Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday Breakfast


Saturday Breakfast - back to normal again

The America's Cup took New Zealand by storm. We sat glued to the TV watching race after race crossing fingers and toes and sending wish after wish Team New Zealand's (TNZ) way.

But sadly after being 8-1 up, we eventually lost 8-9 to a faster boat and technology. But NZ is so proud of her team who showed dignity, honesty, integrity and great sportsmanship and thrashed Oracle Team USA when the boats were equal and when sailing skills (and not expensive technology) won or lost races.

The team lost the cup but they won the hearts of many. And though we're gutted, in the hearts of many kiwis, they are champions. My heart broke and my tears flowed as I watched a devastated Dean Barker overcome with emotion. But what a guy, what a great ambassador for New Zealand, what a phenomenal role model for children, and what a proud moment for kiwis to watch a team defeated unfairly and yet so gracious. My dad always said that the true test of one's character is during the down times. Dean Barker and his team came through with flying colours. So proud of them.

Yes, one should be gracious in defeat and congratulate the winning team, but Oracle Team USA gets no congratulations from me. A team that started the challenge by cheating (and got caught), in my view, doesn't deserve to win. In any other sport, they would've been disqualified.

"For when the One Great Scorer comes
To mark against your name,
He writes - not that you won or lost -
But how you played the Game."
(from the poem "Alumnus Football")

Stand tall Team New Zealand.

But how does breakfast come into this?

The races started at 8.15am NZ time and at the weekends we were glued to the TV yelling our heads off for TNZ. And on some days if we were lucky enough to not be in meetings, we also managed to watch a few races online at work.

And so breakfast now goes back to normal. We can eat and drink mindfully, savouring every morsel, and watching the tranquil hills.

And we'll wait again for the next America's Cup when I hope Dean Barker and his team will get a chance at that glory they so deserve and when once again Saturday breakfast becomes a time for eagerly watching races and a lot of yelling and wishing and hoping and praying.

And as the prompt at the Thursday Challenge is Beverages, here's my breakfast line-up!




Linking to:

Thursday Challenge
Prompt: "BEVERAGES" (Hot, Cold, Alcoholic, Bottles,...)


Unknown Mami




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39 comments:

  1. That's a light breakfast - I'm hoping it's only the beverages. Wondering whether you ever have nice traditional Gujarathi nashta? :)

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    1. Khakhra, dhokla, chevda, khari puri, batata poha ... yep, sometimes if I'm lucky :)

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    2. And yes those are only the beverages - there's usually fruit, toast and cheese or cereal.

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  2. Ah, it is the way when cricket matches are on over here,but luckily those don't happen in the mornings. It is dinner usually when these matches take over our lives. I too hate it when teams cheat and move ahead. Gah!

    Glad breakfast is back to normal for you! :D Happy Sunday to you, Suzy!

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    1. Happy Sunday to you too Vidya. Yep I remember those cricket days in India. I have great fun watching and yelling. My kids are always amused and remind me gently that I'm screaming at the TV!

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  3. Wow! those are some fun times when one gets a chance to scream at tiny people inside the idiot box bashing each other up in a sport. I remember cricket matches with my mom, tennis matches with my brother and football matches with my husband....all crazy times :)

    Glad your breakfasts are back to normal :) Happy Sunday from over here, too :)

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    1. Yes Kajal. Watching sports is great fun.

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  4. Now that is the way to enjoy sports.

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    1. Sure is Wayne. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. Sorry your team did not win however glad things are getting back to normal.

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    1. And now we move onto the next sport - Rugby!

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    1. Yep whatever they may be. Thanks for visiting

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  7. I didn't watch any of it this time but once you get started it's compulsive viewing, isn't it? Better luck next time :)

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    1. Absolutely. It's addictive. Yep better luck and fair sailing :)

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  8. We get the same thrill shrill when we watch cricket and soccer matches.Seems you are on liquid diet Suzy.Enjoy !!

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    1. Hi Anu, no not on liquid diet, that's only the beverage line up - fruit, toast, cheese etc go with it too.

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  9. We enjoyed the Cup races on UK TV, but without your angst! Next time, eh?

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    1. No angst Viv. Just sadness for Dean Barker - our hearts went out to a man who raced with heart and soul but was robbed of his day by a billionaire who was going to win at any cost. That said, we loved watching every moment of Dean and his team and hope that we'll see them again.

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  10. Being American, I am embarrassed for the USA team, and agree that they should have been disqualified for cheating. I am glad the races were otherwise enjoyable.

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    1. Thanks Mlissabeth. Loved watching Team NZ - they were awesome.

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  11. I wish your team all the best for the next America Cup! I do hope there won't be anymore cheating by then. I believe in karma, though. ;-)

    P.S. I want the orange juice. :-)

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    1. Thanks Irene. I believe in karma too and look forward to the next TNZ challenge. I love the orange juice too.

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  12. I liked your quote..."the true test of one's character is during the down times". I totally agree!

    I hope you enjoyed your breakfast...and that you will have a lovely Saturday!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

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  13. Why do these guys cheat?? :o

    Loved the lineup of nutritious liquids!

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    1. Thanks Magiceye. Glad you liked my lineup.

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  14. Yes, they did well. And here's hoping! (After all, it took us Aussies many tries before we managed it.)

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    1. Thanks Rosemary. Yes they did well. And now it's back to the Rugby :)

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  15. our 'Great Race' was in August
    [http://myblog-lunchbreak.blogspot.com/2013/09/1253.html]

    much love...

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Gillena. What race was that?

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  16. I love Dilmah tea. So sorry about the race...but there is always next year!

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    1. Hi Jeannie - 4 years actually and thankfully - don't think my nerves could take it year after year. I love Dilmah too.

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  17. So sorry about the race... glad you're staying hydrated ;-)

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    1. Thanks Heather. It is a very liquid line up.

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  18. Glad things are back to normal.... But being a California girl, I'm happy with the race-- But what a thriller.
    Happy SIMC, jj

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    1. Hi Joanna. Yes, I guess you are. Great fun to watch but heart breaking for us. Oh well. We're over it now - until next time. That's something good about kiwis- we don't regurgitate for years and years - we just move on.

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  19. I don't know anything about the cheating, I'm going to have to look into it.

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    1. Hi Unknown Mami - yep, do look it up.

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