Saturday, February 20, 2010


What a week!!!

Last Friday was a monumental one for many. Even me.
I've been PSYCHED. Both literally, and...well... literally.

I had my last before-the-preop insurance-mandated appointment:
my psych consult. (Da-da-da!!!)
It went brilliantly! The dude was casual, easy-going, relatable, & we discovered we attend the same church (an awesome one, I might add)! It felt more like we carried on a casual, "getting-to-know-you" conversation, which wasn't one sided. Then he took a detailed family tree & went over a general checklist of questions. Looking for support system issues, I suppose. I didn't have to sit on a smarmy couch & tell my deepest, darkest secrets... of which I don't truly have any (that he knows of... Ha!).
But seriously, my issues with food & weight have nothing to do with any repressed issues. I'm fat because I like food. Apparently more than I like myself. That's about to change!!!

But I'm also PSYCHED because the Winter Olympics kicked off last Friday! British Columbia, Canada (& for a handful of years, Vancouver) were home to me for a good part of my life. It's been exhilarating & bittersweet watching the coverage, seeing the sights, sounds, & electricity surrounding Vancouver. I SO wish I could be there. I'm living vicariously through my brother & friends, some who live there & some who are visiting for the festivities.

We, in the US, are shut out of Canadian broadcasting stations, but I was hoping that would lift for the Games. Sadly, it hasn't. So, I've been relying on NBC & affiliate coverage of my homeland's hosting of my favourite Olympics. It's not that NBC doesn't have good coverage, truly, but it's all surrounding the US perspective, of course. I'm missing the Canadian athlete profiles & coverage. I'm rooting for my homeland & the US somewhat interchangeably. I want the US to do well, & love the athletes. (SOOO glad Evan Lysacek kicked arrogant Plushenko's bum in men's skating.)
But when Canada wins a medal, especially a gold, well... my neighbours can probably hear the hooting & hollering and my facebook & twitter accounts light up like a Vegas show!
And there isn't a sport in the Winter Os I don't LOVE watching. Seriously.

I'll give it to NBC, & specifically Tom Brokaw, though. The short piece of journalism that aired just prior to the start of the Opening Ceremonies was poignant & reverent to introduce Canada to a US audience, & the sportscasters have been very gracious about the coverage of Canadian culture & history. As a dislocated Canuck, I'm very appreciative & overjoyed that other nations are getting to witness the beauty & diversity of the land that I love!

Here's that clip by Tom Brokaw:

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  1. Your home country is truly beautiful. I can't wait to visit someday. XOXO

  2. p.s. I knew you would love the psych guy!!

  3. I'm glad your psych appointment went so well. Mine did too. I was so worried about it. I don't know why - like you, it's not like I have any deep, dark secrets(she says with sinister laugh). I was glad to get it out of the way, but I thought it was a little strange that they did the psych eval so early into the process. I thought they would wait a while to give everything a chance to sink in. At any rate, glad it's over.

  4. Glad the interview went well. You sound like a proud Canadian and your counrty looks beautiful

  5. Hi Robin,

    I just found your blog and started following you tonight. I will catch up on your postings tonight.

    So sorry to hear that you are not able to be in Canada for the Olympics and support your homeland.

    Canada is one of the Countries that we want to visit! It looks so beautiful.

  6. I saw you on Hawaii bansters post and we share the same name so I added u :) YAY! Hi new friend :D

  7. I found you! Yayyy. Funnily enough (did you post the 'Could you walk in these shoes? - re: nursing" on another blog?" as I had read and commented on this one.
    Whatever huh lol. I have you now and I had a read back. Canada is such a beautiful amazing place. I really hope to get there one day. x

  8. Hi Cara! Yes, the other blog is my open blog so I've been double posting a bit (but removing the band stuff). I barely have time to blog twice, so I've been plagiarizing myself for my other blog. LOL

    And to the rest of you new followers: Bonnie, Debi, & ROBIN... Welcome & thanks for the follows!!! I hope to catch up soon with all of you. I'm still trying to figure out the time management thing & be able to read all these wonderful blogs everyday. Any help appreciated! lol

  9. Hi Robin,

    Thanks for leaving your comment on my blog tonight. And I am glad that you like my new blog look!!

    As for the question regarding how I know that I have a new Follower, I always check my gadget for Follower's whenever I check in to my blog.

    I like to welcome each and everyone new Follower, so I take a photo of my computer screen that shows the number of Follower's and the photos after each new Follower. This way, I know who is the last Follower to start Following!!

    Then, if their blog info doesn't come up when I click on their photo, I have to do some detective work, hoping to find them. If not, them I post the welcome and let them know that I couldn't find their blog, and ask them to provide it to me, unless they want to remain anonymous! I hope this helps!