Monday, May 25, 2009

New Holiday Plan

Sigh. The weekend is over already :( Meh, it was an average one ... coulda done with a little more relaxing, personally tho.

Friday night we didn't do much, Varen worked late-ish. Mostly we just lazed around watching Dollhouse. I really liked it when it started, but I'm not sure if I like how it's progressing as a series ... but I guess it had to go somewhere. And then randomly at around 21h30, Varen decides to make muffins. That's right. He baked ?! They were delish tho, I could get used to this :)

Saturday was a bit of an admin & shopping day. Varen worked in the morning, I gymmed. We went shopping a bit later. We didn't do much else until dinner time when we headed off to meet Zej & Hammi at Parea. It was a bit of a mission because we didn't factor in the IPL Cricket spectators taking up all the parking for miles, but we persevered. This is one of those teeny restaurants in the arbest of places with little to no nearby parking at the best of times, but it was packed. I'm not entirely sure why, I wasn't hugely impressed with my food. I mean I'll admit to not being the hugest fan of Greek food generally, I like a good spread of Meze, but unfortunately you can only do this if you're ordering for the whole table ... otherwise it becomes a) prohibitively expensive and b) who can eat that much food on your own? Not me. So I had some hummous (my favourite Greek dip!) and a Falafel & Haloumi pita. I
♥ falafel :) It wasn't bad at all ... but their spread of Meze was disappointing.

On Sunday we went for breakfast with Varen's mom, sister and BrotherZion. And then proceeded to "pop round" to his dad's place (I guess we had driven all the way out to Bedfordview already - don't get me started on this) ... and ended up staying for lunch. I was less than thrilled because I had planned a nice lazy Sunday. Instead I spent most of the day sitting around listening to him, his dad & his brothers talking about their upcoming trip to the Fish River Canyon. which, don't get me wrong, I think will be brilliant for them - I think it's the first trip "the boys" have done together. But when they're planning what they'll be eating 2 & half months in advance and showing off the gear they bought, I don't need to be there for that.

Which brings me to a new point. The Holiday 2009 plans have changed dramatically this weekend ... and I will begin putting them into practice a little later today (finger's crossed!). Varen is going to be doing this 9-day trip with the boys so we decided to cut down our trip together to a 7day diving-and-beach holiday - yes, it'll probably be one of those cliche stay-in-the-same-old-resort-for-7-days trips, possible Maldives or Bali or somewhere like that. It'll be nice and relaxing and hopefully not hugely expensive. And then I'll plan another 7-9 day trip of my own (hopefully the Mom might join me too ... ?). If I get this one organised right, it'll end up being *hugely* expensive, but I'll be able to tick another thing of my Life List in the side-bar. Without tempting fate (by mentioning it before I've begun), I'm going to investigate going to see the Polar Bears in Hudson Bay. Which is something that isn't all that high on Varen's list (it's probably about where Hiking is on mine ;) ). I'm really excited about the new plan :)

Anyhoo, we also watched Angels & Demons on Sunday.

Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon is back, finding, once again, that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals.

When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati - the most powerful underground organization in history - he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organisation's most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he goes to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the heart of the most secret vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican's only hope for survival.

Okay, so I have actually not yet read this book (believe it or not). I thought that meant I might actually enjoy the movie more (with no expectations) .. meh, the movie is okay. It's pretty bland really. I can see it would make a far better reading experience. It's quite slow and gets quite predictable in the end (although they try to trick you that you haven't really figured out the bad guy ... but then it turns out, you actually have). Tom Hanks should really stop acting now tho. The more he acts, the more I forget if he was ever actually any good (was he? Didn't he win an Oscar for something?). At least they didn't add in what would've been the least believable plot twist ... he didn't get the girl ;)

Oh, and you'll notice I put up some pics of the boons from this weekend. They are getting along so nicely now. I realised we had barely 3 weeks of 3 bunnies with Bell, Henna and Coal. We've had Rex for 5 weeks now. Even in that short time with Bell, Henna & Coal, seeing them all happy and playing together made the stress of bonding them and questioning why I ever got a third bunny all worth it. And it's exactly the same with these three. Seeing them together now, I forget the chaos of the bonding and of keeping them separated for their own good. They posed so nicely all together on the grass for me yesterday (see top photo - honestely I think that's the first time!). I can't wait to get a print for my bunny frame :) Also, I included the 2nd photo cause I *can not* believe how big Rex's ears are. I'm sure they're the same size as Coals! Anyway, so the good news is I have three very happy bunnies :) It makes my heart warm.


noodle said...

Totally agree, what a meh weekend…

Sometimes I really need to consciously just chill the hell out!

Tamara said...

I hear you on Tom Hanks - is this seriously the same guy from Forest Gump and Castaway?!

Exciting holiday plans!

boldly benny said...

Your holiday plans sounds very cool!

AngelConradie said...

we chilled too.
love how cute the boons are!

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