There are 80 days until the Olympic 2012 Opening Ceremony on 27th July.
And if you look very, very carefully you may spot me there.
Nope, I won't be appearing with Team GB after being selected to represent my country in the 100m. Or even the Greco-Roman Wrestling.
I'm volunteering with the Workforce Team at the ceremonies!
Are you sitting comfortably? Let me tell you the story of my own Olympic journey (Gagh! The 'J' word!)
Way back in January I applied to be a performer in the ceremonies- they were looking for people with rhythm. So, ignoring the last two words of what they were looking for, encouraged instead by the fact they were looking for 'people', I applied. The first audition was lots of fun- over two hundred very enthusiastic, friendly people dancing away. A bit like a massive wedding party except without the booze, dodgy DJ or cake.
I was invited back for a second audition (hurrah!) and, donning my lucky underwear, I set off for the recall auditions. I'd like to think I was recalled because of my attitude to Beyonce during the congo section (well thats what I named that section). Afterall, I do like to think of myself as the fourth member of Destiny's Child and all.
But the next four hours (!) were supremely challenging. And that's putting a rather optimistic spin on my efforts.
We were instructed on a routine. I couldn't remember the dance steps if my life depended upon it. And when I could remember the odd bit of the routine, my timing was so diabolical it was as though I was in an entirely different time zone to the rest of the auditionees.
I decided to improvise.
I added some freestyle jazz hands at the end.
It wasn't enough. And while I won't be performing at the ceremonies, I will be a part of the Greatest Games the World has ever seen with volunteering with the Workforce team.
I for one can't wait.
And to celebrate, here is the first in a mini-series that is Olympic Baking...
Bolt's Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownies
While I suspect Usain Bolt, the Fastest Man on the Earth (TM), is on a strict diet, full of proteins and, erm, chicken nuggets, maybe once he's won his gold medal he can indulge in a Brownie or two. Complete with the Bolt of Lightening.
This recipe is the best Brownie recipe I've ever, ever tasted: Nigel Slater's. The original recipe can be found right here in The Observer.
- I made half the recipe, using 125g Hotel Chocolat salted caramel chocolate. Lindt also produce a similar chocolate
- These are the goo-iest, fudg-iest, most delectable Brownies on this earth. And if you can resist (ha!) they'll last up to three days...
- ...Unlike these ones, which categorically did not last three days: