1. I am recovering from a four day long bad attitude. You might remember that I'm banned from blogging when I have a bad attitude as bad as this one. And oh, it was a bad one. I'm pretty sure I have Wind Affective Disorder. You know, the little known distant cousin of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
2. Interestingly, the bad attitude recovery can be attributed to a specific sequence of events: Grady Kirkpatrick playing a song called The Golden Age by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour on the Wyoming Public Radio Morning Music show this morning, then promptly buying the EP with said song on it, then turning it up loud enough that I couldn't hear the incessant howling wind that was on Day Four of Driving Me Absolutely Crazy, then discovering that when the EP was over (OK, I listened to it three times in a row), the wind finally died down. Long live Danish pop! And Grady Kirkpatrick! And air that isn't moving at 65 mph!
3. That EP also includes a good version of Safety Dance.* I waggled a fork at Maddie as I handed her a slice of pumpkin pie after school (while dancing to Safety Dance) and she said that wasn't actually much of a safety dance at all. She's a funny one.
4. My memories of the original Safety Dance are a little hazy—they include fifth grade and some sort of video with elves in it. Is that right?
5. It is a well-known fact that I love downtowns. Cheyenne has made some definite progress in working to preserve its downtown—I'm always excited to see what new plans are in the works. It was announced a while back that the Murray Building would be getting a big new mural painted on the side—yay, I thought! But then it was announced that the big new mural would be of a cherub.
6. I love Facebook-introducing people who I think will get along splendidly, especially when the opportunity exists for them to become real-life friends, too.
7. Related: I sure do miss Great Falls. But I sure am happy that Great Falls continues to be part of my life, sometimes multiple times in a day. It's hard to believe that I've been gone far longer than I was there.
8. Unrelated, but only barely: I am done. with. box elders. Especially ones that think it's OK to hang out in the kitchen. (It is not OK! You are insects, and that means you belong outside! And preferably not in my mailbox with 567 of your best friends!) Bless the people that live in Box Elder, MT, if it means they have to deal with a box elder problem so large that it gave the town a name.
9. I bought our first bag of clementines today at Sam's Club. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
10. Maddie and Gracie competed at University of Denver on Sunday. It was cool to be in a big gym on a college campus. Gracie is steadily improving every meet, and despite being plagued by her round-off back handspring, Maddie is looking more and more confident, too. There were somewhere between 60-70 girls at this meet; I got the feeling I was witnessing a few future Olympic hopefuls when the girls from CGI (team from Aurora) were competing. Goodness. Both Maddie and Gracie earned red ribbons for their all-around scores (between 32-36 points) and Maddie got 6th place overall (no age divisions this time!) for her beam routine.
How about some gymnastics nostalgia?
*Forget the 70s—the kids of today should defend themselves against the 80s.