Archive for August, 2008
I just love this phrase. I read it for the first time yesterday and it is still making me smile, because that is what the Farmer’s almanac is predicting this winter. I was talking to my friend Cheryl about a week or so ago – both of us giddy with excitement that fall is around the corner. The sun set that day at 8:19 and here just barely a week later, it is setting ten minutes earlier. It was enough to inspire me to call her again so share my complete joy!
For those that know me, this time of year is my absolute favorite. I know, I know, you could say that the “holidays” are everyone’s favorite. But that isn’t what I mean. This marks the beginning of my “happy” season – school supply shopping. Going to any store where there are office supplies just makes me feel ten again. Then we have the Labor Day holiday in which you get a long weekend to enjoy summer to its fullest, while secretly hoping for fall, so you can sleep with the windows open.
Which brings us to Fall. One of the best times of the year. The smells (yes, fall has a smell), the crispness in the air, the beauty of the leaves, sweatshirts and shorts. Ahhhh, my heart is singing right now. Then along comes Halloween. This is the BEST holiday ever invented, ever. I love decorating for it, dressing up, giving out candy, the scary movies, all of it. That’s right, it’s the tops in my book.
By the time I am finishing up my Halloween candy, my birthday rolls around. Wahoooo, presents! And as I get older, I shower myself with presents. I believe we should all treat ourselves on our birthday (among other things). As the glow of my birthday wears off, along comes Thanksgiving. A tradition of giving thanks and eating. How could you not love a holiday that only asks of you to have gratitude? And then comes Christmas and New Years.
See I told you – an amazing “happy” season that begins with school supplies and ends with champagne, with some candy and turkey in the middle. I am truly bouncing out of my chair right now with anticipation. Can’t you just feel it?!
Well, the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics did not disappoint. I was once again impressed by the creativity, the color, the pageantry, and the send off to London. My viewership of the Olympics didn’t change that much from the beginning to the end nor did my excitement at some of the feats.
Watching Usain Bolt win his second gold medal, then his third in the relay was … well, I think he must have jets in his shoes. I loved seeing the women’s beach volleyball duo capture their second gold and then cried like a baby when the men’s volleyball team with Coach McCutcheon win the gold. His story will always be one of great happiness and great sadness; I hate it for him and his family.
I look forward to London’s show in 2012!
I don’t know about you, but I have watched just about every second of the primetime coverage of the Olympics as I can. I have found it extremely inspirational, entertaining, and amazing. There wasn’t a chance I was going to miss Dara Torres make history, or the Romania gymnast (no way I am going to try to spell her name) who was competing in her 5th games and won a silver, or Nastia and Shawn win Gold and Silver in the women’s gymnastics all-around competition, or Michael Phelps.
I loved reading this article about him via a Positive Psychology site that I frequent. But one of the greatest things I saw him to do, besides break records, was give his mother credit for how she helped him and how he values their relationship. At the end of the interview with his mom and Bob Costas, she leaned over and gave him a kiss on the cheek and he kissed her back. No embarrassment and no hesitation. I just love this guy.
And some of his words of wisdom – “Stay positive and dream big” – no simpler words have been spoken conveying the greatest message.
Saint Thomas Aquinas – “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
I don’t know about you, but that quote pretty much says it all. A friend of mine sharing his good fortune yesterday and his gratitude for our friendship. A Facebook request from a high school friend I haven’t seen or talked to in over 20 years (we both moved during high school), who I have missed greatly many times over the years. A friend sharing stories about her boyfriend. These moments are the kind that wake me up and remind why I am here on this earth. It’s all about relationships and love. I hope you are enjoying your life to the fullest as well because today, my cup runneth over.
I don’t know about you, but watching the men’s gymnastics team compete on high bar was spectacular. I had goosebumps like crazy during Horton and Spring’s routines. The men’s team is not holding back and loved it when, in their group huddle, Horton said “no fear, no regrets.” Wow, if we all lived our life this way, can you imagine the results?
I know there are great Olympic moments, but then there are some TRULY GREAT Olympic moments. Mary Lou’s 10’s and all-around title, the US Hockey team in 1980 (yes, I watched it!), Kerri Shrug’s amazing vault with a broken ankle to help team gold.
And now the Men’s 4X100 relay tonight. What an spectacular finish. I love that even American commentators said the US didn’t have a shot of the gold. But that’s what makes for a true game. Each member of the men’s 4X100 provided exceptional performance to pull off a huge team win. It was glorious to watch. I guess folks should take care in what they say because the American men’s team is listening and they are letting all their swimming do the talking.
I am sure I was not the only one riveted to the 29th Olympics Opening Ceremony. I found it beautiful, unique, creative, artistic, mesmorizing and simply amazing. This is a country that showed they could excel at the technical (good Lord that LED screen was just astounding) but also at the people (11,000 participants, in awesome harmony).
It has already proved to be memorable. The Opening Ceremony. A murder. Phelps first (and certainly not last) gold medal. Next up, Dara Torres!
Ultimately, we are one world. I was thrilled when Park, the Korean disqualified in 2004 for the same event, won a gold in swimming. The first swimming medal for Korea. It’s going to be an exciting 17 days!!