So we’ve been in our new home for only a week and still the entertaining continues. It was a good weekend, plenty of work on the house, in the garden, sprinkled with loads of sorting out of junk and just a touch of some Blur gaming on the Saturday, with some Highschool of the Dead episodes to entertain me on the side to boot.
But it was of course the visits that ate up the most time, kicking off with a splendid catch-up-on-all-the-news visit from Damen and Michelle on Saturday, who just like Dean and Zania, are also about to enter the house market. So there was a lot to catch up on, with pictures to support, and buoyed by Chantelle’s delightful little snack haul from Spar, the visit ran as smooth as a well trained clown on a unicycle.
Sunday on the other hand saw Chantelle and myself playing host to mom and dad for a proper Sunday afternoon braai, this being the first time they’ve seen our new house after we’d moved in. Again, tons of catch-up news to fill the day (particularly considering the fact that pops just returned from what sounds like an awesome canoe trip down the Orange River), propped up by a delicious braai prepared by tongmaster Craig (i.e. me).
So yup, the visitations just keep pouring in – but then it is probably about time we start interacting with the public again after being so reclusive these past couple of months I guess! :P
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
It’s bloody hot out here in Gordon’s Bay at the moment. But I’m sitting here, secretly hoping that the Spur ribs we’ve just had won’t give us the runs tomorrow, and thankful that we once again have running water, after Gordon’s Bay went and lost most of its supply on Sunday afternoon, leaving most of its residents without much choice but to buy up every single liter of still water that the surrounding shops could supply.
But outside of a sweltering weekend with water supply for only half of it, it was a pretty chilled and enjoyable weekend, with some time spent at the sea, some time spent behind a Terry Pratchett book, some time spent watching shows like Queen’s Blade, Stripperella, Dante’s Inferno and even Independence Day. Devil May Cry 4 also fell before me as I knocked the final nail into its coffin and then got reacquainted with the lovely Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: Underworld. I finally sorted out the house over at House of C, added a few posts to my growing collection scheduled posts and in even braaied a delicious hunk of fillet on a sweltering Sunday afternoon.
But it was Friday evening that was undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend. Shooting straight through to Bellville after work (though when I say shoot I mean crawl as the traffic was particularly bad), failing to locate a replacement chair for Dean at Tygervalley, I then found myself being the first to enter Damen and Michelle’s pad where I eagerly gripped the Roman’s Pizza they had organised so long and then set up my controller and created my profile, finally leaning back and awaiting the arrival of the rest of the evening’s enemies in the form of Terrance, Karl-Heinz and Dean (not forgetting Damen of course!).
We five warriors then fired up Modern Warfare 2, selected our weapons and proceeded to blast the crap out of one another for the next couple of hours, with Michelle desperately bolting herself up in her room for safety (well truthfully, she was already sleeping). Dean proved himself to be the cautious type, and not half bad with a grenade launcher, generally the weapon of choice for Picaroon Brown, though that said he once again proved himself to be far superior at these games of war than what us mere mortals are (though he didn’t score half as many knife kills as what he usually does). Damen must genuinely have been practicing because he easily occupied second place, while I was generally happy with my performance, scoring some cool rocket launcher sniping kills for a change.
Karl was however cannon fodder. (Not entirely unexpected considering this was his first time of course).
It was an awesome evening of competitive gaming once again and I must say that I really am enjoying putting the time aside this year to spend as much time with my friends as possible. In the past it was sometimes the case that I’d only see some of the guys literally every six months or so, but at the moment I am determined to make this a thing of the past, hence all these frequent gatherings I keep talking about.
It’s good, I’m enjoying it and hopefully it continues for quite some time still to come! :)
It turned out to be quite the sociable and relaxed weekend this time around, with Chantelle and I kicking Friday off by heading out to Bellville after work in order to visit with Mom and the rest of the family in celebration of mom’s 53rd birthday. As per usual it was an excellent braai followed up with lots of catching up chatter between the brothers, sister and folks, all nicely washed down with lots of great tasting little snack goodies – the perfect family get together in other words! :P (Not that Chantelle lasted all that long mind you – before I blinked twice she had taken her leave of us Lotters Original and sneaked off to the couch where she happily snored away much of the evening!)
Saturday was a pretty chill affair for the first part, with Chantelle sleeping away just about the whole morning like a dead person and I happily entertaining myself with Ryan’s Devil May Cry 4, before we finally set foot outdoors in order to hit the Pick ‘n Pay and grab all the necessary goodies for afternoon braai time. So whirlwind housekeeping and setting up, and pretty soon our guests of Damen, Michelle, Robert, Karl, Trish, Dean, Zania and little Zandea arrived, heralding the start of an awesome evening in the company of good friends. As is now quickly becoming the norm, I served up a masterful array of good tasting meat off the braai (seriously this ultimate braai that Chantelle bought me is awesome!) and it combined well with all the light snacks that Chantelle created including green salad, spanspek and some home made garlic roll. And don’t forget the ice cream filled, chocolate lathered sugar cones for dessert either!
And while watching the South African cricket team take on India provided the bulk of the day’s entertainment, the evening was not to pass without building some competitive spirit and so out came our 30 Seconds for its maiden voyage, providing some excellent games in which I’m sad to say, Team Lotter/Montgomery were soundly beaten by Team Storbeck/Oosthuizen! (But boy did Chantelle become a little bit too competitive by the end of the matches – get one little thing clue or description wrong and she’ll take your head clean off, mark my words! :D)
Seeing as we had held the braai early afternoon (15:00 to be exact) in order to accommodate the Stapelbergs and their little one, the rest of the crowd bid their farewells while there was still plenty of time left on the day’s clock, meaning that Rob and I got to ring in bedtime by watching the surprisingly fun Death Race starring Jason Statham in the lead – lots of car and gun action in case you are wondering!
Sunday morning saw us sleep in pretty late, before finally rousing and setting Chantelle to work on crafting some delicious french toast with bacon and fried banana for breakfast, after which Rob and I set about playing around with Dean’s copy of Ashes, which turns out to be a surprisingly fun cricket game – not that I can bat to save my life of course!
Following that we kicked Rob out of the house and set off for the mall, where I finally picked up a copy of Twilight (the first book) for Chantelle from CNA and then an awesome little paper shredded for my study here at home. (But no toaster mind you. Still can’t find a four piece toaster that both my wife and I see eye to eye on!)
Back home it was time for serious chillax as Chantelle stretched herself out on the couch in front of American Idols for the next couple of hours while I faffed around writing blog posts, doing the dishes and in the end playing some games (Again, Devil May Cry 4 is awesome. ‘Nuff said). Evening eventually rolled by and we found ourselves surely but steadily drawn in by the amazing Will Smith Seven Pounds drama, before ending the night off with Chantelle working on her Sarie competition entry, toasted cheese sarmies and just some general office and braai dishes cleaning up.
And testing the new office shredder of course! :)
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! :)
I mentioned previously in these here pages that Chantelle surprised me with a proper man’s braai this Christmas, and after giving it its final protective paint coat, I decided to at last set it forth on its maiden burning, seeing as this Saturday past was the first day Chantelle was actually off from work in who knows how long! Not wanting to plan something big, we summoned two sets of couples whom we haven’t seen in absolute ages to join us and so come last Saturday 18:00ish, Karl, Trish, Damen and Michelle joined Chantelle and myself under our new Coricraft umbrella and in front of the magnificent braai, on one of the most stunning days you could possibly imagine!
(It was such a nice day that Chantelle and I had even nipped out for a quick swim in the ocean before the others arrived. The swim would have been longer, but it was quite a hilarious 10 minutes or so watching Chantelle try to jump into her bather which wouldn’t slip on even in the slightest, her decision to shower just moments before proving to be a rather silly idea after all! :P)
Braaing on wood and thus real coals at last was an absolute pleasure and as such I turned out the perfect braai goodies, succulent meats, juicy sausage, crisp braai broodjies, it was simply fantastic. And pared with some delicious watermelon, spanspek and Trish-prepared salad, we dined like kings under the perfect sky. (And there was even ice-cream to be had too…)
From there the evening degenerated into a slog match between Karl and Chantelle over Tetris, with the Doctor proving to be the far superior when it comes to moving bricks around a pixelated screen, though I must admit to have been quite overjoyed when the Game Over finally struck Dr. Storbeck because that irritating music loop had really begun to grate my ear drums! It wasn’t a particularly late evening but it was a good evening of friends and catching up, in other words a perfect success. So I guess the question is simply who do we invite over next? ;)
So like I mentioned ages ago already, we had invited all the friends over on the Saturday evening preceding Chantelle’s birthday for a bring and braai in celebration of C’s upcoming 29th birthday, and as per usual, it quickly degenerated into yet another night of SingStar battling as Terrance and Trish once again had their way and managed to convince us (or should that be twist our arms) into hauling out the microphones and letting them loose on the poor, unsuspecting public!
As it happens, I actually managed to capture some photos for a change, so where better to post them than here?
So here goes then:
The point? Well, we all had fun, the night was a success, and our neighbours probably still haven’t forgiven us! :)