Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Random of Olympic Proportion

It’s time for the weekly random dozen hosted by Lid at 2nd cup of coffee….why not play along? Answer the questions on your own blog and link your answers here to share.

1. If you could compete in one Olympic event (not necessarily winter sports) what would it be?

Well I would love to be a great alpine skier….I love to go fast and I love being outdoors and I love the atmosphere of a ski town. Oh, and the clothes…I love ski clothes. Of course this is all assuming I’m coordinated. And that I have whatever skill is required to win compete. We’re dreaming here right?

I love to swim so if we’re talking summer Olympics I’d say swimming. Although I cannot say I feel the same way about myself in a swim suit as I do in ski clothes.

2. Do you remember a specific Olympic moment from the past?

I loved seeing Dan Jansen finally win a gold medal in speed skating in 1994.

3. Have you ever known anyone who competed in the Olympics?


4. If everyday activities were Olympic-worthy, which activity would you have a gold medal in?

I’ve just taken a quick inventory of my everyday activities and I can’t come up with a single one that is gold medal worthy. That was more than a little depressing. Cooking? Silver maybe.

5. Do you know anything about your ethnic heritage?

yes-more on my dads side than my moms but essentially I’m English, Irish, French and German…my maiden name is English. That makes me very happy.

6. Do you enjoy sleeping late?

I love to sleep but I am not a late sleeper. I wish I could sleep late but I am an early riser and it doesn’t matter how late I go to bed, I’m still up early.

7. Have you ever performed CPR on anyone? Do you know how? (Yes, that's two, I know. Whatevs.)

yes I do know how and no I’ve never had to-thankfully!

8. Name one country you'd like to visit and explain why.

Uh…do you know me? Actually no you probably don’t but do you read my blog? Well I’ve written ad nauseum about my love of a small island called England and also about my happy place which is Italy and I may have mentioned France a time or ten so those countries are always at the top of my list. I’ve seen a whole lot of them in the past seven years though so if I have to pick somewhere new, hmmm….how about a trip around the Greek isles…I’ve been to Athens but I need to see the islands. Really I’m generally up for a trip just about anywhere. It’s a great big world and I’d like to see it all.

9. Have you ever fixed up a couple romantically?

no…unless you count my attempts at arranging the future marriages of my children.

10. What is the last book you read?

I read a lot. I generally have more than one book going. I recently read The Help by Kathryn Stockett (fantastic!), Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (couldn’t put it down) and South of Broad by Pat Conroy (he has a way with words that I envy)

Currently I am reading:

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (fiction)

His Excellency by Joseph Ellis (a biography of George Washington)

11. Do you enjoy sleeping late?

hmmm…I’m thinking whoever wrote these questions really really really likes sleeping late since Lid someone asked this question twice.

12. What is your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant?

Oh this is practically impossible to answer. I’m not sure I can even tell you my favorite restaurant….I love a crab feast at Cantlers on the river in Annapolis…I love a curry at Bawarchis in our little village in England….I love fish and chips at The Royal Standard…I love an excellent steak in many a steak house. I am not hard to please when it comes to dining out. Or dining in for that matter.


  1. The skiing sounds great...of course we need to ask for those elastic knees too!

    Food in Annapolis is amazing, doncha think?

  2. Oh I loved when Dan Jansen won! Thanks for reminding me. So many wonderful Olympian moments.

    No gold medal abilities here either, I'm afraid. I'm not going to think about that too much!

    I remember a wonderful brunch in Annapolis years ago on the roof deck of a restaurant. Such a beautiful city.

  3. #1 was so funny! And I'm also Irish, French and German.

  4. What fun answers. You have seen alot of places, that is so cool. I have not been anywhere but the US. However we do have a lot of beautiful sites here also. Can't weight to see them all. Enjoyed your answers.

    until next time... nel

  5. This is such a fun meme. Thanks for sharing it. I hope you're having a super great day! I loved getting to know some more about you today....

  6. A silver in cooking! That's awesome! I'm going to investigate those books you're reading. Later this year I'll finally have time for leisure reading. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

  7. What no ski jumping or skeleton? just kidding.

    Dan Jansen was my fave memory too.

    Santorini looks beautiful! Would love to visit, as well.

    Loved # 9. My husband would say the same for me. I just call it encouragement.

    Will have to check out Cantlers sometime.

    You're the second to recommend The Help. I will check that out too. Thanks for all the tips. :)

  8. Sounds like some wonderul books. Will have to check them out.

  9. Oh, but I CAN see where ski clothes would be much more forgiving than a bathing suit, Joyce. At least, on my body they would be.
    Oh yes, I remember Dan Jansen winning the gold. That WAS a great moment in U.S. Olympic history!
    I, too, wake up early no matter what time I go to bed. :-/ AND I can't just lay there or make myself go back to sleep. Oh, but I love naps! :-)
    I have The Help on hold at the library. I can hardly wait to get it! :-)
    Always love reading your answers!

  10. Well who could blame you for trying to fix up your children...I mean it is a BIG deal and probably affects you just as much!!

    Great answers


  11. Joyce,

    Ah I remember the joys of skiing in my youth, just the sound of absolute silence as the wind whooshes by, just you alone gliding down a snowy hill! Peaceful. Great list once again!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  12. Ha! I am so looking forward to sleeping in next week!


    :) haha!

  13. How fast they go in downhill skiing terrifies me but if I could putz along I'd enjoy it. :vD

    I've got the Help on hold at the library.

  14. Brennan Manning spoke at our church several years ago. He was a great speaker! You are a great cook from what I read in your blog. I'm sure you are worthy of at least a silver medal, maybe a gold. You are just being modest. I have never tried to ski, but I love to watch them ski on the Olympics. Enjoyed reading your answers. Love & blessings from NC!

  15. the swooshing sound on the slopes is so pleasing..they should make a sound recording to help people sleep...that would work for me :)

  16. I'm in for the tour of the Greek Isle! When do we pack?

    Loved your answers ~ you made me giggle!

  17. Oh you and my husband can chat in the morning! YUCK! :)

    I love your travel log. My answer to that was similar.

    So far you are the only other person who has a huge list of books like me. They teased me. :( I'll get over it though!
    Jessie at Blog Schmog

  18. I loved reading your answers to the random dozen. Your traveling sounds so fun. We had the opportunity to take my husband's mom to the little town in Italy where her father came from. It was so much fun to see her delight. And I also love England and having a spot of tea; lol.

    Thanks for stopping by Heart Choices. I love to get to know bloggers I've not met before. :)


  19. I probably shouldn't admit it but I could sleep the day away if they let me. I've always been a night owl!

    Oh yes, I'd absolutely much rather wear ski clothes than a bathing suit!

    I'm about to start reading The Help. I hear it's great!