Olympic Meme and a claim to fame

Should pulling faces be an Olympic Sport?

I’ve mentioned on here before that I’m slightly excited about the Olympics and every day we get closer to going, we get that little bit more giddy. The Olympic torch will pass M & V’s school, Derm’s Shop and T’s nursery on Friday (Ooh the pressure of deciding where I’m going to watch it!) so it seems like a good idea to join in with the Olympic Meme. Its supposed to be a bit like the Olympic Flame and carry on going until the Olympics start.

I was tagged by Kate from the Five F’s as she has heard me blathering on about the Olympics before. The Meme was originally started by Lou from Bloggomy asking us nine Olympic related questions.

So here goes …

1. If every day tasks were Olympic events what would you get a gold medal in?

Cakes perhaps? Procrastinating? Talking? Drinking Gin? Certainly nothing practical and house related.

2. As a child (or now even) did you excel at a particular sport and if so which one?

I was a good swimmer (yep, it runs in the family) and enjoyed synchronised swimming but I was always a bit too concerned with what everyone else was doing to be fast enough. Other than that, I hated sports – Sports Day were my least favourite day of the year and still make me shudder.

3. Michael Phelps (swimmer) or Michael Johnson (runner) – which sport appeals to you more?

Duh! Michael Phelps of course – amazing guy. I still get goosebumps remembering him winning those 8 gold medals n Beijing 2008.

4. How fast can you get out of bed and ready to go out the door if miss the alarm and sleep in?

Ha! We are a family that frequently only get out of bed at 8.25am and still manage to be out of the house at 8.50am so quite quickly! And yes, the kids do have breakfast in that time, have hair done, sometimes their uniforms ironed and packed lunches made.

5. What fantasy sport would you like to see made into an Olympic event?

Ferrero Rocher eating? Watching episodes of Greys Anatomy? Having three conversations at once? Changing a wriggly one year old’s nappy? Getting the children home from school without WW3 breaking out? Sitting by a pool watching my kids swim. I’d win em all!

6. Claim to fame time – Have you ever met an Olympian and who was it?

Erm yeah! I go for coffee with one every Saturday morning. Really. That only occurred to me when I was asked the question. The athlete in question is Ann Griffiths who competed in the 1500 metres at the Barcelona Olympics.

7. What event in past Olympics can you remember most vividly?

The Zola Budd and Mary Decker race in 1984 – God, I sound old!

8. Tuning in at home, not for me or tickets clamped ready in sweaty palms?

Flying in from my holidays in South France to watch the synchronised swimming duets and then flying back to finish my holiday! Now there’s commitment – I just wish my tickets would arrive!

9. Who do you think most deserves a gold medal (any walk of life not just Olympians)?

Olympians: It would have to be Tom Daley. I know his Dad would be so proud of him and it would be such a fitting tribute. I really hope it happens.

In every day life, I would award medals to the people that work in care homes who really try to make a difference. Those people that don’t watch the clock, they spend time talking to and caring for the residents even though they quite often must get nothing back. Thank you for looking after our loved ones, you are few and far between but your work is noticed.

And now the really hard part, who to tag to carry the torch going …

Cara at Freckles Family
Michelle at Mummy From the Heart
Kate at Another Goldfish
Sarah at Tilly Mint Boutique
Janine at ChouxChouxBeDoo

If you fancy joining in, feel free. Give me a shout and I’ll give you a mention. Ta! Hopefully one day young Mil will fulfil her dream of competing in the synchronised swimming at the Olympics – My money is on 2020 (which is rumoured to be held in Azerbaijan)


  1. says

    Hah! I remember that race vividly too.

    Also, Cathy Freeman’s gold medal in the 400m in Sydney, that’s a little more recent. And I think at the same games, that Australian bicyclist who won a medal in the velodrome because everyone else had a crash. That was ace. :-)


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