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Damen’s Birthday and a Montgomery Stronghold Visit My Life 14 APR 2010

Like I mentioned earlier, this weekend turned out not to be all that awesome, despite all the cool things that were actually going on around me. Stupid mighty morphing sickness!

Anyway, Friday evening kicked off with Chantelle preparing us some awesome fishcake burgers for supper before we jetted out in Gina G. on route to catch Steve Carrel and Tina Fey in Date Night at Ster Kinekor, Somerset Mall. The movie turned out not to be completely brainless comedy like I was expected and in the end we both pretty much enjoyed it – all I’m saying is watch out for the rotate around the pole dancing segment – you’ll be in hysterics! :)

Saturday morning we were out and about quite early already, riding all the way through to Cape Town in order to pick up Chantelle’s wedding ring which had gone in for repairs to the jeweller a week or so before (one of the diamonds had popped out of the engagement ring segment of the wedding ring). That pickup went pretty smoothly and so it was a change of direction and off to Durbanville in order to catch Andy in her newly opened games store, Games Exctera (more or less that spelling I think), sitting in 22 Oxford Street, Durbanville main.

The sun ever so sharp off a bakkie's back window, driver Craig had no other choice than to pluck Chantelle's sunglasses right off her head in order to protect his fragile eyes!

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the size store she managed to lay her hands on and with a good selection of XBOX 360, PS2, WII and PC titles, both new and secondhand, and with decent prices for game trade-ins, I’ve got a feeling that she’s not going to do too badly in this new venture of hers! :)

From there the sickly Craig carted Chantelle off towards Damen and Michelle’s pad, in order to join in on the manly gaming session part of Damen’s day-long birthday celebrations, with only one small snag getting in the way of arriving more or less on time – I managed to get the two of us horribly lost and in Kraaifontein of all places.

Needless to say, again not one of my proudest moments and so out came the GPS and by hook or by crook we made it back to the general vicinity where we needed to be and I joined Damen and Dean for some intense Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer battles while Chantelle stole Gina G. and went to enjoy her Saturday elsewhere.

Dean and Doctor Karl trying to figure out how the Wii works (you'll note the bemused Craig in the background as well)...

Of course, one can only game for so many hours and when the prescribed time finally arrived, the wives and rest of the friends (even little Zandea came along for the ride!) descended upon Damen’s safehaven and so out came the charcoal and meat and what ensued what a great braai, featuring a chocolate fountain, ice cream, salad, snackies, Wii-playing, Lips karoake (Terrance’s fault again!), and just general fooling about get together in celebration of Damen’s 29th Birthday.

Chantelle giving it her all in karoke battle against Terrance and Trish!

Not feeling particularly great by this stage of course, I’m kind of glad we had already made plans to sleep over at Mom’s place on the night, and so after saying our goodbyes, Chantelle drove me to my old home where we sat down and had a bit of a chat with Mom and Pops (who was watching the Masters of course!) before I bid them goodnight and sunk into a restless but necessary sleep.

(Oh, but before I forget, has anyone of you tried dipping boerewors in the liquid chocolate that comes out of a chocolate fountain? Wow, what an awesome taste sensation – it’s brilliant I tell you!)

Sunday morning Chantelle and I decided to skip our initial plans of going through to Church as the sickly Craig (and Chantelle who was starting to develop the same symptons that I had when it first started) needed all the sleep he could get, meaning that the morning was pretty much wasted away in bed and in front of the television.

But of course, that couldn’t last all day, oh no, not in the lives of Craig and Chantelle, as by noon it was time to get showered, changed and ready, before setting off to hit the Montgomery stronghold for a day of family braai, darts and conversation. We were joined by my mom and pops as well as Retha and Miguel and the day turned into a pleasant get together, even if both Rob and I were forced to retire early and crawl into bed while the rest continued to party without us!

From there it was a late evening back into GB where to be honest, not much else happened other than some manga reading, ice cream munching, feeling sorry for one’s self and movie watching (The Mummy was awesome to see again!), before jumping into bed for a well deserved, but probably more needed than anything else, deep rest.

And that my friends is the tale of this weekend past. Not particularly exciting I suppose, but certainly filled to the brim with damp tissues and coughed out bits of lung! :P

And what post featuring Lips would be complete without a photo featuring the king of karoke, Mr. Terrance himself! :P

Tries and Bullseyes My Life 16 MAR 2010

This weekend past didn’t offer up all that much in terms of news, mostly because Chantelle spend Friday evening in Bellville preparing for Andri’s Stork Party that she was organizing for Saturday morning and finishing Alita’s son’s 21st key-themed birthday cake for delivery that evening, leaving me to my own devices which in the end meant watching anime, Stripperella and inserting increased advertising across the CodeUnit and Rugged Rock blogs. Exciting, I know! :P

Similarly, for the most part of Saturday I did the ordinary things like household chores, i.e. dishes, washing, D.I.Y. etc. mixed in with yet more Stripperella and even some Tomb Raider (whose backdrops are really breathtaking by the way), as well as penning a number of blog posts for scheduling here in these pages.

But come early evening and I was in my lovely Jetta Jameson and on my way to Bellville, to hook up with the Montgomery household and indulge in an evening which was to include a delicious steak braai, an exhilarating four man battle of darts and taking in the quite frankly astounding Stormers game on the telly. Oh, and indulging in left over Stork party snacks and goodies of course!

As for our impromptu darts game, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed picking up the old projectiles once again, and at the end of the day, Chantelle and I came nicely back in our game of Killer versus Monty and Cheryl, with Chantelle even managing to bag a Cherry Bull in basically her first darts game ever. For the most part we were playing catch-up and fell horribly behind on points, but when the open numbers finally dried up and only the bulls were left open, all of a sudden we were hitting them left right and center and came within striking distance of claiming the game, stopped only by a beautiful cherry thrown by Monty just as we were running out of time thanks to the impending Stormers game.

Speaking of the Stormers game, wow our boys are really looking good this season. Excellent defense (pity about that last gift try we gave away though) as per usual but for a change, a beautiful attack and I really can’t help but feel confident of our chances heading into the overseas leg of our campaign!

Sunday morning Chantelle and I slept in a bit and after lazing about the morning, we finally headed out to the mall to purchase some picture frames and print some wedding photos for placing in the pad – after all, it’s been four or five months already and we still haven’t sent out our thank you cards, never mind even printed a picture for proud display in our home!

I followed up our impromptu shopping trip by taking Chantelle out to lunch at JennaVIVA, a new favourite of hers and a delightfully upmarket-decorated establishment on the outskirts of mainland Somerset West I must say. Their menu and food quality is impeccable, the vibe seems like it really has the potential to be nice and surprisingly enough, their prices suits one’s pockets quite nicely. Imagine that! :)

Evening was spent being disappointed that one of the frames we bought was damaged and needs to be returned, hanging the other up in the lounge using double-sided tape to great effect, doing household things like folding up the washing and surprisingly enough finishing up the night with KFC and loads of Stripperella.

And that’s about it as far as I can remember. Nothing too memorable to report back on, apart from the darts of course.

Now that really was cool to play again…

Warmwaterberg Spa My Life 09 FEB 2010

True, it lies a fair distance away from us, sitting about 26 km outside of Barrydale running towards the Oudtshoorn  side, but after my first experience with the quaint Warmwaterberg Spa resort I can definitely say that it won’t be the last time I’ll make that particular trip! :)

A couple of weekends ago saw Chantelle and myself join up with the rest of the Montgomery clan for a bit of a family weekend away, lured to the inviting naturally warm mineral pools by Cheryl and Monty who rate this as one of their favourite getaway destinations. So Friday night after work we finally managed to hit the road (joined by Robert who decided to catch a lift through with us) and after an uneventful couple of hours drive featuring just the one stop at Buffelsjag and the “turning off the headlamps in order to gauge just how dark it is” incident, we finally made it to the resort in the dead of the night, guided in over the dusty gravel road by Monty’s lone torchlight shining brilliantly in the night.

The seven of us (Monty’s folks were tagging along) were bunking down in one of Warmwaterberg’s wooden chalets (they have a number of different accommodation options, including tenting, caravaning and even a stay in their ancient bathhouse), and I was pleasantly surprised just how spacious the cabin was, featuring a number of separate rooms, a little lounge, kitchen and even a nice patio of all things. Outside of course we were blessed with tons of beautiful space to call our own, a braai place and of course tons of peacocks and fluffy chickens who all seem to come as part of the package!

The area itself is of course dominated by the pool complex where they have two natural warm water baths and then one big fibreglass cold pool, though that unfortunately is currently out of action thanks to a splintering bottom, meaning that one of the warm pools has been hastily converted into a bit of a mixed temperature pool. Outside of that, there is also the giant lapa complex to take into account, featuring a huge indoor entertainment space that hosts a pool table, dart bard, snoopie, bar and even fully licensed restaurant if you’re feeling too lazy to play tongmaster at any point in time.

As for the stay, well the best way to say it is simply that both Chantelle and I returned from the weekend feeling more relaxed than what we have in quite some time. Highlights of the stay was of course Monty taking his cellphone for a dip on the first day, midnight bathing under the stars, Robert playing tongmaster with excellent results as per usual, breakfast at the restaurant, me whipping Rob’s ass at pool, meat eating peacocks (seriously, they stripped the meat right off the rib bones!), watermelon, more swimming than what you can shake a stick at, and of course, Robert’s infamous heart stopping moment when he accidentally grabbed a big hairy spider that was hiding under the balcony beam.

Needless to say, it WAS a good weekend away! :)

(Oh, except for all those damn long thorns I kept stepping in! Was like a giant human pin cushion I tell you!)

An exterior shot of our delightful little wooden cabin tucked away amongst the thorn trees

The Montgomery clan sans one (Rob was checking the cricket score) plus one Lotter. Breakfast was good by the way!

There was quite a lot of this going on the weekend...

...and loads and loads of this! :)