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Hey guys!

I want to start off by sending my best to Cristián de la Fuente. As you probably know by now, he got a muscle spasm in his arm during his and Cheryl Burke’s samba. I got a pit in my stomach when I saw that happen. You never want to see a competitor go down like that. I’m really hoping he’s okay and he’ll be back. Both Mark and I are thinking of Cristián and Cheryl.

Overall, I’m very pleased with our Viennese waltz and cha-cha. It was intense learning two dances. You work harder, your hours are longer, but I think it came together pretty well.

The waltz was just a beautiful dance. With the dress and all, it just felt like we were flowing and floating out there. It was a really emotional song and I’m glad that Bruno and Carrie Ann saw that we were really into the emotion of it. It’s a beautiful story. Len didn’t like it as much to say the least! But that’s okay! Mark said tonight we obviously weren’t Len’s cup of tea. Some weeks you get great scores, some weeks you don’t. Mark said it was his fault because it was his idea to use the umbrella in the dance. I think everyone has a different eye on what they like. It’s a subjective thing. In skating, you deal with that as well. You really have to go out there and do your thing and be happy when you accomplish your goal and I think we were.

Speaking of skating, it was so much fun getting out of the studio and taking Mark to the skating rink! We needed a break from rehearsing. It was pretty crazy this week with all the practicing and learning two numbers so it was kind of like, you know what, “Let’s go into MY comfort zone! Let me show YOU a few things.” Mark had fun. He was a great sport and he actually was a great student because by the end! I don’t know if they showed it, but he was skating around pretty well; however, he can still use a little bit of work! Mark said he doesn’t know what I’m talking about because he IS a klutz on skates. He was very sore after skating too!

The cha-cha was so much fun to do! It ended too soon. I wanted to keep dancing but we would have probably run out of gas. I had so much fun and I love that song too! I think my green costume really captured the essence of the cha-cha. The dance is all about moving the hips and shaking it and all that stuff so this dress moves. It’s kind of a little 1920s flapper flair, and it’s the shortest costume I’ve had up to this point!

That’s all for now! Thanks again for all of your support!

See you tonight!

Kristi

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