Friday, June 29, 2012

Surviving graduation day

Graduation day feels more or less like every other "Bad" decision I took in my life. I signed up for it without really thinking it through. It turned out to include a load of work I was not prepared for, which i end up doing anyway. I plan and decide and clear out my schedule for it. Put effort, money and time for it, with a devotion that seems mystical. I end up not pleased with the results I get, for something I didn't really want to do and therefore should not care, but I guess that is the price one pays for being a Taurus, you take everything literally and do it professionally.
On the day of the big event (which I have cleared out) I start with my schedule. For this case it was a kind of home spa. All those painful things that we women like doing to ourselves. And I was ahead of schedule, until I wasn't; cuz somewhere along the way I decided I had enough time to clean the house and surf the internet, which resulted in me doing my make-up in the car on the way to Nicosia. BTW Cyprus roads are REALLY bumpy.
There I start ed liking the whole idea and had lots of fun. I saw ppl I care about graduate and smile, reinvented old relationships and remembered in tears how it is I got there in the first place. A special thanks to Meme for being my lighthouse, my strength and so much more. I will not forget last night, it was wonderful.  

This is the Soundtrack of the after math, what I am singing today!

Words of advice:
If you are about to Graduate and you are a control freak you would probably want to look into the following list. Although I consider myself one and hence I tried to do this by the book, I failed to go through with some of these MUST DO.
  1. CLOTHES: Naturally you would want to wear something nice. Make sure you give enough time for shopping or picking out the your outfit and having it ready for the day with appropriate shoes and accessories. (I went shopping, didn't pick out something, so I ended up pulling something out of my closet on the spot. FAIL)
  2. TIMEFRAME: When they tell you be there at 6:30, what really happens is that ppl start showing up at about 7!!!!! (Κυπραίοι μανα μου!!) So don't worry about sticking to their rules. 6:30-7:30 we were sitting around, joking, singing Elvis songs (at least I was!), fixing make up and hair, catching up and most importantly............ wait for it................... GETTING OUR DEGREE. Cuz when you get up there they only give you a huge envelope with a congrats letter. So don't stress about the time, but if you get their soon you'll have fun. (EXCELLENT)  
  3. GUESTS: Make sure your friend and family know what time you must be there. The ceremony begins (by my standards) when you march in and take your seat. It's a very nice moment, which they shouldn't miss. Its also a good cuz you get good seats. (FAIL) Its also nice to know where YOUR ppl are sitting and they know where YOU are sitting. That way you have a focal point. (Meme actually came looking for me through the barricade of security!!! EXCELLENT)
  4. FOOD: Since you will be there early and will probably leave last make sure you and your family are fed! We left home at 5:30, which means I was getting dressed since 4:30, and got back home at 11. I had not eaten since breakfast and at some point I felt really bad. Of course you can't get up, go eat and come back!! The best course of action is to get dressed, get your gear ready and go for lunch. You can do make up once you are there. (FAIL) 
  5. PICTURES: It's picture time!! This is something that you would want to remember for ever and although you wont forget this night its good to have proof it existed, so pics are the best way to do that. Have someone from the family, or invite a friend that likes taking pictures, even if it is from random ppl and graduates. Its sure that you will know some of them and at some point the law of probabilities says that they will capture you too. After the ceremony make sure they stick around for some hugs and shots with you and your gown. So have empty memory and full battery and .... SMILE. (BIG FAIL, to compensate I will probably to to a professional studio and take some shots)

Congrats to everyone that ever graduated! We did it! :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ελληνική ψυχή

Το pc  είχε πάθει κάτι ψυχολογικά, η 3η αγωνιστική δεν σου επιτρέπει να δεις όλους τους αγώνες, ήμουνα και λίγο εκτός και έτσι έκοψα πίσω. Τώρα η πρώτη φάση τέλειωσε, όσοι πέρασαν πέρασαν και πάμε για την επόμενη.
Η μόνη έκπληξη ήταν η Ελλάδα. Κατ'ακρίβεια στοιχημάτισα εναντίων της. Σε μια συζήτηση πάνω μου ειπε (ένας έξυπνος) ότι θα βγει η Ελληνική ψυχή και θα περάσουνε. Εγώ είπα ότι έτσι όπως παίζουν αποκλείεται. Τελικά αμα θέλει η ψυχή το σώμα ακολουθεί. Μπράβο Ελλάδα

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ο απών, ο κακός, ο καλός και ο άσχημος

Απογοητεύτηκαμε πολύ με το παιχνίδι Ελλάδα- Τσεχία! Κυριολεκτικά πονούσε! Η Ελλάδα ήταν τόσο απών που σε μία φάση ο διαιτητής φάνηκε να αποφάσισε να του βοηθήσει και να κερδίσει για αυτους κανένα φάουλ, αφού έπεσε κάτω σε μια 1-1 μονομαχια Ελληνα- Τσέχου. ΟΥΦΟΥ! και μετά να παρακαλαμε να χασει η Τσεχία στο επόμενο παιχνιδι, να κερδίσει η Ελλάδα τη Ρωσία, να βρούμε το τετράφυλλο τριφύλλι και  το pot of gold στο τέλος του ουράνιου τόξου για να το σιγουρέψουμε!
Ελλάδα- Τσεχία 1-2 (ουφου!!!)

Και μετά στο Πολωνία- Ρωσσία με τον 1 πόντο που πήρε η κάθε ομάδα ήταν ότι χειρότερο μπορούσε να συμβεί στην Ελλάδα. Anw Το παιχνίδι ήταν αρκετά καλό. Είδαμε μια πολωνία δυνατη (που δεν είδαμε στο Ελλάδα - Πολωνία, thankfully)
Πολωνία- Ρωσσία 1-1

Για χάρη λογοτεχνικών αναζητήσεων έχασα το Δανία- Πορτογαλλία, αλλά για να τον Meme να κραυγάσει Goal, Goal, Gooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal. πάει να πεί ότι ήταν nerve wrecking. H Δανία, λέει, ήταν δυνατή και έπρεπε να κερδίσει! άσχημο αποτέλεσμα στο Δανία- Πορτογαλλία 2-3

Από την άλλη η καλή μας Γερμανία (την οποία τώρα έχω στο στομάχι για άσχετους λόγους) κατάφερε με την καλή της παρουσία να κερδίσει με 2-1 την Ολλάνδία. Από τα 20 τελευταία λεπτά που πρόλαβα να δω πολύ καλό παιχνίδι, sorry I missed it Meme

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Η νύχτα των διαιτητών

Έγραψαν ψες οι διαιτητές.
Ο Ιταλός στο παιγνίδι Γαλλία- Αγγλία αδιαφορούσε όταν σκοτώνονταν για να κερδίσουν φάουλ, και καλά έκανε ο ανθρωπος! Πιστεύω ότι οι ποδοσφαιριστές ειναι 2/5 ηθοποιοί και δεν πρέπει να σταματά το παιχνίδι κάθε φορά που πέφτουν κάτω. Το ξέρω ότι πονάτε παιδάκια αλλά σορρυ! δεν γίνεται να πεφτετε, να κοιτάτε γύρω σας να δείτε ποιός έχει κατοχή και μετα να πειτε "Αου" (Yea Parker, εν για σενα που λαλώ!). Το παιχνίδι γενικα ήταν μελοδραματικά συγκαταβατικό (τελικό σκορ 1-1). Οκ εκαταλάβαμεν το ότι νομιζετε ότι ήσαστε φαβορί (ετσι όπως παίζει η Ουκρανία μπορεί και να μείνετε με 2 χειλη καμένα!) αλλά για χάρι του παιχνιδιού έπρεπε να παίξετε.
Φυσικά εκτός από ποδόσφαιρο οι Γάλλοι βάλθηκαν να μάθουν στους Άγγλους και κανα-δύο ΑΛΛΑ κόλπα. Εδώ έβαλα μια φώτο για του λόγου το αληθές. Όποιος ενδιαφέρεται για ολόκληρο το μάθημα ας δει το ματς, το μπλογκ μπορει να το δουν παιδιά και δεν μπορω να πω τπτ περισσότερο!  
 Guest star στο παιχνίδι έκανε και ο Robinson Crusoe στο πρόσωπο του Xavi Alonso.

 Και αφού η Shakira δεν μπορούσε να συμμετεχει στη διοργάνωση όπως στο προηγούμενο Παγκόσμιο (btw το τραγουδι του Euro 2012 = bliah!) έστειλε τον αδελφό της Τσακίρ να τελεσει χρέη διαιτητή στο Ουκρανια- Σουηδία. Ο Τούρκος ήθελε απόλυτη πειθαρχία στο κάθε του σφύριγμα. Ήταν Τούρκος, αλλά δίκαιος. Οι Ουκρανοί άξιζαν την νίκη αφού ήταν φανερό ότι επουδενή δεν ήθελαν τις φανε στην έδρα τους! Ήταν τρανή απόδειξη ότι η θέληση μπορεί να υπερισχύσει της ελλειψής ικανοτήτων. Μπραβο Ουκρανία.
Ουκρανία- Σουηδία 2-1

Monday, June 11, 2012

Germans saved the day!!

I always knew the Germans had the ability to save the world. Either by plan or mere fortune, they take the right steps towards a better world. The means they find are not always praised (forcing wars, being stubborn, having clear declared positions). Perhaps they should learn from the other great power of the world (their name starts w USA) and make their opponents starve, then look like terrorists, make them fight each other and then just obliterate them. Then nobody would have any problem with it cuz its called defense and saving the world from bad people. Anyway! Portugal -Gemany was a great game. 90+ exciting minutes, each with something to see while holding your breath. Even though we were cheering for Germany, Portugal gave a good fight and their game was perfect (except Ronaldo!).  Unfortunately (for them) they were defeated, basically because because their goalkeeper was from LYMPIA! ATTENTION: if you have no idea what Lympia is, consider yourself lucky and make no attempt to google it!!On another note the German hairdresser was better, which was odvious cuz the German's do helped him get the winning goal, while Ronaldo (you know... a tall, weird looking guy that does a lot of commercials...) lost a lot of points on the hair field!
Germany-Portugal 1-0

I am ashamed to say that I did not watch the whole game between Netherland and Denmark cuz I was making a salad and getting ready to go to dinner. But it seems that the Netherlands were just as caught by surprise by the goal and by the how early in the game Denmark took the lead as I was when I noticed I was going to be late for dinner. No worries the dinner was great. Sorry I can't say the same about the game!
Netherlands- Denmark 0-1 (!!!!!)

 Sunday's games on the other hand went as planned! Spain and Italy put on a good show. I did not know who to cheer for but Italy (as a country) is one of my fav so...   But they were both good! when two teams are equally good, i.e the level of the players is the same, football becomes a chess game between the coaches. Strategy, knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your players and the opponents players is the key to winning. That is way Spain was the regina (queen) of the game. They got the Italians running up and down and therefore unable to create goal potential, which is all they need to score. Well, if the result of a game is supposed to reflect who is the best, this game had a fair outcome, they are equally good!
Spain- Italy 1-1

Had no idea Croatia was this good at creating goal potential. Their 3 goals tonight are a proof of that. We thoink the Irish play soccer like the American team, both good, but neither pays serious attention to the sport. Plus the game was kinda slow though. I dont know how could I snooze in the middle of a game! I was asleep through the 3rd goal! That is not good!
Croatia- Ireland 3-1

We have a new logo for the Euro 2012, hopefully we will have it ready tomorrow

from the family komentatorzy
(Cześć=Ciao and komentatorzy= commentators in Polish)

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Αχ τι καλά! Αρχισε επιτέλους! Το περιμέναμε πώς και πώς! Δεν βλέπω γενικά μπάλα, αλλά μου αρέσει ο τρόπος π αυτοί οι θεσμοί ενώνουν τους λαούς! ενώνουν και τις οικογένεις! κάθονται όλοι μαζι βλέπουν το παιχνίδι, βρίζουν σχολιάζουν.... Διότι πάντα έχουμε δίκαιο (εμείς οι cooool τηλεθεατές) και φυσικά ξέρουμε καλύτερα από τον προπονητή, τους παίκτες και τους σχολιαστές. Έτσι και στο δικό μας σπίτι σχολιάζούμε, λέμε τα δικά μας, πανηγυρίζουμε.... Όλα δυνατά! Φυσικά εδώ πρέπει να πω ότι και σε σειρές και ταινίες κάνουμε τις δικές μας παρεμβάσεις αλλά πως να το κάνουμε..... το μουντιαλ και το euro ειναι αλλιώς!!!

 Χτες ητάν καπως απογοητευτικά τα πράγματα! Ιδικά στο παιχνίδι Ελλάδα- Πολωνία :/ Οι έλληνες είχαν κάνει ιδικά μαθήματα με τους "χρυσαυγήτες" και βγήκαν στο γήπεδο έτοιμοι για ματς (kick boxing!). Η αλήθεια είναι ότι το περιμενα από κρητικούς και μανιάτες. Έχουν μια φήμη να διατηρήσουν και στα 20-15 τελευταία λεπτά οι Πολωνοί τους είχαν πήραν χαπάρι και τους απόφευγαν. Βλέπετε η ασφάλεια τους ΔΕΝ καλυπτει κτύπημα από αγανακτισμένο Ελληνα! Και pls καποιος ας πληροφορήσει τον Σαμαρά ότι Δ-Ε-Ν παίζουνε "Αμέρικαν φούτμπολ" όπου το τέρμα είναι 10 πόδια (πρπ 3m) πάνω από το έδαφος!!

Τελικό αποτέλεσμα= Ελλάδα-Πολωνία: 2-1 το 2ο γκολ οι έλληνες το πήραν με δάνειο!
(κανονικό αποτέλεσμα=1-1)

Αχ αυτοί οι Ρώσσοι.... Δεν τους θυμόμουν τόσο δυναμικούς και στρατηγικά σωστούς (αλλα πάλι δεν βλέπω και πολύ μπάλα οπόταν δεν μετρά). Καλό παιχνίδι, πάσες, μετρημένοι και άλλαζαν στρατηγική ανάλογα με το πως έπαιζαν οι αντιπάλοι. Coooooool (π λέει κ μια φίλη μ!) Αντε να δούμε πως θα τα πάνε και μετα στους ημιτελικούς ;) Παρόλα αυτά έχω inside info γ το γιατί ήταν τόσο "καλότυχοι" στο γήπεδο: είχαν απαγάγει τον γιό και την κόρη της ΜΠΑΛΑΣ και την απειλούσαν με ξεφούσκωμα αν δεν έμενε κολλημένη στα πόδια τους

Ρωσία- Τσεχία: 4-1 (κανονικα και με τον νόμο!)

Άντε να δούμε τι θα δούμε απόψε......

από τους καλύτερούς komentatorzy
(Cześć=Ciao and komentatorzy= σχολιαστές in Polish: για να τιμήσοουμε τους διοργανωτές!)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Liar, Liar... pants on fire!

Never thought that this was true. That if you told a lie your pants will caught fire! But it is! Today I had live proof of it.
This is how it happened. Today I had an encounter on a social network. You know when people start talking to you and they expect that you are all perky and happy 24/7 and of course you are available to chat or video-call and they get all defensive and offended if you actually HAVE a life. Don't get me wrong I like to chat and communicate but not with pushe ppl! So I lied. It was one of those little white lies that mean no harm.. eg. "I am going to the market" when the truth is u are going to the market and then for a coffee but cuz u just know its non of their biz-wax you omit the coffee part. Of course now I am ashamed of my lie cuz I should be able to tell the whole truth without caring how the person will use or interpret the info he gets.
So I said "I ll brb" when I knew the chore would take longer and I omit to mention that I was going to put in a load of clothes. Omittance is just as "truth" as a "true lie".

Real fire. I-called-the-fire-department fire.
I had put out the fire when they arrived, but they are the experts so I don't regret calling.

So was it my lie that provoke my luck and liars do get on fire? In my life I had a lot of incidences of wrong-doing and immediate redemption. Is that person a ΚΑΚΑΟΥΣΚΙΑ? perhaps both and because I want to secure my family's safety and the safety of our property, I will stay away of lies, omissions of the truth and KAKAOYSKIES!

PS1: BTW the response of the fire department is as immediate as insulin in a type B diabetic's body. It's there but it's just wondering around, and get's to the point of interest only with help!! I have two terms for you: call centers and GPS μανα μου! 112 call centre ppl are not "whoever has free time or a broken leg gets to answer the phone" kinda people, they should be able to respond faster than average and can handle panicy ppl plus provide some kind of advice of what to do while you wait for help. and GPS! they exist for a reason you know! to help you go where you are supposed to go fast!
PS2: An another thing: how come people like to stare at destruction??? ppl all over the neighborhood an the street came over. I don't blame them. Its an intuitive need to make sure that their terrain is safe but PLS... u can be polite while you are doing it, cant u?!