Oh loves his football. I'm a bit indifferent, but the whole family has been watching the Euro 2012 championships, namely because we did a sweepstake at the start. Each of us drew 3 teams out of the hat, with one left over (for the cats!)
Eldest won some chocolate for getting the most points at the end of the group stage, but the big final tonight (Spain-Italy, for the uninitiated/uninterested) is between me (Italy) and the felines (who got Spain, the favourites!)
But the really big win came courtsey of OH and Mario Balotelli.
I came back from a PTA meeting on Thursday evening to find the football on the TV, but OH hovering in the other room, hopping around like a toddler who needs a wee, saying "I can't watch, we're on to win some money." He sometimes has a flutter on big football matches, and unbeknown to me, had put a tenner on Italy to beat Germany 2-1, with Balotelli to score the first goal. Anyone who watched it knows that is exactly what happened.
What are the chances? Well, William Hill said they were 70-1, that's what! Which made him a cool £700!
So off we went for a Chinese to celebrate (we need very little excuse to go out to eat!)
After some discussion about the best way to spend the windfall, the decision was to buy a new TV. OH has wanted a better TV for ages, but we've never had the spare cash, so off we went to town on Saturday morning with £700 in used notes in a brown envelope, how dodgy did that look!
Eldest had a little flash of inspiration.
What should we call our swanky new TV? Why, our Balotelli*, of course, in homage to Mario!
*Do other parts of the world apart from the UK refer to TV as the telly?
This wasn't the only piece of good fortune this week.
I received a lovely parcel of deliciousness from dear Liz; a wonderful 1960s Crimplene frock, blue 1980s beads, Barry M nail varnish in Denim, a fabulously feathery handmade hairclip, and a bag of fruit jellies (which had been scoffed by the time this pic was taken... whoops!)
Thank you, Liz! Given that you are currently growing another little human who is due to emerge into the world any day now, I'm really amazed and touched that you found the time and energy to send me such delightful gifts!
This was me today.
Jumpsuit and hair flower (retail, sale), cardigan and bangles (charity shopped), beads (gift from Liz)
A quiet Sunday. Which was fine by me.
OH restrained himself, but said he would have bet on Italy to win 1-nil.
As we speak, Spain are 4-nil up. This is why we aren't millionaires, and why the £700 Balotelli will go down in family folklore as a freaky stroke of luck. Or fine judgment and intuition, depending on who is telling the story!
Hope you've had a lucky weekend!