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2010 Year in Review

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So not a bad year all up :)

Let's see.  Where to begin.

The year started with me away from the sweetie - I was visiting old Sydney friends.  First year since we met that we weren't together on New Years, which was a bit sad.

Did a fair bit of other travelling during the year.  

The big trip of course was to Japan and the UK in September.  It wasn't the best holiday I've ever been on.  Japan was 34C for five days in a row, and I didn't have shorts.  And the UK was grey and/or raining for a good chunk of the time we were there, plus we missed out on going to Legoland which was pretty devastating for me.  But on the plus side, everything "worked" in terms of bookings.  We didn't get robbed.  We didn't crash the car.  We didn't miss any planes or trains.  We did see heaps of cool stuff.  So really I can't complain too much heh.

Had quite a few smaller trips as well.  Spent a couple of days in January at the coast with all of Stu's family.  Would have been better if I'd brought stuff to entertain myself with heh.  Went to Mogo Zoo then.  There was a quick trip to Sydney for my parents' 40th wedding anniversary.  Went down the coast to DaveC's house three times in March, August over my birthday and October where we had a great whale sighting.  Went to Melbourne over the Easter weekend to see Cats with Nat&Andrew.  That was a cool weekend, we'd love to go back and do more Melbourney things.  In July we went to Queensland for a long weekend to visit Chay and David.  Decided that July/August is definitely the time to go to Brisbane, so will probably do that again this year.  And another quick visit to Sydney on Boxing Day. 

Had a very busy year at work.  Rolled out new proxies at the beginning of the year, but they were fraught with problems from the start and it was very stressful.  After several patches during the year, they finally settled down, only to have the upstream proxies start playing up.  Blah!   

Semi work-related were a ball in March where I managed to squeeze into a ten year old dress, but only just barely!   I also made a slightly drunken bet that I'd wear a dress to a Melbourne Cup lunch if all the boys wore suits.  Our director unfortunately decided to take it seriously and made all the boys wear suits.  Reluctantly I had to go buy a dress and wear it.  We also ran a trivia night that I think went really well.  And attended work drinks pretty much every week I was in the country ;)

One of the big projects at work took several months and was so stressful I'm sure it led to a high blood pressure reading in July.  I've been working on relaxing at work (and at home) and subsequent readings have been a lot more normal.

Otherwise healthwise I had a great year - just a cold early in the year but nothing else.

Spent a lot of time with Nat and Andrew during the year.  Those guys are always so much fun to be around, we really enjoy their company.  Also did a few Singstar nights with Windy and DaveO and saw Damien and Amanda a few times as well.  JamesC came to visit a few times, and the whole family stayed with us a couple of weeks ago.  The Hokins clan came to visit, as did the parents a couple of times and the little brother a few times.  We've spent a lot more time with DaveC in the second half of this year.  Seems I get on with him a whole lot better now that we're not working together heh.  

Had another heat wave early in the year which meant us putting quite a bit of ice into the four foot tank to try and keep the temperature down.  Seemed to work and we didn't lose any fish from it.  I'd moved the danios downstairs so they wouldn't overheat, and found a couple of months later some baby danios that had been surviving quite happily unattented.  When I later moved the danios back upstairs, there were more babies in the downstairs tank.  Win!  Stu got a colony of duboisis for the four foot, which are great fun, and will follow you around when you go to look at them in hopes that you'll feed them!  Stu's also gotten back into killifish and has been diligent at looking after his fish again.  We're back up to fourteen habitated fish tanks now!

On the opposite end of the weather spectrum, we had a very cold winter.  This year the pool froze over probably a dozen times (it only froze over twice last year).  One of the days the ice was a full 3mm thick in places!  We even had snow in October.  Go figure!

On the Lego front, a whole stack of Toy Story Lego was released so had to get all of that.  And six new Harry Potter sets as well, although really only one of those is "new".  There's a few other cool sets I want to get too.  Went to BrickExpo in August which was very cool, and made me wonder if I should put anything in one of these years.

Other toys included an iPhone for me, a Blackberry for Stu, a video camera for Stu, a Canon 500D for me and a PS3.  

So I've had the 500D for four and a bit months and have already taken 15000 photos on it!  The majority of those in the UK of course ;)  I still haven't sorted my UK photos *at all*.  I did however manage to sort enough of our Japan 2009 and Europe 2008 photos to get the highlights into the blog entries.  One of my next projects will be making photo books of those trips.  I did make a photo book of our wedding as a Christmas present for parents.  Having seen the finished result (which I was stoked with) there's a few little changes I want to make and need to fix up some of the images before we get our copy printed.

Around the house, we bought a whole stack of bookshelves for the downstairs room and set those up.  So that room is quite well setup now.  The garden has gone slightly feral though, especially with all the rain we've had recently.

Shows seen this year:
  • Canberra Show (ok technically this isn't a show ;) )
  • Ron Mueck exhibition in Queensland
  • Spamalot - so much fun and great for an amateur production
  • Twelfth Night - quite well done
  • Wishful Drinking - super awesome!
  • George Hrab - wished I'd listened to more of his music before the day (me fail!)

Movies seen this year:
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Kung Fu Kid
  • Inception
  • Not the Messiah (should this be a show or a movie? heh)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)

Books read this year:
  • "Watership Down" by Richard Adams
  • "On the Banks of Plum Creek" by Laura Ingalls Wilder (and the rest of the Little House books)
  • All five Belgariad books by David Eddings
  • "Vet in Harness" and "If Only They Could Talk" by James Herriot
  • "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell
  • "Bare Bones" by Kathy Reichs
  • "Jaws" by Peter Benchley
  • "Seven Little Australians" by Ethel Turner
  • "Wishful Drinking" by Carrie Fisher

And a few other bits and pieces:
  • Installed Windows 7
  • Got a new niece - Violet Grace
  • Tried my first ever Big Mac, and quite liked it
  • Went to the Dinosaur museum at Gold Creek
  • Climbed a couple of mountains - Black Mountain, and Mount Painter a couple of times
  • Had lots of fun making panoramas with Microsoft Image Composite Editor
  • Lost all my holiday GPS tracks because iTunes sucks donkey balls
  • Lots of trips to various ACT (and NSW) dams as they all filled up and overflowed.  Haven't made it to Bendora yet, I kept being on call or there was too much rain closing the road to it
  • Tried out Crust Pizzas.  Stu is on a mission now to try them all :)
  • Got heaps of my dam photos and other photos onto the RiotACT
  • Had a Yellowbeard night here with a bunch of Daves and a Neil
  • Watched the end of a lunar eclipse

Phewf.  Yup, busy year :)  I'm actually amazed I got this thing written *before* the end of the year - that never happens!! :)

Six hours to go.  Have a great 2011 peoples!  Happy New Year!!


This was my morning's project.  It took til mid afternoon to get it all put together and uploaded.  Unfortunately YouTube stripped the audio.  I put in a fair use dispute (not sure if it really is or not??) so the audio is there at the moment, but no guarantees it will stay there..



I used Gorillacam for the iPhone to do a timelapse series of photos every five seconds (871 photos total!).  The only problem was every few minutes the phone would go to "sleep" and it would stop taking photos.  Had to get up and unlock it just so it would continue.  Quite annoying really.
Here's some of the rest of the photos that need blogging this year...

These were some shots I took of the new lights in the Canberra Centre when I first got my camera.  Again, still in auto mode, so focus was very hard to control (it kept focussing on odd places).

Canberra Centre parking light system
Canberra Centre parking light system
I really like this picture of tapes.  Looks like a city scape canyon..

Tape skyscrapers
And some birds flying over Scrivener Dam

Scrivener birds
Scrivener birds
Scrivener birds
Scrivener birds

Have had a good new years eve so far.  Original thoughts of a Singstar night fell through, so have invited some peoples over for a small party.  Nothing quite like that for motivating you to clean the house!

Lego BrickExpo 2010

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So way back in August (!) Canberra (the Southern Cross Club at Woden) hosted "BrickExpo".  

I went by myself but saw Neil driving up as I was walking to the queue (which was half way up the street) so we went in together (and had a beer afterwards).

My new camera was less than a day old at this point so it was a good chance to try it out.  I didn't have a great deal of success.  On automatic mode, the camera focuses in odd places (usually the foreground) and not the subject of the picture.  So didn't get great pictures (that didn't stop me taking hundreds anyway!).  Also discovered that you can take a heap of photos with the flash in quick succession, but after a certain point it takes *ages* to charge up the flash again.

And it was epic crowded!!  Stu would have hated it.  My patience was tested.  Little kids don't understand that their fat heads get in the way of people trying to take photos.

There was lots of "hey I've got that set!!".  Maybe I should do a table next year with all the Harry Potter or Toy Story Lego (there was lots of Toy Story Lego this year) or all the Classic Space Lego sets. 

The highlight for me was a custom Hogwarts Castle.  The owner of that castle asked me about photographing Lego (cause it can be tricky with flash reflection) so showed him a shot I took and he was impressed.  Someone also asked him about insuring Lego, to which I contributed that it's actually really hard - I asked once!

Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010
Lego BrickExpo 2010

I started this post like so:

Just before Christmas had a look at Scrivener Dam at a more sedate water level.  I'll have to go back again later in summer when things are a lot drier and so some more comparison shots..

However when I went to compare one of the pics, I realised I never actually posted photos of the flooding on December 9!!  What a fail!!

So.  December 9.  Googong Dam was testing out its new spillway in stylish fashion.  Half of Queanbeyan was under water.  The Molonglo was filling Lake Burley Griffin to overflowing.  They opened four of the gates on Scrivener Dam.  Tonnes and tonnes of dead trees filled the lake and also went over the dam.

It was a pretty epic day.  DC and I and CB 1&2 went down at lunch time to try and get a closer look, but they'd blocked off all the roads to the dam in anticipation of opening all five gates.  Turned out they didn't, which was good, cause I'd have been mad if they had and I couldn't get photos ;)  We all went back after work when they'd opened the roads again (along with most of the rest of Canberra heh).

So here's some pics of Scrivener Dam and the Molonglo on December 9.

Under the Tuggeranong Parkway
Molonglo River in flood
Parts of the bike path were under water!
Molonglo River in flood
Look how thick the wall of water is!
Scrivener Dam
It was really stinky down here.  The Queanbeyan sewage treatment works had been inundated, and partially treated sewage was flowing through the lake and over the dam.
Scrivener Dam
Look how high the water got!  There's a pic later on showing lower water levels for comparison.
Scrivener Dam
Half of Canberra came to have a look
Management station
There are trees in the middle of all that that are completely submerged
Molonglo River in flood
So many dead trees (and some live ones) were washed over
Dead trees flowing over the dam
The dam with three gates open
Scrivener Dam
So much water!
Scrivener Dam
More trees
Scrivener Dam
And some night shots just for fun
Scrivener Dam by night
Scrivener Dam by night

So skip ahead to December 23.

The dam was still very full - water was lapping over the edge!
Scrivener Dam
See that small sign at the base of the nearest vertical bit?  That's where water was up to on December 9 (see pic above)
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Even this level looks pretty high.  Will have to go back at the end of February..
Molonglo River

(but this thing was terrorising me.. and of course the morning before we went away to Sydney, so it had to be caught so it wouldn't set off the alarm!)

Huntsman
Huntsman close up

Two great days

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Have had a good couple of days at home.

Yesterday got lots of cleaning/tidying done around the house (not that you'd know from looking at it).  Also got some stuff done that's been sitting around for ages that I really just need to work on bit by bit.  And built Lego castles.  And watched Survivor and Rake (loved Rake, will prolly get the DVDs).

Today was more of the same, although more of the Lego and a jigsaw than anything otherwise useful.  We went out to Fyshwick today and hit five stores and picked a bunch of bits and pieces.  Watched some Star Trek (we're up to season 6 of TNG, where we got up to about four years ago but hadn't gotten back to since).

Here's the latest Hogwarts castle I got for Christmas.  When I first saw it I didn't think it was as good as the other two or three they've done, but actually it's not bad.
Hogwarts Castle
And this cool jigsaw I got for Christmas as well - many of the pieces are in the shape of the countries they represent.
Global puzzle

Sydney Christmas

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Boxing Day after lunch we headed for Sydney for a Christmas dinner at my parents'.  Lots of yummy pork and lamb.  Got some more Harry Potter Lego, and some inserts for our shelves downstairs.  Managed to piss off the SIL (what else is new? seems to be a talent of mine :/ ).  Mother loved the wedding photo book I made, so it was worth the effort I put in staying up til 1am the other week and driving out to Fyshwick on Friday to get it.

Stayed the night, then headed home.  Sutton Forest Maccas was busy busy.  Then got held up for a few minutes between there and Hanging Rock Road by a ute and trailer (or possibly two utes) run off the road.  Arrived home 25 hours after we left.

Stu and Yvonne looking at hipstamatic and other photo apps
Y and Stu
Dinner table
Dinner table
Yvonne's 24-105mm L series lens - very cool
24-105mm lens output
Yvonne's 10-22mm wide angle lens - also very cool!  Couldn't use my inbuilt flash though - it's so wide you get a massive flash shadow!
Family room
Yvonne was playing with her phone photo apps, doing 70s recreation shots of our Christmas tree (which hasn't really changed since the 70s) and then we tried recreating a photo of mum in the dining room.  Not a very good recreation since much has changed (there's aircon now, the picture has moved locations, the light has been replaced, the gold curtains are gone).  The table is still the same though heh.  Her shot obviously recreated it better than mine..

After photo
Before photo
Family photo
Family photo
Lake George has a bit of water in the south end at the moment.
Lake George
And as a note, Stu's car will make it all the way to south Sydney and back on one tank of petrol!  560km on the trip meter when we filled it up again!

Book update

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I'll get around to a Christmas in Sydney post eventually.. when I feel up to it :/

But for now, here's a few books I've read since August..

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
I finished reading this just before we went overseas.  Had to force myself to start this book because I knew it was going to be depressing (I'd seen the John Hurt movie a long long time ago - didn't remember too much about it other than it was depressing).  It lived up to expectations, but at least I can say I've read it now.

Bare Bones - Kathy Reichs
Stole this one off Chay when we visited in July.  Really enjoyed this one, wouldn't mind reading some of her other books.  Bones' character in the books is surprisingly "normal" as opposed to the very odd character in the TV show.

Jaws - Peter Benchley
Started reading this just after watching it on telly a while back.  It has a few differences to the movie, and actually I think I prefer the way they did things in the movie better.

Seven Little Australians - Ethel Turner
I'd read this a long long time ago and may or may not have seen the tv show.  Not a bad little book.  Actually it was kinda fun reading this book which was set only just after the Little House books, but in a completely different environment.

Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher
After seeing her live, I thought it would be fun to get the book.  So the book is pretty much the stage show written down, so a good momento of the night.

Fun with macro

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Here's some more pics I took with David's macro lens when he was here last ..

LED star
Christmas decorations
Hermione
Lego mushrooms
Christmas decorations
LED star
Buzz Lightyear
Multi
Duboisi
Transcriptus
Shiny :)

Christmas Day 2010

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As a prequel, Potty called up last night to see if we wanted to go for a drive to see Christmas lights.

Did a bit of a drive around and saw some nice displays, but saved Amagula Ave in Ngunnawal for last (this was actually a repeat viewing for me, although I never got around to posting my other pics.. prolly won't now).

Amagula Ave lights
Amagula Ave lights
Amagula Ave lights
Today was pretty relaxed.  Got up and ready, and then we opened a couple of presents.  Or rather, I opened Stu's presents to himself (still in postage wrapping).. mine to myself weren't wrapped.  The most exciting thing I did open was the wedding photo book I'd had done for the parents' Christmas present.  It turned out really well (maybe slightly dark).  Have a couple of little changes to make before I get our copy printed.

Then wrapped up all the family presents and we headed out to Yass for lunch.  Aside from slightly feral kids going nuts with presents before we'd even arrived, the day was lovely and also quite relaxed.

Christmas 2010
Christmas 2010
Christmas 2010
Christmas 2010
Christmas 2010
Christmas 2010
Came home and built the last Toy Story Lego set.

Haven't eaten anything since this arvo .. hope I don't wake up at 4am starving heh.

Christmas in a bowl

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One of my mother's traditions at Christmas is Savoury Shapes.  It seemed she had these as nibblies on most Christmas family occasions.  To me Savoury Shapes are the flavour of Christmas.

Christmas in a bowl
Had a good morning today.  Didn't really get any actual work done, but did get my news feeds down to almost zero (finished at home getting them down to 4 unread!!).

Had a somewhat frustrating afternoon.  Was going to go home at the specified lunch time, but then the sweetie asked me to pick up something from the shops, as did Annie.  So decided to go get lunch and do the shopping.  And the sweetie met me for lunch which was lovely.  But then I got home only to find I'd missed a FedEx delivery by a whole ten minutes!! Epic doh!!!  So called up FedEx and the only way I was going to get my parents' Christmas present was to drive out to Fyshwick to get it.  Grunt!!

So I was a bit annoyed that I couldn't just relax like I'd planned.  But then I read JC's update on his house fire, and Dawn's update on her kids and everything was put into perspective somewhat.  Coupled with an hour driving around with my sweetie and a couple of glasses of wine and felt a lot better.

Cooked a super nom roast pork for dinner (slow roasted all afternoon) .. also a flavour of Christmas!

Blurry lights
Blurry lights

Bird blogging

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Had a pretty good day today.  Got my mid-cycle performance agreement done and had my talk.  And then decided I wouldn't upgrade something that had the potential to go badly and have me working frantically til Christmas and beyond.  So essentially have the next two days with very little that *needs* to be done, so gonna do all the winding down to Christmas things that you can get away with at this time of year - like cleaning my desk, cleaning out my inbox, cleaning up my todo list etc.. :)

Also went to the Dumpling Inn for dinner tonight.  We've been to both our favourite restaurants in the same week!

I now have 70 photos in my "to be blogged" folder, and only a week and a bit left of this year to blog them.. so here's some bird piccies.

The first series is of a peewee picking on a magpie.  It was hilarious to watch.

Peewee vs magpie
Peewee vs magpie
Peewee vs magpie
Peewee vs magpie
And then a couple of an eastern rosella in Haig Park

Eastern Rosella
Eastern Rosella

Eclipse

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I wasn't really planning on attempting moon photos tonight.  We don't have a good view of the east so I'd have to go out to try and find somewhere that could actually see the moonrise.

But in the end I did go out and found somewhere with a clear view of the moon.  

It was pretty cool.

Lunar eclipse
Maybe I should get that L series lens.. although the 24-105 would have this picture a little smaller, but clearer.  Unless I got a super zoom 300mm.. that would give me a much better zoom hehe.

Clan comes to visit

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So Sunday night George SMSes me.. is it still ok stay tomorrow night? 

*blink*

What the??

So tried to remember the plan .. couldn't remember a plan.. remembered a conversation with James last time he visited, but that was the last I'd heard of it.  So anyway, no I hadn't missed anything, they just hadn't confirmed any dates with us.  So we did a quick cleanup of the house (we'd been meaning to do it anyway - honest!).

So Monday after work we all went to Bella Vista for dinner.  It being a Monday night I didn't bother making a booking. Because really, what restaurant is booked out on a Monday night?  Turns out Bella Vista is.. that'll learn it for being good heh.  They've changed their menus again, and it's even pricier now (average meal price is over $30).  But still just as good as always.

I had lamb three ways.  Lovely meat on two of them, not bad on the third.  Could have used a little more sauce.  Was very meaty too.. nommm!

Bella Vista lamb three ways
We all had dessert too.  I had a super delicious cheese cake.

Bella Vista cheese cake
The kids had gelato

Rachel
Yes, we were outside because there was no room for us inside so they setup a table for us.  Which on an ordinary summer night would have been lovely.  But someone forgot to tell Canberra it was summer, and it was slightly freezing!  Still, once rugged up it was pleasant enough, altho they were so busy we think we got slightly forgotten about outside.  Oh well.  

But it was a really nice night catching up with old friends.

Bella Vista
So then they all came back to our house for the night, and were off to Melbourne today.

Cicada Season!

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We had another one of our work Christmas parties near the boat ramp on the western side of Lake Ginninderra on Friday afternoon.  It was a lovely day, and the BBQ went really well (thanks Stewie and Jeff!!).  Although I was feeling a bit nostalgic because it reminded me of so many MCSU Christmas BBQs in the past.. 

Anyways, as we were leaving we had to pass under trees full of black prince cicadas (that were peeing everywhere - eww! hehe).  

Of course they needed to be documented ;)

Cicadas

Cicadas

Cicadas

Cicadas

Cicadas

Cicadas

Update: pics are up on the RiotACT :)  I have to agree with the first commenter (actually I mentioned it to whoever would listen on Friday) - they're a much bigger thing in Sydney, so is nice to have them here sometimes too!
I miss my last mortgage.  It had a credit card attached to it that had a $2000 limit and automatically got paid off at the end of each month from the mortgage account.  If I needed more during the month I just transferred more onto it and it would be paid off along with the rest of the account.  Simple.  No fuss.  No interaction required.

With this mortgage we ended up with a loan from the Commonwealth Bank.  And I had to get my first regular credit card.

Now I'm sometimes a bit forgetful paying bills.  It's not that I don't have the money, it's just that I put the bills in a pile, and sometimes forget about them until after they're due.  But most companies are pretty good about it.

Not so the banks.

Remember, I've never had a credit card before, but I've been good (lucky) the past two years about paying this one on off on time.  

Until this month. I simply forgot about it.  And because I don't get paper statements anymore, all I get is one email notification.  So if I forget to log in and find out how much the bill was for and setup to pay it I end up in the situation I found myself in today.  Where the credit card payment was due a week ago.

So not only do they charge a $20 late fee (fair enough I guess), but a $77.63 "finance charge" which I assume is the credit card interest.  How fricken outrageous is that?  $77.63 in interest for one week???  Not happy Jan!!!

Well it seems they do have an auto payment option, so at least I won't get screwed like that again.  But $100 because I didn't know about it earlier is epic grunt!

Sorry JC and Bren :(

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When I first started blogging in early 2003, I went looking for other bloggers to read.  Just about the first one I found was JC (his blog was called Harry Volts at the time).  I've been reading his blog ever since (altho it's gone quiet of late) and his (now) wife Bren's as well.  So I read all about their cats, their wedding, their house and all the renovations and work they put into it, and their babies.  As you would over eight years.

Last Friday their house burnt down

They lost their cats, but thankfully not their babies.  All that work they did on the house.. all gone..  epic sadness...

Butterfly Week

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So it's been declared Butterfly Week over at the RiotACT.  I managed to capture a pic of one of the little buggers on Sunday morning and sent it in last night.  It made the front page today!  Squee!

Butterfly

Tonight when I came home from work I found one trapped in the garage.  So before capturing it and releasing it outside, I got it to pose for some photos :)  Will send these in as well.

Butterfly
Butterfly
Butterfly

More betterer

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Not quite so many problems at work today, but I was pretty much a zombie (Sunday night's lack of sleep really catching up with me).  So don't think I was terribly productive.  So helped Neil stock the beer fridges heh.

A small storm blew over Canberra this afternoon.  It was around just long enough to get some photos on Belconnen Way and over the Southern Cross Club.

Storm cloud
Ray of light
Better night tonight too.  Have spent some time sorting photos.  I really do take too many photos...

Enough!

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I have to say I'm sick of epic crappy days.. they're wearing me down .. problems problems problems..

I suppose it's not really helped by spending the better part of Saturday at work.  And a thirteen hour day today dealing with the fallout.

And only about four or five hours sleep last night cause I'd left an assignment til the last minute, so to speak.

I had the idea a week ago and the deadline was last night.  USA time.  So actually this morning some time I would guess.  And it nearly killed me to get it done in time.  So it might not be the best for it.  But only getting two done instead of four so can assess the first round and make any amendments as necessary.  All will be revealed after Christmas (it's not that exciting for the rest of you, trust me).

Todd, I'm so excited that you mailed, will reply soon.

And something from my to-be-blogged pile.. a fly at the restaurant we went to for Nat's birthday

Fly

Macro goodness

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Me little brother came over tonight.  He brought his camera equipment including some pretty funky lenses.

I might have had a little bit of fun with the macro one taking fish photos...

Bit of a crop - 
Macro duboisi
Full pixels - 
Macro duboisi
So yeah, camera seems ok, it's just my cheap lens that's very soft.  If only I could get an L-series 18-135mm and I'd be set...

Mini Minifigs

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Over the next couple of weeks I'll be clearing out the 50-odd photos in my "to be blogged" folder.

These Lego minifigs came with Creationary that I got for my birthday.
Aren't the new teeny tiny minifigs cute? :)

Mini minifig
Mini minifig

Oh Christmas Tree..

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I put up my Christmas tree last week.

Whenever I see it I can't help but smile.. :)

Christmas tree, 2010

Dam busters (part 3)

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After George Hrab, headed out to Googong, it being full and all.  What a difference a couple of weeks makes!

Never thought I'd see this!!
Googong Dam
Compare today ..
Googong Dam
with last week...
Googong Dam
Side by side..
Googong Dam Googong Dam
And had to get a pic of this!
Dams 100%
And so another weekend comes to a close all too quickly :(

When I was your age

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So Dave dragged me along to George Hrab's show in King O'Malley's today.  I'd heard some of his stuff before (including the song "When I was Your Age" down the coast one time) and bits and pieces of podcasts.  But as always with these things, it's always super cool seeing and hearing someone you've only ever heard electronically before.

He did a bunch of songs for a while, then did an "Ask George" bit, then a few more songs.  At around 3pm I think he finished up, but then he hung around the bar and chatted to people for ages, and then later on played a few more songs to the few of us that were left.

All in all it was a lot of fun and very cool :)

George Hrab
George Hrab
George Hrab
George Hrab

Happy Birthday Nat!

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Yesterday we met up with Nat and Andrew at what used to be Kitschen, but is now Kingswood Bar and Grill, who of course don't take Entertainment Book vouchers.  Lame.  Food was ok (my pasta could have been a little moister).. Andrew's chips rocked though.

Nat and Andrew
Then they came back to our place and we played Buzz (Nat won one and I won one), Creationary (had some fun collaborative play), Pictionary (Stu and I won) and Mario Kart (Nat won - who else? ;) )

Creationary play
Dinosaur
Super fun afternoon :)

Dam busters (part 2)

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So I've actually been doing some other dam trips recently.  There was a trip to Googong last week, and Scrivener earlier in the week. 

First up I thought it would be fun to compare Cotter Dam pics over the past two months.  

Firstly, there's Cotter Dam in October, when things were flowing sedately, even after heavy rains in September.  Note the neat little walkway under the new steel bit of the dam.

Cotter Dam
Then there's last Sunday.  Lots of rain and overflow, and it seems the walkway has already been destroyed.

Cotter Dam
Cotter Dam
And finally yesterday.  I'm wondering how much of the new fill for the new dam wall is still there or has been washed away..

Cotter Dam
Googong Dam last week was at about 80% full.  Apparently it hit 100% yesterday.  I'll have to get back there soon!

Googong Dam
And Scrivener earlier in the week was also pretty awesome

Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
The majority of these pics are up on the RiotACT.  I think I'm five for five now (didn't post any of yesterday's pics).

One of Tony H's mates got these pics.. must have been earlier yesterday morning.. epic squee!!

Lots of fun!!!

Dam busters

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Had our work Christmas party today.  One of at least three heh.  So that was fun enough, although they lied and had the band inside (they'd promised the band would be outside, so the inside area would be quieter).  But of course with the rain (or threat thereof), they came in.  Which meant we had to go outside or into one of the side rooms so we could hear each other without yelling.  Grunt.

Anyways.  

Afterwards I talked Dave into being my dam chauffeur and we hit Scrivener, Cotter and Ginninderra.

Scrivener with two gates open (this morning there were three)

Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Scrivener Dam
Then out to Cotter.  The lower bridge over the Cotter River was closed.  But you get a decent view from Brindabella Road.  (Coppins Crossing was also closed)

Cotter Dam
Cotter Dam
Cotter Dam
Cotter River in flood

Cotter River
Cotter River
Pumping station

Pumping Station
Pumping Station equipment
And finally to Lake Ginninderra's spillway

Ginninderra outflow
Ginninderra outflow
Ginninderra Creek (River??)

Ginninderra Creek
Phewf!! 

Was pretty epic awesome though!

I have some more dam pics to post, but think will save them til tomorrow :)
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