Unless, of course you count the three minutes during which I had a horrible nightmare and woke up screaming. Or I think it was more of a moan. Let me ask The Chief.
Yes, he said it was something like a creepy "you might have been Linda Blair" kind of moan.
Or, I suppose you could count the few minutes I was unconscious after I rolled off and hit my head on the wood floor.
But no restful sleep. None.
Aren't I simply a BUNDLE OF DELIGHT this morning?
Let's just pretend.
First. Today is the last day to suggest someone for our baked goods gift. Thanks to Cindy, Gayla, Sara and Carol so far! Go back to last Thursday's post to read about the whole she-bang.
Second. For Heavens Sake, don't forget to scroll back down to yesterday's post and enter the giveaway for the Texas Ware Bowl. All you have to do is leave a comment telling us what your favorite bar cookie is!
Third. Let's review last night's Dancing with the Stars. I mean it needs to be done.
And I'll call your attention to the disclaimer I included in my last DWTS post. I am no expert. It's even possible I am hovering right around certifiably crazy. So please accept my comments accordingly.
1. Sugar Ray Leonard/Anna - Although I thought he did pretty good, he did have a couple of missteps and looked a bit stiff in his jive. The judges seemed to come down especially hard on him, and Len certainly didn't have to say he thought he might go home this week. I mean there are just all kinds of other ways to constructively criticize. Len was on the cranky side last night.
2. Kendra Wilkinson/Louis- The footage they showed of her practices last week noted her struggles with trying to look and act like a "lady" for her quick step. She kept referring to herself as a Tomboy. I'm doubting that anyone has ever confused her gender. Anyhoo, she looked a tad nervous and very stressed in the shoulders and neck. I kind of think she may have missed a step or two near the end. Overall it was OK, although the reviews were mediocre from the judges.
3. Chelsea Kane/Mark - Personally, I loved it. Funky, innovative, and so very much Mark! He takes some big risks, though, with this kind of out-of-the-box choreography (especially when it comes to Len) however, you've got to appreciate his creativity. Chelsea was cute and musical and her youth affords her lots of energy for a fast dance like this jive. Her scores were all over the place, with Len coming in at a low 5. I hate to see her score this low as she is super-talented. And am I the only one that noticed that her bottom eyelashes curled up?
4. Chris Jericho/Cheryl - I have to admit that last week I was not a fan. But he really stepped it up this week, and looked much more natural and less pose-y. His footwork was sharp and light, and as a wrestler he has the advantage of a strong central body core which translates to good control. With such a strong partner in Cheryl, he has to be able to appear to lead. I liked it, and so did the judges.
5. Petra Nemcova/Dimitri - Well, the girl does have some long legs, doesn't she? Honestly, I think she looked lost through much of the dance. I'm not sure what else to say. It was kind of odd that the judges didn't have anything too negative to say, although their scores reflected otherwise. It's as if they can't bring themselves to say anything critical to her. They're going to have to buck up and criticize if they continue to give her low scores. I wonder how much of a fan base she has?
6. Kirstie Alley/Maks - Kistie's quick step was good. I think she found the pace a bit much to handle, but she survived in one piece. If she keeps this up she may surpass her goal of losing 40 pounds! She really seems to be a natural dancer, and has great musicality. Her scores were lower than last week, but this was a cardiovascular workout! I look for her to improve each week.
7. Mike Catherwood/Lacey - Now I'm just telling you right now that I may go have a costume made for myself JUST LIKE LACEY'S. A bikini with buttock ruffles. I would be a sight. OH A SIGHT I WOULD BE.
Mike did much better this week. Not good, but better. He is slightly pigeon-toed, and this is really noticeable when he dances. He did at least appear to enjoy himself at times during this jive. But the Marching! In! Place! has to go. Again, bless his heart.
8. Romeo/Chelsea - Very nice, sir! Bruno (or maybe Len, I don't remember) tagged him as "the one to watch". The judges liked it. I liked it. I worry a teensy bit about his desire to always appear "cool". And just some advice- removing your shirt for practice will only get you 10 or 12 more votes. Of course, some of the other contestants might garner a few more than 10 or 12 if they tried this tactic! And have I mentioned how HAPPY I am that he is not his father?
9. Wendy Williams/Tony - I thought her quick step was a HUGE improvement from last week. The 5 from Len was just wrong. She really needs to work on her posture, but she's improving people! Give her a break. Like I said, Len = Cranky. I think she deserved higher scores AND some encouragement! BY GOLLY.
10. Ralph Macchio/Karina - He's just good. His jive was fun and energetic, but according to the judges, too wild and "over-exaggerated". Frankly, he has the skills to win it all. He just seems more comfortable out there than anyone else, no? I think he'll really wow us in the weeks to come. I googled him to see what he's been doing in the last few years, and was surprised that it was just a bit part or commercial here and there. Perhaps he should try musical theater. But I suppose I have no idea if he can even sing, which always helps with the "musical" part. Nevermind.
11. Hines Ward/Kym - What a cutie. His quick step was a joy to watch. He had a great frame and posture, and his footwork is almost impeccable. Not to mention his killer smile. Lot's of control and quickness. I suppose that is kind of a requirement as a wide receiver. He and I share the same birthday too! Not the same year, of course. He's a favorite.
Might be voted off tonight: Mike maybe? Or Petra (depending on her fan base)?
Most Improved: Chris
In the Early Season Lead: Ralph, Kirstie
So there you go. Tonight we'll see who goes home. I always cry for the first one voted off.
Of course, I'm a crier. Yes, a crier.
And evidently an insomniac.
What did you think about last night's performances?