25 September 2013

The America's Cup

You can be forgiven for not knowing what the America's Cup is. I think it only matters to New Zealanders (and that's a generalization) and sailors (another generalization). The America's Cup (also known as the 'Auld Mug') is the oldest international sporting trophy. (And it's a beauty!) It was originally awarded in 1851 (by the Royal Yacht Squadron) to the schooner America for winning a race around the Isle of Wight (UK). The trophy was renamed the America's Cup in honour of the schooner and has been contested ever since. Tomorrow is the final race in the America's Cup regatta...between Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA. Winner takes all. If you think sailing is boring, you've never seen 22 metre (~72 feet) catamarans race. It's exhilarating. It's also soul destroying when your team has been on match point for several days and hasn't been able to win the one race it needs too. (And I won't talk about the three races that were abandoned while we were leading because I'm not bitter...[I'm fooling no one.]) Regardless of who wins tomorrow, both teams have shown incredible fortitude.

It's also American football season. I kind of started watching American college football last year. I understand it more now, but I still find it a rather unusual game. (I'm used to games based on tactics, rather than strategy.) And I'm still trying to work out if anyone can actually be sent off. (Red carded as they say in rugby.)

So, do you watch sport and, if so, what the weirdest sport you've ever watched? (Olympic sports [as in sports you watch only while the Olympics are on] don't count as there are some sports I only watch at the Olympics :)

24 September 2013

I'm Back...

...she says hopefully! Yes, from my Testing Testing post it has been another 2 months to this post...I suck at blogging :( RL has been...busy. No more busy than normal I guess. But I've been...I guess the word I'm looking for is overwhelmed. With RL. With trying to cram everything in. Cue high levels of anxiety, which the unnamed expert and I are working on. And something had to give and that ended up being blogging. I'm sorry.

I have this week off. And, yes, I probably should have posted yesterday, but it was fine and the garden beckoned. And now it is weeded (mostly - weeds are like boomerangs :) and composted and ready for spring planting. Yes, it is spring here, although you wouldn't know it looking over the window. (It's currently raining. Heavily.) So I aim to try and post this week. Not big posts, but little things. And try and visit all your blogs. And try and keep that up when I go back to work. Because being on holiday is like being in a little cocoon. Everything changes when you break out. But until then you can just...be...which is what I'm trying to do this week. No places to be or things to do (although I have a huge chore list and should probably get on it, but the fire is lit and I'm watching YouTube videos and I don't really want to do chores :)

So, what do you like to do when you're on holiday?