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Hah! We're creeping back up the table!

IRB World Rankings - 23 November 2009
Position (last week)Member UnionRating Point
6(8) WALWALES81.46
7(6) ENGENGLAND80.72

Thanks to Scotland beating Australia, we're in a position now where if Wales beat Australia by more than 15 points (a big ask, but still...) they will drop below us in the rankings! We'd not likely go above France or Ireland though, so we'll all bump up one and Australia will plummet from 3rd to 6th!

Plus it's nice to be above England.


Mar. 7th, 2009 05:31 pm
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So I come home from my course, Jamie meets me at the door with the incredible news that not only did Wales beat New Zealand in the quarter final of the Sevens World Cup, but we also beat Samoa in the semis and the final is just about to kick off!

So we found a live stream on the internet, and there followed twenty minutes of frantic tension, as Wales eventually beat Argentina 19-12 to win the World Cup for the first time!!!!!

So we are very happy this evening.

Course continued boring, in the same vein as this morning. There was some new stuff this afternoon, but it was all fairly simple stuff. Cash flow forecasting, a couple of potentially icky formulae, but apart from that, nothing special. Luckily, thanks to the magic of BPP's timetabling, I don't have to go back tomorrow! In fact, my next day isnt till next Sunday. So I get a whole week to do the home study for this one day before I get new stuff shoved in my head.

Now for an evening of more rugby (Dragons v Munster in the Magners League just kicked off), curry (although its shop-bought microwave budget curry, not tasty takeaway curry or homemade curry), Empire Total War, and the tidying of my desk for the studying on.
supertinks: (rugby 2008)

So after crawling into bed on Saturday evening, utterly exhausted from the events of the day, I slept like a log, and woke up bright and early at half eight ish on Sunday morning. I felt completely restored, both physically and emotionally, so I got out of bed feeling pretty good.

It was only after I'd got out of bed and moved around for a bit I realised my legs/arms were a bit sore. All that walking, and stairs, and the cold, and the excitement, and the clapping and cheering and waving and so on from the day before had taken their toll, and my calves, thighs and shoulders in particular were aching.

Since I didn't do much yesterday, apart from sit and watch TV, it just got worse as the day wore on. Even this morning, my legs are still aching. Hopefully after the gym tonight they will get better.

So anyway, yesterday morning I was feeling all refreshed and recovered. Until Jamie put the recording of the game on, and I was transported straight back into the whirlwind of emotions I felt yesterday. Game was just as exciting from an armchair perspective, plus was interesting to hear the commentary/punditry as well as pre- and post-match interviews.

In one of the post-match interviews, one of the Welsh players made particular mention of the atmosphere created by the fans, and the arrival of the bus and things, and it was nice to think "I was a part of that".

Jamie went to the gym once he'd woken up, and I cycled over to Tesco to pick up the ingredients for the curry I'd promised to make him for dinner. Was good to get out of the house and in the fresh air, but I collapsed in a tired heap again when I got back home.

We started watching the Italy - Ireland game, but it got boring in the second half so we went back to bed for a snooze. Then tackled the mountain of washing up, and watched Bee Movie, which was ok - funny in places, but not brilliant.

Then I made a really tasty chicken curry, following a James Martin recipe off BBC Food.

This morning I am experimenting in making my own lunches again, in an attempt to get me away from eating crisps/snacks and drinking fizzy drinks/ribena. So I have two garlic chicken baps in the fridge, with mountains of grapes, and am drinking water. From tomorrow it will be chicken pitta bread with salad, but I did the shopping late so I couldnt have that today.

I cut my fingertip on my knife when I was chopping my coriander. Its not deep, but it was rather irritating. Luckily I didn't get any ginger or garlic into my cut - that would have been horrible.

supertinks: (rugby 2008)
So we woke up this morning around 9ish, and so began a most excellent day. I had a shower, got dressed and made breakfast, while Jamie caught up on missed sleep and also showered. sausages, scrambled egg and beans. Tasty!

We watched Saturday Kitchen, which was a Valentines Day special sort of thing, and they had the usual two chef's table guests, but the twist was, the bloke had arranged with the show to propose to his girlfriend on air, which was very sweet. She was somewhat shocked, but said yes of course :-)

Then there was a short period of waiting, as it was too early really to leave, but we had already done everything we needed to do packing wise. So we bounced nervously and excitedly in our chairs until it was time to leave. We drove to Cardiff, via the sorting office to pick up an undelivered parcel. I had intended to drive the first stretch, but I was a little overexcited so Jamie took over once we'd got petrol in Tesco, and he drove till Membrey Services.

We swopped over there, and swopped back at Magor, after the bridge. Drove into Cardiff, got there around three-ish. As Jamie used to live there, we know a handy spot near the town centre for parking the car, and there's usually always a space. Then we walked into town from there, stuck our head round the door of a pub to check the score in the France v Scotland game (which was 0-0 after 20 mins). Decided not to bother finding somewhere to watch that, so wandered round Cardiff for a bit soaking up the pre-match atmosphere.

Then we wandered over to the stadium, initially planning to see if they were showing the France game on a big screen. When we got to the entrance of the stadium, it quickly became obvious that the crowd gathered was arranged in such a fashion for watching the team bus go past into the stadium (in two lines either side of the road, lots of police making sure they stayed in place). It was 4pm, so an hour and a half before kick off. We stuck around in the crowd, quite near the gate, at the front of the mass of people. Shortly afterwards, we heard the roar of the crowd round the corner up the road, then the police escort hoved into view. Two mounted police on gorgeous brown horses, followed by two police motorbikes. Then came the team bus, followed by more bikes and horses. So there was much cheering and yelling and chanting of "Wales! Wales! Wales!". It was amazing. And to cap it all off.......

Neil Jenkins looked at me!!!!!!!!!!!

I had a real fangirly squee moment. It was hilarious.

Once they'd gone into the stadium, we made our way over to gate 5 and headed inside. Our seats were in the middle tier, the first time we've been sat up there. In the stand behind the posts, but off to one side, so about halfway between the posts and the edge of the pitch. Wales were playing towards us in the first half, and away from us in the second, so as you look at the game from the point of view of the telly cameras, we were on the right hand side.

We were mostly surrounded by pleasant people, which is always nice, although throughout the game there was far too much of people going back and forth to the bar/toilet, always at the wrong moment and getting in the way of the view.

So we were in our seats a long while before kick off, and got to watch the teams warming up. We were entertained by that school choir that were runners up on Last Choir Standing last year, and they were awesome.

It was a full house. 74,594 was the official attendance, and the entire place was buzzing. The roof was open, which made it colder, but did nothing to dampen the spirits or reduce the noise. If anything, we were making even more noise to compensate!

The anthem almost had me in tears. The confidence I'd been feeling all week about the likely result had all but disappeared by then, and there was a tight knot of anxiety and nerves in my stomach. By the time we'd sung the anthem, I felt physically sick.

And then the whistle blew, England kicked off and for the next 40 minutes I was screaming and singing as loud as any other Welshman in that crowd. Then came 10 minutes of quiet, as Jamie disappeared for a break and a stretch of the legs (there isn't much space for legs in these stadiums!). Then came the second half, and another 40 minutes of screaming, singing, hiding my hands behind my eyes.. lots of tense moments, lots of nervousness, and by the time the final whistle blew, and we'd won the game, I had run out of any energy with which to celebrate.

We made our weary way back across town, stopping only to get a small burger each from Burger King (and for me to have a wee!), and to get Jamie some coke from Sainsburys. A quiet five minutes sitting in the car, then we drove home. Well, Jamie drove, I collapsed in the passenger seat. I was meant to be taking over at some point, but was so tired and drained that Jamie agreed to drive the whole journey, in exchange for a cup of coffee at Membrey, and me cooking him a curry for dinner tomorrow!

Got home at about half ten - would have been earlier, but there are a number of stretches of roadworks on the M4 which have average speed cameras, and one of them has a speed limit of 40 mph! Very irritating, but we got through it.

I am utterly exhausted. But very happy.
supertinks: (rosco)
Bore da! Wales is sunny, with bright blue skies today. Yesterday it wasn't so sunny, and it absolutely hounded down with rain just as we were driving away from the stadium. But I'm getting ahead of myself..

in which we go to the rugby, and there are cats )
supertinks: (kanjji)

So the rearranging of the bedroom furniture went fairly well in the end, we're both pleased with the end result. However, I'm still struggling to get in a full night's sleep, which is very irritating. Saturday night was by far the worst night I've had in a good while, hardly slept a wink, between Jamie's snoring and Fidget's rather irritating "lets go exploring the bedroom in the middle of the night" antics. Last night was better, but I still woke up more times than I'm used to (the one time I get woken up by Fidget wanting a cuddle under the duvet I don't mind so much). We think Jamie may be subconsciously afraid of the lack of wall to his right, as when I woke up this morning I was on my side facing out of the bed, but very close to the edge. Jamie was on his side, facing away from me, but with his back right up against mine with miles of space on the other side.

So tonight we are going to see if we should sleep the other way around. Which may be a blessing in more than one way, as Fidget tends to wake up the person on the left of the bed for cuddles in the night, so sleeping on the other side I would avoid that as well.

Other than furniture moving, cleaning and general sneeziness from the dust, the weekend consisted of indulgent food (fry-ups, biscuits, ice-cream and home-made fish and chips among the offerings), lots of Guinness (well, for Jamie, anyway), much rugby, some painting of miniatures (I did my night goblin fanatics, Jamie started his handgunners) and the watching of Sweeney Todd.

Among the failed acheivements was me not dying my hair, us not making it as far as the gym all weekend and us not having done any laundry or tidying up downstairs. But considering what we did get done, this isn't really all that bad.

This week is mostly all about getting back into the habit of doing things. Going to the gym. Not eating too much crap. Tidying up some more. Boss is on holiday so work should be quiet, which is handy given how tired I am. Highlights of the week are going to include the first episode of Battlestar Galactica new series (or second half of last series, if you want to look at it like that), and the rugby at the weekend. Also, Jamie had a surprise phone call from one of his oldest friends the other day, so on Sunday we are going to go and see him and his fiance as well, which will be interesting.

Rugby yay!

Jan. 18th, 2009 05:05 pm
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*is cross with the fixture schedulers*

Why did they have to schedule the Cardiff Blues game (which turned out to awesome - how often do you see a team win when they have to play 50 mins of the game down to 14 men!) and the Scarlets game (which was awesome from the word go) at the same time? Constant flicking back and forth between both games on Sky interactive - was very annoying. However, good Welsh wins both, so we are happy. Just a shame that the Dragons couldnt pull a win out earlier on at lunchtime.

But Yay! We beat Stade Francais!
supertinks: (ostrich)
So the course dates were posted online today, which means I am much more able to plan my social life up till the exams.

So, here's me updated schedule: )

which means 21/22 Feb, 28/29 Mar are really the only weekends where I am able to say with some confidence - Yes, I will be available for social events :-)

The rest of my time is probably going to be taken up with a combination of studying and geekery.
supertinks: (tink)

Seems to be very handy thing, to keep a list of what I'm up to on here. Not that anyone really cares, I suppose, but at least if you want me for anything you can check first to see if I'll be around. Plus I can look back at it and get all excited about what's coming up next.

So, here's me schedule: )

which basically means that if anyone wants to do anything on the weekends of 17/18 January, 21/22 February or 7/8 March I am available!
supertinks: (rosco)
Back from our flying visit to Wales. I am currently cold, and a little bit hungry, and tired and I have a headache. So thats not great. But I've had a lovely few days.

Christmas Day )
The Wales bit )
The rugby bit )
The Fidget/Crotchspider bit )
supertinks: (rugby 2008)
So they just did the draw for the 2011 World Cup pools.

Pool A - New Zealand, France, Tonga, Americas 1, Asia 1

Pool B - Argentina, England, Scotland, Europe 1, Playoff Winner

Pool C - Australia, Ireland, Italy, Europe 2, Americas 1 

Pool D - South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Oceania 1, Africa 1

We have Fiji. Again. And the defending champs, South Africa. Bah. Hard to say at the moment if any one pool is a particularly "easy" or "hard" one, as they seem pretty evenly matched. Pool B is possibly the easiest, but that really depends on how England and Scotland develop over the next two years, and if anything exciting happens to the Argentinian domestic game.

And of course, a lot depends on who actually qualifies for all those 4th/5th rank places. Lets not forget how Georgia nearly beat Ireland last year!

supertinks: (rugby 2008)
So a brief post about my weekend so far... Friday drive to Jamie's parents was marred only by the closing of the M4 just as we were going through Port Talbot, so Jamie took us on a detour through Swansea (during rush hour) and across the Gower through the marshes to get to the house. Then there was tasty chicken curry, lots of awesomely cute puss cat (Rosco and Bo are huge! and gorgeous! and so sweet!), a nail biting finish to the Scarlets game, a nice quiet drink in the pub and bed. Then there was being woken up by Rosco's demands for cuddles and love, driving into Cardiff, having a look around the area we're thinking of moving to (very nice, actually, even managed to find the right street without any kind of map), finding an awesome place to park right next to town, pottering around town (in the very freezing cold), getting a red dragon painted on my face, buying a new memory card for my camera (as I'd forgotten mine!), buying a proper women's fitted replica rugby shirt from the WRU shop outside the stadium, hot pasties eaten outside Cardiff Market, and the most awesome game of rugby viewed from the awesome seats of awesome that my Dad got me (12 rows from the front, five seats away from the tunnel). Then there was a painless drive home, a Mr Cod takeaway dinner and lots of Fidget cuddles!

Now we are re-watching the game, as there are a couple of incidents we want to have a look at again, and to see what all the pundits say. Because WE WON THE GAME!!!! 21 - 18. The only northern hemisphere team to beat a southern hemisphere team this Autumn Test Series. It was brilliant. Real edge-of-the-seat stuff. Atmosphere in the stadium was brilliant, I'm so glad I was there!!!

So in short, the weekend is going really well so far. Also, it feels like Sunday night, so I will be very happy when I get up tomorrow and I don't have to go to work!

I did take photos this weekend, I will get them onto my computer tonight (need to go find the cables for my phone and camera) and do another post later on. You will definately want to see the Bo and Rosco ones, as they are lovely.


Nov. 25th, 2008 03:04 pm
supertinks: (rosco)
I have new pillows. They are awesome. After my horrendous night's sleep on Sunday night (thanks Fidget) I slept like a log last night! So much so, in fact, that I was so comfy when the alarm went off this morning that I snoozed until 8, and then had to rush because I needed a shower and everything. And had extra snuggles with Fidget under the duvet when I went back upstairs after my shower. Just about made it into work on time...

I think the decent night sleep was helped by the fact that I won the rock-paper-scissors best of three we had to determine which side of the bed Fidget would sleep on - Jamie had the honour of putting up with his middle-of-the-night bath!

Am all excited about the weekend now, a hair cut on Friday (which is desperately required) and seeing Jamie's parents, plus Bo and Rosco. And Wales v Australia on Saturday (followed by a pleasant drive home and watching of England v New Zealand). If all goes according to plan, Wales should beat Oz by at least 15 points, and England should get there arses handed to them on a plate, thus ensuring Wales reach 4th in the world rankings, and are seeded away from South Africa, Oz and NZ in the world cup in 2011 (the draw for which is happening on Monday).

Now if only it wasn't so cold....

epic fail

Nov. 14th, 2008 10:45 am
supertinks: (ostrich)
i forgot to put my out of office auto reply thingy on when I left work last night, ooops.

i'm sure it wont really matter though, very few people email me from outside the office anyway (I love not having a customer facing role).

so far today, I have failed utterly in doing anything vaguely useful. well apart from fixing my root-regrowth problem (the one downside to being blonde, is you have to keep redying it constantly to stop yourself looking awful). So I now have a more uniform blondeness again. I has also booked myself in for a hair cut, as its started to get too long and out of control. Not sure how short I am going to go, I may be brave and go shorter than last time, we shall see. that is in 2 weeks time, so its cut and styled all nice the morning of the day we go down to Wales for the weekend, to see Jamie's parents, Bo and Rosco, and the Wales vs Australia international.

I have to be in town to meet Jamie for 12, so I don't have much time this morning left for studying. I have rescued my F5 books from upstairs (where my desk is surrounded by laundry and other rubbish, and is inaccessible), but I need to pop to the shop to get food first otherwise I will starve and die. So its a small amount of work this morning, followed by much more this afternoon. I am just going to look at F5 today, because its the easier one of the two, and I should be able to get through quite a lot of it by the time Jamie comes home from work. Of course, as soon as he comes home, I will be far to busy opening all the Games Workshop stuff (I like it when Christmas comes early!), eating steak and watching the rugby and Children in Need to do anything else!

Tomorrow is the hard part, because I have to study while there are so many more cool things to do, plus Jamie will be here to distract me :-(
supertinks: (geeking)
I am impressed. I've made it to 8.30pm and not one trick-or-treater. This is down to one of three reasons:

a) no-one is actually doing the rounds here
b) they all remembered how rude I was to them last year and the year before so we've developed a reputation as the grumpy house noone bothers with, or
c) they are knocking, but cos I've turned the telly up so loud I can't hear them (despite being sat pretty close to the front door)

I disagree with trick-or-treating. Its no better than begging, and I disagree with that too.

Although this time of year always brings to mind a funny memory of my Dad and me, playing a joke on my Mum. See he was over the rugby club, and Mum was preparing dinner at home. She told me to go over the road and fetch me Dad home, cos he was late. It was Halloween, and it was raining. I walked over to the club, got my Dad, and we walked back home. Just as we were approaching the house Dad, who was a little worse for wear on account of all the Guinness, suggested that instead of going up the side path and in the back door like normal, we would crouch down and sneak around to the front gate (having to hide under a huge golfing umbrella!) and pretend to be trick-or-treaters. I remember it being very silly, and Mum not being very impressed!

Jamie is out this evening, its the first month in ages when they've made loads of placements - his team was the most profitable this month in the entire company (nationally). So the three of them have gone out for drinks and a meal (Champagne in the Sahara Bar, followed by a Thai restaurant, probably followed by more drinks in a bar) although Jamie promises he wont be out too late.

Which means I've been at home all alone all day, and all evening too! Am possibly going a little mad.

However, I have done much. I did all the laundry (although the last wash is still sitting in the machine, waiting to be taken upstairs and hung up to dry). I did Study, and I also went to Hobbycraft and Homebase and picked up the necessary bits and bobs to make a curtain for the stairs, and to fix Jamie's necklace. I am now relaxing in front of the telly, with Cardiff Blues vs Bath in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final pool round. Blues win or draw, they're in the semis. If they lose, there's all kinds of mathematical possibilities as to who would go through. Its a similar situation for my boys tomorrow (up in Northampton) and for the Ospreys on Sunday (here in Reading, what we have tickets for and everything). Game is quite enjoyable and exciting at the moment. I have a very happy Mr Fidget curled up on my lap, fast asleep with all kinds of upside-down face and big stretched out paws. It is making it awkward though, as I am painting miniatures and I thought I had all the paints I needed on my table, but I've just realised I need the bronze paints, and they're over there on Jamie's painting table, and he's not here to pass them to me!

Also, I'm getting very hot but am unable to take off my cardigan, as Mr Fidget is sleeping on it.
supertinks: (rugby 2008)
Did you miss me?

Its hardly surprising I haven't, given that my week has been mostly filled with dull, boring, everyday things. Things like a full week in work (very long and tiring), and not doing much in the evenings when I ought to be studying. At least I made it to the pool twice this week, if not to the gym. And I did some pilates yesterday lunchtime. So its not all a complete waste of time :-)

study )
pathetic fidget )
rugby )
Ho hum, best get back to work I suppose, I'm sure there was more I was going to say, but it can wait.
supertinks: (yay)

Well today has been a very good day.

- Ospreys beat Harlequins in the EDF Energy Cup 1st round
- Scarlets beat Saracens in the EDF Energy Cup 1st round
- Zuki did awesome and made Caro cry :-)
- I drove in hideous hideous weather and didnt die
- Jamie made awesome beef curry and it was all nearly ready for when I got home
- I won tasty chocolate in the raffle at the cat show
- so far, my predictions for "who gets through to the X-Factor live show" have been spot on. Only one disappointment so far, in the over-25s

[edit] Overall, a good selection for the X-factor finals. Only cross with the inclusion of Little Miss "I did drugs and three of my 5 kids are in care"


Jun. 14th, 2008 04:46 pm
supertinks: (geeking)

I finished my Dwarveses! And we've assembled the Bull Centaurs and I've filled in the gaps in them with the green stuff, am just waiting for it to cure so I can file them back and undercoat them.

Probably wont paint them till tomorrow, though. Am considering getting the hobgoblins done this evening, and then all I'll have to do tomorrow is to paint the bull centaurs and base everything, and my team will be finished a full two weeks before I actually need them :-)

There's also been lots of rugby today, but no results have gone our way yet!

Wales U20s v France U20s is up next!


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