Saturday, February 20, 2010

Confessions of a curling wannabe

As usual, I have become an Olympicaholic. I watch all that I can given my 9:30 bedtime and NBC's annoying packaging of events.

Did you catch the hilarious Swiss ski jumper again this year? Remember eight years ago when he won a gold medal? He was interviewed, but his English was very sketchy. You could only understand every third or fourth word. Finally he just gave up and shouted, "Gold medal, YAAAAAA!!!" (of course all with a great Swiss accent). It still makes me smile. He won gold again this year. Actually he won the first gold medal of the games. His English had improved, sad to say, so his interview was still charming but not quite as fun.

Love it.

Love the roller derbyesque nature of short track, the longer distances of speed skating (look at the size of their thighs!!!!), the shockingly dangerous downhill and snowboarding events.

Ice hockey has been one of my favorites also. Moving to the north has helped me to develop a greater appreciation for this sport.

But curling is my secret passion. I was treated to a first hand brush with this sport when Norm and I went to Victoria a few years ago and there was a curling championship going on. You would have thought that the World Series was taking place. Somehow we scored a couple of tickets and entered the strange new world of curling competition. We were clueless. The people around us were not. Unlike American sporting events, the people did not view food as the primary attraction. Spectators were glued to the drama on the ice. At first, the drama eluded me. It seemed, shall I say, a bit boring. But we listed to the comments around us and came to realize that we just didn't understand the complex subtleties of this sport.

I began to like this sport. Maybe it was a connection to my childhood. It reminds me of those wonderful summers of shuffleboard at my grandparent's pool. My grandpa was so good! Maybe it was Ringo, John, Paul, and George dodging the nefarious plot to destroy them on the curling field in the movie HELP! I still can't see a curling "rock" without connecting it to that bomb that threatened the boys.

Deep down, I think it's probably the only sport I can actually relate to. I can't imaging myself on a snowboard. No way would you even get me up one of those mountains, let alone ski down it at 60 miles an hour. I can't ice skate. But I think I could curl. Maybe not well, but I could see myself doing it. And where else could you wear these kinds of snazzy outfits?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Successful Souffles

I planned an elaborate dessert for Norm on Valentine's Day - mini chocolate souffles! I have to say that I was very nervous but they turned out beautifully and tasted even better.
They were topped with homemade caramel sauce and also homemade vanilla ice cream. Amazingly delicious.

Worth every calorie.

Speaking of which, I'm back on my exercise program with the addition of yoga, thanks to my dear friend Judi. I bought a used version of a book that she recommended and have made a commitment to make this a part of my day, mostly to help me deal with stress at work.

I will keep you posted on my progress.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Feeling the love rain down on me


I can move my eyes around in my head without pain.

Happy Valentine's Day!
May you know that you are cherished.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Broke Down

I broke down and went to the doctor after school today.

Good thing.

Major sinus and ear infection. Even my tear ducts are infected.

Got two courses of antibiotics and various sinus cleansing devices.

Staying home from school tomorrow.

I'll get back to you when I feel better.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Under the Weather

This is just a quick post for my two or three loyal followers.

Sorry I haven't posted lately. I've been fighting a cold for a week and a half. I've tried to tough it out and continue to work, so between work and feeling terrible, I haven't had much energy to do anything else. I'm hoping that this pressure in my chest will go away on its own as I'm not fond of doctors.

I don't want to talk about the disappointments of recent days, since it's so boring to hear of such things, so I will focus on the bright side: my children. I am so happy that Jeff is doing so well in Pittsburgh and that he's making the most of this opportunity. It does a parent's heart good. I'm also incredibly awed by Kate's talent. I'm so happy that she has the courage to follow her heart with her life's work. I wish I had done that.
I'm also thankful for Norm and how he takes such good care of me, and for my bestest bud, Mugs. Can't tell you how thankful I am for you during these incredibly trying times.

I'm hoping for a more cheerful post soon. I also hope that you are all well.