Boxing Day

It’s a good day to be hungover a bit under the weather. The Boxing Day test starts in less than an hour. Will it be too cold and wet to start? I hear it was freezing in Melbourne yesterday. Will Shane Warne take his 700th wicket today?1 Will England get its shit together for more than one or two sessions? All excellent questions to contemplate while languishing on the couch.

I was going to post about how 2006 was for me and how 2007 is shaping up, but the idea makes my head hurt. How bout youse guys? Tell me about the good things that happened to you this year and the good you’re looking forward to in 2007? I’ll post mine when the ghost of wines drunk yesterday aren’t haunting me.

Happy Boxing Day!

  1. Unlikely, I hear the MCG is favouring pace. I reckon it’ll be day 3 before Warnie gets his 700th scalp. []


  1. Anonymous on #

    My twenty fifth wedding anniversary. And now I look forward to my twenty sixth.

  2. Perry Middlemiss on #

    It was the coldest Christmas day on record here in Melbourne yesterday – last week felt like a hot February, and yesterday like a cold July. Given the rain, and hail, we’ve had over the past 36 hours it’s amazing that the cricket only started 30 minutes late.

    Warney will get a chance later today – if only so Ponting can get that part of the game out of the way as soon as possible.

    The weather forecast is for another cold and rainy day tomorrow. I’ll be the one in ear-muffs.

  3. jonathan on #

    it didn’t even take three sessions. what a bowler. i was at the movies and missed it, but the replays were amazing.

  4. genevieve on #

    Agree with Perry – the rain here at Christmas, amid bushfires and choking smoke, is one of the best things that’s happened all year. Spooky, but fabulous.
    Have a good ’07, y’all.

  5. Justine on #

    Perry and Genevieve: Yeah, better rain than fire!

    Jonathan: You went to the movies! On the first day’s play? Are you insane?!

    I’m happy to have been so dead wrong. A fivefer no less! Go Warnie!

  6. orangedragonfly on #

    this year…the first eight months were tough, with my husband being in iraq. but he came safely home in september…and now we’re expecting a baby in june!!

    next year…of course, our baby (according to the ultrasound tech, a boy!!!) in june is the brightest spot. but something to look forward to that’s just over the horizon: january 15 we fly to germany!! moving is crazy, but i can hardly wait. 🙂

  7. Justine on #

    Orangedragonfly: Congratulations!! That’s fabulous news. I’m assuming this will be your first? Am I right? How exciting!

  8. Rebecca on #

    wait, it’s freezing in melbourne? but it was freezing here too! aren’t you guys supposed to be in summer or something? 😯 That’s kinda creepy.

    Urgh. No hangovers here, but I do have a nasty cold. I can’t think beyond the next cough drop. 😛

  9. Justine on #

    It’s very warm here in Sydney. Melbourne is its own strange thing.

    Get well soon!

  10. orangedragonfly on #

    justine..yup, this is our first little one (unless you count our three cats, who certianly think they are our babies!!). and my parents’ first grandchild…as you can imagine, they are quite excited. almost as excited as we are!!

  11. jonathan on #

    so symonds is playing tonk-a-pom . he might be in the side for a while after all…

  12. Justine on #

    I am so very very very very happy!!! And hasn’t it been fabulous to watch?

  13. jonathan on #

    it has. honest to god, when he hit that six to bring up his hundred, i thought you could hear this little voice going ‘i tonked a pom onto the neighbour’s roof’ i’m guessing from here he and matty hayden are thinking double hundreds a piece.

  14. Justine on #

    Well, not Hayden on account of Mahmoud finally getting a wicket, but I’m full of hope for Symonds.

    That six was awesome! What a way to get your first test hundred.

  15. janet on #

    It’s been a great year — Baby Alice just had her first birthday. She celebrated by smashing a chocolate cupcake into her face. Click on my name to see pix of the occasion.

    We’re just about to move, and I’m enjoying thinking about making a new start in a new house. We’re moving closer to where my husband works, and in the new year I am looking forward to having him at home more and on the road less. Also, we are getting rid of lots of stuff and vowing to eschew clutter in the future. We’ll see how long that lasts. I’m going to be going back to work and/or school part time in a couple of months; looking forward to that, too. I love spending time with Alice, but it’ll be nice to have more grown-up company soon.

  16. Rose on #

    Roy is going along smashingly. 154 n.o, a very impressive score at stumps day 2. I’d love to see him get 200, and for that matter, I’d also like to see Warney get his own maiden Test century. Before he bows out for good. Dammit.

    How funny were Roy’s celebrations?! He very nearly flattened poor Hayden (who also deserves huge accolades for his brilliant 150). I laughed when Roy roared in victory… very primal, but that’s the Roy we know and (I, at least) love.

  17. marrije on #

    I haven’t been on the intramaweb for the past days (food, drink, telly, all that) and today the newspaper came for the first time in days, and the sports pages mentioned Warne and his 700 somethings. And my first thought was ‘Ah! Justine must have been so happy!’

    Also my christmas was very good, since my sisters in law who cannot cook did not, in fact, cook. Hurray! Just my boyfriend and my brother in law who are great chefs.

    Also the Queen is reportedly very happy with the work we did on her website. Oh alright, the Queen’s people are very happy, we haven’t actually heard from herself, of course.

  18. Dawn Cline on #

    I am very thankful for blogs! I use them as a review source and recommend them to my students to show them writers are “real” people.:)

  19. Justine on #

    Janet: That’s fabulous! Hope Alice mashes many more cakes into her face and that your new place is everything you want it to be.

    Rose: Ah, Roy. So happy. Though I really hope he doesn’t get his own fishing show . . .

    And yeah a century for Warne while deeply unlikely would be lovely.

    Marrjie: How about that? They’re reporting the awesome news all the way over in the Netherlands. Fabbo!

    Congrats on the queen’s approval. She’d look at it and tell her people what she thought. I knows it.

    Dawn Cline: Well, sort of “real” anyways . . . 🙂

  20. Rose on #

    Justine, I hope so too. Roy with his own rex hunt-style fishing show… doesn’t really inspire me. Nor would a pig-shooting one for that matter, let’s hope he sticks to cricket, especially after his brilliant 156. Would have liked to see him get 200, but I couldn’t be too disappointed with him getting out for just two more runs… he did so well, what a mammoth maiden test century (and a half) it was.

    And as for Warney’s century, didn’t happen, again, though 40 n.o. was a great effort. Poor old mcgrath just couldn’t nail that shot… and therefore is in the lead for his and Warney’s competition for the highest number of test match ducks. What a champ.

  21. Ally on #

    hey this day was my birthday, the day after christmas..i didn’t really think boxing day was real, it was just posted on the calenders to amuse people..actually i thought is was just for canada

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