Friday night the sweetie and I watched Airport (finally) and then finished Diablo.
Saturday morning we went to Black Pepper for breakfast, then did a large food shop.
After lunch we headed out to the club. Had a swim and then joined the Christmas party. There was a secret santa after dinner that went a lot longer than expected as people fought over a picture frame and two envelopes with $10 in them. The ginger bread mini village I'd brought wasn't well received, so I swapped it with the person that got it, and so now I have a village *and* a train to make :) Had a sauna as well, but I'm still not convinced by them.
Sunday morning we helped Andrew repair some of his roof and had another swim.
On the way home we stopped at Potty's and the whole family came over. Stayed there for a while before coming home to cook our roast pork. The crackling was up there with the best I've ever done, but the meat was a little over cooked.
Standard week so far - work, insomnia, jigsaws, photo sorting.
So Sunday morning I woke up early a few times but forced myself back to sleep.
Got up and did some testing, then went up to Sydney.
Saw dad, took him out for chips and a milkshake then came home for leftover roast lamb.
Did some more cleaning of the workshop on Sunday and Monday nights, and put up the Christmas tree on Tuesday night. I also moved a PVR into the study to digify the tv in there, and after establishing that an ancient set-top box remote didn't work, mum decided to buy a new smallish tv for the kitchen. So we set that up Wednesday night.
Also Wednesday went to Yum Cha with StuartCRyan and he brought along some colleagues so we could have more noms. Lots of noms. I didn't have dinner that night.
Then I came home.
Was completely immersed in the world of Harry until I chanced a look at my temperature guage on the Federal Highway around EPIC. It was very high. In the next kilometre or so it just kept rising. Didn't think I'd make it home without it going off the scale, so pulled over and let the car cool down for a while. Then gave it a drink and continued home without incident. The radiator was only just recently replaced, so might be related to that, but I really really don't want to go back to Melba Motors. But also only have a couple of weeks before I need it again for Sydney. Blah.
Realised today it's almost December. Where on earth did the year go??
So where we?
Last time I blogged it was Sunday night and I was saying I really should download my photos. Yeah I got around to doing that today.
Monday to Wednesday was a training course. Which was relatively easy.
Friday night we had Nat and Andrew over for dinner - pasta bake! We played a game of Geek Battle, but had more fun afterwards just reading the questions to each other. Then we played all 32 races of Mario Kart, which kept us going til nearly midnight, but the sweetie actually stayed up for the whole thing which was nice.
Today I cleaned the house. As you do. Did a bit of photo sorting. But the afternoon was spent in waiting for a call to go into work to do some testing. Except they had a problem with a storage system, so I still don't know what's happening .. The sweetie and I played Diablo for hours. I didn't even get to watch Airport, as I figured I'd more than likely get interrupted.
So the house has been a disaster this week. Got back from Hong Kong then turned around and headed back to Sydney. Got home Wednesday night and collapsed.
Thursday and Friday nights, rather than face the mess, I played Diablo with the sweetie.
So Saturday was full steam head cleaning the house and geotagging photos - I alternated between the two.
In fact I was planning on not going anywhere or do anything else all weekend. But after getting pretty much the whole house tidied up and some of the cleaning done, and a lot of geotagging done, I decided to meet the sweetie out at the club. There were quite a few ex members there for a pizza night - they'd all left en masse due to conflicts with another committee member. They were a nice group of people, hopefully they might come back one day.
This morning we came home again via breakfast at the Scottish Restaurant. Spent the afternoon geotagging (all the photos from the Canon and Random Camera are done now) and playing Candy Crush and also did the dusting and vacuuming.
Tonight we played some more Diablo before Elementary.
Still haven't downloaded any photos from the past week.. should really do that..
Last night I finished reading Airport by Arthur Hailey.
I love this book. I've read it before too. Before our holiday I wanted to read something I knew I'd enjoy while we were travelling, so took this. Sure enough it was a great read. I know the movie pretty well too, so had images from the movie in my head most of the book, and interesting to note the differences as well.
Might have to watch the movie this weekend :)
Solved a problem today that had been bugging me for weeks.
Except I was pretty depressed about it.
Because the solution was something I had suspected near the beginning, and had even investigated it, but had turned up nothing.
Obviously I'm a failure, because if I could do my job I *would* have actually discovered it weeks ago.
Had a long lunch with @StuartCRyan today. For the third time in a row we had Peking Duck, but Stu has been dieting and couldn't finish his fair share heh. So we're going to try for yum cha next time.
Finished cleaning off the work bench in the workshop tonight. Most of the stuff was put into "ewaste" boxes and cable boxes, with metal recycling, regular recycling and rubbish. Sooo many electronic *bits* !!
Had one night at home which gave me a chance to do two loads of washing.
Then headed out to the club on Friday after work. Stayed two nights, which is actually the first time I've ever done that. On Saturday afternoon I pulled all the utensils, crockery and glassware tubs out, cleaned them, sorted their contents and made labels for it all. Took pretty much all afternoon. Yipe. Sunday morning I finished the job by doing all the cutlery drawers.
Left for Sydney from there a bit before midday.
Went and visited Dad (he's much the same). Took him some hot chips. Also read him the $#!+ My Dad Says list that I've been working on - sayings and stuff that are distinctly him. He laughed at a few of them which was cool.
Mum did a lamb roast for dinner which was yummy, then we continued on with the workshop. Made pretty good progress on one of the work benches in the workshop. Pretty much cleared a whole surface.
Tonight (after a dinner of scotch fillet steak) we continued on and around the corner. Found papers dating back to 1976 - gardening and orchid stuff he was into years ago. And a lot of disgusting stuff hidden up the back which probably hasn't seen the light of day in twenty five years. And a piece of HO scale railway track. And unopened tools. And lots of duplicates of tools. We think he would lose things and then go and buy another one because the old one was buried. Silly really. Setup some boxes - one for screw drivers, one for pliers and cutters, and another for "small" tools. And another one for multimeters - at least four of the things.
A few trips ago I forgot pyjamas. This trip I forgot my phone charger and house keys. Fortunately someone at work has one, so didn't have to go out and buy a new one today.
Will get some photos into this post later in the week.
So you probably wouldn't have noticed the past week's silence, on account of I'm often silent for a week (although I usually try and catch up on the weekends), but we've just come home from a week in Hong Kong!
Here's the blog, without pictures. I'm going to get the pictures up pretty soon, as I want to show them to Dad in the next couple of weeks.
Last Saturday night was a halloween night at the club.
In the afternoon some of us went out bird watching.
We heard more birds than we saw, but did see some kangaroos.
Lots of cool decorations ..
Some cool costumes ..
And some yummy food ..
Last week I finished Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs - her second book and the third of hers I've read.
Again, a great read, but this time I was a little bit annoyed at all the coincidences and how everything tied together. Just seemed a little forced. But enjoyed the ride anyway.