This weekend we went to our second skating competition of the season. Thank goodness it was local. I'm still worn out from last weekend's traveling.
It was a good chance for some of our individual skaters to vindicate themselves. The Ohio competition was tough. We weren't exactly on home ice but it was close enough.
It was an pretty horrendous day for me on Sunday when I had to put up all three team's worth of scenery plus manage all of the bits and pieces that go with the numbers. It was not fun.
That explains why I don't have lots of wonderful photos of everything that was going on. I never had time. I was furiously assembling pvc frames and using up rolls and rolls of duck tape behind the scenes which is not in the least bit glamorous.
Though we had three production events, I only skate on two teams so I only came away with a first place for my turn as the Old Hag in Snow White and a fourth place for being a jellyfish in our hot mess that is Yellow Submarine. Everyone loved the concept and the overall appearance but our skaters who are mostly our new kids left a lot to be desired. The adult team that did the Hair number I had hastily put together for them in December also came in first so it wasn't a total bust of a day. Now I have an entire month before I have to think of any of this and I am going to enjoy every minute.
I started making my own soap stuff because I could never use the store bought kind without itching and burning.
It was the same for things that you put on your lips. All the usual brands of lip protection made my lips itchy. Anything with an SP value makes my lips swell.
I wasn't sure where this was going but I bought some supplies for making your own lip gloss type potions from the same company that sells me my soap supplies. At first I was skeptical but now, after a few months of use, I love the stuff. I've got a little pot in all my pockets.
I went to see Daddio yesterday and what I found was a nursing home filled with oldies glued to the TV. Usually it is the Hallmark station but yesterday it was CNN thanks to you-know-who's unhinged rant of a presser. Anti-Trump sentiment runs high among those left of The Greatest Generation. They didn't make the sacrifices they did for the freedoms we enjoy to have it being mangled by the man baby from the golden tower. As for all those lovely immigrants whose hard work and dedication keep the place going-God bless you for being kind and patient with my old man. What would we do without you?
I finally finished sewing down all the pieced sections on my mini quilt and then promptly proceeded to goof it up. For some reason I can't explain I sewed the binding on before I had made the quilt sandwich. It took some adjusting but I managed to figure out how to work around the problem.
Things got even goofier when I tried to follow the directions for the sleeve on the back that holds the quilt on the little frame.
The designer gives a very vague description of what has to happen and for a non-sewer like me it took a lot of hits or misses until I finally figured out what should be going on. That's as far as I got. I had used up all my brain power for the day. It doesn't take much anymore.
After all of yesterday's comments on kathy b's blog about the big yellow box, I had to have one. Sadly I came up empty handed. I could only come up with the itty bitty ones. Truth be told. It's all I need.
Last week I had made a few Valentine's using my Christmas sheep stamps.
I also did some embossing and watercoloring with my February card kit.
I did the watercoloring with my new Zig markers. I didn't quite get the hang of using them. They are going to take some practice.
The Mister, bless his heart, brought me home my favorite pizza. It's from a place near where we used to live and where his mom still lives. Since it was his day for mom duty he stopped in to pick up a couple for our Valentine's dinner. Pizza beats flowers any time.
It was 60 degrees in Ohio and in Pennsylvania we drove through snow. It was a shock to our system when we got out at the first rest stop on the turnpike. Brrrr.....it was cold.
After dropping off Daughter I still had another hour plus to get home in rush hour traffic. It was worth it though to get to see my little Valentine again. Nothing is better than being welcomed home by a dog. Nothing.
Ten hours. I drove ten hours on Friday to get to Oxford, Ohio.
More specifically, to Miami University. I know, I know, I said the same thing. Miami? In Ohio? It's actually a very nice little college town.
Their new rink complex has two sheets of ice.
One is a huge arena. We compete there at this evening with our medium production team. That's the only team that came along for this long ride.
The best part of the day was lunch. They had great pretzels.
The weather is amazing. 60 degrees. I took a break to sit in the sun and knit for a while on Saturday. I was just along for the ride while the individual skaters did their thing.
The competition is fierce here and the judging has been a bit harsh but the kids are taking it in their stride. Travel events are always tough but it's been fun to see teams we have never seen before. Next weekend we will be at first local event so maybe the ice gods will smile on us once again. We may be down-but we are certainly not out.