Saturday, February 08, 2014

Sochi olympics opening ceremony uniforms and outfits....

one of my favorite outfits was that of Canada, bold black and red. those black toggles in front. nice job Hudson Bay!!  I also liked the white striping on Lebanon, and mostly their hats!

Well, Argentina had a uniform that looked like the set up crew, and Denmark had outfits that looked like maybe they were journalists... But I suppose when you live in a country where every single person is completely beautiful, you don't have to try too hard. seriously anyone I've met from Argentina or have seen in a Danish film, BEAUTIFUL!!! ha see how I keep it positive around here...

Netherlands, so bold!!  Great Britain was right on target for 2014, they looked very modern and clean. spectaculer!

France was all CLASS, fashion chic!!!  I'm biased 'cause I love brown and grey together.  And then Norway also looked nice and modern, love that light blue pant with the bold flag flying above. mmm

Tonga was so colorful, what a graphic! and Ireland got some jeers on some sites this morning, but I loved the horizontal pattern and sort of a faux camo look. It's Ireland, come on, green! I like it.

Ukraine, really like the busy pattern with the flash of yellow. and how about the sweaters on Andorra? I have no idea where that is but nice sweaters!

I also really liked the Mexico sweater, again with the contrasting white lines.  Poland was all right, and Spain looked pretty sharp in the cute black hats and red jackets, seemed fitting.

Serbia, really liked the graphic on the scarves draped on the blue.  Russia, another favorite!! that solid navy with white collar above the red . well done!! also the santa coats were fun. really liked that.  I have to hand it to Kazakhstan, it was like if you were watching a movie where a country shows up to join the fight and they bring strength and hope, what promising clean shiny colors, and I really LOVE how the flag guy was in traditional dress. way to Represent!!

Speaking of represent, stars and stripes baby!!!  yes it's  busy pattern, guess what, it wasn't designed for you to wear to work or dinner!! It was designed for this global international once in a lifetime event.  Just check out the crowd with all that red white and blue in a sea of stars. Hey man, it really stood out from all the other outfits and I was fine with it.  Of course it's basically a throwback to garish graphic 80's ralph lauren or tommy hilfiger style.  Perhaps for future Olympics they can get an actual sports company to design something, or maybe a young designer who understands sportswear. For example check out the snowboard jacket below. I'd wear that out all weekend here in the snow in OKC if I had one, it ROCKS!!!  Winter Olympics brind it on! :)
what were your favorites or least favorites? anyone watching?
Hopefully people can enjoy and appreciate the culture and people of a country without judging it based only on govt policies (or uniforms). I'd want the same from anyone judging the USA. I can vouch for the beauty in people of Honduras and Afghanistan, both of which may not have the best record on human rights issues. I bet the same could be said for a lot of places in the world. I'm looking forward to learning more about the people and places of Russia. Bring on the Olympics!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Oh YES! can't wait!!........

If any ONE reader has heard of this film and not yet told me, WHY??? I beseech thee.... :)


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

wintery Monday....

Did anyone watch the Bill Nye science guy debate online tonight at the Creation Museum? I watched it for a little while and then closed the tab on my computer screen... I had a great day at school today. We had classes delayed until 930. so I had extra time this morning and to make use of that time, yup I baked. Today was my mom's birthday so I made her some orange chocolate chip scones and brought them over to her and then went to my 9:30 class. Didn't have my 8 am class for the second week in a row on a Tuesday missed it! I had to email the class to just keep reading and be prepared to come in Thursday with the assignments as scheduled.  So yeah I'm just loving my job.
I'm trying to make an effort not to be too personal, and not try to be cute and funny with my personality. I don't know if that makes sense, but I really want to stay focused on Others first, not me first.  So by that I mean trying to not just get laughs to feed my own ego, or start to talk just to enjoy having the audience. BUT what I want to do is to be somewhat interesting and funny to keep them amused and participating in whatever we are doing, and whenever I'm going on talking that it's applying to an issue we're discussing in the class.  So those are my goals. I'm also trying to be very equal in giving students my attention, I want everyone to feel equally involved.  My goal is sort of like trying to be that person who always made you feel that only you were talking to them or mattered? you know how people can be like that.  So with my short attention span problem, I am hoping I can slow down and really look at students in the eye, and really listen and respond. anyway those are my goals...
Something I hope to start tomorrow is a sort of moment of silence/reflection before class starts. I'm going to try it and see what happens. basically it's based on the theory of meditating once a day and how that is proven to help you focus and stay on the task at hand and not carry about the usual worries upon your mind.  Basically it's proven that if before you start your day or work or project etc.. and spend a moment quiet, reflecting upon what your doing, throwing off worries of this or that from that morning or day before etc... then you end up doing a better focused job.  I guess I've read studies somewhere or another. anyway, so without doing any touchy feelie meditation sort of thing. I plan to just ask everyone to close books, become silent, and I'll ask them to put their worries aside, and begin to focus their minds on whatever we did the last time and what we're doing this time etc etc etc... well we'll see how it works. I think it will be beneficial since we have such a mix of busy students balancing their work life and school like and family life, plus the fact that I'm making everyone keep their cell phones put away out of sight this semester!!! yes.My Division Dean is really very supportive of such stuff, and had a prof that actually does a ringing tone bell before all his classes talk about it to us a few years back. good ole liberal college! gotta love it. :)
i swam laps after work, I did an extra set of 3 laps, I hope I can start to get more laps in. I want the cardio!  I'm really trying to be more relaxed about the life guard situation at my pool. they are just a bunch of high school and college type kids who life guard. but I've been keeping a mental list of things i'd like to "recommend" and today I was adding to the list how the life guard was wearing jeans and boots? And I thought to myself is that regulation lifeguard wear? Would she be able to swim and save someone? and of course i know nothing about lifeguarding, I just noticed the boots and it got on my nerves. walking out to my pickup I said to myself, just let it go, relax, they know what they are doing, the world is not perfect and you cannot make it that way etc etc... sigh. What started the list is 3 times I've seen goofballs swimming laps who don't know what they are doing and swim into someone in another lane with the lifeguard just sitting there blah. once it was me swimming laps and some kid swam right into me. So that drives me crazy, it's like, lifeguard observe use the whistle!!!!!
another thing that annoys me, (sorry to gripe, I like to keep the blog positive) is that the pool coordinator never has the new pool schedule put out until the day of or after the old one runs out. so anyway, I just got to let it go and get a life, i know I know... ha ha.
strange thing happened on facebook this morning, that guy who I reconnected with on facebook had posted a photo of him and his son after working out at the gym with their arms up flexing, I think the kid is like 9th grade around that age, anyway, what was weird is you could really see the bulge on that kid in his flimsy shorts. I thought, ummm that might not be quite appropriate I wonder if they know or care or what the deal is... ha ha. anyway, I was going to save the pic to email to buddy S and say, is this not right? but before I could get back to facebook at work today, that guy's account was turned off. OOPS, i bet someone reported it or someone griped to him about it.  The guy is super cool nice outgoing guy, I'm pretty sure he didn't' even think about it, just a pose pic with him and his kid. but yeah I guess I wasn't the only one thinking, uhhhh you can see it right there kid, hey dad maybe another pic or tell the kids to wear underwear at the gym?? ha oh man! maybe he's just a proud papa.
hope you get off to get week everyone, let me know if you are enjoying the winter weather or not, we're getting lots of it here this week, but i'm fine as long as school is not closed. cheers.

Monday, February 03, 2014