Last Thursday we came up with a great idea on what to make for supper. No boring old frozen chicken steaklets defrosting in the oven, no boring pancakes or toast, no, we decided to finally make use of Chantelle’s awesome pizza baking apparatus that has been languishing in our cupboards ever since I’ve known her! (Plus the awesome pizza baking pan Chantelle mysteriously added to the Wedding Registry. No idea why, but she did – and now it has finally proved itself useful! – Unlike our other baking sheets which proved to be to big to fit in our little oven! The horror I tell you).
And when I say homemade pizza, I mean homemade. From scratch super Chantelle whipped up some pizza base dough and while we waited for it to rise a little, we popped out to Pick ‘n Pay to buy all the necessary toppings – which proved damn expensive. Turns out that buying your pizza really is cheaper than making it yourself!
Anyway, back home we each got to roll out our base, slather it with Chantelle-made tomato base and then have fun drowning our twin pizzas in whatever we felt like! Chantelle went for the more savoury route, picking things like feta, onion, bacon, red pepper, garlic and avo, while I opted for my favourite sweet bacon, pineapple, banana, avo and feta combination.
A couple of minutes in the Chantelle’s nifty baking apparatus and then a couple of minutes grilling in the oven to brown the top and finally the moment of truth was upon us (well actually that moment came by twice seeing as we were making two pizzas) – it was a success!
A very, very tasty success! :)
For some or othre reason, I’m pretty sure Chantelle forbade me from using this picture on the blog. But I can’t be sure, so I’m posting it anyway! :P
You’re jealous, right?
So for any of you who have not yet been informed (telephone account is going to be high this month!), Chantelle and I are delighted to announce that we are indeed four weeks pregnant, with the blood test having confirmed all this on Wednesday 13 May 2010.
(Wow, nice turnaround time PathCare!)
As I’ve mentioned before, we literally started trying for a child a month ago, meaning that no matter what happens from now henceforth, at least Chantelle and I now know that conceiving is simply no hassle for awesome people such as ourselves, which of course bodes well when we start planning for the second (and last) addition to our family later on in life – hey, got to get this first one out of the way first – unless it’s twins of course – which I’m rooting for by the way! :P)
Even better news than us being pregnant is that so far everyone is proving to be very supportive, from work to family and friends, which is a great relief for us. As Chantelle’s boss Louise says, “the timing couldn’t be any worse (the guest house’s busiest period is in January), but never mind that, we’re so happy for you!”.
Of course, with a whole heap of our friends circle being currently pregnant or having just given birth, it really is going to be a great time all around and something that I’m sure is going to knit our little circles that much tighter in the long run.
So in short, I’m happy. Very, very happy.
(Overjoyed I would go as far as saying. Even chuffed with myself if I must.)
And as far as Chantelle feels about the whole matter, well you guys can guess how she’s doing (but it won’t be a very hard guess, I assure you.)
Besides, now she really DOES have a legitimate reason to boss me around! ;)
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.
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.
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.
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
Thanks to some superb, night time wildlife photography, I at last have some concrete evidence as to why getting into bed is just so darn difficult on those late nights when I choose to stay up a little later fiddling with blog posts or twitching my thumbs over a game controller.
As you can see from these masterful shots below, that apart from Chantelle’s sprawling legs blocking most of the bottom half of the bed, I then have to contend with two other sleeping carcasses, neatly arranged in all the remaining open space, meaning that should I be able to get my top half in bed, I’ll then have to sleep with my legs straight up in the air.
Which doesn’t sound particularly comfortable.
So now you know. It’s dangerous choosing to only go to bed after everyone is already fast asleep! :)
(Apologies for the poor photo quality by the way. The Samsung Star isn’t particularly adept at taking great photos. Heck, the designers haven’t even heard of a thing called a flash by the look of things! :P)
Alright boys and girls, it is time to hit that good old Ctrl+F5 to force a cache refresh of http://www.craiglotter.co.za once more. As well aware as I am that there are far better and more constructive ways in which to spend an whole Saturday afternoon at home in front of the PC, it turns out that the lure of churning out something special is just that much stronger than what I thought and so I slaved away yesterday with scant regard for time in order to present you with what you now see in front of you:
The totally new look CodeUnit of Craig website.
I’ve added and fiddled with some functionality, made a few tweaks, increased site advertising and most of all, ran an extensive overhaul in terms of graphics and layout on the site, the end result being something that turns out to be quite… pleasing to my eye for a change.
I like it, and I hope you do to.
(Still, ever the perfectionist there are still some small niggles I want to iron out, but those I’ll get to in the background… you know, when I don’t feel like doing household chores or something like that! :P)
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…
So another weekend of Chantelle working has come and gone, but having now learned the trick, Saturday was once more spent in the company of mates blasting the crap out of one another in Modern Warfare 2. Still without a car, I dropped Chantelle off at work early morning on Saturday and headed out to Bellville, in order to hit Northumberland Street so that I can replace my training shoes thanks to the fact that my current pair of Olympics ended up not lasting quite as long as what I hoped they might – though looking at the damage they endured and what I forced them to do, I’m surprised they have maintained the majority of their original form!
Anyway, that trip was quite successful (thanks Shoe City) and after a quick stop over at Tygervalley, part two of my Saturday kicked off as I headed off to Mom and Dad’s place to take over their pad seeing as they are currently enjoying the life of the rich and famous out at Pinnacle Point again. Around 11:45 the boys started arriving, and before I could blink, Terrance, Damen and Ryan were all present and accounted for, with Terrance’s XBOX neatly hooked up to Dad’s big LCD screen and Damen’s XBOX and monitor hooked up via hub a little ways away.
As it turned out though, our clever plan of creating an 8 man environment in Modern Warfare 2 using two XBOXes hooked up in LAN formation took a bit of a nosedive when we realized that the four player splitscreen option is only available as a single machine operation and not part of the multiplayer package. Bugger.
Still, no problem really as Terrance simply scooted over and Damen plonked down beside him, ready to commence our four-man free-for-all! To cut out the boring details of six hours worth of straight Modern Warfare 2 gaming, we’ll simply leave it at Mr. Brown once again proved his mastery as he walloped poor Damen and me over and over again, so much so that at one stage he was boasting a 15 game unbeaten run. Now that’s incredible. Stupid knife attack and grenade launcher attachment *grumble* *grumble*! :P
There were of course some epic moments to be had and some gleefully violent ones at that, but for me one of the best takedowns of the entire day had to be on the Rust map where one of the guys had positioned themselves at the top of the main structure and as I was climbing up to take them down, he flipping launched himself off the structure and killed me with a knife slash as he fell past me. Absolutely brilliant!
Anyway, around 18:00 we called it a day, rubbed our tired eyes (well at this stage only the three of us were left: Ryan had been summoned back by Michelle early on in the day and Karl-Heinz felt intimidated so he phoned in sick. Dean was simply trapped in the clutches of work once again), packed up and left, content with the number of chips, glasses of cooldrink, and intense gaming action that we had consumed.
Sunday on the other hand was a far more relaxing affair as Terrance popped over to Gordon’s Bay for a Sin City and Blade Runner viewing session. Was tricky sans couches – our new ones are arriving on Wednesday and so Gaylord picked up our old ones on Saturday – but we managed, and even ended up playing some more games and rounding the visit off with some good old Ooskus.
Once again, Nice! :)
So, tonight is New Year’s Eve celebrations, meaning that we finally say goodbye 2009 and hello 2010, and while I look forward to 2010, the year which will undoubtedly be driven by the World Cup soccer celebration here in South Africa, I must say that looking back over 2009, it was a pretty good year after all.
Naturally, the year was pretty much dominated by the lead up to and the eventual wedding that saw Chantelle and I finally become husband and wife, probably the greatest leap forward in my life for many a past year. Of course this year also saw our first real holiday together, that being our honeymoon roadtrip up the country, as well as the completion of my first year in my new job here at Touchwork, a position and place of work that I’ve really come to enjoy and take pride in.
2009 also marked the year I returned to karate after my lengthy departure from the discipline, starting up in a new style and once again, all the way from the ground up. Thankfully though, the people at the Funakoshi dojo are simply marvelous and I enjoy each and every session with them all, so much so that it looks like this may very well be the first style in which I attempt to go all the way and finally get that ever elusive black belt! Already got one tournament under the belt and sporting green at the moment, so I’m off to a good start it would seem! :)
Outside of that, my hobbies all continued as normal, gaming, anime, manga and comic books, though the one thing that did slack off is my webcomic production, something I’ll have to look into kicking off properly again come the new year. Blogging continued at the usual frenetic rate and I finally got around to claiming my own vanity URL towards the end of the year, hence you reading this on http://www.craiglotter.co.za instead of the old http://www.codeunit.co.za.
2009 also turned out to be the year of spending money on the pad, and as such we’ve got quite a couple of nifty things lying around the house now, and come January next year, the brand new couches should be sitting looking nice and pretty as well! Sadly, this was also the year that Coco went missing in action and while he is still sorely missed, it also turned out to be the year of Achilles, as our playful ginger boy joined our family way back in January believe it or not!
Not much else is jumping to mind as I type this (being brutally honest as always), but looking out over everything I’ve already typed so far, I can safely say that on the balance of things, 2009 was a fabulous year for both Chantelle and I. In other words, it is with a fond farewell we bid to what was an excellent year in our journey together and we eagerly look forward to 2010 – who knows, it might just be the year to usher in a little Lotter if the awesome Craig has his way! ;)
To be honest, this past week has had Chantelle and I acting like proper social butterflies from start to finish, so I can’t tell you how much I’m looking to a day off all to Chantelle and myself, with no one to bother us and just a bottle of champagne and a box of chocolates to share between the two of us.
From Monday night it had kicked off already, with a trip through to Stellenbosch for supper with Andy and Albert, friends that we haven’t seen for months already. As per usual, the extremely handy in the kitchen Albert whipped up a mouth watering example of fillet done right, followed up with a delectable creme brule for dessert. Of course, actually eating one’s food turned out to be quite tricky, what with the three dogs slobbering all over you whenever they suspected you might still be hiding some food on your plate or on your person! :)
Tuesday was then a lovely half-day at work, thanks to the fact that the afternoon had been booked off for Touchwork’s very first, independent year end function, which saw all of us head out to the fabulous Jake’s in the Village eatery in Steenberg. Despite the severe lack of parking, all nine of us (Big boss Rudi joined us as well for a change), we all managed to arrive to the table and after a fun round of secret santa (I got socks with a snarky message referring to my lack of shoes at work! :D), got stuck into some seriously nice food – and wine.
Man did that come back later to bite me in the ass. Got home, fell on the bed and passed out for an hour, awaking only after being alerted to strange noises coming from the lounge – which turned out to be the Montgomery clan who had let themselves in to do some DIY on our behalf – thank goodness I crashed still dressed is all I can say! :D
The evening saw a fantastically sociable supper braai held at the guesthouse, with Wammy and Louise, The Montgomery Clan, Laluna and her daughter and folks as well as Chantelle and myself, and as per usual it turned quickly into quite a raucous affair, so much so that apparently the remaining few only got to bed well, well after midnight in the end! (Chantelle and I left earlier to get some much needed rest – and alone time of course! :P).
Wednesday morning I got to spend with Ryan helping him out at his place and the evening funnily enough was actually devoid of human contact for a change, giving Chantelle and I the perfect opportunity to slip out and catch Invictus and have supper at the Spur, more on which I’ll chat about next week sometime when I get a chance. Chantelle on the other hand couldn’t escape, as a host of her friends descended on the guesthouse for an early morning breakfast, together with the rest of the Montgomery clan that had ended up sleeping over there following Tuesday night’s get together.
Finally, last night it was Retha’s turn as we joined her and her family in celebrating her graduation by eating out with them at Ocean Basket in the Waterfront, a place Chantelle and I haven’t visited in actual ages come to think of it!
Which of course leaves tonight, which is still looking clear for us at this stage, but you never know of course, though Saturday is already choc-a-block full for us two social butterflies – Christmas shopping in the morning, a visit with Dean, Zania and Zandea in the afternoon and then finally a picnic with Andri and Malcolm in Kirstenbosch for the annual Carols by Candlelight celebration in the evening.
Sheesh, talk about being sociable the last couple of days, right? ;)