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Weekend of Shelving My Life 03 AUG 2013

30 seconds board game boxLast weekend was a good mixture of DIY and family time, with the week having ended off on a particularly good note, what with a successful SPI audit demonstration of my Kinetica project at Touchwork, followed by the fixing of my car’s central locking (finally) by Hyundai Helderberg. As it was, Friday had I worked from home, meaning that I got to spend the early evening with Jessica, and after she was in bed, spend a little time with Chantelle as we gobbled down some KFC so that she could get back to work on an emergency birthday cake for a client, meaning I was free to tinker away the rest of the evening on the PC.

Saturday morning we did a bit of tidying up around the house, before I got out my notepad, measuring tape and pen, and started making calculations for the shelving job that I was about to tackle. All of these plans culminated in a 3 hour long trip to Builder’s Warehouse where I secured all the boards, railings, brackets, fasteners, etc., which obviously then meant then that the rest of my Saturday was spent putting up shelves all over the braai room!

With Jessica finally in bed, Chantelle and I snuggled up on the couch to watch He’s Just Not That Into You, before heading for a rather well deserved evening’s rest.

Sunday morning saw me pick up my tools and complete the final bit of the shelving project left over from Saturday, before shifting focus to put up a bracket on the wall of my office in order to wall-mount my second monitor. By this stage Monty, Cheryl and Rob had arrived, and so we all hopped into our cars and drove off for a afternoon of markets, first popping in at the vibey (well, they were doing a Christmas in July theme after all) Blaauwklippen market to observe their new giant marquee tent that provides shelter for the traders (and visitors!), before popping down the road to introduce (meaning of course browsing followed by beer and food!) the Montgomery Clan to the big Root 44 market at Audacia.

Rushing back home, we made it just in time for the arrival of Mom, Dad and Ryan, who joined us for a big combined family braai, which was capped off with a hilarious round of 30 Seconds for good measure! After bidding everyone farewell (fitting because in a couple of days Mom and Dad were to embark on their a couple of weeks’ long safari trip to the Serengeti!), Chantelle and I set about tidying up, before I unfortunately had to hole myself up in my office and tackle some outstanding Touchwork work.

Still, a pretty enjoyable – and productive – weekend after all! :)

Easter 2013 and a Few Weekends After That My Life 17 APR 2013

Oopsie, I really haven’t been posting much to the blog lately have I? (Hint: If you see continuous comic book art, cosplay or joke posts, then you can be sure that the blog is running on autopilot mode.) The truth is that I simply haven’t felt like sitting down to write down my thoughts or recollect the happenings of the past week for quite a while now, and besides, I have been far to preoccupied in the evenings anyway, what with finally finishing up on Chantelle’s now finally completed Cookies & Cakes website, playing loads of Lord of the Ring: War in the North multi-player with Ryan (not to mention all the epic FIFA battles), and actually sitting down to watch some excellent movies like Serenity (thoroughly enjoyable) and Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (even more so)!

So what is worth mentioning that you might have missed out on? Well Easter 2013 was a little bit of a let down thanks to poor weather and no Internet service for the duration of the long weekend. What it did however involve was plenty of trips through to the mall, Easter egg fun with Jessica, loads of quality family time, a thoroughly enjoyable braai evening with Mom, Dad, Ryan and Michelle that culminated in a VERY entertaining game of 30 Seconds, followed by a delectable selection of cupcakes for dessert. Other highlights were a stop for Belgian Waffles at the Belgian Waffle House in Strand, the purchase of plastic bowling pins for Jessica, and the making of our own mouth-watering pizza to eat while watching the frankly rather disappointing final instalment in the Twilight movie series.

chantelle pushing jessica on a swing

The next couple of weekends after that saw lots of gaming for me in terms of multi-player Lord of the Rings: War in the North, even more quality family time with Chantelle and Jessica (hello Stodels!), the occasional feeding of the ducks in Strand, a surprise visit from Monty and Cheryl to say hello to little Jess who had said that she was missing them, and probably the most enjoyable of them all, a big braai evening with Andri, Malcolm, Gary and Michelle, with the kids all playing together and the adults eventually getting stuck into some seriously competitive 30 Seconds battles, though we had to ease the rules a little for the ladies, resulting in the girls playing 45 Seconds as opposed to the guys’ 30 Seconds! :)

jessica and the rest of the kids

Oh, and I headed out to Newlands to catch a Stormers game, the first time I’ve been to Newlands in absolute years!

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Okay, that’s probably everything that really needed mentioning, so now that we’re all caught up, I’ll do my best to start posting things more regularly to these here pages!

Probably.

A Couple of Weekends’ Worth of Updates My Life 26 SEP 2012

Come to think of it, I haven’t really kept everyone here in blog land up to date with my movements over the last couple of weekends, though looking back I’m guessing that no one really missed all that much anyway.

Three weekends ago, the weekend was pretty much a write off as I spent 90% of the entire weekend holed up in my study, furiously banging out PHP code for work (i.e. the infamous Project 161 incentivised project). Other than a delightful Saturday evening of braai and rugby with the Montgomery Clan in Bellville, I was pretty much tied to my house and my keyboard from Friday right through to the wee hours of Monday morning – In fact, I was so busy that I shipped Chantelle and Jessica off to go and sleep over at her folks’ place and spend Sunday with them so that I could be afforded the peace and quiet I needed for my work environment!

(Still, the hard work paid off as it led to a very successful Monday afternoon final demo of a project that I’ve been working on for the last while, which in turn resulted in a decent little bonus that will allow me to purchase some new and much needed kitchen appliances now that Chantelle is going to be doing her Cookies & Cakes venture as a full time business starting December!)

Moving on from that, two weekends ago I opted to lengthen the weekend every so slightly for myself by rewarding myself with a day’s leave put in for the Friday – which I optimally used to muck about the house as well as see an optometrist. The optometrist experience was a pretty rewarding in that a) I’ve found a really nice optometrist I happen to like, b) a practice which is much closer than the one I last used in Kenridge, and c) gave me good news in that she successfully weakened my prescription such that I no longer strain my eyes during long work days behind the PC monitor. Score! :)

Saturday was dominated by another Willowbridge Market that I did with Mom-in-law Cheryl (Chantelle was working the weekend), whilst young Jessica spent the day with Mom and Dad, enjoying an unexpected visit from the Great Grandmothers as well as a visit to the Sonstraal Dams to see all the ducks and geese! Unfortunately the market wasn’t particularly good, but we still did more than enough to cover the table and our expenses, meaning that it wasn’t a complete loss.

Sunday we were gifted with on the other hand a perfect day in terms of the weather, which made for an awesome Michelle Oosthuizen organised “Spring Day” (technically we missed it by a fair bit) picnic experience with the friends out at Klein Joostenberg, the photos from which can be viewed here. Needless to say, much relaxing on the grass and under the sun was to be had by all! :)

Finally, last weekend was yet another long weekend for me, and it started off on a high note, with a joint Touchwork and Hypenica afternoon braai that went down rather well. As for Saturday, with the Chantelle and the rest of the Montgomery clan handling the Willowbridge Market, I was free to go on a bit of a shopping trip with young Jessica, ending up with a couple of new books for my girl to destroy, as well as a new chipped credit card (my first chipped card) which I managed to pick up in the process as well.

From there the two of us headed out to the Strand/Somerset West duck pond, where despite a rather dead duck floating out in front of us, Jessica thoroughly enjoyed sitting on my lap and throwing out pieces of bread for the ducks to chase. She did get a little nervous when the big geese joined in the fray, but outside of that she really seemed to enjoy the outing.

Next on our to-do list was a stop in at the Gordon’s Bay primary school to drop in on the Funakoshi Karate South Africa tournament taking place there, and I must say it was great to show off little Jessica and catch up on all that has been happening over the last year on the karate scene. The visit was thoroughly enjoyable, but I must admit that it was also a little difficult because I’m seriously, seriously missing my karate as well as my training family at the moment!

The rest of the day was pretty much playing around at home, watching loads of Shaun the Sheep, before a final bedtime routine and then a Chantelle returning from Bellville, just in time to launch into making home-made pizzas and watching the enjoyable Iron Man 2 on DVD.

Sunday was all hands on deck as Chantelle and I woke up early and started tidying up, in preparation for the afternoon arrival of both the Montgomery Clan and the Lotter Clan, who descended upon us to partake in our one day too early Braai Day (Heritage Day) braai. Combining awesome food, entertainment from Jessica and good conversation, with a few competitive rounds of 30 Seconds turned out to be a masterpiece, as we blazed through a fantastic fun day of family.

Chantelle opted to post Jessica off with Oupa and Ouma as they left, leaving the two of us plenty of time to snuggle up, watching some movies and then heading straight to bed, for some rather relaxing and rejuvenating uninterrupted sleep sessions! And with public holiday Monday still to come, I can’t say that my last weekend was bad at all! :)

Jacobsbaai Weekend Away with the Montgomery Clan My Life 17 FEB 2012

Xander (short for Alexander) is the tenant who has been inhabiting Monty’s Granny flat for the last couple of years, and in that time, Xander and his mom have struck up a great friendship with the family. A month or two ago, Xander’s mom set up her very first guest house in the quaint fishing town of Jacobsbaai, and as luck would have it, she invited Chantelle, Jessie and myself to come through for a weekend, so that Chantelle could maybe give her some tips on how she might improve her fledgling business.

And as it turned out, the weekend we picked just happened to coincide with the weekend that Monty and company were heading through in order to drop off furniture which Priscilla had purchased from Monty’s dad.

In other words, family-in-law weekend time! :)

I took the Friday off to maximise our weekend, and early afternoon the three of us finished up with packing, bundled ourselves into the car, and made the long trip through to Jacobsbaai, a good couple of hours away from Gordon’s Bay up the West Coast. Again, we struck it lucky when we fell in behind Monty on the road, as he knew exactly where we needed to go, a bit of information which we ourselves didn’t actually possess!

Anyway, we got there well before the sun had set, and set about making ourselves at home in Priscilla’s fantastic little “farmhouse at the sea” guest house, better known as Artists’ Retreat. After that, the boys got busy carrying in and rearranging the new furniture in the lounge, a process that took far longer than what it should have thanks to “too many cooks in the kitchen”! :)

Priscilla treated us to a delicious homemade supper, and after much chatter, pool versus Robert (they have a pool table, bonus!), and catching up, we eventually all turned in for the night, where I must admit, I enjoyed a thoroughly restful sleep.

Saturday enjoyed a nice and lazy start, but after a hearty breakfast courtesy of Chantelle and her helpers, we did eventually head out, first to the lovely Weskus Mall where Chantelle insisted we try the cheesecake from Café Graze, before hitting Paternoster where we stopped in at the fabulous Modo Mio for a sumptuous, lazy seafood lunch. Chantelle, Jessie and I then split from the Montgomery Clan and did a bit of a drive around Paternoster to take in the tranquil sights.

The remaining part of Saturday was taken up by a stroll through Jacobsbaai with Monty, loads more pool with Robert, a fantastic braai for supper, and then a couple of highly competitive rounds of 30 Seconds to round off another late night!

Sunday started off in a very similar fashion to Saturday, with a thoroughly enjoyable breakfast, followed by more pool with Robert, and then a walk with Chantelle, Rob, Xander and Jess all the way down to the abandoned sea lookout at the edge of Jacobsbaai.

Afternoon rolled in and after a tasty chicken lunch, it was time for the dreaded packing up to begin, after which goodbyes were spoken and we bustled back into our cars, hitting the long road home with the goal in mind of making it back to Gordon’s Bay in time for Jessie’s night time routine to kick in.

I can’t quite remember now off the top of my head, but I do think we came pretty close!

So yeah, thanks to Priscilla and her mom for their hospitality in their awesome little guest house, thanks to the Montgomery Clan for the great companionship, and thanks to wifey and baby for making it such an awesome and relaxing weekend away from television, technology and the working world! :)

(Photos of the weekend can be found here, here and here)

Stork Party Weekend My Life 29 AUG 2011

Better late than never. Had an enjoyable weekend with friends the weekend before last (yes, yes, I know that I still have to do the write up regarding the Pinnacle Point weekend which happened the week before that!), starting on Friday and going through all the way to Sunday.

It kicked off on Friday night when I joined Chantelle and Jessica over at the guest house after work, waiting on the arrival of Malcolm and a heavily pregnant Andri who had managed to pull the parents in for a shot of babysitting and were coming through for a relaxing getaway night at Gordon’s Beach Lodge. (Unfortunately circumstances prevented Michelle and Gary from joining us, but oh well, next time then I guess).

Although Al Forno’s was our first pick for our evening’s eating out adventure (Jessica was fast asleep back at GBL, with Eba on “babywatch” duty), it was packed to the rafters when we eventually showed our faces, and so we fell back on Plan B, namely retracing our steps and hitting The Tavern instead. As luck would have it, they had a table open (with a great view of the tight rugby game between Western Province and the Lions for Malcolm and myself. As luck would have it, the evening was made even sweeter thanks to a WP win!).

The three of them ordered the Tavern’s famous calamari (which by all accounts was absolutely delicious), while I tucked into a great tasting burge -, though I must point out that the accompanying chips were quite a let down, being completely overdone and crispy to the point of being unpleasant. However, conversation was great (loved the “Arum’s reaction to Corban in a Batman suit” video clip!) and in the end it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening out.

Skip to Saturday and Malcolm and Andri enjoyed a good sleep-in as Chantelle saw to her other guests for breakfast first, while I entertained Jessica who decided to take a catnap on my lap in front of the television in the upstairs room (we decided to also sleep over at the guest house in the end, basically as to not disturb Jessica on our late return). What followed that though was of course a scrumptious breakfast courtesy of my wife, with the usual delectable GBL spread to choose from for the rest of us, followed up with a fluffy big omelette as a main for me. (What the others enjoyed, now escapes me!)

Anyway, eventually our two guests had to take the leave and return to the real world, while I set about taking Jessica back home with me where we proceeded to spend the little afternoon time we had left shopping for the evening’s events, shifting around cement slabs (for later work) and of course drinking plenty of formula milk (for Jessie, not me).

Come late afternoon and it was back off to Gordon’s Beach Lodge, where the other pack of friends started dribbling in, on what turned out to be a most beautiful day mind you, including the likes of Damen and Michelle, Karl-Heinz and Trish, Ryan, Evan and Natasha, and two of their mates, Wikus and Aruzell. The big Springboks versus All Blacks game was on for the boys (the girls did something else, or at least I assume they did), and for a change we actually won it. In the meantime I had gotten around to starting the fire, and what followed was a fantastic evening of chatter and braai, rounded off with some great chocolate pudding courtesy of Ryan. And of course, what evening (with that lot) would be complete without some competitive rounds of Scattergories and 30 Seconds (sorry Wikus and Aruzell), taking us rather deep into the night! (And also sorry for not getting around to trying out your card shuffling machine Ryan, nor your Poker set Evan)

With the friends all occupying the available rooms in the guest house, we too decided to spend the night seeing as it would have been cruel to wake Jessie up so late to transfer her back home, though that said, in the end I did have to make an after midnight emergency trip home for some medicine, seeing as Jessica was not enjoying a particularly pleasant night.

I did eventually get some sleep time in case you’re wondering.

Sunday morning of course was when it all came together, when the months and months of carefully laid plans finally bore fruit, as Chantelle successfully executed the “Surprise Stork Party for Natasha” plan, catching Natasha complete unawares and overwhelming her with all the lovingly made food and cake, and more importantly, the big pile of presents!

And although the guys were stuck in the same dining room as the girls on this wet and overcast morning, there were more than enough eats and helium balloons to keep everyone happy (Evan on helium = hilarious. Chantelle, not so much. She laughs to much). Dean, Zania and Zandea had also joined us for the celebrations, and in the end it was a fantastic morning of fun that we can only hope Natasha thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed!

Eventually everyone said their goodbyes and parted ways, leaving an exhausted Chantelle and Jessica to capture a much needed afternoon nap, while Daddy started the unenviable job of trying to get all of the weekend’s luggage piled up into a single Getz and then unpack it once he got back to the other side. Of course, by then it was Sunday evening already, leaving only enough time for Idols, baby bedtime routine, toasted sarmies, a surprise present of Melrose cheese spread from Chantelle, and some leftover cake. (Did I mention just how yummy all of Chantelle’s various cakes and eats turned out?)

Anyway, so yup, all in all a pretty damn good weekend! :)

(P.S. To see more photos from the Stork Party event, check out the gallery here, or maybe even Michelle’s Facebook photo set if you’re friends with her.)

30 Seconds with the Folks and the Rest of a Weekend My Life 04 JUL 2011

Had a thoroughly enjoyable evening of boardgame fun again on Friday night, though not with the usual suspects mind you.

Actually, now that I come think about it, I have been rather lax in keeping you updated with the more mundane aspects of life in the Lotter Clan, like how Chantelle and I spent her last weekend off (two weeks ago) pretty much in Bellville for the whole duration of the weekend, gorging ourselves on some fun experiences with both the family and friends. That particular Saturday afternoon we were being hosted by the Montgomery Stronghold clan for a big Monty’s side of the family get together, with the highlight of course being the heavily pregnant Chane and Jasper making the trip down from Loeriesfontein to spend the day with us around the family table.

The evening then saw us join up with the friends group at Ryan’s stronghold, where it was time for another braai, Trish’s renowned two layer cake, and of course a very heated, taxing and excruciatingly fun session of the classic Scattegories! And after a night back at the Montgomery Stronghold on their guest futon, it was a quick break away from Jessica for Chantelle and myself, as we left her in the care of her capable grandma and grandpa, and went to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 at Tygervalley. Lunch time we were back around the table for the big water blommetjies potjie which had been whipped out in honour of Cheryl’s side of the family in the form of Peter, Gail, Nicholas and Angie who were down for a visit.

And yes, it was Father’s Day, and yes, Jessica did give me my first ever father’s day present, consisting of a big bag of biltong and a special box of chocolates! Lucky me :)

Anyway, enough of the past, on to this weekend just past. While our planned big friends boerewors and boardgames get together had fallen through for the Saturday afternoon, our Friday evening summoning of the two sets of Grandparents had not, and so our house filled up with Monty, Chery, Mom and Pops as we set about putting Jessica down after her first, and very successful I might add, day at Baby Steps daycare, before tucking into the delicious giant chicken pie with pumpkin fritters which Chantelle had lovingly whipped up for us.

Tummies full, it was then on to a big first for our combined group: A game of 30 Seconds with the folks. We split into two teams of three, Chantelle, mom and dad on the one side and Monty, Cheryl and myself on the other. From there on out it was no holds barred, with Cheryl and Monty quickly getting the hang of the game, meaning that soon the house was filled with tears of laughter and exaggerated hand and feet movements, as things heated up and the battles of guess and explain became ever harder.

Chantelle’s group took the first match and after an epic stumble right at the post from their team on the next outing, our team took the second, setting us up for the grand finale – but only after we had finished tucking into the chocolate pudding mom had dragged along for dessert!

Sadly, I have to report that Chantelle and Mom (dad was called away for some work duty, so he was relegated to the kitchen and would occasionally call out an answer or two for them) managed to pull a win out of the final hat, with them narrowly pipping us at the end and taking overall honours for the evening!

Loads of fun that simply soaked up the hours and saw the two sets of grandparents only leave our dark little patch of Gordon’s Bay a half an hour before midnight! Talk about a lengthy Friday night visit! :)

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Fateful Fondue Fun My Life 26 MAY 2011

Friday 20 May saw us host our first big event at home since the arrival of Jessica late last year, and seeing as it is kind of our trademark, it was time once again to pull out the fondue pots and brandish our long sharp forks.

A good indication of the ever rising cost of food meant that the this particular fondue cost almost twice as much as what it used to cost back in the day, but nevertheless we soldiered on, with Chantelle organising a fantastic platter of ready to fry goodies on the evening, complemented with a delectable selection of breads and ugh, salad (because she says that we have to).

And for pudding?

Well let us just say that it was once again the turn of the world famous chocolate box cake to make its appearance in Country Mews! :)

As for the guests, despite having to arrive in the pitch black darkness of Winter and then having to kind of sit through the period where we battled to get Jessica fed, bathed and into bed, the list included the welcome faces of Ryan and Michelle, Damen and Michelle, Evan and Natasha, Karl and Trish, and of course Mr. Brown (who rumour has it won’t be on our sunny shores for all that much longer!)

What followed was a fun evening of fondue pot battling as the eleven of us elbowed for space in the three available pots, ducked my concerted photographic efforts, laughed at Ryan impaling his hand with a fork bad enough that the blood was flowing freely, attempted to find a working exit strategy for fried samoosas that didn’t involve them going to pieces on you, and of course just enjoyed a fun and stress-free evening of friends, food and cheese sauce. Heck, even the cats were enjoying all the welcome attention they were receiving from everyone!

Oh, and needless to say, the cake went down a right treat with the hungry horde as well!

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Catching Some Z’s over the Long Weekend My Life 21 MAR 2011

The weekend before last I completely crashed. My weekday morning routine of up at 05:30 and back in bed at 23:00, combined with my early hours Jessica feed duty over weekends finally caught up with me, forcing me into bed in a state of deep slumber for most of that weekend (early nights, or should that be late afternoons!), with the only real activity being a whole heap of gardening in the hot day sun, with some blogging in the wee hours of the morning (after feeds of course).

Funnily enough, this past long weekend was pretty much more of the same.

Well except for Friday evening of course. Friday evening saw us knock on the door of Ouma for babysitting duties once more, as Chantelle and I (after a Old Oak Diner pizza for supper) darted off to Durbanville to pay a visit to Trish’s parent’s place, for the annual celebrate Trish’s birthday boardgames get together (well, it is kind of annual most of the time). Just about all of the old gang were present and accounted for, and we had a thoroughly entertaining evening comprising of the classic board game action of 30 Seconds and Pictionary.

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Jackie Chan, 30 Seconds and Bertie’s Mooring My Life 03 MAY 2010

Apart from the big office move that happened over the course of Friday which saw Touchwork uproot itself from Unit 4 and move everything across to Unit 1 of the office block (lots of heavy lifting and installing everything from scratch), this past weekend turned out to be quite an enjoyable affair! :)

Craig Lotter, certified braai adept.

Friday night was kicked off with a visit to Gordon’s Beach Lodge from Wayne and Candice, Retha and Miguel, Laluna and of course, your fabulous hosts Craig and Chantelle (well considering Chantelle was on duty, she kind of had to be there), and started out with a magnificently crafted braai that saw Tong Master Craig produce some fine specimens of tasty cooked Meat and Chicken, complemented by an array of extra goodies whipped up by the ever handy Chantelle, who seems to have a spent a fair amount of time in the kitchen as of late (peanut butter cookies, chocolate cake, orange tart, etc.). The meal and booze going down a treat, we then supplemented the chatting and food with a competitive game or two of 30 Seconds that saw the ladies take on the might of the men, coming up short on both occasions as expected. As per usual it was loads of fun, and as a bit of a surprise, it turns out that Chantelle isn’t the only one who gets quite into it – Retha seems to be right up there with her! Despite the obvious disadvantage thanks to his Spanish native tongue, Miguel actually held up his end of the team pretty well and a cleverly crafted clue gifted us the final game in a unfair sudden death situation that had been shoved upon us by the desperate girls – Crocodile Dundee for the win! :P

Wayne, Candice and Laluna, all called in action to pose for the camera-wielding Chantelle!

Calling it quits just before the clock struck 01:00, we left the guests to enjoy the hospitality of the guest house while Chantelle and I returned home for some well deserved rest – but not for too long as come morning we were up and ready, dressed in our walking clothes and heading out to the guest house in order to deal with providing breakfast for our guests (Needless to say, you can tell there weren’t exactly any real guests hanging around).

Although scaled back from the normal huge feast (hey, no one is paying right?), the breakfast was still a delicious combination of fresh muffins, eggs, toast and bacon and everyone enjoyed themselves as expected. From there Wayne and Candice bid their farewell and left to take care of all their other business elsewhere, and saved from the walk thanks to the miserable wind that whipped up, I said my goodbyes and headed back home – spending the rest of the day toddling around working on my broken PC, downloaded and upgrading to the new Ubuntu (twice because I screwed up – a whole 1.4 GB needed to be pulled down in the end instead of the 700 MB actually required), and messing around doing house chores and watching television. Oh, and Jackie Chan.

Twin Dragons, an oldie but a goodie of his where he plays his twin brother, the one a street smart low level crook with a penchant with violence and the other a gifted music conductor. Fun, irrelevant and packed with loads of action, the movie went down an absolute treat with my Ooskus fish and chips I ordered for myself! :)

Needless to say, Chantelle was more than happy to have missed out on the Jackie Chan spectacular, but on her eventual arrival home she was mortified to discover that there wasn’t a single thing worth watching on the telly, so after a quick supper for herself, I finally relented and allowed her to entertain herself by taking a rasp to my always in a bad conditions heels. So she was in heaven playing beautician while I got to lie on the bed and finish up my Mythical Detective Loki: Ragnarok manga.

Claire and Chantelle, forced to share a bench while I got to share with the umbrella stand parked next to me.

Sunday saw Chantelle back off to work and me catching up on the latest episodes of Mazinkaiser that I laid my grubby paws on, before getting ready to welcome Claire who decided to pop in for a visit and take us out to lunch at Bertie’s Mooring in the process. As it turned out, the weather did a complete 180 degree turn and we were blessed with beautiful weather, meaning we could sit next to the harbour and all the sailing boats eating our lunch on a beautiful day, followed by a walk down Gordon’s Bay main beach with soft serve firmly in hand and dripping all over our toes!

The view of the day, courtesy of Bertie's Mooring

Of course, Claire couldn’t quite escape without a showing of the fabled wedding album (which really is fantastic – completely obliterated my low expectations!), after which she eventually decided to call it a day and headed off back to her side of the woods on the other side of the Boerewors Curtain. Chantelle too returned to her work and so I spent the rest of Sunday watching the ICC T20 world cup match between India and South Africa and fiddling around on my blog during the breaks.

And supper? Well I got a playful SMS declaring someone’s love of ribs and the desire to have ribs and the fact that this someone must now have ribs, meaning that old Sunset Spur got to host the two of us one more time (so much for this someone’s healthy eating drive, eh? :P)

Oh, and somewhere in between all of this I played some more Red Faction: Guerilla, got extremely frustrated on the last mission and vowed never to play it again.

But outside of that, it really was an awesome, relaxing weekend with a good balance of friends, family and my own little hobbies. Nice! :)

The Craig, a picture of relaxed serenity. Awesome, I know.