My New Twitter

Hello all!

For those of you following my blog, I’m sure that some of you may have found me on Twitter as well under a different name. That account was meant to be my personal account and after 3 years of blogging and tweeting, I have finally set up a new Twitter account purely for this blog.

All my blog updates and live tweets will be coming from this new account, @RinksideCafe starting next week with Skate Canada. Please follow me on Twitter!

~Rinkside Cafe

An Assortment of Amusing Things

figure skating cookies

Because this is the holiday season (and because I’m a total child at heart), I’ve decided to compile a whole bunch of fun things that you can do while vegetating at home after those long arduous weeks at work or at school.

1. Watch this cute “Up” number from Canadian Stars on Ice. If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you’ll know my aversion to exhibition galas and these Stars on Ice shows. Despite the simplicity of this number, I quite like it.

2. Stalk Yuzuru Hanyu’s Winnie the Pooh tissue box on Twitter. (Just click the link attached to the word “Twitter.”) And yes, someone made an account for Yuzuru’s tissue box. Wow.

3. Get a figure skate cookie cutter and make figure skating cookies! I quite like this gingerbread recipe from Martha Stewart. (The cookies themselves are not too sweet so you can adjust for sweetness with icing!

4. Pray for snow (if there isn’t any in your area) while watching the classic program, “Winter” by Alexei Yagudin.

5. Watch any sort of figure skating. I think I’ll put up a post on some must-see programs soon.

6. If there is snow in your region, I challenge you to make a snowperson. That is supposed to be a figure skater. If you do do this, send me pictures and I’ll post them on the blog!

7. Go nostalgia tripping. I went nostalgia tripping last week and ended up watching a whole bunch of episodes of one of my favourite childhood shows: Sailor Moon. (I’ve got a feeling a whole bunch of people can approximate my age right now…) Here’s the episode that’s figure skating-related!

8. Need to do some Christmas shopping for some figure skating fans? Here’s a site with a bunch of figure skating merchandise!

9. Spend time with family and friends. ❤

10. Skate!


~The Rinkside Cafe

Just for Fun: A Dose of Cute and Happy from Akiko Suzuki

A long, long time ago, the charming people at ontd_skating compiled a list of skaters with their Twitters. Because they’re just awesome that way. (I’m sorry that I can’t find the actual article. If someone finds it, please send me the link and I’ll put it up asap!) As I scrolled through the list, there was one person who I didn’t manage to follow yet and it was… Akiko Suzuki. Akiko tweets in Japanese (which I can read a little) and admittedly, I only read her tweets when I get bored because only then can I concentrate on all the characters and make them make sense. Sometimes, I click on her links but all in all, I can tell you that Akiko has become even more endearing since I’ve followed her on Twitter.

She’s a very positive person and takes delight in little things like how the sky was so blue in Beijing and her cats. She also tweets a lot. Maybe I’ll get a shoutout. Anyways, today, I thought I’d share  a little Akiko-happy because being happy is one of my goals in life. =D

A picture of her with coach, Hiroshi Nagakubo and (I think – someone, help?) choreographer, Pascal Camerlengo.  (Caption: 今日はながくぼせんせいのお誕生日です。おめでとうございま – Today is Nagakubo-sensei’s birthday. Congratulations.)

Teammates, Nobunari Oda, Daisuke Takahashi, Takahiko Kozuka. (Caption: フィナーレ練習前の日本の3王子!お疲れ様☆ – The three Japanese princes before the [Grand Prix] Final practice. They look tired☆)

Akiko also has these adorable cats. There are more pictures of them on her yfrog. (Caption: 今日はお昼寝日和なのね。 – Today is an afternoon nap kind of day.)

And to end, I think I’ll post a few of my favourite programs by Akiko Suzuki:

2007 FS from Golden Spin (Does anyone know the name of the song at the beginning of the program?)

2009 GPF FS (Is it just me or does she seem to like Romeo and Juliet stories…)

2010 GPF FS (I thought she should’ve been first in this portion of the competition.)

Hope you enjoyed that~!

~The Rinkside Cafe