Monday, 13 July 2009

Notes on the weekend


  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was pretty good. Not fantastic, but not awful. There are those who say it's too long, and I do agree that it could easily have been a bit shorter. For those who criticise the believability of it all... I ask you: why did you go and see a movie about robot aliens from outer space in the first place? I went to see this film because I think Michael Bay does fantastic action sequences, even if plot is not his strong point. I also have enormous respect for actors that can be convincing when they're doing scenes with robots that aren't actually there at all (I mean, looking like you're actually scared of something that's supposedly chasing you but doesn't even exist outside of a PC monitor is pretty impressive). The CGI is also some of the best around, so I can forgive the movie for most of its faults (too long, a bit all over the show, a few plot holes and Megan Fox may be gorgeous but is also really annoying when she opens her mouth).

  • The Irene Village Market is one of my favourite places to shop. For me, it's worth the trek through to Pretoria. I picked up some canvases at ridiculously low prices, a gorgeous rusted cup-and-saucer pot for my mini rose plant and loads of really yummy deli stuff (including the best hot chocolate powder ever, some Rose Cream Turkish Delight for my MIL, cabanossi for TSC (can't stand the stuff myself) and proper koffie koekies. Even TSC had a good time, and he hates markets.

  • Our guest room is nearly finished. We have fixed and painted the walls and ceilings, repaired the crumbling windowsills, stripped the windowpanes and repainted those too, replaced the revolting light fixture and the ugly plastic cupboard handles, washed the carpet (which was NOT fun) and given it a complete clean. We're now busy moving the furniture back in, hanging the curtains and positioning the "artworks" I've created for the walls. I'm hoping to finish up this evening and take some pics to post here.

  • Yesterday's Formula One Grand Prix was one of the more exciting races of the season. Mark Webber won his first race in his eight years of driving. I'm very glad for him, especially seeing he spent the winter recovering from a broken leg. I think it's also great fun that the competition between Webber and teammate Vettel is heating up and that Button is getting challenged by a host of drivers. The drivers of the McLaren team (which I have supported for the past nine years) had a mixed day. Kovalainen finished in the last points-paying position, which was pretty good, seeing he didn't have the benefit of all the new parts Lewis Hamilton had on his car for the race. Hamilton had a miserable time with a puncture at the first corner which sent him right to the back of the pack. Both drivers seem to be more competitive though, and are using their KERS-equipped cars (kinetic energy recovery system) nicely.

  • Our church has started a new series called "Supernatural", which looks like it will be interesting. Last night's sermon was on Lucifer. Fascinating stuff! Can't wait for next week's on Angels and Demons (the beings, not the movie).

  • TSC went back to varsity today. Shame, he was not keen, poor man. He was up and out of the house at 6am to miss the traffic. I admire him - I am not a morning person at the best of times, and getting up in dark in the freezing winter mornings is pure torture to me. I'm lucky in that I live 15 minutes away from the office, so I only have to leave the house just after 8am. In summer I do my exercise in the mornings, but in winter I do it after work so that I can postpone the crawling / falling out of bed until 7.20 am. This is me, every day:


11 comments:

Damaria Senne said...

I can so emphathise with you about waking up. But sometimes my day seemed hectic I started waking up early, so I can do a lot of writing in the morning.

NiKolaS said...

the lolcats make my day always. :-) and that obama picture on the Being 5 strip at the bottom got me lots of haterade over the weekend. hehehe!

NiKolaS said...

the lolcats make my day always. :-) and that obama picture on the Being 5 strip at the bottom got me lots of haterade over the weekend. hehehe!

Shania said...

Can't wait for pictures of the guest room. I love do overs!

Ookami Snow said...

Yeah, I don't see how people can go to Transformers 2 and not know what they are getting into. If they aren't into that sort of thing they shouldn't go.

...I am not going anywhere near the movie.

po said...

I have been discussing Transformers endlessly with my colleagues even though you couldn't pay me to actually go and see it :)

One guy said there is no point being interested in plot or story and going to see a Hollywood movie, because they are all ridiculous plotlines, so only go if you happen to love special effects and hot chicks and dudes. I think that is quite apt!

Being Brazen said...

i felt like that cat today

The Jackson Files said...

i also love the irene market.

Helen said...

I want to be back in bed now!

Slyde said...

you just totally surprised me by liking transformers...

i havent seen it yet, but i thought the first one was just horrible...

angel said...

Ooh! Can't wait to see pics of the new guestroom!
I have yet to watch the race... we were on the game farm this weekend past, but I recorded it.
I have been to the Irene Market a few times... but I am always annoyed by the parking and the crowds. I like it at Christmas though, gawjiss stuff!