I'm pumping in the airplane bathroom and reminiscing hard. Last night was so amazing. That word is overused but I genuinely mean it.
After the show last night I got about three hours of rest and now am headed back to New York City.
But I can't sleep! I'm still high on adrenaline from last night. From the moment I walked into the ballroom for dress rehearsal I had a genuine feeling of gratitude. I still can't believe I was able to do that last night. I can't believe I have Val as a partner. I can't believe this is real life.
I can't believe Amy and Robin made a trip to Los Angeles just to see me! Those are some dedicated friends and I was so happy to see their smiling faces in the audience.
Behind the scenes at “Dancing With the Stars” is a well-orchestrated chaos. Their award-winning makeup and hair teams jolt around making sure every inch of the cast looks perfect. The magicians in wardrobe were putting sparkle on costumes and re-sewing necklines until the hour before the show went live. As a TV nerd, watching the genius that goes into this production was fun in itself, and I found myself seriously excited by the behind-the-scenes part of the show, let alone the lights and glamour on stage.
When I hit the stage for the real performance I didn't have the heart-pounding, super-nervous energy I had imagined. I was pumped, don't get me wrong, but it felt warm and inviting. The crowd was so energetic. Val and I were in sync. And aside from about 10 seconds of the dance that I blacked out for, it was so great.
That said, watching it back I know there is so much room for improvement. Next week is the samba and I need to turn what Val and I have deemed my "excited Labrador Retriever look" into a sultry, engaging woman dancing a Latin dance.
That hard work starts tomorrow when we are back at practice. As soon as I'm off this flight I'm going to get to my little boy for a snuggle.