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Four More Years…

Posted 2010.07.12 8.39 in Pointless Blather, Sports by Stephanie

Well it’s over. After England went out, I ended up rooting for the Netherlands. So I’m disappointed that the Oranje got so far, only to lose out in the end.

They had a good run though, with a nice long winning-streak before it all came to an end yesterday at Soccer City.

Well, perhaps 2014 will be the year. Or who knows, maybe England will do better next time around.


Posted 2010.06.27 11.40 in Sports by Stephanie

England are down 4-2 with less than 13 minutes to go… Oh excuse me, 4-1. The goal-that-wasn’t, curse you FIFA and your stubborn obstinance of refusing to allow technology into your lives! Luddites!

Come on England! Go go go!

Dang it. Now who am I going to root for?┬áNo Aussies, no Kiwis, no Brits…

Of the remaining countries, I like German wines the best so I might have to start cheering for Germany…


Posted 2010.06.21 7.32 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Not a fan of Monday – and the morning is especially unloved. Once I take over the world, I think I’ll extend the weekends to include Monday, so everyone gets a 3-day weekend.

Yesterday was Fathers’ Day. I went to the hospital to spend some time with my dad. He got through last week’s surgery ok, but he’s been in a lot of pain. It’s difficult to see him like that – I imagine it’s always hard for someone to see one of their parents all weakened and suffering. Looking ahead, hopefully he’ll be well enough to go home this week.

Also ahead, there’s like a week and a half till the end of the month and I’ve got a small mountain of work to get through by then. Between that and visits to the hospital et cetera, I’m already feeling all tapped out and exhausted.

In other mundane news, the world cup is into it’s 2nd week and England is acting like they’re homesick and want to get out of South Africa as quickly as possible. They just have to endure one more match on Wednesday then they can pack up and leave. Booooo. I don’t know who else to cheer for; I guess I’ll decide that on a match-by-match basis.

Right now I’m rooting for North Korea as they face Portugal… No particular reason other than I tend to root for the underdogs, and I like watching big upsets.

World Cup 2010!

Posted 2010.06.07 9.55 in Sports by Stephanie

It’s almost that time again – World Cup football. I’m not really a fan, don’t know or follow any teams or leagues, don’t know or care who’s who. But once every four years, I’m all interested in it.

I’ve found the schedule for tv coverage in Canada, the only downside is being on the other side of the world, some of the game times are at odd hours. 7:30 in the morning? Dang. Still, if you can’t see it live, you can watch the rerun later I guess.

CBC World Cup 2010 Coverage

Go England!

Snail Football!

Posted 2009.07.18 16.22 in Aquaria, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So I read somewhere that snails are very curious and will play with any new goodies you put in the aquarium. Thinking it would be cool and funny, I put a fake coral thingy in there – expecting the snails to maybe crawl around it, cover it with snail-snot, that sort of thing.

After installing it, the snails ignored it for a few hours. Then – Speed Racer headed on over.

He didn’t crawl around it though.. Instead, he started digging down underneath it… Then he got his shell under it, and gave it a good solid header… he got it loose from the gravel, then gave it another header… got it up into the current, so it was shoved off into the corner. Then he followed it to the corner, and started work at pushing it into the very back corner.

Snail Football

Eventually he got it into the back right corner, where there is a blue night-light. It actually looks great at night, all a-glow with blue light. It seems the snails have a better idea of what looks cool than I do.

Still, I can’t help but imagine that in Speed Racer’s mind, this was going on…

Here we are with the score nil-nil, Snails versus Fish… and the Snail’s top striker, Speed Racer has the ball! Excellent header there, he’s got it loose and is moving for the goal… only a minute left in this match folks, at this point the next goal wins it… Oh and look at that footwork! Speed Racer has it past the Zebrafish defenders – he gives it a kick – GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL! ┬áSpeed Racer has done it! He’s done it! Yes, this is why Speed Racer is the top-paid striker in Aquarium Football! There he is, getting the game ball, he has done it! The Snails win the Aquarium Cup!

Just What Is The Deal With Footballs, Anyways?

Posted 2007.07.23 0.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

What is up with these things?

World Cup Final

Posted 2006.07.09 0.00 in Sports by Stephanie

Just 10 minutes to kickoff of the final match of World Cup 2006. Call me crazy but I think I was having more fun in the first round.

Back then, you had 2 or 3 matches a day, and you had all the countries playing, and you had the different groups each with their separate struggles for position.

The quarters, semis, and finals, you just have the one game, one result, and that’s it. Tense, exciting, emotional…but not as much fun.

Well, that’s my opinion, anyhow.

Who am I cheering on? Well in the semis, I had to weigh the four teams like this:
My alltime favorite wines right now are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner. So Germany was my #1 favorite.
I am fond of Bordeaux, some Burgundies, and much of the Midi wines. So France was my #2 favorite.
I do enjoy my Ports now and then, especially a nice Madiera, so Portugal would have been my #3, except they beat England!
And finaly, Italy makes a lot of wine, but I only really like the Valpolicellas and Amarones.

In other words, yesterday I was cheering for Germany, and today I cheer for France.

Enjoy the match!

FIFA World Cup 06

France vs Italy
Photo from FIFA/Yahoo