Undercooked sausages

Last night I went to Brendan’s new house with Amelia to keep him company while his parents hold a BBQ party where all the kids are younger.

Originally, the plan was to go wingman for him, because we thought there might be some daughters around his age for him to prey-uh…meet.

But alas, the closest we could get to were 2 14-year old male cousins. So, as far as winging went, Mela and I couldn’t do much.

Before we went to Brendan’s, we dropped by Ser-‘s house for to pick up some of Amelia’s stuff. Ser- was watching Sense and Sensibility but British shows put me to sleep, so we started watching Vampire Diaries. Because, yeah. In the end, we realized we couldn’t stay long, so I went through the episodes trying to determine for how long the show started with “For over a century I have lived in secret”. We found: Season 2 Episode 9 was when they stopped.

Mela and I missed the bus, so we waited 40 minutes for the next one. I had a headache, so we went to the Maccas for some Sprite and a chat.

Brendan’s new house is a few dozen times more amazing than his previous house – and his previous house was actually incredibly good for parties. The new house had one of those staircases which would perfectly suit Brendan’s needs to come sweeping downstairs in his prom dress. His bedroom is also much bigger and brighter – but he needs a proper bed. Also, better and bigger kitchen, an area just waiting for a pool table to be installed, and a really well designed entertainment area in the backyard. The only downside is, it now takes me over an hour to get to his place via bus.

His family, all from South Africa, had a South African BBQ, and despite one sausage being slightly undercooked – the one I ate – the rest was ASTOUNDING. One of the sausages, whose name I forgot, but it was a South African style, had a very intriguing mix of spice, and a firm texture, and I regret not eating more of it.

We were watching Shrek and Wall-E, and realized that Brendan could quote about 75% of Shrek with amazing accuracy. I suppose 4 years ago that would have been amazing, but I don’t know, just not as cool anymore. We also watched Wall-E on mute, which was fine because Wall-E isn’t a movie that you really need too much dialogue to, so we made up our own sound effects.

We also watched Supernatural on the computer after kicking his little cousins off. Amelia wasn’t as scared as we thought she’d be, so perhaps she can handle some mild horror in movies after all. Not that last night’s episode was any scary.

Spent the rest of the night hanging out in Brendan’s bedroom, and then got dropped off at Amelia’s house, where my parents picked me up.

Can’t wait for Brendan’s own housewarming/birthday party. Maybe I should try to organize games like I did last year.

Alex.

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Words Lost Their Meanings Long Ago

[There’s No Mathematics To Love And Loss – Anberlin]

Gonna write it up before I do anything else.

Today I went to see Shrek 4, but more on that later.

It seemed to be a day of running into people. At Syndal, who else would sit next to me but Carmaine (wow, haven’t mentioned her in a fair bit), and in the station right after that, Nat – who now lives in QUEENSLAND – just so happened to find us as well. The habit of always going to the 3rd carriage seemed to have stuck with everyone.

Then, at Melbourne Central, I nearly get blindsided by Idiot Lee, who turned out to have been there with Swin, Yeleng and Whitty (which was awkward because I’d turned Whitty down the night prior saying I had to go out with another group of friends. Well, I wasn’t lying at least.)

Ran into Joey L and a few younger MacRob girls too…it really was a day of running into people.

After realizing that 3D movie tickets were 20 bucks, we all decided to have cheap Hungry Jack’s for lunch. Sting, Cle- and Penny wanted to see Toy Story 3 but, since I am seeing it next week with Jac, I opted to see Shrek 4 with Viv and Fiona instead.

Onto my review of Shrek 4 (Not a full-blown review but a review nonetheless):

It wasn’t the best that they managed, and I still think that Shrek 2 was better. But there were some good gags in this one, and a few interesting references and metaphors. The storyline (without giving too much away) was generic and of course a happy ending, but it was not a bad idea for a final movie, and it does create a sort of reflection on Shrek’s life.

I have to say, I wished that they had something slightly more intricate and complicated with the major storyline (regarding the change in Shrek’s life), especially since they had the power to play with time, past/future, and magical wishes. Still, I suppose if you made it too complicated, the kid would not understand and follow.

I wish there was more gags with Pinocchio and the Gingerbread Man, and Puss-in-Boots’ fatness (that’s not a giveaway, you saw it in the trailers) was only made fun of very slightly when he first came on screen. But apart from that, it wasn’t a POOR effort. And at least they didn’t have some random Justin Timberlake-esque guest star doing the voice of a slightly-important character.

Oh and JANE LYNCH had a voice role but it was so small! WHAT!? She has the best intonation! Should have given her a bigger role.

Alright, apart from that, and I don’t think I gave away too much, that was it.

The train ride home passed without running into anyone.

And oh, it was cold.

Alex.

P.S. No point seeing it in 3D by the way. FYI.