My 2010 was all about the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

If there was one thing that I take away from 2010 is the overwhelming way the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics made me feel. I think I’ve said that the Olympics was probably the best thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.

There was something so magical for those 16 days in February where I felt so extremely proud to be a Canadian. I was very fortunate to be able to attend two Olympic events and from the very first time I set foot in downtown Vancouver just before my event, I was soaking in the Olympic atmosphere and soon caught Olympic fever.

My first ever Olympic event was the Women’s hockey team versus Slovakia. While the women did win 18-0, everyone cheered ever goal as if it was a game winner. Plus it was great to experience that game with my entire family. I also had a chance to see the Men’s team play Switzerland. The atmosphere before we got into Canada Hockey Place was so cool. There were announcements being made that Maille Ricker won her gold.

Other memories would be lining up to see the Olympic Medals, the 4D movie at Ontario House, seeing all the provincial houses. Just being on Robson Street and seeing it packed with people spontaneously singing O! Canada and watching Canada win more medals at CTV.

A great memory was seeing Kevin Martin win curling gold in Alberta House and singing O! Canada with a whole bunch of proud Albertans for

their fellow provincial hero. Of course the greatest memory was the Golden Goal and seeing it with my family and walking through downtown Richmond and hearing people honk their horns in celebration.

I was also lucky to see some Paralympic action and watching wheelchair curling and the gold medal Paralympic sledge hockey game.

And that was only three months into 2010.

Volunteering for Bard on the Beach continues to be a highlight of my life and 2010 marked my second year with them and I had more fun volunteering this time around. And saw a great production of Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V.

2010 also marked the moment that I really got into Smallville. Just in time for its 10th and final season. Plus I did see Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer) taking in Falstaff during one of my Bard shifts.

Also in 2010, I got to go to Washington, DC where I did get to go to the revamped Smithsonian American History Museum but unfortunately Air Canada lost my luggage (a definite low light).

I took some cake decorating courses this year to increase my baking skills and made my niece’s third birthday cake which she loved. She continues to be a highight in my life and 2010 was no exception in seeing her grow-up.

I also went to LA this year and toured the Kodak Theater and learned great tibits about the Oscars.

Movie-wise saw a lot of movies that included 13 films that I saw for VIFF. If you are a follower of this blog, you will have read my reviews for it. The best movie I saw this year: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One. Runner’s Up: Date Night, The King’s Speech and Inception. Worst movies of the Year: The Losers.

Best TV show: Smallville, Glee. Worst TV show of 2010: I have none because I only watch quality television.

Best Book: The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte. In fact, I read three Charlotte Bronte historical fiction novels. I also read The Hunger Games trilogy.

2010 was also the year I had all the luck (don’t want to get too much into it but 2010 has treated me well) and also that I went hi-tech.

2010 was a pretty good year for me and I hope it was for you too. Here is to 2011 and that it will be even better than 2010 for you and me.

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