Sometimes you have a good day, sometimes you don’t. Yesterday was certainly not one of the worst days I’ve ever had. It started off interestingly enough. I just got into the office after my leisurely 20 minute stroll up to campus which I’m now doing every day (got do something to get fit damn it!) and was surprised to find a mail in my inbox from my ex, Liz, asking whether or not I am still on MSN.
I dutifully replied, and a little while later I received a pensive hello via Messenger. Had a nice long chat with Liz, but shame, sounds like things arent going all that great for her at the moment. Chantelle also popped up, and I had a nice quick chat with her, culminating in the news that she was coming through to Bellville to visit a friend that had come down to stay at Sunbell Lodge for a short while, meaning that she would be crashing by me the evening.
Work wise, I have just about managed to finish the final polishes to the ICIS website, the first outside paid work I’ve done in a year or two. Also managed to squeeze in some programming, but was hard-pressed to finish all my work when I discovered the delightfully entertaining anime, Black Lagoon sitting on my machine (before I knew it, I had watched two episodes, and was forced to grab my right hand and force it to hit the KVM switch to return to my work machine instead of hitting for the next episode to start).
Yesterday then saw me do something I have never even contemplated doing before even though I’ve been using the train system for well over 4 years now. The ever decreasing operating train sets has lead to a situation where the train is so full that I hardly ever get an opportunity to sit anymore. As this is beginning to now frustrate me, I changed my tactic for the first time ever and purposefully rode past Salt River station and went straight through to Cape Town. There I boarded the train to Bellville at the point of departure, meaning I could actually grab a seat and enjoy a relaxed trip home. Sure it cost me an extra 10 minutes in travel time, but hey, now that I don’t have the strict karate schedule that saw me racing to get home to make it in time, this seems like a pretty good deal to me.
Seeing as my knee isnt up for jogging just yet thanks to its collapse on Saturday, I skipped gym again and instead headed down to Willowbridge Mall, for a leisurely shopping trip that involved me purchasing chocolates, flowers and cupcakes I made it a little more manly by browsing through Look & Listen though, just in case you are worried.
My master plan was to lay the flowers on Chantelles pillow, with the chocolates strategically placed in front of them with a little card bearing the cheesy inscription of You are always welcome to Le Lotter Manor. Corny I know, but sometimes one must make an effort to make your partner feel good (and extra Brownie points always prove invaluable for those times that you screw up). However, as well laid out as my intentions were, my plan was dashed when upon arrival at the flat, who should be getting out of their car, but Chantelle. *sigh* So much for the element of surprise, but at least I got my Brownie points for the thought. As they say, it is the thought that counts :)
She decided not to visit her friend in the end, so instead we visited over a glass of red wine, before heading out to Starlight Diner in search of their Mexican Burger which I was absolutely craving for. The delicious meal was followed up by a vicious pillow fight, in which Chantelle had to swallow her pride and admit defeat at the hands of my dual wield pillow technique.
Happy in the knowledge of my victory, I eventually settled down and went to bed, a pretty successful day behind me as far as I’m concerned.
If you are wondering as to the reason behind this rather pointless posting, it is in fact pretty simple. On arrival this morning, all UCT network connectivity was down, leaving me pretty much nothing but a standalone machine – hence me passing the time by typing this entry up in Word for later posting. See, a simple reason for the crap that I sometimes spew :)