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.