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606th Friday Blog Roundup

The Olympics start tonight.  I have big plans to spend the evening in my pyjamas in front of the television.  I love the parade of countries when the teams walk in, waving their flags.  And the lighting of the Olympic flame.  I’m just really excited about the broadcast.


Is it my imagination, or could you see many more events during the primetime hours when we were kids?  I feel like almost every activity was televised in part during the evening vs. now where they show the most popular sports at night — swimming, gymnastics, track — and stick the less mainstream sports — fencing, rugby sevens, judo — on random stations during the day.  Because I distinctly remember seeing things like synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics when I was a kid, but sports like that aren’t hitting primetime coverage.

Am I right?

And are you watching, too?


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And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

  • None… sniff.

Okay, now my choices this week.

Different Shores has a post about people saying that being a mother is the best thing, usually a saying uttered by celebrities, as in, “My 55 Oscars are all meaningless next to my children.  Being a mother is the best thing in the world, and I would give up acting in a heartbeat.”  It’s not only an interesting post, but the comment section is jumping with conversation.  Go over and give your thoughts.

Bent Not Broken has a post about her husband connecting with another childless-after-infertility man.  She explains why this moment was important: “I found people I trusted and who I could share the good, the bad, and the ugly with.  Hubs never found that.”  It’s about those moments when you meet up with a “me, too” and it opens up something inside of you.

Lastly, a beautiful and moving post from Endlessness That You Fear about how her hands aren’t quite as full anymore after the loss of her son.  She writes, “So back then, my hands were full … Yesterday morning, someone held the front door of the daycare for me and said that I had my hands full. I just gave a half smile. They should have seen me before.”  Go over and give her support.

The roundup to the Roundup: Olympics starts tonight!  Woohoo!  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between July 29th and August 5th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Working mom of 2 { 08.05.16 at 10:05 am }

Yeah–I read an article the other day about how many gazillion hours of coverage there are–yet I keep bra miss the old days where you saw almost everything’s by in prison me time. It’s great that if you love Judo, for example, you can now dvr hours of it (I assume).

We cut the cord 2 years ago so we are limited to prime time on nbc with our antenna and then Hulu. No fancy channels, no dvr. Plus very little time to watch…

I’m on of *those* people who loves the “up close and personal” stories…

2 Jess { 08.05.16 at 10:28 am }

What? No rhythmic gymnastics on prime time? Booo. I enjoy those so much, although I heard the term “artistic gymnastics” used on the radio — it that the same thing or a new category? Unfortunately the opening ceremonies are while we’re still out at our Mexican restaurant date night, so I’ll miss the beginning. Also, no cable, so hopefully it’s on a channel the antenna will catch. Should be so interesting, I’ve been following all the chaos in Brazil surrounding the Olympics.

Torthuil’s post on what she can do and what she can’t touched me. The idea that everything is eventually lost and so holding on to the things you can do, in the moments where that’s possible, was so interesting to me:

I also loved Mali’s post on being fair to yourself so you can be fair to others… very sage advice put eloquently:

Also, The Empress and the Fool had a post titled Tribes that I felt really captured the nastiness out in the world (recently?) and a beautiful quote that could fix the political sniping about listening and trying to understand other perspectives:

3 Beth { 08.05.16 at 10:33 am }

Yes, my husband and I were just talking about coverage of less popular sports. And my daughter (who is 5 so this is really her first serious Olympics experience) commented that the events that aren’t in prime time (the ones you mentioned) sounded so cool and could we record them. So I’m excited to make my own schedule with my dvr and watch the events we want regardless of the channel or time, when we want.

4 Working mom of 2 { 08.06.16 at 10:18 am }

Oops, no Hulu coverage. It’s really old school for me.

5 Kasey { 08.06.16 at 4:58 pm }

I remember much more coverage as a kid too.

6 Mali { 08.08.16 at 12:53 am }

Of course, the less mainstream sports in one country are mainstream in others. Rugby sevens, equestrian, and rowing, for example, are all definitely mainstream in NZ! But handball or fencing are not – we saw handball the other night, and weren’t sure we’d ever seen it before! It looked great fun. This morning I watched the trap shooting – and enjoyed that. And I always love watching the weight-lifting – there’s such emotion in these sports, and the competitors are essentially competing against themselves, and I love that too.

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