Sixteen days of not quite being glued to the television, but let's say it was on most of the time even if only in the background. Sixteen days of watching sports - a number of which I'd never watched before or didn't even think I liked. Sixteen days of cheering, 'oh, no-ing' sniffling at times, having great fun with plutos_revenge and caffyolay, watching with others (even if only via shared DMs) is good. Sixteen stupendous days that will never happen again in my life time. Sixteen days when the world came together in Great Britain to support, cheer, cry, wave flags and be part of a tremendous Olympic games. Sixteen days that made even sceptics say 'we were wrong', when even people who hadn't thought they'd watch any or very little of the games watched and enjoyed.
And now it's over. So what now? I guess life goes back to 'normal'.
I hadn't particularly wanted the Games here, I certainly didn't think we could afford it (we couldn't) but we had them and we did a darn good job, a splendid job in fact - I am so glad we did have them; I wouldn't have missed this for anything. The word 'legacy' has been banded about a tremendous amount, according to Michael Johnson it's the first games that truly is talking about a legacy and the first games that could have one. We'll have to wait and see.
There were so many wonderful moments to remember and to celebrate and not just the medal winners, some of the really touching moments didn't involve winning medals at all. For me one of the real highlights was watching Sarah Attar the first Saudi Arabian runner run in the women's 800 metres. She came in last and some thirty seconds behind her nearest rival, but she came down the home straight to a standing ovation that included not only the general public but fellow athletes in the stands - it was an incredibly moving moment to watch and it was wonderful for her too. That was just one of so many, far too many to list.
Team GB did far better that I thought they would and they didn't just win a medal or take part they were delighted to win a medal or take part, they embraced the whole event, they were genuinely happy and proud to be part of Team GB and they all thanked the crowd and said what a huge part they had played in their victories or even in them not being as successful as they would have hoped to have been. To run, jump, cycle, row, perform, etc. etc. etc. to the crowd that are heavily on your side was amazing for all of them. None of them had known anything like it before - and given we won't get the Olympics again in their life times, they won't know anything like it again. As a viewer I can only begin to imagine what it must have been like to compete to such adulation and support.
I could wax lyrical for pages and pages about all the good things and how much I enjoyed it, but I won't - I'll stop here, because whatever I could say could not do justice to the athletes and to the organisation. They really were tremendous games.
I do know one thing the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards are going to be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to choose winners for this year - how on earth do you choose and not just from 'home grown' stars but overseas as well? I also expect several 'Sirs' and a couple of 'Dames' in the New Year's Honour list.
Hats off to those who made the Olympics, who made London 2012 so marvellous. I'm already missing them *wry grin*