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Olympics - Men's Curling & the Cauldron

Monday, February 22, 2010

Yesterday we headed out to the Men's Curling match. It was another great sunny day.... We parked and took transit stopping to pick up Subway again for lunch on our way. We decided not to take the train home as the first train home in the evening wasn't until 9PM, too long a wait after our event. The games were good. The 4yo even seemed to enjoy her day...
Lunch at the park in the sunshine

The kids were great and enjoyed seeing the mascots. We also got to see some entertainers while waiting for the doors to open for curing. There was a pair of Irish Dancers and a group of singers.

At the cauldron

And a few photos from Saturday

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HOCKEY47 2/24/2010 3:05AM

    love the photos and will post mine soon

i saw the cauldron last tuesday nite and had nice coffee and dessert at the Art Gallery Cafe away from the crowds

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TEGOCHU 2/22/2010 10:14PM

    Jeez, my boyfriend would be SO jealous of you guys! Him and I got to check out some women's curling on Friday, but he was pretty bummed that he didn't get any men's tickets lol.

Wow, I think those are the first photos I've seen of the mascots since the Olympics have started! Seems like they've been totally MIA recently which surprised me!

Great photos, your kids are super cute! :)

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JGOLFER 2/22/2010 8:52PM

    Great blog and wonderful pictures! I have really enjoyed watching the curling on TV. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures at the Olympics!
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POSEY440 2/22/2010 8:45PM

    WOW I can say I know someone who actually went to the Olympics that is really cool for me. I like the pictures that was nice. Do they allow you to take pictures inside where the matches happened? It looks like it was a great day of all, thank you for sharing this is so special for me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATELJM 2/22/2010 6:20PM

    L, thanks for sharing your photos! How cool that you get to see some of the Olympics!

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TBANMAN 2/22/2010 5:32PM

    Wondeful pictures! Your children are so cute - and look so well behaved! Is it an act or what? emoticon

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PLSOCK 2/22/2010 2:56PM

    Were you at the curling match with the impromptu anthem? That was awesome!

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WINTERWINGS 2/22/2010 2:39PM

    Wow, that's great you get to share the Olympic experience with your kids. I envy you! What a shot Martin made with his last rock, eh?!

Great pictures. Your kids look super cute. : ) I was surprised at what people were wearing in the crowd shots from yesterday's coverage. How nice!

Thanks for posting the pictures.

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Olympics - Woman's Hockey

Sunday, February 21, 2010

We headed out to Woman's Hockey today. We drove part way, walked, took the SkyTrain (kinda like a subway, but above ground), a short walk, hopped on a bus, another walk, walked a few blocks, then grabbed a bus out to UBC. Once there we sat and ate our lunch that we picked up at Subway. We were so early that we had to wait for security to open! One of the first through security and then waited for the game to start. The older two kids did well. The youngest had difficulties with the waiting and length of the game -- she was ready to go home after the warm up skate!

For the most part we were dressed for the day, but could have really done with pillows, or blankets, or soft fluffy parkas to SIT on. We were in the end zones, and were on temporary seating -- metal grandstands/scaffolding -- so our derrières were cold!

The game was good -- Switzerland shut out China - in a pretty good game.

Tomorrow we are headed to Men's Curling. We were hoping to take the Train (West Coast Express) but upon looking at the schedule, the first train home leaves at 9PM! So now I wonder if that is the best decision.... We'd have to take the bus in from home, not partway as the first train doesn't leave until too late, and then we'd have to stay out for about 4 hours after the event before heading home. I'll have to check with everyone to figure out what the plan is. Usually the West Coast Express is a commuter only train, and so it doesn't make much opportunity for many others to take it.

We will be sitting again on metal grandstands so we will be taking warmer/softer coats!

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TBANMAN 2/21/2010 4:27PM

    We probably sat in the same seats as you - we saw Russia and Sweden last Sunday. Yep, they were cold on our tushies!

Enjoy the curling! That's one thing I'd want to see. That and speed-skating.

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SOULFLOWER80 2/21/2010 3:31PM

  I think that is so coollll to watch the Olympics in person! That's amazing! I'm hoping they'll come to the States someday. A girl can dream. ;) heh xo

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 2/21/2010 3:28PM

    Glad your first day at the Olympics has been good. Sorry about the cold, metal seats! Glad, though that you will be taking warmer 'seat wear' tomorrow. We have kept our TV on the Olympics channel all week..don't even watch anything else during the Olympics. Just love the sport of it all. Have a great day tomorrow too.

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LALAFLOWERS 2/21/2010 8:10AM

    Enjoy... My folks have volunteered, and are both posted in the athletes village. My sister and her boyfriend have been to a couple of events... Enjoy the mens curling. Not sure who you'll be seeing, but from what I've seen on the TV the play is amazing!! (The mens has even caught hubby's eye.. and he's never seen it before..)

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PINKCOCONUT 2/21/2010 7:37AM

    Lucky woman! Glad you're taking advantage of all of this!!!

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COJUTE2 2/21/2010 3:46AM

    That is soooo cool to be able to see events at the Olympics. I wish I lived closer so that I could have attended an event or two.

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Anniversary Weekend....

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tonight I went out for a dinner and a movie with my husband. It was a great night out -- dinner and a movie... We celebrated 13 years since our wedding! It has been an amazing 13 years! I am so lucky to have such a supportive and loving husband.

Tomorrow we are headed to a Classification Game for Women's Olympic Hockey Game at Thunderbird Stadium at UBC - we will be watching Switzerland versus China.

On Sunday we are headed to the Vancouver Olympic Centre for Men's Curling for Round Robin Session 9 -- one of the games we will be watching is Canada vs Switzerland. Current Stats have Canada in 1st place and Switzerland in 4th, so it should be a great game to see.

It should be two full days, as we are taking transit down (as there is no parking at the venue) -- luckily my husband works near a Skytrain station so we have free secured parking! Lunch will be Subway on the go... and dinner will probably be somewhere on the way home. The only difficultly is water bottles and external food aren't allowed in the venue so we can't take healthy snacks or Klean Kanteens filled with water. I think we will take some bottled water with us that can be recycled once empty.

Monday is our 13th Anniversary. And unfortunately it is back to regular routine...

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

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KATELJM 2/22/2010 6:21PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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LDBROOME 2/21/2010 9:40PM

    Congratulations on celebrating your 13th Anniversary!

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NANAOF3LUVSJC 2/20/2010 10:08PM

    emoticon plus three!!! Glad you had a great time.

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THORNTONSTEPH 2/20/2010 7:08PM

    Happy anniversary. Hope you have many more wonderful years together. Enjoy the Olympics. It would be fun to watch it in person.!

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 2/20/2010 2:53PM

    Happy anniversary and enjoy your trip to the Olympics! I love curling!!

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MOLLIEMAC 2/20/2010 8:52AM

    May you both enjoy your celebration! Sounds like a fun weekend....MJ

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46SHADOW 2/20/2010 7:43AM

    happy anniversary! emoticon

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Weekly Log - Feb 15- Feb 21

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My plan for this week include runs on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. On Saturday and Sunday it is unlikely that I will get a run in, as we have Olympic tickets. We will need to leave approximately 4 hours (possibly more) before each event, so I might be able to get out for an early and short run, but if not we will be doing lots of walking and other family activities!

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I plan on strength training, Sunday I hope to get some yoga in.

Feb 15 - 4.8km Running, 2.7km Walking, Stretching
Feb 16 - 1.8km Walking, ST Upper body done, 30 min yoga
Feb 17 - 15km Run, 0.9km Walk, Stretching, 40min Skating
Feb 18 - 1.9km Walking
** No Strength Training -- was feeling very ill in the evening
Feb 19 - 8km Walking, 20min setting up tables and chairs at school
Feb 20 - 4.5km Walking, 75min moving tables, chairs and boxes taking down a scrapbooking CROP. My Strength Training/Cardio for the night!
Feb 21 -

UPDATE: I will not be running this weekend. We need to leave by 9:30 each morning, possibly earlier on Sunday so I'd have to be up and out for my run by 6AM if I were headed out... I don't do runs that early! Especially since I need to function for the rest of the day. I will spend the weekend with my family -- and we will be walking and taking transit, so although I'll miss my runs, I will enjoy my weekend.

UPDATE #2: Setting up & taking down from the scrapbooking CROP at our school was great exercise. We setup within 20min with the help 4 adults and various kids. Taking down took 3 of us over an hour to sort, clean, move chairs, boxes and tables. All done by 11PM!

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JSOL170 2/18/2010 6:20PM

    Um... Just call me jealous. Lol
Hope you are having a great time watching the athletes emoticon

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NANART4 2/18/2010 6:19PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!

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JLK7TIGER 2/18/2010 2:16PM

    emoticon Job on staying on track so far this week. You are such an inspiration to me and our team. I'm glad that you are apart of it.

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POSEY440 2/17/2010 10:27PM

    I will be thinking of you sitting in those stands watching those great athletes. You are doing so good on your walking. Thank you too for all your encouragement for me and I really am grateful to you friend. Enjoy yourself and your family at the Olympics.

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 2/17/2010 9:50AM

    What a great schedule! I am so happy you are going to the Olympics! That is awesome! I keep my TV on so that I can see and hear what is going on as I am doing things in other rooms. I absolutely love the Olympics...both winter and summer. My friends all think I'm crazy, but I love watching what the athletes can do. DH and I stayed up until 12:30 this am watching the men's short performance in skating...WOW!!

Have a wonderful time, and I'm glad you are close enough to have the opportunity to go!!

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PAMMAX64 2/16/2010 11:49PM

    Good job and the have fun at the Olympics! I am envious!

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The new me! A photo shoot...

Monday, February 15, 2010

The new me has some clothes to wear!

A new dress and a sweater

A "little" black dress

And some new tops, and new jeans!

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ASHLEEWEBART 2/19/2010 7:26PM

    You are so successful! I like the new clothes. The perfect reward for all that hard work.


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KATELJM 2/17/2010 6:32PM

    You make me smile. You so obviously are having a good time celebrating your success.

Have I told you lately, you're

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JLK7TIGER 2/16/2010 11:10AM

    emoticon You look great!

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    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing the inspiration! emoticon

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    Nice! How fun to be able to do that! emoticon emoticon

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MOONWILLOW1010 2/15/2010 1:08PM

    You look AWESOME!

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ROUSEHEAVY 2/15/2010 12:14PM

    whoot-whoot!! check out that sexxy girl!!! u go girl!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonfor sharing you have done an AMAZING JOB!

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    Beautiful!!! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA2010 2/15/2010 11:32AM


You look SO GREAT! Job well done!!


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    Looking great!! Like the berry colored top!


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USARUNNERGIRL 2/15/2010 9:38AM

    You are looking fantastic. Way to go girl.

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KIDDER136 2/15/2010 8:35AM

    Woo Hoo, you look fantastic... Congrats....

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    You look wonderful!!! emoticon

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KUDLBNY 2/15/2010 8:11AM

    Your Looking FANTASTIC. Keep up the good work, it is paying off for you.


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46SHADOW 2/15/2010 4:50AM

    Wow! Well done. You're a spark inspiration.

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    You look AMAZING!!!!

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    You look wonderful! You are such an inspiration!

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  Shake that booty girl! You look marvelous!!

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