Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Random Dozen - Olympic Edition

Today Linda is giving a nod to the Olympics going on right now in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Go Canada! Sorry just had to throw that in there. Here's her explanation of today's Random Dozen:
"Although this begins with a salute to the Olympics, you'll notice about half-way through these questions that I turn the corner and go off on another path as fast as a luge rounding a bend. Hence the name: Random. "
Head over to 2nd Cup of Coffee to join in.

1. If you could compete in one Olympic event (not necessarily winter sports) what would it be? It's funny you should ask, Lidna. We were just talking about this at home. My choice would be the Ski Jump. There is just something about pointing the ski's downhill and building up speed and then straightening up and soaring through the air. There is that moment where they just hang there, suspended it seems, defying gravity, that I think must be an incredibly fantastic feeling. It just looks so peaceful and lovley with the snow falling and the trees rushing by looking out over the scenery in front of you with nothing under your feet. That is until gravity takes over and you come thudding back to earth. But for that suspended moment it must be worth the insanity of throwing yourself off that jump.

2. Do remember a specific Olympic moment from the past? There are lots and lots but one of my favorites are not necessarily for the medal that was one but for the sportsmanship displayed in the hotbed of competition. I remember in the Turin Olympics one of Canadian cross country skiers, Sarah Renner, near the end of race breaking a pole and a Norweigan coach that was on the sidelines waiting for his own skier running up and handing her his own pole. She went on to win a silver medal. That was an awesome moment of sportsmanship I'll never forget. Canadians sent the man 5 tonnes of Canadian Maple Syrup as a thank you. I'm not kidding. Five tonnes. :v)

3. Have you ever known anyone who competed in the Olympics? One of my kid's junior high teachers competed in one of the summer Olympics. There have been other's from around here but none I've known personally.

4. If everyday activities were Olympic-worthy, which activity would you have a gold medal in? I make a mean cup of coffee in record time, I can eat the best under the table, and I whine with the best of them. But I like to think I could read my way to a gold.

5. Do you know anything about your ethnic heritage? My relatives are from Hungary. We love sour cream, garlic and paprika. They are a hard working people. My parents came to Canada in the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Violins play a big part in their traditional music.

6. Do you enjoy sleeping late? If by late you mean later than my usual 6:30 a.m. then yes, if you mean until noon, then no.

7. Have you ever performed CPR on anyone? Do you know how? (Yes, that's two, I know. Whatevs.) No I haven't but I do know how. I have almost had to do the Heimlech manouver in a restaurant once. I know they're not the same thing but they both have to do with life saving.

8. Name one country you'd like to visit and explain why. I would love to go to Europe in general. So much history there and beautiful architecture. And especially Ireland. Hubby and I would love to do the castle tours. It just looks so green and lush.

9. Have you ever fixed up a couple romantically? Indirectly. They are now divorced so I won't take any credit for that one.

10. What is the last book you read? "In Search of Eden" by Linda Nichols. You can see my review here. It's #6. I can't believe I've read 6 books already this year.

11. Do you enjoy sleeping late? NO, YOU write the question! How's that for random?? I've been dying for this question to come up 'cause it's earth shattering in it's answers. Which direction do you hang your toilet paper: paper coming over the top or coming from underneath? Enquiring minds want to know.

12. What is your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant? If it's a restaurant where I know they do it well, I go for the liver and onions. I know, I know, but I can't help it. Remember I'm Hungarian and I grew up with it. And yes, I liked it when I was a kid too. My mom just knew how to cook it right. Now, I don't make it myself so when I see it on a menu and I know they cook it well, that's what I order. That or veal cutlets.


Joyce said...

ski jump! You're braver than me. I have a picture on my blog (last week, I think it was Thursday) standing at the top of the ski jump in's scary. No we weren't jumping...just playing tourist and thinking about how crazy those ski jumpers are : )

ellen b. said...

Over the top because someone told me once that people tend to waste less paper when it's hung that way :0)
Wow...the ski jump!!

Melli said...

ROFLMBO! I MEANT the ski jump when I typed downhill skiing! Oh well... forever now, in history, it will be known that I wanted to be a downhill skier! Silly me...

I hang my TP over the top! And it truly does drive me NUTS when someone else hangs it under! In my own BRs I will change it. In someone else's home I just let it aggravate me! LOL! (isn't that generous of me?)

Barbara H. said...

TP over the top. I like seeing where the end is. If it comes from the bottom I keep turning the roll and don't see the end til it's too long -- my TP holder is over a trash can and I don't want my TP to unroll so far it hits the trash. Ew! But even in places without trash cans under the TP. I still like seeing where the end is instead of having to search for it.

Anonymous said...

I love all your Olympic memories. Just wonderful. I'm anal when it comes to the TP and Paper Towels. It's got to be over LOL Have a good one :)

lagirl/Sweet Tea said...

Surely that's a major typo!!

Actually when I was a kid my favorite food was "fried chicken livers". When I became a wife and went to the store to buy them I saw what they looked like "uncooked". Now I don't eat them any more. LOL

Mom24 said...

TP over the top--it's the only way. ;-)

Liver and onions, I have to go clear my head of that imagine now. *shudder*

skoots1mom said...

sorry, can't do liver and onions
skiing would be exciting

Nel said...

What fun answers. TP over the top and I will change it too. I read "In Search of Eden" and absolutely loved it. I thought it was very good!

until next time... nel

2cats said...

Liver and onions is a family favorite here. With burnt gravy for the potatoes. I call it burnt gravy because one time my mom burnt the gravy and it was the best gravy she ever made. It is always made that way now.

Cathy said...

great answers...and I like the toilet paper over the top.

Angie's Ad Lib said...

I agree with the ski jump. I've always thought that would be cool, but then my fear of heights kicks in and I'm sure I would die of a heart attack before landing the jump.

The only way to unroll your tp is over the top. Who are these undersided people? Oh, my grandmother. We would battle it out, changing it back and forth several times a day when I visited. Wonder if she knew it was me? She passed in Nov and I'll miss those tp wars! :)

Liver and onions, oh my. There are no words only a grossed out face. yuck!

Anonymous said...

Over the top for the TP. I HATE to find it from underneath.

6 books already this year! You go girl! Go for the gold!

Thena said...

I love fried chicken livers. But I'm the only one in my house that will eat them. But I try to eat them often especially if my iron seems a little low.

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Over the top! Sometimes when company comes, I get all Martha and make that little triangle like in the hotels. (too much caffiene.) The real reason is because then I can tell if my family used the guest bath after I cleaned it. :>)

Amy said...

Loved that video thanks for posting that. It reminds me that, yes, some people are inherently good.

Loved your answers


Sue said...

Well... since you are dying to know... I am quite particular when it comes to the toilet paper... OVER. If a guest replaces the roll "under" I change it when I see it (although I wouldn't do it in someone else's home... although the temptation to do so is great) lol

Liver & Onions huh? My Mom used to try & feed us liver as kids. I sort of liked it although the thought of it was more the turn off. Haven't had it since then.

Thanks for visiting my blog and Hello Fellow Canadian! Nice to meet you :-D

Jewel said...

OH, I could compete in YOUR Olympic events! Especially eating and whining! :-)
AND I love liver and onions, too! AND I only have it when I eat out,too! We have a local Amish-style restaurant and they fix it wonderfully! With homemade mashed potatoes! :-)
See? I told you I could win an olympic eating event! LOL
Loved reading your answers!

Mocha with Linda said...

#1 - I hate the downward sensation
#4 - Reading was my answer too!
@10 - I enjoyed that book also
#6 - amen about kinda late but not the whole morning!
#11 - over the top!

Mocha with Linda said...

#1 - I hate the downward sensation
#4 - Reading was my answer too!
@10 - I enjoyed that book also
#6 - amen about kinda late but not the whole morning!
#11 - over the top!

Laura said...

Wow I've never heard that story about the skier before, how cool is that!!