March 2011 Archives

I like to call this my "Christmas" red curry, because the ingredients are red (bull capsicum and red curry paste), green (buk choi) and white (mushroom, garlic, rice and coconut cream).  I suppose the cashews on top kind of spoil that..

Christmas red curry
Yeup.

Grumpy with the jigsaw.  Only 354 pieces left to put in, but it's taking an eternity.  It's going to take weeks at the rate I'm going to finish it :(
Fairly quiet weekend.

Spent a lot of it doing the jigsaw.  The stuff that's left (maybe 700 pieces) is just dark leaves and blotchy sky.  Really irritating to do.  Just want to get the thing finished so I can put it away and get the table back.

Today we went out for breakfast and did some food shopping.  

These boats were down at Lake Ginninderra
Belconnen Boats

The spider is still there near Black Pepper
Spider

The sweetie was feeling very tired mid afternoon, but instead of succumbing to sleep we decided to go for a drive and a walk.  Went down to Government House and walked around Weston Park.

Lake Burley Griffin
Weston Park walk
Weston Park walk
Weston Park walk
Weston Park walk
Weston Park walk
Weston Park walk
Weston Park walk
Weston Park walk

Tonight the sweetie cooked a spicy tomato and lentil soup, and I did scones.  My scones were a bit fail, but still edible.  I made up for it with a coconut cake which turned out perfectly.

I'm one step closer to getting Yarrangobilly pics online - they're geotagged at least now :)

Airport

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Had to go out to the airport tonight to bail someone out of the carpark.  

I swear every time we go to the airport it's different.  It's like Airport: Fantasia.  Since we were there last they've made some funky new ramps to the upper level.  But the best part is they now have a whole stack of 10 minute free parking spots.  It's in the right-hand carpark, next to the multi-story car park, relatively well sign-posted.  Sure it's a couple of minutes walk away from the terminal entrances, but hey - free parking at the airport!  How cool is that!?!?  So was pretty happy about that and glad that sanity has prevailed!

Stopped in at Dumpling Inn on the way home and picked up some takeaway .. yumm :)
Nothing to report.  Thai for dinner (filling, and quite hot).  Couple of ring-ins to our team dinner, nice night.

Didn't take any photos (shocking I know!!)

So here's a couple I prepared earlier.

Firstly one Tony will hate.  Saw this near Black Pepper and got grossed out..

Gross spider

And this from our back window the other morning

March Morning

Goodbye Red Bridge

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Sad to see this go.. 

Belconnen Red Bridge demolition
In other news, a few wins yesterday at work (not by me, but did ease the strain somewhat), and a change that *may* have helped, but still too early to tell.

Had a big lunch today.  I suppose I should go find some dinner now...

Dinners this week

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Firstly, excuse the crappy crappy photos :(

Sunday I made a fairly simple massaman curry.  All I knew was that it was supposed to have beef and potato, and I could use some massaman curry paste I had in the pantry.

So the recipe went along the lines of:
Cut up a bunch of chuck steak and potatoes and stick em in a slow cooker with three or four dollops of massaman curry paste and a little stock to cover.
Come back after doing fish stuff and some housework and add in a chopped up onion and carrot.
Stir occasionally over the course of the afternoon to make sure everything gets covered and cooked properly.
Add in a tin of light coconut cream at the end.

Yummy yum yum!  The sweetie went back for seconds (not unusual, but if he doesn't like it he won't) :)
And the onion was the softest onion I have ever eaten!
Slow cooked chuck steak I think is one of my favourite meats, I love how it disintegrates when you eat it.  I really should do more slow cooker recipes with it.

Massaman Curry

Tonight I decided to surprise the sweetie with okonomiyaki as seen on Bike Bake Blog.  I've been wanting to make this for weeks, and finally got around to doing it.

I used a little more flour and water than suggested, as it didn't seem batterey enough, and half a capsicum that was getting old and needed using up.  I should have cut up the cabbage finer, it was a bit rough.  Also made the okonomiyaki sauce which turned out really well as well.

The sweetie raved about this one, he said we should have it every week lol
I'm still full, I think two pancakes was a little too much for me!  We still have a heap of the mixture left so put that in the fridge for another night this week :)

Okonomiyaki

Skyfire 2011

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I was debating whether I should go along to Skyfire last night.  I wanted to have a go at fireworks photography, but the weather wasn't great, and it takes me a lot of convincing to get myself out the door and go out.  But in the end I did go - met up with @CLBradley and his tribe and neighbours.

We got a spot just east of the gravel at the end of Anzac Parade.  Toilets were an issue.  One pair servicing a huge area had a queue with probably fifty people in it.  So wandered further east and found a group of eight with no queue.  Go figure (although later apparently the queue was massive, so wondering if I jumped a queue without realising it.. shrug..).  People on the RiotACT were complaining about the queues for toilets too, and lack of food outlets that were advertised. 

Anyways.  Was there just in time for an FA-18 Hornet to buzz the crowd.  Man those things are loud!  Then had a beer and tucked into a picnic dinner.  Dinner was hastily put away when it started to rain, but fortunately it didn't rain for too long.

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Fireworks started at 8:30.  Played with the camera trying out different settings, and taking *lots* of photos :)

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Fun night, glad I went :)
So a few weeks ago Dave talked me into going on a balloon ride this balloon fiesta.  Well it didn't actually take much talking - I've been wanting to do this forever and even tried to organise something last year but it was all too hard and never ended up going.

Yesterday morning we were meant to be at Questacon at 5:45am, so I dutifully set my alarm.  Except I set it for 5:51am instead of 4:51am!  Thank heavens Dave called me at 5:19 otherwise I'd have missed out completely.  So instead of a leisurely getting ready time, I was ready in three minutes flat, and had to do my hair in the car, and no shower.  Blah.

We went with Balloon Aloft, and it was all very organised.  They took us out to Kingston so that we could see the rest of the balloons from a distance rather than being right in the middle of them.

There's sixteen to a balloon - four to each of four compartments.  When it was time to get in, we hopped in, but a group of four tried to get in with us.  They'd gotten three in before the operators said you can't do that, and of course we had to get out and move.  Which was fair enough, but it turned out a bit bad in terms of positioning on the ride.  We ended up at the "back" of the basket rather than the front, which meant we were facing the wrong direction for the rest of the balloons, the wrong direction for Civic, the wrong direction for Black Mountain and the wrong direction for Belconnen :(:(:(  And if it had been sunny we would have had the sun in our faces the entire trip - luckily it was cloudy then!  Was really really frustrated that I couldn't get photos of some of the things I wanted to :(  The final insult was them wanting to charge $15 for a photo of us on the balloon.  For the price we paid ($360 each) I think they could have thrown this in!  So wasn't too happy about that.  But anyways.  

Otherwise the ride was pretty awesome.  Took 672 photos!

So we landed and came back for breakfast cooked by Neil and then went home and attempted to get more sleep (I failed!)

Inflation
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
We were on the Questacon balloon!  Which was way cool, cause I have a picture of that balloon on my desktop that I took from our back window one morning..
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
We spun around at the beginning so had a view of the other balloons
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Apparently it was the maiden voyage of this balloon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Rowers
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Kingston
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
The carillon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Parliament House
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Flagpole
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Old Parliament House
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Two balloons, two Parliament Houses
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
A magpie came to visit
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
High court
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Parliament Houses
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Questacon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
National Museum
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Over a carpark
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
National Museum
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Lake Burley Griffin
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Civic
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Woden
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
The burners
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
As we were heading for Black Mountain the clouds closed in
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Gap in photos as we passed by Black Mountain Tower (on the wrong side of course)

Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Belconnen and Lake Ginninderra
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon flying low over Aranda
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Deflation.  The pilot said he'd been in a balloon once where someone opened that vent at the top at 3000 feet - he said "it wasn't a good feeling"
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Rolling up the balloon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
All packed away!
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
This is where I took all the photos on the day - marked out by my photoMate GPS
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011

Damn ..

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I typed out a blog entry last night but either didn't save it or something went wrong, but it never published..

I said something along the lines of long day, starting at 5:19am, involving a balloon ride and fireworks.. and that I took probably a thousand photos .. I actually took 1003!

Well I've got the images now.. now to blog them.. this could take a while..
Twenty one years ago tonight I saw Labyrinth for the first time.  I wrote about it previously eight years ago.

Somehow I think I missed watching it last year on the twentieth anniversary. Probably cause it was a Wednesday and all too hard then never got around to it.  Oh, it was a trivia night which kept me busy that night.

So I watched again tonight for probably the ~55th time..

Better.. (I hope!)

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Had a pretty good night sleep last night, and felt infinitely better than I did yesterday, so worked from home for the day.  Had a pretty productive morning, but not so good in the afternoon.

Spent the evening doing my big jigsaw and watching House and Lie to Me.

Gastro

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So last night at 1:30am I had this sudden need to go throw up.  So did that, had a glass of milk, and went back to sleep.  Repeat at 3:30am.  This morning I was constantly nauseous and decided it'd be safer not to go to work.  Then the sweetie started feeling sick too.

Great.

So the two of us spent the day at home alternating between having to make messes in the toilet and lying in bed moaning.  Yay.  The sweetie was worse off than me - couldn't keep any liquid down :(

It would seem that we managed to get whatever Violet had when we went over on Sunday night.  Kerry and Scott got sick subsequently too.  Apparently the virus is doing the rounds of Canberra, Scott said their doctor had seen a bunch of cases of it.  He also brought us over some anti-nausea drugs, Panadol cause we were out, and some toilet paper cause were nearly out.

I can't remember the last time I had gastro.  Probably when I was in school...

*sigh*
Long day today.  This is just a teaser.. 447 photos .. gonna take a bit more energy to sort and resize some for publishing than I have right now..

Yarrongabilly teaser
Yarrongabilly teaser

Quiet day

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Nice quiet day today.   No photos to blog.  Went over to Potty's for dinner.

I did chop lots of the cherry tree suckers.. some of them were so big they needed a hacksaw.  Really must stay on top of them every year before they get too big to easily chop....

Weird Al Yankovic

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Went to see Weird Al Yankovic at the Royal Theatre at the Convention Centre tonight.

Two notes to self:
* always remember to take ear plugs along to these sorts of things
* never ever book tickets on the floor of the Convention Centre

Apart from having to jam my fingers in my hears for maybe a third of the night, and getting very frustrated from not being able to see the stage from behind all the tall people in front of me, it was pretty good.

He alternated between doing a song and then playing video clips of mock interviews, clips from tv shows etc that referred to him.  While the clips were on he'd be getting changed into a different outfit for the next song.  A lot of different outfits!  He did many of the most popular songs, eg Fat, Eat It, Amish Paradise, eBay, and The Saga Begins as part of the encore, with plenty of audience participation :)  and plenty of songs I didn't know too.

So that was all good.

Afterwards the sweetie was trying to see if he could get a tshirt, but didn't know if they had any in his size.  So he hung around at the back of the queue to check.  Which meant we were still there very late, almost the last to leave.  Which meant that when somebody mentioned a signing, we thought we'd wait and see... and sure enough - he came out!!  Very squee!!  So got a heap of photos, and even got an autograph on the CD I'd just bought.  !!

Weird Al Yankovic in Canberra
Weird Al Yankovic in Canberra
Weird Al Yankovic in Canberra
Weird Al Yankovic in Canberra
Weird Al Yankovic in Canberra
And I got to shake his hand too - w00t!! :):)
Very cool :)

Outside just missed the moon setting..

Moonset

Tsunami..

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Other than watching an episode of The Amazing Race (filmed in Sydney and Broken Hill - around November - jacarandas were blossoming) I didn't get anything else done tonight.  Too distracted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan :(:(:(
Couldn't help this when I saw it.. it had to be documented!!

Black Mountain in clouds
Black Mountain in clouds
Black Mountain in clouds
Black Mountain in clouds
Black Mountain in clouds

Epic crap day (evening) at work.. accidently broke half the network for a couple of hours.. *yay*.  Stressed/depressed.. they'll most likely fire me in the morning :(

Dave gave me a lift home, and I snaffled his camera to take photos of grasshoppers while he was getting petrol.

Grasshoppers
Grasshopper
Grasshopper
Grasshopper
Can somebody please kill me now? :(

Scanning 1995

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The latest album holds 300 photos (gah!!) so doing it in pieces.

This album (so far) has a trip Hao and I did to an IFES conference in Queensland, 21st birthdays for Chris Pascoe, Nicola and Hao, and some touristy things we did in Melbourne after Hao's birthday.

Firstly, a comparison of Brisbane in 1995 vs 2010 from Southbank.  Few more buildings there now!

Brisbane in 1995
Brisbane in 2010
Then there was the fig tree growing out of the side of a building in Foveaux St, Surry Hills.  In 1995 it looked like this
Foveaux St fig tree
(in 2002 it looked like this)

Melbourne CBD from Rialto Tower

Melbourne in 1995
And Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

Sovereign Hill mine

Finished reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown on the weekend.  Really quite enjoyed it.  It's certainly a page-turner and very easy to read.  I suppose the fact that it was so similar to the movie helped me visualise it as it went.  

Do need to get to the Louvre one day.  Went to Temple Church but not Westminster Abbey ($60 with no photos to show for it was just stoopid so didn't go pretty much as a protest).  Rosslyn Chapel might have made it onto the todo list if we'd had the time.

Here's a couple of pics of Temple Church in London

Temple Church

Temple Church roof

So the sweetied smsed me at lunch time to go look at his Flickr stream, so I did and totally freaked out cause Black Mountain was on fire!  This is nothing new, they do burnoffs all the time, but this was right at the top of the mountain. Thought the tower was on fire!

Fortunately it was just a controlled burn..

Black Mountain burning
Black Mountain burning

So after much searching, I finally found some more info on my geodesic buckyball.

Geodesic paper sphere

It turns out the book I probably originally got it from was Spherical Models by Magnus J. Wenninger.  (I found a reference on this site, and there's also his other book - "Polyhedron Models" - which I even have some old photocopies of some of the other shapes! A full list is on Wikipedia).

So with that reference I did some more hunting and found this site which has all the nets for the spherical models!!  Or at least a bunch of them.  I was most interested in the truncated icosahedron, but will have a look at making some more of them as well.  

Excitement!! :)

Paper

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Went to Fyshwick this arvo so the sweetie could get a new mini stereo for the bedroom (the last one died - won't power on - probably something simple, but not for us.  Besides, he wanted one with an iPod dock).  Stopped in at Officeworks so I could buy some paper (so I don't have to keep stealing paper from work to make my origami). 

Apparently the water signs had another farewell message on them yesterday, but when we went past the one on Barry Drive today it was turned off :(

Came home and made another dodecahedron, this time a three-coloured one.  Looks pretty good.  It's a pity it takes so long to fold PHiZZ units, or I'd have made a bigger one.  Learnt about the Hamiltonian Path.  Photos soon - will be doing some more dedicated stuff for all the origami I've been doing.  This site totally made my night!  Will be naffing some of the patterns off that to make :)

Also made excellent progress on the jigsaw.  Did more on it today than in the three weeks or so that I worked on the flowers.

And just so this blog entry isn't completely colourless..

An eastern rosella in the neighbour's tree the other morning.

Eastern Rosella
Ants!!

Ants

Going away..

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Water signs to go away

May come again another day

This first spider was under the pool skimmer box cover.  At first glance it looked like a redback spider, but when I looked again I wasn't so sure.  Anyone know?

Mystery redback spider
And then there's the actual redback spider that's currently living in our garage under the push mower.  So long as she stays just there I don't mind.  But if she disappears I'll get worried!

Redback Spider

Mittwoch

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Finished the larger buckyball tonight.  And made a dodecahedron as well.  But I want dedicate a bigger post to the creation of them.  

I will provide a quick picture of the three of them (so far) together, and the phizz units needed to make the 120-unit ball.

Many phizz units
Phizz Balls

Dienstag

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Another night, another boring blog entry.

I've been working on a new Phizz ball.  Was hoping to get it finished tonight, but have to get up early tomorrow so didn't. 

I don't even have any photos to blog.  Well I do, but there's more on the camera that had to go with it that I haven't downloaded yet.

Sorry this week has been so dull.  Maybe as I recover it'll get more interesting.. hrmm... or not...
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