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Made it to Sydney

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Gosh what a crazy two days.

Let's see. Friday morning after we logged off, we caught and packed up all the fishies and put them into baggies. All good. And carried on cleaning what we could. Then the removalist showed up. Yes, one removalist. Actually he was just a packer, not a remover. So this dude, by himself, spent about four hours just packing stuff. So much for a team of packers to come through and blitz the place. There was an hour or two when we couldn't really do anything, because the surfaces we needed to clean were inaccessible behind boxes of stuff. We were also getting stressed because the carpet cleaners were due to arrive and there was no visible carpet to clean :( When he did turn up though, he kindly arranged to get the key off the estate agent and come back next week to do it. Anyway the removalists finally arrived and three blokes in their blue singlets blitzed the emptying of the house. I ran around after them with the vacuum cleaner to get the excess of dust off the floor so they could take the vacuum cleaner with them as that last thing heh. We also ran around with spray and wipe and chux cleaning surfaces as they became available. It was about 7:30pm by the time we'd tetrised the car and returned the key and said goodbye to a lovely flat.

The way the removalists worked was different to what I expected. Rather than filling up a truck and driving that truck down to Canberra and unloading at the other end, they instead filled up a shipping container. Then the container is taken either by road or rail down to Canberra, and another team will unload it. Which was pretty nifty. Although of course it does mean that we don't actually know yet when the container will be arriving. Hopefully next weekend would be useful. So I'm not going down today, but perhaps next weekend, or maybe the one after.

Next it was over to Chay and David's for a wonderful lasagna dinner, a few drinks, and a game or two of the new Buzz (general knowledge, which I did a lot better at than with the music trivia version). And a place to crash for the night. Thanks guys!

Yesterday the long long drive. Got away at 9:13. Got here about 12:45 :( We had a coffee stop in Warwick, a lunch stop in Tenterfield (we had to try the honeycomb cheesecake at the Coachman's Cafe :) ), a tea/coke stop in Tamworth, and a nice break at Arian's parent's place (where Arian had been all week so caught up with her here instead of Armidale :) ). Traffic was fairly light which was good. The fish in the baggies seem to be ok so far. My fish at home seem ok. And a lovely sleep in this morning :)

Last

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Last post from Brisbane (probably). Certainly the last from this computer before it gets packed up and shipped to Canberra.

Another busy cleaning day yesterday, as well as going into town and *finally* meeting Stu's old boss, and one last coffee downstairs.

The flat here is in a strange state of half-packededness. Most we are leaving for the removalists, but some things have been packed so we know where they are. The next task is to catch all the fish and bag them up, wait for the removalists, then clean like crazy when they're done.

Probably no posts from me for a while - the new blackberry lets me post, but doesn't wait for the rebuild to happen, so the post is never actually published :(

See you on the other side :)

Ooops, yesterday

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Didn't get any cleaning done yesterday cause ended up being out most of the day .. oops. Did look at a couple of fish shops, and Stu bought himself an lcd monitor. And had dinner with Shazzy and Tash which was lovely.

Today the plan is to finish the todo list ... hrmmmmmmm :)

I have no life...

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From Woosang:

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 90 movies, you have no life.
Mark the ones you've seen.
There are 191 movies on this list.
Put your score at the bottom and repost.


(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) The Mexican
(x) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story (1)
( ) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane (Flying HIgh in Aust)
Total: 5


(x) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
(x) Napolen Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(x) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
Total: 5

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total: 0

(x) Harry Potter
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch.
( ) Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a Glitch
Total: 7

(x) Finding Nemo
(x) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) Thirteen Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
Total: 4

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
Total: 2

( ) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
( ) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumb & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
Total: 1

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total: 0

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( )Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
Total: 2


( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
(x) Se7en
(x) Ocean's Eleven
( ) Ocean's Twelve
( ) Identity
( ) Lone Star
(x) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
TOTAL: 3

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss' Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) Frailty
Total: 2

( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She's All That
(x) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
Total: 5

(x) X-Men
(x) X2
(x) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Others
(x) Freaky Friday (I've seen the original with Jodi Foster, not the new one)
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
Total: 6

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
( ) Walk to Remember
( ) Boogeyman
Total: 4

( ) Hitch
(x) The Fifth Element
(x) Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Episode II Attack of The Clones
(x) Star Wars Episode III Revenge of The Sith
(x) Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Episode VI Return of The Jedi
( ) Troop Beverly Hills
( ) Swimming with Sharks
Total: 7

(x) Air Force One
( ) For Richer or Poorer
(x) Trainspotting
( ) People Under the Stairs
( ) Blue Velvet
(x) Sound of Music
(x) Parent Trap
(x) Parent Trap Re-make
(x) The Birds
(x) The Terminator
(x) Terminator-2
(x) T-3
Total: 9

( ) Empire Records
( ) SLC Punk
(x) Meet Joe Black
( ) Nightmare Before Christmas
(x) The Silence of the Lambs
( ) Sleepy Hollow
( ) I Heart Huckabees
( ) 24 Hour Party People
( ) Blood In Blood Out
Total: 2

( ) Thirteen
( ) Manic
( ) American History X
( ) Deep Blue Sea
(x) George of the Jungle
( ) Canadian Bacon
( ) How High
( ) The Jacket
( ) My litte pony 1986
Total: 1

My total = 65

Well there you go .. does that mean I have a life after all...? :)

Cleaning day

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Hard core cleaning day today. Although spent most of it on the bathroom. Which looks fantastic now. Took it a bit easier in the afternoon after an entirely evilly delicious pepperoni pizza on puff pastry. And the potato bake tonight... yummm :) And got to meet Willett and Javaira too which was cool - putting faces to names I'd only ever read about :)

The trip so far

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A nice view of Sydney's Air Traffic Control Tower.

Sydney Air Traffic Control Tower

A nice sunset from the plane

Sunset

The Story Bridge from Stu's office on his last day at the QCA

Story Bridge

Double the cheese kransky goodness....

Kranskys

Stu has this Chinese figures he got from a market in The Valley. I think I've posted them before, but they're in a cool position in his flat to have quite dramatic lighting, which makes for interesting photography.

Figures

Figures

Figures

A scrumptious dinner we made tonight - potato and onion bake. Basically we needed to finish off four potatoes, two onions, half a jar of garlic, and a chunk of extra tasty cheese. So we bought some cream and baked the whole lot of it together with wheatgerm and parmesan cheese crusting. Yummo :)

Potato Bake

Todo carries on

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Fairly productive day today. Went out for breakfast to Ascot Provisions - I was craving a cheese kransky. Except that I ended up with two kranskys, two eggs and some toast, and I didn't get through it all.. oops! Then went into town to do some shopping for Stu. He spent lots of money, but ended up with quite a few new clothes/shoes etc. Then came back and did a lot of tidying up around the flat. Tomorrow we get to do the really *fun* stuff - cleaning the oven, kitchen, bathroom and toilet.. :)

Todo

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Didn't get a whole lot done today after a decent sleepin from our big night last night heh. But did go through the todo list and make a start on tidying up the study and sorting stuff out. Went to the markets to get some supplies, and looked at the fishies at AquaZoo, and had some nice steak and ice cream for dinner/dessert.

Tomorrow will involve some shopping and a lot of cleaning.

Wandered down the coast today and ended up near Byron. Went for a swim at the beach and the nearby lagoon before wandering back.

Then to Chay and David's for a lovely roast dinner and the new version of SingStar, which surprisingly I knew most of the songs on. Quite a few beers later and I'm still buzzing somewhat :)

QCA blogging

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Sitting in the QCA blogging. Well there's not much else to do :) Had a nice lunch for Stu, attended by half the QCA, at the Jade Buddha across the road. Now just hanging out waiting for Stu to finish up on his last day. There's talk of a game of Unreal Tournament later.. :)

One story I was reminded of at lunch, was the funniest thing I saw yesterday. This dude at the airport had a plane on a leash! It was the funniest thing to watch. He held onto it as it reversed out, and it really looked like he was leading it away from the terminal. I'd have taken a photo, but it was looking directly into the sun and it wouldn't have done it justice anyway.

Oh and the other funny thing from yesterday, is James is helping out at the Xbox 360 Water Balloon Challenge. How much fun does that look! :)

Last Flight

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Last flight to Brissy tonight .. that was a little sad - I rather like flying and will miss it somewhat. Had a lovely view of the city lights as we came into land, it was really pretty.

And oh sooooo good to be with my boy again :):):)

23

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Or maybe 22. It's a bit hard to tell :)
One of my young guppys (born at the end of November last year) had 23 or so of her own babies this morning. She was still big when I looked this morning, then Houssein came along and asked about the new babies, and I said what babies, and he pointed at them heehee :) Was very exciting - I'm a grandmother .. er.. sorta :)

Starting to lose count of how many little fish I have now.. heh :)

Freecycle

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With any luck I'll be getting a tv from someone on freecycle tomorrow. ok so it's broken cause it got knocked off its pedestal, but it *might* be a simple fix. If it can be fixed that'd solve 1/3-1/2 of my audio-visual problems.

Dinner

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Dinner (roast meat) at the parents with D&Y. Goodness. Saw some honeymoon pics. Much more to be seen.

Bored

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Lemon

Steam engine at Yass Railway Museum

Berries on a tree in Yass

Hanging Rock Road (next time I'll try and get a better one)

The sky looked like a painting after rain the other night

Not so much today

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Had a decent day today. Didn't get as much done as yesterday, but got some stuff done. The dvd recorder needed to be rebooted because it was outputting snow and couldn't hold it's vertical hold. What's with that?? Needing to reboot a hifi device?? But at least plugged directly into the tv the black bar that's been haunting commercial dvds wasn't there. Yay.

Half way through Half Blood Prince (and watched Chamber of Secrets on dvd).

Strangely sleepie considering how little I did today... maybe I didn't do enough...

Good Friday

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Had a good Good Friday.

Actually managed to achieve quite a lot.

Got the last four hours of Looney Tunes recorded to dvd. Did two loads of washing including my sheets and towels. Water changed the krib tank and watered my plants. Read a fifth or so of the Half Blood Prince. Upgraded our file server (switched to new hardware). Watched (or half watched rather) the Passion of the Christ.

The file server upgrade still isn't finished, still have a todo list left of things I need to fix up. And the whole process took an awfully long time. Worried that the new server feels slower than the old one. Just getting properties on a directory and having it count up bytes takes longer on the new server :( Will watch it over the weekend and see how we go.

Half watching the Passion of the Christ was probably a good thing. Actually for the last half of it I didn't even have the volume up which further detaches you from it. I imagine it'd have felt a lot more brutal if your whole attention was dedicated to it. And while I'm here, can anyone explain to me why non-Christians celebrate Easter at all..? Christmas I can understand in a way, but not Easter.

The Biggest Loser

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I've been watching "The Biggest Loser" most nights since it started. It's vaguely interesting. But only as a "reality" show. As a weight-loss show it's not particularly helpful. Like they briefly show them in the gym from time-to-time. And they don't show what they're eating *at all*. So there's no educational value in it at all really.

And what's with constantly talking about calories? Aren't we in Australia? Doesn't all the nutritional info in Australia have kilojoules?

It's all terribly silly really.

Updates

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Borrowed a telly off the parents on Monday night. Tonight my old telly decided to start working again. Yay. An intermittent problem. Nearly impossible to fix. It did the same thing a few months ago for about a minute. This time it was longer, but it could be months before it happens again.

Then I had a headlight that had died. And then it decided to start working again. What's with that?? When light bulbs die, they die, they don't come back to life. Unless is some odd electrical fault.

The netphone is still dead. The netphone dude I talked to suggested all the troubleshooting I'd tried, and then said to send it in and they'd swap it out. Yay.

And I think I'm getting a cold sore. Yay.

My tv died tonight. The dvd recorder doesn't play commercial dvds properly. My vcr can't tune any channels so can't record on that. The netphones are fubar. I'm sick of it!!

Househunting

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So the boy flew in on Friday night, and at the crack of dawn yesterday (read: 5:30am) we got up and drove down to Canberra to look for places to rent. He fell in love with the first place we looked at. The other two places we saw were less than ideal, and a bunch more we didn't get to see inside because they didn't have open for inspections but might get Scott and Kerry to look at a few of those. In between we had one morning tea with Scott and Kerry, and another one with Mishi and got to meet L and discuss Harry Potter and Star Wars Lego at length, and lunch at Subway in town. And then out to Yass for a much needed afternoon siesta and dinner.

Lazy morning this morning, then wandered back to Sydney. Stopped to breathe for a moment, then headed to Alan and Marylon's for a belated first of the month.

And now it's 10:20pm and we have to be up at 5am for the boy's flight back.... sound like fun..? :)

Crapfest

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Crapfest 1:

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Crapfest 2:

My netphone isn't working :( Was going to call Stu on it this morning and it's sitting on wait login. Even after checking it had a link light and rebooting it.

Crapfest 3:

A krib had jumped into the guppy baby chamber at work this morning and eaten four of the five babies. Rescued the other one but the bowl water feels very cold now, which is probably slowing all the babies' metabolisms right down...

*sigh*

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After all that

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So the glass catfish was looking well. He was swimming around and eating his food. His little antennae were growing back and he was looking healthy.

And then he died.

*sigh*

Blah

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Bit of a blah day today. *stuff* just pissed me off.

Like people that *constantly* leave their chairs in the middle of the confined spaces of our office, so that I have to walk around them or push them out of the way *every single freaking time*. J's high and mighty solution: just push it out of the way and deal with it. Yeah good on you.

Or international phone lines that drop out so you can't hear what they're saying and you have to get them to repeat themselves constantly, with the added fun of two other people *right behind me* on their respective phones making trying to hear what's going on even more fun.

Or people that push in. I HATE people that push in. I hate selfish people. I hate people that don't give a damn about anyone else except themselves.

The new office arrangements are really stressing me out. I don't know how much longer it's going to be before I crack :/

Yay. Fun. I'm going to bed now.

Mushroom salad

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I didn't have anything to blog about tonight, so thought I'd put up a pic of my dinner - mushrooms and tomatoes fried in garlic and olive oil, and added to a lettuce mix - but found a bunch of other cool photos on the camera...

Mushroom salad

The carnation variety I have on my balcony...

Carnations

Carnation bud

And the fairy lights I finally took down tonight...

Fairy lights

Fairy lights

Fairy lights

Fairy lights

Fairy lights

Fairy lights

Glowlights

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Got eight glowlight tetras yesterday. They're very cute and school with the neons.

Not very good photos unfortunately .. the flash washes all the colour out, and don't get enough light without it...

Glowlight Tetras

Glowlight Tetras

Autumn

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I know autumn has been going for a month now, but it hit for the first time yesterday. It was so cold I closed my window so I could sleep, I was freezing. Even now I have a jumper on!

Yesterday I ploughed through my todo list (which consisted mainly of tidying and vacuuming). To the point where late yesterday afternoon I was wondering what I should do with myself for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

Today I finally installed sp1 onto one of my servers. And pottered. And then spent the afternoon at Chris' housewarming barbeque. Had a few beers and it was all pleasant enough, but I came home feeling quite emotional. Have I ever mentioned how much I miss Stu when he's not around?

Going to have an early night methinks.

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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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