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Daily Archives: 8 August 2008

Let the Games Begin!!

Opening Ceremony at the 2008 Olympics
Opening Ceremony at the 2008 Olympics


The Olympic games have begun!!  China started the 2008 Olympic games with grand flare in Beijing, China.  It was quite a show to kick off the XXIX Olympiad.  Of course, I only saw it in pictures.  What I enjoyed most was seeing all the Olympic teams entering.  Their flags held high as they waved to the crowd.  Most of these athletes are mere kids.  The thrill they must be feeling.  The adults too.  This is a dream for many.  I can’t fully support holding the Olympics in China, but I’m glad these athletes have this chance to show what they’re made of.  To be able to fulfill a dream.  Some of the countries have so few representatives.  Some have so many.  Every country wears their colors with pride and waves the flag high. 

I’ve always loved to watch the Olympics.  I have my favorite events for both the summer and winter.  I usually wait for the Olympics with anticipation.  Miss K caught the fever early too.  I truly enjoy keeping track of the events and the medal count.  So, here’s the current medal count:

  Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 1 0 0 1
Czech Republic 1 0 0 1
Russia 0 1 0 1
Turkey 0 1 0 1
Croatia 0 0 1 1
Taiwan 0 0 1 1

Unfortunately, the U.S. isn’t on that list yet.  This might not be such a successful year for us.  Our men’s gymnastics team is hurting.  Without the Hamm twins, we have little home of taking a medal in that event.  Medals don’t matter in the end anyway, do they??  HA!!  That’s a hard one.  There’s a certain amount of pride in saying “we took home ____ amount of medals at the Olympics”.  Ah, but the sportsmanship and camaraderie. 

To me the worst thing they ever did with the Olympics was to let these pros start to play.  These aren’t pro events.  They’re amateurs, or at least they’re supposed to be.  That’s the way it was originally designed.  I don’t have issues with the way they broke up the winter and summer and winter games.  I rather enjoy that.  Now I get Olympic events every 2 years!!

So, are you a fan of the Olympics??  Will you be watching as your time permits??

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Days 3-5: China and Ancient Olympics

I have to confess, we haven’t worked very hard on this.  Ed has been here the past 2 days and no matter what I did, it was very distracting.  However, we did do some studies on China and just touched on the Ancient Olympics. 

K took a spelling test that covered random words from the Olympics.  She got 2 wrong, which is a “B”.  I was actually quite impressed.  The words misspelled were competitor (added an extra “i” before the “or”) and synchronized (left out the “h”).  Yep, not bad at all!!

Tomorrow, the man in uniform has duty.  That’s a 24 hour shift, except in this job, it’s more like 36 hours.  At least close to it!!

We’re going to take the weekend to work on an Olympic lapbook.  Miss K is really really excited about this.  This will be a first for us and we can’t wait to see how it turns out.  I used the free one I listed on an earlier post.  Then I, of course, had to add some stuff of my own to it.  We’re going to be cutting, coloring, glueing and arranging all weekend to assemble it.  It seems like such a fun project.  K says she wants to get started right away!!  I can’t think of a better way to review!!

If we get it completed, I’ll post some pics.  Maybe some of you will be interested in it!!

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What Color is Your Mind?

This is a fun little quiz that I linked to reading another blog.  Other than the “don’t think away the troubles” part, it’s amazingly accurate!!

Your Mind is Blue

Of all the mind types, yours is the most mellow.You tend to be in a meditative state most of the time. You don’t try to think away your troubles.Your thoughts are realistic, fresh, and honest. You truly see things as how they are.You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about your friends, your surroundings, and your life.    

Oh, and blue just happens to be my favorite color!!  Now that is appropriate.
So what color is your mind??  Take the quiz and share your results!!
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Favre: The End of an Era

I was born a Packer backer….literally.  There’s nothing in the world this team could do
that would make me ever stop loving them.  I’ve followed them through the good
times….and the bad.  I’m loyal.  I don’t switch teams just because Green Bay might be
having a losing season.  I don’t follow them because they’re having a winning season. 
Yes, I’m a cheese head and proud of it!!  I’m a Green Bay Packer fan….period!!            

Favre - Sportsman of the Year

Favre - Sportsman of the Year

At one time, I’d agree, Favre would be “Sportsman of the Year”.  However, I have to make it clear that I’ve lost all respect for this man.  In March, Brett Favre made the decision that he was going to retire.  He added his tears and said he just couldn’t do it any more.  His fans supported him and the team supported him.  It was his decision and it was time.  It was time….he still has the arm, but he didn’t have the record.  With all great athletes, there has to be an end of a career and this was the time.

Suddenly rumors started flying about Favre coming out of retirement.  Would he??  Wouldn’t he??  Would he stay loyal to the team that made him who he was??  (Yes, the team made him.  There is no great player without the TEAM.)  The fans were torn.  The team was torn.  The rumors got worse and it started to divide the Packer team and fans.  It became a saga.  

I’m not going to go into all the details of the return of Brett Favre.  We’ve all seen it on the news.  I just want to make it clear that I support the decision made by Green Bay management.  The TEAM had to move on.  They can’t change for one player that retired and became too greedy to stay retired.  Yes, I believe it was all about the money and the prestige.  It was no longer about loving the game.  There was too many $$ signs involved.  He had other teams panting at his heels and instead of staying loyal to his team and fans, he wanted out of retirement and a new team.  The Packer team had to move on and make decisions and they did.  They went with Aaron Rodgers in the position of starting quarterback.  Sooner or later, he has to be given his chance.  He deserves that chance.  Favre, to secure his position, never did anything to encourage Rodgers being a better player.  He wanted the limelight for himself and had it.  It was deserved.  Brett Favre WAS an incredible player.  Let us not forget that with tears in his eyes, he retired.  The tears were just the beginning of this saga.  A saga that would divide a team, players and fans.

So after many discussions and the tearing apart of a team, Brett Favre is out of retirement and is a Packer again.  Then he’s not happy.  The Packers TEAM moved on without him.  (Oh shame for them not waiting on him to be sincere in his choice to retire or not!!)  He wasn’t welcomed in training camp….HE wasn’t happy.  Nevermind that everyday, Aaron Rodgers is boo-ed and yelled at by the so-called Packer fans.  Yet he doesn’t complain….he only has nice things to say.  Is Rodgers going to be perfect??  Is he the answer??  I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.  I do know that Favre isn’t the answer either.  So let him move on.  Let the New York Jets have him and the drama that it entails.  It’s time the fans remember that this IS Brett Favre’s decision all the way.  Yes, I’ve lost respect for the man and I don’t think he can get it back.  He did the TEAM wrong and he’s done his fans wrong.  He is no longer “Sportsman of the Year”.

I’ll be watching the Green Bay Packers as closely as I can this year.  Just like I do every year.  I’ll yell and scream.  But no matter what, I’ll support them.  I still believe in them.  Personally, I don’t care what happens to Brett Favre.  He’s made his choice.  I hope he finds what he’s looking for, but I doubt it.  For me, I’m more interested in what the ever quiet Rodgers will be able to do and see if this team can pull together once again.  Let’s just hope the fans can too.





For more, check out divorce, desperate, boiling point and solution.  There’s so much more, but these about sum up the end to this saga.

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