mercy_angel_09: (America Hetalia)
So the crud I got in New York isn't going away, so tomorrow I'm hauling my happy ass into the walk-in clinic to make sure it hasn't developed into something worse than just a cold. The coughing has remained painfully constant, despite the rest of my symptoms clearing up in a normal amount of time. As a result my throat is often irritated and sore, leaving me feeling miserable and kind of grouchy.

There is the saving grace of sitting and watching the Olympics, though. NBC's coverage is absolute shit, of course, but I'll take what I can get. I would much rather that all NBC/Universal affiliate stations would do coverage (not just MSNBC and Bravo) rather than NBC trying to "market" us the Olympics as some sort of "product." It's the fucking Olympics - they only happen every two years and limiting coverage and only showing us the "good parts" isn't exactly going to win you a lot of praise from the public. Because while you might not think that we want to watch the shooting or the archery, you'd be surprised at how many people want to see those events.

Other than being sick and watching the Olympics, things are blessedly quiet. I don't have anything going on for another two weeks, which is when I head to Portland for a friend's wedding. Hopefully my new SLR will be here by then. I'm planning on hiking waterfalls (again!) and taking photos. This time with something resembling a professional grade camera. I might need to take some private lessons with either my mother or [livejournal.com profile] forgotten_relic so that I know what I'm doing and how to work my camera, but I think it'll be worth it in the long run.

Also, I'm hoping that I can start selling my prints. (Yes, you too can buy my stuff - currently at devART which takes a cut of the sale but you can buy my stuff. Please buy my stuff?) I need to look into art fairs and seeing about submitting my work into local galleries and hopefully get something going.
mercy_angel_09: (Amon)
So I think a break is necessary from the Olympic Drama Llama.
Because it's just not the Olympics unless there is wank of some kind.


Today I'm watching the games and working on my My Little Pony costume. I'm getting closer and closer to being done - the kicker will be if I decide to make the vines with ribbons or if I draw them on using fabric markers. Anyway, the big project for today is cutting out strawberries and leaves from felt, which I will in turn hand sew on to the jacket.

Twenty-one strawberries have been cut out, nine remain. Thirty two leaves remain. My hand is cramping, so I'm taking a quick break to make a nonsense post about me cutting out felt. Exciting, I know.

Anyway, I'll probably finish the strawberries and then do as many of the leaves as my poor, abused hand can take for tonight. Also, somewhere in all of this costuming, I have to drag everything out from under the bathroom sink and reorganize, as my husband bought me a shitload of stuff at Bath & Body Works that can't live in the bags on the dining room table. Husband also bought me a Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book (pink edition) yesterday, too, but that was much easier to put away than the stuff from Bath & Body Works.

So I need to order some gloves (or go to the local party supply store and see if they have any) that I can modify because I need something to put over my arms. Also need white shoes. Well...I have white shoes, but there's black on them too. Ideally, a pair of white clogs would work, but I'll settle for something different if I can find something else I like.

Mmmm, back to cutting out strawberries.

mercy_angel_09: (Meeko compass)
...NOT sing "Blame Canada" when things go wrong in the Vancouver games or "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" as Evan Lysacek warms up tonight.

Despite how appropriate the songs are.

(For the record, the last time a US skater won the men's singles was Brian Boitano at the 1988 Calgary games. Apparently Canada is good for men's figure skating.)

mercy_angel_09: (Renge)
I have absolutely no love for Evgeni Plushenko.

None.

Previous Russian gold medalists have stolen my heart and made me cry. Ilia Kulik moved me more than I ever thought I could be (Nagano, 1998). I cried (okay, sobbed) as I watched Alexei Yagudin's free skate to the theme from The Man in the Iron Mask (Salt Lake City, 2002). Both of them were technically excellent and made an emotional connection with the audience.

When it comes to Plushenko, I want to tie him to a hockey goal and allow the US Women's Hockey team to use him for target practice. And while he's technically proficient, he's such an ass off the ice most people really can't stand him.

The ever confident (read: cocky) skater has been taking digs at his closest competitor, Evan Lysacek. Because Lysacek suffered a stress fracture after attempting a quad jump, the second place skater has decided to forgo the technically difficult move in his free skate in favor of more difficult footwork and spins. Plushenko sees this as a coward's move, and if Lysacek can't competently pull of a quad jump, then he shouldn't be skating. At all.

Lysacek skated beautifully last night, probably one of the best performances of his life to Stravinsky's "The Firebird." He landed every jump, cleanly executed his footwork, and his spins were excellent. Personally think he did better the Plushenko, but that's just me. I'm excited to see what he does in his long program - who knows, he may have been intending on doing a quad jump the whole time, but kept it on the down low so that if he didn't pull it off, no one would be none the wiser.

Anyway, if things really get ugly, I'm pretty sure that Lysacek could be the shit out of Plushenko off the ice. Something about the Russian just screams "glass jaw." And Lysacek did play hockey. Take that, one note Plushenko.

Tomorrow I'll be rooting hardcore for Lysaceck to rock the free skate. Tonight will be spent cheering on the Dancing with the Stars alum Apolo Ohno and Louie Vito (in short track speed skating and men's snowboard halfpipe respectively).

mercy_angel_09: (Shigure WTF)
My poor husband, dealing with my fanatical following of the Olympics. Now I haven't been completely glued to it, but I'm perfectly content to spend the next week and a half sitting on the couch watching the games. Of course this means that all prime time programming is at a standstill - something that I couldn't quite understand until I realized that it would be useless to try and compete with the Olympics. So now I can sit and watch the Olympics and not worry about missing my favorite shows.

As to the games themselves, I've rather enjoyed a wide spectrum of sports. Hockey (mostly women's, as the the men's games just started today and I missed it because I was exercising), figure skating, speed skating (short and long track), Nordic combined, biathlon, and luge, to name a few. And yes, I watched the WHOLE luge competition. Not because I wanted to see if there would be a spectacular wipeout, but probably more to make sure that there wasn't a spectacular wipeout. After the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili, it was hard NOT to watch the luge competition. I missed the women's, mostly because they're showing it at one AM because heaven forbid we on the west coast actually get something LIVE. (You know, except for the Oscars, and the rest of the country can just suck it.)

Figure skating has exploded the last couple of nights. Shen and Zhao were just spectacular - truly deserving their gold medal, especially after 18 years. I believe that China put on an amazing show, though Russia could make a comeback in four years. The Russian team, while good, is also very young and has room to grow and improve. I think that the US team also has room for improvement, and in four years will also be a team to contend with. Tonight starts the men's figure skating, and given the size of Evgeni Plushenko's ego, and Johnny Weir's for that matter, should prove entertaining. I'm interested in seeing what Evan Lysacek can do, as well as Jeremy Abbot, as I'm not very familiar with Jeremy Abbot or what he can do.

All in all, things are good, and kind of lazy. I'm enjoying being able to watch the games, as four years ago I was so busy with work and school, I really only kept up with the headlines and barely watched anything. But now? SO GLUED TO THE TV SO DON'T GET IN MY WAY, OKAY.

Today I was good and did my yoga and then went down and lifted weights. My arms feel a little rubbery, but this is good for me and regardless of how much I feel like being lazy, I know that it's better for me to be getting up and active rather than vegging out on the couch all day.

mercy_angel_09: (Heavyarms)
I think I'm coming down with a cold, which sucks. I hate being sick. I hate knowing that I have stuff to do but can't because I have no energy.

On the plus side, since the Olympics start today if I do get sick, there will not be a lack of stuff to watch. X3

I watched the Today Show "live" from Vancouver (I put it in quotation marks simply because I live on the west coast and therefore anything that broadcasts live from the east coast is three hours later here) where they've set up to cover the games. And Vancouver, eh.

I have to say, it's kind of funny, I'm sure by the end of the month they will not be so bright eyed and bushy-tailed at what equates to seven AM New York time - they'll be broadcasting at four AM here. This probably means that they have to get to the "studio" at one or two AM. Methinks that the Today Show crew will be sleeping though the bulk of the games, simply because by going to bed at around three or four in the afternoon is the only way they'll be getting up in time to do the show.

Anyway, I'll probably make myself a bowl of popcorn to have as I watch the opening ceremonies. Of course everyone and their pet will be comparing it to the summer games two years ago. Don't get me wrong - Beijing's opening ceremonies were truly impressive if not a little contrived. (What can I say, communist countries really like to put on the old song and dance to cover up their glaring inadequacies.) I'm sure Canada will do a great job - their show at the close of the Turin games was a fantastic preview of what we can expect.

Now for the fun part, which famous Canadian will light the Olympic torch? The Great One, Wayne Gretzky (and I just realized that my spell check actually has his name in the database...)? Michael J. Fox? Sarah MacLaughlin? Kurt Browning? I think of all of the options, and the fact that it's the OLYMPICS, Wayne Gretzky is probably the top choice. Kurt Browning is also a good choice, but it could be a pop culture icon as well. Bryan Adams, Michael J. Fox, Pamela Anderson, Nathan Fillion (okay, probably not, but I can hope, can't I?), Nelly Furtado...

All will be revealed tonight, but it's fun to contemplate what might happen.

mercy_angel_09: (Heavyarms)
We're gearing up for the Olympics, and even though Canada is hosting, there's quite a bit of commotion here in the Pacific Northwest. Mostly because a lot of people who are going to Vancouver will most likely be traveling through here to get to the games.

I've already looked up (and bookmarked) the schedule for the games (available on the Vancouver Games' official website), and will probably make an Excel spread sheet that I will print out so I can keep it on the end table so I can grab it and see what's playing at any particular time. Or not, because I do tend to get lazy about such things.

Give my joy at the Summer games two years ago, it's probably safe to assume that I'm equally elated at the impending arrival of the Winter games. Ice skating, curling, speed skating (yeah, there will be a LOT of people supporting Apolo Anton Ohno in Vancouver given it's proximity to Seattle), skiing, snowboarding, bobsleds....Oh yeah, I'm stoked.

About the only think I dislike is that Team USA are basically walking billboards for Ralph Lauren. I get the idea of having a famous fashion designer create the look of your team - I'm sure France and Italy have the same thing going for them - but the fact that the Ralph Lauren logo is BIGGER than the Team USA logo on most of the pieces makes me wonder if he's designing for Team USA or just trying to put himself out there. Like he needs the help or something.

This isn't to say that I dislike his designs. I think they're classy - a throw back to the 1932 Lake Placid games. I just don't like being constantly reminded that it's Ralph Lauren. At this point, he might as well make every single Team USA athlete carry a flashing neon sign that says, "I'm wearing Ralph Lauren and for the low, low price of $990.00 you can wear it too!"

Bitch, please.

mercy_angel_09: (Heavyarms)
They said it couldn't be done.  With three relays on which he had to rely on others to help with the gold count, Michael Phelps swam into history and the heart of America, and the world, with eight gold medals.  Mark Spitz's record held for 36 years.  In 1972 he set the record, which few doubted would ever be broken.  Eight medals in one Olympic games?  Impossible.


Well, we'll finish out the week and see what happens.  Here's to the games!
mercy_angel_09: (Link iPod)
So, my iPod died.


Since the start of the Olympics started up, I'm enjoying my time glued to the TV.  I've really been into women's soccer, beach volleyball, and swimming.  In the past I stuck to gymnastics and diving - but this year I'm gung ho for pretty much everything.  I want to see if Michael Phelps can break Mark Spitz's record of 7 gold medals.  I think he can do it, since I swear the kid is part fish.  

i justify my obessive watching with pride in my country and the fact that it happens every four years and not every day.  I hope that women's gymnastics will make it happen when it counts, but I'm not sure after watching last night.  I guess we'll see.

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