Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ice and More

Sunday was a full day. I was so privileged to visit with friends from forty plus  years ago and hear them speak twice, sharing amazing stories of their work in Eastern Europe and beyond.

Mike was busy most of the day with The PhyXTGears as they hosted 15 other teams to attempt to play this year's game--Logomotion.

(Photo courtesy of Team 1720)
Monday I  got the results of the cardiolite stress test and found out that my heart function (81) is the best the doctor has ever seen for a person my age. The radiating chest pains and shortness of breath were definitely NOT heart related. The bruises from blood draws and the culprit rib cage injury are now almost gone.

We heard that son Stephan finally made it to Alaska.
Tuesday was the beginning of the Single Block Competition. We watched Stephan and Luba at work the next three days via web-cam at Site 29.

(Photo courtesy Ice Alaska)

 The newly named robot, Pivots, was shipped according to the strict deadline.

Earlier in the week we experienced a storm. Wednesday our trees were still sparkling with ice.

I stopped by the daughter's place and got to see her new king size bed, huge, fills the room!

There's a story behind it. Just before Christmas, Leah received a phone call telling her that she had won a bed to be delivered the Monday after. She had no idea how this came about. A day or so later I remembered that weeks earlier I had come across a giveaway online by a furniture store in Muncie and put in her information. I don't ever usually pay attention to those ads, but that one caught my eye because I knew that they desperately needed to replace their bed. That was my little Christmas miracle.
For her birthday I found the perfect king-size bedding.

Friday we woke to the most beautiful snow of the season, four to six inches fell through the night. Photos do not do justice to the splendor of our snow-covered woods.

Online we viewed Stephan and Luba's finished piece. You'd best go to the website and visit some of the other ice art creations as well.

Today, Saturday, we found out that theirs placed eighth out of twenty eight in the abstract category.

This was a BIG day for granddaughter Kayla--her audition for the Ball State University dance program. She was understandably nervous.

And now we must wait for the decision. Only 10-15% of those who apply are accepted into the program.

Starting tomorrow we will be following Stephan and his team as they carve 50,000 lbs. of ice in the multi block competition. We spend a lot of time watching online. It is addicting.


The Bug said...

OF COURSE you have great heart function :) But I guess that doesn't help you with your problem. A couple of years ago I went to the doctor with chest pain & didn't show any problems with my heart either. I decided that my problem was heartburn - but I didn't have shortness of breath.

Love your snow picture!

I can't imagine being an ice sculptor - that just seems really COOOLLDD :)

Mrs_Thielke said...

Congrats on the tests! Must have been a HUGE weight lifted! Praise God.
Talk about a miracle! How cool that she won the bed. Amazing. Love the bedding!
Great week!

Mimi said...

I'm so glad that your heart function was great. It's really interesting to see and read about the ice carving.

Have a great week,

Kim said...

Praying for Kayla to make the cut!
And for Stephen to win in the multi block competition :)
Glad for the good news regarding all the heart tests!
Such a busy week, you wear me out just reading about it :)

sara said...

I am so happy to hear about your test and your heart!!!!

well, it looks like my son and husband (not sure I can make it) are coming to your area in March to visit Ball State and IWU!! Wouldn't that be fun if he ended up there?!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

what a sad face, I hope her competition went well!

I'll have to go over and check out that ice carving.

Great week, cold but great!

RaD said...

Wow! That ice sculpture is amazing! I'll bet you're addicted to watching it transform.

That's great that your daughter won the bed, even if it does take up the whole room, it's still a huge blessing.

skoots1mom said...

awesome report on your heart!
have a good week

momma frans said...

what a week! anxious to hear what Kayla finds out.

McCrakensx4 said...

how nice to win something so nice and so needed. and love the ice carving; i used to live in MI and the city where i lived had an ice festival every year where you could go and watch them carve...very cool


Loved your ice pictures this week. Can't wait to see how the ice carving comes out.

Oldfangled said...

Eeps! I didn't realize Kayla's audition was Saturday. Oh, I hope she gets in.