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Learning Internet Slang

Recently I’ve noticed that the Internet is chock-full of…well, gibberish. It seems like I’m constantly having to Google new words so I can try and understand what the hell people are talking about. I still never end up using them, but at least I feel like I have some context clues.

This got me thinking.

Since I am probably the most informed on slang—mostly because I feel like as a blogger I have to be—but still continue to struggle, it might be kind of funny to see how tuned in my family is.

So I asked them. (Well, everyone except my brother. But that’s only because I’ve heard him use some of these words so I felt like this would be too easy for him.)

All I gave them was the word. I wouldn’t give it to them in a sentence, so as to avoid giving them context clues, and I asked them all separately so they wouldn’t play off of each other.

These were the results:

1) Woke

Urban Dictionary Definition: a reference to how people should be aware in current affairs.

Natalee’s (my sister) Guess: Oh, um, like you’re really in the times. And you know what’s up. So like, if you’re drinking the fizzy water, you’re probably pretty woke, because that’s what people do now. So, you know, I’m woke.

Dad’s Guess: Like W-O-K-E? Woke just means to be highly alert.

Mom’s Guess: I feel woke, I’m ready to roll. I’m awake and ready to go.

2) Lit

Urban Dictionary Definition: When something is turned up or popping

Natalee’s Guess: Oh I know this one! Well…I don’t really know how to describe it. Umm, it means it’s a banger, that’s another term right? Like it’s really off the hook.

Dad’s Guess: That means it’s like, happenin’.

Mom’s Guess: I’ve heard this one used. Do you say, “she’s lit” or “he’s lit”? Doesn’t that mean that they are IT? Like, they’re cool.

3) Fire

Urban Dictionary Definition: incredible, hot, crazy, nice…etc

Natalee’s Guess: Can you give it me in a sentence? Because I’ve heard people say, “that’s fire” so does it mean, like, awesome, turned up? Is it the same as lit?

Dad’s Guess: The only thing I can think of is being on fire, like going 4 for 4 in a game or making three beer pong balls in a row.

Mom’s Guess: Well that one’s…dumb. That shouldn’t slang because it’s an actual thing. But I guess it has to mean you’re hot or maybe something that’s cool. Wait, is it like an oxymoron?!

4) GOAT

Urban Dictionary Definition: greatest of all time

Natalee’s Guess: GREATEST OF ALL TIME.

Dad’s Guess: Greatest of all time! Kobe Bryant!

Mom’s Guess: GREATEST OF ALL TIME! A.k.a DAD

5) Extra

Urban Dictionary Definition: over the top, excessive, dramatic behavior, way too much

Natalee’s Guess: Oh! Well…I mean, it just means extra. You’re just very in it–just all the way.

Dad’s Guess: Other than the literal meaning of wanting more of something I can’t think of what else it would mean.

Mom’s Guess: I just learned about this!! What did you tell me it meant?! Wait, hold on, let me go back in my brain. When somebody’s extra they’re…isn’t it like…shoot I didn’t pay attention. I think it means a lot, like a personality that’s difficult.

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6) Salty

Urban Dictionary Definition: Being upset, angry, or bitter as result of being made fun of or embarrassed.

Natalee’s Guess: Oh, this is when you’re upset but also sarcastic. So you’re not like “angry”, you’re just like woah, salty. You’re not really pissed, you’re just kind of…irritated.

Dad’s Guess: I would say that means you have a negative opinion on everybody. You’re just a salty old dude.

Mom’s Guess: Somebody who, like, “ooh you’re salty, spicy, you’re wild.”

7) Snatched

Urban Dictionary Definition: This term took over for “on fleek” and is often used to describe your eyebrows, your clothes, your hair—anything that looks on point.

Natalee’s Guess: Um…snatched…does that mean you’re taken over by something?

Dad’s Guess: Oh man. I can only imagine what Urban Dictionary’s definition is. Snatched….snatched…snatched…I would say uhh…snatched…that one’s almost as hard as “extra.” Hmmm…snatched. Ummm like you were ripped off?

Mom’s Guess: You’ve been kidnapped? Or maybe you are taken. You are in love.

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8) Keep it 100

Urban Dictionary Definition: To tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth

Natalee’s Guess: Tell the truth, be yourself, no bullshit.

Dad’s Guess: I would say that means to put all of yourself into everything.

Mom’s Guess: Be completely honest.

9) Bye Felicia

Urban Dictionary Definition: When someone says that they’re leaving and you could really give two shits less that they are.

Natalee’s Guess: Isn’t it the same as “boy bye”? Like bitch, get out.

Dad’s Guess: When you’re writing someone off.

Mom’s Guess: What people might say to Trump?

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10) Savage

Urban Dictionary Definition: badass, cool, someone who does not care about the consequences of his or her actions.

Natalee’s Guess: When somebody burns you or says something that is like WOAAHHHH, that is really savage, that really got you, they called you out.

Dad’s Guess: Savage would mean something that’s just ruthless—you don’t care who it offends. It would be like if I walked up to you and took the last chip off your plate even though I knew you were hungry.

Mom’s Guess: Somebody’s who is super athletic.

11) Hundo P

Urban Dictionary Definition: 100%

Natalee’s Guess: (completely sarcastically, because she, like me, had never ever heard of this) Oh, well that obviously means like, when you’re in line for a club and you have to pee but don’t want to lose your spot, so you pay someone $100 to hold your spot, and then you go to the bathroom real quick. Then when you come back, you get your $100 back, because you were never really paying them, it was more of a placeholder. But only for the VIP’s. Hundo P = VIP

Dad’s Guess: I would say that means you got lots of $100 bills in your wallet—you’re loaded.

Mom’s Guess: I think it’s when you’ve been drinking a lot and you’ve GOT TO GO.

12) Stan

Urban Dictionary Definition: overzealous fan

Natalee’s Guess: Does every letter stand for something? Like supporttalk…and then I don’t know.

Dad’s Guess: I’m thinking it’s what you call someone that’s unsociable. “That guy over there is being such a stan.”

Mom’s Guess: Someone very feminine.

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13) Ship

Urban Dictionary Definition: to endorse a romantic relationship

Natalee’s Guess: It means you, like, support

Me: Specifically…?

Her: Relationships?

Me: Correct.

Dad’s Guess: S-H-I-P? I would say what that means is you’re so hip, you’re just…I don’t know. You’re with the times.

Mom’s Guess: I don’t know, maybe like a…bigger person.

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14) OTP

Urban Dictionary Definition: one true pairing, a couple that is perfect for each other

Natalee’s Guess: um, original…true…PERSON. Like, you the realist.

Dad’s Guess: The only thing that comes to mind is from work: On Time Performance. That’s all I can think of.

Mom’s Guess: On the period. Like, you might say, “I’m OTP right now.”

 

My Google Search History (Part 2)

Hello and welcome back to another episode of why does Kim never close any Internet windows?

In this post a little while back, I talked about my tendency to max out the number of search windows open on my phone. And now, almost six months later, to absolutely no one’s surprise, I’ve once again reached the cusp of capacity, even though after that first post I closed every single window.

So, since this habit shows no signs of slowing down, I thought it was about time I took another dive into the mind of past Kim. What has she been Googling lately?

Let’s find out:

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1) USA vs. Russia: Miracle on Ice/2024 Olympics/Daily Curling Schedule

My best guess why: These were three different searches but I grouped them together because they were all on the same topic: The Olympics! As I’ve mentioned before, I am essentially an Olympics addict. I even make a spreadsheet every year where I keep track of medals and make notes on athletes that were especially inspiring/cute/etc.

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2) Sister Jean

My best guess why: I don’t consider myself much of a basketball fan, but during March Madness this year I was totally roped into the magic that was Sister Jean and the Loyola Chicago Ramblers. I’m still a little bummed they weren’t able to take home the championship, but there’s always next year. #TeamSisterJean4Ever

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3) Gregory Peck

My best guess why: I was recently asked who my celebrity crush was and I mentioned this guy and needed some photographic support. This window staying open is the least surprising, as I’ve caught myself on more than one occasion scrolling through and glancing at this picture. I mean…

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4) Washtucna, WA

My best guess why: Whilst on our spring break vacation in Seattle this past March, my friends and I spent a wonderful afternoon at the park, laying in the grass and watching planes fly by. At one point this teeny tiny city worked its way into the conversation and I wanted to see what it was all about. Spoiler alert: not much.

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5) Banana Bread Recipe

My best guess why: As I mentioned in this post, I’ve recently been trying to do better at not letting leftover food go to waste. So once I saw my bananas starting to turn a little more brown than I was comfortable with, I did some research on how to put them to use.

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6) Where to find mascarpone cheese in the grocery store?

My best guess why: My mom’s birthday was in April and I had one of those “I can do anything!” moments while researching recipes for birthday cakes. Little did I know, I was in WAY over my head, starting with the trip to the grocery store for the ingredients. I wandered up and down the aisles, slowly gathering what I needed, but mascarpone cheese had me totally stumped. FYI: depending on the store it’s either by the specialty cheese in the deli or by the cream cheese!

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7) Stagecoach FAQ

My best guess why: Leading up to my first ever Stagecoach Country Music Festival, I was avidly reading any and all information provided. There were definitely some good tips and tricks I found, and when I got back from the festival, I wrote my own.

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8) When was happy birthday written?

My best guess why: I mean, haven’t ever wondered? It was in 1893, by the way.

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9) Rose Bowl Parking

My best guess why: Another example of pre-event anxiety, I was desperately looking for the best way to get to and from the Rose Bowl for the Taylor Swift concert in May. If you ever find yourself in the area, park in the Parsons parking lot and take the shuttle, it’s the only way to go!

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10) What are hushpuppies?

My best guess why: Since I’m a giant baby when it comes to spicy foods, whenever I see something on a menu that I don’t recognize, I’m always quick to Google it in order to avoid profusely sweating at the table. In this case, I had absolutely nothing to worry about as a hushpuppy is just deep fried cornmeal dough.

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11) What’s the difference between forest and woods?

My best guess why: Again, have you ever really stopped to wonder? Consider me your one stop shop for fun facts you never needed to know. A wood is an area covered in trees, while a forest is a much larger area of trees, that often also includes shrubs, underbrush, etc.

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12) Where to buy Bluebell Ice Cream?

My best guess why: Little known fact (at least to me until a couple years ago): Bluebell ice cream is THE BEST ice cream. Another little known, much more heartbreaking fact: they don’t sell Bluebell in California. So after finding my mom’s dream flavor (Banana Pudding) on our recent trip to Arkansas, we were heartbroken to know we wouldn’t find it in the freezer section back home. (If you’re curious where you can find it near you, look here!)

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13) “Hoofs”

My best guess why: This one made me laugh out loud because I have absolutely no idea why I Googled it. Was I checking my spelling—which was wrong, by the way. Did I need a quick reminder what hooves looked like? Was this a typo that I got too distracted to correct? I guess we’ll never know.

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14) Badass names for plants

My best guess why: A couple months ago me, my sister and my dad spent a whole afternoon planting sunflowers, tomatoes, and peppers in our backyard. Since then, my sister has taken incredible care of them, making sure to water them every morning. I however, haven’t done much. Aside from one fateful afternoon where I was in charge of watering, and decided to take that opportunity to name all of the plants. There was one plant in particular that I thought had this buff, hardcore quality about it, and I wanted a name that would really do it justice. Unfortunately, Google didn’t really come through for me here, so I ended up naming it Denzel. IMG_4293

(In case you’re wondering, Denzel is thriving.)

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Well, that’s all for now. I’m again going to close all the windows (except Gregory Peck) and see how long it takes me to max out again. Which to be honest, shouldn’t be too long…

I’ll Always Remember the Good Parts

A couple weeks ago my mom, sister and I took a trip to Arkansas to visit both my cousin Brittney and her family, as well as my great great Aunt Evelyn who just recently turned 97 years old.

Usually when I go on a trip, I like to blog about it (check out some examples here and here) but when it comes to Arkansas, I tend to just let it lie. Not because the trip is boring or not worth sharing, but because it always seems to feel different than any other trip, making it hard—if not impossible—to find a way to write about it. In a way it feels like it’s not so much a trip as it is a step into another world, one that I couldn’t explain to someone as well as I could show them.

Our past couple trips to Arkansas, while fun and the exact breath of fresh air I needed, have had a bit of sadness attached to them. With my Aunt Evelyn’s health declining first slowly, and then quicker than we could keep up with, we saw our trips change from spending afternoons reading on her porch, to sitting at her bedside in a nursing home. For these trips, rather than staying at my Aunt Evelyn’s house, we’ve stayed with June, a childhood friend of my mom’s mom, and her husband, Jim. This alone has balanced the scales of the trips, filling them with as much laughter as they had gloom.

This past trip, after being warned by June that Aunt Evelyn had fallen not once, but twice in the last few days, and that her cancer had spread to nearly every part of her body, we took a few extra breaths on our drive from Brittney’s to June and Jim’s, knowing that this trip would be somewhat of a goodbye.

Upon arriving at June and Jim’s, we all exhaled, because at least for the moment, we were home. In an instant we were laughing, almost too hard to walk. They greeted us at the door and we dropped our things, unable to peel the smiles off our faces. It was almost 6 o’clock when we got there, so it wasn’t long before we were back on the road, headed out to dinner at one of June and Jim’s favorite restaurants. June sat next to me in the backseat, cracking jokes and nudging my elbow whenever she made a snarky comment just out of Jim’s earshot.

At dinner, we talked about our trip to Brittney’s. About her husband Scott, their five year old son, Landon, and their two and a half year old daughter, Nora. We talked about the three days we spent with them; about the slow mornings filled with Nora’s singing and Landon’s giggling and dancing and soccer ball dribbling; we talked about the day at the waterpark and the evening at the comedy club; and we talked about the afternoons on the couch talking or napping or laughing or just simply being.

The next morning, as we slowly got ourselves out of bed to the breakfast table and then out of our pajamas and into real clothes, we took another collective breath. My mom, my sister, June and I loaded up in the car to go see Aunt Evelyn, all of us the slightest bit nervous, even if we didn’t say so. When we got there, we found Aunt Evelyn asleep in her bed, so asleep it took two nurses to finally coax her awake to eat, even though she didn’t want to. I sat in a chair in the corner of the room, watching her slowly bring the world into focus, my mind flickering from the woman I saw in front of me, to the woman I’d sat beside in her living room watching reruns of Judge Judy.

As an adult, I’d never seen Aunt Evelyn without pain. She was always moving slow, her back keeping her slightly hunched and most content in her chair in the living room. But there were moments when it seemed to dull. Like when my sister made her favorite cookies in the kitchen and she giggled in her chair, excited to have three too many. Or when a story we told reminded her of a memory she carried. The three of us could never get enough of her stories. Both the good ones and the bad, the happy and the sad. Aunt Evelyn had lived a long, oftentimes hard life, and had spent many years living on her own, ruminating, reminiscing, and understandably burying a lot of memories.

As I sat in the corner chair, watching my Aunt Evelyn’s eyes squint and her brow furrow, I saw fear and confusion, pain and exhaustion. Then, for a moment, it passed. June cooed at her and Aunt Evelyn smiled in recognition, saying, “Hello June,” almost sarcastically, before softening her eyes and smiling at the sight of my mother, “Gina.”

But just as soon as peace settled in her eyes, the pain was back. The nurse sitting at her side offered her a bite of each helping of food on her tray, and Aunt Evelyn begged her to stop, hating every bit of it. Then, her eyes shifted again, this time into anger. She looked up at June and my mom, perhaps embarrassed, perhaps ashamed, perhaps longing for that woman I pictured sitting by my side in the living room watching reruns of Judge Judy.

“Get out,” she said. It was stern, but calm.

At first.

Then it was meaner. Louder. Fiercer.

“Get out of here!”

On the drive back to June’s we were all quiet, all bearing wounds that we didn’t want to talk about. Knowing what we knew about her health, we knew that could very well be the last time we would see her, and it was hard to swallow that as the last time. But just as I was able to picture her how I knew her, how I’ve known her, not in that bed but in her chair, in her house, in the hundreds of old pictures—some from stories I knew, others from those I might never know—I made a promise to remember her that way too.

On our flight home, my mind flashed with memories of trips we taken to see her. And even though there were hard parts, sad parts, bad parts strewn in, I clutched desperately to the good. To the funny and beautiful and indescribable. I hoped she knew I’d remember those parts most. And I’d visit them as easy as we did our weekend at Brittney’s as we sat across the dinner table from Jim and June. No matter what, I would always hold on to the good parts. Both today, tomorrow, and (if I’m lucky enough) seventy years from now, when I have my own chair in my own living room with a pair of great great nieces sitting by my side watching reruns and making me cookies.

What I Learned from My First Stagecoach Festival

This past weekend I went to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival for the first time. Leading up to it, I didn’t know what to expect. Stagecoach is held in the same venue as Coachella, which I’d actually been to before to watch my brother play lacrosse, but even so, I really had no idea what I was walking in to.

Now that I’m back (and still alive!) I thought I’d analyze what my friends and I did right/wrong, in order to better prepare us (or you!) for future trips.

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What We Did Right: We stayed offsite

After we bought our tickets, our #1 priority was to find the best/most affordable/most convenient lodging. As it turned out, this was a very intense and stressful process, because everyone else who just bought their tickets was doing the exact same thing. But we ended up getting a great place on Airbnb about 20 minutes from the venue and it was great to get away from all the madness each night.

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What We Did Wrong: Parked at the venue

One of the downsides of staying upwards of 20 minutes away is the need to, you know, get to the venue. On Friday night we decided to drive straight there and park in the lot. It was a relatively smooth process on the way in, but it took us a solid hour to get out of the parking lot after the show, 45 minutes of which we didn’t even move. (Note: a friend of mine who’s been to Coachella suggests that if you leave about 10-20 minutes early at the end of the night, getting out of the parking lot is not too bad!)

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What We Did Right: Parked at a friend’s house

After Friday night, we asked some friends of ours who were staying at a house in walking distance from the venue if we could park in their driveway. The walk from their house to the venue ended up being the same distance and took the same amount of time as parking in the parking lot did (about 30 minutes) but once we arrived back at our car that night, we were out of their neighborhood and on the freeway back to our house in approximately five minutes. Granted, this isn’t a luxury that everyone has when they go to Stagecoach, but if you do stay offsite and know people staying closer, it’s worth the ask.

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What We Did Right: Brought bandanas

One item we constantly heard as a recommended bring was a bandana, and even though we weren’t exactly sure why, we all showed up on Friday with one packed in each of our bags. This would prove to be on of our greatest choices because not only does the wind pick up after sundown, blowing dust all up in your business, but the walk back to your car/house/camp/etc. is essentially one big parade of dust. I couldn’t recommend them more.

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What We Did Wrong: Left our chairs at home

Overall, the first day was really one big learning experience. In preparing for the trip we had bought cheap chairs but weren’t sure whether they’d be too bulky/nerdy to carry around. So on the first day the four of us only brought a few towels and a blanket to sit on. On our walk into the venue, we quickly realized that EVERYONE brings chairs. And after spending the afternoon and evening sitting on the hard ground, we found out why. Needless to say, we proudly carried our chairs in on Saturday and Sunday.

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What We Did Right: Brought sunscreen

I get it. Applying and reapplying sunscreen isn’t something you want as your number one priority when you’re at a music festival and you’re trying to look cute and have fun and forget all your worries and all of that. But as the sun set on Friday and we took a look around at some of the people who didn’t take the time to apply (or reapply), it was clear they were going to be hurting for the next two days.

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What We Did Wrong: Didn’t bring blankets and (good enough) sweatshirts

As it turns out, when the sun goes down in the desert and the wind picks up, it can get freaking cold! Saturday was especially cold and had all of us curled up and shivering. So we made a note for next time to not only bring blankets, but maybe even a pair of pants and a bigger jacket. It might seem ridiculous when you’re walking in at 3:30pm and it’s 100 degrees outside, but you have the option to either rent a locker, or if you’re with a big group, you can set up camp by the main stage and rotate getting up for food/drinks/exploring.

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What We Did Right: Sang and danced as much as possible

One of the best parts about any concert or sporting event is collectively enjoying something with a bunch of strangers. It’s a very uniting feeling. And even though it might seem weird to sing at the top of your lungs and dance your damn heart out in front of all these strangers, it’s really the only way to go. Lose your inhibitions, have a drink and just dance! It’s fun, it’s freeing, and at night it’s the only thing that keeps you warm!

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Overall, I would definitely go again. Even with the slight bit of chaos it took to figure everything out, I had a great time and was so glad I went. For anyone thinking of going next year, I’d say go for it! Even if you’re not a big festival person, it’s worth going once to try it out, especially if you go with a group of people who are looking to experience it the same way you are. Plus, you really can’t beat live music. Especially live country music in the (almost) summer time. It feels good down to your bones!

You Keep Following Your Dreams & I’ll Keep Following Mine

In August of 2016, me, my sister, and my best friend Allison (except I spell it Alleeson because of a whole Kimberlee double-e solidarity thing) went to dinner at Islands. As we sat laboring over which hamburger to choose from the menu, Alleeson put her hands on the table and took a deep breath.

“I have news,” she said.

I put my menu down and looked across the table at her, trying to gage whether this was good news or bad news based on the tone of her voice.

“I got a job.”

“That’s great!” I said, relieved.

“It’s for a news station in Oregon.”

Not even a month later, she was moving into a house 12 hours away and I was both heartbroken for me and unfathomably excited for her. She was nervous, I could tell. But she was also excited and curious and determined to give herself the big break she’d been waiting for.

In November of that year, I was able to visit her. She took me on a tour around her studio and showed me where they filmed the show and the things she was in charge of. I even got to watch a live taping of the evening show and witness her talent in action.

Back home, I was trying to catch some of the fire Alleeson had left behind. I was in awe of her bravery and her ability to just go for it. She made it look easy, even though I know almost no part of it was. She made me want to fight the battles that had long been easier to stay out of.

As the months went on, even though we were now hundreds of miles apart, I noticed how we still managed to mirror each other. Since we both come from creative backgrounds, we are constantly looking to do more, make more, be more, and so we both have our ups filled with confidence and our downs filled with doubt.

One night, as we were both lamenting over where we were and where we wanted to be, we made a pact. We decided that since the paths to our ultimate dreams were somewhat blurry, the best first step would be to hone in the destination.

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In the last year, I’ve seen Alleeson dive even deeper into her work. Putting in day after day, constantly pushing herself and trying new things, trying to be more. And yesterday, just as I was getting home from work, I got a message.

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She called me and I screamed into the phone. I tried to tell her how proud I was, how excited I was, how much she deserved it. Because she did. She does. She took that big risk; she’s put in all that work. She’s carving that path towards her dream no matter what anyone has to say about it.

It would be easy to be jealous, but that would be a waste of time. Instead, I’m going to take this as a reminder of what we set out to. What we intend to do, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes.

So as I celebrate this huge step she’s made, I’m going to take a few more of my own. For we started this together and always planned to kick ass side by side from there.

Congratulations Alleeson! (And good luck at the 2018 Regional Emmy’s!) Keep following your dream and I’ll keep following mine, and may we continue to follow each other’s fire.

(Your) Kids Say the Darndest Things

I don’t have any kids yet. (Thank goodness.)

I love them, and want them someday, but right now I survive primarily off of pasta and granola bars and I recently lost my favorite pair of pants inside my dresser drawer, so it’s safe to I need some time to, you know, grow.

When the time comes, you can pretty much guarantee I will be one of those people constantly posting about every single thing my kids say and do, because to me it will be HILARIOUS and life changing, where in reality it will just be burping into a spoon. Until that time however, I’ve decided to take note of the hilarious things that other peoples’ kids have said to me. I’ve also thrown in a few of my favorites from when my brother was little, enjoy!

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Kid: “When I bump my head, my brain gets hypnotized.”

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Kid: At my house, I saw a rainbow with only 2 colors

Me: Well that doesn’t seem right, how many colors should a rainbow have?

Kid: 400 or 10 or 9

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Kid: They’re making a new Star Wars movie!

Me: Cool! When will it be out?

Kid: In about 13 minutes

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Kid: The new me is going to be a Ghostbuster

Me: When is the new you arriving?

Kid: 13 days

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Kid: On Saturdays when I grow up, I’m going to be a dentist

Me: Only on Saturdays?

Kid: Yeah cuz on Sundays I’m going to be a scientist, and I’m going to work with you Monday through Friday

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Kid: Hey can we shoot this pomegranate with a bb gun?

Me: No, I don’t think so.

Kid: hmmm, okay, I think I’ll just throw it across the yard then.

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Me: Hey look, this cheeto looks like the letter “F”

Kid: Yeah! *pulls another cheeto out of bag* hey look, this cheeto looks like my grandpa wearing a hat!

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Kid: “Did you know that when people die they can still fart for a few hours?”

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Kid: Hmmm, that’s funny, this gutter smells like chicken.

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Sometimes I wish my brain still worked like theirs. Though, honestly, sometimes it still does.

2018 Goals Check-in

Can you believe we’re already 3 months into this year? I seriously can’t get over how fast everything is moving! And with the end of March officially marking the end of the first quarter of the year, it’s time to check in on how I’m doing with the goals I set for 2018.

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1) Do a handstand in yoga

Progress: 33.33%

So I have to admit, I haven’t been doing great at going to yoga. I started strong at the beginning of the year, but that petered out fast. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy yoga, I just didn’t particularly care for the class I was going to and haven’t been that motivated to find a new one. HOWEVER, I have been doing some at-home yoga using Yoga Girl’s program and have been very diligent about going to the gym. Thus, I am getting stronger, which was the ultimate plan in working myself up to do a handstand. Stay tuned!

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2) Take a kickboxing class

Progress: 0%

I have not got around to signing up for a kickboxing class. However, I’ve done a bunch of research on where I can take them. In doing so I found a bunch of promotional deals on sites like Groupon, as well as a number of gyms and classes near me that offer a free class for beginners. So I will definitely be taking advantage of those opportunities in the near future.

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3) Visit (at least) 20 museums in Los Angeles

Progress: 1/20 (5%)

This was another one that had a great start but has been in a solid lull since then. However, I’m not too worried as I love museums and I think it will take just getting back to one for me to fall into a rhythm and go consistently. As of now, I’ve only gone to is The Getty, but I’ll keep a running list in case you’re interested!

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4) Get CPR certified

Progress: 0%

This one is on hold until the fall because my aunt offered to take me with her when she gets re-certified before the coming school year. That being said, please hold all emergencies until September.

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5) Shoot (at least) 1 roll of film per month

Progress: 3/12 (25%)

It’s funny, I never realized just how long it had been since I photographed with my film camera or how out of practice I was until I shot my first roll. At the beginning of this year, I was feeling pretty confident and decided to ignore my instincts to re-read the directions on how to work my camera, and I moved through the roll of film pretty quickly, thinking, “I still got it!” This overconfidence however, came back to bite me when I finished the roll, tried to unload the film—while STILL not looking at the directions—and ultimately ruined the film all together. Since then however, I’ve got my groove back (and I’ve read the directions) and am currently on target.

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6) Complete the 104 things to Photograph book

Progress: 10/104 (9.62%)

I made a spreadsheet to track this (which surprises no one) but I’m actually not 100% sure where I’m at, as I haven’t developed the film I’ve shot over the last few months. There might be some surprises that can apply to the book, we’ll see!

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7) Visit the sea glass beach in Fort Bragg, CA

Progress: 0%

I haven’t had any time to do research on this one, so no progress yet.

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8) Go to the dentist

Progress: 0%

I’m going to make myself an appointment today. I (probably) promise!

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9) Watch 20 documentaries on Netflix

Progress: 4/20 (20%)

Before starting this goal I was a little nervous I wouldn’t find documentaries I liked or enjoyed and instead would feel like I was back in school trying not to fall asleep during an educational video. To my pleasant surprise however, I’ve found that documentaries come in a variety of flavors, at least one of which everyone is bound to like. Here are the ones I’ve watched so far:

  1. Happy
  2. The Mortified Guide
  3. The Mortified Sessions
  4. Minimalism

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10) Perfect an omelet

Progress: 0%

For this one, I’ve both received tips and invitations for in-person lessons from friends, but the biggest thing holding me back is getting a good pan. So, once I find some extra room in my budget to grab one, I will take everyone up on their advice/help/etc.

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11) See (at least) one movie in theaters per month

Progress: 3/12 (25%)

If you read my January & February favorites, I mentioned MoviePass, which has essentially been the key for keeping up with this goal. After seeing two movies in January for a total of only $10, I quickly convinced my sister and my roommate, Rachel, to sign up and I hope we take wild advantage of it for the rest of the year. Also, in case your curious, I’ll keep a running tally of the movies I see, so far that includes:

  1. I, Tonya
  2. Call Me By Your Name
  3. Maze Runner: The Death Cure
  4. 50 Shades Freed
  5. Red Sparrow
  6. I Can Only Imagine

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12) Read 20 books off the Time’s 100 List

Progress: 2/20 (10%)

I fell a little off track on this goal after getting sucked into a couple books (Into the Wild & Into Thin Air, both of which I’d highly recommend!) by Jon Krakauer at the beginning of this year. In addition, once I was ready to start checking books off the list, I realized I either had to ask if people I knew had these books, or start working a second job to start buying them all. Luckily, my roommate Rachel discovered something MAGICAL, a.k.a the digital library. It works exactly like a physical library: you check out books and get them for 21 days. However, with the digital option now available, you can rent the books and have them sent directly to your Kindle! What a time to be alive, people! If you are in the LA area, you can check it out here, or if you’re not, I’d recommend researching whether your local library has an online database. It’s a real game changer.

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13) Pay off credit card

Progress: 6.40%

So the whole point of this goal was to pay off my current credit card so I can open up a new one. Specifically one that gains your airline miles because flights are ridiculously expensive. That being said, the start of this year brought a lot of reasons for me to use my current credit card, so I fell a little behind. Good news is, I caught back up and am now in the green in terms of repayment, so hopefully I can keep trucking along throughout the year.

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14) See 3 WRLA’s – COMPLETED!

Progress: 3/3 (100%)

While on a trip to Seattle and Canada this past month, I was unexpectedly able to complete this goal, seeing the World’s Largest Cowboy Hat & Boots in Seattle, WA, the World’s Largest Paper Airplane in Mukilteo, WA, and the World’s Largest Tin Solider in New Westminster, BC, Canada!

 

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15) Volunteer (at least) 5 times

Progress: 0/5 (0%)

I admit it, I’m totally slacking on this one and I need to get on it.

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16) Donate Blood

Progress: 0%

The day I started this progress report my church announced it is holding a blood drive at the end of this month. So, while I’m still slightly terrified, I feel like that’s kind of a sign to suck it up and go for it. Stay tuned for the next update to see if 1) I chickened out, 2) I went for it and passed out or 3) I went for it and handled it like a champ. #3 seems farfetched at this point, but you never know.

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17) Do the 1 second/day video challenge

Progress: 95/365 (26.03%)

This has actually been more fun than I expected. While it is a little stressful to find something unique to record every day—especially when I forget and it’s already 11pm—I ’ve been very pleased with the results so far. My favorite part is knowing I’m the only person that knows what all the clips relate to, as some of them come off pretty obscure. When I watch them back however, they all awaken a specific memory from that particular day.  On March 1st, the 60th day of the year, I compiled all the clips I had so far in order to see what my first “minute” of the year looked like.

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When we add that all together, my total progress is about 15%. So I’ve got a little ground to make up, but it looks like a lot of it will be covered by the end of this month!  If you set goals this year, I hope things are going well for you, and if you didn’t, it’s never too late to start! 🙂

Hot Guy March Madness

I consider myself to be a huge sports fan. There is almost no sport I can’t get into. Take Basketball for example, while isn’t necessarily my favorite sport, I can get behind it, especially during the craziness of March Madness.

This year, as I prepared for the start of the NCAA tournament, I came across a bracket.

This was not your average bracket, however. There were no rankings or underdogs or Cinderella stories. There weren’t even any basketball teams. This bracket was made entirely of hot guys pitted against each other to win an entirely different prize: the honor of hottest hot guy.

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All credit for this bracket goes to Matt Bellassi (who you can find here). He created the bracket for his podcast, with the sole purpose of deciding who among the men would have the grand honor of winning his heart. After coming across this bracket on Twitter, I immediately printed it out for my roommates and I to complete. You know, for bonding/research purposes.

Once we all got home from work, we sat at the dining room table like middle school kids doing their homework, and hunched over our assignment. While initially enthusiastic and giggly, soon the three of us became pensive and quiet.

This. Was. SERIOUS.

There were so many factors to consider. So many things to analyze and overanalyze. I mean, once you eliminated someone, they were gone, out of your life, 100% not going to be your soulmate. The pressure was practically unbearable!

At one point I eliminated someone because of a bad mustache incident a few years back, and then put someone else through because of a good mustache in recent years. One matchup was determined by my assumption that one guy would be more apt to “go outside with me,” while another we all determined was a no because, “his shadow would be scarily tall.”

In many ways it felt as if the men were all standing around us waving and smiling, anxious to win their next matchup and secretly hopeful to be awarded the top honor. Meanwhile, me, Natalee and Rachel were the modern day Simon, Paula and Randy, sitting behind our desks and listening looking close for just the right voice face.

In the end, the men who took home the top honor in our house were Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Hemsworth, and Rami Malek. We’ve sent word to their publicists and expect an embarrassing display of roses/candy/etc. to arrive from all three any day now.

Once we were all finished with our brackets, we discovered that while we each believed we had filled our brackets out correctly, we didn’t actually follow the directions put in place by Matt Bellassi. With further research I came to find there were questions that were meant to be associated with each round in order to help you make your decisions.

They were as follows:

Round 1: Who would conquer a bear to save me?

Round 2: Who would win in a mud wrestling fight against the other?

Round 3: Who can bake the moistest cake?

Round 4: Who can carve a ham with their hands tied behind their back?

Round 5: Who can crack a walnut with their butt?

I’d like to say that should I have filled out the bracket this way I would have stood by my man and still ended the day as Kimberlee Gyllenhaal, but I really don’t know the walnut cracking capacity of his butt or how it could match up to that of the other men on this list. But I suppose that’s just something you have to accept when you marry someone. As the old saying goes, it’s the size of their heart, not the strength of their butt cheeks.

Ideas that Never Became Blog Posts (For Good Reason) – Episode 2

In November of last year I wrote this post to honor some ideas that were not only bad, but also somewhat confusing, as over time they’d lost all sense of, well, sense. And since my mind continues to be somewhat of a creative yet chaotic mess, there’s probably never going to be a shortage of bad ideas coming out of this thing. So I figure we might as well keep getting a good laugh out of them, right?

Let’s see what I came up with in the last few months

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“Thank yous for likes”

I vaguely remember writing this down thinking it could be some sort of commentary on the “likes” you garner on social media, but I can’t tell whether it was going to be geared in a positive or negative manner. I also can’t decide whether the giver of the “like” was saying thank you or the receiver of the “like” was saying thank you. When I think about it now, it kind of seems like they both do. Which may or may not have been the point all along.


“Inanimate objects l’d like to thank”

Now THIS would have been interesting. I must have been feeling an extreme amount of gratitude towards a specific thing and decided it would be easy/entertaining enough to make a list of them to thank. But what was I so grateful for? A water bottle that hydrated me? A pair of socks that kept my feet warm? And why did I think anyone would want to read an entire blog post about it?


“Weird is timeless”

I don’t know where this came from, but I want it on a T-shirt, STAT.


I’ll have you know

Committed

Plot Reveal

This was written just like this in the middle of a page in my notebook. There were no other notes and there was no followup. It’s worth noting that it was written extremely sloppy, which usually means I pulled my notebook out at a red light to jot down an idea that popped into my mind while I was driving. It is assumed that when I get to my final destination I can return to my notebook and flesh out the idea, but clearly that didn’t happen.


“Punch in the face change names told”

WHAT?! I mean…WHAT?!?! This looks like someone was drunk but trying to sound sober, so they used predictive text to write a sentence for them, smiled proudly to themselves and then hit send right before they threw up in a bush.


Vowels in the still

Crescendo

Again, I’m at a total loss. But I have to say, I’m kind of invested in whatever I was trying to work out. “Vowels in the Still” would be a great title of something. So if anyone out there is looking for some creative inspiration, consider this one of those vague prompts you get from competitions and make something! No need to compensate me when you start making your millions, just invite me to your premiere or send me a copy of your novel.


 

And so concludes another edition of “Kim, are you alright?” Thanks for tuning in to this and to anything, ever. Here’s hoping good ideas continue to pop up amongst these bad (and damn right strange) ones.

2018 Winter Olympics Final Recap

In a tragic yet predictable turn of events, time has flown by and the Olympics are already over! It went by in the blink of an eye—which makes sense, because I got approximately that much sleep since they started. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. The Olympics are truly one of my favorite things, and these 2018 Winter Games were nothing short of incredible. I cheered, I danced, I yelled, I happy cried, I sappy cried, I straight up sad cried for no reason at all. And just like the conclusion of any Olympics…I’m already counting down the days until the next one! As of today, there are officially 878 days to go!  See you in Tokyo!


The Highlights & the History Makers

To name a few:

  • Lizzy Yarnold became the first woman to win two medals in skeleton, as well as the first woman from Great Britain to win back to back gold medals in any Winter Olympic sport.
  • Oleksandr Abramenko gave Ukraine their first ever medal in Aerials
  • Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell debuted Jamaica’s first ever women’s bobsleigh team.
  • The US women’s hockey team won gold for the first time in 20 years
  • Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first American women to ever medal in cross country skiing.
  • Hungary won gold in the men’s 5000m relay, the first Winter Olympic medal in the country’s history.
  • By winning gold in both the parallel giant slalom and the Super G, snowboarder Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic became the first woman to ever win gold medals in two different sports.
  • John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner, and Joe Polo won the USA its first ever gold medal in curling.

 The Events

(All images belong to https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/)

Alpine Skiing

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Women’s Super G

  • Gold: Ester Ledecka – CZE flag-for-czech-republic_1f1e8-1f1ff
  • Silver: Anna Veith – AUT flag-for-austria_1f1e6-1f1f9
  • Bronze: Tina Weirather – LIE flag-for-liechtenstein_1f1f1-1f1ee

Men’s Giant Slalom

  • Gold: Marcel Hirscher – AUT flag-for-austria_1f1e6-1f1f9
  • Silver: Henrik Kristoffersen – NOR flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Bronze: Alexis Pinturault – FRA flag-for-france_1f1eb-1f1f7

Women’s Downhill

  • Gold: Sofia Goggia – ITA flag-for-italy_1f1ee-1f1f9
  • Silver: Ragnhild Mowinckel – NOR flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Bronze: Lindsey Vonn – USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8

Men’s Slalom

  • Gold: Andre Myhrer – SWE flag-for-sweden_1f1f8-1f1ea
  • Silver: Ramon Zenhaeusern – SUI flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed
  • Bronze: Michael Matt – AUT flag-for-austria_1f1e6-1f1f9

Women’s Alpine Combined

  • Gold: Michelle Gisin – SUI flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed
  • Silver: Mikaela Shiffrin – USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Bronze: Wendy Holdener – SUI flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed

Alpine Team Event

  • Gold: Switzerland flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed
  • Silver: Austria flag-for-austria_1f1e6-1f1f9
  • Bronze: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4

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Biathlon

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Women’s 12.5km Mass Start

  • Gold: Anastasiya Kuzmina – SVK flag-for-slovakia_1f1f8-1f1f0
  • Silver: Darya Domracheva – BLR flag-for-belarus_1f1e7-1f1fe
  • Bronze: Tiril Eckhoff – NOR flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4

Men’s 15km Mass Start

  • Gold: Martin Fourcade – FRA flag-for-france_1f1eb-1f1f7
  • Silver: Simon Schempp – GER flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Emil Hegle Svendsen – NOR flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4

2x6km Women + 2×7.5km Men Mixed Relay

  • Gold: France flag-for-france_1f1eb-1f1f7
  • Silver: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Bronze: Italy flag-for-italy_1f1ee-1f1f9

Women’s 4x6km Relay

  • Gold: Belarus flag-for-belarus_1f1e7-1f1fe
  • Silver: Sweden flag-for-sweden_1f1f8-1f1ea
  • Bronze: France flag-for-france_1f1eb-1f1f7

Men’s 4×7.5km Relay

  • Gold: Sweden flag-for-sweden_1f1f8-1f1ea
  • Silver: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Bronze: Germany flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea

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Bobsleigh

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Men’s 2-Man 

  • Gold (TIE): Canada flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6 & Germany flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Latvia flag-for-latvia_1f1f1-1f1fb

Women’s 2-Man

  • Gold: Germany flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Silver: United States of America flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Bronze: Canada flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6

Men’s 4-Man

  • Gold: Germany flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Silver: Germany flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Republic of Korea flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7

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Cross Country Skiing

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Men’s 15km Free

  • Gold: Dario Cologna – SUI flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed
  • Silver: Simen Hegstad Krueger – NOR flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Bronze: Denis Spitsov – OAR olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef

Women’s 4x5km Relay

  • Gold: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Silver: Sweden flag-for-sweden_1f1f8-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Olympic Athletes from Russia olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef

Men’s 4x10km Relay

  • Gold: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Silver: Olympic Athlete from Russia olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef
  • Bronze: France flag-for-france_1f1eb-1f1f7

Women’s Team Sprint Free

  • Gold: United States of America flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Silver: Sweden flag-for-sweden_1f1f8-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4

Men’s Team Sprint Free

  • Gold: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Silver: Olympic Athletes from Russia olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef
  • Bronze: France flag-for-france_1f1eb-1f1f7

Men’s 50km Mass Start Classic

  • Gold: Iivo Niskanen – FIN flag-for-finland_1f1eb-1f1ee
  • Silver: Alexander Bolshunov – OAR olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef
  • Bronze: Andrey Larkov – OAR olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef

Women’s 30km Mass Start Classic

  • Gold: Marit Bjoergen – NOR flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Silver: Krista Parmakoski – FIN flag-for-finland_1f1eb-1f1ee
  • Bronze: Stina Nilsson – SWE flag-for-sweden_1f1f8-1f1ea

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Curling

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Men’s

  • Gold: United States of America flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Silver: Sweden flag-for-sweden_1f1f8-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Switzerland flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed

Women’s

  • Gold: Sweden flag-for-sweden_1f1f8-1f1ea
  • Silver: Republic of Korea flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Japan flag-for-japan_1f1ef-1f1f5

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Figure Skating

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Men’s

  • Gold: Yuzuru Hanyu – JPN flag-for-japan_1f1ef-1f1f5
  • Silver: Shoma Uno – JPN flag-for-japan_1f1ef-1f1f5
  • Bronze: Javier Fernandez – ESP flag-for-spain_1f1ea-1f1f8

Ice Dance

  • Gold: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Silver:  Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron – FRA flag-for-france_1f1eb-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani – USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8

Women’s

  • Gold: Alina Zagitova – OAR olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef
  • Silver: Evgenia Medvedeva – OAR olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef
  • Bronze: Kaetlyn Osmond – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6

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Freestyle Skiing

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Women’s Aerials

  • Gold: Hanna Huskova – BLR flag-for-belarus_1f1e7-1f1fe
  • Silver: Zhang Xin – CHN flag-for-china_1f1e8-1f1f3
  • Bronze: Kong Fanyu – CHN flag-for-china_1f1e8-1f1f3

Women’s Ski Slopestyle

  • Gold: Sarah Hoefflin – SUI flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed
  • Silver: Mathilde Gremaud – SUI flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed
  • Bronze: Isabel Atkin – GBR flag-for-united-kingdom_1f1ec-1f1e7

Men’s Ski Slopestyle

  • Gold: Oystein Braaten – NOR flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Silver: Nick Goepper – USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Bronze: Alex Beaulieu-Marchand – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6

Men’s Aerials

  • Gold: Oleksandr Abramenko – UKR flag-for-ukraine_1f1fa-1f1e6
  • Silver: Jia Zongyang – CHN flag-for-china_1f1e8-1f1f3
  • Bronze: Ilia Burov – OAR olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef

Women’s Ski Halfpipe

  • Gold: Cassie Sharpe – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Silver: Marie Martinod – FRA flag-for-france_1f1eb-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Brita Sigourney – USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8

Men’s Ski Cross

  • Gold: Brady Leman – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Silver: Marc Bischofberger – SUI flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed
  • Bronze: Sergey Ridzik – OAR olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef

Men’s Ski Halfpipe

  • Gold: David Wise – USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Silver: Alex Ferreira – USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Bronze: Nico Porteous – NZL flag-for-new-zealand_1f1f3-1f1ff

Women’s Ski Cross

  • Gold: Kelsey Serwa – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Silver: Brittany Phelan – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Bronze: Fanny Smith – SUI flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed

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Hockey

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Women’s

  • Gold: United States of America flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Silver: Canada flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Bronze: Finland flag-for-finland_1f1eb-1f1ee

Men’s

  • Gold: Olympic Athletes of Russia olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef
  • Silver: Germany flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Canada flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6

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Nordic Combined

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Individual Large Hill 10km

  • Gold: Johannes Rydzek – GER flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Silver: Fabian Riessle – GER flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Eric Frenzel – GER flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea

Team Large Hill 4×5 km

  • Gold: Germany flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Silver: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Bronze: Austria flag-for-austria_1f1e6-1f1f9

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Short Track

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Women’s 1500m

  • Gold: Choi Minjeong – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Silver: Li Jinyu – CHN flag-for-china_1f1e8-1f1f3
  • Bronze: Kim Boutin – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6

Men’s 1000m

  • Gold: Samuel Girard – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Silver: John-Henry Krueger USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Bronze: Seo Yira – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7

Women’s 3000m Relay

  • Gold: Republic of Korea flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Silver: Italy flag-for-italy_1f1ee-1f1f9
  • Bronze: Netherlands flag-for-netherlands_1f1f3-1f1f1

Men’s 500m

  • Gold: Wu Dajing – CHN flag-for-china_1f1e8-1f1f3
  • Silver: Hwang Daeheon – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Lim Hyojun – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7

Women’s 1000m

  • Gold: Suzanne Schulting – NED flag-for-netherlands_1f1f3-1f1f1
  • Silver: Kim Boutin – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Bronze: Arianna Fontana – ITA flag-for-italy_1f1ee-1f1f9

Men’s 5000m Relay

  • Gold: Hungary flag-for-hungary_1f1ed-1f1fa
  • Silver: China flag-for-china_1f1e8-1f1f3
  • Bronze: Canada flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6

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Skeleton

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Men’s

  • Gold: Yun Sungbin – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Silver: Nikita Tregubov – OAR olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef
  • Bronze: Dom Parsons – GBR flag-for-united-kingdom_1f1ec-1f1e7

Women’s

  • Gold: Lizzy Yarnold – GBR flag-for-united-kingdom_1f1ec-1f1e7
  • Silver: Jacqueline Loelling – GER flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Laura Deas – GBR flag-for-united-kingdom_1f1ec-1f1e7

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Ski Jumping

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Men’s Individual Large Hill

  • Gold: Kamil Stoch – POL flag-for-poland_1f1f5-1f1f1
  • Silver: Andreas Wellinger – GER flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Robert Johansson – NOR flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4

Men’s Team

  • Gold: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Silver: Germany flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Poland flag-for-poland_1f1f5-1f1f1

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Snowboarding

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Women’s Big Air

  • Gold: Anna Gasser – AUT flag-for-austria_1f1e6-1f1f9
  • Silver: Jamie Anderson – USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Bronze: Zoi Sadowski Synnott – NZL flag-for-new-zealand_1f1f3-1f1ff

Men’s Big Air

  • Gold: Sebastien Toutant – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Silver: Kyle Mack – USA flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8
  • Bronze: Billy Morgan – GBR flag-for-united-kingdom_1f1ec-1f1e7

Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom

  • Gold: Ester Ledecka – CZE flag-for-czech-republic_1f1e8-1f1ff
  • Silver: Selina Joerg – GER flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Ramona Theresia Hofmeister – GER flag-for-germany_1f1e9-1f1ea

Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom

  • Gold: Nevin Galmarini – SUI flag-for-switzerland_1f1e8-1f1ed
  • Silver: Lee Sangho – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Zan Kosir – SLO flag-for-slovenia_1f1f8-1f1ee

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Speed Skating

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Men’s 10,000m

  • Gold: Ted-Jan Bloemen – CAN flag-for-canada_1f1e8-1f1e6
  • Silver: Jorrit Bergsma – NED flag-for-netherlands_1f1f3-1f1f1
  • Bronze: Nicola Tumolero – ITA flag-for-italy_1f1ee-1f1f9

Women’s 5,000m

  • Gold: Esmee Visser – NED flag-for-netherlands_1f1f3-1f1f1
  • Silver: Martina Sablikova – CZE flag-for-czech-republic_1f1e8-1f1ff
  • Bronze: Natalia Voronina – OAR olympic-rings_25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef-200d-25ef

Women’s 500m

  • Gold: Nao Kodaira – JPN flag-for-japan_1f1ef-1f1f5
  • Silver: Lee Sang-Hawa – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Karolina Erbanova – CZE flag-for-czech-republic_1f1e8-1f1ff

Men’s 500m

  • Gold: Havard Lorentzen – NOR flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Silver: Cha Min Kyu – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Gao Tingyu – CHN flag-for-china_1f1e8-1f1f3

Women’s Team Pursuit

  • Gold: Japan flag-for-japan_1f1ef-1f1f5
  • Silver: Netherlands flag-for-netherlands_1f1f3-1f1f1
  • Bronze: United States of America flag-for-united-states_1f1fa-1f1f8

Men’s Team Pursuit

  • Gold: Norway flag-for-norway_1f1f3-1f1f4
  • Silver: Republic of Korea flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Netherlands flag-for-netherlands_1f1f3-1f1f1

Men’s 1,000m

  • Gold: Kjeld Nuis – NED flag-for-netherlands_1f1f3-1f1f1
  • Silver: Havard Lorentzen – NOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Kim Tae-Yun – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7

Women’s Mass Start

  • Gold: Nana Takag – JPN flag-for-japan_1f1ef-1f1f5
  • Silver: Kim Bo-Reum – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Bronze: Irene Schouten – NED flag-for-netherlands_1f1f3-1f1f1

Men’s Mass Start

  • Gold: Lee Seung-Hoon – KOR flag-for-south-korea_1f1f0-1f1f7
  • Silver: Bart Swings – BEL flag-for-belgium_1f1e7-1f1ea
  • Bronze: Koen Verweij – NED flag-for-netherlands_1f1f3-1f1f1

 


The Medal Count

Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway 14 14 11 39
2 Germany 14 10 7 31
3 Canada 11 8 10 29
4 USA 9 8 6 23
5 Netherlands 8 6 6 20
6 Republic of Korea 5 8 4 17
6 OAR 2 6 9 17
7 Switzerland 5 6 4 15
7 France 5 4 6 15
8 Sweden 7 6 1 14
8 Austria 5 3 6 14
9 Japan 4 5 4 13
10 Italy 3 2 5 10
11 China 1 6 2 9
12 Czech Republic 2 2 3 7
13 Finland 1 1 4 6
14 Great Britain 1 0 4 5
15 Belarus 2 1 0 3
15 Slovakia 1 2 0 3
15 Australia 0 2 1 3
16 Poland 1 0 1 2
16 Slovenia 0 1 1 2
16 Spain 0 0 2 2
16 New Zealand 0 0 2 2
17 Hungary 1 0 0 1
17 Ukraine 1 0 0 1
17 Belgium 0 1 0 1
17 Liechtenstein 0 0 1 1
17 Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1
17 Latvia 0 0 1 1