Goodbye Pookie

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So I've known Pookie (original name Bobby) the entire time I've known the sweetie (which is coming up on fourteen years!).  We haven't seen him in recent years though because he's been so far away.  But his time had come today.  He was nineteen years old!

Goodbye you sweet sooky cat.

Pookie

Sunday night we chatted to Kit for a bit when she got home from the wedding.  I was all ready for bed but it meant a bit of a late night.  Not too late though.

Monday we had to move desks.  Our areas were already struggling to get enough seats, and instead of giving us more like the original plan, they took desks away.  So our group got split up but we are closer to comms so that's ok.  Just such a mess.  So much stress.  Then we had seven SEVEN people from other locations come during the week so it was a seating crisis.  I felt anxious about it all week.

Tuesday was another team lunch at Chompy's.  This time I had the Motley Crue hotdog.

Chompy's Motley Crue

Also got a big bunch of herbs off Cath!

Cath's herbs

Thursday picked up pizza and saw this!  Not really one big pizza though, just four regular sized ones in a big box.

Domino's The Big One

Friday we went to Rashay's again.  This time I had the steak, because the others said they were pretty decent.  I asked for medium rare, and some of it was, but some was a bit overdone for my liking.  Still, I'm not complaining for $5!

Rashay's steak

Rashay's steak

Rashay's steak

This week I've been catching up on Lego Masters.  Have seen the first five episodes.  Some of the builds are amazing.  I wish they'd kick Kale off though, don't like him at all.

Friday had a drink with the Stus at the Waldorf, then went to dinner with the sweetie.  We were going to try Kimchi but there weren't going to be any seats for half an hour, so we went a couple of doors down to Tasting China instead.  Had a very nice (if somewhat expensive) meal.

Just a small sample!
All Canberra Bus Shelters, seen at Proframing

Peking duck
Tasting China Peking Duck

Chengdu Zhong dumplings - two chili rating, a tad spicy for me, but quite nice
Tasting China Chengdu Zhong Dumplings

Braised beef brisket - delicious, except for the chunks of fat, just not a fan if the chunks are too big
Tasting China Beef Brisket

Red fried rice - good but VERY expensive ($18 for small)
Tasting China Red Rice

Somewhat disturbing placemats..
Tasting China placemats

Saturday morning I made a caramel slice, and then we went over to EffanC's for a late lunch.  Quite a pleasant afternoon.

Caramel slice

BBQ

Salad

Rose

In the evening we watched Thunderball.

Today was just a nice quiet day doing house stuff and a lot of photo sorting and filing (although not much on the holiday photos, did get day 9 of our last trip online though).  Cooked a tomato bake using some of Cath's basil.  Watched some tv and suddenly it's the end of the weekend :(

Marie Kondo

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So after Easter we only needed to take three days off to have ten days in a row off.  Connor was cool with me doing that, so that's just what I did :)  (The sweetie had to go to work on the Friday).

The mission for the break was to attack some of the clutter around the house.  I made a very long list before the break, knowing that we wouldn't get anywhere near getting it all done.  

Day 1.  Lesson 1.  Clothes.

We actually did what they did on the show (I've only seen the Netflix show, although Stu has read the book) and pulled all of our clothes from both cupboards and put them on the bed.  The pile was pretty big, bigger than I thought it would be, but smaller than most of the people on the show.  Then we through it all.  Stu actually got rid of a *lot* of clothes.  I didn't get rid of much.  And there's a couple of things in the give away pile that I might take back.  Even though they don't fit.  Just because they're a bit sentimental.

My clothes laid out on the bed

All our clothes laid out on the bed

The To Donate pile

Bedroom cupboard before

Bedroom cupboard after

Spare bedroom cupboard before

Spare bedroom cupboard after

Day 2 I attacked the linen cupboard.  It was actually relatively neat already, but I did pull out a few things to give away, and tidy a little.  I still want to get a few tubs for linen that's not used very often, to slow down the silverfish.

Linen cupboard before

Linen cupboard after

Day 3 I went for the pantry.  This actually took a couple of days, doing a shelf at a time.

Pantry before

Pantry after

Then I ran out of steam.  And David and Kat came to stay haha.

I did get to the gardening corner of the garage on the Friday.

Gardening corner before

Gardening corner after

So still a lot I want to get done.  Just have to take the odd random day off here and there ;) 

Monday I went shoe shopping for Kit's wedding.  Needed to get the shoes before I ordered the dress to get the right heights.  Found a nice pair of silver shoes but they've got a bit of a heel which would hurt my feet so Kit said probably not best to use those.  I might keep them anyway as I can wear them for other things.  Got up to 4000 out of 10500 photos labelled from the last trip.  Also found out that Foursquare killed their RSS feed for my checkins back in March.  How the heck am I meant to get an offline backup of my history now?!?  Stu said I should try IFTTT to get it.  So I did.  About half a dozen clicks later I had IFTTT downloading each checkin to a Google docs spreadsheet.  So disturbingly easy and I didn't touch the keyboard in the whole process.

Tuesday I had another go at shoe shopping after Kit said she'd be happy if we all wore nice thongs.  I sent her pics of a few and saw one she liked so I bought a pair.  Only $15 w00t.  Stu was sick Tuesday and we might have had Kingsley's for dinner.  Whoops.  Made up a tomato sauce with a big bunch of Kit's tomatoes I defrosted on the weekend.

Thursday I went back to the shoe store and bought another two pairs of the thongs so all three bridesmaids will have the same shoes.

Bridesmaids shoes

Friday a bunch of us went to Rashays for their $5 lunch special (just for the month of May).  Great value that's for sure!

Rashays $5 calamari

But they are seriously trolling people with their serviettes!

Rashays serviette

In the evening we started on MacGyver season 2.

Kit had picked up keys during the day as she was up for Katie's sister's funeral (kid was only 12 :( ).  She got home after 1am.  We hadn't slept.  Yay.  I was just uncomfortable and restless.  Torture.  When Kit got home Stu poured us a small nightcap and we chatted to Kit for a while and helped her finish her Big Mac.  Even that didn't help much, and it was after 3am before I got to sleep :(  Woke up at 5am with a sore spine so struggled to get back to sleep.  So that was a fun night.  Not.

Saturday had a little bit of a sleep in.  Kit spent much of the day sleeping and doing uni work (pyjama day for the win!).  I did houseworky stuff and jigsaw.  In the evening I cooked a lasagna with the tomato sauce I made during the week and we watched a Netflix (Stan?) show on street food, this one on Singapore, and The Imitation Game.

Kit lasagna

This morning Kit and I had a long chat about wedding planning.  I even took notes haha.  Stu and I went out to for lunch and food shopping, and Kit went off to her friend Sophie's wedding.  

Saigon Street Food chili beef

She came back for a couple of hours between the ceremony and the reception so we mostly just chatted.  And there may have been cheese.  Other than that I was sorting photos - filing photos into more logical directories.  Some work directories have 1000 or 1500 photos in them that need to be filed more logically.  And then I need to crowdsource labelling them.  Cooked a lamb roast for dinner and watched Death in Paradise.

So a fairly quiet weekend which was nice.  Achieved some stuff, although maybe not as much as I'd have liked, but it was generally quite relaxing. 

Another fun puff pastry creation :)

Top with some tomato paste (this was about 1/3 of a little tub's worth)

Pizza scrolls

Add some herbs

Pizza scrolls

Cheese!!  I would have added ham here too if there'd been any in the house.  Mix of tasty and Millel parmesan here. 

Pizza scrolls

Roll them up.  Again I probably didn't do this tight enough.

Pizza scrolls

Press the lip shut so they won't unroll (as much).

Pizza scrolls

Cut into twelve scrolls.

Pizza scrolls

Lay onto a baking tray.

Pizza scrolls

Add more cheese.  You can never have too much cheese.  Again just tasty this time.

Pizza scrolls

Bake at ~175C for fifteen minutes.

Pizza scrolls

Soooo good!!

Pizza scrolls

Cheese Twists

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Moving on through the puff pastry experiments ;)

For this one I only used parmesan (some Millel shredded stuff, and some other stuff we'd frozen before we went on holidays).  I think I should probably have used tasty and/or pizza blend as well, as the end result of these was a little dry.

Top a sheet of puff pastry with cheese

Cheese twists

Put another layer of puff pastry on top.  The recipe I followed suggested using a rolling pin to flatten the layers and cheese together.  Not sure it really made any difference, they separated as soon as I touched them anyway.  I've still got the plastic backing on here to make that easier.

Cheese twists

Cut into ~2cm strips (eight strips worked nicely here)

Cheese twists

Twist!

Cheese twists

Top with some more parmesan cheese (I used some powdered stuff) becauce you can never have too much cheese.  I would have basted these with a little milk, but we were out! Gasp!  The recipe called for basting these with a beaten egg to make them go golden, but probably would have made quite a mess hehe.

Cheese twists

Bake at ~175C for fifteen minutes.

Cheese twists

Yum!  But like I said, a little dry.

Cheese twists

Temporada

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For our anniversary this year the sweetie took me out to dinner to Temporada in Civic.  They brought us the menu but then said we could do the chef's special, which was seven courses chosen by the chef, for $80pp.  Sounded good to us, so that's what we did.  Not that what they brought out was actually on the menu we saw.  Some stuff was, other stuff was on the online chef's menu, or the online dinner menu, which was different again to the paper menu we got at the beginning.  Shrug.

Starting with bread and olives.  Those olives were delicious and the bread was very soft, a lot softer than you'd expect for a dark bread.  These featured on the online chef's menu.

Temporada bread and olives

Next up was "gruyere fritters".  Crunchy and cheesy and yummmm.  Not found on any of the menus, but closest was found on the paper menu we got.

Temporada gruyere fritters

Anchovy toast (one's missing because the sweetie had already grabbed it).  I hate anchovies so Stu had mine off the top, the rest was nice enough.  Again not featured on any of the menus.  Closest to the online dinner menu, but this had lettuce hearts or something, not tomato and olives.

Temporada anchovy toast

Straciatella, probably off the online dinner menu.  This was cold, I think I would have preferred it warm (if you're going to have gooey cheese it should be warm, my opinion ;) ).

Temporada straciatella

Kangaroo tartar (sorry for the blurry photo).  This was on our paper menu, although not sure if it had horseradish?  Think I would have noticed that.  Quite nice, and I ended up mixing some of it with the straciatella which improved both dishes I thought.

Temporada kangaroo tartar

Ricotta tortellini, found on both our paper menu and the online dinner menu.  Delicious, as testified by all that lovely oil ;)

Temporada ricotta tortellini

Beef flat iron, found on our paper menu.  So awesome!

Temporada beef fillet

Broccolini with mallorquina butter, also found on our paper menu.  That "butter" was great on the broccolini.

Temporada broccolini

White chocolate mousse, not found on any of the menus.  A lovely end to the meal.

Temporada white chocolate mousse

We really enjoyed the meal, although it's very expensive (just looking at the prices of individual dishes hurts haha).  Good for a special occasion though.

So Monday.  Day four of our break.  But I didn't get anything much done around the house because I spent the morning getting organised to go to the club.  Made some cheese twists for lunch before heading out.  The previous owners of the van left a lot of kitchen stuff and tools behind which is great, but *all* the cupboards were full of stuff, with no free space to put any of our stuff.  Got a bit overwhelmed by it on Monday afternoon.  And it poured with rain.  A lot.  Had some leftovers we'd brought for dinner, and watched the start of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on tv, but went to bed before it finished.

Clouds over Bungendore

Dark clouds

Tuesday I spent pretty much the whole day cleaning out the cupboards and reorgansing everything so it fitted into the cupboards more logically, and left most of the big cupboard free for our stuff.  Did a couple of loads of washing up to wash stuff in the drawers and some of the cookware.  Felt a lot happier with things by the end.  Although still nowhere good to store food.  D&I fired up the fire in the oasis, so we had a beer with them which was nice.  Tried out the bbq.  It doesn't light with the lighter thingie, but runs ok if you light it.  Cooked some sausages for dinner and we had a nice bottle of 2011 shiraz I got in 2014.

Beer by the fire

Fire

First bbq at the new van

Wednesday morning we came home.  Thanks to Tony though for taking our bins out - they'd been collected by the time we got home, and the recycling bin in particular would have been a disaster if we'd missed the pickup.  Cooked some pizza scrolls for lunch.  In the afternoon cleared/cleaned the middle shelf of the pantry and the two drawers under the oven.  Cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner, watched Homeland and From Russia With Love.

Didn't do much Thursday.  Did some photo filing in the morning, then headed over to Chrissie's for a bbq for lunch.  James was in town, first time I'd seen him in twenty five years, with Anita, and Susannah and Rob were there too.  So it was quite the family gathering for them.  And then they got out all the family photos that survived the bushfire (as an aside, Como Presbyterian Church reopened twenty three years ago on this day as I type this, same day as Port Arthur massacre.. moving on..).  David and Kat came over late in the afternoon and we had lamb roast and started a 2000 piece jigsaw.

Balls!

BBQ at Chrissie's

Friday Stu went to work.  David pulled apart our bedroom fan light which had died a couple of months ago.  We'd gotten a new bulb but it hadn't worked either.  Turns out the ballast had gone.  Someone let the smoke out.  This fan light had been installed in November 2008.  A "Brilliant" branded fan light we got from Bunnings.  Don't do that people.  We never could get a replacement light for it.  The last one we got was a much smaller T4 bulb because we couldn't find any the right size.  Pretty sure that was in April 2014.  So instead of trying to replace the ballast and not get a bulb that fitted anyway, we decided to get a similar sized LED oyster light and mount that instead.  It looks slightly odd, but works just fine and cheaper than a whole new fan light.  Most awesomest brother ever!

Bedroom fan light replaced

So that was done in the morning and we were like.. now what?  D/K went out for a wander round Canberra and I got stuck into cleaning out the "gardening" corner of the garage.  Too many spiders and other disgustingness for my liking.  D/K gave me a lift into town later where I met up with the sweetie for a drink and dinner for our anniversary (and they went off and did their own thing).  We went to Temporada and had quite a delicious, if very expensive, dinner.

Drink with the sweetie

Canberra at night

Stu at Temporada

Canberra tram at night

Actew teeth cones things

Saturday and David couldn't help himself, he wanted to replace our ancient fluoro kitchen/family room light fittings with LED ones.  So a trip to Bunnings (where it was decided against getting the "Brilliant" branded ones, even though they looked nice because a) Bunnings staff couldn't/wouldn't get the panel of test lights turned on to look at them, and b) they're Brilliant branded, which we've already established seems to be non-standard anyway), and then a trip to Project Lighting.  Got some flat round lights that don't quite cover up the old holes, so we'll need to sand/bog/paint that at some point.

Old kitchen lights

Pulling off the old lights

New kitchen lights

We did one of the lights in the morning, then headed out to the club to show D/K the new van (and get out of Stu's way as he was trying to study).  Had a bbq out there (we really need a new gas cylinder), then came home again, and David replaced the other light.  Had pizza for dinner, watched Goldfinger, and finished the big jigsaw.  Pretty good effort for two days. 

Sunday D/K went home and I spent the day coming to terms with the end of my holiday :(  Tidied up a lot of the house, did two loads of linen washing, got some holiday blog entries online, got some kiev balls from the shops and cooked those for dinner, watched Brooklyn 99 and Death in Paradise.

Ten days is not enough time off.  I really need those three month holiday I used to get when I was at uni... *sigh* ....

The other week Connor made a batch of these and they were pretty good, even cold the next day.  So bought some puff pastry last time we went shopping and I made these yesterday.  They were epic awesome.

Take one sheet of puff pastry and spread vegemite on it.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Add cheese.  I used a mix of regular shredded and pizza blend.  Probably just use the tasty next time, it melts a little less.  Also, probably should have left like half an inch at the end without cheese to make it easier to join up the edge to the next layer down.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Roll tightly.  I probably didn't roll tightly enough.  Move bits of cheese out of the way and pinch it shut so they don't unroll.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Cut into 12 pieces and lay on a non-stick baking tray.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Add more cheese.  Because you can never have too much cheese.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

Bake at about 175C for fifteen minutes.  Yeah maybe didn't need all that extra cheese..

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

So good!!

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

As a side note: don't use the crappy "liner" paper you can get from your local shop.  Invest in the good stuff people.  Or even the Coles branded stuff.  This stuff is $#!+

Crappy baking paper

Monday we got home a bit late which left me a little stressed because I need to do All The Things on Mondays, in addition to a backup I was meant to run on the weekend but never did.  I thought it was going to talk all night because I'd done a heap of moving files around, which means robocopy would then have to delete/recopy everything.  But in the end I moved them around on the disk first so it was pretty quick.  I ran Spacemonger over the disk and it added up 1.3 million files in 51000 folders.  Freaky.  We also started watching Brooklyn 99.  Stu has actually seen it all through before but suggested watching it anyway.  Not a bad show.  A bit silly but a bit of fun.  But.  KEEP THE DAMNED CAMERA STILL!!  It's got the whole Modern Family can't-keep-the-damned-camera-still thing going on which I HATE.  It's even worse than Discovery's damned lens flare.  

Must be mother's day soon..
Chrysanthemums

Tuesday had the club committee meeting here so I half listened in while labelling photos (1/3 way through w00t!).  Also baked a Yum! Delicious! cake which all got eated.

The neighbour's ducks
Neighbour's ducks

Hey sucker!
Sucking catfish

Wednesday I was surprised to find an actual light meal at the Labor Club, so didn't end up stuffing myself silly.  Because for dinner we went to Dumpling Inn with Hannah to talk Harry Potter.

Labor Club caesar salad
Labor Club Caesar Salad

Dumpling Inn
Dumpling Inn

Thursday night I swear it actually got warmer as the evening progressed.  We made the most of one of the last mild evenings of the season.  At home, Stu ordered extra large pizzas for dinner hrmmm.  Then afterwards had a drink with Kit and Pete and played a game of Kismet (I won, w00t!).  The fact they are 130km away is irrelevant.

Friday we Marie Kondo-ed our clothes.  We actually pulled everything out and put it all out on the bed.  My pile was somewhat bigger than I thought it would be, but nowhere near as big as some of the piles we saw on the show.  Finished watching the Desolation of Smaug, then watched Thor Ragnarok which is a bit of fluff (reviewers either completely loved or completely hated it).  We'd seen Dr Strange so knew who he was, but not sure if there were other references we didn't get, on account of only seeing a few MCU films (it's creeping up - have seen Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2, Dr Strange, now this).

Saturday just bits and pieces.  Did a Bunnings run (no tubs in the size/style I wanted that weren't crap).  Spent some time Marie Kondo-ing the linen cupboard.  Finally sorted out the wine that's been making a mess under the house - consolidated boxes (down to about 7.5 boxes now) so it's all a bit more organised.  Watched the Battle of the Five Armies.  Just as dumb as I remembered it.

Today spent some time in the garage in the morning, but barely made a dent.  Made some cheese and vegemite scrolls for lunch which were pretty awesome.  Marie Kondo-ed three shelves in the pantry in the afternoon.  Roast chicken for dinner, Discovery (finishing up season 2), and Dr No, which I haven't seen in ages.

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