I have Jojo news! He went to the vet again on Friday, and he’s up almost a pound this week. Yay! They’ve ruled out FIP, and have started him on a new medication for his digestive troubles. He also has ringworm on his face, so he has to be quarantined for another eight weeks. Oy. But he should get healthy, the vet says, he should make it! Hopefully he’ll become officially ours soon.
I’ve been watching the Olympics over the last few weeks. I’m not usually a huge winter Olympics person – I like the figure skating but don’t get into much more than that – but I watched a lot more as I was trying to process through grief and deal with a lot of illness in my family. Consequently, I ended up watching a whole heck of a lot more TV than normal, from 1-2 hours per week to 5-6 hours per day! I also got to experience a lot of the fun little moments throughout the events that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
I admit: I’m not a huge fan of the mentality in a lot of sports, especially on the US team. There’s a lot of “I’m the best” boasting, with complaining if they don’t win and smugness when they do. I tend to cheer for the underdogs, and to enjoy the more human stories of the games. There were a couple moments that stood out to me in particular this time around.
The first involved the Tongan skier, Pita Taufatofua, who is mostly known for his whole shirtless, oiled entry into the Games. What I really liked was his story, the way he seems to be a really kind person who cares more about what he can do for others and for his country than in winning personal glory. He didn’t do great in his event – 114th out of 119 skiers – but after he crossed the line, he waited until the last person came across, and hoisted him on top of his shoulders. How great is that??
The second was all about the upset on the Super G women’s course by Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka. If y’all didn’t watch this, you should look it up. NBC had already announced the winners for the Super G and cut to a different event. All the rest of the skiers left were ranked very low and had no chance of being “true” competitors. Ester Ledecka trains in both snowboard and skiing but is far better at the former, and she was ranked something like 43rd in this particular event. She crossed the line one hundredth of a second faster than the woman who’d already been declared the winner. Then she just stared at the board, bewilderment across her face (see pic), as if waiting for the other shoe to drop. Which, apparently, she was, as she admitted later that she thought it was a mistake or that she’d missed a gate or something. She kept waiting for it to be corrected, and when it turned out she actually did win, she went to her press conferences with her ski goggles on because she wasn’t wearing makeup and didn’t prepare for interviews, thinking she had no chance of winning beforehand. Ha! I totally loved that moment.
Otherwise this week…I’m sick. I’m struggling to sleep and breathe (probably bronchitis), I’m coughing tons, and it’s unfortunate because the funeral services for my grandmother are this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Wish me luck. I don’t want to get anyone else sick, but I also don’t want to stay home, you know?