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Things I enjoyed immensely about the Olympics (Part 1)

Living in the US I had to wait HOURS to see the opening ceremonies for the Olympics.  My friends in Europe were already chatting about it but I waited patiently until it was our turn on the east coast. Plus some of my friends shared clips with me afterwards of the things we missed in the US due to the network’s poor editing.

  • I loved the opening ceremony.  All the references to literature. Kenneth Branagh, oops let me wipe up that bit of drool. Voldemort. Got a bit confused about the NHS, because it was never something I would have celebrated at an event such as this.  A friend reminded me that the NHS is a major part of British life, which I did know.
  • The little girl from Ireland’s youth choir who wore pink shoes – I love you for the spunkiness – while everyone else was wearing black made me giggle.
  • I want a pair of the Czech Republics rainboots, I thought they were cool. Maybe not for wearing during an Olympic Parade of Nations, but they were still cool.
  • I was a bit saddened by Team USA’s outfits, they looked outdated and frumpy.  Not to mention the fact that I would NEVER have associated a beret with the USA.  Cowboy hat yes, Baseball hat yes, but NO to the Beret.
  • As many of my friends know I truly found the men’s diving fascinating  for all the wrong reasons.  Well and men’s water polo. I watched a lot of both.
  • I really wanted to rip the heads off the commentators, they just need to stop talking.  Mute works great on my TV.
  • The fact that Network affiliate stations kept giving away spoilers.  It wasn’t fair that they could see the games live while we had to wait, well really I didn’t care about the waiting, it was the fact that they would give us the results before we had seen it.
  • China seems to dominate more and more events at the Olympics, but they haven’t broken into Rowing yet.  Maybe next time.
  • I watched archery, I grew up in a family that actually hunted with bows, but I couldn’t help myself and I kept giggling wondering if Catniss from Hunger Games was going to show up. I also wondered if the huge popularity of The Hunger Games series was why the network even aired the event.
  • The Badminton Drama.
  • I loved the rings on the Tower Bridge and I wondered how many others realized it wasn’t the London Bridge.

I made this part 1, the Olympics are a week old and if I waited any longer I would forget everything.

My Mom

My mom passed away in September, about a week after her 65th birthday.  I haven’t said much about it to people because I haven’t really decided how I should feel about this.  You see I gave up on my mom 15 years ago.  She lived a life in denial about her abusive offspring and she seemed to see negative around her all the time.  It was one reason I had left the state and moved across the country, I needed to get away from the cycle and really become my own person.  I am not saying I didn’t love her, I did and I wanted her to be happy and have the best life possible but do you know how hard it is want that when the person doesn’t really want that in her life?

Today I was reading a blog by Daily Om about Thoughts and there was this part that talked about how your life is made up in reality by your thought patterns, if all you see is the negative then your life will be that and if you want to change your life you need to change your thoughts. It hit me that this was how my mom was and how I could turn out if I don’t remind myself to keep my thoughts positive.  So in 2012 I am going to work more consciously on making my sure my thoughts are positive.  I am not going to worry about the fact that there is bad traffic on the freeway, or that it takes longer than usual to get through the grocery check out, or someone I don’t like is smelly; instead I am going to focus on the fact that I am healthy, that I have a car I can drive around in, and look for the good in others.  I know that the looking for the good in others is the hardest for me, but I have a lot of time to work on that.

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