Monday, February 15, 2010

Watching Gold

Somehow, even the most unlikely sports are interesting during the Olympics. I’ve got to say that the mogul freestyle event had to have been dreamed up by a team of orthopedic surgeons in need of business. The snowboard half pipe was probably created by life insurance specialists, but I’ll admit a fondness for Shawn White and his Flying Tomato nickname, especially since he says he was very polite when he declined to accept a sponsorship from Heinz.

Tonight’s big highlight was seeing Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao win gold in pairs figure skating. With such a compelling story of overcoming adversity (horrific injuries, terrible costumes), winning bronze in the 2006 Olympics, retiring, getting married, touring with Stars on Ice (where they developed great performance style and much better costumes), and returning to competition, how could I not root for them?

Photo taken by SwingDaddy when we saw them last year on the SOI tour. Hopefully, we’ll see them again in the spring!

In other news, here’s a fairy skirt I put together for one of Q-ster’s little friends. Organza, ribbon, rhinestones – lots of fun for me (I mean, the birthday girl), and a nice change of scenery from the usual weapons manufacture. Next on my plate: A holster for Han Solo. Check out this bolero vest that I found at Forever 21 and adapted for the little dude!

P.S. Did you know that Han Solo has red stripes on his pants? I had never noticed, but now that I live in Star Wars costuming-land, these details apparently matter.


mayberry said...

You would be horrified at the SW blaster toy that my son has. He earned a toy store visit with a dollar amount limit. This blaster started out at over $50 (it has four different parts and sounds, etc.) and the price dropped so post-Christmas that he was able to buy it with his little allowance. Oy.

And also, the moguls?! Not sure how SwingDaddy can even watch that, post-surgery!

Appleseedmommy said...

I haven't even tuned into the Olympics yet this year!!! I think the red stripe is something only a costume designer or mini-jedi would notice, I personally think it looks like the Marines' dress pants...

You and I are so on the same wave length! I just posted pictures of the tulle skirts I've been making as well! Do you find your ribbon pre-sparkly or do you glue all the rhinestones on? because, damn!

Anonymous said...

We have to watch every figure skating event because (1) my 5-year-old loves figure skating and (2) my husband is working in the truck that broadcasts the figure skating world feed. Some of those costumes are sort of over-the-top, but my kid loves all of them. There is no such thing as too much glitter for a 5-year-old.

Asianmommy said...

I love watching figure skating. Pairs is always so exciting. I'm so happy for Shen & Zhao, coming back to win the gold.

Bob said...

The mogul freestyle event had to have been dreamed up by a team of orthopedic surgeons:- Good comment.
Wouldn't they run out of Achilles tendons from cadavers?

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Look at that great Han Solo!

Should I admit that I once had a crush on Han?

We've been invited to a Star Wars themed birthday party next month! It made me think of you.

Running across this online also made me think of you: