Snow. And Suckage.

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When I went out to the kitchen yesterday morning this is what I saw:

Googong snow

Snow!  I didn't think it was cold enough for snow, but there was a big dumping on the hills above Googong.

The morning was spent cleaning, tidying, organising.

Then went on several missions:

  • dump three boxes of books at Lifeline: success
  • dump a bag of junk at the Green Shed: success
  • exchange or get a refund on the DODGY Aqua One LED lights: fail*
  • get 10c refund on some drinks bottles: success, maybe**
  • food shopping: success***

* Remember I had to replace a dodgy Aqua One LED back in January?  Well that light we bought last October died a month or so ago.  And then another light we bought in March died a couple of weeks ago.  So that's ALL THREE DODGY lights from Aqua One have failed - one after just four months!!  In January Jem Aquatics replaced the light on the spot without any drama.  But this time they weren't playing ball.  They took the two lights and the receipts and said they'd talk to the Aqua One rep and get back to me.  Well they haven't yet.  Not only that, but that light that was replaced in January?  IT WAS DEAD THIS MORNING!!  THAT'S ALL FOUR DODGY AQUA ONE LIGHTS HAVE FAILED!!!!!  I am completely pissed.  If I pay twice as much for a light, I want it to last twice as long, not HALF as long!!  I really want to get my money back on them and go back to flouros.  And NOT Aqua One.  They completely suck.  Dodgy cheap made in China crap.  I've always hated Aqua One.  The whole episode left me feeling a bit stabby.

** So the ACT has started doing 10c refunds on bottles.  There's a collection point at Vinnies in Belco, so we took a box of bottles there.  I was expecting a machine that would scan the barcodes of the bottles and provide cash on the spot.  You know, like EVERYWHERE ELSE.  But no, there's a computer screen and a human.  You have to REGISTER to return your f@%$ing bottles!!  How f$@*ed is that??  They want name, address, phone number and even a freakin security question such as mother's maiden name.  Are you freaking kidding me???  All for a dollar or two at a time's worth of bottles.  And I didn't even get any money back - they just bag everything up and tell you "you'll get your money some time".  Yeah right.  As we were leaving they were packing up, so you can't even go at a convenient time.  Return-IT you SUCK!  I really should have just told them to screw themselves and just dump everything in our recycling bin.

*** I was pretty upset from the lack of outcome with Jem Aquatics and terrible experience from Return-It, so food shopping wasn't much fun.  We got a turkey roast and other stuff.  Got home and was on my feet for the next couple of hours preparing dinner and making a caramel slice.  Collapsed in front of an Anthony Bourdain and Frozen.

Libya

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We've been watching Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown in recent weeks, and last night was the episode he did in Libya.  Like, two years after the fall of Ghaddafi and a year after the attack on the US in Benghazi.  That guy was *brave*!  So tonight the sweetie put on 13 Hours, about said attack in Benghazi.  It was very long but well done.  In some ways it reminded me of Saving Private Ryan.  Although was it just me or did all the guys kinda look the same?  The sweetie told me half way through it wasn't a happy ending (I didn't know the story at all) but more got out than I thought would.

In other news, I was planning to spend all day today labelling photos and sealing the shower.  Instead I ended up at the club labelling drawers in the office and regrouting the kitchen splashback.  These things happen.... 

Also visited Mr Bug after his thyroid surgery, he's doing quite well.

Chicken Kiev for dinner, because that's all we felt like by the time we made it home at 4pm and it was available at Chris' ..

So a long time ago I saw The Manchurian Candidate (2004).  On account of dementia I didn't remember a whole lot about it, but do remember finding it interesting, and added it to my Netflix watchlist recently.  Also Liev Schreiber - hot as!!

I looked it up on my blog afterwards.  I had no memory of seeing it at the movies with Striker or that it was a freebie from TripleM (as part of the Freq club, which I got from setting up IP Sentry to monitor the website for changes.. heh ;) ).  If I didn't have a blog all of those experiences would be lost forever...

Oh, yeah, we watched it tonight.  Happy Friday!  

Also.. Dean Stockwell.. in the credits but never said a word! haha

Like Father

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Tonight the sweetie put on Like Father with Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.  It was a bit silly but also sweet and I quite liked it.  And I did squee slightly over them being on Harmony of the Seas (one of the epic Behemoths of the Seas that I'd like to go on just to say I've been on like the biggest ship in the world!).  And looking forward to epic BLUE photos of our trip to the Caribbean coming up in a few months :)

Finished labelling Day 11 of our East Asia trip tonight.

Hurrah.

Still 3000 to go.. 

Also finished scanning another album of Mum's this morning.

I might get everything done before I cark it..

One Step Closer

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So on the weekend I tried to tape either side of the joins in the shower that I want to reseal.  Except our masking tape was ancient, and kept ripping and sticking to the next layer.  So gave up on that idea and bought a new roll today.  Taped up the shower ready for silicone..

Got some photo labelling done tonight as well, and then just some time on the jigsaw.

All the things

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Last night we tried to slow roast a brisket roll, but it probably wasn't slow enough.  The veggies turned out nice though, and Stu made a lovely parsnip mash with four parsnips and half a garlic (I might have ated the other half).  Then we finished the Harry Potter series by watching the Deathly Hallows Part II.  And then later dreamt that I was doing firewall rules for Hogwarts.  Everyone LOLed at that when I told them today.

I managed to scan fourteen photos this morning which was a pretty good effort for a morning.  Tonight was cooking and eating dinner while watching Natural Curiosities, followed by washing, backing up my camera, backing up my phone, backing up my computer, photo labelling and cleaning the kitchen, all by 8:30 so I could do an hour on the jigsaw.

Just for fun, here's George sunbaking on the fence a week or so ago..

George sunbaking

This is one of Kit's jigsaws.  I was down there one Thursday night and Pete and I started it, although Pete lost interest pretty quickly and Kit helped me finish it.  Fun little jigsaw.

Optical Illusion Jigsaw

David did pretty much all of this on one of his visits in April.  In fact he stayed up til 3am!  So an entire 1000 piece jigsaw in one night.  I will do this one again myself one day :)

Amalfi jigsaw

We did this at David's place when I went to visit in May.  It glows in the dark!

Glow in the dark tiger jigsaw

Glow in the dark tiger jigsaw

Glow in the dark tiger jigsaw

Stu let me work on the next section of the Disney 40320 piece Memorable Moments behemoth upstairs.  I started it in late May and finished by 22 June (I came home early one Friday afternoon to watch the movie while finishing the jigsaw).  The only problem with doing it upstairs is it's harder to photograph the jigsaw "in front" of the movie.

Lion King Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

Lion King Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

I got this with a Games Capital voucher I'd been given.  I couldn't decide what to get for ages, so in the end got this Krypt spiral jigsaw.  More interesting that the plain coloured version of the same thing.  I quite enjoyed this, and reckon the plain coloured one would be easy enough because they print the pattern on the box so you'd know what shaped piece you were looking for.

Spiral Krypt jigsaw

Another show I had to squeeze in when I had free time was ABC's Back in Time for Dinner (which I mentioned earlier: I especially liked the 80s and 90s episodes for the fun memories but was also pretty cool to see all the stuff they dug up for furnishing and decorating their house for the earlier decades).  But because I'm obsessive that way, I tried to find their house on Google maps.  I had a pretty good idea it was in the St George area, based on their visits to Carss Park, Brighton Le Sands/La Perouse and various places in Mortdale. 

This is all I really had to go on to find their house:

Back in Time for Dinner location

And I could make some guesses as to which way their house was pointed based on sun direction.  Took me most of an episode to find it.  What was funny is that when you look at it on street view there's a crowd of people outside it!

Back in Time for Dinner house

Other fun things in the show - Tupperware!  We had sooo much of this Tupperware.  In fact I still have most of it.  I was thinking there might be a market for it, so it's boxed up with thoughts of selling it on ebay...

Back in Time for Dinner Tupperware

And the Pigs and Chickens tiles featured!

Back in Time for Dinner pigs and chickens tiles

Quite enjoyed the show.

Whenever I get a spare hour (pretty rare) I'll watch an episode of Air Crash Investigations.  The other day I watched one on Singapore Airlines Flight 006, which took off from the wrong runway in Taipei in 2000 (it crashed partway down the runway because the runway was closed for construction works and there was construction equipment on it).  I went back to my photos of the airport from a few years ago and found the exact spot that the mistake happened.

Taipei airport

The planes at the back are coming up the taxiway about to turn right.  Just behind the plane in the foreground you can see a turnoff to our left.  That's where the plane that crashed turned down, instead of coming all the way out to the runway we are about to land on.  

Sad times..

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