Christmas was a hot and sticky affair out at Narangbah with my aunts, uncles and cousins. We had a light lunch under one of the trees on their property, and it rained....both ants (falling from the tree) and water.
In regards to presents...well, aside from the usual clothes and whatnot, my main present actually came a week earlier when Maryke returned from Japan: a green iPod mini. It's been put to great use over the last two weeks, and over half my mp3 collection is now stored on it. ^^ It's not even full yet! I expect by the time it is, I will have a song for every little moment/emotion in my life. Incredibly sad, but true. Also got some very pretty costume jewellery brooches that mum bought in Tasmania with emeralds. I'm going to enjoy wearing those. :D
On boxing day, we braved bad holiday traffic again to visit my brother Ben and his wife Paula on the coast to celebrate the first birthday of their daughter/my niece and goddaughter Ella. Paula cooked pizza, pavlova AND birthday cake. I pigged out, as you do on an occasion like that. And the birthday girl cried, smiled and definitely was the centre of attention. Also learned that by the middle of the upcoming new year, I will have yet another niece or nephew, as my brother Derek and his girlfriend Nicole are expecting a little one. That'll be eight nieces and nephews, if anyone's keeping count.
On Monday, we braved the crowds on the first day of sales in the city. God, I've never seen so many people in my life.....I don't think anyone stayed at home that day! Mum did get some good deals on clothes, music and other stuff. And we saw I <3 Huckabees, which was very good and made me want to look further into existential philosophy.
Today, mum and I went out again and saw Phantom of the Opera.
Oh. My. God.
*fangirls Gerard Butler* I'm used to Rob Guest/Michael Crawford as the Phantom, but this guy was just so good. Whee! I'd say more, but I've made the basic main point. ;D
British people on my flist......did anyone watch the new Sherlock Holmes telemovie? Nipped over to the BBC page out of curiosity.....and OMGJonathanHydeisinthecast! They've been playing itsy five-second previews on ABC, but they haven't scheduled it yet! Grrr. Knowing how slow we are to get new shows here, it probably won't screen until March or something. ;p
On a completely different note, after the movie mum and I had a quick trip over to Borders. I've mentioned it before....I always find something new that I want every time I go into that store. It's unhealthy. -.-; Mum bought Kafka's Metamorphisis, and as there was a sale on, I convinced her to get me Von Strassburg's version of the old myth of Tristan and Isolde, which is one of my favourite stories from the middle ages. However, I also spotted a book that I've been wanting to read for some time now: Nikos Kazantzakis' 'Last Temptation of Christ'. I've seen the film (with Willem Dafoe as Jesus. ^^;;), but I've been told the book is better. Mum says if it's still there next week, she may get it since we have a voucher than can be used in January. Fingers crossed...
*looks at clock* God, this update took half an hour to write, so it's now eleven. :p Time to wrap up...*hits update button*