football, morality and some cool things

May 14, 2009 at 9:42 am (Loved, random things) (, , , , , , , , )

I’m not a huge sports fan, but I quite enjoy watching a decent game of AFL (a recent development in my interests) and I really think that sports players have a huge role as models for children.  However, I was really ANNOYED at the weekend when I watched the West Coast Eagles game.   I really noticed the incredibly pathetic contact between players (shouldering each other, pushing, and generally acting like puffed up little peacocks).  This irritated me on two levels, the first being that it’s just so unnecessary, they are standing waiting for the ball to be played and they are just being so negative.  I know they want to win, but this is hardly the kind of behaviour that we would think was acceptable for our children, so why should their heroes be acting like this.  On another level, it makes me even further irritated that the television stations chose to feature this footage, surely not every set of marked players are acting like this and would good sportsmanship not be the thing to be featuring???  It really makes me wonder what the AFL and the media are thinking is ok behaviour.

The whole Matthew Johns thing is bugging me too, but for different reasons.  It is disappointing that these footballers thought this kind of behaviour was ok (and that it seems like sex and bonding does come up a lot with teams in the NRL) and it’s a bit disturbing that these people are huge role models, especially in the eastern states.  However, I really am getting annoyed with the media outlets that are demonising Johns.  I really don’t get why this NZ chick has so much credibility.  She had consensual sex with a group of footballers.  Dumb.  What did she think was going to happen?  She made the choice too.  I just don’t get why a) Johns has basically had his media career destroyed and b) the media seems to feel so sorry for this woman.  I didn’t watch the 4 Corners presentation, but I’m actually really disappointed that the ABC (my favourite station) gave this story such credibility.  I think it sounds like some money-hungry skank trying to cash in on the media’s desire for pathetic salacious gossip.  Makes me soooo annoyed.  I wonder what Johns did to someone at either Nine or the NRL to have him made the fall guy for this.  He made a morally questionable decision but I think the whole thing has been seriously manipulated by the media and this woman.

Ok, rants over.  I’ll try and relax and enjoy the football on the weekend without focusing on the parts that annoy me!

How awesome are these cool things?  (Well, you’d probably like them more if you are a WCE lover).

West Coast Eagles Casserole Holder

West Coast Eagles Casserole Holder

And do you think you’d catch many footy fans in these?  I might wear them to the footy for a laugh.

Football Earrings

Football Earrings

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compulsory relaxation

May 8, 2009 at 7:59 am (random things) (, , )

I am about to go on some self-enforced relaxation.  I’ve noticed I have a really, really bad habit now of not relaxing on a Friday afternoon.  Before we moved, I always relaxed on a Friday afternoon.  Typically, I’d finish work early, stop via my friend’s shop (where I worked on Saturday mornings) – which was right next to a pub so I could buy us some take away beers and then we’d sit out on the back patio and chill (although one of us would have to get up and serve a customer if they came in, but Friday’s were quiet generally).  Then I’d cruise home, freshen up and when Mr Petit came home we’d go to some friend’s place for dinner/beers or go down the pub.  It was easy.

But now it’s hard because we don’t really know that many people yet and I seem to accidently spend Friday’s cleaning or working back late.  But not today.  I’m about to get my current book, a beer and some crackers and sit out in the patio to read until it’s too cold out there.  I’m feeling chilled just thinking about it.  What are you doing to relax this afternoon?

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on the road to somewhere…

May 5, 2009 at 10:13 am (random things) (, , , , , )

We’ve had quite a few changes in our world so far this year.   Moved across the country, started new jobs, met new people.  It’s really be quite a ‘big’ 4 months but I hadn’t really noticed.  Today I felt a bit sad – I received a lovely letter from a colleague from my old job in Queensland, along with the final paperwork from the position I’d taken long service leave from.  It was such a lovely letter, and whilst I really love where we live now and my new job, a little nerve was hit and I thought about the many good times I had had there – although I did manage to avoid having a teary moment outside the post office!!!  Then I was chatting to an friend on Facebook when I got home and really missed being able to ‘turn up’ at their house at 9am on a Sunday morning with a packet of biscuits to have tea and a chat (and her partner and mine were great mates so it was a perfect match really).  I guess life goes on, and we are making our new space in this place gradually.  I guess it’s just easy to long for the old and familiar.  It’s kind of exacerbated with Mr Petit being away fishing until tomorrow.   It’s funny when they’re around you know you love and appreciate them, but when they are away, there is suddenly a them-shaped hole which is so apparent.   Maybe it’s because we haven’t been together forever, but I hope I’d always miss him when he’s away.  Although things change, somethings should always stay the same…

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wedding bells (and belles)

May 3, 2009 at 9:32 am (random things)

Super, super tired after a HUGE weekend.

Thursday was a long day, after finishing work we drove to Perth for pre-wedding family bbq at the Grandparent’s place.  Lovely, but soooo tired by the time we got to bed.

Friday saw total mayhem and craziness, 6 people staying in parents-in-law house (including the Groom and then the groomsmen turned up too) all getting ready for wedding (including us girls getting our hair and make up done at Carousel, Mr Petit and his dad driving the groom’s car to Freo, and Mr Petit having to get a hair cut).  Already with only some yelling by midday and drive to wedding.  Lovely day, perfect weather, beautiful setting, great food at the reception, no one went nuts at the wedding.  The maid of honour was VERY pregnant (she was due on Saturday).  They re-arranged the speeches so she could go first, then she left straight after (about 9:30) and went to the hospital.  She had had a little girl by 10:30.  Fast worker!

Here are some pix of me and Mr Petit (note how lovely we look at the start, then rather messy after the reception, hehe).

At Caversham House before the ceremony

At Caversham House before the ceremony

Swinging away at Caversham House

Swinging away at Caversham House

After a few (many) drinks at the reception - what's a wedding without some silly photos?

After a few (many) drinks at the reception - what's a wedding without some silly photos?

Saturday was much calmer – Mr  Petit’s sister and I went to Fremantle to watch a friend play netball in the arvo which was relaxing and had another family bbq in the afternoon.  Ate too much, laughed so hard my face hurt 🙂

This morning Mr Petit and his dad headed north for a few days of fishing.  Silly Mr Petit forgot his phone, so won’t get to talk to him until he gets home on Wednesday night, I’ll miss him I think.  This morning I went to Freo with his mum and sis for breakfast (smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel and a cappuccino – delicious).  We had a look around the markets but they were pretty rubbish.  I drove home this afternoon which was boring (and long), getting ready for the working week now (yay).  Lots of washing and ironing to do in front of the telly tonight.

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