January 2007 Archives
Why won't the parents accept "I don't know" as an answer to "what are you doing for your wedding?" They don't stop at "what are you doing?". When they don't get an answer to that it's "do you have *any idea* what you're doing?" Flipping heck. Really stressing me out :(
That and my mail server spacked again tonight and threatened not to reboot, and that it's *always* hot in here even when the rest of the unit is pleasantly cool after a cool change blew through, and that getting home late means a late night after all the other housekeeping nonsense is done, and I'm one tired/stressed girl :(
One of the subjects I did for my HSC was Engineering Science. We did it across the road at the boys school, because as a girls school we didn't *do* such things :) In fact it was the first such co-ed subject, in the years before the two schools ended up merging.
I *loved* this subject. It was a cross between physics, chemistry and technical drawing. The physics part was the most fun. I was very good at the drawing. The "materials" section wasn't as interesting, possibly because we had a different teacher for that part.
The most fun I remember having was a project where we had to design a truss, then build it out of light wood, predict where it would fail, and then load it up with weights until it broke. Many of the trusses actually were so strong we almost ran out of weights! heh. Mine would have held my own weight. I predicted mine was likely to break through a joint rather than a beam, because I figured the joints weren't as strong, being attached with wood glue and light nails. Turned out I was right :)
When it came time to sit the HSC, I had just met my first boyfriend. Being in that early besotted phase, I found it very hard to concentrate on my studies. So much so, that for engineering science, I literally only studied for an hour and a half the day before the exam. But, given my apparent talent for the subject, I managed an examination mark of 85/100, with an assessment mark of 86/100, putting me in the top 10 percentile band in the state. It was my best result, ranking-wise.
So tonight when I was sorting through school notes, I could bring myself to throw out my physics (although this was very hard) and chemistry notes, and most assessments, but I couldn't quite throw out the engineering science notes just yet. Maybe in the next cleanup :)
So after helping move, we wandered back to Stu's where we rested for a bit, then went and hunt and gathered some food for dinner (kangaroo and some fried veggies, very yum). Then we went for a walk to the top of a hill, with the intention of looking at the comet again. While we waited I took photos of crap.
But it just so happened that we were also in time for the Australia Day fireworks. Which we watched and I attempted to take photos, playing with exposure settings, being too distant to get anything worthwhile. But then the scheduled F-111 "dump and burn" happened. I snapped the shutter without having time to change my last setting - a 10 second exposure - oops! But it did make for a fairly spectacular photo..
After the fireworks, there was a mass exodus of people off Mt Ainslee. Which in itself was amusing..
And then I went back to taking pics of comets and Southern Crosses and the like..
On Saturday morning (gosh it feels like forever ago), we met up with Damien for brunch at Carlo's in Watson. There were so many yummy things on the menu I didn't know what to pic heh. Then we headed over to Cancon. Well the boys had fun. I played solitaire.. ;)
Stu cooked a yummy stir fry for dinner, then Scotty came over and we watched "Mallrats". Talk about a waste of space movie.. lol
Today we wandered over to Annie & Stu's for lunch, then back here for a scrumptious lamb roast for dinner.
And now my weekend is over :(
Well this was a bit before the weekend. Jake got this way-cool helicopter off ebay and was flying it around the office.
Drove down to Canberra on Wednesday night. Whereapon a little too much wine and champagne was consumed. Oops.
Slept in a bit Thursday morning, then wandered into town. Dropped into Stu's work and met a few of his colleagues, and visited Damien and got this very cute pic of him..
Then we meandered over to the Wig and Pen for beer and lunch with Scotty. Scotty couldn't resist being silly for this pic of the very different beers we ordered.
Had a little rest at Stu's house after that, then wandered back into town, via kangaroos at Weston Park ..
.. to where our cruise boat was waiting..
Damien gave us tickets for this as an engagement present. The whole night was fantabulous. It was such a pleasant atmosphere and the food was great. We even got to see the comet, which I think I was more excited than Stu was hehe. I spotted it first, and everyone else out on deck saw it too.
After we got back to Stu's, Orion was in such a good position I couldn't resist getting out my tripod and taking pics of it. Sorry to Northern Hemisphere readers, it's not my fault he looks this way to us :)
This morning we got up at the crack of dawn to go help Scotty move a fridge, but we could have had another hours sleep by they time they all got organised.
We took photos of bugs while we waited...
And then it was off to help Annie and Stu move house. Except that most stuff had been done when we got there, there was just a few bits and pieces, and all the big furniture stuff, which all the boys did. I mostly just supervised :)
I think this is a good location for their tiger, whatchareckon? :)
My view of the comet on Thursday night - ie, nonexistent
Mint flake!! I couldn't resist :)
Me doing my Princess Leia impression
Daniel's sunglass tin
Hot. Sweaty. A bit sore. Tired.
I'm amazed at how thoroughly useless my higher school education was. Really. I mean it was useful for getting me into and through uni, but the real world? I use basically *none* of anything I learnt during the HSC in real life. In fact the only mathematics I use is pretty much just simple arithmetic. When was the last time any of you needed calculus to run a windows server? Some of the general science stuff I suppose stuck, but really just as general knowledge. I had a bit of a giggle over my year 10 geography notes (1989) which were predominantly USA and USSR. Ah the joys of the cold war lol.
As you may have guessed, I've been purging my old high school stuff. I am keeping some stuff, mostly things that were creative, or that I put a lot of effort into, or were useful or informational. I've also got a pile of stuff that I'll scan before chucking.
And remind me never ever to move house during summer, or overpack book boxes.
- Audition :: try out
- Urgent :: hurry
- Lunch :: date
- Adult :: grown up
- Mug :: cup
- Awful :: heat
- Comics :: Tin Tin
- Damage :: hurt
- Kicks :: servers
- Experience :: practise
Last night was awful. Woke up at 2am to the sound of a mosquito buzzing around. And couldn't get back to sleep. For nearly three hours. Flipping restless legs, mosquitos, hunger, heat. It was just a disaster.
Today was slow as a consequence, didn't get much done. Then was patching servers, and one decided not to actually reboot. It stopped all its services, but then just sat there. So had to go in and kick the flipping thing. I have better things to do on my Saturday evenings that driving into work to kick servers. Ok not that much better - but I did have some fish I wanted to cook for dinner, and that turned out nicely which made for a pleasant change from the rest of the day.
Then I was playing with my new scanner which Stu got me for Christmas (a Canon 8400F), which is a way-cool scanner - except that it's so sensitive it scans the actual grain of the photo. So it looks as if the photo has a dried layer of dirty liquid all over it. The CanoScan toolbox which is what I've been using for other things because it's much quicker and easier to use than the Scan Gear CS utility doesn't have any grain removal options. The scan gear utility does, but requires tonnes of extra clicks just to save one picture, and would be too painful for scanning hundreds of photos. So that's all very depressing.
Dunno if I'm gonna sleep tonight. It was 30C and 40% humidity at 5pm. The study hasn't cooled down at all (the study never does - my min/max thermometer hasn't moved more than three degrees since I got the thing a week ago). Maybe I'll have more luck in my bedroom. If the mozzie doesn't come back - it's been there three out of the last four nights, the little bastard :(
So the weather looked good. There was nothing on the satellite. There was nothing in the sky. So I powerwalked up to my vantage point on the station car park and waited. And waited. The family, or most part thereof, were there again, this time with the husband instead of the BIL, but this time I was the first to spot the comet!! I was stoked. It was quite faint again, but clear skies meant it was fairly easily visible. I setup the camera and tripod and managed to get lots of nice photos of it! /me a happy girl :) My camera could actually see the comet a whole lot better than I could! Silly really :)
McNaught over sunset
With a plane crossing its path
Far left - comet McNaught, far right - Venus
A long exposure (15 seconds I think) gave a nice trail
Getting darker, with another plane
After that it went behind the clouds, just as the dude came back with his telescope. So he missed all but the tail of it, but may return tomorrow to have another go :)
So I saw McNaught. Was a bit grumpy cause there were just as many clouds as yesterday, and the same frigging pattern of cloud build-up on the satellite loop. So didn't think I'd see anything. And very nearly didn't. Except for that some other people were there looking as well, and had been there before and knew where to look, and had much better eyesight than me, and pointed it out - woot! So I saw the thing. Mind you it was rather tiny. Or maybe it was just all the clouds in the way. Only saw it for a few seconds between cloudbreaks. But I did get to borrow the dude's binoculars and saw it through those for a few seconds too. It looked nothing like the photos. Well it did through the binoculars, but it was next to invisible with the naked eye. Or maybe I just need new glasses.
So I didn't think to looking for comets the last two nights. So I was going to go have a look tonight. Except clouds started forming over the western sky during the afternoon. So I didn't go out. Gave up on the idea as a bad joke. I went outside a little while ago and there were a couple of openings in the clouds. But too many buildings and trees in the way. I think this is another one of those things I'm destined never to see.
Stop saying you should. Or you need to. I need to. Stop saying it. An idea wholeheartedly agreed with.
So. The weekend. Had the boy here which was lovely as always.
Saturday was a very quiet one, we just went for a little walk to the shops to get some food and the paper, but otherwise didn't do anything much.
Sunday was also fairly quiet, going to Bunnings to try and find some new taps. Got one set, but they didn't have any more, and failed at our attempts to install them because we couldn't get the plastic thingie off the metal thingie. WD-40 *may* help, but I don't have any. So that was a bit of a failure. Sunday night we went to Alan and Marylon's for some fizzling and Alan's famous beef stew. Also some lovely cake that George made (for our engagement) and some divine cheesecake that Angela made (for her birthday). Had a breakdown when I got home cause my mouse wouldn't work and it was dark and I couldn't make it work and eventually had to reboot. Sigh.
Monday Arian and the girls came over for an early lunch (platter of cheeses, salami sticks and veggies with dressing-dip - yummo!) and then we went off the Nasho Park for a swim. It was exceedingly pleasant - so much so that we stayed a lot longer than we planned, and as a consequence all got sunburnt. Well except Arian who applied so much sunscreen she looked like she'd been painted white hehe :) As we got home so late, Stu decided not to drive home tonight, so I have him for another night yayyyy :) Well another couple of hours really. We had an instant roast pork dinner I scraped together from various leftovers, and even had some crackling.
And now time for an early night in preparation for a *very* early morning tomorrow...
- Episode :: list
- Source :: code
- Jerk :: yank
- Introduce :: meet
- Ralph :: Ali
- Stare :: gaze
- Cast :: crew
- Scenario :: scene
- Flu :: cold
- Mad :: world
Haven't done one of these in that time either..
- Incomplete :: unfinished
- Bobby :: Brown
- Chopstick :: eat
- Trauma :: head
- Hesitate :: lost
- Leap :: look
- Magnify :: enlarge
- Yards :: miles
- Alexander :: great
- Fracture :: break
I haven't done a Thursday Challenge probably in a couple of years now. But I've decided to start up again.
I'm cheating a bit with this, since I only decided today to do it, and the photo itself was from New Years eve, not even this year. In coming weeks I'll try and be more interesting.
Magic Crystal Christmas tree
- Elaborate on your default icon. Neil referred to his favicon. My favicon for this blog is a small version of the pic of me I have. My friend Gavin took the pic about five years ago when he was practising his portrait photography and needed a guinea pig. Currently it's a renamed gif file, so it works in Firefox but not in IE7. Will convert it to a proper ico file when I get around to it...
- What�s your current relationship status? Happily engaged to Stu
- Ever have a near-death experience? Does jumping out of an aeroplane count? :)
- Name an obvious quality you have. er... I dunno.. I asked Stu and he said "um.. hair?" ... hehe
- What�s the name of the song that�s stuck in your head right now? "Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me" (is that the name of it??).. it was on Video Hits this morning
- Name a celebrity you would marry. None
- Who will cut and paste this first? Maybe Woosang
- Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity? No
- Do you wear a watch? What kind? Yup, a Citizen I got for my graduation in 1996. It has the day and date on it, which is really rare in a women's watch
- Do you have anything pierced? My two ears
- Do you have any tattoos? No
- Do you like pain? No
- Do you like to shop? Sometimes. I like windows shopping. And buying "cool stuff".. not clothes shopping though urgghh
- What was the last thing you paid for with cash? The groceries this afternoon
- What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card? Some wine and vodka I got at the bottle-o last night
- Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? Some dude from Freecycle
- What is on your desktop background? A picture of Stu taken at my parent's place on my mum's birthday party
- What is the background on your cell phone? A greyscale gradient - just a default Blackberry thing
- What was the last movie you watched? Casino Royale
- What was the last book you read? The last book I completed was Harry Potter and the Half Blood prince. I'm still reading Cordelia's Honor, and Body Clutter
Yeah yeah I know, I've ranted about it before, we're metric here so I really should be using kilojoule's. But hey.
So I've been looking at my calorie intake. Trying to figure out ways to cut it down without changing anything too drastically and sending me into unsustainable shock :) And trying to think up things I could do for smaller lunches (when I love warm food and would rather eat that than a salad any day). But one thing I did decide I could try is to cut my orange juice intake. I drink probably ~400 calories a day in OJ alone!! That's flipping ridiculous. So I'm going to try and cut back a bit and just drink water at lunches for a start and then dinners (with vitamin c tablets instead). We'll see how we go...
For Christmas, Stu gave me a way-cool scanner. This week I've been going through my "letter drawer" and scanning the cards and letters and postcards and such things, with the idea to then toss it all. I can look at things on my computer if need be.
The funniest thing I have found so far is a birthday card my friend Sally Miller from high school gave to my eraser.
You see, two years earlier, for my birthday in 1987, she gave me a toiletry (dilly or diddle) bag full of cool stuff like stationery - there included some foil stars, coloured paper clips, an eraser, and some other bits and pieces. (The toiletry bag, paper clips and stars I still have!!) It was a cool present in terms of thoughtfullness. So two years later when I turned 16, and I was still using the eraser, I must have told her about and that the eraser was now two years old. So she made me a birthday card for it.
I really need to find Sally .. and Ann ..
Well what can I say. The movie was great. The experience was upsetting.
So George and I walked in and sat down. In plenty of time to see all their adverts. Then literally 30 seconds into the movie these f@#%head losers walk in and claim that we are in their seats. I've been in allocated seating once or twice before, but the cinema was not crowded when we arrived, and noone was paying attention to their tickets anyway. The ticket sellers *did not* tell us there was allocated seating and to look at our tickets, and we didn't notice before we sat down that it even *was* allocated seating. So what we should have done was just said piss off and gotten them to go get security. They would have then had to move whoever was actually in our seats, and the whole cinema would have been in chaos. Really really should have done this. Instead in a bit of a fluster because the movie had started, we moved. To like row three because THE MOVIE HAD FRIGGING STARTED!!!!! These tossers should give up any rights to allocated seats if they walk in after the movie has started. It's the most pathetic behaviour I've come across in humans in a long time. And cowardly too - they disappeared as soon as the movie finished. So we missed the whole opening sequence of the movie. And were quite upset the whole way through.
Fortunately the movie was great. Quite enjoyed it. The airport scene was awesome, loved it heh (or maybe it was just all the planes hehe). The bit in Venice was funny too because I'd been there just this morning on my computer! Check it out - it's way cool (although I couldn't get it to install at home, but did at work). It doesn't have the corny one liners that other Bond films do. But lots of chases and explosions and implosions heh. Worth seeing, just not with buttheads.
Saw this moth on the big stage curtain at church today. I actually thought it looked like a cicada from a distance.. can you understand why? :)
I released a couple of guppies into the angel tank yesterday. The angel for her part was quite taken with them and thought they should be chased and eaten. I suspect one has already succumbed to the eating part of this equation...
Productive day today. Accomplishments included:
Busy and a bit sweaty in places, but a good sense of achievement.
Stolen from Neil:
A is for Age: 33
B is for Beer of choice: Maybe Heineken
C is for Career: I'm an IT geek from way back
D is for favourite Drink: Orange juice
E is for Essential item you use everyday: As Neil said, computer (and Blackberry). Probably followed closely by my digital camera, although I don't use that every day)
F is for Favourite song at the moment: Don't really have one
G is for favourite Game: Currently probably poker on the blackberry
H is for Home town: Syd-a-ney
I is for Instruments you play: Recorder badly, keyboard even more badly
J is for favourite Juice: Orange
K is for Kids: No thanks....
L is for Last kiss: Kissing Stu goodbye when he went home on Monday
M is for Marriage: Hopefully this year :)
N is for full Name: Kazza the Blank One
O is for Overnight hospital stays: None
P is for Phobias: Don't really have any clinical phobias
Q is for Quote: Live long and prosper
R is for biggest Regret: prolly shouldn't mention it here heh
S is for Sports: No thanks....
T is for Time you wake up: 6:30 on weekdays
U is for colour of Underwear: Whatever's going, currently a fair amount of purple shades
V is for Vegetable you love: Potato
W is for Worst Habit: um, no comment :)
X is for X-rays you�ve had: One of my chest when I had pneumonia, one of my foot when I broke a metatarsal, one of my teeth when they were looking at my wisdom teeth
Y is for Yummy food you make: My milk/cheese/sour cream potato bake
Z is for Zodiac sign: Leo
The last time I bought a hair brush was ten years ago, after the one I had previously was lost in the bag that was stolen out of Luc's car when we were rollerblading one day. I've been thinking about replacing it for a while. So as I walked past a hair dresser today and saw the brushes near the entrance, I decided to look and see if they had one like I got last time. And they did! Woot!!
I'm tempted to get a couple more of them to last me a lifetime, but they're $28 each .. ouch ..
Makes brushing my hair a whole lot more difficult too - so much more resistance now! :)
1. Will you be looking for a new job?
More than likely - in Canberra
2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?
3. New house?
Perhaps. We'll see how we go with job stuff first
4. What will you do different in 07?
Try to remain calm, especially on the roads
5.New Years Resolution?
Haven't made any
6. What will you not be doing in 07?
Being so slack about stuff
7. Any trips planned?
There was thoughts of a Europe trip, but job uncertainty makes that a bit hard. Maybe a small one somewhere
8. Wedding plans?
9. Major thing on your calendar?
Nothing has been defined with a date for putting on any calendar..
10. What can�t you wait for?
Living with Stu
11. What would you like to see happen different?
12. What about yourself will you be changing?
Trying to be calmer and more organised
13. What happend in �06 that you didn�t think would ever happen?
I'd ever actually want to leave my job
14. Will you be nicer to the people you care about?
I will try
15. Will you dress differently this year than you did in 06?
16. Will you start or quit drinking?
17. Will you better your relationship with your family?
18. Will you do charity work?
19. Will you go to bars?
20. Will you be nice to people you dont know?
21. Do you expect 07 to be a good year for you?
Hope so :)
22. How much did you change from this time last year til now?
Not a lot?
23. Do you plan on having a child?
24. Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?
25. Major lifestyle changes?
Only ones associated with moving
26. Will you be moving?
Probably, to Canberra
27. What will you make sure doesn�t happen in 07 that happened in 06?
28. What are your New Years Eve plans?
Games with J&G
29. Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?
Yup yup :):):)
1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Walked outside at the top of Sydney Tower, went to Floriade, played poker for money
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make much in the way of new years resolutions. But I did keep the one I made three years ago to completely read the Bible in three years
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A husband :)
7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
14th Feb - little brother got married (family tradition, soon to be a broken tradition tho heh)
14th April - went live with new file server (it was Good Friday and James' birthday)
24th/25th December - got engaged (a week early from family tradition)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
er.. getting engaged? is that an achievement? :)
9. What was your biggest failure?
er.. some of my fish keeping?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the usual colds and flu, and an episode with flat feet hurting
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably Stu's Christmas present (a camera)
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Stu's ..? :)
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably on the mortgage. After that, travelling to see Stu
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting engaged :)
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier - yeah I think so
Fitter - possibly
Thinner - about the same
Smilier - yeah
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Spend time with Stu
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Lunch with the parents, dinner with the in-laws
21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Was already in love
22. How many one-night stands?
23. What was your favorite TV program?
The Amazing Race
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
25. What was the best book you read?
Well the *only* book that I completed was The Half Blood Prince
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
27. What did you want and get?
A proposal :)
28. What did you want and not get?
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Cars (of the ones I saw at the cinema).
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to work. Turned 33.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Living with Stu
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Jeans and a t-shirt
33. What kept you sane?
um.. it's not possible for me to be sane :)
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Political issues don't stir me..
36. Who did you miss?
Stu most of the time
37. Who was the best new person you met?
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
Know when to hold em .. know when to fold em .. know when to walk away .. know when to run ..
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
hrm, see above?? :) I dunno ...
I really need to keep up to date .. Suddenly I'm three days behind :(
My year in review post didn't get put into the December archive entry. Flipping MT. Here it is in case you're reading the archives in future :)
New Years Eve during the day we went out for yum cha, then went down to the Nasho Park and went for a swim. It was very pleasant, although I did manage to burn the tops of my feet where I'd missed putting sunscreen on - oops. After a quick shower, we went over to James & George's to play games. First up, Star Wars Trivial Pursuit, which Josh won. I trailed badly for most of the game and it was all very frustrating, but then I got three wedges in the one single round and actually ended up in second position, go figure. Had a lovely bbq for dinner - you can never have too much bacon! hehe. Next we played Ticket to Ride Europe which James won, then Acronymia which James also won, and finally Up The River Down the River which I won. So that was all fun (if a bit stressful at times heh), and then we watched the midnight fireworks on telly (what happened to Mr Wilkins??) and went home.
New Years Day was rainy so we went out for brunch then came home and just spent some time together. And then he went home :( Sadness.
Dreaded going back to work. Spent all morning just trying to catch up on my inbox. Then tackled the two servers. One is on hold now waiting for the dude to get back to me. The other is on hold waiting for the network to be setup (it was supposed to be but isn't). I can sense much more pain to come with it though. <snip>
Can I go home now?