January 27, 2013

A two pot screamer...

No, not this one...

May I present to you, Exhibit A.

I'm always amazed by how the more things change, the more they stay the same.

As is my wont at this time of year, I have been avidly watching the Australian Open on television over the last couple of weeks. Nothing says January to me like days/nights in front of the television enjoying the satisfying THWACK of a fluoro yellow tennis ball, belted with pinpoint accuracy around the court. The brilliance of the tennis more than makes up for the lack of sleep that occurs. And when I do actually get to sleep it is only in my dreams that I can rip a backhand winner crosscourt with the ferocity that they do!

Last night was the women's final between Victoria Azarenka and Li Na. Like many seasoned tennis fans, I was looking forward to a tough but entertaining match yet resigned to the fact that I'd have to listen to the annoying shriek of Azarenka every time she made a shot. My Twitter feed was full of it:

And they were just some of the polite ones. There were plenty of others that weren't. Especially the ones casting aspersions over Azarenka's sex life. *cough*

All this chatter about grunting tennis players reminded me of a post I wrote only 12 months ago, lamenting this very thing. I STILL don't understand why they have to do it. Honestly, girls. Is it really necessary? The majority of the top tennis players all manage to play strong, powerful tennis without doing it, so why do you screamers persist? 

I thought it was interesting to note that Azarenka doesn't grunt when she's training. At all. I'd be keen to hear any and all opinions on that.

Tonight is the men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. I am a little torn about this match as I like both players - Novak is simply brilliant full stop but Murray has been playing amazing tennis lately and deserves the win. At any rate it will be champagne tennis to watch... and at least this match will be without a 10 minute stoppage for Australia Day fireworks!! Seriously, WTF was with that? I can't think of anywhere else in the world where that would happen. Certainly not at Wimbledon!

Are you a tennis fan? Will you be watching?? Or are you looking forward to a tennis-free TV schedule next week?

January 6, 2013

Letting it all hang out...

Hello and welcome, 2013! How's it going for you guys so far?

We've been thoroughly enjoying the break and the weather has been consistently hot. We've BBQed, swum, lazed around, watched movies and eaten copious amounts of food. We've talked and planned and just generally chewed the fat. We've laughed and joked. In short, we've all just hung out.

It's been wonderful.

The Provider is looking a lot more relaxed these days. In truth, we all are. It's ridiculous how easily I have slipped back into my body's much preferred daily routine of staying up late and waking up late. No current need for the alarm clock helps, for sure, but it's also the pleasant by-product of living in a house with older children (for those of you with young kids there are many sleep-ins in your future, I promise!) No-one moves much before 8am around here at present. I'd be lying if I said I'm not enjoying it.

It's almost over now though because we're back to work tomorrow although the boys still have three weeks of school holidays left. I will be braving the crowds in the shops soon to buy school shoes, uniforms and school books. That 'ker-CHING' sound you may hear will be my plastic card taking a beating. Kids have an annoying habit of growing over the summer, don't they?

What have you been doing over the holiday break? 

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