Thursday, July 22, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance (dance, dance)

I love this show. I started watching at the very end of the second season, but it was really the third season when I became a fan. I have had long conversations with my mom and with friends about who we like and who we think deserves to win in various seasons. I remember being at a Purdue tailgate one year and randomly beginning to talk about with my friend Kyra about the season. Before we knew it practically everyone had an opinion. Even some of the future husbands had favorites although they were loath to admit they even watched it.
I have had many favorite dances and dancers through the years. My favorite all-time dance was Season 4's Chelsea and Mark doing Bleeding Love. Other dances I remember loving were No Air (Season 4--Josh and Katee), Addiction (Season 5--Kayla and Kupono), Hip Hip Chin Chin (Season 3--Danny and Lacey), The Door* (Season 4--Twitch and Katee), The Hummingbird (Season 3--Hok and Jamie), The Boardroom* (Season 3--Neil and Sabra), among others. Season 4 has been my favorite!
This season has been quite different. I was extremely sceptical about the whole all-star premise initially. However, I have LOVED seeing some of my old favorites again. I think the show does miss a little bit of the current competitors bonding together. That's what set Josh/Katee apart in season 4 and Kathryn/Legacy apart in Season 6. While that might be a small draw-back, it's a small price to pay to get to see some of these amazing dancers again. So far there are three dances that have stood out to me. My favorite was Alex and Twitch's hip-hop, my second favorite was Lauren and Dominic's lyrical hip-hop to "If I Were a Boy", and Alex and Allison's contemporary to "Hallelujah." I watched these three over and over. I'm also thankful to have this show on during the summer. Ben hates it, and since he's in the field most weeks, I get to watch it in peace AND it gives me something to look forward to two nights of the week.
However, my biggest disappointment of the season came from Alex's injury. He was the best, and I think he would have won. It's been a shame not to get to see him dance every week. Then last night, Billy got hurt. Alex and Billy have been my favorite two dancers this season. I looked forward to them dancing every week. Billy still has a chance to go on if the judges don't send him home and he's healed enough to dance next all week so my fingers are crossed! When they announced Billy was hurt at the beginning of the show, it already made me look forward to the rest a little less. I know if he's sent home I'll look forward to all the other episodes a little less.
Here are some of my thoughts about last night's show. First of all, I think the judges are often way off base. It's like they are afraid to criticize at all now, and when they do criticize it seems to be totally nit-picky on the better dancers and not at all on the ones that could use the advice. In Robert and Lauren's samba, although they danced well, it definitely seemed like they botched several lifts. I was sure one of the four judges would mention that, but there was only deafening silence there. The judges also said that Kent almost outdanced Kathryn. No way I say. I watched Kathryn way more in that dance. I actually think that Kathryn and Allison always outshine their dance partners. They are just so good. Speaking of Kent, I was totally annoyed with the screams coming during his Step routine with Twitch. Are they putting mics on the crowd? Those screaming girls are super annoying and draw away from the routine. Please don't mic them! I also think the judges WAY overpraised his Step. It was good, but not great. In Jose and Allison's contemporary, there was hardly any dancing. The concept was cute, but it did Jose no favors. Or maybe it did him a lot of favors since he can't look weak if he's not really dancing or proving himself much.
Here are my rankings of the eight dances with 1 being my favorite and 8 being my least favorite.
1) Adechike with Comfort hip-hop
2) Kent with Kathryn jazz
3) Lauren with Twitch hip-hop
4) Robert with Lauren G. jazz
5) Kent with Twitch step
6) Jose with Allison contemporary
7) Robert with Lauren samba
8) Jose with Adechike Pase Doble
I like all the dancers right now even though I'm rooting for Billy. My choice to go home is Jose.
*I don't know if those are the actual names.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


This is my dog Ollie and me. Ben, Ollie, and I went on a hike over the 4th of July weekend in Keowee Toxaway which is about 45 minutes away. Ollie's full name is Oliver Painter. Oliver because we liked it, and Painter after Matt Painter, Purdue's basketball coach. I'm sure Purdue will play a prominent role on this blog later. We just call him Ollie. We adopted him from a no-kill rescue in the area (Upstate Animal Rescue) in November 2009. He is 2 1/2 and is our baby. This picture doesn't do his cuteness justice. He is a keeshound mix, but we're not sure what other breeds he has in him. We thought he would be a bit of a baby outdoors based on looks alone; we could not have been more wrong. This dog LOVES hiking and being outside. He is a much better hiker than I am. He loves his dad, running around the yard, chasing cats and chipmunks, and being petted. He hates thunderstorms and us leaving him. He can have his annoying moments (typically when he won't let us sleep during thunderstorms), but I can't imagine our lives without him. I love my Ollie!

First Post

So I'm a blog reader. I love to get caught up in the lives of both my friends and of people I've never met. After telling him about these blog friends and their lives for years, Ben, my husband, began urging me to start my own. So I'm indulging him and beginning one. I think it will be used mostly as a journal of our life together in South Carolina, edited for public consumption. I suppose we shall see. It's the beginning of a new adventure!