Today has been a charmed day. And a Monday too!
Almost over my bug now, so I got up with Alex this morning and saw the sun rise for the first time in weeks. It's up so much earlier now! Got a lift in with Farah and was at my desk by a quarter to seven this morning. Worked a nine and a half hour day, catching up from being sick. One of the most productive days I'd had in a long time!. Finished what I had set myself to get done bang on 5pm and didn't feel like hanging around for 45 minutes for the next bus, so I rang the bike shop to see what time they closed. 6pm eh? Righteo.
Pulled my bike out from under the stairwell (where it's been patiently waiting since my little stack) just when Alex phoned to see where I was as he'd just come home. I told him I was taking my bike to uni (where my bike shop is) as we arranged to meet there to have Pizza Caffe
for dinner. My old uni has this awesome little eatery attached to an independent cinema. They do divine pizzas: wafer thin, feather-light bases withjust a few toppings to really let the flavours shine. Wonderful creations unlike anything you'll find at Dominoes.
So I got to uni, coasting down the hills and walking the rest of the way and put my bike in for repairs. Just as I'd finished with that, Alex came walking around the corner and found me. We went to the cafe and I bought us some drinks while Alex got his parking permit sorted. Chatting with the guy behind the counter, he assumed we were here to see the free movie they were showing tonight. Huh? Turned out to be a special preview of Howl's Moving Castle
!! For those who haven't heard of it, it's the new movie by Japanese director Hayao Moyazaki: the genious behind "Spirited Away" and (my favourite) "My Neighbour Totoro". Wow! We'd been wanting to check this film out! Not all that surprising assumption we knew about it, considering I was wearing my Astro Boy shirt and Alex was in his Neon Genesis Evangelion T (total coincidence, mind you).
So I sent Alex off to the box office to check out what was going on, but he came back with the bad news that entry was for people with passes only and there were none left. I was a little disappointed, but not too much as I was pretty tired and had only planned on grabbing dinner and going home. So we ordered our pizzas and found a quiet corner to wait for our meal. After 10 minutes or so of chatting to ourselves, a woman at the next table turned around and asked us if we were going to see the movie. We replied in the negatory, and how we were disappointed we were going to miss it. So she then asks us if we would like a double pass!!!
So after expressing profuse gratitude, we grasped our miraculous ticket and just kind of "squeee!"ed for a bit. We raced back up to the cafe and asked them to please hold our pizzas until the end of the film (they're part of the cinema business and will do this all the time), then went to pass the fifteen minutes until the doors were to open. We were surrounded by a real mix of IT guys, middle-aged couples, frightenenly ordinary looking people and the odd Asian student. I think I squee'd some more while we were waiting, and then they let us in and we managed to get good seats up in the middle section.
The film was great. Another wonderful Miyzaki tale. Highly recommended for anyone who likes Anime, fantasy stories, cuteness and feeling good. =) It's not normal Anime weirdness either, more a fairy tale for all ages.
And to top of a beautiful movie, our pizzas came out of the oven just as we got back to the cafe, so we munched them down and made it home by 9pm (just as they were setting up the roadworks. Meh). Now I'm washign down the pizza with some weak Jasmine tea and it's off to bed for this charmed girl and her lucky boy. ;-)