So I survived the entire winter without getting sick, only to get a cold mid-spring. Blerf.
OK so I didn't. I actually didn't do all that much at all.
But after a weekend of work, we have a new pool at the club.
Monday was just catching up on housework. Why does it never end? Why do we *always* have a messy kitchen/house??
Not that many jigsaws this quarter. Although I'm trying to work through ones I took from David's place a while back so can do them and get them out of the house.
This one is by a brand which I've done several jigsaws of. This is one that has a repeating pattern of 4x4, so sixteen shapes of pieces that repeat. So I spent a lot of time sorting all the pieces out into the sixteen piles.
Because just look at this thing. It's all brown and black. Sorting the pieces takes ages, but then putting them in is very quick.
This is one of my birthday presents from the sweetie. I've always said that gradients make jigsaws easy. I could do a whole jigsaw of just sky if there was a good enough gradient on it. So when I saw this a while back I wanted it. There's actually no two pieces the same colour (although some of the greens are very similar!). This was a super fun jigsaw and I finished it the morning after my birthday.
Then there's the three I did in Queensland
And this is another birthday present from the sweetie. A jigsaw of a jigsaw, by Mensa.
Again, luckily, a repeating pattern. So I spent forever sorting out all the pieces in to the sixteen kinds of pieces (different brand to the Colosseum, so the pieces a bit different, but similar idea).
These are the edges
Once sorted, and the middle was done, it meant that I could work in rows (or columns) and only had about fifty pieces to search through, rather than nine hundred or so. Worked well and went relatively quickly after that.
The fun thing about the Mensa jigsaw is that the other side of the jigsaw had a bunch of puzzles on it. This was super easy to do because each puzzle had a different colour ink. So it was simply a matter of sorting by colours, and putting together twelve small puzzles. And then solve the puzzles :)
This one of the Britannia had some funky shaped pieces
This jigsaw was pretty awful. The whole thing was out of focus, just blurry masses of white and grey and brown. And every piece is the same (default) shape so my heart sank somewhat when I opened the box. Fortunately though, you could pretty much tell which way up each piece went, which made it tolerable.
Last night after dinner, Doc came up for some gaming and Singstar. We all played Buzz for a while, then some Mario Kart. But during a race the picture on the tv fritzed out and died completely (still had audio). Even a full reboot didn't help. So then there was some drama with the other tv and cabling and consoles. In the end we just did Singstar using the limited collection of downloaded tracks that I have, so ran through those and then called it a night.
Haven't tried the tv again today, but now we have to go through the drama of either getting the current one fixed, or getting a new one. Blerf.
Today was just photo stuff, gardening stuff, pool stuff, shopping etc.
Wednesday I turned off our old proxies (finally). We'd had them for six years, and while I'm mostly happy to see the back of the pain they caused, it was still a little sad. Friday I completely cleared them out of the environment, so even if we turned them back on, they wouldn't work. Actually it was a mostly cleaning sort of a week.
Thursday night the little brother came to stay for a couple of days (training day at the museum on Saturday). We got pizzas and chillaxed.
Friday was a swim night (after I cooked a pasta carbonara for dinner, and the brother couldn't help himself - he had to mow our front lawn hehe - but even so, a whole lawn of flowers survived).
Saturday the little brother left. We did some shopping and had lunch out. In the afternoon we went out to the club for an Oktoberfest dinner which was nice. And the same couple who brought the lambs last time had brought two orphaned joeys this time. One was only just getting its fur, but the other was hopping around when not curled up in a towel pouch. He was so freakin cute, and also happy to be picked up and held. Too cute!
Today I've been alternating between re-typing dad's photo labels (he lost the files for the first thousand photos, fortunately there's still a hard copy), and cleaning out the pantry and spice/tea/coffee cupboard. They certainly look neater, but there's still a lot of stuff on the counter tops that I want to avoid putting back in the pantry if I can. Even if that means using it up. Which is a problem considering the salt content of most of it.
So I decided today to export all the blood pressure readings (and heart rate and weight) from the app I've been using for the past four years (iBP Tracker by Finger Taps). Turns out the export to email function doesn't actually work. Neither does the online backup option.
So I was forced to go through each day's entry and manually record it elsewhere.
I got through the past month, which is what I want to take to the doctor.
What a piece of crap. Guess what application I *won't* be using anymore.
Another thing I realised tonight is how much crap I have on my computer. At least twenty year's worth.
I did find this list of quotes (file was last saved 16.10.97) which I remember well..
Life is short and DNA is long
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all the evidence
An optimist: someone who hasn't been given all the facts yet
Friction is a drag
Very funny Scotty. Now beam up the clothes!
Recycle!! Today's garbage is tommorrow's world!
Marriage is grand. Divorce? 20 grand.
Marriage - it's not just a word, it's a sentence!
Hello? Constipation Hotline? Yes, I can hold...
Support mental health... or I'll *KILL* you
If you're 1 in a million, there's a thousand Chinese just like you.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Psychic midget escapes from prison... Small Medium at Large!
World to end at 10pm! Film at 11
Floggings will continue until morale improves.
Who tested Preperations A through G, and why??
9 out of 10 men who try CAMELs prefer women.
8 out of 10 people suffer from hemmorhoids. The other 2 enjoy them.
Who is All, and why does he get so much mail??
Who is General Failure, and why is he reading my drive??
Who is General Protection, and why does he always find fault??
Who is Joy, and why does everyone jump for her??
Who is Will, and why should I fire at him??
Warning : Breathing may be hazardous to your health!
Shin : device for finding furniture in the dark
Stick : A boomerang that doesn't work
No trespassing... prosecutors will be violated!
Warning : research causes cancer
Ok, I pulled the pin, now what? Hey, where are you going??
When I get bored, I beam myself back and forth - Worf
The only way to avoid temptation is to yield to it.
Today's subliminal message sponsered by : Ben Dover
Today's subliminal message sponsered by : Justin Hale
Today's subliminal message sponsered by : Mike Rotch
Despite the high cost of living, it still remains popular.
The world is like a kleenex.. you use it, then you throw it away.
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... no, it's a bird.
2 wrongs don't make a right, but 3 lefts do.
Tonight's forecast : darkness, followed by light.
In God we trust. All others require a credit check.
If practice makes perfect and noone's perfect, then why practice?
I really wanted to have a hanami party this year. Or at the very least have Nat and Andrew over. But with Stu's dad in town, uncertainty about when we'd be expected to do family stuff, and Stu having an assignment to work on, it was all just too hard.
But the tree was calling me. Really. It was actually humming.
So I got some beer and the sweetie and I had a couple late yesterday afternoon.
Pretty quiet week. Nothing particular of note.
Oh, we did have dinner at the Dumpling Inn for the first time since they were closed for so long.
And dinner with Stu's dad on Wednesday at The District.
Yeah so much for low sodium.
Friday I was depressed about food in general. Watched Tora Tora Tora with the sweetie. One of the better war movies from Dad's collection. He last watched it in March 2013 - around the time he was diagnosed with his brain tumour.
Saturday the sweetie worked on his assignment. I climbed mountains and did house and garden stuff.
In the afternoon we went over to Scott and Kerry's for a family gathering. Which was relatively pleasant.
Today was brunch with @phonakins who was in town for the weekend, and Helen and Sean (I think that was their names), internet friends of hers.
Then I did more garden stuff.
Did an instant lamb roast for dinner (roasted veggies with some leftover lamb that was in the freezer). And watched House and Frozen. Do you wanna build a snowman?
Oh also. My watch fricken died again. #grunt
This time I really did! But more on that later.
So it all started at drinks on Thursday night. Steve and Simon asked if I wanted to go to the snow on the weekend. I said sure, so long as my planned upgrade on Friday arvo went ok.
Well Friday arvo came along and my upgrade went badly. Really badly. Beg for help from *real* comms guys to help fix badly. But the worst part was knowing that Steve was waiting for me. I tried and tried and tried to get them to go without me, but they wouldn't so I just got more and more stressed. It was an awful awful night. Then I was so flustered I forgot the cable for my GPS, and I thought I'd left the Android at work, when turns out I'd actually left it at home. So I pretty much lost it. Fortunately the sweetie found the Android and was able to hack portals to keep my Sojourner badge going. Phew. But the GPS not being chargable really sucked. It did the whole first day and til about 10:30 the second. Sadmaking.
I was so stressed I couldn't eat anything on the way down Friday night, so I didn't actually have any dinner. I think I would have thrown it up if I'd tried. (and a very meat-heavy lunch certainly didn't help). Woke up about 1am hungry, but got through it.
We stayed at a guy from work's place. $30/night for an apartment in Jindabyne. Pretty awesome value. And I woke up naturally both mornings - much better than being woken up at 4am and being a zombie most of the morning.
So onto the snow.
It was very warm, and the snow was quite slushy in the morning, and even worse in the afternoon.
Day one we started at Front Valley, headed over to Mount P for a couple of runs, then I left the boys and did Pleasant Valley, then Guthega, then back to Blue Cow for lunch. After lunch we did Roller Coaster, up Ridge, Excelerator, then by myself again Summit, back across to Pleasant Valley, Copperhead Road, Pretty Valley, Interceptor, then back to Telemark and done for the day.
Olympic from Mount P
Riding the Mount P triple
Main ranges from near the top of Mount P
Riding the Pleasant Valley quad
Main ranges from Guthega
Milk and pie. Don't even talk to me about how much sodium is in that thing.
Day two we started at Smiggins, headed across via Interceptor to Roller Coaster, then I left the boys and went down to Guthega, back to Blue Cow, Pleasant Valley (the GPS conked out at this point), over to Mount P, back up and down the Quad Express. At this point I thought I'd aim for the top of Telemark to go down that way back to Smiggins (from Mid station), but I must have taken a wrong turn somehow I got stuck somewhere I really didn't want to be - possibly in Wine Glass. I got part way down and there was pretty much nowhere to go. I had to take my skis off to get down. Which really mucked around with my confidence. I trudged back to Smiggins and collapsed in the cafe for lunch. After three quarters of an hour I felt better again so did some runs in Smiggins while waiting for the boys to get back. Was there for well over an hour an a half waiting and doing the same few runs. Whoops.
I told you several times this view never gets old for me
Happy Valley from Mount P
A bit after three I found a nice spot under a tree to sit and watch the world go by. And I built a snowman. Only a little one. But kinda cute.
Taking a photo on my phone and the battery gave out and it turned off. hrmm no way to contact the boys. So cleared some space on random camera (it was full) and got some photos on it. Then headed down to see if I could find electricity, or at least wait at the bar. Turns out the boys had just gotten there, so that was good timing.
Went back to the apartment to tidy up and pack up, then came home.
Took ages to sort out the GPS tracks. I did fifty runs according to the Perisher dashboard. Day one I covered fifty five kilometres up and down. Day two nineteen kilometres before the battery died.
Fun times. But my everything hurts.
OK not really.
I've only finished scanning three of mum's photo albums. She has dozens more. But I've finished until she can come down with more for me to scan.
In the meantime, I'll start scanning the thousand photos of dad's that got lost somewhere along the line (which, considering how obsessed he was with backups, is very surprising).