Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic mania!

I love the OLYMPICS!
Our little TV is getting quite the work out this week as I try to keep up with all the Olympic excitement! It's been fun to explain what the Olympics are all about to Cloe. The other day, she was asking about the other team. I told her we were playing the Chinese team. She replied, "Oh yeah, CHINESE, they've got all the rice." Awesome...I guess we've got a ways to go on our cultural studies. We also love Shawn Johnson--she's from our town!
So, is it bad that I find myself actually cheering for the other team to slip, stumble, or sneeze? When I see our athletes on the medal stands or checking the scoreboards, I just have this motherly instinct to hug them and tell them how proud we are of them.
Yesterday, someone asked about my own Olympic dreams. Pretty much, I don't have an athletic bone in my body unless playing the organ is considered athletic... So, I've come up with a few of my own Olympic events which I think I might have a good shot at medaling in. (Yes, these will be pretty obscure things.)

The Budget Billing Olympics
Ever since Mid-American upped our budget billing amount this winter, I've had this obsessive drive to turn off lights, unplug things, and sweat it out with no air-conditioning in an effort to get that amount down. I'm hoping they show up at my door with a huge bouquet of flowers..."We're sorry, ma'am. We upped your budget billing, and we were wrong. You don't need to pay that much. We're so sorry. You win!"

The Coupon Olympics
Using coupons really is like an Olympic event. You have to train, you have to watch others, you have to be on your game, sharp at all times, watching in all directions--clipping coupons, printing coupons, checking the ads, watching coupon blogs, making lists... I'm pretty sure some day at Target, the fake ceiling is going to move letting the confetti and balloons fall all over my aisle. "You win! 437 coupons in one trip! Way to get those bargains!"

The Recipe Substitution Olympics
This one is tricky. First, you have to love to cook and bake and then never have any of the right ingredients on hand. The judging for this one will have to take place at the 4-H Building. Those people really appreciate and see endless value in quirky things like this. The scoring for this will probably be a point for every item you didn't have and successfully replaced with something else from your kitchens. "Congratulations! Out of 15 ingredients, you only had two. You've taken this recipe for Seven Layer Cake and turned it into Breakfast Muffins with your substitutions. Let's eat!"

I could keep going, but I don't really have that many awesome skills left and I don't really want to expose all of my quirkiness. It's fun to think what Olympic events my friends might win...you're all so talented! What event do you think you would win?


peter marie said...

Aren't the Olympics the best??

That's funny about Chloe telling you my secret because I pretty sure I never told her. Funny!

Alisa said...

:) Laughing! :)