Olympics Watch Party

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Anyone else host an Olympics watch party last night?


I was a little doubtful of the opening ceremonies at first, but the organizers proved me wrong.  It was awesome – like a West End production.  Although… I am questioning the face dresses the ladies who accompanied the national teams wore (I guess you would’ve had to seen it to appreciate it).   And did you hear Team USA’s uniforms were made in China?  That gave me a chuckle.  You KNOW someone got fired because of that oversight.


Babies watched the games, too.


Although they eventually found the whole parade of athletes boring.  Who’ll admit that they’ve never heard of half of the countries competing in the games?  Me!  I need to brush up on my geography.


What sports are you most looking forward to?  I’m pumped for:


  • The triathlon (obviously)
  • The marathon
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming (obviously)
  • Weightlifting


Well, as is typical for any party, I woke up to an entirely trashed house.  A sign of a good time, right?


Eggs, toast, and watermelon.


Well, well.  We have a big day planned so I better hop to it.  Good things are yet to come!



  • Lee July 28, 2012, 8:37 am

    I love gymnastics the most. And we have that same rug. Ikea, right?

  • Shari July 28, 2012, 8:38 am

    Love, love, LOVE the Olympics! I’ve been looking forward to this all year. My favorites are swimming, diving, and gymnastics, but truthfully, I’ll probably watch mostly everything!

  • Steffanie July 28, 2012, 8:49 am

    I loved our opening ceremony! I think a lot of us Brits were a little worried about it, but we were all blown away. I thought Queenie looked a little bored, but it was past her bedtime I guess.
    Apparently the weird face dresses are printed with the faces of all the opening ceremony volunteers, which makes me like them a little more.

  • Angela July 28, 2012, 8:54 am

    I loved the opening ceremony. Glad it translated as it was very British. My favourite bit was the Queen!

    I tried to get Triathlon tickets but missed out. I’m off to see the volleyball though so still get to experience the excitement in London.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 28, 2012, 9:20 am

    Fun! I love love love watching the swimming as well, and the running events. It blows my mind how athletes like Lolo Jones clear all of those hurdles. Just running that distance as fast as it takes them to do the hurdles is challenging enough!

  • Courtney @ Brussel Sprouts and Beer July 28, 2012, 9:42 am

    I am TOALLY right there with you…I have never heard of some of those countries. Must catch up on my geography!

  • Alice July 28, 2012, 9:44 am

    The opening ceremony was great! It was very British, so I only hoped it was received well overseas. It made me feel very patriotic! My favourite part was when the camera caught the Queen picking her nails as Team GB walked out! I think she was ready to head to bed!

    I’ll be keeping a close eye on the gymnastics and diving. There’s something about the way they’re both so controlled and disciplined that amazes me (not that all the other sports don’t require the same thing!), not to mention that very fit men in teeny tiny diving shorts brings out something primal in me, heh! 😉

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 28, 2012, 10:16 am

    My husband and I really enjoyed watching the opening ceremony last night. My favorite part was Mr. Bean’s appearance. lol.

    When is the marathon? I should look that up–I’d like to see it. My husband has had cycling on all morning, and I’m love watching the gymnastics.

    • Megan July 28, 2012, 5:48 pm

      It’s the last day!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 28, 2012, 10:20 am

    That’s the best way to tell if it was a good party! (especially if it’s one of those ones where you don’t remember much the next day. Not that it’s happened to me, ahem).

    My geography is absolutely atrocious – there was definitely way too many countries I’d never heard of, let alone be able to point them out on a map. (or even their continent…oops)

  • Elisabeth July 28, 2012, 10:44 am

    I love watching the Opening Ceremonies! My favorite parts were Paul McCartney (love him!) and the Parade of Nations. I’m looking forward to: swimming & diving, gymnastics, track & field….all of it! 😀

  • Annette@FitnessPerks July 28, 2012, 11:04 am

    YAY for the Olympics!!

    I too need to brush up on my geography. Hah.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 28, 2012, 11:22 am

    I really want to watch the badminton games. I played in high school and bet the Olympics games are insane!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 28, 2012, 11:34 am

    I don’t have cable TV so I’m going to have to figure out how I can watch online. I LOVE watching gymnastics and swimming / diving and usually volleyball as well. Hope I can get in on a bit of the Olympics action. 🙂

  • Dominique July 28, 2012, 11:35 am

    I love the Olympics! For the summer games I always look forward to the gymnastics, diving, synchronized swimming and athletics. Sadly, my parents’ home country (Mauritius) was not featured on TV during the Parade of Nations despite having 11 athletes this time around.

  • Amy July 28, 2012, 12:01 pm

    cannot wait for the marathon!!

  • Nicole Marie July 28, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Very excited for so many Olympic events!! Mostly my comment is about the Team USA opening ceremony outfits. There was so much (in my opinion) unnecessary controversy over them. Ralph Lauren does production in China and has, from my understanding, for quite some time. Much of our manufacturing in general has been moved overseas, why does the production of these uniforms outside the USA come as an unwelcome surprise? However, he also has commented that he will forge the discussion with US leaders to bring manufacturing back to the US and that his company is also doing the next Olympic uniform and they will be USA made. I feel like people often like to complain, as it was all over the news about the uniforms being to “European ” due to the berets. ???

    • Ash July 28, 2012, 8:49 pm

      I also find it interesting that the USA’s opening ceremony outfits were made in China, but remember – the United States government does not sponser our Olympic atheletes in any monetary way.

  • Kelly July 28, 2012, 12:58 pm

    TRACK!!! I can not wait!!

  • Sean July 28, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Women’s football. They’re so great to watch and I love every single lady on that team.

    Oddly enough I love following long/ultra course triathlons, but I don’t really care much for olympic triathlon. Drafting just kills it for me. meh.

  • Shauna@Pleasure, not Punishment July 28, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Totally cried when the rings came together and rained down. Great opening ceremonies.

    Can’t WAIT for the TRI!

  • Brandi@StringCheeseRunner July 28, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I didn’t get to see the opening ceremonies unfortunately. I’m excited to watch the marathons and the swimming.

  • Devonshire July 28, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Loved the Olympic opening ceremony! I was so excited to see all the American’s! Not a hug fan of the uniforms but hey it’s not a fashion show. I’m most excited for track & field, weight lifting, swimming and diving!

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 28, 2012, 1:55 pm

    My favorite part was Bradley Wiggins! Was The Husband psyched for Bradley Wiggins? I love that British cyclist!

  • SIobhan July 28, 2012, 2:21 pm

    My favourites to watch are gymnastics, diving and synchronised swimming. But mostly I’m just enjoying the atmospehere in London – its buzzing! I didnt get any tickents but Im lucky enough to live right next to the equestrian arena and monday is cross country equestrian day – with the water jump literally in front of my window. Best way to watch – live action without leaving the house!

    I loved the opening ceremony – especially the queen. The corgis may actually have stole it for me!

  • Alex July 28, 2012, 2:38 pm

    I think it’s really strange – and embarrassing – that you haven’t heard of many of the countries competing.

    • Tara July 28, 2012, 6:28 pm

      Seriously – it’s not cute. It’s sad. Not being able to point to all of them on a map is one thing, but to never have heard of them? Ridiculous.

  • Emily July 28, 2012, 2:45 pm

    The Bond sketch was my favourite bit. Close second was when there were all the scary children’s book characters.

    I wouldn’t worry about the USA uniform. Did you see what team GB was wearing? So awful!!

    Very proud of my city for the good start. The fireworks were so loud that the sky was falling in all the way south. I think it was nice that we got to showcase a lot of our national heritage without doing the Empire crap!

    I felt like the Queen got a hard time. She’s old and its a long ceremony. Also, if she cheers GB she has to cheer for all the other states she is head of: Canada, Australia, NZ, and many islands and stuff too.

    I love watching the gymnastics and the swimming. Will probably turn out for the marathon too.

  • Marissa July 28, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Haha. Your husband on the floor = me at any movie night with my friends. Everybody’s always asking me if I’m comfortable and why I’m on the floor when there’s room on the couch.. but I just prefer the floor even though I look awkward down there! Nice to see someone shares my sentiment. ;]

  • Jessi @ doctorate housewife July 28, 2012, 4:38 pm

    Since we’re both Americans married to Brits, I though you might enjoy this Olympic Quiz. I was stumped but Hubby seems to know the London tube map by heart =p

  • Sophie@ Threetimesf July 28, 2012, 5:27 pm

    I honestly thought that some of the countries were made up….!

    Can’t wait for the hockey and Tom Daley’s diving in this household 🙂

  • Megan July 28, 2012, 5:46 pm

    The face dresses had faces of the opening ceremonies volunteers that gave up months of their lives to rehearse and were sworn to secrecy!

  • Rachel July 28, 2012, 8:01 pm

    I enjoyed the opening ceremony! I loved that the Queen came in with James Bond! What a good sport! I was amazed watching the different countries come out and thinking about how different my life would be if I lived in another country. It made me appreciate how much I have. The poorest people in the US are still so much better off than the poorest people in some other countries. It was really humbling but also inspiring! I hope some country that has never won a medal before wins one this time!

  • Dynamics July 28, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I am so upset they dumped Softball that I have no desire to watch. Sad, very sad. The girls work so hard and to be thought less of is sad.

  • Claire July 28, 2012, 10:37 pm

    I so love the olympics, and loved the opening ceremony. Go Aussies, gold already in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay!!! Can’t wait for the athletics and marathon, but I will watch as much as I can of anything. It’s so great to see sports that normally don’t get much coverage. Can’t wait for Sally Pearson to bring home gold for Australia in the 100m hurdles. I knew all the country names and would be able to find most on a map, but then I’m a geography nerd.

  • Jen July 28, 2012, 10:37 pm

    I don’t have a TV this year! Sucks, but oh well. One bonus is that I have been completely entertainment-tonight-Hollywood-news free for about a month. I’ll have to read your blogs for Olympic news instead 🙂

  • Nicole July 29, 2012, 12:28 am

    I really didn’t think I’d be as fascinated with the opening ceremony as I was, it was incredible! I really felt like I was watching a movie half the time, and loved it!

    Aaand I’m sure Henry knows more of those countries names than I do! But I won’t lie, I fast-forwarded through most of it since we DVR’d the show 🙂

    Stoked for the marathon!!

  • Ciorsdah July 29, 2012, 3:52 am

    I was lucky enough to know the choreographer forthe NHS/Children story section and quite a few of my old musical theatre class mates were taking part, I was glued to the TV!!

    I was told that the face dresses (as creepy as they were) were the faces of volunteers who were not able to perform that evening (either had to drop put, or were not picked for the ceremony etc).

    I had barely heard of many of those countries either, which was a bit of a ooops moment for me however I am aware of them
    Now as that’s the main thing!!!!!

  • amanda July 29, 2012, 8:49 am

    That watermelon looks so good this morning!

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 29, 2012, 11:31 am

    Haha, I had the same reaction as the babies to the parade of athletes–I just went upstairs and went to sleep! I know a lot of people have been giving this year’s opening ceremonies a thumbs down, but I will always be fascinated by the ceremonies no matter what–it’s amazing to see how many people and how much creativity goes into it!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 29, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Hahaha I had no idea the outfits were made in China..Oops 😉

  • Marisa E July 29, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Is that last pic oh Henry his ‘assed out’ face? Ha! He is too stinking cute!!

  • Amber K July 29, 2012, 4:29 pm

    Oh man, that parade of countries made me feel so dumb! I kept saying “WHERE?” And my husband would say “It’s in Africa” or “It’s in Eastern Europe”

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut July 29, 2012, 9:51 pm

    A lot of my friends thought the Opening Ceremony was boring, but I liked it! I think it helped that I had my Brit bf explain some of the historical references—I definitely would have missed some otherwise! 🙂

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