Sunday, February 28, 2010

Achieving Greatness Through the Power of a Dream

17 days of

Fair Play
Hard Work

17 Days of Dreams Achieved under one flame.

Goodbye my friend, Vancouver Winter Olympics. I will miss you, but I'll see you again in four years in Sochi, Russia. (Hopefully with Apolo included!)

(Apparently I am not allowed to post interviews with Athletes or Olympic competitions on my blog. NBC only allowed me to choose from certain videos that I could post).

But, you can see some of Cris Collinsworth's (CC's Top 5 Moments of the Games) here!

So because I can't post any interviews of performances I will post some of the most Memorable Olympic moments (in my opinion):

In no particular order...

1. The historic U.S. four man Bobsled Gold.

2. Apolo Anton Ohno winning two Bronze medals and a Silver for a total of 8 medals--the most in U.S. history for a Winter Olympian.

3. Evan Lysacek winning Gold for figure skating and the first gold for Frank Carroll, his coach.

4. Joannie Rochette's figure skating performance winning Bronze despite the death of her mother the Sunday before.

5. Bode Miller winning Gold medal in the Men's Super-Combined Alpine skiing (and Silver and Bronze in Super-G and Men's Downhill).

6. Kim Yu-Na winning Gold in the ladies' figure skating event.

7. The Canadian Men's Hockey victory for Gold. (Even though I was cheering for the U.S.!)

8. Lindsey Vonn's Gold in Women's downhill skiing.

9. Shaun White's Gold in halfpipe.

10. Alexandre Bilodeau's Gold medal in Men's Moguls Freestyle skiing.

Thank you Canada! The Maple Leaf Forever!

What will you remember most from the Vancouver Olympics?

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Last Olympic Post (Maybe)

I must remember to breathe while watching the Olympics.

Standing right in front of the TV and cheering and jumping up and down seems to best help for the athletes, especially for Apolo.

I can't believe the Olympics are almost over. It makes me sad.

I love the sounds short track skating.

And hockey.

And National Anthems being played. And sung.

What are the rules for curling? And why exactly is it considered an Olympic sport? Please give insight if you have it...because to me, it's just sweeping ice.

What I have loved:

The Speed Skating (short track version), especially Apolo Ohno. Winter Olympic athlete with the most medals! Go Apolo! (I like what Jimmy Kimmel said: "Dear Apolo Ohno- thank you for being to frozen water what Michael Phelps is to regular water"!)

Figure skating--especially Evan Lysacek. Go Evan! Go Kim Yu-Na!

I have loved:

Listed above, but still...

Apolo Ohno and Evan Lysacek

Scott Hamilton. His figure skating commentary cracks me up.

What I would like to see during the closing ceremonies:

Michael Buble singing--considering he's Canadian and all.

What I'm excited for after the Vancouver Olympics:

Sleep at a normal hour.

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


I'm glued to the tv.

I've decided the Olympics are addictive like chocolate with nuts. I just can't get enough of these games.

I love the Olympics. I mean, I really love the Olympics.

I also wish I was there to witness them in person.

Also, I've decided that he is my pretend short track speedskating boyfriend.

And he is my pretend figure skating boyfriend. And gold medalist!

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chocolate + Music = Love?

If chocolate be the food of love, eat on.

Oh, wait. Wrong quote.

If music be the food of love, play on. Is that better?

I love many things, it's true. So, in honor of Valentine's Day and for your reading pleasure, I will now list some of them. Warning: I will probably update this list periodically.

I love...


Dry Humor.

Caffeine Free Diet Dr. Pepper.


Christmas eve.

Christmas morning.

The Sound of Music.

The Phantom of the Opera.

The Beatles.

Josh Groban's voice.

Michael Buble's voice.

The smell of coffee beans.

My sister.




People playing with my hair.

The Olympics.

Sleeping in.

My down comforter.


Lost in Yonkers.

Prank phone calls.

Sheets (or clothes) warm out of the dryer.


World War II movies.

World War II in general.

Gene Kelly Dancing.

Hugh Jackman singing and dancing.

Selfless people.

As Time Goes By. The TV show.

Men in Wrangler jeans with cowboy boots.

Cultural events.

Kind people.

Cookie dough.


The Ensign.




Baby cheeks.


Baby animals.

Fiddler on the Roof.


The Book of Mormon.

Homecooked meals.

Tumbleweed. The real thing, not the restaurant.



My mom.

My dad.


Staying home.

Thrift stores.

Art galleries.

Real Simple magazine.

Heavenly Father.


Bagels with cream cheese and lox.

Tuesdays with Morrie.

Watching the sun rise.



Anne of Green Gables.

Chocolate with nuts.


Comfortable jeans.


Rain on a summer day.

Fresh baked bread with real butter.

Listening to music as I wash the dishes.


The smell of freshly cut grass.

The smell of my dog's toe pads. Don't judge me. You just have to experience it to know what I goes along with the smell of freshly cut grass.

Now, for your eating pleasure I will share two chocolate recipes with you. In case you want to make them over the weekend, for Valentine's day and all.

Molten Chocolate Lave Cake

Delicious Baked Fudge


Oh, one more thing. The Olympics started yesterday and I love the Olympics. This means that I might not be blogging while they are being shown. I will try, but I can't guarantee anything.

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snowy Day

"One winter morning I woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered {almost} everything as far as I could see ..."

(excerpeted and from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and inserted I instead of Peter).

As a gift from the snow, I got two, count em' TWO, snow days in a row.

Tonight I will be enjoying snow cream and a walk in the white goodness.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

"Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
(Doesn't he have the perfect last name for this poem?!)

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In the Which the Mystery is Revealed

Baby, it's cold outside!

The cold and the combined snow means a snow day today! Except it's raining now which means we couldn't get any snow cream out of it. And most of the snow has melted which means it's just a slushy white mess. So, what we have is a snow turned to rain day. But it is very sunny outside, thankfully. We haven't had much sun during the past week.

I really want to see this movie, but it's gone from the theatres and the library charges to check out new videos. I guess I will have to wait until I go back to Columbus. C'est la vie.

(500 Days of Summer)

For Christmas I received a digital camera. Yay! But I have no computer to download the images to, which is the reason my posts only have images I've taken from Google.

I'm thinking of starting a food blog, I have so many recipes that I want to try. But here's the thing. I think food blogs should have pictures, somehow it just makes the food more appealing. Don't you think? The lack of a computer pretty much hinders the adding of pictures. I guess I will just have to wait until my computer is fixed.

It seems as of late that life and time has taken a cosmic fast forward. Why does it go so fast as we age? I've always wondered that.

Older people say to me, "enjoy your youth while you can, it all goes by so fast."

I'm now beginning to realize they are right. Time does seem to speed up as we age. Last week I was listening to NPR and scientists have some new theories as to the reason why. Take a look for yourself, here. Very interesting reasons they provide and it definitely makes sense.

(Enter embeded video - be sure to watch it on the NPR website page link above- you have to scroll about half way down (it is the video with the Asian girl). I tried to embed it here but the video wouldn't show up.)

So, on the verge of sounding old myself, enjoy life while you can. It passes us by all too quickly.

Copyright © 2010 by Natasha M.
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