February 2006 Archives

More Babies!!

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Came into work this morning and found out my original mama guppy had had another nine babies. Gosh they're tiny. Also a bunch of unfertilised or unviable eggs. Will have to clean those out of the baby chamber before they rot.

CC we definitely need to organise a baby swap :)


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Some of my babies had babies! But they can't do that! They're only babies!

So the babies that went on a trek to Queensland in the car over Christmas have all grown up and this morning Stu found a bunch of *tiny* babies. His ones are bigger than mine because his tanks are heated (mine are still in a goldfish bowl). I still can't believe it though - cause my ones are still just babies to me.

My remaining mama guppy is looking plump again, so put her in a baby chamber today in case she pops. Can anyone say guppy inundation?


Work for a few hours this morning. Beaten soundly by a 7 year old in Star Wars Trivial Pursuit this afternoon. 10 hours sleep in the past two nights. Feelings of left-out-edness and depression and just plain zombiness.

Thought I'd try and cheer myself up by putting on Harry Potter. Only to find it won't play properly - get a black bar flickering now and then near the top of the picture. *sigh*

I did however make a completely evil potato bake. Tempted to go back for seconds.. enough cream and cheese and I'll die young of a heart attack...


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Late night. Tired. Uninspired. Glad I didn't drink anything tonight.


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Taped Veronica Mars on Friday night, went to watch it and it was "Friday Night Games" .. what the..?? So checked the program for the next week and can't find it anywhere.. have channel 10 cancelled it?


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On the way up to Armidale I stopped at Flaming Mountain (?) rest area to look at the stars. Plopped the camera on the bonnet of the car and took a couple of pics. At 30 seconds, the streak marks of the stars are visible. This is 10 seconds. Still a bit of movement, although unfortunately it didn't quite focus right either.

The constellation should be familiar, if upside down for you people on the other side of the world :)


And he can't either!!

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John has resigned also :( Gonna change the whole lunch time dynamic it is. Everyone keeps leaving. *sigh*

Campbell's leaving to go work in London.

But he can't do that.. cia just won't be the same without him :(


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Thoroughly lacking inspiration at work at the moment. Lacking direction and feeling a bit squished. My todo list is full of crap. I want something new and exciting to do.

And then I get home and the todo list is also long and boring.

Although I did manage to make a quick and dirty index of the wedding photos.

Dirty Weekend

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So Stu and I had a dirty weekend away. Except there was no sex involved. Heh.

No in fact we spent the whole weekend getting *actually* dirty in an emergency working bee at Arian's. Much progress was made, although much still remained by the time we had to leave.

Except for pizza Saturday night, all I ate all weekend was maccas. Two salads, two breakfasts and two small fries. Considering the amount of physical activity I put in, I wonder if I lost any weight...

Thoroughly exhausted now, and my right hammies are killing me....


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Marathon cleaning day today.


10.5 Hours

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So we had the shortest countdown ever today - a mere 10.5 hours. It was looking possible last night that the countdown would be less than 48 hours, but it wasn't until 2pm today that it was confirmed.


More than moguls

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There's more to the winter olympics than the moguls and downhill skiing. Although you'd never know it (at least from the limited times I've watched it).

Other than that my day was pretty sucky. Sami has decided not to move, so I'm going to be squished between people forever more (or at least until we get a new building or I end up in Canberra or somewhere silly). J wasn't in either so I felt somewhat lost most of the day and really didn't get anything done. Did get to see Jodi's wedding photos which was cool. And all my babies are doing ok, although mama guppy upstairs is still looking quite lethargic :( Will bring my tank downstairs tomorrow. Remind me to get something for Merideth for taking care of them for me for a couple of months.

25 words or less

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ok so maybe not exactly. But a brief summary of the rest of the trip (Stu is included in all activities as a given, except the food shopping on Sunday :) ):

Sunday: lazed around, went food shopping, went for a walk, had lamb roast for dinner
Monday: wandered into Canberra, had lunch with Mishi and Damien, went suburb scouting, went for a swim in the Murrumbidgee River, had trout for dinner that Scotty caught
Tuesday: went on a fish shop crawl with Scott, had a rest, went to me little brother's wedding
Wednesday: entertained Lily for a couple of hours, did a car swap, drove home, dinner at J&G's, put my boy on a plane

And to keep me amused while I wait to make sure Stu gets home ok, I'm uploading pics of the wedding. Sorry I'm crap at culling, and I haven't gotten around to making an index page yet.. :)


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So me little brother got married today, and I got meself a sister-in-law. Was a lovely casual wedding followed by a very unique reception aboard a train.

Congrats guys *hugs*

sleepie in Yass

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Picked up the boy from the airport, ate Krispy Kreme sundaes, got ourselves organised, drove to Yass, dozed, ate pizza, watched tv.

Considering we didn't really do anything today, I feel rather tired. Must have been the 5:45 alarm :/

Stale Twisties

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Fun fact about Kazza #52:

I *love* stale Twisties!
Is that weird? Does anyone else love stale twisties more than fresh ones? Am I a freak? :):) Stale twisties have a certain texture to them, a chewiness that I really like. Totally love them :)

So there

Stressful day

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Gosh today was stressful. Well at least the morning was. Hammering, drilling, partitioning, NOISE! And trying to fix broken live things and get everything done before the weekend. The afternoon was a little better, although worried that when Jodi comes back next week and everyone moves in they'll want to start throwing things out. Bit stressed out I won't be there for moving day :(

Have had some Drambuie and vodka and watching the Grammys and feeling significantly better...

Row of petunias

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Aren't they cute?

Row of petunias


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So was chatting in the office today and turned to walk back to my desk, and went WHACK with my shin against a filing cabinet draw that was on the floor. As this was to be my weight bearing leg, I had nowhere to go except flat on the floor. Splat. Yay. So now I'm going to have bruises all over my legs and arms.

I have that damned song in my head. Playing "Ticket to Ride" with J&G tonight couldn't possibly have had anything to do with it.. surely..


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So the new version of webalizer will now process raw IIS log files. So no more munching them up into NCSA format with perl. Coolness. Spent a decent chunk of the evening changing over gamera. That'll free up a couple of hours of processing time on the machine every night. Always a good thing on 5+ year old hardware.

Spose I should blog

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So that I can go to bed.

First full day in the newly renovated office. And suddenly seating arrangements aren't definite anymore. Felt too unsettled to get any real work done. Altho did do a few bits and pieces.

Bought some pots and potting mix. Want to plant some more petunias.

Sunset from ZanziBar in Newtown
Sunset over Newtown

Sunset over Newtown

A mystery bird, seen at dusk at my parents' place. Stu thinks it might be a juvenile Australian Koel
Mystery bird

Luc's birthday present

First of the Month

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As is recent tradition, it being the first of the month, people didn't show up for dinner. In fact none of the offspring or spouses were there, only two of the (little) kids (although not so little - Thomas turned 9 yesterday - truly frightening), and Brad. Which actually was kinda cool, cause Brad works with aeroplanes and always talks about cool stuff.

Last night I trekked out to visit the little brother and my soon-to-be sister in law. We watched a couple of episodes of Knight Rider - it really was a terrible show! Then the South Park movie, which was just plain silly (but then I've never watched any South Park), then the Stepford Wives, which was ok.

In between I shopped, tidied, and sorted lego.

Worth repeating

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I've seen this before, but saw it again recently on ozguru.

Interesting Year 1981
1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament.
4. Pope Died

Interesting Year 2005
1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament
4. Pope Died

Lesson to be learned: The next time Charles gets married, someone should definitely warn the Pope Aussie Cricket Team.

Moving Day

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So it was decided that today we should move offices. Except that the new office wasn't ready. They hadn't patched any network points. The door and walls were being painted. Sprinklers were being installed. The airconditioning was leaking. The desks weren't in the right spots.

It was going to be a long day.

So the dudes that were there to move our desks showed up in the morning, and we said, well *we* can't move until the new office is ready. So the thought was that we would shift all our gear, the desks would be moved, and we'd continue work where we were on temporary desks. Like that was ever going to happen. We cleared our desks and they got moved, but then we just stood around going "now what?". So we went to an early lunch. The afternoon was just as much of a mess. When there were a few less tradesmen in the room, we eventually did start moving our stuff into our new room (actually for us it was the room we left a couple of years ago).

It was a very long day.

And our space is so much more limited. "Help help I'm being oppressed" sprang to mind constantly heh. No shelving yet, so everything is in piles and boxes. I have no phone and not likely to for a couple of days. My computer is attached to the network via a cable connected to one of the original pre-renovation patch points.

It's going to be a messy week.

Poker Night #3

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Did better than poker night #1, but not as good as poker night #2. Came fourth tonight, but was in a good position to come third until I matched a big bid that I shouldn't have and lost. Was pretty grumpy with myself over that.

Oh well.

Meme of fours

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Tagged by CC, also seen on Blogography (and probably elsewhere that I haven't caught up with yet :) )

Four jobs you've had in your life:

  1. packer of pies at Loftus Pies
  2. answerer of phones at ozemail
  3. answerer of phones at cia
  4. babysitter of servers at uni

Four movies you could watch over and over again (not to be confused with favourite movies):

  1. Peter Pan
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. The Hunt for Red October
  4. The Sound of Music

Four TV shows you love(d) to watch (among many others):

  1. MacGyver
  2. Airwolf
  3. The Mole
  4. The Amazing Race

Four places you've lived:

  1. here
  2. marrickville
  3. my parents
  4. nowhere else really

Four places you've been on vacation to:

  1. USA (x3)
  2. Canada
  3. Lots of Australia in lots of holidays
  4. New Zealand (when I was 18 months old)

Four places you would rather be (or where you'll like to visit?):

  1. Austria/Switzerland
  2. The rest of Europe
  3. East half of USA
  4. Lord Howe Island

Four of your favourite foods:

  1. roast pork
  2. peppermint chocolate
  3. potato crisps
  4. roast chicken

Four websites you visit daily:

  1. tv guide
  2. weather pixie (via active desktop and my pixie page)
  3. kazza.cia.com.au (as my default page on my browser)
  4. google

Four tagged:
I don't tag people. It's a policy. :)

Got some more practise in on my bbq licence tonight. Charred the onions a little though, but the steak, chicken and bacon turned out beautifully :)

Then we watched Spaceballs, which I haven't seen in probably 15 years at least.

And now just catching up on some blogs, and saw a comment by Aurelius in Fiona's blog .. which made me wonder how on earth he got there (aurelis-di-tokenwoman-rhiannon-fiona perhaps?? or maybe just kazza-fiona :) ). The blogosphere is such a spooky place like that sometimes. I'm sure you could have all sorts of fun doing degrees of separation studies on it all.

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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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