Where were we?

Friday night went over to Chrissie's for a roast chicken dinner and lemon delicious for dessert which was lovely.  I can't believe Nathan is four months old already.. I've barely seen him!  I'm such a slack friend...

Nathan four months

Afterwards we were invited over to R&F's for supper which was nice as well.

Scott brought these.  Can't remember what they were called, but they had little syringes of frangelico you injected into them.
Dessert

Saturday I hopped in the car and headed for Sydney.  Made it in time for lunch at the New Golden Emperor Chinese Restaurant in Kirrawee for Mum's birthday lunch.  It was pretty average.  You know you're in a western Chinese restaurant when you don't even get chopsticks.  Still, the $8.30 lunch special which included chicken and corn soup was pretty good value and the serving sizes were huge.

New Golden Emperor chicken and corn soup

The other Karen and I got the $9.30 satay chicken and satay vegetables and mixed the two to get a better mix of meat/vegetables.  This is just the chicken dish.
New Golden Emperor satay chicken

After lunch we went back to Mum's and Aunty Di and Uncle Graham (not my uncle/aunty) and June came over as well and we had a couple of games of Five Crowns which was a bit of fun.  

Mum and her cards

Everyone left around 5pm and we were like "now what?".  So we went to Vivid.  As you do :)  I'll put pics for that in a separate post.  It was pretty crowded and the sweetie would have hated every second of it, but it was good to go be a tourist in Sydney again and get photos of pretty lights.

Sunday morning we went to church, where there were cakes for Mum and Elizabeth's birthdays.

Mum and her cake

Then headed an hour and a quarter across the other side of Sydney to Uncle Ken and Jeanine's place for lunch to celebrate Ken's birthday.  Various members of Ken and Jeanine's extended families were there - over twenty people outside for lunch!  

All the news reports and locals (except Ken) were complaining about how freezing it was, but it was an absolutely glorious day and NOT cold ;)
My cousins

Table

Lunch spread

Ken and Mum cutting their cakes

Then we went back to Mum's and I came home.

Monday I was pretty depressed because I didn't get any down/home time over the weekend.  It's only Wednesday but this week has felt *very* long :(

Zombie Day

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So I woke up this morning at around 2am.  And didn't get back to sleep til around 4:30am.

Hurrah.

Stoopid brain wouldn't shut up, and when I could get it to shut up ever so briefly I felt every little pin prick of my stoopid nerves and an irritated nose sure didn't help.

So I was a zombie today.  

And tonight I was so tired I couldn't really concentrate on anything, so after Enterprise we watched an episode of The Layover in Taipei by Anthony Bourdain, which was that much more poignant to watch after his death this week.

Memory Lane

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Yesterday was nothing exciting, just photo scanning, sorting, labelling, and jigsawing.  We did pop out for a walk at one point because Stu wasn't feeling very well and thought some fresh air might help.  Pizza for dinner instead of the roast veggies I was going to do because he needed to collapse after handing his essays in. 

Today I was asked to find some photos of someone at work, so spent the evening searching through nearly ten years of photos.  Whoops.  I did do some sorting of all those too, with the idea of labelling them at some point - before I forget who everyone is (that's already happened, will be doing some crowd-sourcing methinks).

Yesterday was pretty much rinse repeat of Saturday, except we didn't go out.

At one point I was filing some of Stu's photos from a couple of our Hong Kong trips.  For some reason I'd just dumped them in my "in tray" but never actually put them in with the holiday photos.  So was trying to sort out that mess.  And of course those photos haven't been renamed, resized, rotated or geotagged so there was all that to do.  So there I was geotagging our 2016 trip and got into a total mess on Peng Chau.  Some of the photos from that day seemed to be five minutes out, so adjusted the tagging accordingly.  But then later photos were in the wrong locations for those times.  And then it seemed that some in the middle were out of order.  And in fact they were.  When I'd renamed them based on their timestamp it'd placed later photos before earlier photos.  It seems that the camera was on long enough to get a GPS signal, and adjusted its time from being five minutes fast to being the correct time.  Will have to exif-adjust the first lot, and rename them with the correct timestamps.

In the middle of all that drama, I thought I'd compare those photos to mine, that I'd already geotagged.  Except my photos didn't have any geodata! Horror!  Turns out I'd geotagged the actual masters, rather than the resized masters.  So none of the photos I use for distribution (blog etc) are geotagged.  Sigh.  I might try and find some scripts to export and import geodata.

Did a lamb roast for dinner, and left the sweetie to work on his essays while I went down to Kit's for a while.  Slightly late night.  Whoops.

So Wednesday kinda felt like Monday which meant the week did go by a lot quicker.  

Today I window shopped while Stu had his osteopath appointment, Gus's for brunch (no hair in my food this time, but one of our water glasses was all sticky), then we did our food shopping.  Powered my way through scanning the last album of Mum's that I've got (aside from the wedding album) so can return the batch of five and get some more.  Also New Zealand photo labelling.  And jigsaw.  

Cooked Alan's beef stroganoff (minus the sour cream) all afternoon.

Last week I was scanning Mum's photos of their trip to Queensland in 2002 and came across the sculpture of the rescue of the Stinson survivors in 1937.  So tonight I watched The Riddle of the Stinson, which I saw once on tv many many years ago.  Mum even has a copy of Green Mountains signed by O'Reilly!  One of these days I should read it..

Had a pretty quiet weekend.  Just plodding through the todo list and jigsaw.  Finished season six of Homeland (Quinn can't really be dead can he???).

Sunday evening headed down to Melbourne again for work. Took off to the south so the view from my left-side window was just of Queanbeyan, and nothing exciting from the northern approach to Melbourne.  Had dinner with Daniel, Ray and Tony at Platform 28.  

Then two days of discussions and some planning, although not as many decisions made as we would have liked.

Then home again.  Again I failed, due to a left-side seat on the plane but an approach all the way around Canberra and in from the north.  If I'd been on the other side I would have seen all the lights all the way around.  Le sigh.

Have finished labelling to the end of day two of New Zealand photos.  Getting there.. oh so slowly!

Worked from home Tuesday.  Was feeling better but continued to sniffle the rest of the week.

Quiet week otherwise.  Work not too busy so had time to get a lot of my cleaning work done.

Last night we watched Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  I had no idea what it was about before seeing it.  It was definitely a bit of tear jerker.  Ok so the plot was probably a bit unrealistic but the characters were good (and to all the critics who thought the kid was annoying to them I say "have you ever MET a kid with aspergers??").  A bit long, but enjoyed it.

Achoo

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Yeah so I got sick.  Fun.  Not.  I blame Ray.

Felt a bit blah yesterday.  We still did food shopping though.  Did a few bits and pieces and some of the jigsaw.  In the evening we watched Anon which was quite interesting and we enjoyed it.

Today was just more feeling blah.  Again with just house bits and pieces, photo labelling, and jigsaw.

Also, Vince Matsko replied yesterday to an email I sent him last year with a photo of the geodesic icosahedron .. I might have squeed just a little bit :)

Thursday night Hao was in town so we caught up for dinner.  Went to Alice's for dinner, and Koko Black for dessert.  Good to see him again, this time only six years since I saw him last.

Alice's crying duck salad

Alice's black pepper beef

Alice's pad thai

Hao

Friday night was Enterprise (we're into season three now) followed by Flying High.  Love that movie hehe.  Then a bit of Cards Against Humanity with Kit and Pete.  Because there was only three of us, after a few rounds we introduced a "dummy hand" - putting cards at random into the mix to give more options to choose from.  For a while the dummy hand was doing better than me!  Silly really!

Saturday Stu had an appointment in town in the morning so I went in with him.  Dropped off a huge bag of used coffee pods, and got a bit annoyed because they'd moved and I had to carry the heavy bag further.  Then did a few Ingress missions.  Then bought a new jigsaw with the gift voucher Ben S had given me a while back.  Came home and organised some stuff then started the next section of the Disney Behemoth jigsaw.  The bag I pulled out at random was The Lion King.  Dinner was a complete mashup of pretty much all the leftovers left in the house.  A very random meal but it least it got rid of most stuff in the fridge.  In the evening watched Enterprise, Homeland and Trumbo, a movie about a Hollywood screenwriter who was a member of the Communist Party and had to work under false names due to being blacklisted.  We quite enjoyed it.

Today I woke up with a bit of a sore throat.  Hope I'm not getting sick.  Have been alternating between computer stuff, house stuff and jigsaw.

reCaptcha

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Old version died.  Too hard to upgrade.  If I could be bothered I'd look into it.  Turned it off for now, although I'm not republishing the entire site so only new entries won't have the reCaptcha (which is probably a good thing).  If I start getting a lot of comment spam I'll think about turning it on again.

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