June 2011 Archives
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 ..
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.
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
Another foggy cobweb. I really have trouble getting sharp photos of these things :(
Saturday we went into town for breakfast and to take photos of the Diamant Hotel after the 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!
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.
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...
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.
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
My first ever "CIA Pic" - some of the hardware supporting CIA in early 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.
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!
My bedroom in 1997, showing my new computer desk, which I'm still using at this very moment!
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 :)
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.
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.
Went down to the coast for the long weekend.
Sights on the way down..
Climbed that mountain (Majura) the other week
Cute farm house
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.
Other strenuous activities included..
Eating pizza (a large Big Mama)
and a medium margherita with feta. Leftovers were consumed over the next two days.
Eating chocolates (and drinking beer)
Watching the surf
Walking the Benny
Watching the birdies
Doing a jigsaw
Going in the spa. Sleeping. Crosswords, kenkens and sudokus. Cooking bacon and eggs. Eating lots of junk food.
And watching the weather change
As usual, a lovely weekend.
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.
And Buzz Lightyear with a halo (of Christmas lights that I really should take down..)
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!)
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.
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.
I got one strike, in the very last frame of the first game
Documented the "Square Peg in a Round Hole" (as Doc has dubbed it) sculpture. RiotACTed too :)
Then walked home with Tony
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 :(
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.
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!!
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.
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.
I think our printer needs more toner. Time to buy a new printer? hrmmm