Taught Me How To Take Defeat

[Touchdown Turnaround (Don’t Give Up On Me) – Hellogoodbye]

So, well, with all the modesty, today happened to be my 19th birthday!

Jackie and I went to Knox today to celebrate. We got the movie tickets – it wasn’t the session we wanted, because that got filled, but we ended up seeing a 3D version. It was the 3rd pair of 3D glasses I bought. Damn.

I will talk about the movie later. Anyway, so Jackie got me this really awesome beanie for my birthday, and she surprised me with a cake. (She’s sitting next to me as I type this, and she chortled when she repeated “surprised” because it was…semi…surprising.) I have yet to eat the cake but yeah.

We had lunch at the Dragon Boat at O-Zone, and there were 2 other birthdays there today too! I pretended that everyone was singing for me. Jackie didn’t eat much, but that wasn’t a surprise.

After lunch, we went to see Toy Story 3. Jackie is the type to gasp in every shocking moment, and say “awww” loudly whenever any emotion was depicted. I think it was to make up for her lack of emotions. Just a theory.

I finally got Jackie her birthday present. We named her Ally.

Ah for some reason the uploader isn’t working. So, it was just a really cute plushie dog.

She came over for dinner, and for cake (which we haven’t had yet but we will. I bet it will be delicious).

I want to say a special thanks to the following people who texted me happy birthday (more might come but at the time of writing I have):

My cousin Julia, Jac, Yeleng, Dom, Mani, Swang, Jen, Katherine, Julia, Sam, Xi, Pris, Dani, Mandy, April and Susie Q! And thanks to EVERYONE to said happy birthday on Facebook and Twitter. And thanks to Bianca who called me.

Alright, so Toy Story 3 was one of the most EPIC movies I have ever seen! What a good storyline, and what good lessons to learn from it. I will NEVER cheat on my toys. EVER! It was overall a stronger finish than Shrek (Shrek was being pushed out too fast, in my opinion) but the jokes were very child-centered. That is, Shrek has some adult jokes that kids don’t get but Toy Story didn’t. I don’t know if it is a good thing, but I enjoyed it quite a lot.

Well, time to just relax now, and eat cake. Take care!

Alex.

P.S. My bones are creaking.

/edit also, Bel texted me at the very end of the day, and I forgot to mention my lovely Fa actually called me to wish me well too. What a girl.

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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.