Monday doctor; Hero Sushi for dinner (it met expectations - it disappointed).

Garema Place in colour

Garema Place in colour

Tuesday continued photo culling.  I managed two days all week.  It's fricken hard work.

Misty lake

Wednesday was KFC for lunch (tradition).  Ate it while listening to an AWS guy deep dive into some stuff, so most of it went over my head, and I was stuck there for two hours which my legs really didn't appreciate.  Then had to deal with people blaming the firewall for blocking stuff.  Sure it's blocking stuff, but only because they upgraded their application, not because we changed the rules.  Went and shared some bubbles with Neil which was nice.

Birthday bubbles

Then to Bella Vista with the sweetie.

Had Assagini for entree - a mixed seafood platter consisting of calamari, scallops, prawns, San Danielle prosciutto and an avaocado and tomato salsa

Bella Vista assagini

Stu had Gnocchi with gorgonzola dolce cheese

Bella Vista gnocchi

I had bistecca: wagyu sirloin, creamy mash, prawns, spinach, green beans, pancetta, garlic butter sauce.

Bella Vista bistecca

All very nice.

Birthday selfie

Saw this on Thursday.  Driven by quality.

Driven by quality

Friday morning I drove myself up to Sydney.  Had lunch with Mum at the village - lamb roast.

Village roast lamb

Then off to the funeral.  Actually the thanksgiving memorial - the private funeral was in the morning.  It actually went for quite a long time - an hour and a half.  They used a whole heap of photos of Mum's that I'd scanned in recent years and sent them all through to Chrissie to pass on (they didn't have access to the house to get any of their own photos).  Saw quite a few people that I knew from years past, even Kristen from school and Joe W and Michael S so that was nice.  

Funeral flowers

Schoolies

Chrissie and I completely geeked out and went and stood in the hall of the church where we met thirty years and a couple of weeks ago.

Where Chrissie and I met

Hung around til almost the end before Joe gave us a lift back to Mum's (we took the train earlier because we figured we'd have to walk about the same distance as if we drove).  Stopped in at South Village to have a look.

South Village

South Village

Back at Mum's I had a quiet toast to Diana and Graham.

Cheers Aunty Di

Then we played Rummy Tiles, which Mum and Diana played every Friday night for years.

Rummy tiles

Saturday morning Mum and I looked at dates and travel options for our trip next year.  Then I headed off.

Met up with Kit in Dapto so she could look at a horse she was interested in buying.  She had a decent long ride and I took a whole heap of video for her to get an idea of whether she wants to buy or not (by today she'd decided not to - the horse was an old pacer so wouldn't canter).  I even had a little ride (my phone went a bit spastic so it was very dark and unsaturated, no idea what that was about, fixed up somewhat but not ideal).

Kit on Walter

Me on Walter

Stu wanted gnocchi bake for dinner, so went to Chris's for supplies and did it.  Then we watched Moonraker.

Today I spent most of the morning trying to catch up housework.  Did some food shopping and finally got to go see takoyaki man!  The guy makes actual takoyaki, although he'd run out of octopus by the time we got there late morning, so we just had pork.  Next time we go earlier!

Takoyaki at Jamison

Takoyaki at Jamison

Takoyaki at Jamison

This afternoon I thought I'd book flights.  Sounds simple.  Four legs, which I put into Qantas' site.  But every time I got to a certain point (confirming passenger details) it gave this friendly error:

Generic error

WHICH IS COMPLETELY F#$^ING USELESS QANTAS!!

So I got onto their chat line (took about thirty five minutes to talk to someone) and they spent a good twenty minutes trying to reproduce the problem ("I'm also having the same error in the website. Let me check this in our system").  Eventually he says "I have checked and the reason why you're unable to proceed online is that there is no combinable fares for a Multi City trip."  Which really doesn't help me much.  After a few repeats of "I don't understand" it seems that the cities don't actually link up in the middle.  Because it's Europe.  Who goes back to where they came from anyway?  So I wasn't going to be able to book it via the website.  Qantas is completely pathetic.  If this sort of itinerary is going to cause an error, why don't they say that before I move off the very first page?  Why lead me through another couple of pages before throwing up a Generic Error that doesn't actually tell me what's wrong?  Sigh.  So anyway, for an extra $200 he put it through manually, although after all was said and done, I got an email saying there was a problem with payment and I have to call them anyway.  Fricken great.  Maybe tomorrow.

Anyway so dinner was an hour later than I wanted because I spent so long dealing with Qantas.  Watched Brooklyn 99 and Veronica Mars (they keep bringing back characters that I've forgotten about so have to go look them up, and other characters that I *do* remember, like Leo and Vinnie and Weevil :) ).

Crazy week.  And two weeks in a row without a proper weekend.  Really must take another random day off..

Still in Shock

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Tuesday got the shock news that Aunty Di and Uncle Graham had been murdered, apparently by their son.  I went over to Chrissie's Tuesday night and we shared some wine and just tried to process.

Wednesday night I got off the bus where Tony gets off and we walked up the hill.  I finally had a look inside the little library, which turns out to be in an old dishwasher!  Picked up three James Bond books.  Cooked tacos for dinner, which turned out quite well, but we ended up eating too much.

Taco Wednesday

Thursday and Friday I had training which was pretty intense.

Thursday I was sick of pizza (we had it on Tuesday night at Chrissie's).  We ended up having leftovers.  Hurrah.  I watched You've Got Mail.

Kettle Greek style chips

Friday had pizza (hey, it was a different sort) at Pizza Artigiana, and did some food shopping.

Pizza Artigiana puttanesca and quattro formaggio pizzas

Saturday morning it snowed.

!!

Then we headed out to the club.  I did jigsaw while the meeting was on, then we had lunch with EffanC at the Lake George Hotel.  We didn't tempt fate (they wouldn't let me) to see if they could get the crackling on the pork belly right this time.  Instead we got a meal each, but could have easily done just two meals and shared.  The servings were huge.  Most of us conceded defeat and I took all the leftovers away in containers.

Lake George rib stack

In the afternoon I measured all the windows for curtains, and did a little photo culling.  Had the fire going which made the cabin all nice and toasty warm.  Talked to the mother type person and the brother type person in the evening and had leftovers from lunch for dinner.

Cabin fire heater

Anyone care to guess what this is?

Abstract art

There was more snow overnight, still visible this morning.

Canberra snow

Canberra snow

The house was cold when we got home and my feet never warmed up.  At all.  All day.  They are still cold.

Started going through a book Doc gave me a while ago, gathering questions for our next trivia night.  Other than doing some washing, that's all I managed to achieve all day.  Watched The Terminal in the afteroon/evening.  Stu cooked a dal for dinner and we watched a Veronica Mars.

Bit of a crazy intense week.  

I first met Aunty Di and Uncle Graham when our family started going to St Clements thirty years ago in 1989.  Although at the time they were just plain Diana and Graham.  It was only when Chrissie came back from New Zealand in the middle of 1989 that they became known as Aunty and Uncle.

They became good friends of the family.  My parents would often play cards/games with them, and they went on multitudes of church bushwalks and weekends away together.  

In recent years I saw them at various parental type birthdays, and several times when they came down to visit Chrissie.

Graham and Diana on their 25th Wedding Anniversary
Graham and Diana celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary

Diana, Dad and Graham about to walk across the new Woronora Bridge
Diana, Dad and Graham about to walk across the new Woronora Bridge

Graham and Diana with Dad and Mum at Sydney Aquarium
Graham and Diana with Dad and Mum at Sydney Aquarium

Bushwalking group walk to Nellies Glen in Blue Mountains.  Graham and Diana, Dad, Jeff Anderson, Garry Le Clerc
Bushwalking group walk to Nellies Glen in Blue Mountains.  Graham and Diana, Dad, Jeff Anderson, Garry Le Clerc

Diana and Graham celebrating Mum's birthday at Sizzler
Diana and Graham celebrating Mum's birthday at Sizzler

Diana and Graham celebrating Dad's birthday at Tradies
Diana and Graham celebrating Dad's birthday at Tradies

Graham and Diana celebrating Mum's birthday at Tradies
Graham and Diana celebrating Mum's birthday at Tradies

Diana and Graham at our wedding
Diana and Graham at our wedding

Graham and Diana celebrating Mum's birthday at Tradies
Graham and Diana celebrating Mum's birthday at Tradies

So we were all in utter shock and disbelief yesterday.

See you in heaven guys...

Monday we worked through my firewall issue from Friday and figured out it was a bug in their (second) latest code.  Do vendors not *test* their $#!+ anymore???  (this is in addition to our proxy vendors admitting to a bug in *their* latest code this week as well.  Completely hopeless).  In the evening there was a massive white tail spider in the middle of the hall.  And then when I opened the door next to it to see if there were any more, the handle fell off.  I might have actually screamed at that.  My heart couldn't take two shocks like that!

Tuesday we had a lovely dinner at EffanC's - beef stroganoff.  Great to catch up with them after their holiday.

EffanC stroganoff

Celeste

And I finished Candy Crush.

!!

Well, until they released 30 more new levels later in the week.

Wednesday I was going to split up my backups, so brought home the two 2T drives.  But one of them hadn't been used in a while, so there was a lot of copying to do so it took all evening.  Didn't get to do the other disk, but it was done fairly recently.  Now have to rework the schedule.  

Thursday I watched some of Hans Zimmer in Prague which was kinda cool.  Except for the I whip my hair back and forth cellist, she was pretty annoying.  A lot of his soundtracks sound quite similar.  But he actually talked to audience and played multiple instruments and seemed like he was having a great time.  Cool stuff.  Later had a drink with Kit and Pete and lost a game of Kismet.

Friday I got stitched up at 54 Benjamin.  They kindly split our bill, but unfortunately charged me for someone else's lunch (either Dave or Connor's) which meant I paid $5 more than I should have :(  (Connor gave me some money just in case it was him which was nice of him).  Two expensive Friday lunches in a row.  I think I've done my dash there for the time being.

54 Benjamin pork soup

54 Benjamin Korean Fried Chicken

I got home tired and cranky from a crazy exhausting afternoon.  Had leftovers for dinner and watched Sixteen Candles, which I think I saw when I was in high school and not again since.

Winter flowers

Saturday I was at work all day doing upgrades.  In the evening we watched the start of the newest season of Veronica Mars (!!!!) and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Today I chugged my way through my todo list, achieving quite a lot.  Also did some food shopping.  And created my first S3 Bucket.  Cooked a carbonara gnocchi from the Women's Weekly Gratins and Bakes book I've had for years but never used.  And made some meringues with the leftover egg whites.  And more Veronica Mars.

Meringues

Meringues

A long time ago, we used to be friends..

Wednesday's Big Bang Theory had the first instances of three knocks Penny, and Thursday's had the first Soft Kitty.  Although I'm surprised the Roomate Agreement didn't come up in another episode I saw this week where Penny wanted to stay over.  Also into season four of Brooklyn 99.

Also Thursday was the vomit pizza. Again.

Vomit pizza redux

Friday had a very nice pork soup with Connor at 54 Benjamin.

54 Benjamin pork soup

Then had a super frustrating afternoon fighting with one of our firewalls which was being retarded.  Didn't get to do all the changes I wanted to do because it was being a big poo.

Had dinner with the sweetie at Alice's - crying duck salad and pork larb.

Alice's crying duck salad

Alice's pork larb

Then did all the food shopping for the club Christmas in July.

Saturday morning we went to pick up the pork for dinner.  Now last weekend I asked if I could book some pork but the dude said two four kilo pork shoulders wouldn't be a problem they'd always have them.  So I went in yesterday and asked, and another dude was all like, well I only have this 3.3kg one, and oh I guess there's also this 5kg one out the back.  And I'm like, no that won't work, I can't cook a 3kg and a 5kg one it'll stuff up all the cooking times.  But Stu was trying to avoid confrontation and I really really didn't want the hassle of such different sized cuts and wanted to go somewhere else and OMFG it was so stressful.  In the end we got the 3.3kg one and the bigger one cut down to 4.2kg.  I was still PISSED though.  Wish I'd gone somewhere else.  So my happy mood turned into crankiness for the morning.

Got out to the club and then had the usual hassle of telling people no I really don't want any help right now.  I appreciate the offers, really I do, but having extra people in the kitchen actually just stresses me out.  It's only in the last half hour that I really need any help.  Until then it's like, well you can go decorate the hall if you like.  Anyway.  It all went pretty smoothly (the 3.3kg pork was somewhat overdone, even though I took it out half an hour earlier than the other one.  And the turkey rolls got slightly burnt on the bottom by the bbq as well.  People really liked the salad I made from a recipe out of this month's Coles magazine).  About 45 people all up.

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Today was pretty quiet.  Tidied my desk and did a few bits and pieces.  Stumpy was being a bit spuddy.

Spuddy Stumpy

Watched an episode of BBT late in season 1 where they talked about trying to get "the girl from Blossom who is actually a neuroscientist" to join their trivia team, which cracked me up.  I wonder if they knew at that point (a full two seasons before Mayim Bialik first appeared on the show) that she'd ever join the cast.  Were they talking to her about it at an earlier point?  Pretty cool anyway.  

Cooked potato bake for dinner, and watched the last two episodes of season 7 of Homeland.

In February 1968 my Mum flew on this little plane to Tasmania for a holiday with a group of friends, travelling around Youth Hostels on the island.

This photo was taken by her in Launceston.

VH-RMQ in Launceston

Ten months later the wing broke off due to metal fatigue caused by a maintenance error and it crashed near Port Headland killing all aboard.

That metal crack had been forming for several years.  My Mum could just as easily have been killed in a crash on that plane!

Quite a sobering moment really...

Not from where I'm standing...

Last Tuesday I had lunch with Chrissie (second week in a row actually).  Zac came along this time as well - omfg his voice broke since I last saw him.  Got down to 383 photos left to label.

Wednesday was Doc's farewell.  Sad that he's leaving.  Nice afternoon with all the boys though.

Thursday I wanted vomit pizza, so the sweetie made one up.

Vomit pizza

Friday had a drink with the sweetie then walked past Wintervention.

Wintervention

Wintervention

Wintervention

Do I look like I have a crown of lights?

Golden crown

Saturday morning we did our food shopping in the morning so the sweetie could get the slow cooker on at lunch time.  I did housey stuff and picked Death Star Lego. 

Stumpy closeup

The roganjosh the sweetie cooked turned out quite nicely.

Lamb roganjosh

In the evening we watched The Man with the Golden Gun.  So sad seeing the wreck of the Queen Elizabeth (the only Cunard Queen I've never actually seen, and never will see).

Queen Elizabeth wreck

Queen Elizabeth wreck

Queen Elizabeth wreck

Sunday was nice and quiet.  Didn't really get a whole lot done though.  In the evening went over to R&F's for lamb roast and chatting which was lovely.

Lamb roast

Monday I cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner.  Continued on the photo labelling but forgot to blog.

Tuesday I cooked okonomiyaki for dinner, and did a trial run of some turkey, cranberry and camembert scrolls.  Ok but a little bland.

Okonomiyaki

Turkey cranberry scrolls

And then. Then!  I finished labelling our last holiday photos!!!!  All 10522 of them.  It took me six months.

hrmmmmm

Next the mission will be to finish selecting some for the blog.  And then figure out the best way to get them online.  At this stage I'm thinking an Amazon bucket with the html on this site.

I was too exhausted to blog last night.

Tonight I had another go at the turkey scrolls (the recipe made a batch that did four sheets of puff pastry, but I only used a quarter of the mix and one sheet last night).  To the next quarter of the mixture I added some salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a little bit of shredded cheese.  They were somewhat better but still not like the awesomeness of the vegemite and cheese or pizza scrolls.

Trash

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Have a look at this trash I saw in a newsagent the other week.

So here we have one magazine saying Harry and Meghan are pregnant again.  And right next to it other one says they've split.  One of these magazines said they had split months ago.  Do they just make this stuff up?  I think they might be referring to a split from William and Kate's charity foundation.  But that's not what it looks like there.

Trashy magazines

Now have a look closer the the covers.  Both have a picture of Fifi Box and her new baby.  One of them thought they could just reverse the picture like noone would notice.

Trashy magazines Trashy magazines

And then there's this.  I don't know about you, but I remember seeing the first pictures of Suri as a baby and thinking she looked *exactly* like Tom Cruise.

Trashy magazines

I can't believe people actually buy those magazines.  They're utter trash.  I feel dirty even just looking at them.

Monday night the sweetie was home so he cooked dinner - salmon with a tartare sauce he made himself.  Very nice and very much appreciated.

Sweetie's salmon

After dinner and photo labelling I wanted to have some *fun* with Vic's Lego (after it all just being work so far).  So I started on the Cinderella Castle, because it was almost complete (likely because girls take better care of their things than boys do).  The palette sure is different to boys Lego too.

Girls Lego palette

Tuesday lunch had lunch with Chrissie which was nice, although fairly brief.

Tuesday the sweetie was home but he didn't cook dinner.  We had leftovers.  

Then I finished the castle.

Cinderella's Romantic Castle

Cinderella's Romantic Castle

Wednesday the sweetie was home but he didn't cook dinner.  We had pizza delivered. 

Instead of photo labelling I spent all evening typing up all the notes from the last chat Kit and I had had about the wedding.  

Thursday we were going to go to Dumpling Inn with Hannah and Rita, but someone had the idea we should try Pizza Artigiana.  So we did that.  We had three very nice (and very thin!) pizzas - Patate e Salciccia - PAOLA - thinly sliced potatoes with mozzarella, Italian pork sausage (I think they forgot that ingredient) and thyme ($20); Quattro Formaggi - SANDRA - mozzarella, provolne, gorgonzola, and shaved pecorino ($20); Prosciutto Crudo - AMBRA - tomato base, prosciutto, mozzarella, rocket, parmesan and balsamic vinegar ($21).

Pizza Artigiana pizzas

And a nice Rocket and parmesan salad - rocket lettuce with shaved parmesan and a balsamic vinegar and virgin olive oil dressing ($10).

Pizza Artigiana rocket salad

And we might have gotten the nutella pizza (which I don't think is on the menu).  

Pizza Artigiana nutella pizza

Friday I took a random day off, so used that do a bit of houseworky stuff, and then get ready to go down to the coast.

It was crazy windy on the drive.  All the wind turbines at Tarago were shut down.  I was a bit nervous about a tree branch falling on the car (and we did have to round a small tree partially blocking the road).  (edit: a father and son died when a tree fell on their car in Victoria on Sunday night :( )

Oallen Ford Road trees

Had dinner and just chatted when we got there. 

Pete has a new fish tank with nine neon tetras (Clone 1-9), six male guppies (red spotty tail 1 and 2, yellow spotty tail 1 and 2, blue and grey 1 and 2) and a sucking catfish (Dyson).

Pete's fish tank

And Petal was very excited to see us.

Excited Petal

Kit has a new snake.  She wants to call it Richard.  Pete wants to call it Monty.

Richard snake

And three of these are still going something like eighteen years later..

Sparky

Saturday morning was more animal stuff.

Vicki excited

Chickingtons

Bacon nose

Then we headed out to have a look at the wedding venue and ask questions and take notes.

Testing the venue

Had lunch at the Australian Hotel in Nowra.  $10 for quite a nice steak (better than the Rashay's $5 ones).

Australian Hotel steak

Then we all went to the zoo.  It was still crazy windy.  I'll save that for another post.

Bridge over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra

Pete made pizzas for dinner (epic thick with toppings heh)

Pete making pizza

Pete's pizzas

Chatted and played a game of Kismet (I won, somehow).

Sunday morning I showed Kit the bridesmaids dress.  We debated the best way to fix the problems with it.

Then I sat down and went through the wedding planning notes with them.  Well I tried to.  I'd been wanting to do it all weekend but getting the two of them to pay attention for more than thirty seconds at a time was like trying to herd cats.  Super frustrating.  So we left a lot later than we'd planned to, and just got chips and snacks at the servo for a very late lunch.

Got home and the house was freezing (10C when we got home, minimum of 6C).  Had chicken kiev for dinner and super stressed out by Apple.

Tonight I caught up on last week's photo labelling, as well as getting a good head start on this week's.  Was in a completely different mental state and was able to process all my photos from the past week.  I was so stressed out last night my brain couldn't *see* what I was doing.  Blinded by rage???  

So no movies at all this week.  Just a lot of feeling cold.  And a lot of pizza.  And a (mostly) nice weekend away.

So I pretty much always get depressed on Sunday nights.  But throw into the mix the fact that APPLE SUX and everything just becomes too hard.  Apple is STILL so buggy I can't download timelapse movie files off my phone with Windows Explorer.  I first noticed this when I first started taking timelapse movies using the inbuilt iOS feature.  If you try to copy the video file it says "a device attached the system is not functioning" and you have to reboot the phone just have another go at getting the *rest* of the files off.

This happened at least last year and I ranted long and hard about it, and the fact that the only way I could get the files off my phone at all was with iCloud.  But do you think I can find that rant?  Or even the movies I took?

No.

Because I suck.  And Apple sux.

No blog for you.

Edit: found the movies.  They were taken at the end of 2017 on my old iPhone. So this bug has persisted on two different phones with multiple versions of iOS.  Does this company actually care at all about people like me?  Guess not.

Edit again:  Actually I don't think I could use iCloud.  I just tried again and now I remember I had problems with that too - I get "Can't play - This item was encoded in a format that's not supported.  0xc00d5212".  Maybe I sent it via email.. which was ok for smaller files but was problematic for bigger files.  I wish I could find that rant and my solution :(

Edit again:  Ok so yeah emailing the file worked (for this file because it was small enough).  I think for larger ones I had to use this "fix" (not a fix at all because from memory it left the JPGs in some weird format, so I basically had to set this setting, get the files, then turn the setting back again).

I hate Apple So. Much.

I've just wasted a good chunk of my evening wasting time because of Apple's CRAP.  I should have just gotten an Android.

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