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A Normal Weekend for a Change My Life 21 MAY 2012

What a pleasant weekend this past weekend was, what with it being our first “normal” weekend in literally months! Our new schedule of doing three markets in a month, two of those being handled by Cheryl and myself on Chantelle’s work weekends, meant that this weekend was a proper weekend off for the Gordon’s Bay Lotter clan, and so we tried to make the most of it by spending time together as a family.

Friday evening kicked off with Chantelle’s folks making the trip through to our house in order to spend some quality time with Jessica, followed by a delectable pork chop meal that Chantelle whipped up using her shiny new Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals recipe book! It was a laid back, enjoyable visit, Jessica was as cute as a button, and at the end of it all (i.e. after Monty and Cheryl’s departure), Chantelle and I rewarded ourselves with a good night’s sleep! :)

Saturday morning I darted out to get the preliminary tools needed in order to break out and replace the expired lock mechanism on our front door security gate, though I opted to hold back on buying an actual replacement lock on this initial trip, just so that I could make sure of the exact dimensions of the old lock after successfully removing it first.

After a lengthy (but successful – yay, for birthday money, so many shiny new things for my toolbox!) trip to Builders’ Warehouse, I arrived back home to tag with Chantelle as she hit Pick ‘n Pay and Spar in order to secure the ingredients necessary for making our afternoon bring and braai with the friends a success, while I stayed at home to look after Jessie (who decided that this was the perfect time for a nap anyway).

Of course, when I say friends, I mean only Trish and Karl, as it turned out that this was a particularly bad weekend to invite the buddies over – Damen, Michelle and Logan were sick and in hospital, Evan, Natasha and Evalynne were sick (plus one trip to the hospital), Ryan was away in Mossel Bay on a golf tour with Dad, and Dean was at work, while Zania was back home with a sick Zandea! (And of course, Terrance remains firmly planted in Japan).

Regardless of this though, we went ahead with the braai, which turned out to be a really enjoyable afternoon visit, with Jessica being on her cutest behaviour, Karl and Trish happily entertaining her while the indoor braai kept everything nice and toasty, and for a change, all of the food turning out pretty damn delicious – i.e. Karl took over the braai from me!

We finished up the visit with some heated four-man Blur racing battles (thanks for the loan of the extra controllers Ryan), the result of which was Trish wanting to murder me more than once, Jessica doing her best to distract Karl at every twist and turn, and Chantelle biting back her lip in order to keep her ultra competitive nature in check! :)

(And yes, I made sure that I stayed up the whole night to watch the Champions League finally run its course, thought truthfully I was a bit disappointed at Chelsea stealing the title on the night).

Sunday was just the three of us, and with the weather being as gloomy as it was, we headed out to Builders’ Warehouse to get the replacement lock (drilled out the broken one just fine, but damn it, now I need to lay my hands on a metal file in order to widen the slot by a millimetre or so for the new one!), followed by some winter clothes shopping at the Mall for young Jessica. We looked around for a new DVD rack (our old one is filled to the brim), and eventually decided to pop in for an early lunch at the always kid-friendly Spur – though I don’t think Jessie could quite make out what to do with the big bunch of crayons our waitress handed over to her!

Afternoon was filled with chores and a well-timed nap for the three of us, before we made another mini-excursion out to Strand, to point and babble at each passing seagull unlucky enough to find itself in Jessica’s visual range, and also to partake in the Belgium Waffle House’s menu that Chantelle had been so keen to give a spin.

The evening was finally capped off with Jessica and I watching the Madagascar DVD that I had just received from Claire and Ryan (one of the six DVDs in my birthday pack from the two of them!), while Chantelle slaved away in the kitchen, cleaning up and baking shortbread and Turkish Delight for the orders going out this week.

Soup for supper, more baking while watching first Idols and then X-Factor for Chantelle, while I set about tidying up after the weekend, and knocking a couple of blog posts out before the sultry, seductive song of Club Pillow struck again…

Controllers and the Boys My Life 06 JUN 2011

Last Tuesday I was meant to take a trip through to Bellville after work in order to see Chantelle’s optometrist for a long overdue eye appointment plus contact lens order. However, seeing as he is currently on leave, this plan kind of fell through – which didn’t bode well considering that I had extended the original schedule by organizing with the gang a classic four man FIFA XBOX football gathering in the evening, something I really didn’t want to fall through considering we now have a very limited time with Mr. Brown before he leaves us for the Land of the Rising Sun.

So in other words, I went ahead with my trip to Bellville anyway.

The good news was that all four men were available on the night, and with the average age of the combatants now over 30 thanks to Karl-Heinz hitting the big number on Monday, you knew this was going to be a serious affair. No snacks, no drinks, just coffee (it was cold) and hands on the controllers.

Terrance’s copy of FIFA 11 was the game of choice, and we ran the full gamut of match-ups, with Ryan and myself pairing up for the first couple of games (and obliterating our opponents), then Karl-Heinz and myself for the next set (in which we were mostly obliterated apart from the one draw we managed to squeeze out) and the finally Terrance and myself where we obliterated the competition.

(And if you are doing the math, then yes, Karl-Heinz was indeed the weak link of the evening! :P)

As it turned out, my draw meant I was able to capture the title of most awesome player of the evening, something I’m sure to goad about when next we meet up (which is tomorrow by the way). It was a well deserved title looking back at it now, considering all those glorious goals I scored from start to finish…

(Oh and to seal my top dog position, I then went on to defeat Ryan post Terrance and Karl calling it a night).

Saturday I again got the opportunity for some competitive gaming when Robert swung by to say hi and also do a few jobs up in the ceiling for us. The work done and Jessica happily playing on her activity mat, we broke out Blur and started racing. Loads of fun as per usual, and I’m happy to say that the unfair advantage I held over Robert held up as I walked away overall champion for the day.

Hmm. Why is it my cap doesn’t want to fit on my head any more? :P

Review: Blur Games | My Reviews 14 APR 2011

May 2010 was a busy month for racing titles, what with ModNation Racers, Split/Second and Blur all hitting the scene round about the same time. Developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Activision, Blur is technically an arcade style racing game that features real world cars in modified real world locations, mixed together with the explosively fun mechanics of power up speed battles.

In terms of the cars available to be unlocked and played with, Blur runs the full gamut, featuring everything from Dodge Vipers, Lotus Exiges to Ford Transits and even the classic Volkswagen Beetle. Each licensed car has a set of attributes which includes the usual grip, speed, acceleration, handling and health, all of which places it into a particular group of cars like Drifty or Offroad. Obviously the combination of group and attributes effect the handling of the car in a significant manner, forcing the player to pick the car that best suits his style of racing and more importantly, the type of track on which the race is to take place.

In addition, all cars have varied damage models as well, meaning that your pristine, color-changeable car is guaranteed not to come out of a racing looking like it went into it in the first place!

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A Wife in a Blur My Life 19 AUG 2010

So I’ve finally managed to get Chantelle to upgrade and move from the always fun to play Burnout: Takedown, a well worn PS2 release from back in 2004, to the newly released 2010 Blur on my shiny black XBOX 360.

To be honest, playing the PS2 on the big 40 inch full definition television is becoming harder and harder to enjoy now that I’ve been sitting with the HDMI-connected XBOX 360 for the better part of a year now, and so last weekend I took the plunge and headed into BT Games where I traded in a stack of my pre-played games and got a nice shiny black wireless controller in return.

The next step was convincing Chantelle to break away from the tried and tested and take me on in this new racing game, though I was quick to turn off all the power ups in order to keep things as similar as possible between the two racing games.

Thankfully, she took the bait and we were soon racing against one another and the AI full tilt, though it must be said that she is still getting to grips with this high powered racer with its vast array of very different handling cars – as can be seen by her increasing frustration, competitive spirit and seemingly insatiable desire to beat me.

Trust me, the best way to put your wife in a bad mood is to challenge her to a race and then beat her pants off at it! :)

Still, can’t say that she’s been deterred yet – now she’s calling me out and challenging me at the end of a hard day’s work – which seems to be working: She’s already managed to stun me with two great (and rather unexpected) victories! :)

So here’s to a whole lot more next gen racing fun in the future. After all, she’s going to be looking for something to do once she goes on maternity leave! ;)

Step Up to Blur, Karate and a little bit of Family Time My Life 16 AUG 2010

Had a good weekend this weekend, a more stay at home one than last weekend of course, but a good one nevertheless. Things kicked off with a rather poor movie choice for Friday evening’s entertainment, with Chantelle and myself opting to catch the newly released Step Up 3, a movie franchise which had proved to be quite entertaining in its first two iterations. However, the same can’t be said about the third, featuring a horribly cliched story, weak acting, poor pacing and really just not much in terms of cinema quality. Of course, the dance choreography was brilliant as always, but that’s pretty much that – and I dare you to try and not laugh the ridiculous restroom ‘attack’ sequence! :)

Of course with Chantelle being back on work duty with Louise and Whammy off to Thailand for another holiday, I was left to my own devices for Saturday and so after a bit of admin work like paying off our Boardman’s account, trading in a couple of games and buying a second XBOX controller to get Chantelle to play Blur with me at home, I popped in at the Strand Municipal Hall to catch some of the karate on display at the 2010 Boland Development Tournament. By the looks of things the tournament was well supported, with a lot of little ones partaking as well as the Boland junior team that will be heading off to P.E. in two weeks time for the national competition.

From there it was off to Bellville (Ryan’s pad to be exact), where we had moved our long overdue XBOX gaming session in the hopes to attract more friends to join us – as it turned out, this didn’t happen and so in the end if was just the three usual suspects as Terrance, Ryan and myself found ourselves battling it out fiercely on the brilliant arcade racing title, Blur, peppered with some FIFA soccer battles just for a change of pace.

The original late lunch braai plan was replaced with pizzas from Scooters across the road and our evening entertainment turned into a proper animated film fest as we managed to watch both the slightly disappointing Planet Hulk together with the awesome Batman: Under the Red Hood all in one sitting – without falling asleep for a change! A couple more games of Blur rounded off what had been a pleasant 8 or 9 hours of guy geekery, and I found myself once more on the N2, heading home and trying to remember that I was now in the real world and should now NOT be attempting to race past ever car I deemed competing with me on the road! :)

Sunday was a change of gear and I found myself listlessly doing some household chores, watching some more of the enjoyable High School of the Dead anime and finally getting some more [Prototype] game time in, before I was summoned out of my shell and called to meet up at the guest house where we were joined by the rest of the returned Montgomery clan and I got to show off my superior braaing skills yet again. The hours slowly passed with plenty of story telling to take in, before we were eventually joined by Retha, Miguel and Helena who popped in after being out in the area, meaning that for pudding and coffee we were pretty much a full house of laughs and gigles!

And that was pretty much that. Back home we rounded things off with some awesome Blur battles between Chantelle and myself (man does she get annoyed when the races don’t go her way!), before I hit the keyboard for some much needed blogging and she got catch up on all the latest Idols developments!

Whew, done. So all in all, a pretty damn good weekend off after all if you ask me! ;)