Had a superb fish and chip lunch down on eastern beach with the kids on Tuesday, followed by a spot of shopping in Geelong and a side trip to Kyo to kick start my Christmas list.
Then had a delicious cafe lunch with friends on Thursday to celebrate a gal pals birthday and then had another lunch date with a friend at my house in Enfield today. Doing it hard people, really hard!
But without a doubt, the most exciting thing that has happened this week has been the realisation that we will be able to go to Bali over the January holidays for a week of sun, shopping and beach bumming luxury!
This is a most unexpected revelation, especially since Zoe and I ventured abroad in March to Thailand for my fortieth birthday which was a huge extravagance as it was. But when we factored in Zoe's coming YR 12 graduation, Craig and my 20th wedding anniversary in November, a trip to Phillip Island in January and a stay in Sydney for Easter that we had planned, well Bali actually turned out to the cheaper option. So it is back to holiday planning for me, which I love doing - and suddenly the Christmas break seems a whole lot more exciting than it did a week ago! Travel is certainly one of my deep passions, and I can't wait to hit the trails again.
Naturally I have also been heavily sating my lust for movies over the break and managed to catch a rather unusual, albeit enjoyable movie that would raise anyone's eyebrows.
Release Date: 2006
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 116 mins
Based on the 2002 memoir of American writer Augusten Burroughs, this incredibly deranged tale tells of Augusten's bizarre childhood and the trials that he faced being raised by his chain smoking, prescription drug addicted, aspiring poet mother Deirdre Burroughs.
After Augusten's drunkard father leaves the family home things go from weird to weirder in fast succession, in fact the events in this film are so weird that they defy reality completely. From the eccentric psychiatrist Dr Finch and his insanely dysfunctional family to the rantings of Augusten's clearly unhinged mother, it's difficult to believe that anyone could come out the other end with enough coherence to write their memoir. Exaggerated truth or mainly fiction? Hard to tell but it is entertaining viewing.
Annette Benning is beyond fabulous as Deirdre Burroughs and Brian Cox is stellar as Dr Finch, but a strong supporting cast in the form of Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Gwyneth Paltrow and Alec Baldwin really round out the utter insanity of it all.
FINAL SAY: Look out for the masterbatorium!
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