November 2007 Archives

Update

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Nothing much to report. My life is boring. Working an extra half an hour per day sux. Not having much to do other than reading isn't much fun either. Christmas decorations go up this weekend. More photos of lights are sure to follow.

Light Fettish

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With a lack of any sort of hanging attachments in this house, I've resorted to lining the corridors with lights..

Corridor Lighting

Abstract Art

Abstract Art

Hot Dollar at Belconnen has an aisle just for me..

Hot Dollar

He's baaaaack

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So the boy made it back safely today. For which I am very thankful. He sat across the aisle from Ray Martin who was flying down for the election coverage tonight. But he did lose the key to my padlock, which was sad cause I'd had that padlock since I was a kid and it was a bit sentimental. Ended up having to go down to our storage unit to make use of the owner's boltcutters to get it off.

I ordered these off Deals Direct the other day.. cool huh? :)

LED Star Lights

Long Day

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Long day for me, long night for Stu. Had a bbq for work in the rain today. I suppose it was slightly better than being fried to a crisp in the sun, especially as I'd forgotten to take sunscreen heh.

Afterwards stopped for afternoon tea at the Hyatt, then wandered over to Scotty and Kerry's for pizza and a movie. We watched Blades of Glory. Just about one of the silliest movies I've ever seen. But some silly fun.

And now I'm home.. and Stu is flying all night...

Canberra Buses

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Canberra buses aren't the greatest things in the world. They're ok if you're travelling at peak hour, but prepare to wait up to an hour out of peak. At least they generally run on time.

So here's the bad news. As reported in RiotAct, new bus routes have been posted. In a word: suckage! Our suburb will have one less bus (which admittedly didn't run during peak anyway). The bus I normally catch will have a longer route and run less often, and there's no frigging direct city service!!! What a bunch of bumholes. Might end up having to drive to work after all *sigh*

Phonakins

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So the other day the Lil Lioness mentioned that her boy was out of town for this week as well, so I suggested we meet up.

So tonight we meandered into the city for dessert. We were originally going to go to Cream, however that was booked out by lots of girls, and Richard Wilkins. So we went to Cafe Essen instead for cake and drinks. I had a lemon meringue pie and a blueberry smoothie. After which I was completely full. Even though I hadn't actually had any dinner, having had a big lunch. Quite odd. But it was all very pleasant. Talked about the usual bits and pieces bloggers talk about, as well as life in Canberra in general.

And then I got home and found bits of blueberry all through my teeth. Yay. :(

Anne with an E

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I finished reading Anne of Green Gables today. Have been wanting to read the books for a while, after always having loved the movies (well the first two anyway, the third wasn't really canon was it?). Some time ago I got the books on ebay (and the Little House books too), and I finally started reading them when I started catching the bus to work. Such a lovely book. Of course as soon as I finished the first, it was straight into the second, to see what happens next, so to speak :)

Because Kevin did...

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1. Who is your partner?
Stu

2. How long have you been together?
Since May/June/July 2005 (depending on how you look at it)

3. How long did you date?
Well I suppose technically we're still dating since not actually married yet.. heh

4. How old is your partner?
37

5. Who eats more?
Definitely Stu :)

6. Who said �I love you� first?
Stu :)

7. Who is taller?
Also definitely Stu

8. Who sings better?
Me. Well according to Sing Star anyway :)

9. Who is smarter?
I say Stu. Online IQ tests put us about the same

10. Whose temper is worse?
Mine. Stu rarely gets angry

11. Who does the laundry?
We both do. We haven't merged our laundry routines yet

12. Who takes out the garbage?
Also both of us

13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?
Depends on which way you look at it.. :)

14. Who pays the bills?
Stu pays his and the common ones, I pay mine

15. Who is better with the computer?
I reckon Stu. But probably just cause he's more patient :)

16. Who mows the lawn?
Stu's mown it once or twice... once even recently ;)

17. Who cooks dinner?
Both of us, but Stu is a better cook

18. Who drives when you are together?
Stu more often, but I do too

19. Who pays when you go out?
Stu

20. Who is most stubborn?
Me.

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong?
I think we both do

22. Whose parents do you see the most?
Mine.

23. Who kissed who first?
Stu kissed me first, although I'd been thinking about how I'd do it.. heh

24. Who asked who out?
I asked him out. Firstly just to meet in real life after having met on the blogosphere, then again a couple of days later.

25. Who proposed?
Stu did, although I kinda hinted not so subtly that I wanted him to ;)

26. Who is more sensitive?
Tough one, we're both pretty sensitive

27. Who has more friends?
Stu at the moment..

28. Who has more siblings?
Stu

29. Who wears the pants in the family?
Well that would be Stu I suppose.. not that I ever wear skirts... hehe .. in terms of "wearing the pants" though, that'd probably be me to some extent..

Because Fiona did..

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I haven't done one of these in ages either.. :)

  1. Toasty :: warm (I think this was planted in my brain by Fiona heh)
  2. Allegations :: insinuations
  3. Herb :: spice
  4. Bacon :: bacon bacon, everybody loves bacon!
  5. Neck to neck :: neck *and* neck?
  6. Simon :: says!
  7. Heels :: toes
  8. Fundamentals :: basics
  9. Middle :: name
  10. Seasonings :: salt

Unsure

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I'm not sure which is making me feel worse - the fear of never seeing Stu again, or the dread of having to go to work tomorrow.

Or maybe that something has happened to Vista to make IE run incredibly slowly. Just restoring the window or typing in the address bars is enough to set off the processor chugging hard for several long seconds. *sigh*

And it's raining. This after I watered all my plants outside this morning.

Indoor Knees Show

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So the boy is flying off to another country tomorrow. A country where they blow people up. Where they arrest people for drug trafficking and if you're "lucky" you only get a life sentance and not the death penalty. That's assuming your plane actually lands in one piece and doesn't run off the end of the runway.

Can you tell I'm a little bit worried about him? :(

Photos..

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That's a lot of Jelly Bellys...

Jelly Bellys

This fly was stuck to Damien's syrup (he'd finished!). Made it easier to photograph :)

Fly

Lily being cute

Lily

Purple swamphen and chickie

Purple swamphen and chickie

Vista fun...

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ok here's one that's not in Google yet..

If you run windows command line ftp in vista, it starts you off in your users directory. If you then lcd to a directory that doesn't exist, and then try to download files, you get this lovely friendly error:

Replace Existing File with Temp File:I/O Error

Of course you get this error *after* you've downloaded the file, so no idea where it puts it, but you've just wasted that time/traffic downloading the file.

The solution? Make sure your destination directory is correct :)

Eating In

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Pizza I made one time when Stu was up..

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Herbed Veggies. The potato was awesome, but the solid core of the parsnip made the veggies not so good. Also was carrot, garlic, and capsicum I think..

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Pork bolognase..

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Veal cutlet with herbed veggies..

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Grilled cheese on cheese. I was trying to use up my shredded cheese before I moved, so just grilled some in the toaster oven. Fan-fricken-tastic!!

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Lamb roast with steamed butter beans, mushrooms fried in butter and potatos soaked in lamb dripping..

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Eating Out

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Central Cafe, Queanbeyan

Went with my brother and Stu. Food was not bad (my chicken kiev was very good), but be warned - *huge* serving sizes. Prepare to ask for a doggy bag.

Thai Chiang Rai, Belconnen

Went with Stu, Melita and Xander. Very good food, but *abysmal* service. We waited and waited for things, and the waiters would come by to take our orders without an order book. Not very organised at all.

2602, Ainslie

Returned with Stu after our first visit with Damien. Tried other things on their menu. Pretty good, but will never match Ascot Provisions.

Day 2

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Was better than day 1. But not by a whole lot.

Comfort Food

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Me being distraught and all tonight, Stu got me some comfort food... Domino's 7 Meats pizza (on triple-cheese crust)...

Domino's 7 meats pizza

Nightmare

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I had a nightmare last night. I was somewhere, maybe an old house, trying to get to sleep but couldn't because I was terrified of things lurking in shadows and was trying to scream and Stu was there but asleep I think, and think maybe was trying to wake him up. And a couple of times was lifted into the air and was just screaming. It was pretty awful.

This is really very worrying, because really it's the first (maybe second) scary nightmare I've had in living memory. Even as a kid I never used to get them (at least not after I started having a memory about such things). I'd occasionally get bad dreams where I dreamt I'd had a fight with someone and woke up feeling resentful towards them, but that's it.

If I start getting nightmares regularly because of this new job, I don't think I'll be able to stay there.

Church

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So this morning we met up with Damien and toddled off to All Saints in Ainslee. As it turned out it was All Saints day and the service was an hour later. So went and got some brekky at 2602.

Damien's French Toast

My Veggie Stack

Service was ok. Did a couple of hymns I knew which helped. Sermon wasn't really much of a sermon. Won't pass judgment until I go on a regular day.

Afterwards we went to Tilly's for morning tea, aka the brunch we would have had after had it not been before.

The rest of the afternoon (what was left of it after we'd spent a couple of hours chatting) was gardening and going for a drive to recharge Stu's car battery.

Tomorrow I might die. Just warning you now in case you don't get any more blog posts from me....

Ouch

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Last night Natalie came over for pizza.

We drank.

A lot.

More than I've drunk in a while actually. Between the three of us we got through half a bottle of cointreau, half a bottle of vodka, a bottle of wine and goodness knows how much cognac.

And the pizzas were good too (I made them myself).

Somehow When Harry Met Sally came up in conversation (I think in relation to the whole thing about "men and women can never be friends because the sex part always gets in the way". Well the others had never seen it, so we put it on and it was fun, I think they enjoyed it.

I also found someone else who likes Tetrinet!! We had a few drunken games. Would have been fun to fire up another computer and have a three-way game. Maybe next time.

So yeah this morning we suffered. Not helped by TTotM hitting hard at 6am :(

So we had a quiet day today. Really didn't get anything done. Had some nice salmon for dinner and watched The Phantom Menace. That movie truly had some painful stuff in it :( We really must see if we can find the Phantom Edit...

Open Source

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Went to a seminar today on the use of Open Source software in government. It was quite an interesting morning. Got to hear from a few different speakers about open source usage in general, and some specific examples in a couple of different organisations. Stu thought the guy from the NSW Judicial Commission was a legend, and wanted to go work for him. It's a pity Stu's superiors are so bumheadful about it all.

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