monkeybard: (glbt canada)
My weekend started at 4:00pm on Friday with a drive north to B'ham.  NordicBoy and I stayed with my fabu uncle, TheCurmudgeonlyGourmet and his lovely wife, so that we could get up at 4:45 on Saturday morning to get to THE OLYMPIC GAMES!  O.M.G!  So fun!  We went on Saturday to see the Women's 30K Cross-Country Skiing (Classic Style) Mass-Start race.  Yes, that's a mouthful...and so was the excellent poutine we had for second breakfast when we got there. :-D Natrually, we cheered for the Norwegian racers the hardest--and one of them took the silver medal, as a matter of fact. And we got to see history happen as Justyna Kowalczyk (sp??) won the gold.  The first winter event women's gold medal Poland as ever won. Pretty cool, no?  The Polish fans there certainly thought so. :-D

Although the day started far too early and the weather was far too wet (it rained through the first hour or so of the 90-minute race), it was absolutely fantastic!  I mean, dude, when are the Olympics ever going to be that close again, right?  And getting there was easy: drive to Burnaby, park, take Olympic shuttle bus up to Whistler, enjoy event, take Olympic shuttle bus back to Burnaby, meet the lovely [ profile] arden_baird for dinner, and then head home.  Boarder crossings were a breeze both directions, too.  (I suspect that wasn't the case today, but it certainly was on Saturday.)  My only small disappointment was the inability to buy the fabulous Canadian mittens!  They didn't have them at the venues, only in town (Wistler Village and Vancouver).  Fortunately, arden_baird said she'd try to pick up a pair for me in town.  ::fingers crossed::

Sunday wasn't low-key either, although it was more normal.  Cycle class with [ profile] jaunthie in the morning, GreenStage audition in the afternoon, and then a clothing party at a friend's house.  All in all, good stuff.  My only regret is that I haven't managed to get to the climbing gym since last Wednesday evening, and I don't know when I'm going to be able to.  Maybe Saturday morning?  ::fingers crossed again::  

Sunday evening was spent in cozy style with NordicBoy and the kitties, having a tasty dinner and watching the Closing Ceremony.  Loved the little send-up of/homage to the mechanical failure they had during the Opening Ceremony.  LOL!  Now my only question is: where do I find one of those giant, inflatable beavers??  I'll have to check ebay for them. ;-D
monkeybard: (bite me)
(I sent this slightly less vitriolic message today.)

If NBC were covering every Olympic event they possibly could across all their affliliate stations, one would be hard-pressed to drag me away from my television.  I know this because when I had access to Canadian coverage, that was how it was.  Forced by real life to leave my house for whatever reason, I would rush home, turn on the TV, and start looking for any Olympic event I could find.  This year, I find myself getting much more done during the day, which I suppose is a good thing.  But I'd rather be watching the Olympics.  This year, without the Canadians to fill in the time NBC is failing to fill, instead of being glued to my set all day long, I glance at the clock at about 7:30 or so in the evening and think, "Oh. I suppose there's something Olympic on TV soon.  Maybe I'll turn it on.  Or not."

On the positive side, I will say that I'm enjoying the figureskating commentary more this year.  They're talking much less during the performance, and I appreciate that.  Also, Bob Costas is providing some wonderfully entertaining moments.

Rest assured I will be putting pressure on my cable provided to put CTV on the system before the 2012 Olympics come around.
monkeybard: (summer solstice)
I wish I could remember.  Lemme see...


Watched Olympics.

Bought new running shoes and some spiffy new gear incl. an REI garage sale find of some fabu shorts (to go with the awesome REI garage sale find from last week of some "water ready" slip-on shoes).

Watched Olympics some more.


Got up way too freakin' early (thank you, Morag).

Watched more Olympics.

Went to gym and ran 2.25 miles on the treadmill - random hilly setting.  I've never even run one mile on anything without throwing up before, and there I ran 2.25 without even a pause for a catch-your-breat-tenth-of-a-mile.  Yay me, no?  Fuck yeah!  Oh. And, no, I did not then go find somewhere to puke.

Watched more Olympics.

Went to GreenStage season closer barbecue.

Watched more Olympics.


Rejoiced that the temperature dropped 25 degrees overnight.

Picked blackberries in the blessed morning drizzle.

Did much, much laundry.

Watched much, much Olympics.

Went to reading of King John.  Way better script than Anthony and Cleopatra, IMO.  If GS choose to do it next summer, I'm hooking them up with Sanafi because they'll need a kid who can deliver some serious prose and probably a bit of iambic pentameter.


Much, much gym.

And now I needs must vote.

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