So little time and so much to talk about! Lots of news, good and bad, and I just don't know where to start. First, as you have probably noticed, my camera is not working again, which is entirely my fault for dropping it whilst taking a self-timer photo. Now the zoom is stuck about halfway and I cannot zoom out, no matter what I do! Behold, from now on, dismally grainy phone snaps. Although my little sister is getting a new phone with a 3.2mp camera, so I'll see where that takes me.
Secondly, this Monday was my first skating competition at another rink! I skated first out of the whole competition, and it was actually nowhere near as nerve-wracking as it seemed beforehand. Sure, I was nervous but it was mainly adrenaline and excitement, and once I went out there it was over so quickly! Here are some (terribly flattering) photos of the experience:
I had a good skate but messed up on my best spin, consequently coming 6th out of 14. My coach said that it was very good, and I bet that if I had skated a clean program I would have placed a little higher. But I was so pleased that it didn't matter anyway - my success is partly due to an amazing book I found in my school library last year, called "The Pursuit of Excellence". It does sound silly that a book can make all the difference with performance, but it's amazing how much crucial information that I really needed was in there. It is mainly about mental preparation and techniques that you can use to achieve,well, anything! I strongly recommend getting this book as it really is a gem.
After competing I just had to pop into the three-storey Primark that I had so little time to explore the last time I was at Coventry. I would have bought soo much but even at Primark I stayed a smart shopper, because I had a lot of money and had to be in control of my clothes-hungry self. So I picked out the things that I really couldn't live without, such as a red playsuit with anchors for next summer, a checkered shirt dress and hippy headbands...I also stocked up on some presents, mainly for my dad because it's his birthday tomorrow and mum had no presents for him whatsoever! Epic fail, as idiots in my year say.