Sunday, September 10, 2006

Weekend fun

It was bound to be fun, because I had some guaranteed baby-free time.

Yesterday, in that period between The Little Madam's lunch and after her afternoon nap, I escaped into the city centre and went shopping for books and DVDs. My retail booty included Bill Bryson's latest book, The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid (which I haven't started yet because I'm in the middle of a re-reading of Jung Chan's Wild Swans), the movie Sione's Wedding (the official DVD) and a pair of warm-weather jeans from Shanton, which is having a relocation sale (fifteen bucks!).

Sione's Wedding was great fun to watch. It's a Samoan chicklit-for-boys story, about four immature guys who are banned from a big up-coming wedding because of their reputation for causing trouble at social gatherings. They're given strict instructions not to turn up to Sione's wedding unless they show up with a girlfriend each, to prove they've grown up somewhat.

There's Albert, who's a shy insurance worker still living with his mum; Stan, who is hanging out to meet someone he met on a phone party line; Mike, the hunky bicycle courier who prefers honky chicks and Sefa, who does actually have a girlfriend but acts like he's single. Kind of a brown, male, Kiwi Sex in the City.

While there's nothing really new in such a plot, it's done quite well and it's funny. The boy liked it too - I could tell because he kept shouting relationship advice at them.

We took TLM out to lunch today. It's not often the three of us all eat together, so it was a big deal to me. TLM got a chance to try beef lasagne, pizza crust (the boy was too hungry to give her any filling), salad and shoestring fries. She definitely liked the lasagne, so that's something I'll have to learn to make at home. And on the way home, we took a scenic route via Toy World (she now has a Heffalump, one of those hammer-banging toys and a shapes jigsaw toy).

After all that excitment, an afternoon nap was out of the question.

9 comments:

Beth said...

Eve usually loves lasagne. In fact she loves most Italian food now. She's getting so fussy though - so I never know what she'll accep from one day to the next!

Gary James said...

I live for those small, unfurnished pleasures in life, such as making sure everyone is occupied before sneaking away to buy CD's and books.

Enjoy the Bryson. His time has come, thank goodness. Though now I feel a little put out that everyone and his dog will be reading him. I rather enjoyed the fact that hardly anyone I knew had heard of him.

Violet said...

beth: I know what you mean about the fussiness. One day chicken roll is the best thing since pear'n'banana puree; the next it's even less favoured than lentil balls.

gary james: ah, an elitist! ;-) Yeah, it's always much cooler to be into a writer or musician before they become trendy eh?

EB said...

Fantastic that you had some fun and TLM is eating again!

American Jen said...

I haven't been checking your site lately because it put spyware trackers on my home computer (no idea why, or how to get rid of them, but they're attached to your blog). But I don't have the problem at work, so I can check it here and that's good.

She's eating? Really? Good stuff.

Make Tea Not War said...

In a strange co-incidence we also watched Siones wedding at the weekend. I loved it!

Violet said...

eb: yeah, she's got a right little puku now ;-)

american jen: I recently replaced the NedStat code with Sitemeter code - I wonder whether that spyware came with Sitemeter, or whether it has now disappeared with NedStat...

cinnamon gurl said...

I made a lasagne for the first time a few months ago. It was one of my favourite foods but I was always way too intimidated to make it. In the end, it was WAY easier than I expected. I didn't even really need a recipe.

glomgold said...

'Chicklit' and 'guys' sound mutually exclusive to me.