Monday, July 09, 2007

One Marvelous Month

So, it was an extremely busy weekend - although I did have 2 surprisingly early nights, but that was purely because I passed out, it was not planned that way. I think the exhaustion of my new early morning arrangement along with having been on standby and a couple of too late nights last week were the culprit.

Anyway, Friday night was nice and relaxing. Varen cooked me dinner (3 courses even ... although he didn't make the dessert himself) and it was lovely - for now I'll keep him ;) And then we watched his new Eddy Izzard 6-pack dvd, which was brilliant! Even so, no matter how brilliant, there I was asleep on the couch by 11pm.

Saturday morning was mostly filled with admin type stuff, as usual. And then in the afternoon we headed out to a little place in Harties called Olive Grove. We'd booked a night away in their River Bungalow since Sunday was officially our One Month ... and, well, after all the ups and downs it seemed worth celebrating :)

The place was absolutely lovely :) I would love to go back there. We were in a quaint little bungalow connected to a separate bathroom where the shower had shutters to open and look out into the wilderness. We were close to the Magalies river and could see it thru the tangle of trees. On arrival there was even a bottle of champagne chilling. We relaxed for most of the afternoon, reading our books and watching some House ... even snoozing a little ;) At about 6pm we got up and ready and then Varen built us a bonfire (admittedly it had already been prepped for us) where we sat reading some more enjoying the champagne. We were then brought strawberries - such lovely little touches :) And news on our dinner: The place they'd tried booking for us was full so we were booked elsewhere.

We ended up at the Silver Orange Bistro. Which was lovely (although a little overpriced with the wines!). And we did a little celebrity gazing because Mad Mike (from Animal Planet's Mad Mike and Mark) was dining there too.

In other even more exciting news, JofH and YogaCherryl got engaged on Saturday evening, it was her birthday and he took her away to Clarens for the weekend (after many a recommendation from Varen & myself). An ideal date 07 07 07 ;) So congrats to both of them, I am thrilled for you both and cannot wait to see the gorgeous ring in real life (having been privy to the choosing upfront).

Sunday morning was fabulously relaxed, it's marvelous when you don't have a check-out time! Breakfast wasn't your ordinary affair, it was all stocked in the room before we arrived and we ate as we wanted (yogurt, cereal, muffins etc.). We stayed in bed and finished watching House Season 3. The we emerged to use up all the hot water in our shower with the shutters open :) If the hot water had lasted longer it would've been perfect. As it was, it was still spectacular!

After that we headed to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve for the afternoon :) It wasn't as impressive as other Game Reserves I've been to, perhaps only because their restaurant etc. was under construction and currently under tents and very unorganised. We had some good game spotting of 5 Giraffe's and their salt-lick and more rhinos than I'm used to seeing.

Once back in civilisation, we decided to end the weekend off with a little mindless entertainment so headed off to watch Die Hard 4.0.

An attack on the vulnerable United States computer infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the shattering scheme has figured out every digital angle – but he never figured an old-fashioned, "analog" fly-in-the-ointment: John McClane.

I enjoyed it ... just not as much as my favourite in the series, the third one. Bruce hasn't lost it and it didn't have all the twists I was expecting, but it was still a good action flick ;)

And that was the weekend. Here I am at work expecting a week as busy as the last one. Got a new recruit starting today, so I figure that'll take up a fair amount of my time ... unfortunately on top of that, the work just doesn't stop either. Here's hoping I get some sleep this weekend so I don't end up passing out all weekend again!

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