Gold Medal in Spectating

You guys, I am so obsessed with the Olympics. I’m watching it as I write this, like I have been, with any second of free time I have except for from 10-11 on Sunday nights because that’s when Breaking Bad is on and I need to know how much crazier Walter White’s gonna get.

I live-tweeted the Opening Ceremonies. I’ve been tweeting at least twice about every event I watch. I have seen volleyball, archery, badminton, tennis, basketball, soccer, track, rowing, whitewater kayaking, cycling, fencing, gymnastics and swimming.

OMG swimming.

If Olympic swimming was on year-round, I’d have to quit my job. I wouldn’t be able to focus. I barely can focus now as it is. I had to change the channel.

I want to take Andrea Kramer’s job, not just because she gets to talk to the swimmers as soon as they get out of the pool, but because she is the worst, dumbest interviewer I have seen in my life. And she doesn’t try to touch their abs, which is a travesty in itself, because that’s all I’d be doing.

How could you not?

Related: In one of the group texts I have going with some of my girls, we had a discussion about which male Olympic swimmer’s abs you’d like to lick Nutella off of.

I’m not picky.

But anyways, yeah I’m a little obsessed. I know so many olympians names.. from Team USA, from other countries, from all kinds of sports. My new favorite Olympic sport is archery, I think, but who knew badminton was so intense, because it is.

Also, I still do not understand tennis scoring. It’s played the same way as badminton, ping-pong and volleyball yet it is too good for normal scoring.

These athletes are beasts in every single sport…Gabby Douglas is so adorable I can’t stand it and it’s ridiculous how good she is at gymnastics. The women’s volleyball team – Misty and Kerri – have inspired me to do even better at my just-for-fun outdoor volleyball games Monday nights…

Ryan Lochte’s kind of a d-bag, but he’s not bad to look at. And he wins medals.

And Michael Phelps is superhuman. That’s all there is to it.

I don’t get this way about winter Olympics. Just summer, for some reason. Maybe because there are more ripped male athletes doing things shirtless?

It’s just so exciting though. No matter the sport. People are making their dreams come true and proving that they are the best in the world at something.

And I am the best in the world at watching. Pretty sure.

I have no idea what I’ll do with myself once the Olympics are over, but I do have a wedding to keep me busy for a bit. And Shark Week starts soon.

Thank God.

For more observations on Olympics and the amazing specimens competing in them, follow me on Twitter – @LoBoogie.

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Playlist fo da summah

Sometimes I get really tired of all of the music on my iPhone. And then I’m greatfuil for Pandora and for the iPhone’s capabilities to let me listen to music through THAT rather than the songs I spent money on.

Because that makes all the sense in the world.

I don’t make mixed CDs anymore, because that is so 2000 and late. Plus I have one of those cars where you can plug in your iPod and play music. ‘CAUSE I’M RICH, BEEEYOTCH.

Ha. I wish. Would solve several problems I’ve had as of late and get that pit of anxiety out of my stomach. Unless it’s not anxiety and it’s just residual meat from my weak week in Savannah.

Wanna know what’s on my playlist? I bet you do.

There’s a lot of repeat performers on there and some I’ve written about before, but all do the same – make me smile. Or feel relaxed. Or want to be taking a nap in a hammock with sounds of waves crashing in the background. I don’t ask for much.

1. “Be Calm,” Fun.

2. “Be Here Now,” Ray Lamontagne

3. “Bein’ Green,” Damian McGinty

4. “The Cave,” Mumford and Sons

5. “Concrete Wall,” Zee Avi

6. “Cry,” Lea Michele

7. “Falling,” The Civil Wars

8. “Fix You,” Coldplay

9. “Frank D. Fixer,” Jason Mraz

10. “I Guess I Should Go To Sleep,” Jack White

11. “Meg White,” Ray Lamontagne

12. “Hannah,” Ray Lamontagne

13. “One More Night,” Maroon 5

14. “Shake It Out,” Florence and the Machine

15. “Talk Show Host,” Radiohead

16. “Thistle and Weeds,” Mumford and Sons

17. “To Whom It May Concern,” The Civil Wars

18. “Wide Awake,” Katy Perry

19. “93 Million Miles,” Jason Mraz

20. “Giving Up,” Ingrid Michaelson

21. “Until You,” Dave Barnes

22. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” Pink

23. “Your Song,” Ellie Goulding*
*Elton John’s is, of course, the best, but this is giving the Moulin Rouge version a run for its money when it comes to second place.

24. “Hey Jude,” The Beatles

25. “Love The Way You Lie, Pt. III,” Skylar Grey

26. “Wipe Your Eyes,” Maroon 5

27. “50 Ways To Say Goodbye,” Train

You’re welcome. Now get to downloadin’.

Florence and the frigging Machine

I’ll be back this weekend/next week with some more substantial posts, because I know you’ve missed me this week. But I had kiddos to chaperone at Disney World and work to catch up on and OMG I need to finish the last Hunger Games book.

So for now, please be content with this.

Because I am. I cannot. get. enough. of. this. song.

That is all.

Addicted

I’m working on putting together some playlists to share with you, songs I enjoy grouped together by the situation/mood they are most appropriate for. A mood ring for your ears, if you will. Kinda.

While you wait on that, though, you need to check this out. I know it’s been out a while, but I recently rediscovered it. And I cannot. get. enough.

day 01 – your favorite song

There’s this thing going around Facebook called the “30 Day Song Challenge.” I’m doing it. Get ready.

Day 1 – Favorite Song. GO.

OK, first of all – this whole CD is amazing and I am addicted to it. Find a song on there you don’t like, I dare you.

I am loving Adele, especially her song “I’ll Be Waiting.” She’s ridiculously talented and is coming nowhere near Louisville for a concert anytime soon. Except for the Ryman. And it’s sold out. Anyone in Nashville with super-awesome connections that loves me and can help a girl out? Please and thank you.

March 22, 2011.

A.K.A. Day 2 without The Wire.

The withdrawals have begun.

I already miss Omar. And Bubbles. And McNulty. And Bunk. And Herc. And Freamon. And Greggs. Hell, I even miss Rawls.

Oh. Not sure what I’m talking about? Only the best show ever. Well, one of ’em anyway.

We all know I like and watch entirely too many television shows. I like to think I have good taste though – I’ve recommended LOST, How I Met Your Mother and Dexter to people who are now hooked (RIP LOST). I like cop shows and smart shows (please disregard my love for Jersey Shore here) and any show that can hook me in the first hour.

The Wire, recommended to me by my cousin, wasn’t high up on my list at first. He’s the only person who was telling me how good it was and he and I don’t always have the same taste in what’s good and what’s not. But after much convincing, I moved it up to the top of my Netflix queue and, well, wondering where I’ve been the last month and a half?

Yeah. Watching The Wire. All five seasons. All the f-bombs, the gangstas, the drugs and Omar whistling “The Farmer in the Dell” every time he walked up on a stash-house (where they keep the drugs, for those of you wondering) with his shotgun to rob them.

The Wire got me through appendicitis recovery and show pre-sweeps hiatuses and I’m gonna miss it. Like all my other favorite shows (too many, I know, but when you ask to borrow ’em bet you’re glad I have them to share. FOR FREE), I probably will own it at some point.

But not right now. It’s 105 bucks on Amazon.

Sheeeeeeeeeeeit.

For those of you without young children in the room and/or who don’t have an aversion to the extreme amount of cursing allowed on HBO shows, here’s a clip of all the best lines from the show. Enjoy. And then go watch all five seasons. It’s good stuff. Trust me.