October 2009 Archives
It's the end of the week. And I have nothing interesting to say.
Fairly draining week at work.
Skipped back and forth between winter and summer. Still want spring dammit!
Last night I finished reading Heather of Dooce's book "It Sucked and then I Cried".
It was pretty good, although not really as good as I was expecting. It didn't have much of a story to it, it was more just a collection of small stories/anecdotes. Which wasn't a bad thing as such. But I suppose after reading The Daily Coyote just wasn't what I expected.
I suppose one thing that I was expecting was more of an account of her depression. But it kinda skipped over it somewhat and you don't really get a sense of the depths of her despair. You know it's there, but just don't *feel* it.
But it was kinda cool to read some of the background to the stuff I started reading on the blog only some years later (thanks to Chay who introduced me).
Thought I'd plant one of our new (well not so new any more we bought the things like six weeks ago) rosemary plants in the front garden today. The instructions said it liked a well drained soil. So epic annoyance when I dug out a place for it, and it is just *clay* :(
So the whole front garden is going to need a lot of work if I want plant more herbs there ...
Saturday was so totally a teaser. 25C or something, just delightful. Then back to cold and wet and miserable.
After ten years e-tax is *finally* resizable!! Sheesh, how hard could it have been? But as per usual, every year I get something that makes my tax complicated. Like this year, the very trivial closing off an old mortgage and starting it up with another lender. Blah.
So last weekend in Sydney, we went and saw Up in 3D in the city.
It was pretty good!
(probable spoilers below..)
Due to my own ignorance/stupidity/inattention, I missed a couple of key plot points .. like who was the kid at the beginning? I didn't realise it was actually a girl! (Ellie of course, but I didn't quite make the connection and was left wondering what happened to that kid, and where did his wife come from .. duuhhhhh!!) .. and how the dogs could talk.. apparently some throwaway line about how Muntz had invented it (but how?? With what resources??)
Of course if it had been me, I'd have left the house *facing* the falls. What's the point of being right next to them if you can't actually see them? :)
Since we saw it in 3D, we had the funky polarised glasses. I didn't really notice while watching the movie (cause you get used to it, and the colours are so great anyway), but the colours do get diminished fairly significantly with the glasses. During the credits I was doing comparisons with/without the glasses, and the difference was pretty huge. Still, the 3D was pretty cool, and it'd be good to see other movies as they come out in 3D.
Squirrel!! I totally love that line.. it reminds me of me soo much ;)
Bit of a slow start to the day. Played FunTrivia for a couple of hours. Managed to get the highest points in my class for the day by playing a whole stack of easy quizzes. Got that badge so don't have to try so hard now :)
Went shopping for Jake's birthday present, and later took it over to him.
Jake with some of his presents.
Cool Transformer, although ridiculously complicated, much more so than they ever were in the eighties
Jake's cake in progress
For dinner we had whiting fillets, and Stu did some nice veggies.
Then we watched Mythbusters, Iron Chef, and V for Vendetta. I had no idea what the movie was about other than Natalie Portman having her head shaved, so was quite riveted.. really really good. With all the nonsense going on in Britain (and America) these days it seemed a little too close to one possible future..
I found FunTrivia while looking for trivia night questions. I'd looked at it sporadically for ideas as we work on the different rounds. Last night I decided to sign up and save points for the quizzes I did. And found a whole heap of fun things to do (mainly the hourly quizzes). Doing surprisingly well at some of them too. And wasting far too many hours.. ;)
So Saturday we decided to go to Sydney Wildlife World. It was actually pretty decent. Lots of Australian wildlife, and some interesting keeper talks. I took several hundred photos. Oops. :)
Stu had to be in Sydney both last week and this week for work. They wouldn't pay for him to stay in Sydney over the weekend, and were reluctant to fly him home, altho presumably they would have if he'd insisted. So anyway, after work on Friday I drove up and we stayed in the hotel together (it's really really weird paying for accommodation in Sydney!)
Friday night was just a quick trip out to get ice cream for dinner (I had a massively huge lunch at work).
View from the hotel balcony
The jackhammering began at 8:00am Saturday morning. This whole piece of roof was gone by the afternoon.
Saturday we went for a wander up Glebe Point Road where we had brunch, and then wandered around the markets.
Kent Brewery is no more
Brunch on Glebe Point Road
Walked up to the light rail station and caught it into Darling Harbour.
Lombard St, Sydney
Sydney Light Rail
Wandered around a bit, then went to Sydney Wildlife World (photos in a separate entry).
Fountain in Darling Harbour
Fountain in Darling Harbour
Ibis in Darling Harbour
After Wildlife World Stu felt like a beer, so we got beer and wedges. It felt very much like our Europe trip. Except a lot warmer :)
In fact the last couple of trips where we've stayed in hotels, we've been in other countries that don't speak English. So it felt really weird that hotel staff and the public actually spoke the same language as us... yeah I know, I'm strange..
Saw the Sun Princess docked at Darling Harbour
Wandered back to the hotel and were just in time to see the Sun Princess depart
The Peak and Sydney buildings
For dinner we went to a sushi place on Hay St. It was pretty good. It's the one where you can watch them preparing the sushi and a big fish tank right in the middle. I saw someone from work there. Well actually, she and her friend saw me and was waving (through the fish tank), except I was expecting to see Sydney people (if anyone) and so didn't make the connection that I knew her.. heh oops.
Wandered up into the Capitol Theatre atrium thingie, where all these photo booths and claw machines were setup. That and the sushi made it just like being back in Japan for the evening. :) Stu spent three dollars trying to get one of these dudes for Nat .. he even picked the thing up in the claw, only to have it get jammed at the top of the chute. Rage!!
Then we went and saw Up in 3D. It was pretty good, although I have to say the 3D glasses do dull the colours somewhat.
Sunday morning was relax, then head over to my parents for lunch. Watched a slide show of all their Europe and UK photos, and they fell asleep through my Japan photos.
Then headed to Sunday Night Dinner, where I surprised most people there by coming. No James and George tho :(
Then commuted to work Monday morning.
So last weekend (a week ago), Pirjo and Jarmo came to stay with us. Saturday evening was a very pleasant evening of wine, cheese, lamb roast and chatting.
Sunday we decided to go to Tidbinbilla, as they were interested in seeing some kangaroos up close. So off we went.
The funniest thing I didn't get a photo of was an emu being chased by an angry masked lapwing plover :)
Through a gate
Some sort of ant
And then we left. Could have spent longer there, but they needed to drive 450km. So just had lunch in Belconnen and off they went.
Some more books I've finished in the past few weeks
Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Actually had a storyline in this book. Their journey from Wisconsin to Oklahoma and their settlement there. Silly that the TV series of the same name was actually set in Wisconsin.. Quite enjoyed this book. Although sad for them at the end, it all seemed like such a waste of effort. It's kinda funny too being told from the point of view of a young child. It seems like they stop completely at random to settle where they did. But presumably there must have been some sort of deal that they had to set up a house there.
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
Never read any Terry Pratchett before, so DC lent me this. I liked his sort of "silly" writing style.. but only as far as sentence structure. The story was just too all over the place to be enjoyable. In fact I had to go back a few times to earlier bits to figure out what was going on, and multiples times was left wondering how they got to a particular point from wherever they were last. Bit lame.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - William Kotzwinkle
Lovely book. Adds a whole new richness to what you know about the movie. For the first chunk of the book it seems like the mother is the star/centre of the whole story ..! Quite a few little differences, like dropping Lance and his story completely from the book in the movie. One of the better movie tie-ins I've read.
Last week we decided to use a jar of Dolmio creamy mushroom pasta bake sauce we had in the pantry. We mostly followed the recipe, except I added a lot more chicken, and bacon too :)
So this is:
* 1 jar of Dolmio Creamy Mushroom Pasta Bake sauce
* about 300g of dry pasta, cooked about 8 minutes
* 500g chicken thighs (sauteed)
* 6 or so rashers of bacon
Mixed all up, topped with lots of cheese, and baked for about half an hour.
The leftovers didn't last very long :)
A rainbow taken out our back window
Some carrots Stu grew in the garden
And how they looked when he cooked them
Fresias in the front yard
Sunrise one morning last week
Another day, another sunrise
Completed Fish & Chips jigsaw - evil!
Mr Fixit! Me little brother stayed last night and fixed a bunch of things around the house. Have I ever mentioned he rocks? :)
I saw this in Zgeek the other day. Normally I don't bother to watch any videos over a couple of minutes long, as I just don't have the time/patience. So at ten minutes I thought well maybe I'll just watch a couple of minutes, but certainly not the whole thing. Except I was mesmerised and watched the entire video! Strangely beautiful...
So I got an email the other week from my old penfriend from Finland. We hadn't mailed in ten years, so it was lucky my cia address still worked :) We first started mailing each other in 1988. Every few weeks to begin with, then every few months, then about once a year until around 1995, with a few emails after that. Me being the terrible penfriend that I am, things just went quiet after that.
So she and her partner are coming tonight! I found all her old letters this morning, and in a break from cleaning up the house, just read through them all. Very cool :)
Back to it.... :)
Some very cool clouds hanging over Canberra when we arrived home from the coast..
Left fairly early on Saturday (9am) for the coast. It rained. It was rainy there. We saw the remains of one accident, Neil ended up being stuck behind a couple of accidents and some bicyclists so had a very long, slow run.
DC and I played some Wii Sports Resort. It's not too bad, I might get it. Maybe if I can get a good price on it in a couple of months ;)
When Neil arrived we did a 500-piece jigsaw of a fairy that he'd brought down. DC timed us, but we don't know if it was 1.5 hours or 2.5 hours. Shrug.
At beer o'clock DC and I played some Mario Kart and some olympics. We stopped when I kept winning :/ Started watching Young Frankenstein. It was .. ok.. heh. Paused in middle to cook and eat dinner (pasta and herb bread). Then jumped in the spa. It was too hot but cooled down after having the blowers on for a while. Went to bed around 12:15.
Sunday had a little bit of a sleep in. Played a few hours on the Wii. Started my "Fish and Chips" jigsaw with Neil before he went home. The day went very fast because of daylight savings.
At beer o'clock lost three games of pool to DC so played some Wii. Pizza for dinner. More Wii. Spa til 1am.
Monday was just doing more jigsaw and wiiing. The sun came out for a little while, and might almost have been worth going to the beach, except it clouded over and started raining again before we got around to it. Oh well.
Ever want to know where all the "i" info dots are on Wii Sports Resort? We found them all :)
Run home wasn't too bad. Lots of crazy clouds around from all the storm activity (which I'll post separately).
It was such a Monday today. After having such a great day at work on Friday, today was pretty much the opposite. Crap crap and more crap. I did finish the Fishies jigsaw finally. Now maybe I can use my evenings for more productive things :/
Blogging from Batemans Bay Maccas for no other reason than because I can. Well sort of. It's so slow it's almost unusable.
Have had a rainy but quite relaxing weekend at the coast. On our way home now.
Have had a rainy but quite relaxing weekend at the coast. On our way home now.
What's with people and crap RSS feeds!?!? Seriously people, I do not want to have to click through to each and every entry, I like to be able to scan whole content. RiotAct this means you!!!! Publish your whole fricken entry in the RSS feed dammit!!
Edit: it's all about the money, why does this not surprise me:
Thanks nomes, could have gone either way with the RSS feeds, but eyeballs on the site pay the bills. Hope you enjoy more time here, and throw out a few more comments
Just stick fricken ads in the news feeds if that's the only reason. I don't care about seeing ads in the feeds, but clicking through to twenty stories a day is too painful.
I oughta boycott the whole thing in protest.