17 July 2010 @ 12:41 am
^^ Ain't that the truth.

» a story about sport heroes who didn't bring the cup home, but did come home as winners. )

» Everybody go and join [ profile] claire_kay's awesome new graphics community [ profile] palejewels. She's a wonderful iconmaker and I'm so happy I can call her my friend ♥

» Watching Band of Brothers again, with my mom this time. She's just as taken with it as I am. I love the characters and actors more and more each time I watch an episode. Lipton (who is really Donnie Wahlberg (NKOTB) and omg did I squeeee and facepalm when I discovered that. I thought he had a familiar face when I first watched the series, but did not really recognize him as one of my childhood heroes, lol) is one of my favorites. Along with Speirs, who's such a BAMF (and omg the actor who plays him is so gorgeous ♥) but a real good leader. And Doc Roe with his sexy voice. And I could go on and on. Did I mention I just really love the series? I hate that there's not really a fandom for it, though. It seems to have died down. That's what you get, for being 10 years late. fghklhglwg;gq;.

» Going to school tomorrow to get my classroom ready for the new schoolyear. There's a lot to do, since I moved with all my stuff to another classroom and I don't think I'll get everything done tomorrow. But I wanted to make a start, cause I KNOW that I'll be bitching and moaning about the new schoolyear starting in my last week of vacation :P

» Off to bed now. Have a good evening, bb's. <3
Current Mood: content
My daddy said it right after the semi-finals; “don’t be glad that we’re in the final, it is absolute torture and the heartbreak when losing will be enormous.” I laughed and said he was crazy. But the man was right. My parents have been through three world cup finals. The first one in ’74, when we lost against Germany, the second time in ’78 against Argentina. And now for the third time. Spain was simply the better team. I can admit that.

But it was torture. The entire match. The suspense and tension I experienced in these 120 minutes is something I never want to experience again. I cried, I screamed, but most off all I was scared to death.

So when Spain made the 1-0 I was like: PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF, I don’t even care anymore, I’m just SO glad it’s OVER. I didn’t watch the last few minutes; I went outside and sat all alone on the street and stared at the stars while the tears streamed down my face. Tears of sadness but also tears of pure relief. I got hugged by complete strangers. From far away I could hear fireworks and cars honking; probably the Spanish community who expressed their joy.

I’m sad we lost. But I’m glad it’s over. And with pain in my heart, but completely deserved, I say; Congratulations Spain. You did well.

I’m off to cry some more. In my orange shirt. Because I am still proud of my boys.

Current Mood: sad
10 July 2010 @ 11:12 pm
» The last couple of days I've been doing nothing except reading. Reading and educating myself; first with Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers book, which gave me a lot of more insight about Easy Company. The book, as it's mostly the case when making movies of books, has a lot more information that wasn't covered in the series. It was both a delightful and heartbreaking read. Whenever I'm interested in something, I want to get to the bottom of it. I want to know everything about the subject. So I ordered Dick Winters' book and all of the other avalaible books of the Easy Company veterans ('Wind' Bill Guarnere, Lynn 'Buck' Compton, Don Malarkey and the 'We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers'). I finished Ambrose's book yesterday and immediately started on Winters' memoirs. It's very interesting to read it from his point of view. Winters' very detailed story about the training in Camp Toccoa is fascinating. I can't wait to read the other books.

» My dad is at a music festival in the south of the Netherlands and will be away all weekend. My mom and I took this opportunity to have dinner at a restaurant with just the two of us. As it was still early (4pm) and there weren't a lot of customers, most of the waiters and waitresses sat outside, next to our table. At one point, a smoking hot waiter comes to the table and smiled and winked at me. Rawr. But it wasn't meant to be. As I had sort of guessed he was gay. Or in his words, 'a homosexual'. He told us a story of a female customer who'd kept hitting on him. When he told her he was 'a homosexual' she'd cursed, called him a vieze flikker (dirty faggot), paid and left. He raged about homophobia and showed me a picture of his adorable boyfriend. Then he noticed my bracelet and gave me a high-five. I've been wearing this bracelet for almost 3 years now and have never taken it off. Not even when I'm sweaty, like I am now.

» Speaking off sweaty, it is almost unbearably hot here. I've been complaining about the cold the whole winter and spring, but now that summer is finally here, I wish it WAS cold. It is the hottest I've ever expierenced. We've had days when it was 35C (Celsius, which is 95 degrees in Fahrenheit). That is very, very unusual for our little country.

» Tomorrow is the world cup finale. I'm not sure I'm gonna make it to the end of it. I'm already so damn nervous. I'm about to puke. Whenever I think of it, my heart beats faster and I get even more sweaty than I already am. It's torture, really. The only thing I'm asking for is PLEASE don't let there be any penalties. GOD NO. I can't take that. D:

HUP HOLLAND HUP. GO GET THEM, TIGERS (or in our case, lions). Make me proud, please?

If Spain wins tomorrow, I'm gonna cry my eyes out. No doubt I'm gonna be sick, too (like I was in '98, I seriously puked my guts out after the lost match against Brazil). But then at least we were beat by an excellent team with awesome players.
Current Mood: scared
07 July 2010 @ 01:07 am

I can not believe it. We made it to the fucking world cup final.

First off, this man is awesome. Always keeping his cool, almost stoic at times but I love him for that. He's only truly satisfied when his guys bring out their best and will scold them if they don't. His goal for this tournament was simple: win the world cup. Not going to see how far we could get, but just really simply getting the job done and winning this thing.

I love you, Bert van Marwijk. I loved you when you coached Feyenoord all those years back, when you and the boys won the UEFA cup in 2002 and I love you now. You really made this team a TEAM. A tight group of friends who are not playing or working for themselves but for each other. They are doing this together and it's beautiful.

On the left, our crown prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Maxima. She's awesome. <3 On the right, Giovanni van Bronckhorst right after he made the 1-0.

\o/ More Giovanni, because he's incredible. Next week - the final - will be his last game ever. After that, he'll retire. The Netherlands and Feyenoord will miss him. :( I'm so glad he got to score, though. No one deserved it more than he did.

Ouch. I cringed when I saw that. That must have hurt like a son of a bitch. Demy de Zeeuw is now at the hospital to see if his jaw and teeth are still in tact. Jesus Christ.
Arjan Robben, after the third goal for Holland. <3 Never really liked him before the world cup, but he's one of my heroes now, lol.

AAAAH, WE DID IT. Time for a PARTYYYYYY. Dirk Kuyt and Mark van Bommel are my favorites, so this picture warms my heart. ♥___♥

Bert van Marwijk, losing his cool and celebrates with the guys.

from cnn:

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk was proud of his team, who have won all six matches in the finals, the best record of any side.

"It's amazing that we have managed to do this. It's been 32 years (that the Netherlands last played in a final). It is unbelievable. We can be very proud for such a small country," he told AFP.

This will be our third world cup final. Let's hope this time we'll win. I'm secretly hoping for a Germany - Holland final; it would be such sweet revenge for '74.

Gah. This is such a beautiful moment I could cry.
Current Mood: ecstatic
» Yes, I realize that I am late, but OMFG. Holland won! :D :D :D

My voice was completely gone yesterday. I had screamed so hard during the game that I could not utter a word anymore. It’s back now, but I’m still quite hoarse. But damnit, we beat Brazil, people.

I seriously thought it was over for us when Brazil made the 0-1. Then the second half of the match was much better and when that one Brazil player got the red card, I finally became confident that we could win this thing. And we did.

I’m still beaming. What a fantastic day it was. <3


» Went to bed at 11pm last night and woke up 14 hours later. I really needed that. It’s been so hot the last couple of days, and that combined with being crazy busy at work and being stressed over the world cup had me exhausted.

» Having a bbq tonight at our place. The sun is shining, the beer is cold, I think I’m gonna have a good time.

» Anyone interested in being an editor for [ profile] kradam_news? We’re looking for at least one more person to help us out.

» I’m so behind on answering emails and messages. I’ll catch up and reply this week, I swear.

» Happy 4th of July!
Current Mood: cheerful
28 June 2010 @ 08:35 pm
w00t! We beat Slovakia with 2-1 and are now through to the quarter finals! I'm so HAPPY.

I'm going to watch the match at work. We're having a little party to celebrate the end of the schoolyear and watch the match on a big screen. \o/

Current Mood: optimistic