November 2006 Archives
Found while filing 4000 photos, unfiled since March..
A panorama of sunrise over Lake George one July morning..
I missed this all the other times I looked at this photo..
And this taken on the weekend..
So my "way cool" of the day was driving around the airport and seeing the A380 parked at the international terminal. It's a big sucker. The jets on it are enormous and it's tail sticks way up into the sky over the 747s. I didn't get a good angle to see how fat it was. I suppose the fact that I was driving at ~50km/hr in peak hour traffic didn't help much either :( It's supposed to be here til noon tomorrow, so might sneak another peek at it tomorrow morning.
Gosh, I go away for a couple of days and all sorts of stuff happens. Like I get home tonight and start trying to catch up on my blog news feeds and find this, and I'm like *egads* heheh. I went to find my own first commenter, and found I'd missed a few comments over the weekend (cause they normally get emailed to me, but the webserver was having a spac over the weekend and I didn't get the emails, so only just discovered those comments!) Some of the very original blogs I started reading are actually still around which is way cool. JC, CC, and Dennis I started reading in the first few days of my life in the blogosphere and they're still going. I'm pretty sure JC was my first ever commenter, and he was probably the first person I ever commented on too :)
So anyway. Four days of my life not blogged .. does anyone care? Probably not, but hey, this is for my own benefit, not anyone else's :)
Friday was easy day at work. Couple of lazy hours work in the morning followed by our Christmas party, which we had early cause one of the guys is going overseas this week. Ah crap, that reminds me, I'm gonna have to be the one changing tapes for December.. hrmmmmmm. Anyway, party was very pleasant, and then I hopped in my car and trekked down to Canberra.
Saturday was a trek to Belconnen for some shopping, with the evening at Scott and Kerry's with some nice Pakistani food and Monsters Inc.
Sunday was local shopping, and then out to Yass for Stu's birthday cake (the Other Stu :) )
This morning when my alarm went off at 6 I basically burst into tears and it was all I could do to actually get out of bed and go to work. Was positively dreading it. It turned out to be not so bad, I did actually get a couple of things done and kept all the crap-heapers at bay. The dreaded meetings database is still hanging over my head though, but I can avoid that another day, with a meeting with Luc on Wednesday to have another look at it. Tomorrow we upgrade the mail server to 7.0.2.. which has the potential to be messy heh :)
CSS/notes broke me today. Well more the point, someone else's implementation of a bunch of hacks taken from another system, merged into a database that was messy to start with, and had elements from another cms conflicting all over the place. I have been procrastinating starting this job for good reason. And so when I sat down today to do it, I knew why I had been procrastinating for so long. After about four hours of sitting and staring at it and trying to figure out what went where, I basically lost it, and Luc said he'd have a look for me.
Actually I want the last book more... :)
.. real hot! Hottest things is my shorts, I could cook things in them .. .. if I'd been wearing shorts that is, heh
It got hot today. 39C at one point according to my weather pixie, with 8% humidity. And then around 5:30pm a change blew through and dropped nearly 20 degrees in an hour :)
.. it's 27C at 5:30am ...
Today is going to be icky ...
Get home. Have dinner. Get ready for bed. That's literally all I've done tonight.
/me collapses in a heap.
aka Birthday Self Promotion Cross Promotion
As seen at Kevin's. I think the idea is more for when your own birthday is coming up. Well mine's not til August 14 and I'll have forgotten all about this idea by then, so I'm doing it now.
So go ahead, leave a post with your birthday.. even if you don't have a blog.. please..!! :)
Six years ago today (well in a few hours in real time), I took this ..
.. and this ..
.. and this ..
.. and this ..
Just ten months later they were gone ....
Spent a decent chunk of today (while watching Crackerjack and the Red Bull Air Race in Perth) just dusting down and putting away my Star Destroyer. Dusting is a huge pain, because it's not just dust - it's grime as well. The thing has been completed for two years now, and it's been sitting on my dining room table right next to the kitchen all that time. Which means it's gotten cooking grime on it :( So I have to essentially scrub each piece with a moist cloth and dry it. It's taking more time to disassemble it than to assemble it! Did the body section and one of the wings today.
I also cooked a delicious roast chicken and potato bake, with roast garlic that I finally got right. Made a nice change from a very vegetarian week of food :) Also went for a walk, which I haven't done in a while. Want to lose 5-10 kilos to be in the lower end of normal, instead of the upper end.
Also spent a big chunk of the weekend missing Stu and all the stuff he was getting up to on his weekend. Was missing the very act of him *being*. Hopefully we'll be living together before too long. That'll be nice.
Had a fairly productive day. Got a bit of housework done, put up my Christmas lights in the study, caught up on some videos, started dusting and putting away my Star Destroyer, did up a 12-week cleaning roster, cooked an "interesting" dinner.
Miss Stu tho :(
And for a few photos...
First up we have the stuffed capsicum I made last monday night...
Followed by my "Pesto Veggies" dinner - mushrooms, capsicum and tomatoes fried in a little butter, with a few dollops of pesto thrown in. Mixed in with some wholegrain pasta and topped with cheese (I added more cheese after the photo was taken :) )
I really need to play some more with movement photos. These are my led lights taken at 1/8th second, while manually moving the zoom out. Strangely enough, in 1/8th of a second, you see 6 cycles of a 50Hz light, and six frames of movement.
Came 5th in cia poker tonight. Eight starting players but two buy-ins, so essentially I made the top half .. heh.. mucked myself up early though, so didn't have much chance of making it to the top three. Oh well :) Still fun.
It snowed in Canberra yesterday. It snowed in Armidale today. Flipping heck the weather is nuts :) And I want snow dammit!! heheh
Liking tonight's episode of the Amazing Race. Plenty of been-theres in DC. This series is proving to be a lot of fun. I already have a favourite family I want to win heh. Very American road-trippy, just the way I like it :) I wonder how much international travel they'll end up doing....
View from Mt Tamborine
Paraglider taking off
View from The Polish Place
Sausage dogs looking hopefully at Stu
Mystery cichlids at Chay and David's
ok somewhat lame, but you can see Stu's old house from here.. heh
Armidale (you can see Arian's house in the original, and the smudge of where Diana's house should be)
While my November is chockers, my December is almost completely blank. I have two things on - on the 1st and the 2nd. The rest of the month is free.
So cia decides to have its Christmas party on the 1st. Flipping heck! I have so little on during December the chances of double bookings should be pretty low. But no.
So now have to decide which one to go to :(
As any FlyBaby will tell you, routines are vital.
So when you get home late and Stu gets online early, then when you get up at 9:15 and the fish haven't been fed, emails haven't been downloaded, photos haven't been downloaded, and you haven't had your drink, you get somewhat grumpy with yourself.
All I did manage to achieve tonight was finishing Google-earthing my flight yesterday. 200-odd points marked off :)
YOU CAN ONLY TYPE ONE WORD NO EXPLANATIONS!
1. Yourself: me
2. Your girlfriend/boyfriend: Stu!
3. Your hair?: blonde
4. Your mother?: mum
5. Your Father?: dad
6. Your Favorite Item: camera
7. Your dream last night: armageddon
8. Your Favorite drink: oj
9. Your dream car: wrx
10. The Room You Are In: study
11. Your Ex: married
12. Your fear: loss
13. What you want to be in 10 years: wife
14. Who you hung out with last night? friends
15. What You're Not?: sane
16. Muffins: blueberry
17: One of Your Wish List Items: MacGyver
18: Time: 2244
19. The Last Thing You Did: typed
20. What You Are Wearing: clothes
21. Your Favorite Weather: breezy
22. Your Favorite Book: STVI **
23. The Last Thing You Ate: dinner
24. Your Life: uncertain
25. Your Mood: subdued
26. Your body: unconditioned
27. What are you thinking about right now? memes
29. What are you doing at the moment? typing
30. Your summer? coming
31. Best part of your life: Stu
** how the heck are you meant to do a book title in one word? unless your favourite book just happened to be one word..? :)
Came home today .. sigh ..
The yokult David gave me last night worked wonders. Felt instantly better, and was fine after that.
This morning Stu went into the city for work, and I drove out to the airport. Even though I thought I had left plenty of time, by the time I got delayed with slow traffic, having to get petrol, return the car, then trek down to the other end of the terminal and wait for security to check my bag, I made the plane with only about 7 minutes to spare! Yipe! That is so unlike me. So very stressful. Thank heavens for web check-in and not having check-on luggage!
I wish I'd discovered web check-in earlier. You can pick your seat online and print out your own boarding pass. Way cool. If I'd known that before Saturday I would have gotten that window seat. Although I might then have lost all the photos anyway - I seem to be missing one of my memory cards - I think it might have fallen out of my camera bag on the plane :( So I lost some pics from Saturday night, but also some mystery pics that I'm not sure what I took .. There was a missing week, and a total of 70 photos missing. Damned annoying.
Did some shopping on the way home, then got pissed off at the neighbours who seem to be opening the door deliberately to annoy me. I closed it three times this afternoon and within half an hour it was open again. At this rate I'll be removing the catch ...
Other than that, I did actually get the dusting and vacuuming done (the dusting done with my spiffy new FlyLady feather duster!), and cooked an "interesting" meal of capsicum stuffed with potato, cheese, tomato and garlic. Need to work on the timings of things tho.
Miss the boy.
Dreading going to work tomorrow :(
So this morning was pretty slow. Stu thought it would be nice to go for a drive in the fancy car, so we programmed Mt Tamborine into the satnav and away we went. We partly followed its directions and partly ignored them, chosing to go our own way :) On top of the mountain we looked at the view, watched some parasailers take off, and had lunch at The Polish Place - which was very nice, but my tummy was still unsettled so I didn't eat much. Next time I go I'll be hungry heh. Aside from the heat and the view, it was all very European, down to the music being played and the dacshund dogs after some bacon fat :)
Wandered back down the mountain and back out to Chay and David's. We watched Superman Returns before dinner, and Stick It over pizza. David gave me some yokult, which I'm hoping will replace all the good bacteria I destroyed over two nights of drinking... We shall see :)
Some days you do both.
Had a pretty sucky week at work, not feeling very motivated at all. Friday it made me cry cause it was all just too hard.
Saturday was flying day. However we couldn't get a window seat cause the plane was full. And it was a glorious day, perfect for taking photos :( When we flew into Brisbane we came in from the city side instead of across the bay, which I've never done in daylight from the left side of the plane, so I don't have any photos, and the woman in the window seat sat there reading a book for the entire flight. It was The. Most. Frustrating. Thing. Ever. Far out I was pissed off.
The hire car we got has a satellite navigation system, so we used it to see what route it would take us on to Chay and David's. That was pretty funky, although not very clear with its instructions sometimes.
Made it out here and had a relaxing afternoon, followed by much alcohol, meat and singing. We're all feeling a little seedy this morning heh :)
To the f@#$er who, when I was stuck on a two lane road behind someone turning right, and after my path was clear I accelerated to make up lost ground, decided that my acceleration was blocking him from merging *into the side of me* and started f@#%ing beeping at me, and then when I turned off later beeped me again - fuck off and die!!!!!
To my f@#$ing neighbours who persist in leaving the *security front door* latched open, making this not a security building anymore - fuck off and die!!!!!
A little harsh perhaps? Shrug. People suck.
For some reason I have Prince's "Party Man" stuck in my head... no idea why ..... :)
Other than that, had a slow day at home, followed by fizzling at Alan and Marylon's ... very nice.. :)
(Taking from Kevin's tradition of using song lyrics for entry titles :) )
Firstly we have our noble effort of raising money for Breast Cancer research, in the form of pink and white M&Ms purchased while out shopping for lunch/bits and pieces.
While out shopping, I couldn't resist the urge to buy these way cool led lights
After shopping, we went out for dinner with J&G&family, followed by a game of "Puerto Rico", which was somewhat confusing. In the end George won.
When I got home, I photographed the star burst lights, as well as the plasma ball I've had for a long time
We finally got around to watching Star Trek II tonight. I'd been itching to watch it since seeing Space Seed a few weeks ago.
I've been on training all week. A big waste of money unfortunately, as I probably knew 90% of what was being taught :( Still, I did learn a few useful things. Now to study for the exam.
Even more changes afoot at work. It's going to be very sad, and also a little weird. More incentive to move to Canberra.......
The boy was in the city today too, which was kinda nifty. And have him for another four days yayyy :)
Every year about this time, railway verges are dotted with dozens of golden flowers reaching for the sun. These annuals have always been a favourite of mine. We even had a crop of them every year in our backyard until my mother went on a weeding spree before they flowered, and that was the end of them.
I was very sad.
I could never say coreopsis when I was little - they were, and still are, Goldilocks's. I think I like my name better.
Heard the year's first cicadas tonight too.