So there's been trivia nights (that I ran), balls (that I had to organise/prepare for), work, holidays to plan, holidays to sort photos for, and two trips to Sydney for good measure.  We've Freecycled *heaps* of stuff, and I've brought two carloads of stuff back to Canberra for people that wanted things here.  I've barely been at home the past two months.  Ingress and exercise suffered most.  And my flex time - been in the red for a month and struggling to stay afloat.  I have a tonne of pics I want to upload.  One day...  

Here's one though, a spiny-leaf stick insect.. soo cute!

Spiny leaf stick insect

Halloween Ball

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As usual, I'm amazed at the effort that goes into these things.

Work ball

Work ball

Raining Cats and Dogs

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Batman and a witch

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Olaf!

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Entree was a choice of pork belly (very yummy, I tried a bit of Stu's)

Work ball

Or smoked cutlets (which had a nice smokey flavour but weren't really hot enough)

Work ball

Mains was scotch fillet (which I didn't get to try)

Work ball

Or chicken, which was nice enough, and the veggies had a little bit of a spice kick

Work ball

Dessert was either soft-set meringue

Work ball

Or passionfruit tart, which was very nice

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I don't think I looked particularly Elsa-like

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Turns out the lead singer of the band is from our work as well!

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Louise totally channelled Anna the whole night (sadly I didn't get any good photos of her dancing)

Work ball

zOMG even Neil danced!  Must have been about the first time ever ;)

Work ball

Work ball

The light made my train look pretty cool

Work ball

All in all a great, if expensive! night

Yeah so I spent over $500 on the night.  It was fun though :)

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Someone really needs to teach Doc how to frame a photo..

Elsa and Anna

Elsa and Anna

Priceless

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Tickets: $220
Dress: $50
Shape wear: $12
Shoes: $8
Hair pins: $14.32
Olaf: $24
Strapless bra: $89.95
Blonde hairspray: $19.90
Chocolates for Lizzi: $15
Makeup: $80.08
Star: $2
Taxi fares: $62.26

Mesmerising a group of little girls while dressed as Disney Princesses/Queens: Priceless

Ball

Opal

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So Opal is now the primary transport ticketing system in Sydney now.  Our friend Jo was forced to start using it last week and was quite shocked at how much more expensive it is for her.

For me, as a mostly casual user (I was using it three days a week) it worked out slightly cheaper and definitely more convenient.  But that was only because I wasn't buying weekly tickets (which were a bit over $40 at the time).  A weekly ticket would give you the equivalent of four days, with the fifth day "free", starting from whenever you purchased the ticket.  

Now with Opal that works the same way, except that it's only a Monday to Friday thing (correct me if I'm wrong).  Last week I went to Sydney and started commuting on a Thursday, finishing on a Wednesday.  If I'd been able to buy a weekly, it'd have cost me the bit over $40.  With Opal, the fifth day never kicked in, so would have cost me nearly $50.  

The only reason it didn't was because I took advantage of the fact that if you tap on before 7am you get a pretty big discount ($3.29 instead of $4.70) - something that you couldn't do before until after 9am.

So all in all I'm pretty much breaking even with the old system, or getting it a little cheaper.  But the convenience of not having to buy tickets every day is definitely a plus.

Suicide is Painless?

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I don't know, and mum's attempt this morning failed ..

Suicide snip

Yah so cutting ends off cables for copper recycling and she chopped one that was still plugged in and turned on.  And the snippers didn't have any sort of insulation on them.  A flash and a bang and she's darned lucky to be alive right now is all I'm saying (she's completely fine, didn't feel a thing, not even a tingle).  My heart felt a little jittery for the rest of the morning contemplating what could have been.

So spent most of the weekend organising and chucking and photographing and sorting and cleaning and getting exhausted.  Gave up at 7pm last night with a tv dinner and Toy Story.

This afternoon Ken and Jeanine came over and helped enormously by cleaning and working through a list of todos that mum had.  Made a huge difference.  I also went over to Lizzi's to get a dress taken up.  Had yummy roast pork for dinner.

Please Take Stuff!

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I talked to the little brother last night.  And I thought *I* was stressed about everything.  Not only does he have mum's house to worry about getting stuff out of, but a close friend of his has decided to sell his house as well.  Note this friend keeps an entire railway museum in his house, and so it's in a much worse state of clutter than this place.  And David can't get away from work to be able to actually spend any time here so he's not in a good way.

Meanwhile I'm just depressed about the whole thing.  I was counting on having many more months to take my time to try and find new owners for things rather than seeing the whole lot just thrown out, but that idea has gone out the window.  

Mum on the other hand is all excited about moving to a new place and wants to sell this house as soon as possible and throw everything out and just go.

So she's happy, but we're in a mess.

Anyway, I've put up photos of everything we've documented so far - http://kazza.cia.com.au/freecycle-como/ and there is much more to come.  I've only had two responses on Freecycle, but at least they're going to take a couple of things..

Please pass this around and help me clear this place out by taking things (I can bring smaller stuff back to Canberra, but if you know people in Sydney please pass this on!)

Soldiering On

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Thursday: work drinks, then Amazing Race, not sure why but I'm *still* surprised how loud, tedious and *dumb* Americans are.  Do they not teach you how to tell which way is north in America?

Friday: Watched part of Leon with the sweetie, then Air Crash Investigations and the Bourne Ultimatum.

Saturday: Went to Kingston and Fyshwick with the sweetie and was successful in part of our shopping mission, but not all.  Went hard on the trivia night, got pretty much everything ready except the whole process of getting it into the slide show.  I tried, but I couldn't connect up the work laptop for some reason, and then I couldn't connect to webmail either because I couldn't remember my pin.  So had to abandon that idea.  So I went ahead and finished geotagging all my holiday photos.  Also finished watching Leon with the sweetie.  Quite a good movie, enjoyed it.

Sunday: Cleaned the kitchen and bathroom and started culling holiday photos.  Also went out with EffanC for C's birthday.  Pics soon.  Then back to their place to chill out and chat for the rest of the afternoon.  Quite a lovely afternoon.  Food shopping, then home and then watched Frozen.  Hoping I don't get hungry later, because I really haven't eaten much since lunch time..

Bombshell

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So you may remember that I've been freaking out the past few days about how busy I'm going to be for oh, you know, well til the end of the year.  On my calendar I have exactly one weekend where nothing has been planned, and that's the weekend before Christmas.

So you can imagine my delight finding out that the mother type person is planning to sell the house.  Like right now.  By Christmas.

Which leaves me exactly zero time to finish which would have taken probably at least another year's work in terms of sorting stuff out and either selling it or freecycling it.  Before Mum just gets a skip or five and chucks the whole lot out.

So now I'm studying my calendar trying to figure out what events I can drop, and what planning can be compressed into a half or a third the time I have available.  And what is going to need to give.  It'll probably be my holiday photo sorting.  I still haven't even *seen* most of my holiday photos.

Fun. Not.

Had a cleaning day today.  People will keep making mess, so I'll spend my life cleaning up after them .. hrmmm

Tony and Kiera convinced me to talk home with them.  Oops.  Did get a few new portals though.

Tonight I mostly geotagged photos (I've basically finished the Canon shots from the group tour).  But after you hit save on a day, you have about five to ten minutes where you can't do any more, so I used that time to work through some things on my todo list (mostly house cleaning type stuff heh).  If I can achieve as much as I did tonight *every* night then maybe I'll actually get everything done that I need to ...

Kazza's "Boring Life Of a Geek" aka BLOG

IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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