So what else has been happening?
On Tuesday night we went and tried the bar under A. Baker. We had a beer each, which were local beers. As we were sitting there I noticed a Clonkilla wine on the shelves. So I asked the bar tender if all the drinks there were Australian (excepting maybe the spirits of course). But he said that the majority of drinks were in fact Australian - certainly the wines and beers, and where possible from near the Canberra region. Even a lot of the spirts were Australian, although they did have some imports for the Scotches and Tequila. We'll have to go back some time and sample some other stuff.
After a drink we met up with Stu's old friend Katie in Dickson for dinner. We got a selection of bits and pieces that included dumplings and pork buns and peking duck.
Last night we went with Neil to the "Mapping our World" exhibit at the National Library. It was good but a bit too crowded - really hard to get up close to read the info boards. And it probably should have been called "Mapping Australia" because that's what it mostly focussed on. It finished off with a lot of Captain Cook and Matthew Flinders' maps of Australia.
Then we came home and watched The Shipping News.
I had a terrible week for sleeping. Sunday/Monday/Tuesday I simply couldn't get to sleep and was a zombie most of the week. On Wednesday I was desperate and took everything in the house that might help me sleep, including magnesium, a "sleep" vitamin pill, a valdoxan and a shot of scotch. It had the desired effect and I got to sleep very quickly for once. Although I woke up at 5am. Sigh. Thursday night after drinks was also much better, although woke up at 4am with hurty so that ruined that. Last night I finally got a good night's sleep - getting to sleep early and waking up late.
This morning Lisa blogged an entry that contained pictures of Charlotte pretending to be on the phone, and wearing her high-heeled shoes. I said I was pretty sure every parent had photos like that.
Here was mine :)
On the weekend I made two lasagnas in two nights.
The first was one I got out of a cookbook I bought recently - a salmon and zucchini lasagna. It turned out quite well, and the sweetie wanted seconds.
The ingredients laid out
And measured out
Assembling - layers of pasta, zucchini, salmon, and a ricotta/green onion/mint/white sauce mix
A rather delicious meal!
On Sunday night I ad-libbed with the other half of the pasta sheets. There was mushroom and lamb mince and bacon and cream in the fridge, so I put it all together.
All the ingredients
So top left is boiling water to cook the pasta sheets in - for about 30 seconds - til they soften and absorb a bit of water. Only do this as you're about to put them into the dish otherwise they'll stick together.
Top right is the "white sauce". Not a true white sauce. I sauteed two large portabella mushrooms (chopped finely) in some butter, then added about 300mL of cream and 300mL of milk with about three teaspoons of corn flour to thicken it. Let that simmer gently for a while. Add some cheese for more thickness.
Bottom left is the meat sauce. 500g packet of lamb mince, browned, then added a tub of tomato paste and some water, and some mixed herbs. Add some cheese for more flavour.
Then layer (top to bottom):
Mozzarella cheese/tasty cheese
Bake for about half an hour
Oh my!! This thing was so amazing. But you might have noticed how much cheese I put into it - it was rather dripping in cheese fat. But maybe that's why it was soooo good!! :)
What's been happening.
At work I've been fighting a really weird network problem trying to figure out what the heck is going on and not getting anywhere.
Thursday night I watched Grease on tv. On Friday night we went to the Dumpling Inn for dinner then did our food shopping. Watched Se7en with the sweetie, although I was getting really tired by the end of it and was struggling to stay awake.
Saturday morning we went to Ellacure for breakfast. I had eggs benedict. Sadly the bacon was over cooked (is that even possible??) and the eggs a tad overdone too. Definitely not the best eggs benedict I've ever had. The waitresses were lovely and service was prompt, however the place was packed so it was forty minutes from arriving to getting our food.
Saturday night after dinner I went over to Kit's for drinks as she had a friend over. Stayed up a bit too late.
Today Potty and family came and picked me up and we all went out to the Hall Markets, which I'd never actually been to before.
Other than that, mostly jigsawing. Barely did any housework this weekend, although Stu achieved lots, so at least one of us had a productive weekend heh.
The jigsaw that is ..
The other jigsaw we've completed recently was this horrible thing TJ brought in. Took us weeks.
So over Christmas/New Year/January I had all of Jake's Lego to sort out and check for completeness.
First step was sorting out what was there. I left things assembled that looked like they belonged to a set, then sorted the rest of the pieces into tubs - bricks, plates, technic bits, wings, round bricks/plates, minifig gear, minifig weapons, wheels, misc bits, etc etc etc. I also separated out any "old" greys and browns from the new style colours so as not to mix them up. This all took several days.
Then I started building things. I started with smaller sets, thinking that I'd be more likely to complete them, and then only bigger sets would be missing pieces. This sort of worked, but Lego makes so many different sorts of pieces that even smaller sets could be missing odd pieces. So the building took several weeks, and when complete, it took up our entire dining table!
Impressive, huh! Seventy-eight sets, and four games (not shown). Twenty Star Wars sets, sixteen town sets, and a smattering of just about every other series of Lego (ok, so not really).
Then I dismantled it all, double checking as I went against Bricklink to make sure sets were complete, and photographing everything as well. Any missing parts were documented to be bought online if need be.
I returned it all in three goes - two lots of complete sets, and the last lot of incomplete sets.
So yeah, a super fun couple of months getting to play with heaps of Lego that I didn't have to pay for :)
On Saturday afternoon we went out to the club.
Backstepping a minute. On Wednesday during the storms, a mini tornado swept through the club area. Lots of trees were down around the club. Including one that had our neighbour's power cord strung up through. It pulled our power box out of the ground before the cable snapped.
Fortunately none of the caravans were damaged and our fridge (which we still haven't fixed) wasn't on.
But the cords holding our annex snapped, and the tarp flew away with tent poles still attached. They were flung in all directions, including one that impaled our neighbour's garbage bin through its lid - while underneath a pretty big awning. We have no idea how it did it. Again, fortunately, the tarp wasn't damaged, and all we'll need is some new guy ropes and we'll be set.
John had fixed everything up by the time we got there so that was good.
In the evening was a Valentine's night, yes, a week too late - oh well!
They even had these heart-shaped balloons.. although they kinda lost something when upside down ..
After dinner was charades which was a lot of fun. It was meant to be teams but somehow I switched tables somewhere in the middle. But since I won the majority of the games, they declared me the winner :) I shared the box of chocolates I got with everyone. We also had a raffle with two prizes. I had tickets B52-54. After someone won the first prize, I called out "B52!" to the person drawing the tickets - and freakishly, that's what they pulled out!! Couldn't have happened if I'd planned it! So won another box of chocolates :)
Had a decent day today - cleaning up MESS that will hopefully see results tomorrow. Plenty more to be done in that space.
Tonight did more washing and tidying and cooking and jigsawing and TV watching.
Last Sunday morning we headed home from Sydney with a car load of crap in tow. Caught up on housework/washing etc in the afternoon.
On Monday I finished packing up and inventoring Jake's Lego.
On Tuesday I suffered from major lack of sleep. We went to the Dumpling Inn for dinner (mixed chow mein and shredded beef peking style) then did our food shopping. Came home and dismantled most of the Star Destroyer (that had also been constructed at Christmas 2009) while watching TV.
On Tuesday night I still couldn't get to sleep, so Wednesday was more misery. Watched some pretty cool rainstorms out the window at work. When I got home however, there was a small stream of water going across the garage floor. Which would have been fine, except it intersected with my old desk that I've had for thirty five or so years, and the chipboard at the bottom all swelled up :(:(:( So that was pretty annoying. My parents still have the matching beds, and I still use the matching set of drawers. I was hoping to sell/give away the things as a set one day so that's a bit of a poo. In the evening it poured with rain again, so I collected a whole heap of it and put it in the pool.
Wednesday night I finished dismantling the Star Destroyer, and started the remaining section of my Life jigsaw.
Thursday night we got pizza and watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which I hadn't seen since I saw it at the movies in 2005.
On Friday a bunch of us got pork knuckles from Zierholz. Omigosh they were *huge*. I got through all the meat/crackling on mine (but only just) but didn't quite finish the sides. Pretty much everyone said the experience of it was good, but noone would really be interested in having it again - simply too much food. I reckon it'd go well shared between two people. I didn't have any dinner that night.
Friday night was more jigsawing while watching Angels and Demons, which I hadn't seen.
Saturday morning I cleaned the gutters and flushed the downpipes which were all completely clogged. Then we headed out to the club, but I'll leave that for another post.
Today was catching up on housework as well as doing more jigsaw and tv show catching up.
Friday night last week while I was still in Sydney, Stu came up from Canberra, and David came over too. Mum did a lamb roast - yum. We did some final checks on the reflections slide show and took it up to the church to test it out and make sure it'd work ok. We also put a good effort in to fix the letter box indicator light switch. We got pretty close - thinking we just needed a new reed switch to be all done.
Saturday morning was Dad's funeral. The church was *packed* - standing room only. The service went well and people laughed at the right places in my slide show. Sadness when the coffin was taken out. Was good to see people like Steve Bull and Peter Neve and Barry Smith, as well as various aunties/uncles/cousins and Chris and Jim as well. There was a light lunch in the hall afterwards which most people stayed for which was nice.
After the funeral, the family type peoples were all invited back to Mum's for a continuation of the wake, and so they could all go through the workshop and garage to see if there was anything they wanted from Dad's hoard. Some people took a few things which was good. Then we toasted Dad, somewhat ironically since he was a teetotaller, and some of us proceeded to get quite merry. We got some chinese for dinner, including Dad's favourite - lemon chicken. David had another go at fixing the letter box, but while the reed switch worked, there was still another issue with the wiring he couldn't sort out. Next time!
Mum got seven large bunches of flowers during the week, which made it look like she was opening a florists shop!
So goodbye Dad, will see you again in heaven!