- Few things I've seen in the games so far can match the wondrous beauty of the China women's team doing synchronized diving. It's like they are one person in two bodies. Also--I'm happy Mexico landed a medal. I was rooting for them too.
- Michael Phelps talks like he's got cottonballs in his mouth. My roommate, "he never closes his mouth, and it's not like he's singing along!"
- We've been arguing about who's cuter. She thinks Ryan Lochte (I think she's nuts) and I think Michael Phelps, despite his teeth.
- The US women's gymnastics team is sooooo seeeeeeeeeeeerious. They alternate between concentrating so hard they forget to smile, and looking outright pissed off. A far cry from the sweet earnestness of Mary Lou Retton in 1984 and the playful perfection of Dominique Moceanu in 1996 (yeah, all her vids are up on YouTube). I wonder if they could have done better if they had lightened up a little!
- I can't help it, I really wanted China to clinch the gold in women's gymnastics, mostly because it's their home turf and because it was such a great follow-up to the men's team last night. Plus, they are all so darn cute! Little doll-girls! And they brought a lot more personality and fun to the floor exercises and such.
- Lastly, I just noticed (though I am denser than most) that silver medalists never seem that thrilled about it, but bronze medalists often are. I realized this is because silver medalists are upset because they were in contention for the gold, while bronzes are usually just happy that they medaled at all. How funny!
** Note to self: don't let my son become a gymnast. They may be cute, but they are pocket-sized!
Mr. Big, "Be With You" 1991
To me, this ranks almost right up there with "More Than Words." (Don't worry, I'll be posting that one too, but I'm trying to start out with slightly lesser-known picks.) Especially since both songs are pretty much the only songs from these two bands that any of us really know. And both translate so beautifully to karaoke. Just try not to belt it out, I dare you. Mint Condition, "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" 1991
I wanted to draw out the 1991 picks but there are just so many awesome ones. This one, I think, is smootherific early-nineties R&B at its very finest. Who knows what other songs Mint Condition actually released?
Lastly, I just realized that no one could watch the "Indo Smoke" video because embedding was disabled (props to you if you actually clicked through to YouTube for it). So here's just the song (no video, sorry):
- Breakfast at Lavazza: potato quiche, salad with vinaigrette, cafe latte
- Pizzeria Due: we missed eating here by about 20 min. Had a plane to catch.
- Friday lunch at Oasis Cafe: Beijing style. Sesame-sauce noodles with chicken & cucumber, yam noodles in broth with napa cabbage and lamb. Pom-blueberry Naked Juice.
- Garden Fresh Cafe: fake "duck" made out of soy. Amazing, from the fake bones to the fake meat to the crispy-fake skin. Followed by fake sweet and sour chicken. Brown rice.
- Omelette in the making: organic eggs, milk, portobello mushrooms, chicken breast, red onion, cottage cheese, pepper.
- Home-fried rice: Brown rice (from Garden Fresh), frozen mixed veggies, chicken, adobo seasoning.
Ex. "I want a cat." Means I want ONE cat. "a couple" = two
Ex. "I had a couple of drinks." Means I had TWO drinks. "a few" = 3 - 5
Ex. "I've visited a few cities around China." Means I have traveled to FOUR cities in China.
"several" = 5 - 8
Ex. "John has had several partners in the last couple of years." Means John is someting of a manslut, having spread himself around with approximately SEVEN women in TWO years =P "many" = 8 - 15, depending on what you're talking about
Ex. "I want to do many different things when I go to Chicago in a few days." This gets a little hazy, but I probably could come up with more than EIGHT things I want to do in Chicago in the THREE days I have left before my trip. "a lot" = more than 10ish
Ex. "I have a lot of e-mails to send tonight." You get the point.Of course, interpretations of "a few," "several," "many" and "a lot" can differ depending on what you're talking about. If it's cars in a parking lot, for example, "a few" could mean up to 10, "several" can mean up to 20, "many" can be up to 100, "a lot" can be like 500. But, "a couple of cars" is still just 2 cars.