June 2011 Archives

Landlording

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Had an annoying phone call from the real estate agent today.  They want me to pay for new blinds because some slats have broken on the old ones.  Now when I was living there, some slats broke (ok they're a pretty crap design - only held on by a tiny piece of plastic at the top).  But this was because I had the windows open and the blinds closed.  Wind blows, stresses plastic, plastic breaks.  So I fixed them before I moved out ($80 for 20 new slats - I only needed five but there was a minimum number and I thought I may as well have a few spares.  But only for the windows, not the longer ones in the living room).  

What this means is that the tenants have been doing the same thing - having the windows open and the blinds closed.  And now I have to pay for it.  *sigh* #firstworldproblems
It is finished, as they say ..

Life jigsaw
5994 down, 17982 to go .. ;)  

But maybe in a month or two, I want to do some other things first :)

I'll leave this out for a week or two, then will divide it up into the six 1000-piece sections, stack them and set them aside for the final reconstruction.

Perspective

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I haven't been super stressed at work so much lately, but I have been in the past.  Sometimes it helps to realise that if I have a bad day, or if I get distracted by crap and forget something (that happens a lot), noone will die!!  There's certainly no way I could ever be an Air Traffic Controller, that's for sure.  I wonder how life has been for her these past twenty years...

Barely got any sleep after 3am this morning.  Hoping I have better luck tonight.
.. keep going most of a week without blogging that is?  Far out I'm a slacker..!

So a couple of miscellaneous pics from the week..

Some vertical balancing.. I call it Vertical Art
Vertical art
Another foggy cobweb.  I really have trouble getting sharp photos of these things :(
Foggy cobweb
Saturday we went into town for breakfast and to take photos of the Diamant Hotel after the fire.

Diamant Hotel Fire
Diamant Hotel Fire
Diamant Hotel Fire
And in the evening we went out for a (sort of) surprise birthday party for Andrew at Mecca Bah.  I was feeling anxious leading up to going out because I knew I wouldn't know the majority of people there and I'd more than likely have to talk to lots of strangers.  Sure enough, that's what happened.  But the sweetie was able to keep up some conversation, and a little wine certainly didn't go astray!  The food at the restaurant was really good, but almost completely inaccessible - none of the dishes came with any kind of serving implements (we ended up asking for some), and the pide wasn't cut (one of them came with a regular dinner knife, but not all of them even had that!).  It was also crazy expensive for the banquet ($42.90 per person).  Still, we really did enjoy the food, when we could get at it!

Koopa Andrew
Have spent a lot of the past week on the jigsaw.  Made pretty good progress too.  Here's a couple of pics comparing last Sunday night with tonight.  I've basically done the majority of the animals in the middle this week.

Jigsaw
Jigsaw
Cooked a super awesome roast pork with potato bake tonight.  Massive amount of crackling that turned out really well, unfortunately at the expense of the meat which was a little dry.  

And suddenly the weekend is over and it's back to the grindstone tomorrow...

Clean up week

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This week is an officially sanctioned clean up week at work.  Which would be nice except that's what I've been doing for the better part of this year anyway.  Wasn't sure how much difference one week would make to me.  So I thought I'd do things like clean out my inbox, workgroup files etc.  So far so good yesterday, but then today we found a problem that needed fixing pretty urgently, and a couple of us spent over half the day fixing it.  Such is the way of our jobs I suppose.  I didn't feel like doing much after that because it was too depressing starting my day at 2:30pm.

Tonight my step count was really low because I bussed all the way home instead of only half the way.  Was going to cycle but the call of the jigsaw and bed was just too strong.

Blah.
Did a few things this weekend, but nothing really photo-worthy (except some scanning - see below).

Friday night was Jesus Christ Superstar at the Q.  I'd never actually seen this musical before, and my only exposure to it was the John Farnham/Kate Ceberano/Jon Stevens version of 1992 where several singles made it to the charts.  I have to say I wasn't too convinced by the interpretation of the story.  OK so it was told by Judas' point of view, but I didn't really like the portrayal of Jesus.  And if you didn't know the story I reckon you'd be struggling to follow a lot of it.  The performance itself was decent enough (for an amateur production - always difficult to decipher lyrics when sung by a chorus unless the singing timing is spot-on) - the girl who played Mary was pretty awesome.  But yeah, not the greatest of musicals.  Give me Joseph any day ;)

Saturday was breakfast, shopping, cleaning the house and cooking (a reasonably decent veal scallopini which I'll blog about separately one day when I've refined the recipe).  DaveO came over after dinner for Buzz, Mario Kart, Singstar and, when his voice gave out, Sports Resort.  

Sunday was just pottering around the house, jigsawing, scanning photos, reading news feeds and sorting out thousands of photos.  Only 2136 steps so far today - a decent chunk of those from bopping while doing the jigsaw.  Also more cooking - a massaman curry, that didn't didn't turn out as well as the last one I did, not sure why.  Maybe too much steak/potato/stock and not enough paste.

And suddenly it's the end of the weekend .. *sigh*.  

Here's some of the photos I scanned today.

Me and Guy's cat Tutu at Lake Macquarie, March 1997
Karen and Tutu at Lake Macquarie
My first ever "CIA Pic" - some of the hardware supporting CIA in early 1997
CIA hardware, 1997
Marc Betbeder at 10 hours old - the youngest baby I'd ever seen at that stage.  Only surpassed by Violet at 3 hours last year.
Marc Nemo Betbeder-Matibet
The Broadway shopping centre being constructed, as seen from the offices of CIA in 1997.  I actually have this photo printed out and stuck to my desk, all these years later!
Broadway shopping centre from CIA
My bedroom in 1997, showing my new computer desk, which I'm still using at this very moment!
My room in 1997
A "snow" trip we did in 1997.  Pete's family had a time share in Perisher that we got to go stay at with a group of friends.  No lifts were running but we did have some fun tobogganing, and I even found some money under the chairlifts :)
Perisher Valley

I didn't get up.  Maybe if I'd known where I could have seen it without having to walk to far I might have.  But 4am is a completely silly time to be up doing that sort of thing.

So I satisfied myself tonight with a hazy shot through fine cloud.

Hazy moon

Hypochondria?

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Picture the situation:

Small sealed training room.  Ten people crowded in.  The person sitting next to you is coughing and spluttering and *breathing* all over the place.

Yeah pretty pissed off at the moment.  I feel like my throat is a bit sore but don't know if I'm just imagining it.  All I know is that if I *do* get sick, it'll be just in time for the weekend.

People suck.
Went down to the coast for the long weekend.

Sights on the way down..

Climbed that mountain (Majura) the other week
Mount Majura
Wind turbines
Wind turbines
Cute farm house
Farm house
Braidwood Poplars
Braidwood Poplars
Finally got a photo of this mansion in Lilli Pilli.  Noticed it for sale the next day, although couldn't find anything online for it.
Lilli Pilli mansion for sale
Other strenuous activities included..

Eating pizza (a large Big Mama)
Sandy Foot pizza
and a medium margherita with feta.  Leftovers were consumed over the next two days.
Sandy Foot pizza
Eating chocolates (and drinking beer)
Favourites
Watching the surf
Malua Bay
Walking the Benny
Ben
Watching the birdies
Galah
Galahs
Galah in flight
Doing a jigsaw
Jigsaw
Drinking beer
Bottlecaps
Going in the spa.  Sleeping.  Crosswords, kenkens and sudokus.  Cooking bacon and eggs.  Eating lots of junk food.

And watching the weather change

Coast weather
Coast weather
Coast weather
Coast weather
Coast weather
As usual, a lovely weekend.

Tired..

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Waking up at 5:30 after going to sleep after 11:30 will do that to you ..

OK day today, lot of wandering around chasing things and people up.  
For dinner, cooked a tomato bake and an experimental cabbage bake that the sweetie liked and wanted seconds of! Win!

Here's a nice sunset photo I got at work a couple of weeks ago.
Work sunset
And Buzz Lightyear with a halo (of Christmas lights that I really should take down..)
Buzz Halo

101 things

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I haven't done one of these things in forever.  And I'm *that* far behind in reading my news feeds that I only just got to this the other day (sorry Dave2, I'm usually a lot better with yours!)

  1. ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT? I have three tiny lines on my thumb where a blue tongued lizard bit me.  Only time I ever got bitten by a blue tongued lizard in all my years picking them up 
  2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR BEDROOM? Nothing, just paint
  3. WHAT DOES YOUR MOBILE PHONE LOOK LIKE? An iPhone 3GS
  4. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO? Not much anymore.  If I do put on music it's usually the CD player on random (there's a whole lot of cds in there which means I get a crazy random mix of stuff)
  5. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN? 5:10pm
  6. WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW? To be able to fly (like Superman)
  7. WHO DO YOU MISS? Luc and James and George
  8. IS ANYONE IN LOVE WITH YOU OR HAS A CRUSH ON YOU? Yes
  9. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU KISSED? The sweetie!!
  10. WHAT'S YOUR MIDDLE NAME? The (Kazza The Blank One, get it? ;) )
  11. THE BEST TV SHOW EVER CREATED? Airwolf or MacGyver
  12. THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO? The sweetie
  13. DO YOU GET SCARED IN THE DARK? Only if I'm home alone
  14. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY? Myself (actually my mother if you can count her dodgy genes that I inherited)
  15. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOGNE / PERFUME? Um, I don't wear the stuff.
  16. WHAT KIND OF HAIR/EYE COLOUR DO YOU LIKE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX? Dark hair and pale blue eyes maybe?
  17. WOULD YOU RATHER BE SMART OR FUNNY? Smart
  18. COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINKS? Neither
  19. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIZZA TOPPING? Cheese (three for three same as Dave!).  Actually probably pepperoni.  Although I'm also partial to feta cheese on pizza.
  20. IF YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Right now?  A little close to bed to be thinking about a big meal or anything.  But I am hungry.  Maybe I'll go eat the banana that's out in the kitchen
  21. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON WHO MADE YOU MAD? Don't remember.  Probably someone at work.
  22. DO YOU SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE? Nur ein bischen.  Nah not really.
  23. WHAT WAS THE FIRST GIFT SOMEONE EVER GAVE YOU? First gift?  Bit of a silly question, who's going to remember that sort of thing??  I do however have a brooch with my name on it I got as a baby.
  24. DO YOU LIKE SOMEONE? I like lots of people
  25. ARE YOU DOUBLE JOINTED? No.
  26. FAVOURITE CLOTHING BRAND? Umm.. Jeans West for jeans, Millers for t-shirts??
  27. WHAT'S YOUR DREAM CAR? One that flies (ha! I like this one of Dave's).  But probably a 97 or 98 WRX.
  28. WHAT COLOUR IS IT? Blue.
  29. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF EXERCISE? Walking.
  30. WOULD YOU FALL IN LOVE KNOWING THAT THE PERSON IS LEAVING? Don't know.  I've done the long distance thing twice though, does that count?
  31. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL SOMEONE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU? It depends.  If it's your significant other, just tell them.  If it's someone you like but don't know if they like you back that's more tricky...  
  32. WRITE A NUMBER FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED? 32.
  33. BLONDES OR BRUNETTES? Either.
  34. WHAT IS THE ONE NUMBER YOU CALL OFTEN? Probably the sweetie.
  35. WHAT ANNOYS YOU MOST? People.
  36. HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY? WHERE DID YOU GO? WHAT PLACE DID YOU LIKE BEST? Yes.  Europe, America, Japan.  Like all of them in different ways.
  37. YOUR WEAKNESSES? Potato chips (crisps for DaveC :P )
  38. FRIES/CHIPS, RICE, OR BEANS? Fries
  39. FIRST JOB? Shop assistant in a news agent
  40. EVER PRANK CALLED SOMEONE? No
  41. WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU FILLED OUT THIS? Watching The Amazing Race Australia
  42. IF YOU COULD GET PLASTIC SURGERY WHAT WOULD IT BE? Umm.. don't know
  43. WHY DID YOU FILL OUT THIS MEME? Cause I haven't done one in ages
  44. WHAT DO YOU GET COMPLIMENTED ABOUT MOST? My hair
  45. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ALCOHOL BECAME ILLEGAL? Survive without it I suppose
  46. WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY? A new brain
  47. HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU WANT? None
  48. WHERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No
  49. DO YOU WISH ON STARS? No
  50. WHICH FINGER[S] IS YOUR FAVOURITE? I suppose my index finger?? Who writes these questions??
  51. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? The aforementioned banana
  52. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No, except when I take about four times longer than normal to do it properly, but then I lose interest and it degenerates into scrawl again
  53. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH MEAT? Pepperoni/salami (on a pizza sub)
  54. ANY BAD HABITS? Yes.
  55. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING CD ON THE SHELF? Maybe Roxette or Mariah Carey?
  56. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? No.  Seeing other kids bordering on aspergers and how annoying they are, I'm surprised I ended up having any friends at all.
  57. HAVE YOU EVER TOLD A SECRET YOU SWORE NOT TO TELL? Not that I know of.  My problem is only when I don't know something is a secret (growing up I was always the last to hear anything, so I assume by the time information gets to me it's already public knowledge)
  58. DO LOOKS MATTER? Only partially
  59. HOW DO YOU RELEASE YOUR ANGER? Rant on twitter or my blog.
  60. WHERE IS YOUR SECOND HOME? Probably my parents' place?  Or James and George's?
  61. DO YOU TRUST OTHERS EASILY? No.
  62. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TOY AS A CHILD? Don't know.  Maybe Space Lego.
  63. HOW MANY NUMBERS ARE IN YOUR MOBILE PHONE? No idea.  How do I tell?
  64. DO YOU USE SARCASM? Sometimes.  I don't think I'm very good at it.
  65. DO YOU KNOW ANYONE FAMOUS? No.
  66. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A MOSH PIT? Not really.
  67. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PLACE TO LIVE? Close to stuff (work, friends etc).
  68. WHAT ARE YOUR NICKNAMES? Kazza, Kaz
  69. HOW MANY HATS DO YOU OWN? WHAT'S YOUR HAT SIZE? A couple of caps.
  70. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes.
  71. WERE YOU UPSET ABOUT STEVE IRWIN DYING? I felt really bad for Terri.  She looked devastated.
  72. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Choc mint. 
  73. ARE YOU LAZY? Yes
  74. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS AT THE MOMENT? Don't have one
  75. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BAND? Queen
  76. HOW MANY WISDOM TEETH DO YOU HAVE? Two.  Although I think I have the other two in a container somewhere
  77. DO YOU WANT TO GO ANYWHERE SPECIAL THIS YEAR? Always, but not likely to happen this year.  Next year I want to do a round the world theme park tour with Nat and Andrew.. just gotta convince them they can afford it...
  78. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? My computer fans humming
  79. LAST THING YOU ATE? Haven't we had this question already? Lame
  80. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Just trying to think if I talked to anyone on the phone at work today.  Don't think so.  Last log in my phone is the sweetie on Friday
  81. WHATS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE MORNING? Usually that my spine hurts
  82. FAVOURITE THOUGHT PROVOKING SONG? There's a couple I suppose?  Trying to think of favourite..
  83. FAVOURITE TWO THINGS TO HATE? Two of the vendors I have to deal with at work.  
  84. FAVOURITE DRINK? Orange juice
  85. FAVOURITE ZODIAC SIGN? Shrug.  Who cares.
  86. SPORTS YOU LIKE TO WATCH? Maybe ice skating?  Not really into sports
  87. WHAT IS YOUR HAIR COLOUR? Blonde
  88. EYE COLOUR? Greeny grey/brown
  89. DO YOU WEAR GLASSES? Yes
  90. SIBLINGS? Yes, a little brother
  91. FAVOURITE MONTH(s)? December
  92. DO YOU LIKE SUSHI? Depends what's in it.  Not a huge fan of raw fish.  I like cooked tuna and beef ones though.
  93. LAST THING YOU WATCHED? The Amazing Race Australia
  94. FAVOURITE DAY OF THE YEAR? Christmas Day or my birthday
  95. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT? I used to be.  Now is a non-issue.
  96. SUMMER OR WINTER? Neither - spring!
  97. KISSES OR HUGS? Leaving Dave's answer: Depends on the person, but probably hugs.
  98. RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE-NIGHT STANDS? Relationships
  99. WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE CELEBRITY? Don't really have a favourite at the moment.
  100. WHO IS THE LEAST LIKELY TO ASK YOU ON A DATE? er.. anyone really, given that I'm married
  101. BOOKS YOU'D LIKE TO SEE TURNED INTO A FILM? I'm surprised Prey by Michael Crichton hasn't.  The Belgariad would be cool but that would be a lot of movies.
Thursday

Thursday night after drinks we went out for dinner to Thai Chiang Rai.  We got the $35 banquet, but in my mind it was over priced.  There wasn't that much food, or variety for that matter.  I only remember two meat dishes and a vegetable dish for mains.  That place is always pretty hopeless though. 

Bunny ears
Then we headed up to AMF for a couple of games of bowling.  That was lots of fun, even though I did pretty badly (I always do!)  76 and 86 for my scores  I did beat a couple of the guys though, so that was pretty nifty :) 

The computer system at AMF is completely borked.  I didn't get registered for spares I got - not once but twice!  After the first time though we figured out how to reprogram the actual scores, because it got them wrong over and over again.  

AMF bowling
AMF bowling
I got one strike, in the very last frame of the first game
Strike!

Friday

Documented the "Square Peg in a Round Hole" (as Doc has dubbed it) sculpture.  RiotACTed too :)

Square peg in a round hole
Then walked home with Tony

Lake reflections
Had a shower then headed out straight away to meet up with Dave and Steve (the sweetie was meant to come but he had to go to Melbourne for work) to see Much Ado About Nothing.  As always I spent the first part of it trying to figure out who was who and what was going on.  That mostly sorted itself out and I might have actually enjoyed it, except I had restless legs through the *entire* thing and spent more time getting stressed out about that concentrating on the play.  Two and a half hours of sheer torture :(:(:(:(  Makes me question whether I can *ever* go to the theatre again :(


Saturday

The sweetie wasn't going to be home til mid afternoon, so I did some menu planning for the week, then went out grocery shopping.  By myself.  First time in three and a half years!  Freaky ;)

Cooked a variation of Alan's Beef Stew (no sour cream and much more tomatoey), and redid the Violet Crumble Cheesecake slice.  This time I found a more solid cream cheese instead of the "spreadable" stuff, which made the slice firmer which was better.  I also bought four big bars of violet crumble, since you can't buy pieces in bags in Australia anymore :(:(  The real violet crumble was a lot nicer that the dodgy-brothers brand, although probably three times the cost. Oh well.


Sunday

Another foggy morning.  Took a time-lapse of the end of it, but next time I'll try and remember to setup and record the whole thing instead of starting when it's partly cleared.

When I was shopping yesterday, I saw Coles had packs of streaky bacon. They called to me.  Loudly.  So had bacon and egg for breakfast - yummmmmm!!

Streaky bacon
Breakfast of champions

Last week (or over the weekend?) I made an icosahedron to take to work to demonstrate how my buckyballs are made.  Of course I also needed a truncated icosahedron.  Took a couple of nights to make it, and finished it tonight.  Made from one sheet of A4 paper, cut, folded and glued.

Truncated icosahedron
And here it is with the larger one I made years and years ago.  It's very delicate so wouldn't survive going to work.

Truncated icosahedra
I think our printer needs more toner.  Time to buy a new printer? hrmmm
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