June 2008 Archives


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It's going to be a very long, tiring week...

Highlights of today included sniffing packets and deciphering them.
Why is it I seem to do this on a Sunday night... really must do this more often heh (I suppose it doesn't help that all of these pics have been taken since Friday)

Neil brought along some sparkling shiraz to a work farewell on Friday.. it was delicious!!

Sparkling Shiraz
Saw this chastity belt (!) at markets on Saturday

Chastity Belt
Clare Valley Riesling - one of the bottles we got as a wedding present from work, was very pleasant
Clare Valley Riesling
Bendy clouds seen while out and about today
Bendy clouds
On Saturday we finally got a bunch of photos printed out to put in the thankyou cards we're going to send people.  We also got one of them enlarged and a frame for it.  Looks pretty nifty.  Not really looking forward to writing a whole stack of cards out in long-hand though....

Credit for this photo goes to Andrew W
Wedding thankyous

King Kong

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We watched the 1933 version of King Kong tonight.  It was.. er.. interesting.. hehe.  The stop-motion gorilla looks a bit tragic in this day and age, but I imagine in 1933 it would have been amazing.  And we couldn't believe how violent it was - not that you see blood and guts, but you do see bodies being thrown around/squished etc.  And having her being stripped? How'd they get away with that? hehe

We still have the Peter Jackson we taped months ago that we haven't watched yet.. must do that some time..

(and of course now I have "Science Fiction Double Feature" stuck in my head .. grrrr!! ;)

Been there!

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The last website that generated a visited countries map seems to not have it anymore.. so found this one..

So countries I've been to....

Get your own Visited Countries Map from Travel Blog

and then adding in countries I've seen in the distance or been 11km above...

Get your own Visited Countries Map from Travel Blog

funky.. :)


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Stu's friends Ro and Alex came over last night to stay a night.  Much food was ate and alcohol was drunk.

Then we subjected them showed them our wedding and honeymoon photos, and they humoured us by oo-ing and ah-ing in the appropriate places :)

Was a very pleasant night.

Except I was rather tired today heh

Snow Crash

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Snow Crash Finished reading "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson tonight.


Was hard to get into, slow going at the start, disjointed and hard to follow throughout.

It picked up towards the end, but then finished abruptly and you don't find out what happened to anyone.



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Didn't realise until tonight that we got married exactly twenty-two years after the Chernobyl disaster...


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Stu spent an hour peeling and chopping up four kilos of veggies tonight, and then another hour or two cooking them in lots of oil.

Was yum, and we have lots of leftovers :)


Twitter is so crap!!  Half the time the "home" page of followed tweets doesn't bring in everything, so I tried the rss feed which has worked for a while for Luc only to find that it doesn't actually work properly either!! My feed reader says no new feeds when there are plenty there to be seen .... fail!!!!

Is it just me?

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or does John McCain sound a bit like John McClean...? ;)  If only ... heh


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This photo was taken about as far north as I have ever been in my life.  65°55' approximately.  Just a teeny bit south of the Arctic Circle.  Yes, I Google Earthed my trans-siberian flight tonight.  And we did fly a lot further south on the return trip - nearly 500km further south!



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really must get to bed earlier more often.....
Download Day 2008
I need some opinions...

I'm trying to decide whether or not I should sell my wedding dress.

Reasons for keeping include:
  • I'm sentimental that way
  • Stu likes the idea of me keeping it
Reasons for selling include:
  • it'd never get worn again
  • it's been used for two weddings, and could easily go for a hattrick
  • it takes up valuable storage space in a huge box
  • it's likely to just decay in storage anyway
I really can't decide.  What do other people think?
oh, this was from last weekend, the poached pears with caramelised wine sauce.. delish!!

Poached pear
So the weekend started with dinner at the Hog's Breath cafe with Damien.  Much was discussed but primarily our honeymoon and his love life :)

Didn't do a whole lot yesterday, and then went out to dinner at Scott and Kerry's where much roast vegetation and a bit of chicken was enjoyed.

Today we went out to Gunning for lunch to celebrate Annie's birthday. 

So quite a pleasant weekend.  Even did a bit of tidying, and worked on our honeymoon photos a bit. 

Do I have to go back to work now?

So it seems my Lego Star Destroyer page was Stumbled Upon the other week...  sent my stats through the roof :)

Stumble Upon

Colour Balance

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While we were away, we were discussing at one point how very different the countryside is in Europe vs Australia.  Stu said it must have been so hard for the early settlers to deal with the harsh Australian landscape, when they had been used to such lush countryside back in Europe.  And I said I reckon they must have gotten off the boats thinking that the colour was just wrong.  Australia doesn't do green. Compare my previous desktop to my current desktop to see what I mean...

Wallpaper - brown
Wallpaper - green

  • big kids entertained with fireworks
  • shopping done
  • walked around the neighbourhood
  • cooked a scrumptious roast chicken
  • Stu cooked a fantastic curry, with even better pears in a white wine/sugar sauce for dessert
  • washed the sheets as a result of an early morning very messy nose bleed
  • macquarium cleaned out and re-filled (with white gravel; note to self: a 4cm thick layer of polystyrene needs a lot of weighing down)
  • watched Million Dollar Baby
  • had subsequent weird dreams about having to accommodate dead-beat people in our house and not being able to stand it
  • watched some of "The Triumph of the Nerds" and rather enjoyed it (even if it is twelve years old now)
  • taught Stu to play Carcassonne with the game we got as a wedding present
  • narrowed down a short-list of photos from the honeymoon to send to people with thankyou notes
  • more flight photos located on Google Earth
  • upgraded Java and installed windows updates


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I had hash browns (homemade) for breakfast, chips (crisps) for lunch and chicken and veggies (primarily potato) for dinner. 

Does that make me a spud?


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So we exercised our right as Canberrans (for however long that will last, probably not very), to set off some fireworks tonight.

We had some of the kids over, but they got scared.   Sheesh!!  They don't know what they're about to be missing! lol

So I haven't set off a firecracker of my own for probably twenty five years, so that was pretty damned cool. 

We got a $50 bag, which had a decent number of crackers in it, but all but two of them weren't that spectacular. 

But the Stus and I certainly enjoyed them .... and all the others we could see of the neighbours'  :)

Fireworks on display
Fireworks in action
God save the Queen!! :)


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Went to Ruchi in Belconnen last night.

I might have enjoyed it had it not been for the fact that:
* they put heat warnings on other dishes, but not the particular dish I had
* my dish seemed quite expensive for what it was (smallest bowl of food ever it seemed)
* I got a bad case of the hiccoughs after the shock of the first mouthful

So this was all too much for me and I had a little meltdown.  The good news was, that crying hard seems to be fairly quick cure for the hiccoughs.  I never knew this.

So when they hit again at Scotty's later, I did it again, and sure enough it worked... bizarre...


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My little weather pixie has been offline since the weekend.  On Monday I found out about a fire/explosion in a big data centre in Texas.  Checked with all nettools, and sure enough, the weather pixie site is hosted there.  So have been following the progress ever since.

All I have to say is ... ooops!!
(and hey, it could happen to anyone.. so all sympathies to them!)


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Just watched the season four finale of House (aired here as a double episode).  Frigging brilliant!  Best episodes of House ever!

Cuddy pole-dancing - crackup!!
Ending - sooo sad!!

Day 1 flight..

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Finished Google-earthing my day 1 flight photos ..
Next step is to pick highlights of day 1 to add them to the travel-blog..
And make it look more betterer
And choose photos to print for wedding thankyous
And write thankyous



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Feeling blah tonight.  Could be being back at work.  Could be getting nothing done tonight, not even any planning.  Could be just tired.

I did however Google Earth a bunch of my flight over Australia Day 1 photos.. I guess that's something...

In other news..

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In other news...

  • not looking forward to going back to work
  • neither is Stu.. (according to his intestines at least anyway)
  • 6500-odd photos downloaded off various media from the honeymoon
  • no ETA on when any will be online
  • our "life planning" list has way too many items on it
  • my ordinary todo list has way too many items on it
  • new bus timetable starts tomorrow, could be, er, interesting
  • realised (again) that this blog is thoroughly boring
  • watching a marriage breakdown remotely via the blogosphere, which is sad, but understandable given the crap that happened
  • knew Sam would win the biggest loser (his face looked *scrawny* on the finale!!) (yes, finally got to watch it, taped it as it was on telly two days after we left on our honeymoon).  Bit sad for Alison - she got soooo close!
  • our diet of sausage, meat, cheese and beer for a month resulted in a 0.7kg weight gain for me and a 2kg weight *loss* for Stu (!!).  We're still trying to figure it out, as we expected to pile weight on.
  • I wish I had time to read more blogs
  • (I wish I had time to do lots more things)


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So we had an inaugural monthly family lunch today.  Well that's the plan anyway.

Had everyone over for a roast pork (and veggie roast), which everybody seemed to like, woot! :)  Had everyone round the table which was a little cramped, but nice all the same.  Ate a lot though, and by 10pm I still wasn't hungry, but forced myself to eat something so I don't wake up at 4am starving heh

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