Saturday, August 30, 2008
and to be honest...I haven't really had time to scrapbook much lately... this is an old lay-out that I have saved, it's for a challenge at SCRAPPEDUGNAD whoa!!
you should all head over, the challenge is to make your own patterend paper. thank you sweet girls, for letting me be a guest designer at your blog!!
there's really so much I want to blog about...and then, my internet at home is so unstable, it works whenever it feels like it...not ideal at all, I have to do something about it, it's tireing to bring the laptop over to my boyfriend's all the time. (though I'm here now, it's quite late, but he's out with work, having dinner and fun, and I don't know when he'll be home...so...I'm having lazy computer time)
Earlier today, we had great fun at my friend Stine, with scrapbooking (of course), we made 20 atc's with Andreas Thorkildsen, our olympic javelin thrower ha ha ha, and we played BUZZ and ate pizza, and her sister brought her little dog...three month old cocker spaniel, so cute!!**
tomorrow, they're all coming over to my place, to scrapbook, and celebrate my birthday. I made chocolate cake, and muffins and we'll have chocolate pudding and just hopefully have a great, great time!!
AND I must not forget...I'm teaching two classes at STEFFENS in Oslo, at their website, you can read about the dates and themes. one is freestyle, the other is called fancy colours. now that papertrends is closing down, I'm so happy to be able to teach classes somewhere else! and, I'd be so happy to see some of you there, I promise you great fun!!:D
Sunday, August 17, 2008
this is Oksana Chusovitina. she is 33 years old. she competed in her first international senior competition in 1989, before several of her competitors in beijing was even born. she won her first world championship title in 1991, and in 1992 she won the team gold with unified team from the former soviet union. Oksana has through her career competed for three different countries; ussr, her native uzbekistan and in the later years, germany. she has competed in five olympic games, as the only female gymnast ever. (remember, gymnastics is a sport for young girls, the peak early and leave early, even if there's some exceptions)
all these years, she kept her high level, and qualified for the big finals in the big championships, winning medals, mostly in her special discipline, the vault exercise.
in in 1997, Oksana married wrestler Bakhodir Kurpanov, and in 1999, she gave born to their son, Alisher. then, the heartbreaking story starts. Alisher was diagnosed with leukemia in 2002, but Oksana and her husband could not get proper treatment for him in Uzbekistan. they searched around, and was offered help from gymnastic coaches in Germany, and with the help of Oksana's prize money, and also money that was raised by friends in the gymnastic community, she was able to move to Germany with her family. her son got treated, and is now healthy.
in 2006, she finally obtained her german citizenship, and is now competing for her new home country.
my first olympic video tapes are from 1992 in barcelona. that was the first time I saw Oksana, she made a mistake in her floor routine in the team final, but the unified team still won the gold. today, 16 years later, I'm watching the olympics from beijing. in the vault final is Oksana Chusovitina. it's really so unbelivable, does anyone realise what an achievment this is? this is the fluff stuff tv makes a story about, with classical music in the background, and slow motion pictures.
michael phelps can win 8 gold medals in the same olympic games. I'm not saying it's easy, but it's easier whan there's so many different opportunities to win a gold medal. most atlethes gets only one or two. in handball, you don't get a gold medal for each match won. will michael phelps win medals in 2034?? I don't think so!
earlier today, Oksana won the silver medal in the vault final. I was crying, of course, it was so deserved, I wanted it for her so much!! I know I'm emotional, but this is why I love sports, for the excitment and the great joy the athletes show! I just had to blog about this, I hope you enjoyed the story, right now I'm so over the roof with joy! yay Germany, hop hop hop!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
and, here is photos from ukraine! I took over 800 photos, it was such a great time, I will write more about it later, I just want to say...the grasshoppers were so big, so big, so big...and there were thousands of them, everywhere, one sat in my face, and I freaked out:p
and the mosquitos...I hated them so much that I wrote a song about how much I hated them!!
but everything else, I loved!! the cheap, cheap icecream, the market, the ocean, the beach, the small town, the old buses, all the nice people, the sweet cats, the stray dogs, the one day with rain, the eleven days of total heat, the apricot trees in the middle of the street, the bonfires at night, the pancakes....I could just go on and on and on...I'll write more soon, I promise!!! I hope you all had a great, great holiday!! I had!!