Monthly Archives: February 2010

Canada! Canada!

I am so incredibly tired from staying up late to watch the Olympics.  Again, figure skating went until midnight before we knew the outcome.  And what an outcome that was!  For the first time in Olympic history, North America has won a gold medal in the Dance competition.  I have to say… I loved their programs.  I especially thought that their Free Dance was absolutely beautiful.

I also loved the American performance.  It was worthy of the silver.  As much as I would have loved a North American sweep of the medals, the Russians skated better than the other American team and deserved their bronze.  All in all?  It seemed that the scoring matched the watching experience.  Often times, I have NOT thought that.   For example, I did not agree that the scoring in the men’s nor pair’s competition matched up with the watching experience. 

How can a couple that falls do sooooooooooo much better than a cleanly skated program?  Was the rest of their performance really all that spectacular to make up for a fall that lands you on your ass?  Many couples fell and yet still made it ahead of the Canadian team who skated cleanly.  It was disappointing.   In the men’s program,  I really thought that Johnny Weir didn’t get a fair shake.  Like Elvis Stojko,  I am not a huge fan of Weir but, I seriously thought he kicked butt and his program was just so much more than Patrick Chan’s.  Yes, I am Canadian and I have to say that Patrick Chan was a bit of a disappointment.  I have to start off by saying that I don’t particularly like Evgeni Plushenko.  I can’t dispute the fact that he is a powerhouse jumper.  Outside of that?  I think his artistic flair is weak and his programs seem more about powering through than expressing the music.  He is not ALL THAT in my opinion.  Plushenko’s jumps were not perfectly executed and for the little bit extra credit that you get for a quad – I can see where nicely executed jumps and other more complicated elements could overwhelm a harder yet not perfect jump. 

But what really disappointed me in the end about Plushenko was his comments after Lysacek won.  At this level and after this many years of competition,  Plushenko should be a professional in all aspects including losing.  Or maybe he hasn’t come in second enough to know how to lose with class?  This is not the kind of attitude I want my step-son to see from professional athletes whose reaction to competition is broadcast across the world.  In general, most of the athletes(I saw one other incident in skiing) have shown great sportsmanship and I have been proud to watch the Olympics with my step-son. Olympians, thank you for showing my son what it means to be a world-class competitor!

Hello? Getting the message?

Your first words after subjecting a person to the silent treatment for 12 hours should NOT be: "Would you do me a favour?"

Nothing illustrates your self-centeredness so clearly.  Unless that is what you were trying to demonstrate?  If so… well done.  The message was received loud and clear.

Back at work today

The second wave of snow did not seem anywhere near as bad as the first.  I have no idea how much snow we got as you couldn’t really measure it.  It was so windy, I figured that I would not get anywhere close to an accurate reading.  The wind was so strong that we had to pile teddy bears next to the sliding glass doors to prevent the wind from whistling in through the little crack at the bottom.  I discovered yesterday that the reason why it wouldn’t close was not due to ice/snow stuck in the track but a little plastic pencil cap was stuck in the door! ARGH!!!  The little tower of animals did look cute though!

And a recommendation from my TV watching over the last week…. Harper’s Island is an amazing series!  I haven’t finished it yet and it has turned into a bit of a bloodfest in the final episodes but definitely worth watching.  I have been streaming it over my computer.  Gotta love Netflix and their instant play movies!

Snow like I have never seen

  On Friday/Saturday of this last week, we supposedly had some 25 inches of snow generally measured in our area.  At my car, I personally measured 21 inches.  After slaving away over a couple of days, we finally got our cars uncovered.  I even drove my car today for the first time since last Friday.  I have not been at work since Friday at noon.  This has been an incredible amount of snow and I can’t remember getting this much snow at one time at any time in my adult life.  This would include the decade I spent in Canada. 

To make it even more amazing….. we are supposed to get another 10 to 20 inches again tonight.  Will I be at work tomorrow?  Will I find my car?  Will my bones stop aching from all the shoveling? Questions to be answered later this week.

The downside to UP

While out buying Kylie her birthday gift (she turned 5!), Eduardo brought home a Wii game called UP.  This is for ages 10+.  This is not as hard as the Ben10 Alien Force which is clearly for teenagers and adults and not as easy as the Princess game which is for little kids.  It is just perfect for an adult that doesn’t quite have the coordination for Ben10 but is bored out of her skull with the easy-peasy Princess game.   And that adult would apparently be me since I just blew 2 hours last night playing it with Eduardo.    After you get beyond the coordination needed to kill the 4 biplanes, the game is all about thinking out of the box.  Sadly, Eduardo and I got stuck on the first level.  We just can’t think our way past this one obstacle!!! ARGH!!!

And this apparently is the downside: severe addiction!