The World Cup’s Over

South Africa Soccer WCup Final Netherlands Spain… and I’m trying to catch my breath. First of all, congratulations to the marvellous Spanish team!!!

At the same time, I am very proud of the German team. Even though they didn’t make the final, they played some excellent soccer and gave their audiences a lot of enjoyment. Nobody got seriously hurt, and with the present national team, watching the next matches on TV (be they friendly or qualifying games) promises to be huge fun. My one regret is that probably several players are bound to leave the Bundesliga, which means I won’t get to see them on a regular basis anymore.

Second, so much of my life lay dormant during the last month due to watching TV extensively that it will take some effort now to catch up. My desk is a mess. There are a number of friends I need to call quite urgently (not that they would have thanked me to call them right in the middle of a match …). There is a heap of romance novels waiting to be read.

On the bright side: I did get a huge amount of darning done during the more boring games. And my husband and I both bet on the outcomes of the individual games, with me scoring 8 points more than he did. Which means he must take me out for a nice dinner.

Are any of you ever so wrapped up in a sports tournament that you put your life on hold as I did during the last month?

- Rike Horstmann

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4 Responses to “The World Cup’s Over”

  1. Abi AAR says:

    How does life go on now? After the match my entire family just sort of lazed around, wondering what we have to look forward to with no match on the horizon hee hee.

    But I had been preparing myself since the group stages ended. Football would soon be over and the day has arrived.

    But I think Brazil 2014 is going to be spectacular and your German team is so young that if they all stay fit, and grow even more in skill, you would have to be one of the favourites. Of course, still to early to call.

    I can’t decide whether I am happy or sad for the Brazilian team in 2014. The pressure they would be under, I don’t think I could take it myself.

    I’ll be there though!

    Dalia

  2. Goosie says:

    My life also has been on hold for the last month. It’s out of control. But yay Germany! They did fantastically (yes I just made that word up) and I’m really excited to see them progress in the future. Also, YAY AMERICA! I’m so proud of our boys and the way they played. I’m also really excited for the future for them too. They now have a new soccer convert.

    Now it’s time for me to pick teams for the EPL and the Bundesliga. Decisions, decisions!

  3. I felt that way after the 2010 Winter Olympics… lost and seriously in withdrawal!

  4. Goosie says:

    Rike,
    I’m not sure what forum to write this is so I figured this would do. I see that you’re currently reading Terrier by Tamora Pierce and that is AWESOME. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE (lots of love) Tamora Pierce. She’s by far my favorite author. I love the fact that at the age of 23, I will buy whatever she writes. I own probably 60 percent of all of her books. I even got to meet her. She’s wonderful. I’m really surprised that she doesn’t get any play here as a young adult “romance” writer. It’s not that she specifically writes romances per se. But a decent number of her books feature a romantic element.

    I hope you’re enjoying Terrier (I really like this new series of hers)!