Our Current Situation
Portland, Oregon: I am well aware the
Olympics began one week ago, but at this house, the Olympics began Thursday
morning (at 5:30 in the morning, our time) when track & field events began.
I had a bad night. While it isn't always convenient to live rural, a
street-lamp-free location is a huge advantage during a meteor shower. The
Perseid Meteor Shower was predicted to be spectacular this year, and it was
true. I expected to spend a few minutes standing in our field and catch a few
shooting stars. There were SO MANY meteors, I could not stop watching! Tons of
smaller tails, and every few minutes a long, huge bright meteor shooting over our
house. It was amazing. Before I knew it, an hour had passed.
My pillow was calling - especially since the alarm was set at 5:30a to watch
(University of Oregon) Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton begin her heptathlon
competition live on NBCSN from Rio de Janeiro. We watched track & field events
until 8a... when I went back to bed for a nap and My Driver went for a jog. He's
At 4:30p, we set up our laptops and my iPad on the kitchen island and prepared
to watch the evening track and field session live from Rio on the internet. NBC
is showing every throw, every lap, every false-start, every jump - every moment
live over the web. On the TV prime time broadcast, NBC shows only the highlights
and we don't want to wait.
FYI: It's not only track and field. NBC is showing every moment of every sport
So this is our Command Center from late-afternoon through
early-evening each night for the next week. My laptop shows the action (usually
in full screen). Dave's laptop is on the IAAF website reading the official
instant results. Barely seen, down on the lower right corner, is my iPad,
showing anything else we need to watch. It is a dizzying task, so I serve drinks
Fig & Gorgonzola Crostini
Actually, I'm kinda doin' it up big around the kitchen this week - preparing
foods from countries hosting the Olympic Games in the past and this month!
Thank goodness the games were once held in Rome (1960) because tomorrow is pizza
Tonight I prepared
Seoul Chicken from David Lebovitz. It is super-easy, and though I can't say
it reminded me of Korea in any way, we enjoyed our dinner. (Did you know Dave
and I went to the 1988 Olympics in Seoul? We did. We went for the 8 days of track &
field and left a 7-year-old Lisa with my sister in Portland.)
Of course, every Korean recipe starts with chopped garlic - in this case 10
cloves. (Not a typo.)
No vampires will be visiting our home this evening.
The tender sweet, slightly-spicy chicken was served with
steamed rice, a cucumber salad and the national dish of Korea - kimchi -
A local company,
several varieties of kimchi - I served their very mild White Napa cabbage
Tomorrow, we do it all again. Women's marathon starts at 5:30a. Pretty sure
I can watch it while half-asleep.
DUCK UPDATE: Over the past two days, we
have watched Duck alum Alexi Pappas set the Greek national record (31:36.16)
and a personal best as she finished 17th in the fastest 10000m ever raced. Almaz Ayana, of Ethiopia won, setting a world record in 29:17.45.
Another alum, Zoe Buckman, Australia, qualified for the second round of the
1500m on Sunday.
Tonight we watched Ms. Theisen-Eaton claim the
Bronze medal for Canada in the heptathlon and saw Duck sprinter English
Gardener, finish 7th in the 100m final.
Until my next update, I remain, your Olympic correspondent.
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