Get It Together NBC

Dear NBC,

I made the decision to stick with you and watch the Olympics on your network, not online, but on your “live” coverage on tv. Even though waiting hours and hours to see how the races and events play out, I think it is worth it for the commentary from Bob Costas and Rowdy Gaines (although, I have to admit, the majority of the time I am criticizing Rowdy’s comments).

Well I am sorry, but you have just disappointed me. I realize that you want to boost your total number viewers for your “Today Show” coverage during theses Olympic Games. I mean, I can’t really blame you with all of the heat you’ve been taking from Good Morning America. But really, don’t spoil your own coverage by saying “be there with us tomorrow morning as we interview gold medalist [insert name here]” BEFORE the coverage of the competition!

Honestly, you kind of took the wind out of your own sails there. Don’t make me start a campaigning to switch the Olympic coverage to another network. And yes, I have that much power. Don’t test me.

Consider yourself warned,

Molly

Olympic Contender

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Last night I decided to make a cup of tea to enjoy before I went to bed. I don’t own a tea kettle, so I had to heat up the water in the microwave. As I was waiting for it to heat up, I decided to start unloading the dishwasher (you know how I love to multitask). It didn’t take me too long to put two and two together – I could race the timer on the microwave and see if I could beat it. Ahh, finding competitive aspects to household chores… love it.

I picked up my pace – I only had 2 minutes and 15 seconds to unload everything and put it away in the proper pace. It didn’t take long for me to visualize my myself competing for the gold medal in “dishwasher unloading” at the 2012 Wifery Olympics. I  felt my heartbeat quicken as the seconds ticked down. I threw the last spoon into the silverware drawer a few seconds before the timer went off. VICTORY!

And just think…I was making some nice chamomile tea to enjoy before bed –  something that I thought would provide a little calmness to my night.

The Rise of the British

One year from today we will be welcoming in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Last year I wrote about the 2 year mark until the games, so I figured I should keep with that same theme and acknowledge the fact that we are now only 365 days away.

The aquatics stadium has been build, tickets have been sold, and more than 3 million hours have been put into constructing the Olympic Village and Park – all without a single reportable injury.

The biggest question that remains is who will light the torch during the opening ceremonies. My vote is for David Beckham. Honestly, I believe that the more air time this man gets, the more successful these Olympics will be. And did someone say the Spice Girls would be performing at the Open Ceremonies? Oh no, that was just me?

Between the Olympics and the Royal Wedding, 2011 and 2012, I feel like we are experiencing another British Invasion. And I have to admit, I kinda like it.

Don’t Wait.

A roll that I have taken on throughout my life has been “cheerleader.” No, I was certainly not a high school cheerleader who stood along the sidelines at football games and performed dance routines during pep-rallys. My cheerleading was done in a different way.

I made psych up mix tapes for my friends to listen to on the long bus rides to travel swim meets. I purchased thousands of dollars of poster board and markers for “poster making parties.” I cut yards of ribbon out for my teammates to wear during soccer games. I designed logos for West field hockey water bottles. I designed and sold car decals for the class of 2001. I created signs to hang on hotel doors for the Ivy league swim meet. I made crimson necklaces, crowns and headbands – because who doesn’t want to wear those at a swim meet. And my shining moment came when I collected hundreds of pictures of my team mates, depicting them swimming at the ages of 5,6 and 7 to create personalized posters with the saying ‘Remember why you swim…” before one of our big meets.

In short, I LOVE to psych people up, including myself. I could spend hours researching inspirational quotes and movie clips. From Miracle to Braveheart, Rudy to Gladiator – I could go on all day. But, I think my sister would agree, that the most inspiration video for us (and probably all swimmers) is the video of the men’s 400 freestyle relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

However, I might have a new favorite. The Director of Development at Robin Hood, Mark Bezos, was invited to give a talk at the TED conference in California a few weeks ago. They invite people to give short talks, palet cleansers, to give inbetween the main presentations. Mark gave us a preview of his talk during our last all-staff meeting, but the video below is from the real thing.

So don’t wait.  Get in the game.  Save the shoes.

Be Robin Hood



Talent Show

In fourth grade, my school put on a talent show. Auditions were held within each of the classes and the students voted on the top two acts. These acts would then get to participate in the school-wide performance where  audience was made up of the entire 3rd and 4th grade, along with parents and family members. While my true talents ultimately developed in the swimming pool and on the field hockey field, in 4th grade, I still considered myself a pretty well-rounded child. I was a member of the chorus, which entailed participating in the grade-wide musical and was even given a solo my 4th grade year (although, my family still mocks my fast-paced singing of “wild geese that fly with the moon on my wings, these are a few of my favorite things; the main point to focus on here is that I was awarded a solo!). And in my fourth grade class’ performance of A Christmas Carol (wow, we were NOT a PC school at all!) I played the part of the Ghost of Christmas Past, a pretty solid role if I do remember correctly. Anyway, when I decided to audition for the fourth grade talent show, it wasn’t that surprising. However, it was a bit surprising what I decided to showcase as my talent.

At first, I told my mom that I wanted to try out two different acts. Now this was right around the time that my grandparents bought Abby and me a karaoke machine for Christmas. The system had two tape players so that you could play one tape to sing along to, and record your amazing vocals on another blank cassette. Needless to say, I went through a lot of blank tapes during this phase. The machine also came with a sample karaoke tape; it had one side with songs that contained the lyrics and another side that contained the same songs, only minus the lyrics. You could practice the words on the first side, and once you mastered those you could flip the tape over and become a star!

The songs that were on this tape were a bit “off the beaten path” especially for me, who was a child of Rosenshontz and Disney music for FAR too long. One of my favorite songs on the tape was “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About.” I had practiced this song countless times and thought it would be perfect for the talent show; it was far and away my best! While I knew the lyrics by heart, I had no idea what this song was about. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this song, please see below:

While this isn’t the worst song ever written (or even close to the worst song), for a fourth grade talent show, it wasn’t the best idea. Couple that with the fact that my singing abilities weren’t amazing, I am EXTREMELY thankful that my mom talked me out of that idea. I ended up doing a comedy skit (I know, that isn’t much better) from the Free to Be You and Me record. That’s right, I just said record. No, I am not that old, my parents were hippie-ish and just liked living in the past (please reference previous posts about growing up in a cable free household for more evidence of that.) The skit, and pretty much the entire record, broke the mold of traditional gender stereotypes. It was deep for fourth graders and I blame my classmates’ inability to grasp such complex and forward-thinking ideas as the reason why were weren’t voted through to the final performance. Either that, or the fact that I forgot half of my lines. Either way, my musical and theatrical career came to a screeching halt after that experience. Although I continued to lay down some pretty serious tracks on the karaoke machine in our basement.

Thankfully, some children didn’t have their dreams of stardom trounced as easily as I did. The Mickey Mouse Club skyrocketed kids like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera into world-wide stars.

Miley, Hil-Duff and the Jo-Bros have The Disney Channel to thank. And Fergie got her start on the 80’s classic show, Kids Incorporated where she stole the show for 5 years straight.

And now, children around the world have the wonders of YouTube and Ellen to thank. After conducting a search for the most talented children featured on YouTube, Ellen came across the likes of Greyson Chance, a 13-year-old boy from Edmond, Oklahoma. His performance of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi won him the attention of millions, but most importantly, of Ellen. She featured him live on her show earlier this year, with his unbelievable performance of that song:

Then two weeks later, it was announced that Greyson won the 10,000 dollar prize from the Ellen contest AND the backing of Ellen’s new record label, eleveneleven. Today Greyson released his first single Waiting Outside the Lines.

Man, must be nice to be a YouTube sensation. And talented.

Greyson’s story has inspired me to re-think my career as a performer. Let’s be honest, I missed my chance at the Olympics and I am never going to be a professional crafter (besides Martha, I don’t think there is much money is that field). I am going to devote the next chapter of my life to perfecting my rendition of “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About.” I will then buy a flip camera and record my “unknown” talents and post it to YouTube. I will then received 100,000 hits in a single day and be invited to LA where I will inevitably become a star.

How’s that for a life plan?

Swifter, Higher, Stronger.

Hello. My name is Molly and I am addicted to the Olympics.

It doesn’t matter the season, the sport or what year. I love the thrill of the competition, the pride and spirit you feel for your country, and the Olympic creed:

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
– Baron Pierre de Coubertin founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894

Every two years,  athletes more than 200 countries come together in celebration of a sport, their nation and our world. Spectators glue themselves to their tvs to see how many gold medals their country can win, or more simply, just to see if their country can win one medal.

Today marks the 2 year count down to the 2012 Olympics in London. It will be the first time that a country hosts the olympics three separate times since the modern games were started. The presence of the Olympics is already felt in London, with the construction of stadiums and various sports venues well underway. 

They celebrated this two-year milestone, with top athletes Sir Chris Hoy, Michael Johnson and John Amaechi, showcasing the latest progress on the Olympic Park. They will be joined by local school students to ride the first lap of the Velodrome; sprint on a temporary track in the Olympic Stadium; and shoot the first hoop in the Basketball Arena respectively.

So while the celebrations begin and the construction continues, the athletes continue to train for the biggest stage of their lives, the Olympics!