July 2005 Archives

It's a Big Ad

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Thanks to OzGuru for this. I actually saw it on telly last week and thought it was brilliant. Homepage here, quicktime version here.

Week 130

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  1. Risks:: take
  2. Abdominal:: pain
  3. Radiant:: beaming
  4. The usual:: boring
  5. Mix and match:: set
  6. Wireless:: radio
  7. Remedial:: massage
  8. Mile:: one minute
  9. Long lost:: friend
  10. Only one:: there can be

Week 129

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last week's...

  1. Believing:: seeing
  2. Invasion:: body snatchers
  3. Boys:: girls
  4. Island:: deserted
  5. Repeatedly:: over and over
  6. Normal:: boring
  7. Hex:: a decimal
  8. Tuxedo:: Jason Isaacs
  9. Virgin:: me
  10. Cereal:: breakfast

Saturday

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Fairly busy day. Housework in the morning, then out to Yvonne&Dave's for some of the arvo then running around the city then finally getting a chance to take a breather in front of the telly tonight. Caught up on some videos, watched Air Crash Investigations which was a bit emotional cause they had quite a stack of real footage of a hijacked Air France plane being stormed at Marseilles airport. Then flicked over to Deep Impact, recognising instantly the score as being by James Horner, not exactly a remarkable feat, it being almost identical to the Titanic score. 1998 was a year for same-only-different movies. Deep Impact/Armageddon for the asteroid-about-to-wipe-out-earth and Antz/A Bug's Life for the animated-ants movies.

I suppose I should really do the washing up, make up my bed, wash my hair, go to sleep.. the usual.

Colour

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This blog could use a little colour.

The new Boeing 777-200LR, which was in Sydney recently:
boeing777.jpg

Some mushrooms growing out in the back driveway:
mushrooms.jpg

Conversations

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It was a day of conversations today. Well just a couple that kinda stuck out. Like the one with my boss about Stu. Or the one with Luc about Dave & Yvonne, but *not* Stu. Or the one how I somehow managed to upset Arian over a conversation that started as to whether more-ish was a real word.

What really struck me today is Luc appears to be deliberately uninterested in Stu. He has not asked me a single question about him or my relationship with him. And yet he spent lunch time asking me all about my brother. It just weirded me out somewhat. Even my boss, who's really not that interested, was more curious about the picture I have of this boy on my blackberry. For entirely professional reasons of course. He pointed a finger at me and said "no moving to Brisbane allowed".

At least the day finished with a nice phone conversation with my boy.

Still Tired

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Even though I was utterly tired, I still didn't get to sleep til after midnight and got woken up early by the notes server.

But managed to survive the day somehow, and had very yummy bbq chicken with James/George.

Once a month is really not often enough on the water change scale is it? Really need to get on top of things.

Really need to go to bed now.

Tired

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Thoroughly whacked today. Didn't get to sleep til very late, but sleep was really crappy and fitful. Must have been long-distance empathy for Stu who didn't get to sleep til 5am.

I did manage to make significant progress on my notes database today though. The boss is back on Thursday and *really* want to get it done by then.

I have a BlueBerry now. That is, a blue BlackBerry. The black CDMA one got shipped off to Wagga, so I took one of the GPRS ones. But it drives me nuts cause it's continual connections with the net mean I can't have it anywhere near my computer speakers cause it just makes them buzz. Plus it hasn't been synchronising since this morning. It's sending ok, but not receiving. And I can't make it make noises either.. on mail it's fine, but alarms on calendar items and icq just won't make noises, even when they're set to. I guess I'm probably doing something wrong, but since I'm not going to get to keep it, it's not a high priority to sort out.

Got home and there was *no* parking in my street (the back driveway has been reconcreted, so can't get my car in the garage. Had to park a street over. Then couldn't check my mail cause we got new letterboxes installed and I didn't have the key (it was under my door). But $4000 for four metal boxes?? Something seriously wrong there :( *sigh*

Going to bed now. Nite.

Eyestrain

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I've been staring rather intently at my screen for the past few hours which I'm sure is doing terrible things to my eyesight. Was quite an emotional night, all told.

Ironically the thing that started it all was a question of whether to censor what goes into blogs. I've found myself in recent weeks having issues with posting days' events, simply because I now have real-life readers who care about what (or rather who) I am writing about. Complicated by the fact that some of these people don't get along with each other.

I'm almost 32, and have only recently learnt the value of keeping my mouth shut sometimes. It didn't help that for most of my life I was always the last one to find anything out, and so recently when I *haven't* been the last to know, I've assumed that I have been and gone blabbing, only to find out that I've upset people or spoken when I shouldn't - there's been a couple of cases at work in recent months. But I digress. While this blog was only about me I had no real issues saying whatever I wanted. But when friends are involved that read a blog, sometimes it is more appropriate to keep things private.

Sorry. Rant over.
Back to the cricket. Or not apparently, at least not at 7:30pm.

Oh, where was I?
Oh yes, the weekend.

Friday night: Drambuie and Vodka/vanilla coke. Chatting to Arian and Aurelius.

Saturday: Working bee at Luc's place. Many hands, although not so light work :) Evening chatting with Stu and Arian.

Sunday: Church, UnderCoverWear party, dinner at Alan and Marylon's.

And then the weekend is over. Blink. I must have missed it somewhere there. And I still haven't done the Friday Qs. Talk about a slacker!

As Karla said recently, Dave is my ranting hero. Unfortunately I'm not nearly so eloquent as he is, so this is nothing like as good as any of his rants.

I've just had quite a good weekend, but my server patching has been put off accordingly and I've only just sat down to have a go at it.

And I'm completely pissed. Well I'm slightly drunk too, but I'm completely *pissed off* at Microsoft and it's *CRAP* new windows update software.

IT DOESN'T WORK!!!!!

On one of my servers, the new windows update wouldn't even install.

On three of my other servers (yes, THREE), the windows update has hung in the middle of installing a particular patch it's just downloaded. Now if it were just one server, then perhaps I could write it off as a glitch. But THREE??!?!?!?

There is something seriously wrong with windows update that I haven't been told about and I am *NOT HAPPY JAN*

Sad really, cause I've had such a good weekend otherwise...

Blerk

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It's at this point I wish I'd had more food and less alcohol tonight.

Still, it was a good night, and I'm not complaining :)

And I'm going to do all of the rest of the Friday Qs tomorrow, I promise ;)

Angst

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No matter that it may be irrational, I hate being the cause of angst in others. I find it distressing. Apologies to all of you.

VirginBlue

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So VirginBlue had some $48 tickets for sale today.
Guess who's going to Brisbane in two weeks? :):):):):):)

Craporama

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So I had a thoroughly sucky day today. After the success of yesterday's work, I thought I'd be able to continue at the office today. Wrong. I spent the entire day sitting staring at my screen trying to figure out an easy to do what I wanted to do. Got thoroughly frustrated with everything. Even going through and getting a list of users to disable and delete held no joy for me. So I'm going to have another go at working from home tomorrow.

Then I was dreading an owners meeting to discuss fire safteying the building, which is going to be *expensive* (probably $1500-$2000 per unit, ouch), and I was worried about two warring sets of neighbours going at each other. But the meeting got postponed due to lack of numbers, and the warring neighbours didn't show up anyway. So until next time.

And what's the deal with gravatar at the moment?? It's thoroughly flaky at the moment, only occasionally pulling up peoples' gravatars :( Is it just me or is their server not responding much?

Telecommuting

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Decided to work from home today. I've been trying to get going on a project for the past three weeks or so, but I'm finding every excuse I can think of to get out of starting it. So I thought I'd try a different environment. Stayed at home with no other work distractions. Was actually a relatively successful day. Got more done in one day than in the past three weeks on this particular project. Got stuck on a javascript button, which only works as a html button in the database I stole it from, whereas I need a proper notes button, so will need to validate the form some other way. blah. :)

And for Arian's obligatory Stu reference...
My boy made it home safely today (yayy), and got to see him again on the webcam (double yayy :) )

Week 128

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  1. Tolerate:: endure
  2. Release:: notes
  3. My soul:: sell
  4. Sax:: ophone?
  5. HP:: Harry!
  6. Worth:: value
  7. Rockstar:: special k
  8. Terrify:: scare
  9. Knock me off my feet:: punch
  10. Taunt:: jeer

Probable spoilers..

Unfaithful

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I am going to be spending the weekend with another boy. His name is Harry. I won't be online as I will be spending every moment with him.

See you on the other side ;)

Deliquescent

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Was feeling quite flat tonight and random paging wiki and found this wonderful word:

Deliquescent
Deliquescent materials have such a strong affinity for moisture that they form a liquid solution if left in normal air for a time. Deliquescent salts include calcium chloride and zinc chloride. They are often used as desiccants.

Isn't that just a beautiful word?

Fortunately I'll have Harry to keep my company for the rest of the weekend.

56 hours later...

So Stu arrived safely from Canberra on Tuesday afternoon. After, er, catching up for a bit, we headed into Newtown for a BookCrossing meetup so Stu could meet me little brother and Yvonne. Or as Yvonne put it, so I could show off my man. ahem. But we did get a chance to be geeks, as we both had our BlackBerrys and were sending little messages to each other. I even journalled a book I picked up while I was there, simply because I could! I so don't want to give it back, heh :)

I took the day off on Wednesday so got to spend a full day with Stu. Spent the morning quietly together, then did a Galaxy/Dymocks/Tin Soldier run into town. Looked for lots of books for Arian, but only ended up finding one. Came home and headed out again to dinner with James and George. Joshua took to Stu rather quickly, and was climbing all over him within 20 minutes.. heh, sorry Stu :) As I suspected, James and Stu had an awful lot in common with their interest in all things geeky. Was rather a pleasant evening, and George suitably spoilt us with her catering (including chocolate fondue with strawberries, apple and marshmallows for dessert yummmmmmmmmmmmm)

But sadly, all good things must come to an end, and Stu left for Armidale first thing this morning. Spent all morning complaining to anyone who'd listen how my boy was gooorrrrnnne. Tried to get some work done with limited success. Then between taking photos at Luc's, shopping, dinner, Lost, The Amazing Race, talking to Aurelius and writing to Stu, it's well after eleven and I still haven't done the washing up. Ah well, at least it's Friday tomorrow!

For no other reason than because I can!

The server arrived yesterday so I set it up, although had some really strange issues with the network card. But ok this morning go figure. Luc installed the server software without too many problems, so we set ourselves up with handsets and away we went.

Way cool little toys. Even journalled a book *at* the bookcrossing meetup that I picked it up at. Fun stuff. It's going to be hard for me to give back :(

Ow.

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Sorry, forgot to post .. went to bed early .. ttotm!

15 hours til my boy will be here!!!

Throat

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My throat really hurts. It'll really really suck to get sick again this week. I think I'll have a very early night and hope my body can beat it.

Nothing

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Aside from chatting to Stu and Arian for a while, and reading an Asterix book, I did *nothing* today. *sigh*

Week 127

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  1. Do-it-yourself:: handyman
  2. Pickpocket:: Dodger
  3. Ballet:: Swan Lake
  4. Resum´┐Ż:: job
  5. Phenom:: never heard of it
  6. Love/Hate:: relationship
  7. Unusual:: strange
  8. Intense:: feelings
  9. Interruption:: break
  10. Not enough:: more

Week 126

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  1. Statistics:: analysis
  2. Grin:: cheese
  3. Saturn:: rings
  4. Fulfilled:: life
  5. Life plan:: heaven
  6. Cult:: following
  7. Lily:: valley
  8. Stalemate:: chess
  9. Celebration:: party
  10. Underwear:: undies

Woke up in a great mood this morning. Grinned stoopidly for most of the morning before heading to Berala for Nana's 77th birthday lunch. Lunch was ok. I think Nana had a good time too.

Being in love is sure having a calming affect on me. It's certainly increased my patience on the roads. I barely notice people pushing in and being stoopid at the moment. And I find I'm missing huge chunks of memory where I couldn't tell you how I got from A to B because my mind is off daydreaming about my boy. I'm sure that can't be a good thing! ;)

Came home with thoughts of getting my USA photos done, however felt quite lost without Stu, and wished I was doing something with him. In the end I just played recorder all afternoon, and patched a few servers.

Tonight the kids were going to see Marylon ring at St Philips in town, so I thought I'd tag along. It was rather cool. I rang one of the smaller bells, as did all the kids. Then we went up into the tower to look at the bells up close. And listen to the big tenor bell up close. That thing is *loud*!!

Tenor bell

Then the experts (well actually I think Friday night is learning night, so not all of them are experts yet) rang some peals and changes (not sure if I'm using the correct terminology here). I was just watching them going .. ok there's no way I could be that coordinated *and* yank a heavy bell up and down! But it was cool fun to watch anyway.

24" Baby!

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Check this out!

24 inches of screen goodness

Sadly not to keep, just a loaner. But oooohhhh so nice :)

Mood

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I'm in such a weird mood at the moment. Sad because of the events in London, yet utterly in love. Which leaves me somewhere in the middle feeling subdued yet enormously content.

Really need to get to bed soon if I'm to have any hope of getting any work done tomorrow.

My thoughts are with Londoners tonight. Just a day after winning the right to host the 2012 Olympics, the city is ravaged by probable terrorist blasts. Such awful news. Certainly puts everyday problems into perspective.

<plays Eventide on the recorder>

Dilemma

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<incoherent ramble>
I'm in a little bit of a dilemma with stuff at the moment. Like how much to write. Suddenly it's not just me and my personal life, but someone else's. And my personal life was not very interesting before. But this is all somehow different. Like it's intensely personal. Previously I've ranted and raved about stuff, but I don't tend to express my feelings about stuff. Not with any depth. And this all feels so much more private in a way. And with half my family and all his best friends reading all this... And then there was the comment he made about being open on a public forum..

Anyways, I'm just a little confused/torn at the moment.
big *sigh*
</incoherent ramble>

I think the easiest/safest thing to do is just stick to the facts. And the mundane. Like the box full of Blackberries I picked up today :)

I'm home alone tonight, as my special boy left this morning to go visit his family. Which means I can catch up on four days of blogs, and post finally :)

So Saturday I spent the entire day cleaning the house. Was fairly impressed with what I managed to achieve. It's a bit sad that it takes a house guest to finally motivate me to clean properly tho heh :)

Stu arrived fairly late on Saturday evening after a 13 hour drive. He rather nicely broke the ice, and after dinner we chatted and snuggled and watched Monty Python til very late.

Sunday after getting a late start, we headed into town and caught a ferry to Manly. Actually, that was the plan, although we ended up with a "free upgrade" to a jet cat, presumably because the Narrabeen was out of action after crashing a few weeks ago. It was actually quite disappointing, because we couldn't go outside, and I wanted to photograph the city. But at least we didn't have to sit in the middle for long, as the jet cats take half the time of the ferries. At Manly we wandered up the Corso to the beach, then sat and chatted for a while before heading back to town on a real ferry this time. Got some cool photos of the city, and even some of the Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier which was in town. Proceeded to dinner at Alan and Marylon's, where Stu held his own, horrified Lizzi with his interest in bell ringing, and was well liked by all.

On Sunday Stu also brought in his recorders, and on Sunday and Monday we had a go at playing some music together. Not very successfully, not having much good music for two players. Was still very cool though.

Monday afternoon I dropped into work before coming home and spending a very pleasant evening together just playing music and having dinner and watching videos and just hanging out.

So all in all a wonderful few days. Sadly over all too soon. So now the countdown begins again.. 166 hours to go (give or take) :)

Week 125

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ok so this is only a week late, and I'm a month behind on FridayQ .. oops

  1. Useless:: crap
  2. Radiant:: glowing
  3. W:: big
  4. Unpaid:: overtime
  5. Geek:: me
  6. Unfaithful:: adulterous
  7. Reboot:: computer
  8. No!:: way
  9. Squad:: car
  10. Fetish:: foot

Note to self:

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Never fry sausages.

Especially not lamb ones that are more fat than meat.

Grill them or use one of those grills that lets the fat drain away.

Says she after spending 20 minutes cleaning up the mess they made.

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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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