8.25.2012

Everyone Needs Clothes (Preferably Clothes That Fit)

This is why yesterday sucked...

Forever 21, Old Navy, Bluenotes, Voluptuous, Walmart, Reitmans, and Laura. (So much more really, but this post will be long enough.)

First stop, Forever 21

I always hear people go on about how good this store is because they have clothes for bigger people. So I, being a bigger person, went in thinking that I would find some stuff to buy. I always see people with really cute things from there. What a big disappointment. Forever 21’s plus size section isn’t even one tenth of the store. It’s smaller than the men’s section. In case you were wondering, I’m talking about Scarborough Town Centre. That’s a really big location.

Moving on…

Old Navy 

I used to love this store. They always have good deals and they used to have a lot of really nice things. But I don’t know what’s going on with these guys right now. I can only buy so many tank tops and v-necks. I saw a whole lotta mom and skinny jeans. No thank you. You guys are losing me.

Bluenotes 

I already knew walking into this store that the clothes in the women’s section won’t fit me so I walked straight to the other side. This is where I usually buy my shirts. But I was looking for pants on this trip. But guess what? None of the pants fit me. None of the pants in the men’s section fit me. This is crazy.

It fits, but…

Voluptuous 

I’ve always wanted to go into this store. I figured I would be able to find something here as it is geared towards bigger women. No such luck. There’s nothing wrong with the sizes here, I’m not going to complain about that. But the style. This store is clearly geared towards a certain type of woman. (If you don’t know what I mean by that, please check it out for yourself.) I’m not that person. I wouldn’t feel comfortable in those clothes, and on top of that, the prices don’t have university students in mind.

Walmart

I’m not proud of this, but I’ve been going to Walmart. Everyone can talk shit about Walmart till the cows come home. But when you’re on a budget and no one else is offering what you need, what other choice do you have? I bought some dresses from them earlier this year, and I never have to worry about clothes that fit. I don’t even have to go to the plus size section.

Yesterday just wasn’t my day. Even though my focus was on pants, I couldn’t help but notice their awful selection in everything else. Nothing cute and no colours. (My Prof. would be disgusted with the lack of colours in this and almost all the other stores mentioned in this post.) And the only pants they have are mom jeans and dress pants. Seriously?

Soon after I got out of there, I texted my big sister; “The mall doesn’t like fat people.” I told her about my dilemma and she suggested that I go to Reitmans. I haven’t been in there for years. I’ve always hated that store. I had to wear their clothes for a very long time because I was such a fat kid. Maybe this is why I was so depressed as a kid. I never got to wear age appropriate clothing. But I gave it a chance anyways.

Reitmans 

As soon as I walked in, I knew that this wasn’t going to work out for me either. Yet again, sizing was not a problem, but it all comes down to style. I know what you’re thinking, “Why is she so picky?” I’m not. These clothes were made for working women. For career women. And this is the same thing that I told my sister. I’m about to go into my second year of university. Why should I show up to all my classes looking like I should be going to a nine to five job? I want to be comfortable. It’s the only thing that matters to me. Okay, that’s a lie; I want to look good too. I wasn’t going to find it here though.

Laura 

This company is kind of really brilliant. The way it’s set up in STC is you have three stores right beside each other; Laura, Laura Petite and Laura Plus. And even though it’s three stores, they don’t have walls separating them, so you can walk through the whole thing. I always loved this about them. If you see something you really like but realize it’s too long or doesn’t fit quite right, just take a few second walk to one of the other stores and there it is.

But enough about why I like their set up.

This is where you shop when you’re looking for something to wear to a wedding. Someone came up to me, I told her I was looking for something casual. She takes me to the back and I seriously wanted to scream. I told her no, I’m a university student, I want everyday clothes. She suggested I go next door to Reitmans. -__- I told her that that’s where I just came from. Then she said to go to The Bay or take a drive down to the States. I knew The Bay would be out of my price range, but I went in anyways, just so no one could tell me that I wasn’t trying hard enough. There were a couple of nice things. Literally two things. But the prices were insane and they weren’t for everyday wear. And about the States; I don’t have a car. I don’t have time. And why should I have to go to a different country to buy clothes?

I just said thank you and left. I left the mall in tears. I was so upset, and even sitting here typing this I’m trying to keep it together. 



I'm not even the fattest person in the world. I can't believe how much trouble I'm having with this. This is one of the dresses that I got at Walmart and the picture was taken at Lovers Leap in Jamaica.


So nows the time where you ask: “Well why don’t you just lose weight and stop complaining?” Two reasons...

1. It doesn’t matter if I lose weight or not, there are always going to be people with more fat than they may need. The problem still remains.

2. I know I need to lose weight, but I don’t need to lose as much as you may think. I was at my healthiest back in high school. (I can’t believe I’m one of those people already.) Back then I weighed in at about 170lbs. For someone who’s barely 5’3”, that might sound a little too big, but I was fit. I danced six days a week in the fall and in the winter/spring I would still take a dance class once or twice a week and I played Lacrosse or Ultimate Frisbee. So even at my smallest, I was still big and clothes still didn’t fit. Also, I can’t imagine myself at less than 160lbs.


And now you may be asking, “Well why don’t you go and make your own clothes?” That’s a very fair question for me. I do know how to sew and I can do it quite well. I have sewed since I was a kid. Patching up my favourite pink and white polka dotted pillow with navy blue thread. I took the class in jr. high. I took fashion in high school. (Dropped out the second time.) And I did a summer co-op with a seamstress. I really know how to sew. I even made my prom dress. But who’s got the time to make a whole new wardrobe? Certainly not me.


Oh what’s that? You have another question? You want to know what I’ve been wearing all these years? Another good question. And the answer is t-shirts and sweat pants. Actually. This is what I have been wearing for years.

Way back when I used to have big boobs, I used to wear oversized tees and sweaters all the time. (If you follow me on twitter, my hatred for breasts might start to make more sense now.) I remember in grade seven, I had these two pairs of pants, can’t remember the material, but I would wear them all the time. Then in grade eight, I had a trip to quebec, and so I got some new pants from Old Navy. My pants always ware out fast, so I’d get a new pair or two, ware those out and so the cycle continues. I didn’t wear jeans from grade one till grade ten-ish. Back to tops, ever since the surgery, I’ve been able to find some tops that fit me and I’ve started building up my dress collection again. But those tops are not very casual. Everything I have is job interview appropriate.

So my wardrobe consists of semi-formal/formal attire and a whole lot of t-shirts. I practically collect tees, and The Yetee is not helping the situation. (But seriously, they’re awesome, check their site out.) I have a pair of corduroys, some board shorts and too many jogging and dress pants.

Or in other words, wedding attire and house clothes. No in between. 



Now do see the problem? Now do you understand why I’m so upset and frustrated? I can’t wear t-shirts and joggers for the rest of my life.

I’ve always been big and I probably always will be. But as long as I’m healthy, which I am getting back to, the problem isn’t with me. The stores need to change. I don’t want to be skinny and I can’t afford expensive clothing.

This is the same problem that I had before the surgery. Not one store in any mall had a bra bigger than a 36/38 DD. I was a 36 DDD. (I know someone even bigger than that.) So I had to buy bras from some specialty place that was super expensive. And by ‘I’ I mean my mom. A 14 year old can’t pay for that.


 

I found these outfits here. This is the kind of stuff I like. Bright and simple. 
In the first set, I would obviously make the shorts longer and I wouldn't kill my feet with heels. The second set, has kind of like a tennis look eh? Really cute. I would love to see those colours on different pieces too. The last look is more for the fall. Don't know what's going on with those shoes. But simple and comfortable is all I ask. All of these styles would look great on someone bigger.

(If you're wondering why I'm showing you pictures of J and not someone my size. It's because when I google image 'plus size clothing' or something related, I get a whole bunch of fancy and going out stuff. Check for yourself.)


So here’s where I need help, and I’m not even going to be shy about it. I want to get sponsored some clothes, especially pants, by (a) store/stores that carry clothes for women my size. Whatever that size may be. Please let yourself be known. We can work out all the business bits when you get into contact with me. winter2789@yahoo.ca

But that’s a little selfish of me. I also want all the stores mentioned in this post to step their game up. (And every other store that I didn’t mention and every store that has this huge flaw.) This isn’t just my problem. This skinny thing that society is pushing on us isn’t going to happen. People are getting bigger. Whether they’re doing it in a healthy way or not is irrelevant. Everyone needs clothes that fit their body and it shouldn’t break the bank.

So there you have it. Please pass this post along. You can click the twitter share button at the end of this post. Post a link on facebook or tumblr. Whatever you can do helps. Nothing will change if no one makes noise.

Thank you for reading.
ありがとうございました。
감사합니다.

8.17.2012

Let’s Get Healthy!!

There are so many people out there that keep looking for that quick fix to losing weight. Stop wasting your time.

NEWS FLASH!!

The only quick fix there is out there is liposuction. So unless you’re willing to pay up, I suggest you stop being a lazy fucker and get off the damn couch.

Part of the problem here is that people are so focused on numbers. This is why you are failing. You’re either focused on the numbers on the scale or the numbers on your clothes. Sometimes both. You can’t do that. I’ve recently come across some trolls on the interwebs that kept bringing up the word ‘normal’ when referring to body type/weight. And I’ve even seen people saying that anyone size 12 and over is overweight. O.O Can we please put all the stupid people on an island and move on with our lives?

Normal

What does that even mean? It means nothing, at least, not in the sense that people are using it. Try this… Normal is whatever works for you. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. If you feel comfortable in your skin and your health couldn’t be better, then you’re normal. And since everyone is different, everyone’s normal is going to be different. Do yourself a favour and stop comparing yourself to other people. It will only do you harm.

Size 12

Remember when everyone used to say that Marilyn Monroe was a size 16? Oh wait, people still say that. Well that’s false. Sort of. A size 16 in her time is probably something close to a size 10 now. What’s that you say? It’s vanity sizing is what I’m saying. If the measurements we all see on clothing really meant something, then why can I be a 16 in one store and a 12 in another? That makes no sense. I can literally go into five different stores and be five different sizes. (They also have sizing in odd numbers.) This is just crazy.

Women say they want equality eh? Then man up and start going by our measurements rather than the made up numbers that the stores are selling you. Some stores already do that, and I love it cause I don’t have to waste my time trying on three pairs of the same pants. Or I can just walk right out once I realize that they don’t even have my size. You can’t lose.

Now that that’s out of the way.


Let’s go back to getting healthy. Healthy eating and exercise. That’s all. So simple and yet so complicated.

Living in North America, I know firsthand how difficult it is to eat healthy. Any and everything you buy prepared is full of chemicals that the human body was never meant to consume. And if you’re buying unprepared food to cook with, they’re full of harmful pesticides. And don’t talk to me about organic food. Organic means nothing here. Two farms right beside each other. One uses pesticides and the other one doesn’t. Hey, guess what? They’ve both got pesticides in their crops. Your best bet is growing food in your backyard. But with 51% of Torontonians - (I'm assuming similar numbers in other urban areas.) - living in an apartment/condo or something, the situation becomes that much more complicated.

Location is key, and unfortunately most of us are screwed. But there is hope. So here’s what we do…

1. Stop buying processed food.

I know it sounds difficult, but trust me, homemade cookies are a million times better than the store bought crap. Homemade sweet potato fries? Yes please. And that brings us to…

2. Learn how to cook.

This generation is so fucking lazy. Why can't you cook? I’ve been taking free cooking classes for the past couple of months. And I took classes when I was a child. There are options out there. Get on the net and find them.

3. Go to a farm.

If you live within 30 minutes of a farm of any kind, you have no reason to be buying what’s available on that farm in the grocery store. Produce or meat, it doesn’t matter. You know it’s fresh, and you’re helping out the environment if you’re buying tomatoes locally as opposed to the ones that are being shipped in from elsewhere. And on top of all of that, food dyes and such are used on certain foods to make them look fresher for when they get to the grocery store. No thanks.

4. Shop smart.

You’re not always going to have time to cook everything from scratch. This is not a perfect world. Check the labels. What’s in the “food” that you’re about to buy? Notice that sugar and salt are in almost everything? Try buying stuff with the least amount of ingredients, least amount of sugar and the least amount of salt.

5. Drink water.

I’m going to tell you how much water to drink but you should be drinking it often. This is nothing new, we’ve all heard it before. So do it! Don’t like the lack of taste of water? Drink some tea or add some fresh fruit to your water bottle. Problem solved. No excuses.

Almost done talking about food.

I can’t stand it when I hear people complain about how bland or boring eating healthy is. Or that the food doesn’t taste good. WTF is wrong with you? Here are some pictures that I recently reblogged or liked on tumblr










Don't forget the snacks... 



CHOP APPLES / MICROWAVE FOR A FEW MINUTES / ADD HONEY AND CINNAMON

WHOLE WHEAT BREAD (TOASTED)
CHOBANI 0% VANILLA GREEK YOGURT
STRAWBERRIES & BANANAS
CHIA SEEDS
Search the ‘healthy food’ tag on tumblr for more.

Going out for dinner?

Dressing on the side.

Don’t feel like you have to finish everything on the plate.

Do you really need dessert? If you’re gonna go for it, share.

Here comes the exercise.

This doesn’t have to be painful. I’m telling you to go from zero to P90X. In fact I suggest that you don't do that. Start slow. P90X comes later. (If you want.) Start walking. Ten minutes a day. Work your way up. This is the best way to get to your ‘normal’. Don’t like walking? Take a yoga class, dance class, pilates class. Get on a bike, go swimming learn a new sport. There is something out there for everyone. No excuses.

I’m not at my normal. I’m not my healthiest. And yet here I am. I was able to put this blog post together. Which only leads to two conclusions; this is common sense and since we’re not doing all of this, we’re lazy.

So stop being lazy and start using your common sense. But remember, eating healthy and exercising don’t work without each other. You may be physically fit, but if all you’re eating is crap, don’t be surprised when you get that heart attack. And if all you do is eat all day but sit on your ass and watch TV, you’re not going to be in shape. 




So there it is. Our guide to getting healthy. If I've missed anything, feel free to leave a comment and let me and everyone know. 


Thanks for reading.

8.13.2012

London 2012 - Closing Ceremony

My last post on London's Games, and it's all about the party. There were so many musical acts in the show, and I don’t care to talk about all of them. But I just want to know where Coldplay in all of this though. Spice Girls, Muse and Coldplay are all I asked for.

And so the show begins…

Emeli Sandé makes a couple of appearances. She was in the opening ceremony, so I wasn’t too fond of her getting so much face time here. And I think her performance from the opening ceremony was better than what I saw yesterday. 




Churchill was chilling in the tower reciting Shakespeare. Sure, why not? I couldn’t help but notice that all the cars were driving on the wrong side of the road. What’s up with that? (Bad joke. Shut up.) Everything was covered in newsprint. I guess the English people really like reading newspapers? 


Harry representing the Queen. She was smarter than the rest of us by not showing up. But for some reason I thought it was cute to see him there. 


I loved seeing the Royal Guards make an appearance. It took me back to Vancouver 2010. 

The Petshop Boys perform something. Excuse me while I just zip through this stuff.

One Direction

What?! How long have these guys been around? A year maybe? Wait. I don’t actually care how long they’ve been around. I was just so offended on so many levels. Up until yesterday, I had never heard one of these songs, and then they just appear. Why me? Why would they do this to me? Allowing One Direction to perform in this show is like Canada showing off Nickelback or Justin Bieber. Or America showing off Nicki Minaj or chris brown. Are you really proud of these people? Cause I would be embarrassed. Oh wait, I am embarrassed. We did let Nickelback perform at our closing ceremony. A dark day for our nation.

Flag Bearers Enter the Stadium

Christine Sinclair was not my first choice for flag bearer, but I knew she would get it. Of course they would choose the favourite. But I was really happy for her. It looked like she was on cloud 9 holding our flag. I can’t be mad at that. The athletes then entered the stadium. This took a while, but obviously not as long as it did two weeks ago. 




Oh hai there Japan.


Loving the Canadian jackets. The should have made it a full Canadian Tuxedo with the pants. Oh god, how great would that have been?

Final Medal Ceremony

The guy handing out the flowers, what is his name? This man just grabbed the bouquets by the tops, not the stems, but the tops. I couldn’t help but laugh. He clearly wasn’t that interested in being there. Congratulations to the medal winners. I’ve always wanted to win the Men’s Marathon so I could get my medal in front of everybody. So cool. 




The Show Really Begins 

Opening with Queen and John Lennon. So great, I always get excited when something Queen related comes up. And Imagine is such a great song. George Michael performs next. I’m pretty sure he lip synced his second song. Can we just pause for a moment? What kind of stupid Olympic tradition is this? I will never forget our Vancouver games when some of the performers lip synced. Most notable, Michael Buble. So frustrating. We all know you can sing, so why let the recording do the work for you? It also happened in the Beijing closing ceremony. Ah well.  


Fashion

By this time, I was waiting for Rio’s presentation. Was this really necessary? Do I really need to see these people walking? I just… I just can’t. Please give me a moment.

It was a good thing Annie Lenox came out when she did. Not the biggest fan of the song choice, but the visuals kept me watching. But then a bunch of guys with guitars started performing and we got a shot from Niagara Falls of that dude walking a type rope. And BAM!! The dummy’s on fire. I would like to take this time to thank CTV for explaining that one to me.

Russell Brand

Does everybody love this man? I think everyone should love this man. Willy Wonka and a Beatles song. I don’t even like the Beatles, but Brand is so entertaining. The show was going back down and he brought it back. Fatboy Slim then follows. So he’s British. Learn something new every day. Anyone else notice the people in the octopus? 


And It Goes Back Down 

Who is Jessie J? Who is Tinie Tempah? And since when was Taio Cruz from the UK? So many questions. 

Spice Girls 

Finally. This performance was the only thing that I was sure of. Wow. These women. Just wow. I was so ready for this. I was a little scared the one of them would fall, but they pulled it off. I don’t even know if I like the Spice Girls or if I like the idea of them. I remember when I went to Ottawa in ’97 and I kept going back to Zellers to waste all my money on Spice Girls barbies. Sad, but true. They are a huge part of my childhood, and I was happy to see them. And their outfits. So perfect. It’s exactly what I expected. 


Eric Idle and the Victoria’s Secret Models

This was the best part of the show. Let’s sing a song that everyone knows and throw some interesting people into the mix. Oh and hey, let’s put some Bhangra music in there too. Nothing short of brilliant. I loved this whole part. 



Muse & Queen 

This is what I wanted. This is working out beautifully. The show is going up fast. I can’t believe I once forgot about this band. 

Seeing Freddie Mercury was great. An odd thing to say, considering that it was recorded years ago. But he was great. He’s a legend. 


But then Queen made a bad move. They performed one of their most if not the most recognizable songs with Jessie J. Why did she come back? And why does she do that weird screeching thing? Not good. Just not good.


OH NO!!! The flag is coming down. An emotional moment for many. The Olympic anthem was then performed, and I just sat there and kept thinking, “I should probably learn this song.” It really is a beautiful one.

Passing of the Flag

From London to Rio. The opening and closing ceremonies may not have been very impressive this time around, but these games have been amazing. I am still a little bitter about Rio getting the next games and not Tokyo, but I think I’m over it now. I was ready for London to stop trying to wow me. The presentation wasn’t amazing, but it was fun. I’m not familiar things Brazilian and I had no idea who Pele is, but it’s all good. Who was that tall woman? Miss Universe maybe? Does that even happen anymore? 



Anywho, Canada didn’t impress me when they had their presentation at the end of the Tourin games. But look at the amazing show this country put on back in 2010. I still have hope for Rio. It can’t be worse than what I sat through this year.

The Phoenix


Take That performing Rule The World. I actually like this song. Who are these guys? They performed just after or during the spreading out of the chouldran. I thought it looked better like that. 


Then ballet dancer, Darcey Bussell stole the show for me. This is where the show should have ended. End it with something big. In my eyes, you can’t go wrong with a ballet number. I am a little biased though. 


And then the worst thing ever happened; the flame went out. It’s done. It’s really done. Four years until Rio. So sad. Can you believe this has gone by so fast? The Who closed the show, but… whatever.


Well London, it's been fun. Not the ceremonies, but the actual games. Thank you for hosting the world. And congratulations on all your medals. So much history was made over the past couple of weeks. I have been introduced to different sports through these games and now have things like Shot Put and the Decathlon to look forward to in 2016. It's been a blast, but my body is ready to go back to a regular sleep schedule. 


Oh! And a big thank you to everyone who has read my posts on these games. I really appreciate it. ありがとうございます!감사합니다!

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8.12.2012

London 2012 – It’s All Over

So soon? I'm never prepared for this. The Olympics are quickly winding down, and we have to wait another two years for another one. Unless of course you're only into the Summer Games. Rio seems so far away. 

This week has been another emotional one, for the athletes, for the world and for me. So much heartbreak. But it's the big moments, the unexpected ones and the history that's made that always has me coming back for more. 

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius made history just by competing in these games. Jamaica's Usain Bolt smashed a couple more Olympic Records, no big deal. And host nation Great Britain wins more medals than they have won since the 1908 Games in London.


Monday August 6th

I was too busy chilling with my family to watch anything. I watched the highlights of the Women’s soccer match against America. You know, the one we should have won. So disappointed, I would have loved to see Canada go against Japan, the defending FIFA champions, in the gold medal match. 


Tuesday August 7th

I didn’t even go to sleep on Monday cause I was too busy writing up my last post about the games. I had the TV on all night watching different segments on athletes that have already and had yet to compete. I finally got to see a replay of the Men’s 100m Final. It’s amazing how nervous I get, even though I already know what happens. It was beautiful. I want to watch it again and again.


I saw the fall about ten minutes after it happened. These are the moments that break my heart. Simon Whitfield had just got on his bike after the swimming leg of the Triathlon had finished, when he lost balance after going over a speed bump taking fellow triathlete Leonardo Chacon of Costa Rica down with him. It's amazing how Chacon responded to Whitfield after the race. Here's the letter he posted on facebook. So classy.

Then the 200m heats begin. I was barely able to keep my eyes open. I watched Bolt and Blake fly through their respective heats, and then I went straight to my bed.

Seven hours later...


Canada’s Derek Drouin brings home a bronze medal in High Jump. Not usually a sport that I watch in the games. But when I have nothing to do, I just sit in front of the TV and watch whatever CTV, TSN and NBC throw my way. There were so many different events happening in the Olympic Stadium at the same time. The focus kept jumping around. But every time a Canadian was up, CTV made sure to cover it. 
So congrats to you and your medal. Canada is surely proud. 



Another Bad Call That Hurts Team Canada 

I don’t even watch boxing. I find it really boring, but this is the Olympics. I watched the replay of the Custio Clayton – Freddie Evans quarter-final match. This is definitely not Canada’s games. So many upsets, and this was just another to add to the list. After the 14-14 tie breaker decision went in Evans favour, Canada made an appeal, but the judges stuck by their decision. Such a shame.


Wednesday August 8th

Three more medals!! YAY CANADA!!! 


Adam van Koeverden takes the silver in the Men's Kayak Singles 1000m. He is one of my favourite Canadian athletes. He did such a good job. I'm so proud of him.


Mark Oldershaw celebrates with his bronze medal that he earned in the Men's Canoe Singles 1000m. He is the fifth member in his family to compete at an Olympics, but the first of them to win a medal. Congratulations Mark!

Wrestler Carol Huynh, right, won a gold medal in Beijing, and comes back for years later with a bronze finish in the Women's 48kg. Canada's third medal of the day. 
America's Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun also celebrates her bronze medal in the same event.

Thursday 9th

Canada wins the bronze!!! I’m so proud of this team. It’s crazy how they got cheated out of the finals. Why was the stadium so empty though? 
As I watched the medal ceremony at work, I couldn’t help but think that Canada and America were on the wrong part of the podium. Ah well. 



Congratulations Canada and 日本、おめでとうございます! Good games to the both of you.

“I would take an Honest Bronze over a Tainted Gold any day!”


Bolt. Blake. Weir. OMG!!! I was freaking out for this one. So happy I got to see it live. Can’t lie though, I didn’t even see Weir. 



"Is there a throne in England big enough to hold this man?"

STORY TIME! 

Watching the 200m final again, with my sister this time. Usain Bolt is going on with his little pre-race show, and she asks “Yo, what is this guy doing?” 
I tell her to leave him alone, he’s the fastest man in the world. 
She's like "No, what about that other guy?" 
I look at her like WTF is this kid talking about? “You mean Donovan Bailey?” 
“Yeah.” 
“Buddy, Bolt beat his record four years ago. Are you serious right now?”

I’m pretty sure she’s the last person to find out.

Friday August 10th

Didn’t watch much today. Slept in late. Picked up my wallet. Bought a few things at the store. Got caught in the rain. Cooked dinner.

I had no idea that Japan and Korea were facing each other in the Men’s bronze medal soccer match. I had been paying so much attention to the women. How often does that happen in sports? Anywho, I’m glad I didn’t know about it cause I would have been so stressed watching that game. I wouldn’t know who to cheer for. 




Congratulations Korea!

Now the big question is, will the Japanese Women’s soccer team still be flying economy while the men fly business? The women sure do deserve a bump up.

I remember watching Rhythmic Gymnastics when I was younger. Probably the ’96 and maybe the ’00 games. But it never occurred to me that it was still in the Olympics until Nina Dobrev mentioned it on twitter. Really people? Why is this thing still in the Olympics? Why aren’t these people in Cirque du Soleil? I think that would be a more appropriate setting for their… skills. I propose that we replace Rhythmic Gymnastics with Cricket? Good idea right?


Moving on to BMX. So apparently it’s not just for the X-Games. How long has this been in the Olympics? I’m actually happy about this one. It’s one of the more exciting events in the Games, but also one of the scarier ones. I hope my future children won’t take a liking to this sport. I don’t think I’d be able to handle the stress. 


The fact that Canada had the 3rd best qualifying time in the Men’s 4x100m Relay is just… wow. Where did that come from? Do we actually have a shot at a medal?

Saturday August 11th

The Men’s 4x100m Final. Another race that I didn’t get to see live. I knew that Jamaica would get the gold, but I didn’t want to see anything that had to do with the result of the race. No interwebs for hours, just to avoid the result of the race. I wanted to see it myself. But as I was waiting for CTV to show it again, I briefly saw some something about “Canada’s Heartache”. So from then to when I saw the race finish I was freaking out. But why? What heartache? 



I couldn’t believe it. Fortunately, the replay didn’t go through the whole thing and I didn’t celebrate for as long as the rest of Canada did when it was live. I was so shocked. The water works started for me yet again. Nothing in these games made me cry as much as this outcome. I'm still so proud of you all though. You guys put Canada back on the Track map. 






A big congratulations to Jamaica though. I couldn't celebrate with you as much as I had with your other victories, but I am really proud of you all.

Still To Come...

So who do you want to bring in the Canadian flag? Personally, I’m going to go with Damian Warner. I think he represents what the Olympics are all about. He had an amazing performance in the Decathlon, doing better than he has ever done before in six out of the ten events. What more can we ask of our athletes? What an inspiration.



I'll be back with my thoughts on the Closing Ceremony. Who's ready for the Spice Girls?!

What's your favourite/least favourite moments of these games?


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