Being thrown back in

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Yesterday was lots of email sorting.  Lots of seeing where everything is up to.  Lots of working frantically to get everything done yesterday.

Last night we went to Kinh Do for dinner (because the Dumpling Inn is closed for months boooo).

Dumpling Inn closed

Crispy skin chicken with butter soy sauce.  Off the specials board.  Nice but it had broken bits of bone all through it.

Kinh Do

Cauliflower fritters

Kinh Do

Caramelised pork - yum!

Kinh Do

The little brother came over quite late, and Ben came up as well, so a fairly late night.

If you didn't notice the radio silence, we might have snuck in a little trip to Hong Kong and Taipei.

Being thrown back in

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Yesterday was lots of email sorting.  Lots of seeing where everything is up to.  Lots of working frantically to get everything done yesterday.

Last night we went to Kinh Do for dinner (because the Dumpling Inn is closed for months boooo).

Dumpling Inn closed

Crispy skin chicken with butter soy sauce.  Off the specials board.  Nice but it had broken bits of bone all through it.

Kinh Do

Cauliflower fritters

Kinh Do

Caramelised pork - yum!

Kinh Do

The little brother came over quite late, and Ben came up as well, so a fairly late night.

If you didn't notice the radio silence, we might have snuck in a little trip to Hong Kong and Taipei.

Being thrown back in

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Yesterday was lots of email sorting.  Lots of seeing where everything is up to.  Lots of working frantically to get everything done yesterday.

Last night we went to Kinh Do for dinner (because the Dumpling Inn is closed for months boooo).

Dumpling Inn closed

Crispy skin chicken with butter soy sauce.  Off the specials board.  Nice but it had broken bits of bone all through it.

Kinh Do

Cauliflower fritters

Kinh Do

Caramelised pork - yum!

Kinh Do

The little brother came over quite late, and Ben came up as well, so a fairly late night.

If you didn't notice the radio silence, we might have snuck in a little trip to Hong Kong and Taipei.

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

Work ball

Batman and a witch

Work ball

Olaf!

Work ball

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

Work ball

I don't think I looked particularly Elsa-like

Work ball

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

Work ball

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!)

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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