Day 73- Canada

When my alarm goes off in the morning, I always respond with, "Five more minutes... just five more minutes..."  My husband, God bless his heart, always obliges and gives me that five extra minutes I need before I'm ready to start the day.

I wish Canada would just give me five more minutes too.

I have thoroughly enjoyed these Olympics.  In fact, I think this is the most I have ever enjoyed a Winter Olympics.  This is probably partly due to the fact that I have been able to DVR and catch every second of them for the first time.  This may also have to do with the fact that I have been sick and spent many hours on the couch with these sporting events as my only entertainment.  However, I think it is only fair to give credit where credit is due.  Nicely done, Vancouver, nicely done. 

Those crazy Canadians sure know how to throw a party!  The games started off shaky, with the failure of that pesky fourth torch arm to meet with the others in its full glory.  However, in true amusing Canadian style, these people were able to laugh at themselves and to even make that a source of joy.  I was truly moved by their gold medal winning pair skaters, the piece on Gander and its involvement in the events of 9/11 (oh my gosh, if you didn't see this, it's SO worth seeking out and watching), and, of course, Joannie.  Today's hockey game was as epic as they come, although I would have preferred an alternate ending.

In the closing ceremony, in their moose sweaters and Mountie outfits, those Canadians were just as cute as can be.  I adore Michael J. Fox and Micheal Buble.  The "Made in Canada" parade was simply precious.  Maple leaves and kooky canoers and "the always enjoyable giant inflatable beavers"- oh my!  I may live in the greatest place in the world, but boy am I glad to be your neighbor.  

The head of the Vancouver Olympic Committee summed it up best when he said, "Over the past sixteen days, we have experienced every possible emotion with you."  

It's a good thing I still have a few recordings left of events I haven't watched yet.  I think that's about as close to my five extra minutes as I'm going to get, eh?

Thanks, Canada, you made my day.


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