Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Catch Up

Sydney was full on. My flight was delayed more than any flight should be delayed. We boarded on time, but then we had mechanical problems. Not really something you want to hear when you have to stay on the plane. On the plus side, I read all but the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on the plane in preparation for Deathly Hallows. We had gorgeous, crisp, sunny days though. Just the way I want to spend the time on the harbour. Most exciting from a professional point of view - I won the award for best sales person in an operational role for the 2006 - 7 financial year. I was thrilled to get it - the decision is made by the state and national managers and the other nominees were all people I really rate. That and I've only been there since November. Nice people to give me a shopping voucher. Time for a freezer and a blender I think. Or books. Or shoes.

It's taken the best part of two weeks to catch up with everybody's blogs. I think I've finally caught up on everything I've missed. My highlight - Millie the dog. Thanks Jelly, you put a massive smile on my face.

We went and saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It didn't really do it for me. I think it was probably one of the harder books to put on the screen. How do you put all that whiny teenage boy stuff on screen? Still, I think it left way too much important stuff out. C-

Last night we saw The Simpsons movie. It was fun. I'm not sure it deserved the standing ovation it got at the end though. I was very unhappy to see the preview for the movie "The Dark is Rising". I'm not happy about it at all. I think they've completely messed with the premise. I adore those books. I'm furious that they have messed with them. I'm sure I'll have a full rant about it in the fullness of time.

I've been working with my brother and his fiance to put the music together for their wedding in September. We've nearly got all the music together for dinner, and we are just working the dancing part. Way too much fun. They are doing their bridal waltz to Billy Joel's "just the way you are". I'm not sure who was more disturbed though; my brother's fiance when he asked for some Whitesnake, or my brother when I showed him that I had the song he wanted on my ipod.

My gorgeous boy was worried that I wouldn't approve of the suit that he was planning to wear for the wedding. He doesn't wear a suit for work, and might wear a suit about 3 times a year. It turns out he only has the one suit, and he has owned it for 10 years. He is right, I didn't approve of it. He took it quite well, although he said that he was hoping to hear "honey, your suit is fine". So today he suggested that we go and have a look for suits, although he wanted to go to one specific shop to buy it. OK then. So we wandered around a few shops, and in one got some exceptional service. He was measured up, and pointed in the direction of suits that fitted his criteria. He looks damn sexy in his new black, 3 button, single breasted suit, with his new palest lilac shirt, and new diagonally striped tie. No nagging required :)

I bought only one thing today - a 3 DVD set for $19.99 - The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science.

What does this week hold? The Gwen Stefani concert, a screening of Amazing Grace (now I know what happened to Youssou N'Dour), training up my new assistant at work, a family dinner for my lovely stepfathers birthday, finding that last beetle in Virtual Villagers: The Lost Children, setting up the new DVD player for my parents, trying to restrict my Crackbook time.


thethinker said...

I didn't really like the Order of the Phoenix movie either. They focused too much on his nightmares and all of that personal stuff. I would've like to see more action.

jellyhead said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your award! (and shopping voucher - licence to buy, guilt free!) The head honchos must really be impressed by you.... and that's an even bigger feat considering you are a relatively 'new kid on the block'. Whoo hooooooo!

Choosing wedding music - now that takes me back. It is a lovely job (which can't necessarily be said of many other wedding-related chores). I remember mucking about with my sister, trying out 'walking down the aisle' music to funny walks eg pigeon-toed, duck waddles etc. We couldn't stop laughing. The whole process took us hours.

I am jealous of your new DVD, but I am MORE jealous that you are going to see Gwen Stefani. Take me tooooooooo! (I'm sure your boy/friend/relative won't be upset for long!)

I'm glad you enjoyed the 'Millie' post. She is a dear pesky old thing.

Hope you have a great Monday :)

velvet said...

Congrats on the accolades at work!

My friend, Sasha, and I have had discussions about how movies never measure up to books, but that the proper order would be to see the movie first and then read the book. It's less disappointing that way.

I also think that it's funny that men's suits take that many years to go out of style when our clothes last maybe two seasons, tops.