Monday, October 27, 2008

The Last Weekend Before I'm Off

I had a lovely weekend. Friday night started with a movie, Eagle Eye.

A fast-paced race-against-time thriller. Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are two strangers who become the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. Realising that they're being used to further her diabolical plot, they must work together to outwit the woman before she has them killed.

I kinda liked this movie. I mean it had some seriously specific requirements to actually occur (
/*spoiler*/ if he wasn't a twin, the entire thing would've pretty much been a moot point). But otherwise, it was fun.

Saturday started with an admin morning. Getting some more forex and Varen's travel insurance so he can apply for his Schengen Visa today. And I happily found some shorts (which I detest usually, I feel like such an idiot when I wear shorts!) that I like and a funky new skirt. I hope it's hot in Spain, Portugal & Morocco - although I don't really think it's going to be :(

Then I lazed around for a while while Varen headed to work (again). And then I went to the October bloggirls lunch at M&A in Edenvale. We had an amazing turnout :) Got to catch-up with Angel, Sweets, Sleepy Jane, Tamara, Exmi & Ydnic. I realise more and more how much I enjoy the company of these girls each month :)

After that it was off to Varen's folks because his mom & sister were in a Dance Showcase that evening and the family en masse was dragged along to watch. Now this was my first time at such and event (I was lucky to get out of the day-long one earlier this year - thank goodness!). Firstly, why you'd tell your guests to dress "formal" to sit around on plastic garden furniture is beyond me ... lucky I stuck with smart-casual (to Varen's mom's horror) and was far from under dressed :) Secondly, the dancing actually wasn't bad to watch, some of it was really good. But why oh why they drag things out and intersperse the evening with "General Dance" sessions (where the audience can stretch their legs and give it a twirl) is beyond me. We the audience are not dancers (mostly, I think these things are far more entertaining an evening for the ones who are tho). For us it just meant that the evening was barely over by 11pm (started at 7pm) and that was even before the "prize giving". It's just too long for people who are interested in watching *maybe* 3 or 4 of the people dancing. So, the evening was long and tedious, but the actual dancing wasn't so bad.

And then, to make matters worse, I had to take Varen to the Emergency Room in the early hours of Sunday morning! He had a migraine that started early in the evening, at the Dance Showcase and had persisted. He even threw up from the pain it was so bad (all while I was fast asleep!). But just after 1am he woke me and said it was just too bad and not going away so off we drove. After a drip with some fabulous meds, he was feeling much better and we got home again at about 2:30am and had a very lazy Sunday morning.

We had brunch at Doppio Greenside and then went to do some more admin (the skirt I'd bought the day before had a defective zip - annoying, but Cape Union Mart happily swapped it for me, and I decided to get my long jeans taken up so that I can take them on holiday where I most definitely won't be wearing heels!) And then Varen went to work again :( Luckily it was quite a brief stop and he wasn't home long after I'd finished some more shopping (got some new shoes from Skechers!).

Then we decided to go and watch another movie (there's not much showing, but we won't be watching for a while now!), Max Payne.

Maverick cop Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) is hell-bent on revenge against those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner. His obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmarish journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.

What rubbish. I mean, if you want action, or you played the computer game, then this is probably fine. But if you're looking for a sensical story then forget it. I had so many plot problems with this movie it wasn't even funny. But Varen enjoyed it (he was apparently amazed at how well they stuck to the game story line). /* spoiler*/ FYI. "the natural world" as mentioned in the above synopsis is actually just some stupid drug :P I was expecting something a little more along the lines of Constantine. Disappointed.

In other sad news, we've separated Bell & Henna for the last 2 days. I want to give Henna's wounds a chance to heal. Sadly, after separating them, Bell became more agressive when they were outside together in the garden :( I hope they'll get over it if we build them a bigger hutch where they're separated by wire mesh only ... so they can still smell & lie next to each other, or get completely away from each other if they need to. I've begun designs for this new hutch, but there's no way it'll be even started by the time I'm off on Friday ... which really makes me worry about them while I'm away. As I said at bloggirls on Saturday, no one looks after your pets the way you do, because other people just don't have that bond / the same love for them that you do. So all I can do is make sure Henna's on the mend by the time I go and then hope for the best! It's so sad to watch beccause Henna's so gentle but Bell is very agressive (I hope she grows out of it as she get's older!). I've also now started rubbing a drop of Rescue Remedy into Bell's ear in the hopes it'll calm her. Sigh.

And now I'm expecting a bit of a crazy week trying to get anything I've forgotten done before I go.


The Jackson Files said...

Soooooooooooooo exciting. And your poor fella. I hope he's all better now.

Mr Jones said...

You sure the dancethon was not the cause of the migraine? Sounds painful... both. Poor Mr V.

AngelConradie said...

bloggirls was a jol, and i am so jealous of your trip i wish i was going with you!

phillygirl said...

@tjf - yep, a drip with some serious meds and he was right as rain again

@mrjones - I think that is a very likely cause ... he's too afraid to tell his mom how bad the migraine actually was in case she gets offended (or something :P)

@angel - yep it was great seeing you again :)

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