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2006 Year in Review

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Don't have a whole lot of energy for this tonight. But I left it so long last year that MT couldn't figure out how to place the entry, and it only ended up being viewable in the day-to-day links, and not in the monthly archives. So I'm just going to do it a bit quickly.

Did quite a lot of travelling this year, although only locally. Several trips to Queensland, including spending a nice first week of the year there. Much time spent with Chay and David, singing badly but eating well :) Got to visit them for a couple of days at the end of the year too which was nice. Also many visits to Canberra (more on that later), including taking hundreds of photos at Floriade. Another nice little trip was down to Batemans Bay and Mogo Zoo.

At work we moved offices again. I got *squished* in the seating arrangements, but several fish tanks and many guppies helped keep my sanity. Got a new Blackberry 8700 to play with, which I'm very attached to - although more for Poker and Solitaire than anything else I think heh. The main file server threw a disk in March which corrupted the file system *again* and once too often, so we decided then and there to replace the machine. Also spent time playing with windows firewall on all my servers, and locking down the vlan to block most incoming stuff. Towards the end of the year they (oh sorry, there is no "us" and "them" anymore - we've all been assimilated) centralised us in order to cut costs. My boss got seconded into the whole change process, Luc became my boss, and we all ended up with extra crap to deal with. There will be a round of redundancies next year, although noone knows when yet, and I'm hoping to get one and jump ship and go be with my boy. But the whole process and change has left me completely *dreading* going to work at the moment. Which is a shame, because it really is (was?) a wonderful job/place to work. We had a "wake" the Friday after we found out - to celebrate what once was, and the end of an era.

On the fish front, tried twice to breed blue guppies, but both lots died as soon as I got them. One lot in an established tank, the other lot in a fresh tank setup. So no idea what was going on with them there. My big girl angel is my only remaining original survivor, after the death of the other black angel and the three glass catfish. She keeps laying eggs which is kinda sad. Setup a way cool Macquarium at work. Yes, an aquarium in an old macintosh case. It's way way cool. Put three guppies and a betta in there and they've been doing splendidly. Guppies at work (and at home) continue to go nuts. A "fun" morning at work a few weeks ago when the girl in the Macquarium had her babies and the betta at them all heh. At home, got a bunch of glowlight and black neon tetras. The black neons have been doing well, but the glowlights not so well. The plants in that tank are going nuts though. Stu gave me some of his baby multies, which have gotten big enough in the last couple of weeks to start excavating the gravel around their shells. And finally, one of my favourite fish was found murdered on the floor after I accidently left the lids off one night. I was really sad cause he was such a wonderful little fish.

Didn't do much with Lego this year. Just got a lot of it put away that was dusting up my surfaces. And then built all my Harry Potter Lego, photographed it, and put it all away again. After the holidays will try and sell a bunch of it on ebay, so as less to move to Canberra.

Been mostly healthy this year. The usual colds/flus and a few days off work. Flat feet and crap quality shoes caused me some problems, which went away after wearing better shoes. Also dug out my old scales, and (assuming they're accurate), seem to have lost a couple of kilos in the past couple of months. Will be weighing myself a bit more regularly and try and get it down a bit.

Other bits and pieces:

* me little brother got married and I got a neato SIL. Very happy for them
* finished reading the Bible again (in three years read the whole Old Testament once, and the New Testament three times). Longest and most consistently that I've done that *ever*
* several poker nights at work and at cia. Lost all the cia ones, but came first, second and third in work ones.
* been slowly getting FLYwashed and slowly starting to get the hang of things, and having things like a clean bathroom all the time, which is completely foreign to me!
* bought a Netphone for Stu and me, but Stu's has been sitting uselessly in a box because he hasn't been able to get broadband where he is, so that was a complete waste of money. We'll likely be living together before he gets adsl.
* read The Half-Blood Prince again over Easter. Other than that, continued reading Cordelia's Honour which I'm *still* struggling to get through.
* saw a couple of free movies courtesy of IBM and Dell - The Da Vinci Code and Pirates of the Caribbean 2.
* rearranged the furniture/tv in my flat
* finished indexing my USA photos, after 2 1/2 years.
* watched all bar one episode of the first three seasons of TNG
* walked on a piece of glass 300m directly above Sydney traffic on the Sydney Tower Skywalk

And finally.. Stu got a job in Canberra and moved down there at the end of April. Made seeing each other a heck of a lot easier, but the drive is starting to get tiring. Hopefully we won't have to do it for too much longer. Although the prospect of changing jobs is a scary one for me.. Things with Stu have been going wonderfully, and on Christmas Eve (well technically Christmas Day), we got engaged. No wedding date set yet. We'll deal with that next year.. oh wait... it *is* next year... hehe :)

Gosh, well that was a lot longer than expected. Ooops. :)

Photos

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Christmas fairy lights
Fairy lights

Fairy lights

Luc's pile of sample poker chips
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Stu with his poker chip tower creation
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Model A380
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This fortune cookie on Christmas eve was strangely prophetic. So was Stu's actually, I should have gotten a photo of it too
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Family photo, 2006
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Bubbles!
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Zooming through Yass
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Titanic funnels with ear hair
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Sunset in Stu's front garden
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Dusky Moorhen
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Eurasian Coot
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Stu and a family of swans
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Cormorant about to take off
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Kids getting their feet wet
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Kitties!!
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Finally some champagne to celebrate our engagement
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Some grass seeds on the farm
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Farm at sunset
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SM 4 KM. I had to tell Y I'm not an M yet :)
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awwww
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Container ship in Botany Bay
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Bare Island
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Rock erosion at Bare Island
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In Praise of Slow

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Had a couple of slow days. I can't even remember what we did yesterday. Not a whole lot. Had pizza for dinner, I remember that much, because I wanted a copy of Scene It. Today even more nothing, only going out for lunch/to buy dinner. Which Stu cooked - mullet fillets and veggies, very yummy. Stu is watching American Splendour. I started watching it, but had the feeling I'd seen it before and didn't have the patience to sit through it again. .. edit - have seen it before - in 2004!

Oh I remember what we did yesterday. Went to work to change tapes. Also wandered down to La Perouse to have a look around.

Sometimes you need the quiet days....

Home

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Took it easy today. Slow start. Just did a bit of house organising. Had a yummy lunch of some stuff we found in the fridge that needed to be used up before it went off. Then wandered back to my place via D&Y's. Filled up on shortbread at their place, so had some stir-fry veggies for dinner heh. Will put up a pic of the shortbread tomorrow, it was very cute :) Watched some Star Trek, and realised that we'd missed a whole dvd (four episodes) of season 3, when we thought we'd just finished it. So will have to watch those before seeing The Best of Both Worlds part 2.

Lost a girl guppy - I think the big girl that had the 70 babies. I think guppy girls get significantly weakened when they give birth, leaving them vulnerable. They should probably be isolated until they regain their strength .. something to note for future reference...

Which way is up?

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Busy social day today. A slow morning, then met up with Annie and Stu and Rebecca and Alex and kids at Lake Ginninderra for a picnic lunch (our picnic lunch just happened to be from the Scottish restaurant - but it was a salad so doesn't that still count as a picnic..? hehe). Then home for a bit before heading out to see Jeff and Ruth for dinner at the very nice farm they're farm-sitting. And the most adorable three-week-old kittens. I wanted to steal some and take them home hehe :)

And suddenly it's late and we're very tired....

So. Where to begin. Gosh.

Well, Friday night the boy arrived and we had a lovely dinner of kangaroo steaks and potato bake. The kangaroo was absolutely delicious, restaurant quality :)

Saturday we went to Luc and Cynthia's for a BBQ lunch. Was lovely to catch up with them, as hadn't seen them in ages. Also managed to get a parking spot in the shopping centre in about one minute, instead of the fifteen I allowed :) After lunch we did some Christmas shopping for the kids, and did a blitz walk-through of Ikea - I was looking for a lamp that I saw there last time, but they didn't have them this time, so that was a bit annoying. We had leftovers (kangaroo, sausage and potato) for dinner, and watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Sunday we trekked over to see Nana at her favourite restaurant. Meal was ok. And Nana shouted us so that was nice .. but only my parents came so didn't get to see any of the uncles.. oh well. Came home via Bunnings and bought a lamp - a bit more expensive and not quite the same as the Ikea one I'd liked, but it works well and now Stu has a decent reading light at my place :) Sunday night I started getting stressed at everything I still needed to do. I baked another batch of cookies, which Stu was suitably impressed with, and packaged them up for the various clans. Also wrapped the remaining presents while watching Carols by Candlelight.

After the carols finished, we went for a drive, and on the tranquil shores of Botany Bay, under city lights, and Christmas fairy lights from an apartment block above, Stu asked me to marry him and be his partner through life. I made him wait the few seconds til Christmas day to answer yes :) (ok so it wasn't quite the family tradition of proposing on New Year's Eve, but we were impatient :) ). We took some photos and I cried, then we came home and went to bed.

We decided not to go to church in the morning, for the simple reason that we wanted to avoid people making a fuss. That and we'd had a late night and we still hadn't packed, watered plants, fed fish, that sort of nonsense. So we did all that and went directly to the parents' for lunch. Mum of course wasn't fooled. She'd been *looking* for a ring. Flipping heck. Well I suppose at least we didn't have to announce it. But they did make the expected fuss. Gave Luc a call to let him and the entire Coates clan know, so that was an easy tell. Then D&Y turned up and they were suitably excited as well :) Much present opening followed. My biggest surprise was Airwolf season 1!! Which I didn't even know was on dvd yet! Then we had lunch (roast pork yumm), but unfortunately we couldn't hang around (which was disappointing because everyone was in a good mood and it was all very pleasant), as we then had to drive down to Yass. Where Annie had done a *delicious* roast turkey roll. More present opening for more kids, and I finally got Stu to open and play with his present heh. Finished the night with a game of scrabble with Rebecca and Alex, which I flipping won, which like so totally never happens - I hate scrabble! Beating Stu was quite bizarre too.

Which leaves us with today. Decided we needed a quiet day, so slept quite late, snuggled, and eventually got out to go get some food just before lunch time. But because we'd had a late breakfast, we went to Starbucks and played a game of chinese chess on their chess/checker table. It took quite a while, cause I'd never played, and all the symbols confused me for a while. But after a few good suggestions of moves from Stu, I ended up removing all his attacking pieces, so he conceded defeat. Totally unexpected outcome, given that we'd checked each other quite a few times during the game, and I was fully expecting to lose, it being my first game and all. Totally bizarre :) Did our food shopping and came home for a very late lunch of a delicious wrap Stu made. Followed by him painting tin soldiers and me working on my Titanic model. Then a late dinner of kangaroo steaks (same sort we had the other night, and just as delicious) and watched Total Recall.

There we go, all caught up. Phewf. :)
Good night! :)

Best.  Christmas.  Present.  Ever.

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70

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All in all I've had a pretty sucky week. But I'm drinking beer, the boy will be here soon, and one of Stu's big mamas had about 70 babies this morning. Here's 46 of them:

46 guppies

Spent a whole bunch more time on the phone today. I literally felt like this guy was a leech - leeching my day and energy away from me. Maybe I should just not answer the phone at all tomorrow. Try and catch up on the rest of the crap in my inbox. In the very little time that I'll have at work tomorrow. I'd rather be enjoying it than having the energy drained out of me.

Baggage Blues

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Frigging Virgin Blue "Baggage Blues". After repeatedly calling them and being told a different thing literally every time, this last woman I talked to said there was "no possible way" that my memory card would be still on the plane. I'm not convinced, and I'm quite sure noone has actually looked. I know which plane it was on. I know that memory cards won't necessarily get sucked up a vacuum cleaner. I know that something could very likely be pushed into the corner (I was in the back row) and missed. But noone would *look*. They just said "no way". Yeah thanks. For nothing.

Nonsense

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So my message to Sydney central freecycle was rejected because (and I quote):
"Freecycle.org has a guideline of no "first come first served" posts."
Then today they approved this:
... <snip> ... First come first served!
ok, so yes, it was different moderators, but flipping heck, get your act together guys!! If you're going to reject mine, then this should have been rejected too. Flipping.

Work was just insane. Three or four things all happening at once all day. Spent half of it on the phone. Thoroughly sick of it all, given that I was hoping for a nice quiet lead up to Christmas. pffft.

And just for fun :/
Santa got run over

Spam

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Day started off ok. Then I got to work and it went downhill. People going through my stuff, taking bits and then losing them really *really* pisses me off.

Otherwise it was generally a slow day. Moved a server across the road. Well the user did really. I supervised :)

Driving along behind this dude this arvo .. dude, you are so not suave.

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Sarah is leaving cia :( It was bad enough when Campbell left, now it's going to be even harder to go..

My angel keeps laying eggs.. I wonder if she's hoping they'll hatch without a boy. She gets really agro at me whenever I come near the tank. Very funny.

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Council cleanup came and went today. A lot of the stuff I put out got taken beforehand though, so that was cool. I saw a dude walking off with the CRT anti-glare screens last night, so glad they went.

And the Christmas funny of the day:

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And finally, there's a cool doco on SBS right now about spam. Taping it so Stu and I can watch it later.

Dear Nola

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I first heard this years and years ago, and a year later (probably the year I got my tape recorder - as I had it at my Nana's when I heard it again) I managed to get it on tape. Either from that tape recording or possibly some other source on the web, we have the mp3 version. I always thought it was Govnet not Bognot, but other sources disagree. This song gets dragged out every year, it's somewhat of a tradition in our family :)


Dear Nola - aka, what would happen if some actually gave the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas ...

Day 1
Dear Nola,
Thank you very much for your lovely present of a partridge in a pear tree. We are getting the hang of feeding the partridge now, although it was difficult at first to win its confidence. It bit the Mother rather badly on the hand, but they're good friends now, and we're keeping the pear tree indoors in a bucket. Thank you again.
Yours affectionately,
Bognot O'Launacy.

Day 2
Dear Nola,
I cannot tell you how surprised we were to hear from you again so soon again, and to receive your lovely present of two turtle doves. You really are too kind. At first, the partridge was very jealous and suspicious of the doves, and they had a terrible row on the night the doves arrived. We had to send for the vet. But the birds are OK again, and the stitches are due to come out in a week or two. The vet�s bill was �8, but the Mother is over her annoyance now, and the doves and the partridge are watching the telly from the pear tree as I write.
Yours ever,
Bognot

Day 3
Dear Nola,
We must be foremost in your thoughts. I had only posted my letter when the three French hens arrived. There was another sort out between the hens and the doves, who have sided with the partridge, and the vet had to be sent for again. The Mother was raging, for the bill was �16 this time, but she has almost cooled down. However, the fact that the birds droppings keep falling down on our hair while she's watching the telly doesn�t help matters.
Thanking you for your kindness, I remain,
Your Bognot

Day 4
Dear Nola,
You mustn�t have received my last letter when you were sending us the four calling birds. There was pandemonium in the pear tree again last night, and the vet�s bill was �32. The Mother is on sedation as I write. I know you meant no harm, and remain your close friend.
Bognot.

Day 5
Nola,
Your generosity knows no bounds. Five gold rings! When the parcel arrived, I was scared stiff that it might be more birds, because the smell in the living room is atrocious. However, I don�t want to seem ungrateful for the beautiful rings.
Your affectionate friend,
Bognot

Day 6
Nola,
What are you trying to do to us? It isn�t that we don�t appreciate your generosity, but the six geese have not alone nearly murdered the calling birds, but they laid their eggs on top of the vet�s head from the pear tree, and his bill was �68 in cash! My Mother is munching 60 grains of valium a day and talking to herself in a most alarming way. You must keep your feelings for me in check.
Bognot

Day 7
Nola,
We are not amused by your little joke. Seven swans a-swimming is a most romantic idea, but not in the bath of a private house. We cannot use the bathroom now because they have gone completely savage, and rush the door every time we try to enter. If things go on this way, the Mother and I will smell as bad as the living room carpet. Please lay off! It is not fair.
Bognot.

Day 8
Nola,
Who the hell do you think gave you the right to send eight hefty maids a-milking here to eat us out of house and home? Their cattle are all over the front lawn, and have trampled the hell out of the Mother�s rose beds. The swans invaded the living room in a sneak attack, and the ensuing battle between them and the calling birds, turtle doves, French hens and partridge made the Battle of the Somme seem like Wonderly Wagon. The Mother is on a bottle of whiskey a day, as well as the sixty grains of valium. I�m very annoyed with you.
Bognot

Day 9
Listen you loser! There�s enough pandemonium in the place night and day, without nine drummers drumming, while the eight flamin' maids a-milking are eating my poor alcoholic mother out of her own kitchen and gobbling everything in sight. I�m warning you, you�re making an enemy of me.
Bognot

Day 10
Listen manure face! I hope you�ll be haunted by the strains of the ten pipers piping, which were sent to torment us last night. They were aided in the evil work by those maniac drummers, and it wasn�t a pleasant sight to look out the window and see eight hefty maids a-milking, all going round to the punk-rock uproar. My Mother has just finished her third bottle of whiskey on top of 124 grains of valium. You�ll get yours!
Bognot O�Launacy

Day 11
You have scandalised my mother, you dirty Jezebel. It was bad enough to have eight maids a-milking dancing to punk music on the front lawn, but they�ve now been joined by your friends, the eleven lords a-leaping, and the antics of the whole lot of them would leave the most decadent days of the Roman Empire looking like Outlook! I�ll get you yet, you old bag!

Day 12
Listen slurry-head! You have ruined our lives! The twelve maidens dancing turned up last night, and beat the living daylights out of the eight maids a-milking, �cos they found them carrying on with the eleven lords a-leaping. Meanwhile, the swans got out of the living room where they�ve been hiding since the big battle and savaged the hell out of the lords and all the maids. There were eight ambulances here last night, and the local civil defence as well. The Mother is in a home for the bewildered, and I�m sitting here up to my neck in birds' droppings, empty whiskey and valium bottles, birds' blood and feathers, while the cows eat the leaves from the pear tree. I�m a broken man!
Bognot O�Launacy.

Festive Meme

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Stolen from Neil

  1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? mmm egg nog. Only ever had it twice, but I remember it being quite yummy, and somewhat potent :)
  2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? I often just sit presents under the tree for a while because they look more interesting before they're wrapped. Then at some point the inbound ones get put away and the outbound ones get wrapped.
  3. Coloured lights or white on tree/house? Coloured. I'm a firm believer in the addage "you can never have too many fairy lights"
  4. Do you hang mistletoe? No
  5. When do you put your decorations up? The fairy lights in my study I often put up early November and they stay up til about February. The tree goes up at the beginning of December, usually the first weekend
  6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Roast pork with gravy, apple sauce and *crackling*
  7. Favourite holiday memory as a child? Favourite? Dunno.. Probably putting up the tree and lights each year
  8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Don't rememeber
  9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No
  10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Lots of bright shiny coloured things :)
  11. Snow, love it or dread it? I love snow. But then I've never had to live with it. And white Christmases here? I think they had one in Hobart one year .. :)
  12. Do you know how to ice skate? Yup, it's fun. Never gone skating on a real lake though
  13. Do you remember your favourite gift? Sheesh, hard questions ;) Our bikes one year were pretty cool. And getting my own double tape deck/radio when I was about 16 was cool too.
  14. What�s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Being with family I suppose. Christmas is for family, New Years is for friends. I got pretty depressed for several years when I had no friends to celebrate New Years with
  15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? I like baked fruit pies - things like apricot or blueberry danishes and the like
  16. What is your favourite holiday tradition? Dunno about favourite, but one I've enjoyed over many years, is watching the Carols by Candlelight on Christmas eve. The most memorable of those was the year I'd been swimming for a week straight with plaited hair and no brushing it in between. We watched the carols for *hours* while my parents painstakingly removed all the knots out of my hair
  17. What tops your tree? A 15-fairy light electric star - way cool :)
  18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Well I'm pretty crap at both. I'm crap at thinking up what to get people, and I'm impossible to buy for too.
  19. Favourite Christmas Song? Probably Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Or Angels we have Heard on High (the tune - I don't even know the words!). Or Handel's Hallelujah chorus.
  20. Favourite flavour of Candy Canes? Mint. Anything else seems wrong somehow.

Pizza Hut Movie Quiz

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Been doing this quiz.. have gotten all of them except the coin one.. any ideas?

Freecycle let me down

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So I left it a little late (like 2pm today), but I put up a big notice on three Sydney freecycle groups with a whole *stack* of stuff, and said come by the garage tomorrow and take what you want. Well the South Sydney one posted my thing, although only two responses for it so far. The Central one said "you can't do open garages, you have to allocate specific things to specific people" (like wtf??) so I posted again straight away changing the wording, but they ignored that one; and the East one hasn't posted anything at all. What a bunch of tossers. Council cleanup is on Monday so I wanted to put stuff out that was leftover, but I can't bear to throw out stuff that people might want. So now I'm stuck and pissed off at the whole thing.

Everything I have (and some more not there) is here. Anyone want anything?

Cooooookies

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Ali's Choc Chip Cookies

I halved all of this and then only used half a packet of choc bits

500g butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
400g tin condensed milk
4 cups SR Flour
2 x 250g pkt Nestle Choc bits (or 1 pkt + 1 pkt M&M baking bits)
Variation : Smarties on top.

Cream butter, sugar & condensed milk.
Add flour (I mix at this point) & choc bits. Combine well.
Roll mixture into balls.
Bake at 180 degrees for 14-16mins

Cooooookies

Oh. My. Goodness.
They were good! For someone who never bakes (and for good reason - ever tried to cream butter without a blender/mixer??) these things were divine. Will be taking them to work this week as part of silly season, er, silliness :)

Good mood

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For some strange reason I am in rather a good mood. Possibly fuelled by the vodka, but also talking to Stu, catching up with some people, and having fun doing some Christmas shopping for the parents tonight. A fun day of sorting crap tomorrow awaits :)

Farewells

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So it was a bit of a day of farewells today. Some that wanted to leave and were happy about it. Some that had gotten used to the comfy life and were being forced out. Some that had a lot of time left but were being paid out to just *go*. One of them I was glad to have leaving. Wished it could have happened *years* ago. The one that with them leaving would mean more work for the rest of us - about a whole five to ten minutes per day extra. The one that even the new IR laws would not have made a difference to and it took a whole paradigm shift to make happen. All I could say was "best wishes" and "good luck". He'll need it.

Farewell lunch for KH today.

Had my usual (for that pub) chicken kiev. Which is utterly evil, but oh so delicious. Went for a walk tonight, and had a plate of veggies for dinner to compensate heh.

Been doing a bit of Freecycling too. Want to reduce some piles of crap before the council cleanup next week. And get rid of some more stuff on the council cleanup. The idea being to recover some of my living room from piles of crap. Once that lot is all gone, will work at getting rid of other crap around the house. The less stuff I have to move to Canberra the better :)

Zoo and other animals

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Across the road from our apartment was a fair setting up, but it wasn't due to open til the next weekend. Which didn't stop us enjoying it really. In fact it was kinda nice to wander around without any people or noise :) And Jake didn't really care that the things weren't moving :)

Jake in a boat

I rather like this photo of Stu gazing out into Batemans Bay

Stu gazing

Mogo Zoo ..

Monkey

Iguana

Meerkat

Deer

Ostrich

Zebra

Giraffe

Tapir

Lizard

White Lions

White Lions

White Lions

White Lions

White Lions

White Lions

Rooster

Lion

Tiger

Continued

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So after a very pleasant Saturday, we had a bit of a hot Sunday. Starting at 7am when Jakey decided it was time to be up. Mind you, it then took three hours to get out of the flat heh. So we wandered down to Mogo zoo, which was not too bad, but a bit depressing to see all the monkeys and big cats caged up and bored. Got some good photos, and lots of mediocre ones. Bars and cages make it almost impossible to photograph things behind them. Not to mention we were there right in the middle of a hot summers day, when all the sensible animals were sleeping. Only us silly Homo sapiens were really out and about. The zoo's star attraction at the moment is a pair of white lions, with two white cubs. *Very* cool.

Had a slightly late lunch at the Scottish Restaurant before heading back to Stu's place. And withered in the heat. For some reason it really got to me. We watched Wag the Dog and I just sweltered. Even a cold shower didn't help much. Didn't really cool down until I'd been lying in front of the fan in bed for a while.

Today, my mission at work was to get one task completed. But so much crap got dumped on me I couldn't even do that. *sigh*. I guess I try again tomorrow...

Batemans Bay

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So this morning. A *very* early start - read 6:30am (and I woke up at 6 urgh) - we hit the road and meandered our way to Moruya with Scott and Kerry to visit Stu's nana. The visit was not too painful for me because the family was so busy catching up with each other that noone asked me any direct questions - woot! Had a pleasant lunch there before heading back up to Batemans Bay where we checked into our rather nice apartment. Stu and I collpsed onto bed and slept quite soundly for an hour and a half. Then we got up and went on an adventure (ie, vague directions and no maps in the car) to find Myrtle Beach. Which we managed to find quite easily, much to our surprise. So spent an hour or so there, and it was exceedingly pleasant, and had almost the entire beach to ourselves, with only one other guy there. And a couple of kangaroos :) Then it was back here for a quiet evening and some thai for dinner (that we only had to wait 45min for hrmm). /me very sleepie now..

doh!

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I had to go.

It sucked as expected.

Did achieve more than yesterday which is always useful.

Hoping tomorrow won't suck too much.

Really? Do I have to?? Work thoroughly sucked today. Insomnia last night certainly didn't help either. By the end of the day I was sick of people. Sick of work. Sick of things not working. Over tired. So came home and got some crap done and felt a lot better. Even went for a walk. And Google-earthed Stu's recent WA pictures. And played some geography games. The thought of having to go to work tomorrow is depressing though :(

hehe not really. Today I was fine. So fine in fact that I woke up feeling perfectly normal, and got annoyed that I'd have to go to work heh. I felt rather ripped off that half my weekend had been wasted on sickness.

The good thing about essentially not eating all weekend and being sick, is that today my appetite was significantly reduced. So I had a salad for lunch and a small amount of meat and salad for dinner (prolly half what I would normally eat).

I put up my Christmas tree tonight, and caught up on a little bit of cleaning. Also got some more inspiration for Christmas presents for people.. getting there!

Whatever was making me sick last night started coming out the other end this morning. Except I was nearing the end of my last roll of toilet paper!! Disaster!!! Wasn't well enough to go to the shops, so neighbours to the rescue. Spent all day either in bed or on the loo. *yay*. Dunno if I'll go to work tomorrow or not yet.

*groan*

Not being hungry all day should have been a sign. Which I ignored. And tried to carry on regardless. And chucked up my dinner before I'd even finished it :( We were just talking the other day about our recent chucks, and I said I'd probably only had one or two since I moved into this place nearly six years ago. And then I chuck twice in two days.

*sigh*

Other than that, the clan gathering bbq party thingie was perfectly pleasant, even between hailstorms heh

I'm going somewhere to groan ...

Another Friday, another Christmas party :)

This time I truly came out in front.

Starting with some online game competition, where I won the first one much to my surprise (I *never* do any good at those sorts of games!) I got 91 which apparently was the highest score. Then Monique dropped out of the doubles Fussball, so I took her spot with George, and we won that too! Awesome!! :)

Dinner was at Surgit's Indian. Lots of food. Not bad either, for Indian, heh :) And then at the end of the night a nearly full bottle of white was leftover, so I volunteered to give it a home ;)

Time for bed. Much more alcohol and food to be consumed this weekend... I think I'm gonna die.... hehe

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