I’ve been wanting to post for quite some time now, but I’ve been having a difficult time lately trying to… complete things. I feel like I’m in a very strange state of being. There are so many thoughts, opinions, and new revelations that have been swirling around my mind that it’ s hard to focus. Do you ever feel like this? I’m so very grateful it is Friday because I feel like I need a couple of days for re-charging more than ever. I’ve actually missed a lot of work this month due to being sick and heading up to Vancouver for the Olympics, but I still feel drained. I wish I could lay in the sun on beach for an afternoon. Sigh… Since I can’t do that, I am hoping I can find some alternative for what is shaping up to be a windy wet weekend. What do you do to relax and re-focus? I would love to hear some ideas!
In the meantime I did want to share a little about my Olympic experience. It was both fun and exhausting. I was up around 4am Thursday morning and did not sleep in a bed again until 3-ish on Friday. Despite planning over a year in advance, we weren’t able to find any semblance of reasonable accommodations for our short stay. I thought sleeping at the train station would be fine, but realized two days before that the station was closed from midnight till 5am. Luckily we found a 24 hour coffee shop and dozed to the smell of donuts and coffee into the wee hours of the morning.
The weather was beautiful and Vancouver was better than I’ve ever seen it before. It’s a wonderful city and it was well organized for the games. Lot’s of friendly people despite the endless lines to everything. It seemed there were walls and seas of people everywhere. Coordinators perched above the crowds on lifeguard chairs and occasionally made announcements on loudspeakers to let you know what was were and when Canada won any medals. When this happened everyone cheered and it was very exciting!
This was a tiny portion of the line waiting to get to the “viewing platform” for the Olympic Torch.
…but who needs a platform? Fortunately, being tall has it’s perks!
We attempted to obtain a variety of event tickets (this was over year ago!), but we only were able to get tickets to a Curling event. For a sport I have admittedly poked a lot of fun at in the past, I have to say, I have gained a new respectful appreciation. And yes, I got to see those pants live!
To attend the Winter Olympic games really was to live a life-long dream, so I am very happy to have had the opportunity. I went with my brother’s, their wives, my brother-in-law, and my own dapper fella’. My brothers and I grew up devotedly watching the Winter Games and it was a great experience to share together.