Monday, August 03, 2009

Plenty Busy

Friday was an interesting day at work. As I said last week, I had clients from 2 of my projects here and wasn't feeling especially up for it (at least that improved a little after some breakfast). And that all went fine. But because close to surreal when the one client whipped out his cooler bag and poured mini Jägerbombs into teacups for the 4 of us (3 of us and himself), to celebrate the progress he felt we were making. This was followed up with a glass of vodka & lemonade for the 2 girls and beers for the boys. Sheesh. Talk about surreal. Haha.

Varen was home early enough and we decided to get a dvd for the evening. What luck we had! Although we have terrible luck at choosing dvds (cause we've generally seen everything we actually want to watch on big screen), we decided on Dark Knight and Iron Man (Iron Man, Iron Man, does whatever an iron can - wahahaha!) because, honestly, who can get enough of either?! And while Varen was paying, I went browsing thru a box of dvds they had for sale ... and found Dark Knight (these are dvd's they've bought in abundance for when they first release on dvd and everyone wants to rent them ... but 3 months later can scale down from 20 copies to about 3). And Burn After Reading (Varen's favourite movie of the year). What a score ... for a mere R59.95 each. I think it made his whole evening.

Although, we did actually only end up watching Iron Man ... the urgency was gone now that we own the other two :)

On saturday I barely saw Varen. I was up and off to gym at around 9am. And he headed off to @TobyKurien's for a LAN Party.

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I had plenty to keep me busy for the day tho ... not that it all worked out very well. First I couldn't get my Singulair from the Pharmacy (they were closed for stock take!) and then I went grocery shopping for our mini-dinner party that evening. And then I headed off to Clearwater Mall to check out their Cape Union Mart & Due South (apparently everyone's having sales at the moment so thought it'd be an ideal time to buy myself one of those big cold-weather jackets for Canada) and Outdoor Warehouse round the corner. Found nothing :( On the up side I did have a blast doing some other shopping for an event I have coming up this weekend (Am not saying what in case it's supposed to be a surprise?).

And then I went home to recover from the driving and walking around all day. Did I mention it was rainy and drizzly all day? Lovely, like Cape Town winter :) But a day much better spent in doors. So when I got home, I lit my Chiminea and settled down with Gramps, while the boons spent some time running about outside (until the lightning & hail started ... but they were all in the hutch already by then :) ).

At around 6pm, BrotherSwoop and his lady arrived for dinner ... before Varen was even back from his game-playing day :) He didn't arrive too long later, and I'm glad he had such a good day. I really think he needs carefree days like that to just clear his mind from his stressful weeks trying to fit everything in. I made my Free-form Spinach & Feta Pie and served it with Chicken Schnitzels and steamed Butternut. Yum-yum. They came over so that we could try out BrotherSwoop's recently acquired Zombie Fluxx :) It was freaking awesome. Although it requires a lot more concentration than normal Fluxx (that The Peeb has and started us all on it) and Eco-Fluxx (my version).

Sunday was a more lazy day also spent getting things done. We started out with a late breakfast at Doppio in Rosebank (after our last disappointing experience in Greenside, we decided to drive the extra kilometers). I still am not thrilled with them after they removed my favourite breakfast off their menu, the Napoli, it's like the entire reason I went there! And the Barbarosa, although yummy, doesn ot quite compare. Especially when the total Feta contribution to the meal was a measly five pieces. Seriously folks? So now I will be investigating new breakfast spots (recommendations most welcome!!).

And then it was off to do our week's grocery shopping and home to clean the bunny hutch. We're both thrilled with how the tarp base is working! But we still had to un-assemble the whole hutch because we had a mouse nest brewing in the gap behind. An ideal spot for them, I realise now, but oh well, it's certainly not what we have planned. So I managed to catch 11 of the mice living back there and we went and set them free in the field. Eleven! And then later we found another 5 that were hiding in the hay, that I couldn't catch :P Sigh. Never ending. I am more glad than ever tho that it's all outside! The bunny hutch is so nice when it's just been cleaned :)

And then we went to watch Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and the wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together, they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn't counted on Romilda Vane's chocolates! And then there's Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Okay, as usual, I was looking forward to the latest Potter installment, but found it very meh. Nothing spectacular. I like to think it's because I've read the books ... but Varen (who hasn't) felt like it was 3 hours wasted. I dunno. I love the characters ... well some of them. But I think it's awfully unfortunate that they've turned out the way they have. Both kid's playing Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy have not grown into teenagers I think would ever have been cast in these roles. And I must say, regardless of movie or book, I *hate* the fact that JK Rowling added the love interest between Hermione & Ron (puke, she's lovely, he's a git) and Harry & Ginny (find her boringly ordinary and annoying too!). Oh well. Here's to the last book split into a two-parter movie :)


ExMi said...

i loved harry potter - although i did think it was a bit dark and scary and drawn out.

i hear the final book is broken up into 2 movies - hopefully they're not as long and drawn out as this one.

and all of a sudden Ron got quite cute and grown up!?

Anonymous said...

Like Exmi I loved it. :) I guess I'm too a hardcore fan to even want to utter anything bad about it. LOL I was actually impressed with Malfoy's character. I clearly remember thinking that even though he did grow up to be a little funny looking - but he *is* one of the bad guys I guess so it's allowed.

And as always the sets and scenery was just great to look at. Really beautiful.

Also - I have discovered the awesomeness of the sale bin at the video shop. These days I wait for the new releases until they put them up and then I buy them for like a R100 cheaper. Bargain!

Tamara said...

I think it's hilarious that you have a client that brings cooler boxes of booze to progress meetings ;-)

I don't think I could sit through Harry Potter. I was bored of the lot of them after the first few movies and don't really care to watch three hours of it, especially if there's sappy teenage love nonsense involved!

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