- Jive

Nikki puts a caffeine spell (the best kind) on Artem.  They dance to I put a Spell on You in a coffee shop set.  It isn’t the fastest jive I’ve ever seen or the most amazing, but the flicks and kicks were there.  The judges critiques are so weird.  Carrie Ann didn’t think she connected as well to the music this week as others.  Len thinks the coffee was a decaf because it lacked a ‘bit of punch’.  Bruno says she didn’t quite get into gear.  So, next week more punch, more music connection, and more in gear.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Vanessa & Maks- Paso Doble

Let me just say, zombies and paso doble seem to work well together.  I think she does a powerful routine and I saw quite a bit of paso between the fog and zombies attacking.  I feel like maybe if Jordan and Lindsay did this routine they would get 10s for how intense it was.  I think the judges are just done with Maks and Vanessa maybe.  While Len starts off the critiquing death wanders by behind him.  Bruno says she didn’t finish her lines well.  Right after this comment Maks whispers something in her ear that makes her laugh.  I rewound as many times as I could and I couldn’t get it.  Carrie Ann thinks she was ‘over-mauled’.  Again, I feel like if it was Lindsay it would have been the perfect amount of mauled-ness.  Tom asks her what she thinks about the judges all saying the same thing.  Her response is great, “As you can see I don’t really have a costume because this was just all about the show.  I’m sure there are more proper Pasos, but this was a Halloween theme and I felt so spooktacular doing it.”  BAM.  Translation– y’all made me dance a Paso on Halloween so I’m sorry if you didn’t get the traditional paso you thought you would get.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Tom asks if they have any comments after the scores.  Maks simply responds by saying, “eight”.

Cheryl & Terrell- Tango

They tango to superfreak, which might be the first time that any has ever tangoed to superfreak ever.  The judges are impressed with what Cheryl has done.  Bruno says he nailed it.  All of the judges compliment Cheryl.  Carrie Ann wants him to keep the flow of movement in stillness.  What?  I want him to eat toast but feel like he’s eating meatloaf.  I think the blue hair dye seeped into Carrie Ann’s head.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 9

**Sidenote, I’m impressed that Sasha has made it all these seasons scaring people all week in rehearsals and never had this happen to him.**

 

Lindsey & Mark- Paso Doble

Last week in dress rehearsal Lindsey displaced a rib.  Tom refers to it as a painful rib injury.  I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure all rib injuries are painful.  She makes it as far as she can in rehearsal before they leave to go to urgent care.  No one tells us what the doctors say, but it is clear that she is in pain.  She does a fantastic paso all painted up with sugar skulls.  The song is a fantastic and very fast violin number by some girl named Lindsey Sterling.  After the song she sits to hear the judges comments.  She admits that she is in pain and that the paso doble is a beast.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 9

Frankie & Witney- Contemporary

Witney and Frankie talk about how horrible his dance was last week.  He said halfway through he just wanted to lay down and raise his hand and pretend he got hurt.  I love the honesty.  On to the planning for the dance this week.  Frankie had a hand in choreographing this mini horror film.  They dance to ‘Every move you make, every step you take, I’ll be watching you’- the quintessential stalker song.  Rather than trying to explain this incredibly unique and well choreographed dance, I will just put it here for you to watch.  The judges absolutely loved it.

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 10
  • Bruno- 10

Frankie’s first perfect score right there, people.  Ok, watch this dance.

Drew & Emma- Charleston

We have to start be being reminded by how much the judges hated his dance last week.  He has two dances this week and he and his brother are filming three shows this week and three different cities.  Their rehearsals are whenever and wherever they can get a moment.  They manage to pull together a super fun and creative dance.  I always love Charleston, but Charleston choreographed by Emma is even better.  It is bride of Frankenstein-themed and crazy fun.  All three judges have only good to say, which is why their scores are annoying.  Zero critiques, but not perfect scores.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 9

Team Monster Mash- Nikki, Jordan, Terrell & Lindsey

First, lets see who might be safe from this team and who is in Jeopardy.  Jordan and Lindsay are safe.  Terrell & Cheryl are in jeopardy.  Lindsey and Mark are safe.  Nikki and Artem are in jeopardy.

In rehearsals Terrell says he’s probably the weak link of the team and Cheryl says ‘yep’.  Dang.  That’s rough honesty.  On Sunday night at 9:16 they are still trying to finish choreographing and working out the details.

They dance around a corn maze with different couple costumes.  Mostly I found myself thinking, ‘man this is long.’  It certainly wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best team dance I have ever seen.  Len agrees with me which makes everyone boo.  Bruno says it wasn’t quite synced together.  Carrie Ann says she feels like they all under danced.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Team Phantom of the Ballroom- Frankie, Vanessa, Drew, Victoria

**Time to see who else is in jeopardy.  Frankie and Witney are safe.  Drew and Emma are in jeopardy.  Victoria and Val are safe.  Vanessa and Maks are in jeopardy.**

I have to share this quote from Frankie during team dance rehearsals, “Our team has a really cool dynamic, Drew is a great leader, Vanessa brings a lot of energy, Victoria brings tons of heart and I’m the nervous wreck in the corner hoping it goes well.”

Ok, song wise, this team has a FAR better song to work with.  Their costumes all match and it looks amazing.  I already know Len is going to prefer this by far.  There are some fun lifts throughout and great group choreography overall.  It is very well done.  They referred to themselves in rehearsals as the underdog team, but all this does is prove that the underdogs can bring it!

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 10
  • Bruno- 10

 

It’s time to reveal who is eliminated.  Death brings in result envelopes for Tom and Erin.  The next couple who is safe is Drew and Emma.  Terrell and Cheryl are safe.  We’re down to Vanessa and Maks and Nikki and Artem.  Tom reveals that it is a double elimination and they are both going home.  The ballroom fills with boos, not booze, unfortunately.

 

Dancing with the Stars: A Night at the Movies

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Each couple will be portraying a different genre of movies.  Sharna looks great in the opening number and that’s what matters, folks.

Nikki & Artem: Foreign Films- Argentine Tango

Nikki does a really great job with a beautiful dance.  I love her long red dress.  She does lose her balance a tiny bit during one move, but really overall she does great.  She refers to Artem as her Russian therapist in rehearsals.  After the scores are announced, we find out that she is safe.  She is thrilled.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Shania Twain- 9
  • Bruno- 9

Revealing the Next couples in Jeopardy

  • Nick & Peta
  • Terrell & Cheryl
  • Victoria & Val

Drew & Emma- Action- Paso Doble

Drew was happy to hear Carrie Ann refer to him as a contender last week.  I like that too, since I don’t think he’s a dancer for his actual job.  Drew has a black trench coat and Emma has a short black wig. He beats up a lot of people all over the dance floor.  It’s really well choreographed.  Bruno says he lost timing a tiny bit.  Carrie says he was too keyed up.  Len says it was awkward and then is drowned out by booing.

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 7
  • Shania- 9
  • Bruno- 7

Nick & Peta- Western- Samba

Nick is discouraged.  He’s tired of always getting such rough scores and he’s practicing just as much as everyone else.  They dance to the Wild Wild West theme song.  Bruno says he was lacking the elasticity and bounce for samba.  Carrie Ann liked the break down.  Len says he did great on the solo parts, but stiffened up during the samba parts.  I really liked the concept and the theme.  Sure, he may not be the very best dancer.  The scores are brutal.

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 6
  • Shania- 7
  • Bruno- 6

Victoria & Val- Sports- Paso Doble

The entire floor is transformed into a hockey ice rink.  It’s fantastic.  The floor should always be a hockey rink.  There is even a tiny Zamboni that Alan drives around.  They dance a tough paso doble to We Will Rock You.  I LOVE everything about it.  Val (with blacked out teeth) has choreographed a great routine that mixes dance and hockey.  Carrie Ann says “you could have thrown yourself off like Drew did earlier tonight, but you didn’t.”  Meanwhile, Drew is backstage thinking–

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Len is excited the puck went into the net.  He says he’s never seen that in a game.  Silly British folk.  I’m gonna have to take away Shania’s paddles if she’s going to keep doing it wrong.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Shania- 7
  • Bruno- 8

Terrell & Cheryl- Spy- Jive

They dance a super cute little spy movie.  He really seems to get some good flicks I think.  They dance from room to room and they open a safe behind a picture and get out a judge’s paddle with a 10 on it and send it up on a wire.  Very cute.  I liked it a lot.  Len says it was 007, not double oh heaven, but it was his best dance thus far.  Bruno says he is being a better performer each week.  Carrie Ann says it was hot.  Both Len and Carrie Ann refer to it as “oily” which is apparently a good thing.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Shania- 10
  • Bruno- 9

Frankie & Witney- Animation- Jazz

I like in rehearsals when Frankie says he was Lisa’s boyfriend on the Simpsons and that Seth McFarlane makes fun of him on all of his shows.  What an honor.  They dance to Hollyrock and are bouncy all around the floor.  Bright swirling colors and a pretty fast routine with fancy footwork.  Bruno called it a psychedelic treat, but he does point out the few times he lost his steps.  Carrie Ann mentions each time he was off time.  He finally tells Erin he was a troll.  Good to know.

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 8
  • Shania- 8
  • Bruno- 8

More in Jeopardy?

  • Nope- Vanessa and Maks, Mark and Lindsey, and Jordan and Lindsay are all safe.

Vanessa & Maks- Musical- Quickstep

Vanessa says last week her dance was rough, but she was distracted because her kids were there to watch.  Well, no sippy cups in the ballroom tonight.  Maks choreographed an amazing quick step with kind of a Chicago feel.  There was a wardrobe malfunction when her long skirt fell off.  Shania summed up the dance well saying it was sass, humor, and class.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Shania- 9
  • Bruno- 9

Jordan & Lindsay- Drama- Rumba

Well, dramas are stupid.  The dance is sad because it’s based on a stupid drama.  The dance was really beautiful, event though it was stupid.  It was a rumba that had all the pretty lines and movements, but wasn’t sexual or even really sensual, which is hard to achieve.  Len says it was well-crafted, but he was bothered by a twirly hand move that Jordan did during the dance.  My favorite is that Len demonstrates the twirly hand move at least five times.  Overall, the judges are very impressed.

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 9
  • Shania- 10
  • Bruno- 10

If you wouldn’t have “fiddly-diddlied with his hand” he would have got a 10 from Len too.

Lindsey & Mark- Argentine Tango- Sci-Fi

Lindsey says Mark is playing a mad scientist, which is not much of a stretch for him.  In the lab he creates the perfect partner.  Mark crafts an argentine tango with weird little robot twitches.  It’s pretty interesting and incredible.  I’m impressed with the lifts too.  It’s a masterpiece.  Tom calls it sexy and creepy and wonderful all at once.  Truth.  Shania calls the sharp edges elegant.  Bruno says it was another Mark Ballas work of genius.  Bruno says it was the best dance of the entire season so far.

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 10
  • Shania- 10
  • Bruno- 10

A perfect score for miss Lindsey and it was well deserved.  The dance was so weird and elegant all at the same time that I had to put it here for you to watch it.

Red Light of Doom

Victoria and Val are safe.  It comes down to Nick and Peta and Terrell and Cheryl.  Nick and Peta are eliminated, which is probably a relief to Nick really.  For some reason the judges kind of hated him.  He says, “I came here as not a very good dancer and I’m leaving as not a very good dancer I suppose.”

Next week is Halloween night.  Don’t miss it!

 

Today’s Independent Medical Exam: What I Wish I Could Have Said

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Ooh boy, how long until self control goes out of style?

Today I had my independent medical exam.  So I’m on disability through social security, but what I am currently trying to get approved for is the ability to access my retirement fund now because I have essentially retired due to disability.  So this is the money that I paid in during my time in law enforcement.  It’s really not much because I only had six-ish years, but it is still money and though it would be little, it would be enough to cover my monthly prescriptions at least, which would be nice.

The first time I submitted my request I was denied.  All of my specialists filled out forms and sent them in with their opinion of my chances of return to work.  They all said the same thing, that it was not probable and I had no potential of recovery.  Well, the people who approve the access of retirement funds due to disability sent those forms and all of my medical paperwork to some other doctor who never saw me or treated me, but based on what he read he decided he knew better than my current specialists and that I was fine to go to work.  I went ahead and appealed that decision which is how I earned this trip to an independent medical exam.

So here is how that little exam went.

Fill out this form detailing your injury and what hurts:

injury sheet

Like the way I drew in the laying down stick figure for syncope?

Ok, Here are some snippits of my time meeting with the doctor.

Doctor: Why are you on these medications?

Me: Which ones? All of them? ( I went on to explain the purpose of each one)

What I wish I could have said (WIWICHS): Because my extensive team of specialists thought it was a good idea that we do whatever we can to keep me conscious and out of the hospital as much as possible, if that’s ok with you ma’am.

Doctor: Do they work?

Me: Well, not entirely obviously.  They work more than no meds.

Doctor: If a medication doesn’t work, you shouldn’t take it.

WIWICHS: You realize that there is no FDA approved treatment for POTS right?  They can only treat individual symptoms.  Beta blocker is better than no beta blocker.  There is no medication that fully eliminates fainting and tremors for everyone.

Doctor: Sometimes you need to change medications to find the right one.

WIWICHS: Bitch please, I’ve tried Lobetalol, Atenolol, Propranolol, and I’m currently on Metoprolol, as well as a trial of Florinef and midodrine all with trials of varying dosages.  You are two years behind.

Doctor: Cymbalta is not good for everyone.

Me: I’ve had genetic testing done to find out which SSRI is best for my body and it is the best choice and has the least side effects.

 

Doctor: Why is your oxygen so low?  I mean it is markedly low at times.

Me: That is one thing that has not been determined by any of my doctors.  It’s unknown I suppose.

Doctor: Do you ever get so anxious/stressed/worried/excited that you just forget to breathe and hold your breath for an extended period of time, you know, like some babies do when they throw temper tantrums?

WIWICHS: Well only if I want my blankie.  I love the way I feel when my oxygen is at 81 so ya, I do that a lot.

Me: No. In fact when I did my testing with my primary doctor to quality for in-home oxygen I did the testing in the room and was observed by medical personnel who watched my breathing the entire time.

 

Doctor: But you’ve never lost consciousness though, right?

Me: Well, yes.  Each time I pass out I lose consciousness.

Doctor: Well, in order to lose consciousness your heart has to stop.  Has your heart stopped?

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WIWICHS: Have I died you mean? Um, no.  Which medical school did you go to again?

 

14 minutes in…

Doctor: So this kind of sounds almost like autonomic dysfunction.

WIWICHS: Which website did you read when you googled POTS three minutes before you walked in here?

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Me:  Well, yes.  POTS is a form of dysautonomia, or autonomic dysfunction.

 

Doctor: Do you do a lot of landscaping?

WIWICHS: I just told you that there are times that my arms hurt so much and are so weak that lifting the fork to my mouth is too hard.  But ya, in my spare time when my heart isn’t stopped I run a landscaping business.

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Doctor: What is this pain that you are mentioning?

WIWICHS: Owies, Booboos, Owchies? Any of these ringing a bell?

Me: Probably a combination of POTS, Fibromyalgia, and Endometriosis.

Doctor: But POTS doesn’t cause pain, right?

WIWICHS: Did you at least read the list of symptoms that google brings up on the first page?

 

Doctor: How much of this is due to anxiety do you think?

Me: Well, none.  I’m not anxious, stressed or depressed.

Doctor: Well looking at all of this I don’t know how you couldn’t be.

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WIWICHS: You should run a crisis hotline, you know, talk people into jumping.  But no, I’m pretty happy.  I have a perfect life in all ways except my body doesn’t quite pick up the slack.

 

Doctor: Have you tried compression stockings?

Me: Yes, several different varieties.

Doctor: Well sometimes you have to try a few before you find one that works for you.

Me: Well yes, I have tried several.  Different strengths and coming up to different heights.

Doctor: You just need to try men’s.

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Doctor: So have any doctors ever seen you have a tremor or pass out in front of them?

Me: Yes many times.  Here is a video of the tremors in the hospital.

Doctor: This doesn’t make sense.  You can’t have tremors while you are conscious.

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Doctor: Now, POTS is commonly thought of as a circulatory disorder.

WIWICHS: Well, you would know.  You’re the POTS expert.  You’ve known about it for a whole thirty minutes. None of the specialists who study it refer to it as a circulatory disorder, but sure.  If that makes you happy.

 

Doctor: I know that pregnancy makes almost all of POTS’ symptoms go away.

WIWICHS: This part you are just making up obviously.  Pregnancy can actually bring on POTS and is known to in several cases.  Other cases end with crawling and or being hospitalized the entire pregnancy and several end up losing the baby too.  And, hypothetically even if it did for the full nine months, after that the POTS would be back and a newborn baby to be cared for.

Me: Hmm, I’ve always heard the opposite from doctors.

Finally, in the last 2 minutes of appointment:

Doctor: I just feel like, if it were me, I would tell you to give up sugar.

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I stopped at the bakery next door to buy a cookie for the way home.  Just on principal.  It’s who I am.

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Dancing with the Stars: Disney Night

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We survived most memorable year night so we get Disney week as a reward!  Kermit, Donald, Pinnochio, and Mickey are all in the house.  I love you guys, my faithful dance readers, so I will keep recapping, but just know in your heart that it’s mostly over since Sharna is out.

Victoria & Val- Jazz- Steamboat Willy

The old, original black and white Mickie and Minnie.  It was cute and fun.  In perfect sync throughout.  Lots of cute animated-looking choreography.  Well done, Val.  I loved it.  The judges did too.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 9

Vanessa & Maks- Waltz- Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Insider tip: waltz is a tiny bit boring.  She did have a good flowy costume, but it was a teeny bit boring for me.  The judges liked the amount of true waltz in it, which led Vanessa to say she can now waltz anywhere out on the town.  Look out L.A.!

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Lindsey & Mark- Foxtrot- Cinderella

They are dancing to when you wish upon a star.  Mickey Mouse is playing the piano.  Her gown is amazing.  I want to wear it around the house.  Carrie Ann says it had one of the finest holds she has ever seen.  Len drooled over it.  Bruno Bruno’d about it.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 10
  • Bruno- 9

I forgot the 10 score paddle has mouse ears.  I hope we see it more throughout the night.

Nick & Peta- Quick Step- The Jungle Book

The do a cute little happy quick step to the Bare Necessities.  It was very happy and I enjoyed it.  Len says it hit all the bare necessities of quick step, but his right arm was a bit droopy.  Bruno says he lost his step a few times, that is, after calling him the Lord of the jungle.  Carrie Ann tells him it was healing, but there were some mistakes so she had to score it appropriately.

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 7

Poor Nick looks less than thrilled to see those 7’s.

Drew & Emma- Viennese Waltz- The Rainbow Connection (Muppet Movie)

First of all, Drew does some pretty good muppet impressions.  I’m impressed.  Kermit is sitting at the judge table to introduce them for their dance.  I don’t think he looks tall and lanky.  I think he looks classy and elegant and leads Emma around the floor.  Bruno says a lot of words, but overall he was expecting Gonzo and he got prince charming.  Carrie Ann calls him a contender.  Len liked the footwork.  He says he wasn’t too keen on him week one, but he likes him now.  Awwww.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8
  • Kermit- 10!

Sasha & Gleb- Rumba- The Little Mermaid

A rumba to a Disney song is just weird.  Rumba is sensual and sexy and doing that to ‘Kiss the Girl’ is a little weird, but I’m not in charge I guess.  Carrie Ann says her movements were ‘oozier’.  Len tells Gleb that it was well crafted.  Bruno does a dramatic scene about a siren, a temptress of the Sea, but he thinks Sasha was ok too.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Terrell & Cheryl-Quick Step- The Lion King

“You look like a prince; not a king.  King’s don’t quick step like that.” Cheryl is the queen of motivation.  They quick step to ‘I just can’t wait to be king’.  I don’t think it is his best dance ever, but I could be wrong.  The choreography and the scene changes were definitely fun though.  Carrie Ann says there was not one mistake.  See, I knew I could be wrong.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Frankie & Witney- Argentine Tango-Pirates of the Caribbean

Witney tells him that he’s an actor so he should be able to act sexy, since he’s not naturally.  Frankie is appalled, but admits it’s true.  He’s more nerd than hulk.  I couldn’t tell if he was going for sexy or angry with his facial expressions, but I thought the dancing was really pretty good. He got a standing ovation, so I wasn’t the only one who thought it was good.  Carrie Ann is quick to say that she saw one mistake, but it was Witney not Frankie.  Witney owns it and says her heel caught on her dress.  Len says he won’t be walking the plank anytime soon.

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 10

Jordan & Lindsay- Foxtrot- Moana

They dance to the song ‘you’re welcome’.  The song has a baby bit of rap in the middle and Lindsay truly shows off her choreographer skills.  It was very well done.  I loved it.  Len liked the swing and the sway but he wasn’t a big fan of all that part in the middle, however he says the part in hold was so good that he can forgive anything else.  Bruno is impressed with the foxtrot to a contemporary beat.  Ya, that’s what I liked too.  the syncopation of the beat… or the lack of syncopation of the beat, I forget.  Oh, apparently he was the singer of the song he danced to.  Well, neat.  That’s what I was doing when I was 18 too.

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 10
  • Bruno- 10

First perfect score of the year.  Well deserved.  But let me remind you that the kid was just on Broadway.  So I’m not shocked.

Nikki & Artem- Jazz- Coco (Upcoming Disney Pixar Movie)

Artem brought in traditional folk dancers to help.  There is a big fancy floopy dress.  It had all the flavors of Mexico, according to Len.  He also said it was her best dance.  Bruno calls for the tequila shots.  Carrie Ann says Nikki was completely herself out there during this dance.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 9

 

It’s time for an elimination.  The first couple in jeopardy is Sasha and Gleb.  The couple who joins them is Frankie and Witney.  GASP!

The couple eliminated is Sasha and Gleb.  She did lose a bunch of weight for her wedding like she wanted to and she gained a bunch of confidence.  The audience gives her a standing ovation and she’s grateful for the experience.

I have to go vote for Frankie now.

 

 

Dancing with the Stars- Most Memorable Year

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It’s most memorable year night, which is my least favorite night.  Every single stinkin’ person does whatever year was the most horrifically sad year of their life.  It’s so joyful and uplifting… or not.  The other dumb thing is that no one gets any bad scores because the dance was ‘for their dead grandma’ so you can’t give that a 6.  This night is unnecessary.

Anywho, here we are.  Let’s see which year made everyone cry.

Frankie & Witney- Quick Step

Frankie has even more health issues than we previously knew.  He explains that he had a series of TIA (transient ischemic attacks) or strokes.  He now has significant memory loss.  His girlfriend writes down everything they do each day so he can always look back over it.  *I’m not sobbing; you are.*  This year is his most memorable because he has finally learned how to live happy and just be happy.  So, he is my spirit animal I guess.  He has learned what I’ve been preaching.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Terrell & Cheryl- Viennese Waltz

Terrell’s most memorable year was the year his grandma died because she was his whole life.  She raised him.  In his rookie year his beloved grandma got dimensia.  He cries.  Cheryl cries.  Carrie Ann cries. See, uplifting.  He really does look elegant and graceful tonight.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Nikki & Artem- Contemporary

Her most memorable year was her comeback to wrestling after horrible injuries.  John Cena talks about how scary it was.  Her recovery was tough, but she worked incredibly hard to get back to her passion, wrestling.  Her routine is super fun because it starts with aerial silks work.  The dance also had a bunch of really neat lifts.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Nick & Peta- Contemporary

Nick’s most memorable year was the year he wifed Vanessa.  He always wanted to fall in love and have a perfect family and she made that all possible.  The dance is really beautiful and he really tries to let loose and be himself.  It was his best yet.  He cries and gets a standing ovation.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 7
  • Bruno- 7

Lindsey & Mark- Viennese Waltz

Hold on to your hat, and your scarf.  Lindsey’s most memorable year was the year her dad died because she really changed.  She sobs all week through rehearsals telling the stories of her dad and how he gave up his dreams to get a higher paying job to pay for her violin lessons.  He was always wearing a hat and a scarf.  It was his trademark thing.  So for this dance Mark wears Lindsey’s dad’s hat and scarf.  At the end of the dance Mark dances away and Lindsey is all alone, then her dad’s shadow shows up behind a screen to dance with her and hand her a balloon.  Nope, not crying my eyes out at all.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 9

Derek & Sharna- Jazz

His most significant year was 2007 when his 10-month old daughter was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer.  The usual treatment for that condition is to remove the eye so they had to choose between removing her eye or trying the experimental surgery that might work or might kill her.  *AWFUL*  He ended his contract three years early and gave up 21 million dollars to take care of her.  The dance is choreographed adorably and he does it so well.  His daughter sobs.  He cries.  Carrie Ann critiques one tiny part of the dance.  REALLY? You know she’s off base because Len and Bruno both score him higher.  Can I start the IDONTLOVECARRIEANN club?

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Jordan & Lindsay- Contemporary

His most memorable year was when he was officially adopted by his mom and dad.  Totally cool.  He says being adopted saved his life.  He cries talking about how wonderful his parents are.  The dance is incredible.  Amazing lifts.  Bruno calls it exquisitely flawless.  After the dance he sobs, his mom sobs, his dad sobs.

  • Carrie Ann- 10
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 10

*first 10’s of the season*

Sasha & Gleb- Foxtrot

Sasha’s most memorable year was the last year of Pretty Little Liars and her getting engaged.  It was the end of one chapter and the start of another.  She’s happy to be getting married.  Ya sure, that’s fine, but it’s no cancer in the eyeball of a baby.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Vanessa & Maks- Rumba

Vanessa was left on her dad’s doorstep by her mom when she was eight and her mom never came back.  Her upbringing is why she cares so much about family.  Her most memorable year is 2017, the year their family was complete when she had her third baby.  At 29 weeks her water broke and she was rushed into surgery.  It was a scary time for everyone.  Carrie Ann says Vanessa lost her balance on a turn, but it just felt like part of the story so she didn’t lower her score.  Neat.  Apparently Derek’s tiny mistake wasn’t a ‘part of the story’.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Drew & Emma- Jive

Drew really wanted to be an actor.  He moved to Vancouver and put everything into acting and he failed.  He cries talking about his failure.  He was laying in bed one night and remembered something his dad had taught him- if someone tells you that you can’t do something, find five ways to do it.  He realized he could find a way to combine realty with TV.  There’s a fun surprise guest for the last few 8 counts of the dance- his twin brother.  My favorite part is that afterwards when Erin is interviewing them, Jonathan says that was the most stressful thing he ever did in his life.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Victoria & Arlen- Foxtrot

When Victoria was eleven she developed two neurological conditions and became incredibly ill.  She had seizures every two to five minutes.  She heard a doctor tell her parents that they needed to make their peace with the fact that she wouldn’t recover.  She slowly started to regain her hands and her ability to speak.  The one thing that never came back was her legs.  Many specialists said she wouldn’t walk again, but she kept working at it.  Val choreographed an awesome dance with her starting in her wheelchair and eventually stepping out to dance.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 9

The two couples in jeopardy tonight are Nick and Peta and Derek and Sharna.  Derek and Sharna got eliminated.  No hard feelings or anything, I just hate Carrie Ann and I completely blame her for all of her stupid judging and dumb scores.  So the rest of this season is dumb, but I think I’m team Lindsey or Jordan now, but for the record I think they are both already dancers professionally so…. that’s not really fair.  So, maybe I’m team Victoria?

Next week is Disney week which is 100% better than most memorable year week.

 

Dancing with the Stars- Guilty Pleasures Week

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This week is guilty pleasures week so we get to find out what each star’s guilty little pleasure is.  They do start the show with a dedication to the families of the victims in Las Vegas, which was truly such a horrific tragedy.

Good news– no elimination this week!

Drew & Emma- Argentine Tango

Drew’s guilty pleasure is watching detective TV shows.  They do a cute lie detector bit after rehearsals and then a fun Argentine Tango with some great lifts.  The judges are impressed and really, he looked like a dancer this week.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 7
  • Bruno- 8

Sharna & Derek- Cha Cha

Derek’s favorite rerun TV show to watch is Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  This is a fun cha cha to the theme song complete with the outfits.  Derek does great and this week Carrie Ann is finally happy that he is taking the space up correctly and he is finally getting horizontal.

  • Carrie Ann-7
  • Len-7
  • Bruno-7

Victoria & Val- Quick Step

Victoria had a hard time in high school. She was a new girl and in a wheelchair.  People thought she was weird because she was different.  Len reminds everyone after their fabulous quick step that hey, if you are in school and you see someone who is a little bit different, don’t be an ass.  Wise words.

  • Carrie Ann- 8
  • Len- 7
  • Bruno- 7

Vanessa & Alan- Jazz

Vanessa’s guilty pleasure is hanging with her girls.  This routine is done to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and includes the troupe girls in frilly dresses.  Len loved it.  He couldn’t tell which was the star in the beginning part and in hold it got even better.  Bruno loved it too.  Leave it to Carrie Ann to be the bearer of bad news.  She says she had two wobbles and her mount getting into lift wasn’t perfect.

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 8
  • Bruno- 8

Nikki & Artem- Viennese Waltz

Nikki says she is obsessed with romance.  Artem gives her several examples and she says no to all of them.  No, no, she means 50 shades of grey.  I see why Artem was confused.  After their extremely steamy dance, they bring out John Cena to see what he thought of it.  Len’s comment is my favorite, “I wasn’t exactly transported to old Vienna.”

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 7
  • Bruno- 7

Frankie & Whitney- Samba

Frankie loved boy bands and this week he is dancing to NSYNC.  Frankie says when he was 13 all he wanted was to be in a boy band.  Nick Lachey gives him a tip about getting a perfect face.  It’s a combination of taking a poop and pure ecstasy.  That’s a great example of what those faces looked like.  Let me just say, I feel like he has practiced some of those boy band moves in front of a mirror before.  All the judges agree that the boy band parts were confident and great and the Samba was a bit less confident and good.

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 7
  • Bruno-7

Lindsey & Mark- Jive

She tells Mark that it’s been a rough week.  Her relationship of a year and a half just came to an end and she’s happy to have a distraction.  Her guilty pleasure is staying in her pajamas all day long.  That’s my kinda girl right there.  We could be friends.  They dance to Wake Me Up Before You Gogo.  Tom tells Mark it was hands down the best pajama jive he’s ever seen.  Len calls it the dance of the season.  Carrie Ann says it will go down as one of the best dances ever.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 9
  • Bruno- 9

That’s the highest score of the season, folks.

Sasha & Gleb- Jazz

They danced to Sugar Pie Honeybunch and throw flour and other ingredients around.  This didn’t really showcase her ability to dance, according to Len.  I happen to agree.  They did have great chef hats though so bonus points for that.

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 6
  • Bruno- 6

Nick & Peta- Jazz

Nick’s guilty pleasure is romantic comedies.  They dance to Jump by the Pointer Sisters.  For some reason they wear horrible 80’s workout clothes and do an aerobic-ish routine.  I don’t understand how loving romantic comedies translates to that, but ok.

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 7
  • Bruno- 7

Terrell & Cheryl- Salsa

Terrell’s guilty pleasure is breakdancing. Cheryl says thank goodness they are dancing Salsa and not actually breakdance or they would be eliminated immediately.  I don’t know, as a partnership I just think maybe Cheryl doesn’t like Terrell.  I can’t tell.  Len says it’s not a touchdown, but they are in the red zone.  Carrie Ann freaks out because it was so good minus that one boo boo.  Erin asks about what he thought besides the boo boo.  He’s an athlete so all he can see is the boo boo.

  • Carrie Ann- 7
  • Len- 7
  • Bruno- 7

Jordan & Lindsay- Charleston

Let me just say, anytime they say Charleston I get excited.  Anytime Lindsay is choreographing a Charleston, I get thrilled.  Jordan’s guilty pleasure is comic books.  They are crime fighting superheroes.  There are plenty of Bams and Kapows and awesome costumes put to the theme of The Incredibles.  It was fantastic.  Lindsay’s bright blue eyeshadow is less fantastic.  Carrie Ann was almost speechless (which would have been great, oops did I say that), but mostly she loved it.  Len is here to tell us that it had very little Charleston.  His score definitely reflects his opinion.

  • Carrie Ann- 9
  • Len- 7
  • Bruno- 9

So basically Len thinks that Jordan’s dance was the same score as Terrell’s.  Ok, Len.  Len must have missed his early bird supper before this.  CRANKY.

No dancing Tuesday night so they will be back next Monday!