Hello Again

Yesterday was a day for reunion.

In the morning, I took the train up with April to the city so we could all meet up. Waiting at Flinders St station, I bumped into 2 people who I knew from my previous high school Brentwood. When the 2nd friend came along – Rach – I was rather pleased to hear Julia say, “How many people do you know?!”

Tiffany came along last, and when she arrived, we set off for Southside, in South Melbourne (it’s en route to Dani’s apartment via the Number 1 tram). We settled, and started ordering drinks and foods. April’s dish came first, and it was insanely large sized. We didn’t think she could finish it! (This isn’t one of those “but to our surprise she did” stories. She didn’t finish it.) Vania got her gnocchi, and seeing the large serving, we decided there was no way Vania – or any of us bar Jen – could finish it either.

We ate, and talked. There was a small discussion of Tom Felton started by Julia (the discussion was originally started by Jen about Rupert Grint). Pictures were taken, and then Bel gave Tiffany a “bear hug” with velcro bear-paw gloves! They were fantastic gloves.

Julia waited ages for her steak to arrive – long enough that everyone did their round of “maybe they’re still killing the cow in the back” jokes. As Julia worked her way through a steak larger than her face, April and Vania gave up on their dishes. The owner of the restaurant warned them that if they didn’t finish their food, they’re not allowed out.

Jen started eating other people’s food. It was to be expected, no?

After paying for lunch, we took the tram back to the CBD. Most of the girls got off at Flinders Station, and then SonJ and Jen got off at Colins St to go grocery (Coco Pops) shopping. Annie, April and I went all the way to Melb Central to meet up with Dani and Andrew who were already there.

April stayed under the clock waiting for Si, and Annie went to Borders to find Josh and Anna who were supposed to meet us as well.

I went downstairs and found Dani, and it was a lovely familiar feeling seeing her face again. We went back up and waited for Josh and Anna under the clock. It took them a while but eventually they arrived. After that, we went to Room 8 on Bourke St to play pool – my first time there. Watched Andrew be all hardcore with a pool glove. He won every match yesterday, with the closest game being between him and Si, both being on the final 8 ball. I played around on Dani’s iPhone. We played (they played) for 2 hours, and then we went to…where else…Red Silks for dinner.

During dinner, (Dani left halfway to meet her mom) Andrew was having a bitchfest to us about a member of Dani’s family. It involved a lot of swearing. Anna’s ears were ASSAULTED by the amount that Andrew was swearing.

After dinner, walking out, everyone voiced that they weren’t SO interested in going to see Nina Conti in the comedy festival. April was also sick! She didn’t tell me. So in the end, it was decided that Josh and Anna will go see a movie together, and April, Simon, Andrew and I took the train home after a detour to Laguna the Asian grocery.

Got home, watched a spot of TV, and then slept. I felt inexplicably drained after the day.

Oh, right, I have decided I may not adopt the calendar style for the 365, and simply just take 1 picture each day and post it. I do have a link for the site. I might link that picture back to a post here, each day, in the case I write one. Of course, I wouldn’t have to put too much effort into it because it’s just a webcam thing, but I figure Project 365 shouldn’t be taking over my life, but be a part of it. So. There you go. You’ll start seeing my work up soon!

Alex.

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TAKE THE DOG!

I don’t want to feel obliged to blog about anything, because I feel like if I’m doing this like a chore, it would become homework. And what the fuck I gave myself homework?

So perhaps just a short post on what I did yesterday and today.

Yesterday was my 18th birthday. In the morning I got up, and decided to reply every Facebook birthday wish I get. Bad idea. I didn’t get any Legal homework done.

Went to Brandon Park (by the way, this has come up before. Brandon Park isn’t a PARK it’s a shopping centre) for lunch because Dad didn’t leave anything for me to eat and like hell I’m cooking canned soup on my birthday. So I had Maccas for lunch. Ew.

At 4, Mom dropped me off at Fel’s. Shaz proceeded to be 20 minutes late (you know, Carmaine…someone HAS to do it. I shouldn’t blame you solely.) so we were late setting off.

Driving to Jenny’s takes shitloads of time.

Jenny’s was incredibly fun. Jack and Dom sucked at Singstar. Mai raised the roof with “WOAH WE’RE HALFWAY THERE” and then we had food and more Singstar and then cake. Jenny got everyone to – deja vu? – sing happy birthday to me. Half the people there didn’t know me so that was quite interesting. When it came to “Happy birthday dear…” Mai decided to scream above everyone else “ALEX!” which made me laugh.

Got home past midnight. Fel was, and I have to admit, the last person to say Happy Birthday in person. Catherine was the last altogether.

Slept soundly through to 10 am. Was sort of late to leave to meet Catherine.

Met up with Catherine UCMC (it’s not catching on! DAMMIT) and we went to buy the tickets for The Proposal, and then went off to eat Nandos because she was craving it when her face was still blown up and she was sipping puree through a straw. I had the Extra Hot while she went for Lemon and Herbs and Ketchup. WEAK SHIT!

Had a fun chat while eating, and then went up to watch the movie.

Which is where the title comes in.

There was a scene when Sandra Bullock’s character was in the yard on the phone with a client. Ryan Reynold’s character’s family dog got out, and an eagle (they’re in Alaska) swooped in and took the dog. Sandra Bullock rescued the dog, but the eagle took her phone. Frantic, Sandra Bullock held up the dog and screamed “TAKE THE DOG! TAKE THE DOG!”. Ryan Reynold’s “family” was watching her from the kitchen window, thinking she was playing with the dog.

Well that was the end of my holidays. Work tomorrow. As in homework. Remember the Legal I didn’t do? Still haven’t done it.

Alex.

Sunshine…it pierces my soul

This won’t be a long post since mom just came home and would want the computer quite soon.

We only have internet on this computer so…don’t give me shit like “omgz but u haf 2 compz”

(I was targetting Dom…)

Anyway, today I went to the Glen to have lunch with my friends and their formal dates. I myself went alone. BECAUSE SPANNA BLEW ME OFF.

I missed the bus I planned to take and so I walked an extra 10 minutes to another bus route. I ended up beating Daniel anyway, even though I thought I’d be late.

I met Charlie and J.H., and together with Carmaine, Fel (their respective MacRob dates) and Bianca we tried to find Daniel. Stupid boy got lost. At Glen Waverley.

Went to the back food court so the girls could have Max Brenner. Yes yes I’m a girl. I went to guy Hungry Jack’s with Daniel and J.H. Charlie wouldn’t eat. Korean.

Had a really fun lunch just randomly chatting about Transformers and Emma Watson being hot. Shaz came along and at 3:25 Carmaine realized she was meant to be home, but well of course wasn’t. She was off to see a French movie with her mom. Yeehh.

Carmaine left, and Charlie, clearly feeling awkward, left as well. Then I had to go to Safeway (actually it’s Woolworths now) and so we all went out separate ways.

Not that interesting, but I had to file SOMETHING under Social Life.

Alex.

It’s Beautiful, Man!

I went out today with Bee to watch YesMan and then had lunch with Carmaine and Eunice.

Haha, if only all my blogs were that short.

Regardless of how fucking hot it was yesterday (because I didn’t go out at all – score) I still maintain that today was close to being unbearable. Anything above 26 is pretty bad for me. I said to Bee, “I hope this winter is a cold one because we get to wear our own clothes so we don’t have to be stuffed in school uniform.” and she argued that our uniform isn’t that bad. But still. Those blazers stink when wet.

I took my walk to the bus stop and as I was sitting there waiting, April called. So I chatted a bit, and got on the bus, and Bee got on at her stop down the road, and at the end of the bus ride I nearly toppled over the seat in front of me because it – the bus – braked suddenly and I was in one of the back seats.

Bee laughed. Jerk (not really. I deserved it).

We went to the Glen and I got my recharge (yeah, there’s a gripe behind that that more or less goes along the lines of “stupid Optus”) and then went back to the cinemas and bought out tickets. Who do we see being the solitary ticket girl? Pam. Yep, I had actually thought this morning that it would be rather funny if we got Pam for our ticket chick and sure enough, Pam was our ticket chick. So of course I asked to be put down to children tickets. Gotta love Pam. Chatted a bit (but not too much) and then I got my Chop Top and we went up to see YesMan.

We got there rather early, and were the first ones in the cinema so we just talked loudly to each other until one of the guys who I suppose makes sure the cinema is in good shape came in, and according to Bee he was “really cute” and he chatted with us for a bit with his “nice voice” and then after that a few more people came in so we couldn’t talk loudly anymore.

Anyway, so my two cents on YesMan.

It wasn’t the best movie that Jim Carrey has done, then again Jack Black and Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler have all gone a bit kooky (granted I’ve yet to see Tropic Thunder so don’t hold me on my words there). But I had some pretty good laughs and came out of it feeling like I could…say yes to ANYTHING! (Except, as Bee found out soon enough, wear a dress. Ha.) But there was a rather sweet scene in a barn in the rain when the lead girl Alisha suddenly hugs Carl (Carrey) and I’m sorry, I nearly said “aww” there. Or maybe I did. The old lady “repaying Carl for his kindness”, that part, that was rather disturbing. Because he actually liked it.

After the movie, we were a little late to the pre-arranged meet time for lunch at The Arena in the Glen near David Jones (nearly 9 years living in this area and I’ve never been there) and so Carmaine and Eunice were there already when we got there. I said to Bee later on, “You either miss someone like crazy from the get-go, or you don’t realize how much you’ve missed them until you see them again.” And somehow both were the case today. Because I’d been on the phone with Bee a lot I hadn’t been out of contact per se with her as much, but I hadn’t talked to Carmaine and Eunice much at all and it was incredibly good to be BRuCE again, just being retards (or just me. Look I was influenced by Carrey, alright? Got a big loud and gesture-y) and laughing and catching up.

I ordered a really big burger, unfortunately it wasn’t good enough to warrant a “this burger is so good…”  but the fries were really good, and everyone kept on nipping one or two there.

We went to Country Road, then David Jones (you may remember The Arena was NEXT TO David Jones and Country Road IS NOT) and then went out to Real Gelati near the library. I saw Carmen working there! (I mentioned Carmen a couple months back from Chinese school) And so we chatted for a bit, and then we…went back to David Jones for Carmaine to be picked up by her mom – who was really nice and wished me a Happy Chinese New Year. Eunice and I had a couple of “Your Face” moments before that, and a lot of high-fives (or burger-five, or parody-five) were passed around. I even made Bee high-five me a couple of times.

Eunice went down the escalator (sorry, chronological disorder. This was all before saying bye to Carmaine at David Jones) and so Carmaine and I shouted down from the first floor “BYE EUNICE!” And yeah it was fun to embarrass her like that. You should try it. You, in general.

Bee and I took the bus home to her place, and we watched Scrubs. Oh, Eunice, we watched the episode with the line “I love this moment so much I want to have sex with it.”

Mom picked me up – and with the fact that she has a phone now, I called her on her MOBILE to confirm I was at Bee’s place – and came home and my face is hurting a bit so I’m guessing I got a bit burnt. Yes. I burn easily. Laugh it up, mortals, laugh it up. Because…THIS…IS WHAT A MONSTER LOOKS LIKE…[throws glitter in face].

I don’t think I’ve ever employed my [] in blogging before. Have I?

In one scene in YesMan, Carl stopped a guy from jumping because he played a song on the guitar, an instrument he learned in a whim. I think if I can stop one person from jumping by playing them a song, it’s worth it.

I have no idea how I hit 1000 words already but I should stop.

Keep Cool (apparently),

D.F.