Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Easter Weekend Recap

I haven't done a weekend recap for a while, and they used to be the closest thing to "structure" there was 'round these parts. 4 day weekends are recap-worthy though, don't you think? Even if you skip the 40% of the time spent doing really boring things, the 20% of the time doing things that only appeal to a niche market, and the 10% of the time... well, you get the idea.

Thursday night I met up with my friend Judy after work and we paid a visit to Champion Textiles in my 'hood. People, there's a whole world of yarns out there and Judy is my tour guide. I love purple, so I gravitated straight to a beautiful deep rich purple classic DK wool from Jo Sharp, in a colour called "Amethyst". Doesn't that just make you love it more? Amethyst.



Afterwards Judy and I hung out at my place, had dinner, nattered and Judy clued me in on a better way of doing some of the technical aspects of knitting.

Friday was one of those 40% + 20% days. I just hung around the house, hung out on the 'net a bit, cleaned the bathroom, knitted, started growing a beard etc. Moving on...

Saturday I spent with Mikey (the lovely ex). We met up at lunch time for a cocktail at The Bank Hotel (mine's a Thaijito thank you very much - think Mojito, but with coriander and other goodies). We followed that with a long leisurely Thai seafood lunch at Thai Pothong, before rolling ourselves out the door and heading over to the Dendy Cinema to see Running With Scissors. I loved it. Sure it departs from the book a bit, but oh man it was funny and the performances were excellent. Joe Fiennes, I always though you were beautiful but with the '70s porno daddy 'tache you entered a whole new area of attraction. Sleazy.



After the movie we headed over to Steve, Bec and wee Rex's house for a lovely dinner, nice wine and good cheer. Yes, aside from a brief pause to see the movie I ate and drank all day. It was good. So very good.

Sunday I paid a visit to a surprisingly empty IKEA with Judy and Rachael, a friend of ours from Canberra. We did all the obligatory IKEA things (except eating meatballs); marvelled at the low prices of some things, cast a judgemental eye over others, spotted cuties, received disinterested service, the usual... Afterwards I hung out at Judy's with her and her son John, watched tv (and in the process discovered that lust has a new face), had a delicious Indian meal that Judy cooked, knitted... it was a lovely way to spend an Easter Sunday. In the process I made good progress on the scarfe I had started on Friday afternoon. (Which is now about double the size of the picture below - I am a demon knitting machine people!)



Yesterday was all about unpacking books at the Buddhist centre, a brief visit to Judy's house to pick up my camera (left behind by accident on Sunday), some more domestic duties, some knitting, and some tv watching. Not the most exciting of days perhaps, but a nice relaxing end to what was a great 4 day break. I felt well rested by the end of it. There was a nice balance between down time and socialising, so that I didn't feel like I was racing from one thing to another all weekend, but importantly was able to look back at the end of the weekend and say I had a lovely time.

And most importantly, what did you get up to?

13 comments:

Cozalcoatl said...

Sounds like a good time.
I tried not to be sad by missing Rowany and had a pretty good time. Friday and Monday aren't public holidays here...too weird. Had a long walk through Walnut Canyon on Friday (beautiful and sections of it are covered in Indian ruins), worked Saturday (If Rob ever treats me wrong I now have Vietnam vet marine watching my back... sorta amusing sorta scary..).
Flipped over the handlebars of my brand new mountain bike on Sunday. Left arm not working very well, wincing while typing. Doh!
Waiting for pizza, about to open a bottle of white.
Can't complain too much ;)

M-H said...

Did very little, mooched and blobbed. Caught up on blogs. Entertained for Saturday lunch. Knitted. Watched a little Lifestyle TV and a couple of DVDs. Slept looong nights.

The Other Andrew said...

Cozling, I'm sure Rowany Festival was sadder for you not being there too. Sounds like you had a nice weekend, but OMG WTF no public holidays? Are those people MAD?

Bummer dude about the handlebar somersault and resulting injuries! Get better soon. Administer wine and pizza stat.

M-H, sounds like a great relaxing weekend. Noice.

nash said...

Oh you have great taste in men, TOA - I'd much rather join the mile high club with J Fiennes than R Fiennes and thanks for introducing me to Mr Goode

The Other Andrew said...

Hey, you're welcome Nash. Joe is teh hotness, nest pas? I mean, those lips, those eyes... le sigh. Matthew Goode is very handsome, and wonderfully louche in "My Family & Other Animals". I do so like a cad.

Therin of Andor said...

A fairly eventful weekend. Thursday night and all day Friday, I was at a friend's Star Trek episode DVD marathon, and Sunday was spent at the Easter Show. The rest of the time was spent guzzling chocolate, for which I'm sure I shall pay in several ways. And it's school holidays, so no work for me today. (Sorry about rubbing it in.)

Kt said...

I just went out and bought some Jo Sharp wool to make a beanie for my fella, and I blame you!

freakgirl said...

I was more than halfway through "Running With Scissors" before I realized that was Joseph Fiennes. What is wrong with me?

Love the yarn; very muted and warm-looking. Loving the basketweave scarf, too! Very nice!

The Other Andrew said...

kt, was it the Jo Sharp range on the website that was the deciding factor? So many fabulous colours! Her colours really stand out in the store, makes averything else look dull by comparison.

Freakgirl, thanks for the compliments! Yeah, it's a very different look for Joe with the 'tache and all, but those lips and those eyes!

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

love Fiennes the Younger. what a big spunk. the 'tache doesn't do it for me though...

love the wools - what fabulous colours you've chosen. v you and v tasteful and v tast-ee. btw we (well, The Delightful Nanna) order wool from the Bendigo Mills, they have a good mail order system, have you heard of them? not exciting or fashionable or funky, but good plain wools.

The Other Andrew said...

I think some of the big SCA projects (kneeling carpet etc) were done in Bendigo wools? You have to see the Jo Sharp range, the colours are glorious! (Probably a lot dearer though...)

yaniboy said...

On the knitting theme, you should wander over and check out http://www.januaryone.com/ knitting/photograher blogger girly... when I found it (in search of something else entirely) I thought of you!

fliss said...

Hey there Mr A,
The wool shack (web shop & real shop in Perth) does fabbo specials on a number of wools incl Jo Sharp (and other lovelies that make me drool...). The husband has banned me from purchasing more yarn until I use up at least 1-2 bags of my stash (currently running at about 400balls of wool) from the Spotlight sales... The kid's jumper has one seam left to sew up and I'm done. Will post a photo on Flickr when done. Doing a kid's white cotton cardie that works in a weird way from the neck down - that's been interesting, but probably not something I'll do again... Glad you re-discovered knitting, I did as well about 2 years ago. Mind you I still have about 8 storage tubs of fabric as well...
I think the saying about they who die with the most fabric could easily transfer to the most yarn as well...
cheers