valentines, the year of the tiger & the olympics

February 15, 2010 |  Category:   holidays life


Nothing brightens up a drab winter day like an unexpected riot of colorful roses delivered to your door (thanks, bro).

This morning was spent with a friend having coffee and pastries at Cafe Falai as we had our second meeting over decorating her new apartment. Did I mention that I’m being hired to design a living space? Yes, and not as easy as it seems. One design discipline doesn’t necessarily cross over to the other, but as we made our way through 2 stores, we’re honing in on a vision.

And finally! A low key day after a very weird and hectic week. We’re spending Valentine’s and President’s Day in the burbs with my parents and had a very much needed home cooked meal to celebrate the lunar new year.

And the Olympics? We’ve been watching and the girls are rather captivated with it. Mia especially is excited about the ice skating as it’s something that she has taken a recent interest to. The 1 hour TV rule has been thrown out the window for these 2 weeks and we’ve been turning it on and letting them stay up late to watch the events (but damn all those commercials). The Olympics were absolutely HUGE when I was a kid and into the 90s – Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci, the US Gymnastics team in Atlanta, ice skating, and if I think back hard enough, I can remember what a huge deal it was for the US hockey team to win at Lake Placid in 1980. They’re totally burned into my memory and the Olympic Summer Games was one of my favorites games to play on Atari. The graphics were so so crude even back then but we’d hum that anthem as we tried to pole vault our way to a medal.

So when did the Olympics lose a bit of its luster? When they decided to let pro athletes compete? When the Summer and Winter games staggered so that the Olympics were on every 2 years and not every 4? Whatever it is, it’s fun to share the excitement with the kids, who are learning that luge is dangerously fast, that mogul skiing is done on a bumpy course with tight, bent knees, that short track is popular in our family because of the Koreans and that a South Korean girl might be the first in the country to win a gold medal in figure skating. Good memories.

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  • Lara February 15, 2010 at 2:12 am

    I used to love that Atari game. LOVE it. I’d forgotten about it, though, til you mentioned it.

  • chrisi February 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I’m currently obsessed with the olympics also… only, the couples figure skating seemed to be unfairly scored for some couples (my opinion)… The sport is beautiful and demanding (as all are in their own way) and watching it is a blast :]

  • emeline February 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I know, I hear you about the blahness of the Olympics- and the television coverage is terrible and so over dramatic! Gorgeous roses btw!

  • julie y, February 15, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    that explains it…im guessing you guys weren’t at the brooklyn flea this weekend? on a mini-vacation? 🙂 i looked and looked, thought i was missing you! hope the weekend was enjoyable+relaxing.

  • Jenna February 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Julie, Mark was at the Flea on sat, but not sunday. and yes, we did have a rather relaxing weekend, thanks!

  • Michelle Shopped February 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

    the olympics lost their luster for me when they went to every two years alternating summer/winter and introduced pro athletes — oh and moving out of canadian television range put the kabosh on it for me too — canadians have some of the best olympic tv coverage (or used to — haven’t watched cbc for years)…but you are right about the good memories associated with them (my kids were the girls’ ages when olympics were still amateur and every 4 yrs — winter ones our fave, esp ice dancing — remember torvill and dean? bobsled and ski jumping — yeah!)