Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Random Dozen - Olympics!

Back again for the Random Dozen courtesy of Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee.

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

Bring Back Tug of War!

1904 Summer Olympics

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

Who can forget the story of Dan Jansen. In 1988 Dan Jansen skated just a few hours after his sister Jane died of leukemia. He vowed to win gold in her honor, but fell down twice. He didn't come home with a medal. He tried again in '92 and fell again. He returned a third time in '94, only to fail at winning a place on the medal stand for his specialty, the 500 meters. Finally, during his last race in '94, the 1000 meters, he sets new World & Olympic records and wins the Gold! His baby daughter, Jane, is handed to him on the ice and he takes a victory lap in his sister's honor. I can still cry just watching the videos! Love it!!

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

Yes, I had a professor in college who had won gold and 2 silver in Greco-Roman Wrestling. I used to babysit his kids and saw his medals on many occasions.

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

Best all-around for keeping a family of 6 up and running!

5. Do you know anything about your ethnic heritage?

Yes, and I wrote about some of my relatives who brushed shoulders with some famous folks here.

6. Do you enjoy sleeping late?

Not really.

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

No, I have not performed CPR. I haven't taken the training, but think I could administer CPR if needed.

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

Peru. My husband and two older children have been there on mission trips and they fell in love with the people and country. We also support a young girl there through Compassion. I would love to visit her someday. My husband says if I go, I'll never return home.

9. Have you ever fixed up a couple romantically?

We've tried by making introductions, but let them take it from there. So far, no marriages.

10. What is the last book you read?

Fiction - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Non-Fiction: Southern Living Cookies

11. Do you enjoy sleeping late? NO, YOU write the question! How's that for random??

My question: If you could be a character in a book, who would you be and why?

I wish I could be a cross between Scarlett O'Hara and Miss Melanie! I'd love to have the drive, ingenuity and fortitude of Scarlett, but love and trust others like Miss Mellie. There's never one fictional character that can embody it ALL, but I do admire these qualities about the two main women in Gone with the Wind. Could be why it's an enduring story...

BTW, if you didn't know I was a BIG FAN of Gone with the Wind, you should read the introduction of my family written as my second blogpost last year.

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

I had the MOST amazing Pecan-crusted Chilean Sea bass at the Red Fox Tavern in Middleburg, VA, but the chef left and they don't serve that dish anymore. It was truly memorable! Yum!!


Susan said...

OH my gosh, the meal sounds wonderful! Too bad they don't make that anymore. I LOVE Gone with the Wind and I think a cross between Melanie and Scarlett would be PERFECT. That is a very fun question. Have a great day!


Joyce said...

There have been so many great Olympic stories but I picked Dan Jansen too.

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

My favorite olympic moment by FAR: Dorothy Hamill, winning the figure skating gold! (And YES, I had the haircut, too!)

Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting on my blog! I really appreciate it! Yours is lovely, I'm your newest follower!

Nel said...

What fun answers! I do think you deserve a Gold Medal! I cannot imagine, I only had one child, not by choice, but what fun a house full would be. Tug of War, I did not realize that used to be an olympic event.

until next time... nel

Mom24 said...

How cool to see a medal up close. Very neat.

I love Gone With the Wind. Love it.

If you read the Shenendoah Valley series from Emilie Richards, I think Endless Chain is the first one. Hope you like them.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Angie! Thanks for stopping by my blog (my RD will be up at midnight). We have a bit in common: over 21 years of marriage, 4 kids, and a Compassion International child (ours is a boy in Nicaragua). And yes, we are in the same general vicinity (my husband commutes 2 hours to his job in DC).

I had forgotten about Dan Jansen -- thanks for the video!

Jewel said...

Hi Angie! I am a big fan of GWTW, too! I would love to watch it on the big screen once again!
The first time I saw it was as a child at the local drive-in with my parents and siblings.
My son and I have watched it so many times through the years. We have parts memorized and will say them to each other when the situation warrants it or not! LOL
As in...."Frankly, Mother, I don't give a hoot!" :-)
Enjoyed reading your answers and love your blog!
Oh, and, girl, I'm sure you would medal in your event! Wow! :-)

Mrs. E said...

Peru. I want to go to the ruins there! (Machu Picchu--Peru is the right country, isn't it??) Oh, and I love "A Christmas Carol!"

2cats said...

I used Dan Jansen as my memorable moment also. Only I couldn't remember his name.
The charm of Scarlet and the strength of Miss Mellie mkae for a great woman.
Sea bass sounds amazing.

Susanne said...

That meal sounds wonderful!

Amy said...

I totally forgot about Dan Jansen...just thinking about it gave me goose bumps. I loved that moment!! Yes I think that you should win gold for keeping your family going...

Great answers


Anonymous said...

That pecan crusted bass sounds awesome! I'm hungry! ha

Barbie said...

I am hungry after reading your answer about the Pecan Crusted Bass! Oh, and I too long Gone with the Wind. I think maybe I will need to watch it again soon.