Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cuckoo For Cartwheels

Over the life of this blog, I've shared many of Audrey's obsessions. Some of them were fleeting, while some will probably never fleet. I've always thought that this blog could be a sort of a journal for me to look back on, lest I forget any of the darling phases that we've passed through.

We've been through Canadian geese, texting cats, the iPhone, eating toiletries, sticking random things into hard drives, watching kids jump into pools, band-aids, cake smelling, feet smelling, marker smelling, department store mattresses, berating Minnie Mouse, YouTube cooking videos, and my pajamas...just to name a few.

Her latest obsession is cartwheels. She loves watching other people do tumbling moves, and her new opening line to perfect strangers -- replacing such classics as asking them their last name or telling them not to run with scissors -- is now "Can you do a round-off?"

I thought at first that the movements were a visual stim for her, but she seemed equally thrilled with the static scarecrow in the above photo who was frozen mid-cartwheel. I think she thought that if she attempted enough cartwheels in front of him that he'd animate himself and join her...



Now that Halloween is over and the scarecrow exhibit at the Arboretum has no doubt been taken down, she'll have to rely on her other source for a cartwheel fix...Dancing With The Stars. Every Monday and Tuesday, she begs to stay up and watch the show hoping that they will perform "fun dances". Meaning ix-nay on the Viennese waltz and up with the jive, quick-step, samba, etc.

When she is finally rewarded with a somersault, cartwheel, or flip, she commandeers the TiVo remote and rewinds over and over and over and over and over...



....until all I hear when I'm trying to fall asleep is:

"This is the most difficult choreography that I've ever attempted on Dancing With The Stars."
"Really? That's pretty intimidating. That means..."
"It means that I have faith in you and I think you can do it."
"I won't let you down."
"Elbows back! Elbows locked!"

Of course, this wasn't half as bad as the week that Nancy Grace did a cartwheel during practice, exposing her gut to God and country. Try watching that 984 times and getting to sleep...

25 comments:

  1. Hahahaha! I'll tell you what, if you ever head towards Louisiana, we've GOT to get Audrey and Lela (Tinkerbell) together. Now THAT would be something else! LOL

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  2. HAHAHAAAA!!! Tommy gets fixated with COPS. When the cops are chasing the bad guys and the camera man is struggling to catch up. Yeah, Tommy thinks that's hysterical. He sits in the backseat with his sound maker holding down the button for the siren... while i'm driving. I think he wants US to be chased by the police. Watch for us on tv.

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  3. @Jim: That's a hard question. Let's just say that I do a version of one that Audrey seems to enjoy. Video not to follow.

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  4. Love, love, love. I wish I could do a round-off. I'd like to see your version of it-it might look similar to mine.

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  5. Yes! I love this! The video of her watching DWTS is the best!

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  6. I wish I could do a cartwheel/round off. I tried once when I was younger and picked grass out of my teeth for a week. Audrey would have LOVED video of that!! I love how she is truly happy each an every time the DWTS video plays, like she is seeing it for the first time.

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  7. I love watching her anticipation of the DWTS cartwheel - she gets excited every time, even though she knows what's coming. A great example of comfort (and hilarity) in the expected.

    And her own second cartwheel? Impressive!

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  8. Ahhhh..... you've just reminded me of the small blessing we have in that Little Miss does not know how to rewind shows herself yet. Thank you!

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  9. Audrey's cartwheeling is around as good as I got by the age of 12...I am one of nature's antigymnasts. I didn't improve after that. Audrey has hit my peak.

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  10. I loved cartwheels once. Then I broke my elbow doing one down a big hill in San Francisco (really big hill) and had to retire.

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  11. I'll post video of me attempting to hula hoop if you post video of yourself attempting a cartwheel. It can't be any more embarrassing than the hula hoop thing. My record is 8 seconds.

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  12. Both videos made me smile. I so know this obsession, watch, rewind, excitement, repeat! Does she watch these on You Tube also? Cuz there's a ton of them there... :)

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  13. cartwheels good, nancy grace evil. what's your podcast called again, want to subscribe and upload to my itouch doohickey, but the name escapes me. thanky.

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  14. Did she get to see Nancy Grace's cartwheel last night on _Dancing with the Stars_? I thought of Audrey when I saw Nancy bust out that move. I'll trade you Audrey's current obsession of cartwheels for Alex's current obsession with gasoline prices from the past--darn photographic memory drives us nuts around here. ;)

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  15. @Karen: I just caught her the other day watching YouTube videos of people doing cartwheels...on someone else's iPhone.

    @Pam: So funny you ask. I don't let her stay up for the whole show and Nancy Grace's cartwheel was towards the end. I promised her that I would save it on TiVo and show her any cartwheels today. And as I type this she is on about her 27th watching. I feel like I've seen Nancy Grace's crotch more than her husband about now.

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  16. For the record, I cannot do a cartwheel or round-off and never have. : (

    Funniest post and comments, Lynn! I'm laughing too hard for Danny to understand me reading this out loud. : )

    Poor Nancy Grace, but hilarious comments, Lynn!

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  17. I'm so thankful I have bad knees. They get me out of a lot of things. Cartwheels is one of them. The impact just hurts too much anymore.

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  18. Okay. That video of Audrey trying to do cartwheels is adorable! I love that she is trying. If at first you don't succeed...

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  19. She does a way better cartwheel than I can do.

    Love the hand down the pants while watching DWTS.

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