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I am obsessed with the Olympics.  For as long as I can remember (which is back to Barcelona in 1992, when I was 7) the Games have completely absorbed me and I always try to watch as many events as possible.  Living in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Winter Games was amazing, of course.

I have no idea why I love them so much, because I am the total opposite of an athlete or a sports fan.  However, there’s no denying I’m truly obsessed, and the Opening Ceremonies is definitely my favorite part of the Olympics.  They really encompass the entire Olympic spirit and I always feel so happy watching the start of the Games.  Last night China put on a very excellent show.  In my total elation, I thought up my top ten favorite things about the Opening Ceremonies.

10. Learning random facts- You can learn a lot about the host country, world geography and culture, athletics, and a bunch of other things if you just listen to the commentary.  I love learning.

9. Parade of nations- I love to watch all the countries parade by and think about all the unique cultures they represent.  Seeing people from all over the world converge in one place is so cool.

8. Visual spectacles- There were some amazing visuals in the first half of the Opening Ceremonies last night.  Who wouldn’t love a beautiful show of song, dance, and color?

7. Awesome technology- Again, we saw some amazing things last night.  I love the combination of human-power and futuristic electronics.

6. Unity- Even though there may be conflicts between countries, the Olympic Spirit of coming together as one world trumps all.

5. Anticipation- First there’s the anticipation that has lead up to the Games starting.  Then the anticipation of all the surprises to come in the Opening Ceremonies alone.  And finally, anticipation of the feats of athleticism to come in the following weeks.  Everyone is excited and nervous.

4. Correcting the announcers- I think it’s really funny when I know how to pronounce the name of a country like Lesotho (it’s le-su-two not le-soth-o) and the announcer says it wrong.  I caught a couple mistakes last night.  I actually know a lot about obscure countries, believe it or not.  The only country in the Games that I hadn’t heard of before last night was Nauru.

3. Lighting the torch- The most secretive element of any Opening Ceremonies is how the Olympic flame will be lit and who will get to do the honor.  Sometimes I cry when I see the final torchbearer light the cauldron.  All time favorite: Sydney, 2000.

2. The long shots- I get excited when the US team enters the arena, of course, but I watch even harder for the teams that had to struggle just to make it to the Games.  You know, the ones with only one athlete or the countries who have never won a medal.  I take note of the long shots so I can root for them in the competitions.

1. The clothes!- This is it, my number one favorite thing about the Opening Ceremonies.  My inner anthropologist revels in the ways each country has chosen to represent themselves by their attire.  And the USA always looks smart.  Call me shallow, but is it any wonder that a klutz such as myself would love the clothes the most?

P.S. If you’re wondering about my Ravelympics projects, I started this morning on the February Baby Sweater.  I couldn’t start during the Opening Ceremonies because I had to concentrate!

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Dog Days

So what was that I said before about being a better blogger?  Yeah I don’t remember, either. ;)

Anyways.  Today is one of those days.  The kind where I’m having trouble resisting the temptation to crawl under my desk and pretend I’m not here.  You ever have those?  Please tell me it’s not just me.  Also, having recently entered the month of August, it’s really miserable outside.  I arrived at work this morning, after my 10-block walk from the apartment, dripping with sweat.  Ew.

So what did I just do to cheer myself up?  Joined the Ravelympics, of course!  I’ve signed up to compete in the Baby Dressage event.  My goal: complete a Baby Surprise Jacket and a February Baby Sweater, plus possibly a hat or some booties (Saartje’s, natch) by the time the flame goes out.

If this works, I will not only be a Ravelympic winner (Medalist?  Do we get medals?), I will also have a bevvy of knitted gifts to present to my pregnant cousin at her baby shower in September.  I figured making baby stuff for her would give me a little extra motivation to go for the gold.  I’m so proud of myself for thinking of this brilliant plan, I can’t wait to get home and swatch!

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