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DWTS season 15: week 10 performances night 2

I'm kind of sad. It's the last episode off the season. What am I going to do until March/April? At least during the summer I have SYTYCD as a replacement. Guess I'll have more time to work on items for my etsy shop.

Yay! Everyone's back in the ballroom!

Hey. Derek copped out on the flips at the end. Bad Derek.

The outfits on dance center keep getting odder each season.

Bristol. I still don't think the choreography matched the song.

Pamela. Weird outfit. I like the song but I'd do a different routine. (hi Serge)

Helio. The quickstep was better then the salsa.

Drew. Cute kid. Drew looked a bit rusty at times.

The confessionals were funny. He he.

Gangnam style. Still hilariously bad.

Joey. I figured he'd do something funny like that. The kids are pretty good, but apparently past him didn't take the advice.

Sabrina. She danced like she usually does but I think she managed to be softer despite the choreography.

Call me maybe. Still a cute routine.

Kirstie. …

DWTS season 15: week 10 performances night 1

It's the finals! Just two more nights until my commentary ends until season 16. I may have some post relating to Maks, Val, and/or Tony during the off season. Most likely I will see them this weekend. So follow me on twitter if you're not already doing so @khascat , or subscribe to my blog for updates. On with the show!

Favorite dance round.

Kelly. They lost the handhold but it could happen to anyone. I think she was better in control of it this time. Maybe a little high but I'm sure the judges are going to make themselves irrelevant tonight. As usual.

Melissa. The samba rolls were better but the footwork could have been a bit better during that step. Ok. I'll give them the scores.

Shawn. Can I really say anything new about this routine? Hmmm. They docked them, interesting. Possibly inciting the fans to vote for them more?


Kelly. As it's own piece it was good. The problem is, everyone will compare it to the movie. I felt it was missing something, I can&…

50k and more scarves

First off, I hit 50,000 words today on my story and have officially won NaNoWriMo 2012. Yay! It was hard the last several days as I had finished the story and was writing fillers and trying to flesh out scenes. I wrote my last 800 about a riding lesson. Boring and most likely will be taken out completely upon editing. But it got me my word count.

So while writing, I also managed to finish my first order of scarves.

As a treat to myself, and also a small break, I made some of the ornaments I bought last week. So I have three finishes too.

I then started to crochet some of my newer yarns just to see how they worked up. This one is really pretty although it takes a lot longer than the others since I'm working with thin thread that can get lost within all the folds the yarn creates. I included a close up.

This one took me less than a minute and I used my hand. Quick and funky.
This would be Onyx in a very strange position, even for her.

DWTS season 15: week 9 performances

Semi finals are here! I like pro numbers, have I mentioned that before?

Themed dances

Melissa. What was that song? Odd. It was a fun routine. turning in bare feet is not easy. I'll agree with the scores, but may be a little high depending on the rest of the performances.

Shawn. I may have to agree that the producers were on something when picking these. Didn't quite get why the theme went with that song... Much better than Gilles Bollywood. Some positions looked weird on Derek, probably because of the skinny pants. I guess I'll give them the scores.

Apolo. The lofts were impressive, but that was just an odd dance. Didn't quite get it. Eh, I'll give it to them.

Emmitt. He moved more then he had been. But he seemed to land flat footed and heavy a lot. Lindy hip is light. High.

Kelly. I can't help but laugh at the last part. Val is brave for dancing in just a speedo. At least it looked like a dance, but Kelly did look a little odd. I'll give them the scores.

Etsy shop open

My cross-stitching will have to be put on hold a little bit, but you can see what I was able to do this week.

A friend of my mom's order 17 scarves as Christmas present for her co-workers so I'll be busy making those this week. I had three of the colors she wanted done already. I managed to make two more so far. I spent most of today making a scarf, and taking pictures for my etsy shop. It's still a work in progress but it's open. The one type of scarf not listed is the fun fur because I haven't managed to figure out a good standard for them.

The dress I finished last weekend.It looks a little funny because it's meant to be off the shoulder and my dress form doesn't have arms to hold it up. I nicknamed this the puzzle dress. The pictures also don't capture the color right. It's a jade.

I went yarn shopping yesterday to pick up more yarn for my crocheting business since there were some good sales with one sto…

DWTS season 15: week 8 performances

3 more weeks left. Double elimination for the next two weeks.

I think someone's getting fired from production. I had a countdown clock and audio levels showing in my screen. Then the wide shot with no audio or close up of tom. Can I have their job for next season?
Ballroom round.

Shawn. That was a short song even by DWTS standards. Very pretty, a little too much standing in one place though. In competition, you don't ever stop moving. A little high. She danced it well but there wasn't much of the song to dance to.

Apolo. Fast and furious. I prefer paso to that song rather then tango. I think he could have had his hope under him a little more. I'll give them the scores.

Kirstie. Simple, basic, perfect. She can still work on her arms a bit. She could perform that routine in a competition. Good scores for the routine.

Kelly. Interesting choreography. But never put floats on a dress that will be used in a smooth routine. It does remind me of belle's from beauty and th…

Horrible week

This has been a horrible week for my cross-stitching. The picture below was the progress I made on Sunday. I didn't have time for anything else.

I spent most of Monday working on a dress rather than stitching. I'll have a separate post on that later. I have to snip a few threads and check the fit, but it looked good on my dress form while I was checking placement of the straps. I used my emerald fabric I picked up in September. Wednesday was horrible. Work decided not to turn the heat on or something because it was cold enough that I had gloves on all day. The snow storm here screwed up my plans for the day. I was hoping to get back to dancing as after Sandy the studio didn't have any power. They were teaching at another location but given the gas situation, I didn't want to drive if I didn't have to. Needless to say, I had to cancel my lessons as I was just going to head home due to the snow. I stopped for gas, at a station I try not to go to as they're busy …

DWTS season 15: week 7 performances

I love pro numbers.

Fusion. Interesting little twist. Nothing I haven't done before.

Apolo. Cha cha/paso doble. Not bad. More split then fusion. I'm not fond of Karina's dress. It may have been the jacket but his arm position in the beginning of the paso looked odd. His foot work was pretty good. I little too much Karina dancing around him considering how well he can dance. I'll age with the scores

Emmitt. Samba/rumba. Interesting choreography, but it felt a bit one level. Other than the steps, I couldn't tell them apart too much, upper body didn't change. Too much pink. Too high.
What the heck was that teaser with Kirstie and Maks?

Kirstie. Quickstep/samba. I think she did the quickstep better than the samba. Not enough bounce and I think she messed up a few times in the samba. I'll give them the scores.

Kelly. Foxtrot/cha cha. The song fit better with the foxtrot than the cha cha. She did well. I'll agree with the scores.

Melissa. Tango/cha cha. More…

It's november already?

I can't believe it's November. As seen below I have finished page 2 of In the Garden and started on page 3. Although due to this coming during Hurricane Sandy (which I got through remarkably well although I feel like I'm living on small well lit island at times), I just couldn't take stitching in purely greys and black. So I switched projects.

I failed to mention picking this one up a few weeks ago and it's one of the few I have that the only black, is in the back-stitching. Mostly beige/white. Care to take a guess at the final result?

It's also the 3rd day of NaNoWriMo. As of this post I have written 6116 words, leaving me with 340 more for the day (below is a graph showing my current progress). I am also nearing the end of my plotted scenes. They need a lot of work and I may spend tomorrow filling in details. I realize the point of NaNoWriMo is to turn off your inner editor and just write, but I'm not deleting anything and this method has worked for me …